Kafue FLood Plains


Termite mounds, fig trees and phoenix palms set on a flat plain undulating at times, set on a vast plain offering extensive riparian woodlands with wide grassy openings called Dambos formed by the flood plains of the Kafue River and its numerous tributaries is not that far from Lusaka yet it remains relatively undiscovered

Kafue National Park is the third largest park in Africa. It lies in central-western Zambia with the Busanga Plains dominating the eco system.  These seasonal floodplains dry out at times to the extent that hippos become trapped in shallow muddy pools. Normally though, the overflowing river results in well watered grasslands that attract masses of game offering superb game viewing. Tall mopane woodland and Kalahari sandveld with the wide Ninzhila Plains dotted by baobabs trees and white-sapped euphorbias make the southern regions of the park stand out making game viewing here more difficult than the north.

Cheetah, leopard, wild dog, hyena and lion have a healthy and diverse diet to choose from. Red lechwe in their thousands scamper near the flood plains and roan, sable, hartebeest, eland, wildebeest, impala (in the south), puku (in the north), oribi, sitatunga, duiker and waterbuck add their own flavour. Lions will sometimes chase lechwe right into the water. Bush pigs, warthogs, elephants, hippos and crocodiles throng the plains in thousands.

The birding is exceptional, especially on the rivers and the dambos, with over 400 species, notably goliath herons, fish eagles, wattled crane, purple crested lourie and Pel’s fishing owl.

Zambia unlike many other places has three main seasons:

December to April is hot, humid and rainy and forms the hot rainy season and as the roads become flooded the regions comes to a literal stand still. Midday temperatures of 82°F (28°C) are recorded. May to September is the cool and dry winter months with pleasant term temperature around 75°F (24°C). Night temperatures go down to 46°F (8°C). October and November are hot and dry but lacks humidity.

The best time to visit is during the dry months from June to November.

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