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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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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
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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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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…
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