Zambia :: Zambia (Kafue)
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Kafue is Zambia's oldest and largest park. The park is almost the size of Wales therefore you may drive a whole day and only see one or two other vehicles, and is the second largest park in the world. It was proclaimed in 1950 and has the Lunga, Lufupa and Kafue Rivers flowing through.
|Best Time to Visit :||April to November|
|Fee/s :||Entrance Fee: Adults: USD40.00 per person per day (includes camping&vehicle night fee). (Feb-19)|
|Facilities :||Lodging, Camping, Restaurant, Airstrip|
|Game Viewing, Game Drives, Tours and Excursions, Hiking Trails, Fishing, Swimming, Boat Trips, Bird Watching, Scenic Flights|
|Game to View:||Huge variety of antelope. High population of wild dog. Puku. Elephant. Hyena. Hippo. Crocodile. Zebra. Blue Wildebeest. Buffalo. Serval. Cheetah. Lions. Leopards. (ie. No Rhino & Giraffe). 500 listed species of birds.|
|More Activities:||Private Safaris.|
|Notes on Activities:||(Some activities may be offered nearby).|
The rainy season here is from December to March. (Feb-19)
During the dry season (April to November) the animals flock to the river to drink which means that your chances of spotting animals are bigger. This is the best time to visit the park. (Feb-19)
There is no fuel in the park so you have to fill up in the surrounding towns as you approach the park. Approaching from Lusaka the last fuel stop will be at Mumbwa town just off the M9. There is also a fuel stop at Itezhi-Tezhi town. (Oct-14).
It is now again possible to pay Zambian National Park fees (payable to ZAWA = Zambian Wildlife Authorities) in USD. (Aug-14).
Many of the roads in Kafue are inaccessible during the rainy season from December to March. Even if you enjoy the challenge of driving your 4×4 in black cotton soil, you have to be extremely careful where you venture. During this time all the camps on the Busanga Plains in the north of the park as well as a few of the camps in the south close down.
On the Busanga Plains you have to be careful of black cotton soil. You definitely need a 4WD to explore Kafue. (Oct-14).
After the upgrade the Spinal Road is an excellent all-weather road and there are many game drive loops leading from the Spinal Road.
The Boundary Road south of Itezhi-Tezhi is a good road but it is overgrown in places and has many patches of deep sand which means that you have to make provision for extra fuel. (2014).
None of the lodges in the park are fenced which means they regularly have the wild animals passing through the grounds. (Oct-14).
If travelling via the Sitoti Ferry, to the Kafue National Park, take into consideration that you might be held up at the Sitoti Ferry in Kolongola, as the operator operates the ferry at his own time, making it difficult to plan.
They are building a bridge over the Zambezi river near the Sitoti ferry. If it is not finished you have to make sure the ferry is running. Reportedly the ferry also operates depending on the water level.
This ferry also only starts operating from about the 3rd week in June, once the flood plains have dried up. (2013).
The Kafue National Park still offers an amazing fly-in experience as all the lodges are keen on transferring their guests from the airport. Charter flights from Lusaka to Kafue are also available. (Oct-14).
Kafue is malaria area therefore you must take prophylactics. The tsetse flies are unpleasant but other than spraying insect repellent in and around your vehicle when you stop there isn't much you can do about them. (Oct-14).
There are many tsetse flies in the park!
“Kafue National Park offers a true and wonderful wilderness experience. For me the only downside is the tsetse flies. ” - Karin Theron, 2014/09/09