Kafue River Basin
Southwest of the Copperbelt, the Kafue River Basin covers a large swathe of central Zambia stretching from almost DRC to the west of Lusaka. It encompasses large areas of very sparsely populated bush as well as the Kafue, Blue Lagoon and Lochinvar national parks.
Much of this region of Zambia is difficult to visit, consisting of endless seasonal bush tracks which link occasional farming settlements. At its heart lies the huge Kafue National Park, which has some superb game viewing areas within its boundaries. The best of these, the Busanga Plains, take time to reach, but at times it ranks with the subcontinent's most impressive game areas.
Elsewhere, there are seasonal floodplains that sustain game and attract a rich variety of birdlife – like the Lukanga Swamps and the Kafue Flats. Part of the latter is protected by two small national parks – Blue Lagoon and Lochinvar – but most such areas remain outside the parks. The Kafue River Basin is a wild area, with some excellent game and endless possibilities for exploring, but very little development.