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22/08/2019

KNP is located between latitude 14 03 and 16 43 South and longitude 25 13 and 26 46 East in the south-central part of Zambia.

The park stretches some 306 km in north-south direction and 143 km in east-west in maximum from Kasempa District in the North-Western Province through Mumbwa District in the Central Province, Namwala and Kalomo Districts in the Southern Province.

It covers an area of approximately 22,400 km, comprising about 33% of the country’s national park estate.

Where to stay:

There are a number of lodges and bush camps in both the North and the South.

Kafue National Park North
  • Mayukuyuku Tented Camp
  • Lufupa Lodge
  • Busanga Bush camp,
  • Kafwala Camp
  • Kapinga seasonal camp

Kafue National Park – Where the Cheetah Roams:

Park access

KNP is accessible by road or by air. Road access from east and west is by tarred Lusaka-Mongu Highway, which passes through the park.

Access by air is facilitated by the presence of four airstrips in the park and three airstrips located on the periphery of the park.

Airstrips in the park are situated at Ngoma, Chunga, Moshi and Hippo Camp.

On the periphery of the park, airstrips are situated at Puku Pan Lodge, Lushimba wildlife camp and Lunga Cabins.

There is a network of gravel roads within the park, which are used for management and game viewing purposes.

Accessibility within the park is hampered in the wet season when most of the roads become impassable.

Flora

The park is endowed with diversified major vegetation types comprising closed forest, open forest with grass (woodland), Termite round vegetation and mound vegetation and Grassland.

The closed Forest is classified into Baikiaea, Secondary Baikiaea, Pteleopsis and Riparian Forests while the Open Forest with grass is classified into Miombo, Mopane, Kalahari and Munga Woodlands.

The Termite mound vegetation is classified into Mopane, Munga and Riparian termitaria.

The Grassland is classified into Dambo, Riverine and Flood Plain Grasslands.

Fauna

KNP has an exceptionally large variety of fauna species distributed throughout in varying densities and in complex and diverse associations.

The park probably has the greatest animal species diversity in Zambia.

One hundred and fifty eight (158) species of mammals, 481 species of birds, 69 species of reptiles, 35 species of amphibians and 58 species of fishes are known to occur in the park except for giraffe and tsessebe.

Elephants, Buffalos, Hippos, Red Lechwe, Impalas, Pukus and other animal species occur in large numbers in the park.

The threatened Wattled Cranes also occur in this park.

The two plains in the north and south are popular habitats for lions, cheetah and leopard.

Kafue National Park South
  • Mukambi Safari lodge
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  • Ila Safari Lodge
  • Mawimbi Bushi Camp
  • Nazhila Safari Camp
  • kaingu Camp

The ideal time to visit is in the drier months when the terrain is easier to navigate, the vegetation is less lush and more visible and the animals gather at watering holes in search of water.

However, during the wet season, all the vegetation comes alive with color and the park is a green wonderland, it’s equally an amazing sight.