Kafue National Park
Kafue National Park © Steven dosRemedios
Kafue National Park is one of the largest nature reserves in Africa, spanning a diverse 8,650 square miles (22,400 sq km), which makes it roughly the size of Wales. Vast swathes of Kafue have yet to be explored and developed, making it a wonderful destination for those who want a real African adventure. Although the headquarters of the park are in the south, the southern region is actually less visited and more rundown; the real gem of the park is the flooded grasslands ecoregion in the north, which includes the Busanga Swamp. These rich lands support large herds of herbivores and their natural predators and the area is also noted for its birdlife. Visitors are likely to see lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras and a host of other species in their natural environment while exploring Kafue. Besides enjoying the wildlife through safaris, visitors can enjoy abundant bird watching and fishing. Kafue is a 224 mile (360km) drive west of Lusaka, and a short two-hour drive from Livingstone, but some of the park's interior roads are dilapidated, especially in the rainy season, making the park accessible only to 4x4s or chartered flights. There are now a number of great safari camps and game lodges in and around the reserve and infrastructure is gradually improving.