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Kafue National Park

Kafue National Park is a conservation area of 22,400 sq kilometers (8,600 sq mi) in the provinces of North Western, Central and Southern in Zambia as the second largest national park in Africa. The Kafue River is inside the park to stretch across the three provinces as home to over 500 different animal species.

Kafue National Park was declared in 1924 after the British colonial government moved the Nkoya people from Mwene Kabulwebulwe to the Mumbwa District in the east. The Zambezian meadows include the swamp and plains of Busanga supporting large herds of herbivores and predators.

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Ecology

Most of the park is located in the jungle of Hortombian Miombo exotic which is characterized by savanna meadows, Miombo trees (Brachystegia), Julbernadia and Isoberlina. Some small dambos are grasslands that become swamps in the wet season scattered throughout the region.

To the south there are rocky hills where the Zambezian ecoregion forest and Mopane trees take over. The Miombo forest has long developed fire resistance levels in response to the widespread generation of fires occurring during the dry season.

Open, large and small plains are found throughout the Kafue that are often adorned with thousands of termite mounds. This mound is a great place for a number of bird species, especially Sooty Chat. Almost all canopies with spruce and shrubs, especially the Candelabra Tree (Euphorbia ingens) and Jackalberry Trees (Diospyrus mespiliformis).

The vast branch of the Zambezi River and interspersed with swift streams are home to otters and hippos, while sand islands are colonies of skimmers and crocodiles. The river eventually leads to the beautiful Lake Itezhi-Tezhi and is a fantastic place for birdwatchers.

Fauna

Kafue has an incredible range of animals including lion (Panthera leo), cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), African leopard (Panthera pardus pardus), spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta), cape wild dog (Lycaon pictus pictus), nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus), African bush elephant (Loxodonta africana) and hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)

Antelope, blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus), cape bushbuck (Tragelaphus sylvaticus), common eland (Taurotragus oryx), reedbuck (Redunca), common duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia), sharpe's grysbok (Raphicerus sharpei), waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus), puku (Kobus vardonii) and lechwe (Kobus leche).

Kafue is a birders paradise as home to over 500 species or the same as the rest of Europe. Some of the best known are Pel’s fishing Owl, black-cheeked lovebird, Chaplin’s Barbet (Zambia’s only endemic bird), wattled and crowned crane, African fin-foot, Bohm’s bee-eaters, Kingfisher, racket-tailed rollers, helmetshrikes, sooty, chat arnot, raptor besar dan kecil dari African hawk-eagles hingga black-chested snake-eagles.

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Location: The provinces of North Western, Central and Southern in Zambia.

Routes and public transport: Flights to Ngoma airtrip, Chunga airtrip, and Lufupa airtrip. Another alternative is to fly to Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone City, then drive to Dundunwezi gate for 3 hours. Another option is flights to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka City, then drive to Kafue.

Advice: The dry season lasts from June to October, the rainy season from November to April.

Accommodation included Busanga Bush Camp, Fig Tree Bush Camp, Ila Safari Lodge, KaingU Safari Lodge, Kasabushi Camp, Konkamoya Lodge, Mayukuyuku Luxury Bush Camp, McBrides’ Camp, Mukambi Plains Camp, Mukambi Safari Lodge, Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp, Pinnon Lodges, Shumba Camp, Hippo Bay Campsite, Kantunta Lodge, Kasabushi Campsite, Mawimbi Bush Camp, Mayukuyuku Self-Catering Campsite, Mu-Fungata Safari Lodge, Musekese Camp, Shiluwe Safari Lodge Itezhi Tezhi and The Mobile Safari Company.

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