The northern section of the Kafue National Park offers the most interesting range of landscapes; the prime wildlife viewing area is the Busanga Plains. In addition to game drives and walking safaris, you can also survey the territory and herds from above on safari flights by helicopter, light aircraft or hot air balloon. The latter is a wonderfully peaceful way to travel and to appreciate the landscape, and is much less commercialised than the major balloon operations in Serengeti and Masai Mara. It’s likely that yours will be the only balloon in the sky.
One of the real highlights of a safari in Kafue is a motor boat ride on the Kafue River. The banks are shady and the river largely languid, with just one stretch of rapids to get your pulse racing. There are plenty of elephant, hippo and crocodiles on the river bank, while lion and leopard are never far away. You can expect excellent opportunities for birding, too; catching sight of an African fish eagle, the national emblem of Zambia, diving through the air to catch fish in the river is a treat.