Largely unexplored with pockets of pristine bush, Kafue National Park is the wild heart of western Zambia.
Kafue was established in the 1950s by the legendary Norman Carr and is the country’s largest and oldest national park.
Its wide collection of natural habitats house an incredible diversity and density of big game and bird life, including endangered species like the African wild dog and wattled crane.
Hidden away in northern Kafue National Park lies the Busanga Plains, a seasonal wetland ecosystem famed for its wide variety of antelope species and large prides of lion.Explore
Four of Africa’s Big 5 are found in Kafue (rhino is absent), with large numbers of buffalo and elephant seen near the Kafue River that has plenty of hippo and crocodile. Africa's highest population of wild dog find refuge in Kafue as does another endangered predator species, the cheetah.
The park is celebrated for having the greatest diversity of antelope in the world, which includes the much revered roan and sable antelopes, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, oribi and grysbok. Some of the smaller, charming animals you can spot in Kafue are the many mongoose and small cat species, bush baby, and aardvark.
The riverbanks, wetlands, savannah and miombo woodland of Kafue bustle with the noise and colour of 478 of Zambia's 733-recorded bird species. Among them are the wattled and crowned cranes, woolly-necked and saddle-billed storks, African fin foot, Pel's fishing owl and purple-crested turaco.
Blend into the quiet of nature in our e-Cruiser, which allows you to experience all the sights and sounds of the bush in near silence and with a deep sense of environmental care. The e-Cruiser is kept close to camp and used for short drives or the fairly common 'dinner table dash' to investigate exactly how close those lion calls are!
Explore Kafue at dawn and dusk in one of our three standard 4 x 4 game drive vehicles that are sturdy enough allow you to venture through less explored parts of the park. You are in for some excellent game-sightings in Kafue, including African wild dog, cheetah and four of the Big 5. We limit our game drives to six passengers to give everyone a window seat, although they can be converted for nine when necessary for large groups.
Cruise quietly along the Kafue River in our solar-powered e-Boat and watch as birds dive for fish, crocodiles bask in the sun and elephants splash in the shallows. Pods of hippos are part of the Kafue River ‘furniture’ as are African fish eagles and a wide variety of waders. A treat for birders is spotting the ever-elusive Pel’s fishing owl.
Slow down to nature’s pace as your knowledgeable guide and armed scout leads you on a bush walk that immerses you in the beautiful and biodiverse landscapes of Kafue. Stepping out on your own two feet allows you to get up close to nature and appreciate the smaller things you may miss from a vehicle.
Get treated to a fabulous lunch or watch the sun set on the banks of the Kafue River from the comfort of our solar-powered e-Boat. ‘Sunshine-power’ means that this boat is not only eco-friendly, but it also glides over the water in total silence so you can soak up the meditative sounds of the wild while you dine.
Enjoy a couple of hours with a rod and reel down at the Kafue River, surrounded by birdsong and a cool breeze. One of our fishing guides will show you all the best spots, including where specific species, like bream, barbel and pike, are generally found. We have basic equipment available but if you are a professional, we suggest bringing your own gear.