Kafue

A haven for thirsty wildlife

The largest national park in Zambia

The oldest and largest of Zambia’s national parks; Kafue is a magical vastness of untouched wilderness that we know will cast its spell over you from the moment you arrive. It’s one of the lesser explored areas of Zambia, with swathes of perfect virgin bush still intact, and you’ll see the benefit of this in its extensive diversity of wildlife and wonderful population of leopard and wild dog.

There are rarer finds to be seen, too, such as the last viable population of cheetah, which can be found in the woodland and riverine areas, as well as the traditional plains, whilst bird life also thrives and delights avid birders all year round.

As well as the traditional game drives, guests are also able to experience the beauty of Kafue from the water. Boat and canoeing safaris on the rivers that vein across the park are readily available, and will offer you an alternative and more immersive view of the shoreline and plains.

Seasonal Information

Find out the best times to visit Kafue National Park.

  • Green Season
  • Mid Season
  • High Season

January is the green season in Kafue and provides incredible wildlife viewing opportunities, as well as access to the Busanga Plains. A large portion of the park is inaccessible due to the rising waters. However, there are a handful of camps that remain open throughout the year and are spectacular to visit in the green season.

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February is the green season in Kafue and provides incredible wildlife viewing opportunities, as well as access to the Busanga Plains. A large portion of the park is inaccessible due to the rising waters. However, there are a handful of camps that remain open throughout the year and are spectacular to visit in the green season.

Plan your Safari

March is the green season in Kafue and provides incredible wildlife viewing opportunities, as well as access to the Busanga Plains. A large portion of the park is inaccessible due to the rising waters. However, there are a handful of camps that remain open throughout the year and are spectacular to visit in the green season.

Plan your Safari

April is the green season in Kafue and provides incredible wildlife viewing opportunities, as well as access to the Busanga Plains. A large portion of the park is inaccessible due to the rising waters. However, there are a handful of camps that remain open throughout the year and are spectacular to visit in the green season.

Plan your Safari

Come May, the waters in the bush start to dry up and animals begin to gather around the dwindling water sources that remain. This can make for fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities. Since May is not a peak month for visiting, you’ll enjoy a more intimate safari experience.

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As June arrives we move into the dry season. During this time the non-permanent water sources dry out and as a result, the wildlife gathers around the remaining waterholes. The vegetation thins out allowing for easier and exciting wildlife spotting. There are also fewer mosquitos around, reducing the risk of malaria.

Plan your Safari

As June arrives we move into the dry season. During this time the non-permanent water sources dry out and as a result, the wildlife gathers around the remaining waterholes. The vegetation thins out allowing for easier and exciting wildlife spotting. There are also fewer mosquitos around, reducing the risk of malaria.

Plan your Safari

As June arrives we move into the dry season. During this time the non-permanent water sources dry out and as a result, the wildlife gathers around the remaining waterholes. The vegetation thins out allowing for easier and exciting wildlife spotting. There are also fewer mosquitos around, reducing the risk of malaria.

Plan your Safari

As June arrives we move into the dry season. During this time the non-permanent water sources dry out and as a result, the wildlife gathers around the remaining waterholes. The vegetation thins out allowing for easier and exciting wildlife spotting. There are also fewer mosquitos around, reducing the risk of malaria.

Plan your Safari

October is when it starts getting hot and Kafue’s characteristic humidity starts to build. The limited water sources result in animals gathering around the waterholes, making for great wildlife viewing. The vegetation has dried and thinned out, allowing for easier and exciting wildlife spotting. There are also fewer mosquitos during the dry months, reducing the risk of malaria

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November is the peak of summer and temperatures reach highs of 33°C+. Experience more specialist wildlife viewing in Kafue in November with the fruit bat migration taking place in Kasanka. November is also the start of the rains in Kafue. The vegetation starts to recover from the dry season and the migrant birds return, creating an environment great for bird lovers.

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December brings the rains across the plains, causing the water levels to rise and resulting in a large portion of the park becoming inaccessible. The vegetation and wildlife of Kafue flourish in the green season. It is the best time for birding as the migrants are present. There are many newborn animals around which brings great predator action. A handful of camps remain open throughout the year, allowing guests to experience the park at its most vibrant.

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