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Kafue National Park

Kafue National Park is one of the oldest Parks in Africa. Founded in 1924 and formally established in the 1950s, Kafue National Park stretches along a substantial portion of the Kafue River in western Zambia.
It is the largest park in the country and the second-largest in Africa. The seasonal floodplains teem with enormous herds of antelope, which attracts a corresponding population of predators. Despite its size and history, Kafue National Park is one of the lesser-known parks. Large areas of diverse habitats and wildlife make it ideal for the adventurous traveller seeking to experience an unexplored wilderness.

Plan Your Trip

Kafue National Park covers an area of 22,400 sq. km, which is approximately the same size as Wales, or a little larger than Israel. Founded in 1924 and formally established in the 1950s by Norman Carr, Kafue National Park is a year-round destination, with a climate moderated by its altitude at 1,100 metres above sea level.

Due to the prolific species of animals, birds and other wildlife, it is possible to achieve a vibrant safari experience in a short space of time in Kafue National Park. However, an extended stay will provide visitors with the opportunity to view some less common species such as the blue and yellow-backed duiker, lechwe, sitatunga, roan, and hartebeest in the thickets, swamps and rich miombo woodlands. Although cheetah is not commonly seen in Zambia, it is possible to witness this majestic predator patrolling the plains, woodlands and floodplains. Other highlights include African Wild Dog, hippo, crocodile, elephant, and many other of the 158 mammal species recorded in the park. A recognised birdlife haven with various habitat types, Kafue National Park provides avid birders with the opportunity to see as many as 500 species, including the Chaplin’s Barbet – Zambia’s only endemic bird species.

Speak to one of Africa’s Eden’s experienced tour operators to identify the best options for your visit to Kafue National Park.