Dana Allen

Mike Myers

Will Burrard-Lucas


Activities

Guests have the option of game drives in and around the Plains and water-based activities when the Plains are still inundated.

Night drives provide the added excitement of the nocturnal wonders of the area, and floating in a hot air balloon high over the plains is an unforgettable experience. 

Wildlife

The Busanga Plains offer concentrations of common species such as puku, lechwe, buffalo and wildebeest, but also comparative rarities not easily viewed in southern Africa such as roan, oribi and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest. There is a high density of lion, with species like cheetah and wilddog utilising those areas where lion are not present.

Scenery

Dominated by the Busanga Swamps, a papyrus-dominated wetland that gives way to the vast floodplain of the Busanga Plains, seasonally-inundated grassland dotted with isolated tree-islands. The Lunga, Lufupa and Kafue Rivers are lined with riverine forest and the landscape is further patterned with broad-leaved miombo woodland, open plains, floodplains andisland thickets.

Activities

Accommodation

Shumba Camp has six luxurious safari tents on raised platforms under a shady tree canopy, overlooking spectacular surrounding plains – the ideal staging post from which to absorb the special diversity and richness of the area.

The Camp

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Shumba Camp is build on raised platforms with spectacular views. The main area is elevated so as to take in this vista and each morning’s sunrise. Evening meals are often created over an open fire in front of guests, and served either in the elegant dining area or in the cosy confines of the traditional boma, where elements of local Zambian culture come to the fore.

Kafue National Park is one of the largest in Africa.  The north-west is dominated by the Busanga Swamps, a papyrus-dominated wetland that gives way to the vast floodplain of the Busanga Plains, seasonally-inundated grassland dotted with isolated tree-islands. The Lunga, Lufupa and Kafue Rivers are lined with riverine forest and the landscape is further patterned with broad-leaved miombo woodland, open plains, floodplains and island thickets. Shumba Camp is situated in the centre of the Busanga Plains close to permanent water and within easy access of the teeming floodplains. Shumba is named after a favourite species in the area: its large prides of lion that are often seen right next to camp – or even, unusually, in trees. Viewing of this and other species is possible from the comfort of the tent or main deck, while the camp’s fig trees ensure both shade and constant bird activity.

Shumba Camp