Kafue National Park is the third largest national park in Africa, and at 22,400 km² it’s larger than South Africa’s Kruger National Park – and even larger than Wales.
Most of the park is covered by deciduous miombo woodland and grassy floodplains. Most safari activities focus on or near the vast Busanga Plains in the very north-east of the park, which hosts large herds of antelopes and good numbers of elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs and hyenas.
Game drives can be very rewarding and, because of the remoteness and size of the park, you are unlikely to meet many other tourists. Bird-watching is superb, with over 400 species.
The southern area of Kafue offers truly remote and pioneering experiences, but distances are vast and the dense vegetation means that you are unlikely to see as much as you would in the Busanga Plains area.
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