Kafue, Zambia, by Tricia Hayne
Sunset over Kafue National Park © Tricia Hayne

This stunning national park offers great game viewing on and around the Busanga Plains.

Kafue is a huge national park, two-and-a-half times the size of South Luangwa. Sadly, in the 1980s and early ’90s, few resources were devoted to its upkeep and anti-poaching efforts were left to a couple of dedicated souls from the few safari lodges that remained in the park. Now the situation is better. A steady trickle of visitors, supported by improving infrastructure and access to the park have added weight (and finance) to the on-going effort to build the park back up to its former glory. Even the park’s elephants are visibly recovering (both in number and in terms of losing some of their shyness), although it will be a while before they return to their former strength. It is very heartening to see that the rest of the game is thriving, and occurring in a volume and variety that bodes well for the future.

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