Kafue National Park

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Kafue National Park

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Description

"Veined by the majestic life sustaining Kafue River, the vast open African plains of Kafue National Park stretches far and wide beyond the horizon of earth coloured savannah landscapes which maintain the delicately balanced ecosystems of Zambia.

As the largest wildlife sanctuary in the country; the borders of Kafue National Park cut across three Zambian provinces, reclaiming the land as a remote African wilderness which is roamed by more than 55 species of wildlife, including Africa’s most sought after; the Big Five.

A definite highlight and dominant feature is the northern Busanga Plains. The area consists of lush marshlands and swamps, fed by the Lufupa River system. Primarily surrounded by miombo forests and savannah grasslands, the region’s pristine beauty attracts a large number of predators and their prey which gather along the rocky hills and narrow band of riverine forestry.

These plains of northern Kafue National Park are home to the largest number of different antelope species such as the Roan, Puku and Lechwe, making it one of Africa’s prime destinations to view big cats such as Lions, leopards and cheetahs.

Access Details

Access into the park is mainly via the Great West road of Zambia. Light aircrafts may be chartered to any of the six air strips of Ngoma, Puku Pan, Hippo Lodge, Lufupa and Misozhi.

Suggested Stay Details

We recommend staying at two different lodges between the months of June to November due to the vast area and its many ecoregions. A stay of 6 to 7 nights would be ideal to explore the wilderness of Kafue National Park.

Type of Experience

"Kafue National Park is one of the largest protected areas in Africa. The pristine beauty of the landscape’s vast plains sustains a diverse range of ecosystems and the area surrounding the riverine forest is the ideal spot to view game.

Increasingly appealing to those who want to experience Africa as it once was, Kafue National Park’s rugged beauty and untouched sanctuary offers just that, a sense of the real Africa. At night the sky flickers brightly with the stretch of millions of stars awakening Africa’s most elusive of predators.

The spotlight of night drives eliminates the hideouts of Africa’s big cats and if lucky, you may get a chance to see the solitary leopard up high in a tree feasting on the carcass of the most recent kill. "

Infrastructure

"Many of the park’s main roads are in a fairly good state, but during November to April they may become inaccessible. Nonetheless, camps and accommodation within the confines of Kafue National Park embodies and exudes the true African wilderness experience. The safari lodges are characterized as bush elegance, with large spaces suites and breathtaking views of undisturbed landscapes.

Many of these comfortable lodges are situated in the north and north-western regions of the park, and surrounded by woodlands; offering a sense of remote African wilderness to all who visit."

Geography

Kafue National Park consists predominantly of miombo woodlands and interspersed by grasslands which become marshy during the rainy seasons, known as dambos.

Southern regions are typified by the mopane woodlands and rock outcrops. Following the flow of the Kafue River you will find a thin strip of evergreen forest which lines its banks. The Basanga Swamps are located to the north of Kafue National Park.

History

The Kafue National Park was initially occupied and used as hunting ground by the descendents of King Mwene Kabulwebulwe, known as the Nkoya people. In 1924, after the British colonial government dispelled the Nkoya people from the land, Kafue national Park was established as a wildlife sanctuary.

Activities & Highlights

"DAY AND NIGHT GAME DRIVES: With such a large variety of wildlife, the game drives are ideal to explore the vast landscape of Kafue National Park. The area’s remoteness offers you a chance to view many animals such as Africa’s big cats, buffalo and large herds of antelope without being disturbed by other park visitors.

HORSE SAFARIS: Kafue National Park offers the opportunity to journey through the vast plains on horseback. Without the sound of roaring machinery, you get the chance to view the majestic free roaming wildlife as close as possible.

WALKING SAFARIS: Journey through woodlands, riverine forests and rocky crops on foot; by getting out of the vehicle and into the food chain of Kafue National Park’s ecosystem. With the safety and guidance of a professional game rangers and highly skilled trackers, search the areas for elusive wildlife and explore the region.



Season Travel Details

"Kafue National Park has a humid subtropical climate, consisting of three main seasons. During December to April, the very hot and humid rainy season sets in with midday temperatures exceeding 28°C (82°F).

As the rain stops and the temperature cools down pleasantly from May to September, the dry winter season sets in with temperatures of about 24°C (75°F). October and November gives rise to a hot but dry season.

Northern regions are only open during dry seasons as the plains become flooded and inaccessible due to heavy rain."

Busanga Bush Camp

Busanga Bush Camp

Greenlife Safaris Busanga Bush Camp in the north-western section of the Busanga is about as 'wild' as you can get in today's world.

Shumba Camp

Shumba Camp

Shumba Camp is perfectly situated to see large numbers of plains game and their predators – Greenlife Safaris recommend it for some of the best lion and cheetah viewing in Africa!

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