Founded in 1924, and formally established in the 1950s, Kafue National Park stretches along a substantial portion of the Kafue River in western Zambia and is the oldest and largest park in the country. The flooded Zambezian grasslands of the Kafue National Park contain enormous herds of antelopes, which also attracts a corresponding population of predators. Despite its size and history, Kafue National Park is one of the lesser-known parks, with large areas of diverse habitats teeming with wildlife.


Located just two hours drive west from Livingstone and The Victoria Falls at the heart of Africa’s Eden, this vast wilderness area contains a range of safari camp and lodge options for the traveller to Africa’s Eden. These camps are accessible from well-maintained roads, or for the more direct approach via air to one of the main airstrips located around the park, including Chunga, Ngoma and Lufupa. From Livingstone, travel north on the T1 to Lusaka for 125 km, before turning left at Kalomo and driving for a further 74 kilometres to the southern Dundumwezi Entrance Gate.


Kafue National Park covers an area of 22,400 sq km, which is approximately the same size as El Salvador, 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 enormous numbers 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, sitaunga, roan, and hartebeest in the thickets, swamps and rich miombo woodlands. While cheetah is not commonly seen in Zambia, it is possible to witness this majestic predator patrolling the plains, as well as the woodlands and floodplains. Other highlights include African Wild Dogs, hippo, crocodile, elephants, and many others on the list of 158 species recorded in the park.

A recognised birdlife haven with a variety of 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.

While the park is accessible year-round, the wetter months (November to April) do present some challenges in terms of accessibility, and some camps do close for periods. The Green Season is a genuine spectacle to be held, as the bush regenerates into a lush, vivid life with the new rains. This period also sees the birth of young antelope, which usually means increased predator activity. The dry season runs from June to October allows more comfortable driving and easier game viewing, and is popular with visitors from the Northern Hemisphere as this period aligns with summer holiday periods. As the wet season brings substantial rains, several key roads become impassable, and away from the main road through the park, 4×4 vehicles are a necessity.

Gate Times: Sunrise to Sunset

Gate Fees: (per day)

  • Local ZK 33.60
  • Resident/SADC USD 15
  • International USD 20