Kafue National Park is situated in the centre of western Zambia and is the oldest and largest of Zambia’s national parks, covering an enormous 22,400 km2.
Kafue was first established as a National Park in the 1950s by legendary conservationist Norman Carr. Despite its size and prominent location only two hours drive from Livingstone, it remains somewhat unknown and unexplored with vast tracts of its bush still untouched. Kafue holds an astounding variety of ecosystems including lush, riverine forest along the banks of the Kafue River and its main tributaries, open mixed woodland of mature teak trees, grassy plains and the seasonally flooded Busanga swamps in the north.
Many rare and endangered species such as sable antelope and the red lechwe, puku and sitatunga antelope can be found in addition to the more commonly sighted African species such as leopard, cheetah, lion, elephant, buffalo, hyena and hippo. Birdlife is particularly prolific at Kafue with over 400 species found.