Kafue National Park
Kafue National Park, the largest and oldest park in Zambia, is one of the last great expanses of remote and unspoiled wilderness in Africa. 22,400 square kilometers of pristine African bush to explore in open 4x4 game viewers, by boat on the mighty Kafue River or using your own two feet in the form of walking safaris. 40% of all of Africa's water flows through Zambia and the Kafue River –the major lifeline of this park – is one of the largest rivers in the country. This unexplored gem of a park is enticing for it's incredible diversity of wildlife and it's sheer quantity of big game.
The park was established in the 1950s by the legendary Norman Carr but despite it's size, diversity and wealth of game remains largely unexplored. From the remote northern seasonal Busanga floodplain formed of open grassland dotted with wild date palm, sausage and fig tree 'islands', through central miombo woodland and along the banks of the mighty Kafue river to the more sandy southern plains the Kafue represents an incredible collection of diverse habitats. The park is easily accessed by road or air from Lusaka or Livingstone and should form a part of any visitor's Zambian trip to experience true wilderness in the heart of Zambia.
On the big game front lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo are all prominent. Further to this, Kafue boasts the highest population of wild dog in Africa and the greatest diversity of antelope in the world including the much revered roan and sable antelopes.
The diversity of habitat makes Kafue one of the best locations in Africa for birding. The Kafue riverbanks, wetlands, savannah and woodland boast an impressive 478 of Zambia's 733-recorded bird species. Among them African Wattled and Crowned Crane, Fish Eagle, Woolly-Necked Stork, Saddle Billed Stork, Goliath Heron, Ground Hornbill, African Fin Foot, Pel's Fishing Owl, Purple-Crested Lourie and Chaplin's Barbet.
Malaria in the Kafue
Malaria is not prevalent in this region, the main reason being simply that there are so few people within the park. To catch malaria you need a mosquito to bite you which has previously bitten an infected person. Because of the lack of population this is unlikely. However, it is advisable to take a prophylaxis while travelling to many places in Africa including the Kafue area. Malaria Test kits are kept on site as well as at a nearby clinic (30 mins).
The Tsetse Fly
Tsetse flies are prevalent in the Kafue but provide a natural barrier against encroachment for the park. They carry no disease for humans (only domestic animals) and are more harmless than mosquitos. For your comfort we advise you wear light colours and particularly avoid blue and black as these flies are attracted to dark objects. It is for this reason our vehicles are all painted a light sand colour!