Kafue National Park, Liuwa & Busanga Plains
The vast Kafue is the oldest National Park in Zambia covering 22,400 km2. It is one of the largest National Parks in all of Africa and has remained largely untouched by development. It remains a unique and pristine wilderness with sublime scenery, fantastic game viewing and impressive bird watching. As diverse as any park in Africa, the wildlife of the Kafue is as numerous as it is varied with an abundance of big cats and more unusual antelope species such as roan, sable, sitatunga & puku.
The 750 km2 Busanga Plains are regarded as the Jewel of the Kafue - a vast mosaic of expansive grassy seasonal floodplains that extend to the horizon. When the mist rises off the floodplains as they dry up in winter, incredible sunrises and sunsets are experienced here, while the floodplains teem with wildlife. This area is synonymous with the large herds of Red Lechwe and Buffalo, followed closely by the Kafue's impressive carnivores. Being submerged for most of the year, the seasonal flood waters attract great flocks of birds with the park boasting 491 sepcies including rollers, bee-eaters, kingfishers, herons, open-billed storks, rare wattled cranes and the endemic Chaplin's barbet. Hippo are also abundant and often found in large pods in the channels.
Liuwa Plains National Park lies further to the west and is one of the most remote parks in Zambia. Game is spread out across the 3,660km2 plains and takes some driving around to find, but to come upon a vast herd of blue wildebeest, a prowling wild dog, or a pride of dozing lions in this forgotten piece of Africa is a true reward for the ardent bush-lover. The birdlife is abundant and the very dramatic storms and lightning rising up on the horizon, contrasting with the green and gold grasslands, create spectacular views and fantastic photographic opportunities.
Why we like it
- Impressive predator viewing
- Excellent sightings of roan antelope
- Abundant nocturnal wildlife
- Second largest wildebeest migration
- Massive flocks of migrating birds