Kafue national park Travel Guide

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At 22,400 square km Kafue National Park of Zambia is one the largest parks in both Africa and the world. Varying from flood plains in the northern region to desert in the south, this expansive park is a haven for wildlife and more recently conservation.

What to See & Do at Kafue National Park
Kafue National Park is an amazing place to view some rich wildlife. The rivers are filled with hippos, as well as huge crocodiles. You can also view a lot of elephants along the river banks now that they are on the comeback after years of poaching brought their numbers down significantly. Both large and small birds are abundant, as well as all kinds of hoofed animals, lions, leopards, buffalo and monkeys.

There are some great boat trips along the Lafupa and Kafue Rivers manned by local skippers. Your lodge will be able to arrange early morning and late afternoon game drives so that you can view the wildlife in the area. On these drives you will be taken out by experienced and knowledgeable drivers and spotters.

When to Visit Kafue National Park
July through October is the best time to visit the park. During the rainy season, many of the areas of the north are flooded and impassable. Additionally, the lodges are only open during these times, as otherwise many of the roads are underwater.

Getting to Kafue National Park
Kafue National Park can be accessed by air or car. If you arrive by air and board at one of the better lodges, staff there will boat, drive or walk you around the park. If you arrive by car you can either drive yourself around the park or hire an agency to drive you around the park. Park fees are $3 per vehicle per day and $15 per person per day.

Staying at Kafue National Park
There are many lodges at the park that are many on the higher end and many offer inclusive trips that include food and touring around the park. There is also camping available in the park for rather reasonable rates starting at about $12 a night. Most lodges offer very basic, but good food. If you are camping, you will need to bring your own food in or arrange for meals at one of the lodges within the park.
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