Found in the centre of western Zambia, Kafue National Park is the oldest and largest of Zambia’s national parks. It covers a massive 22,400 km2.
First established as a National Park in the 1950’s by the legendary Norman Carr, Kafue is one of the largest national parks in the whole of Africa. Despite its size and prominent location only two hours drive from Livingstone, it remains little-known and largely unexplored with vast tracts of its virgin bush still untouched. Thanks to its size and variety of habitat types the Kafue holds a fantastic diversity of wildlife .
Kafue national park like any other national park in Zambia is well endowed with wildlife species with very common sightings of antelope to mention lechwe, pukus small herds of the common zebras, another great sightings are those of the blue wildebeests that show around the busanga plains in the month of June annually.During the dry season, when temperatures begin going up, the northern part of kafue national park usually experiences influx of kudus, bushbucks, elands, reedbucks, duikers, greyboks and defassa water bucks. The lions are also another sought after inhabitants in kafue national park usaully found close to the herds of he pukus and lechwes which serve as their meals. There several prides much as larger males are not common in the national park. The rivers at the Kafue national park also serve as homes to large schools of hippopotamus , crocodiles among others. Kafue rivers also acts as host for several herds of elephants, leopards are also common in the forest areas which serve as their hiding points.cheetahs are also seen in Kafue national park but seen in the northern part of the park, cape wild dogs and hyenas are also common in the park and frequently seen in the park.
Kafue national park like any other national park has well distribution of the bird life ranging from forest birds, water birds, savanna birds and migratory birds among others. some of the most common birds species include ducks, guinea fowls, Pheasants, Grouse, Allies, flamingos, pigeons, doves,sand grouse, bastards, cuckoos, turacos among others.