The wide range of habitats in Kafue National Park, including riverine forests, miombo woodlands, flood plains and grassy dambos, park-like savannah and almost impenetrable thickets, provide the most beautiful African backdrops to a wide diversity of animal and bird life.

Observant visitors can confidently expect to spot a wide variety of wildlife, including hippo, crocodile, warthog, impala, puku, bushbuck, kudu, hartebeest, sable, waterbuck, buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, and wild dog, plus many smaller species.

The bird life is prolific with almost 300 species recorded in the Hippo area. A constantly growing Hippo Lodge bird list is available.

Recorded within the area are unusual species such as the African Finfoot, African Skimmer, Rock Pratincole, Crowned and Wattle Crane, Saddle-bill Stork, Racket-tailed Roller, Sharlow’s Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Crowned Eagle (which are nesting in camp) and the ubiquitous African Fish Eagle.