Shumba Camp

Kafue, Zambia

On Request

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Shumba Camp

Shumba Camp is located in the centre of the Busanga Plains, home to hundreds of wildlife and herds of wildebeest, zebra and buffalo. It is named after a favourite species in the area: prides of lion sometimes up to 20 strong!


We Love
  • The Camp uses innovative energy-saving systems, which are being used as a model to lower the environmental footprint across the entire portfolio of Wilderness camps in the region.
  • The Camp employs eight game scouts seconded from the Zambian Wildlife Authority to conduct anti-poaching patrols from the camps.  
  • The Camp promotes and supports surveys and research projects, so contributing to the understanding of the local environment.
Need to Know
  • Camp offers a fully stocked bar with a good selection of South African wines.
  • Electricity is supplied by a small diesel generator with a battery inverter that provides for lighting in the evening.
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
  • Shumba Camp is closed seasonally between 01 November and 01 June each year.Shumba Camp is closed seasonally between 01 November and 01 June each year.

The Review

Shumba Camp is perfectly situated to take advantage of the game and predator concentrations of the Busanga Plains, being situated as it is within close proximity to permanent water and having easy access to a mix of seasonal and permanent floodplains. View game from the comfort of your tent or main deck, while relaxing with a beer under the fig trees.

Shumba Camp comprises six spacious luxury safari tents on raised platforms with spectacular views of the surrounding plains. The rooms are large, en-suite with both indoor and outdoor showers. The dining and bar area is elevated so as to take in this vista and each morning's sunrise. Many meals are prepared and cooked on the fire in front of the guests enhancing the safari experience.

The Busanga Plains are extensive floodplains interspersed with tree-islands and edged with miombo woodland. As the dry season progresses and the floodplains dry up, large herds of puku, lechwe and wildebeest begin to move onto the plains to graze, followed by other plains game ranging from zebra and buffalo to roan and oribi. Predators include resident prides of lion, cheetah and occasionally wild dog. Kafue boasts 491 bird species, with Rosy-throated Longclaws, the rare Crowned Cranes and other specials found here.

Guests have the option of game drives in and around the Plains and night drives provide the added excitement of the nocturnal wonders of the area.

With a maximum of 12 guests in the camp at any one time, great emphasis is placed on the "guided" experience - being led by qualified, enthusiastic people with in-depth knowledge of the area and its wildlife.

Getting There

Busanga Bush Camp is located on the Busanga Plains in the northern part of the Kafue National Park. The Camp can be reached by air from Livingstone in 1 hour 45 minutes and from Lusaka in 1 hour 10 minutes. Transfer from the Plains Airstrip between June-July takes approx.  20 minute drive to the mokoro pick up point and another 30 minutes to the camp. Between August and November, it takes approx. 40 minute road transfer from airstrip to camp. The Kafue is a vast wilderness area and self-driving is not advised.

Shumba Camp Kafue, Zambia