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Kafue National Park Highlights

Kafue National Park is the oldest and largest National Park in Zambia and the second largest National Park in the world. Kafue covers an area of approximately 22 400 sq km of unspoiled wilderness teeming with wildlife.

This park is renowned for offering fantastic wildlife viewing, while there over 400 species of bird to keep the birders enthralled. Despite the Park's proximity to both Lusaka and the Copper belt, it has remained underdeveloped. The Kafue National Park is still untouched, wild and diverse and offers visitors one of the best safari experiences in Zambia.

Guests can enjoy a variety of activities accompanied by expert guides including game drives, bird watching and fishing. The Kafue River that runs through the park is what gives it its name, and ensures that guests enjoy a well-rounded land and water-based experience.

Sun Safaris Says

Kafue is Zambia's oldest and largest national park, and is roughly the size of Wales. It hosts a vast range of wildlife and birdlife, making for unbeatable game sightings without the crowds.

Cheetahs have become known in the Busanga Plains area of Kafue, where they make kills after a chase at a speed of 110 km per hour.

Despite Kafue's prominent location and size, it remains vastly undiscovered. This pristine tract of African wilderness is a sanctuary to a variety of rare species and the southern section remains untouched by man.

There is such a variety of activities offered in this diverse park, ensuring that visitors have the opportunity to explore it from all angles. Embark on guided walks, fishing, motorboat safaris, helicopter rides, hot-air ballooning and night-time safaris.


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Safari Lodges within Kafue National Park

Busanga Bush Camp

Busanga Bush Camp is situated in the heart of the Busanga Plains in Kafue National Park with magnificent views of herds of puku and lechwe grazing in front of the camp. Dawn and dusk across the plains at Busanga Bush Camp is simply breathtaking.

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Shumba Camp

Shumba Camp offers the ideal location in the remote Kafue National Park in Zambia to benefit from the plains game and predator concentrations of the Busanga Plains; guests will be able to experience close encounters with wildlife.

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Kapinga Camp

Kapinga Camp is a small luxury tented camp located in the beautiful Busanga Plains in Kafue National Park in Zambia. Kapinga promises guests a personalized safari experience and caters for a maximum of only 8 guests in 4 spacious and luxurious safari tents.

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Busanga Plains Camp

Busanga Plains Camp is a small 4-tented camp in one of Africa’s most marvellous wilderness areas offering game drives and walks across the grasslands, while accommodating in comfort with rustic African appeal in true Zambian style.

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Fig Tree Bush Camp

Fig Tree Bush Camp occupies a unique location overlooking a sandy lagoon on one side and vast grasslands on the other in central-northern Kafue National Park. Sister to Busanga Plains Camp, Fig Tree is equally intimate and original.

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Hippo Lodge

Hippo Lodge offers a traditional bush experience with no electricity in a remote corner of the Kafue National Park in Zambia. The area promises an exclusive wildlife experience offering superb game viewing and spectacular views over the Kafue River.

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Mayukuyuku Camp

Mayukuyuku Camp offers classic tented accommodation in a remote area in the Kafue National Park in Zambia; one of the finest wildlife parks in Africa. The Kafue National Park offers fantastic bird watching with over 400 species of birds in the park.

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Mukambi Safari Lodge

Mukambi Safari Lodge is a family-friendly lodge offering a superb location on the banks of the Kafue River in Zambia. Guests can enjoy fantastic game viewing from the comfort of the lodge and the large viewing decks are a highlight here.

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Mu-Fungata Safari Lodge

Mu-Fungata Safari Lodge blends in with the magnificent and peaceful surroundings it is situated in. Accommodation is private and remote shaded by the indigenous trees that line the bank of the Kafue River.

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Lufupa Tented Camp

Lufupa Tented Camp offers visitors an intimate and personal safari experience. Lufupa Tented Camp provides a spectacular setting in the Kafue National Park overlooking the Kafue River in an unspoiled and remote corner of Zambia.

