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Kafue National Park safaris, tours & holiday packages

Home of the wildlife-prolific Busanga Plains

The perennial Kafue River and seasonal Busanga floodplains are the star attractions in a varied national park that boasts thriving cheetah and African wild dog populations

The Kafue is an impressive river worth exploring, but the seasonally inundated Busanga floodplains should feature on every Zambian safari itinerary. Only accessible when the waters recede during the dry season, the grassy plains are interspersed with tree islands that create an incredibly scenic landscape peppered with all manner of wildlife. 

In midwinter Busanga still, holds a large amount of water and the mists that rise off the submerged floodplains creates spectacular scenes that are at their enthralling best at sunrise and sunset. Birdlife and lions are especially prolific on the Busanga floodplains.

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These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Best of Zambia Luxury Safari

Combine water and wildlife in a journey that takes you from the Victoria Falls to Kafue and South Luangwa national parks – Zambia at its best

$ 7,745

£ 6,035

R 111,575


per person

9 days
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Stephen Michael Cunliffe says

Wildlife is making a strong comeback in the Kafue and the huge sprawling conservation area is on the up. There are few better places in Zambia to go in search of cheetah and wild dog, but the Busanga Plains in the north of the park is a wildlife-rich wilderness that's not to be missed.

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Kafue also boasts healthy, expanding populations of both cheetah and African wild dog. After decades of poaching, these carnivores are making a strong comeback, especially in the southern region of the park around Nanzhila. Roan antelope is another notable species to keep an eye out for during your visit. It's fair to say that Kafue's wildlife renaissance is largely due to the support of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and the World Bank.

The southern region of Kafue is located surprisingly near Livingstone, making it an ideal safari destination to combine with a visit to the Victoria Falls. This is a place for the adventurous nature lover who doesn't mind working a bit harder for wildlife sightings in order to enjoy not having to share them with anyone else.

Wilderness Safaris hold a monopoly over the Busanga Plains, so if you want to experience life on this captivating floodplain then expect to pay for the privilege.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Kafue National Park

When is the best time to visit Grumeti Game Reserve?

A Grumeti safari is rewarding throughout the year. However, the best time to visit Grumeti Game Reserve is during the migration months of June and July - when massive herds of wildebeest arrive to cross the crocodile-infested Grumeti River… go there.

When is the best time to visit Arusha National Park?

The best time to visit Arusha National Park is from June to October, during the dry season. It is easier to spot the wildlife - since they normally gather around the waterholes, rainfall is minimal, vegetation is not too thick and mosquitos… go there.

When is the best time to visit Zanzibar Island

The best time to visit Zanzibar Island is from June to October - during the dry months of spring. However, another popular time to visit the tropical Island is from December to February - when it’s hot and dry. go there.

When is the best time to visit Rubondo Island National Park

Rubondo Island National Park is best visited in the dry months of July to February. The jungle is less humid - however, there are also less mosquito’s and the temperatures are not as extreme. go there.

When is the best time to visit Saanane Island National Park?

June to August during the dry season, is the best time to visit Saanane Island National Park. This season is great for game drives, picnic as well as rock hiking. go there.

When is the best time to visit Mkomazi National Park?

June to October is the best time to visit Mkomazi National Park. During the dry season - when the wildlife viewing is at its prime. go there.

When is the best time to track chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park?

July to October, during the dry months - is the best time to track the chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park. Chimpanzees can be found easily on the low mountains slopes. go there.

When is the best time to visit Mikumi National Park?

June to October is the best time to visit Mikumi National Park. During the dry season, the wildlife concentrate around waterholes and rivers - making it easier to spot them. go there.

How fit do I need to be to climb the Mount Kilimanjaro?

There is no need to go overboard with fitness preparation for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. However, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a physical undertaking, so you should prepare yourself accordingly with a Kilimanjaro training program. Being in… go there.

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Reviews on our Kafue National Park safaris

Discover Africa and Carel has put in such an effort for us to experience the annual wildebeest migration, meticulous planning and accurate predictions with logical and the best accommodation options both sides of the Mara River guaranteed us…

Jates and Hil Oettle

from South Africa

I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…

Margaret Dean

We had the most wonderful time in Tanzania. We left yesterday and miss it already. We saw the big 5 and felt super lucky to see the lions and leopard with their kill. Our guide was also wonderful. Thank YOU for planning our trip of a…

Debbie Wei

All details were covered, all staff and food excellent, service was perfect - would highly recommend for sure.


from United States of America

We had a wonderful experience with the Discover Africa team on our trip to Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar. Due to unforeseen circumstances we needed to head down early and their team were most helpful in arranging exciting new options for us while…

Mark Tomlinson

from South Africa

Every one was so helpful in making the arrangements. The booking people helped in all the questions we had, they were polite and helpful. The tour and lodge were amazing. Every one was helpful and very interesting to talk to. They made our…


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