Kafue national park

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KAFUE NATIONAL PARK

Kafue National Park in Zambia is located on the central-western side of the country. Its the oldest National Park in Zambia, being opened in the 1950s, covering an area of 22,500KM2. 

Despite its size and pristine position, and two hours drive from Livingstone City, Kafue National Park is less known, Less explored, and has a lot of untouched virgin wilderness. Its also hot to an impressive population of Birds Species and Wildlife. 

In recent years the Park has seen a well-managed growth in the number of Safari Camps and Lodges that operate in and around the Park. This new interest has brought with it more visitors and investment to the area, notably in infrastructure with a number of well-graded roads and airstrips.

Being one of the many largest parks in Africa, it’s the best destination to do uninterrupted wilderness and wildlife game drives. Do game walks into the best of wilderness experiences in Kafue National Park

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Best Times To Visit Kafue National Park

  • Temperature-wise the Kafue is wonderfully mild due to its altitude, averaging 1100m above sea level; it is generally cooler compared to the Luangwa or Zambezi valley’s in October and November and in fact the Kafue goes sub-zero in winter (June-August) in some areas. The park is well serviced by a number of all-year-round airstrips, notably at Chunga, Ngoma, and Lufupa- these enable tourists to make the most of the park in any of its ever-changing seasons.

  • The dry season runs from June to October, with most of the park being inaccessible during the wetter months of November through to April. Inaccessibility however need not be a deterrent to those wanting to visit the Kafue in the ‘green’ season, as it is a spectacular time of year and the lush greenery of the bush is something really to behold. The trick is visiting the camps that do stay open for 12 months (or as close as possible to), Mukambi Lodge, Mayukuyuku and Musekese Camp being some in the central/northern section of the park.

  • It is possible to reach Itezhi-Tezhi all year round too. The dry season does however enable easier driving and the game is generally easier to view in the dryer months.

  • The Busanga Plains area is still strictly only accessible from (water-level dependent) early July until early November, this area is a floodplain and unless you enjoy swimming then unfortunately you must visit in these months! There is a new airstrip at Busanga which should be operational for 2013, which will facilitate access to one or other of the camps operated by Wilderness safaris which do operate in some of the wet months.

  • Notable roads to avoid from November through to June are the road from Hook Bridge to Lufupa and further north to Moshi, Kabanga, and Busanga. In the south of the park heading South from Ngoma and Itezhi-Tezhi towards Dundemwezi and Nanzhila is not advisable when wet and needs local knowledge at the time of travel. The road to Chunga from the M9 is well-graded and accessible 12 months of the year, in fact, it is probably wide enough to land a small aircraft on (but no need with Chunga airstrip open and operating 12 months).

  • Fishing is possible of course, but there are restrictions on the amount you catch and keep for the pot and there is also an off-season to allow spawning and breeding without disturbance (between Nov. and March).

 

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What You Are Likely To See While In Kafue National Park Zambia

There are a wide variety of wildlife and bird species you will be able to spot while on a holiday safari in Kafue National park, Zambia. 

  1. African wild dogs,
    Also known as the painted wolves, are some of the major attractions in South Luangwa. Although they are declared endangered, the Wild dogs are in a small population around Africa. They are great hunters with a lot of aggressiveness, and they hunt in packs.

  2. Majestic Lions,
    South Luangwa is home to an impressive population of Lions. The wilderness has exposed them to be the real Kings of the Jungle. They are great hunters as well, hunting solo. Female lions tend to stay away from male lions mostly with their cubs, or in groups of female lions.

  3. Lean Leopards 
    Leopards generally are known to be very elusive and dangerous. Generally, they are amazing hunters, love to hunt solo and keep their meals on trees. 

  4. Elephants
    The gentle giants of Africa, are one amazing wildlife species that are great to site and interact. They face extinction, and that's a threat to their existence. The government of Zambia plays a great role in their protections. You will spot them in huge herds while grazing or at a water hole.

  5. Buffalo
    Buffalos are part of the big five wildlife species. They live in heard and old bulls are always isolated to live alone. Isolated bulls are prone to get hunted by the big cats, and also tend to very dangerous and aggressive when they sense danger.

  6. HIPPO
    The hippopotamus is one animal you won’t miss. As you enter into the park there are you will be able to spot quite a number of hippos lounging in the river below. Its quite a scenic experience to see them sunbath in the morning and breathing underwater.
  7. ZEBRA
    Zebra can be seen running in small herds of about a dozen. The difference between Zambia’s zebras and those in the south and east of Africa is in the stripes. Here they are evenly spaced as opposed to broad light stripes with a faint shadow stripe in-between.
  8. ANTELOPE
    The Park has 14 different antelope species, most of which are easily seen on game and night drives. Watch out for the elusive bushbuck, preferring to inhabit densely covered areas. The most numerous antelope is the impala, these gregarious animals can be seen in herds all over the Park. Not to be confused with the puku, of similar size but a much fluffier buck with a rich orange coat and also prolific.
  9. KUDU
    Perhaps the most beautiful is the Kudu, with its majestic spiral horns and delicate face. Although fairly common, they’re not always easy to find due to their retiring habits and preference for dense bush. Reedbuck, roan, sable, hartebeest, grysbok, klipspringer and oribi are all here but not prolific in the central tourist area of the Park. 
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Kafue National Park Entrance Fee

National Park
Citizens (ZK)
Residents/SADC Nationals (USD)
International (USD)
Self Drives (Residents/Non-Residents) (USD)
Category A:
Kafue National Park   K33.60$15$15$20

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