Kafue National Park – Zambia

Kafue National Park – Zambia is the largest of its kind in the country and the 2nd largest in the African Continent. It is also the oldest national park in the country.


Kafue National Park – Zambia is located within the central – western regions of the country. It extends over 3 provinces in Zambia: the North – Western Province, Central Province and the Southern Province.

Getting There

You can fly in to Kafue National Park – Zambia via a chartered flight. Accommodations close to the national park can make these flight arrangements for you.

You can also take a 4×4 and drive to the park yourself. The roads are relatively easy-drive and you can approach the park through Lusaka via the road going towards Mumba. Lusaka is approximately 190 kilometers from the park.

Finally, you can join a tour or make arrangements with a travel agency to get you to the park. For first – time visitors, it is recommended that you travel with an experienced tour operator or local safari guides.

What to See and Do

Kafue National Park – Zambia is among the last few remaining pristine wilderness areas in the African Continent and as such offers visitors a truly authentic “roughing it up in the wild” experience.

The national park has one of the most diverse wildlife in Africa which means that you can see a good number of various wild animals as well as birds in the park.

Around the Busanga Plains, you will see the lions that inhabit the park. At the southern parts of the park where rocky bays can be found, you can see a variety of water birds: fish eagles, herons, and cormorants are a few of them.

Elephants, wildebeests, buffalo as well as zebras can also be seen in this area.

Other animals that you can view during your explorations of the national park are antelopes, wild dogs, leopards, cheetahs, hippos, aardvarks, crocodiles, clawless otters and honey badgers.

Brief History

Kafue National Park – Zambia was founded in the year 1924 following the British Colonial government’s removal of the natives inhabiting the areas covered by the park.

These were the Nkoya people and they were transferred to the Mumbwa District.

The park covers an estimated area of approximately twenty – two thousand and four hundred square kilometers – a size comparable to Wales.

The park takes its name from the Kafue River which extends to the areas covered by the park.


Entry fee into the Kafue National Park – Zambia is about $ 15 per person, valid for up to twenty – four hours. Entry for vehicles is about $ 3 each.

Other Information

The best time to visit Kafue National Park – Zambia is between the months of May and October which is the dry season as most roads and a few sections of the park may be closed during the wet season.