The jewel in Kafue’s crown is the Zambezian flooded grasslands ecoregion in the north, including the Busanga Swamp and plains. These support large herds of herbivores and their predators. In the dry season the animals keep close to the swamps and marshy creeks and are easily seen. The area is also noted for its birdlife.
Game viewing is excellent as this pristine wilderness area is home to an impressive variety of big game including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo and hippo. In addition, the Kafue conserves some fascinating species of special interest including Lichenstein’s hartebeest, sable, roan, puku, the diminutive oribi, and incredibly, lechwe in the thousands. Almost 500 species of birds have been recorded in the area. After the rains, large pods of hippo can be found in the shallow pools in the wetlands of the Busanga Plains. Birding is fantastic, with large flocks of pelicans, crowned cranes and wattled crains in the plains at certain times of the year.