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Leopard Lodge

Leopard Lodge offers a unique location in the Kafue National Park in Zambia. Zambia offers some of the wildest and most remote game areas on the continent; the Lodge is a small and intimate and offers a tranquil setting on the banks of the Kafue River.

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Nanzhila Plains Camp

Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp offers a peaceful location in a remote and private corner of the Kafue National Park in Zambia. The area is best known for its vast open spaces, incredible birdlife and beautiful plains.

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Kaingu Safari Lodge

Kaingu Safari Lodge offers a superb safari experience with fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities in the heart of the African bush. The park and area is known for offering good fishing, bird watching and of course game viewing.

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McBrides Camp

McBrides Camp has been rated by many guests and photographers as one of the best African wilderness experiences on the planet. This remote, wild and untouched corner of the Kafue National Park in Zambia promises to offer a unique and personal safari experience.

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Top Destinations

Busanga Bush Camp is private and romantic and offers a secluded location in the Kafue National Park that is known as one of the best locations for lions in Africa. Busanga caters for only 8 guests in 4 luxurious safari tents.

Lufupa Tented Camp is small and personal and accommodates in only 9 safari-style tents with ensuite facilities, which have private wooden decks overlooking sweeping views and magical sunsets over the river.

Shumba Camp is known to offer fantastic lion viewing in the Busanga Plains area; prides of lion sometimes up to 20 strong can be seen here. The safari tents are luxurious and spacious and situated on raised platforms overlooking the bush.

Musanza Tented Camp is specifically outfitted to ensure that traditional camping feel with a clear emphasis on necessary and stylish comfortable interiors, creating a peerless wilderness experience. Musanza is closed during the wet season.

How to Get There

Guests visiting Kafue National Park will have their flights and road transfers booked and arranged by Sun Safaris. There are a number of airports that could be used, depending on which areas of Zambia guests are visiting. Mfuwe International Airport can be booked for guests incorporating South Luangwa National Park in their itineraries.

Guests travelling directly to Kafue will most likely be booked on a flight into Zambia landing at Livingstone International Airport (located near Victoria Falls) or at Lusaka. From the international airport, Sun Safaris will arrange for guests to connect with a road transfer from the airport to their lodge in Kafue.

Alternatively, a light air transfer from the international airport to a local Kafue airstrip can be arranged. Hosts or guides from the lodge will arrive to collect their guests and drive them the last leg to the lodge.

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Kafue National Park Game Viewing and Activities

Kafue National Park in Zambia hosts an incredible variety of bird species, numbering over 400, including many species that do not occur elsewhere in Southern Africa. The Kafue National Park and the Busanga Plains in particular is characterised by diverse habitats with floodplains, miombo woodland and open grassy areas creating a paradise for wildlife and birdlife.

Kafue's crowned glory is the Busanga Swamp and Zambezi floodplains. These support large herds of herbivores and predators that follow. This is a great place to view game in the dry season, as the animals gather at the swamps and marshes, which are sources of permanent water.

Mammals in the Kafue National Park are equally diverse, with frequent sightings of lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, cheetah, hippo as well as an abundance of plains game including zebra and wildebeest. The park is seasonal, and traditionally only accessible from May to October, during the dry season.


Kafue National Park Seasons and Climate

Kafue National Park, like other areas in Zambia, experience a very wet season over summer, and a lot of lodges and camps are forced to close due to inaccessibility.

It is most recommended to visit between the months of May and October, which is outside of the hottest and wettest months, taking advantage of the period in between the rains.

May to August is winter, which is pleasantly cool and dry; September and October is when it starts getting hot and the characteristic humidity starts to build, but this is when the animals gather around the waterholes and make for great game viewing.

November and December are the peak of summer and the heat and humidity are almost unbearable, while the clouds are just about ready to submit to the rains. By January the rain has hit, and it lasts until April, which is a period known as the Green Season.

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