Kafue National Park
Kafue National Park is found in the Centre of western Zambia, Kifue national park is the oldest and largest of Zambia’s national parks. It covers a massive 22400km. It was established as a national park in the 1950’s by the legendary Norman car; Kafue is also one of the largest national parks in the whole of Africa. It also remains little known and largely unexplored with vast tracts of its virgin bush still untouched.
In recent years ,the Park has seen a well-managed growth in the number of Safari Camps and Lodges that operate in and around the Park. This new interest has brought with it more visitors and investment to the area; notably in infrastructure with a number of well-graded roads and airstrips.
The cheetahs are found throughout the Kafue, from the Nanzhila in the south to the Busanga in the north.
There is also the African wild dog. This is a highly sought after species for wildlife tourists; these are also exceptionally rare and elusive predators which cannot be easily found. It has got the largest population of this species compared to any other national parks in Africa. Packs can also be found on both sides of the Kafue River and in the almost all the habitat types; from the dense woodland to riverne and the bamboo areas.
The species have started to receive much needed and warranted interested in the Kafue from various conservation organizations. The Kafue River and its tributaries themselves are a hive of activity and home to pods of hippo; and some of the biggest crocodiles in the southern Africa.
This Kafue also has a reputation for a history of poaching. The park had one of the largest populations of Rhino in Africa, and today not one exists.
The Elephants in the 60’s numbered approximately 60000 in the Kafue, today estimates are at 4,000. It is worth noting however that this is not solely a Kafue problem; and that in fact rhino were decimated from every single Zambian reserve. Elephant numbers have been and continue to reduce in all parks throughout most of Africa.