Busanga Bush Camp
Kafue & Western Zambia, Zambia
Kafue & Western Zambia, Zambia
KAFUE NATIONAL PARK, ZAMBIA
Busanga Bush Camp lies in the heart of the Busanga Plains, a vast mosaic of expansive, grassy seasonal floodplains that extends to the horizon. Nestled in a vegetated island of fig trees, it can accommodate eight guests in four well-appointed tents. The lounge area is under canvas looking out over the plains. Most meals are served in the open air, under the canopy of a majestic tree.
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.
Activities at Busanga Bush Camp include game drives, walking safaris and night drives, led by qualified guides who are extremely knowledgeable about the area and its wildlife. For those interested in birding, the park boasts 491 bird species, with Rosy-throated Longclaws, the rare Crowned Cranes and other specials found here.
Busanga Bush Camp KAFUE NATIONAL PARK, ZAMBIA
Stay Busanga Bush Camp is a Classic Safari Lodge has only four well-appointed tented rooms, that make it ideal for families or small groups of friends to take out on a completely exclusive basis. Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with al fresco showers and the private verandas have a hammock set up so you can relax and enjoy the views straight from your own bedroom.
The Camp The main Busanga Bush Camp area is under canvas looking out over the plains; breakfast is often served here to take in the view of herds of lechwe and puku. The dining area lies under the shady canopy of a majestic tree from which an unusual lantern chandelier hangs, romantically lighting up dinner; most meals are served in the open air. Electricity and hot water are supplied via solar panel and geysers.
ChildCare There are no specific facilities available for younger children. Hence only children of 12 years and above are welcome to stay at the Busanga Bush Camp.
Safari Busanga Bush Camp has a wonderful range of game drives, including night drives and specialist bird watching game drives. Early on in the season, before the water has disappeared, boating excursions along the many waterways can also be organised. The Camp can organise Hot air balloon safaris that offer an incredible way to see the Busanga Plains from a unique perspective.
Experience The birdlife is thrilling in its diversity and numbers with nearly 500 species recorded. The Busanga Bush plays host to elegant Grey Crowned Cranes and Fülleborn's Longclaw is another speciality here. Birding habitats are exciting and include vast floodplains, broadleaved woodland (mopane and miombo), open water and riverine fringe.
Location Busanga Bush Camp is located on the Busanga Plains in the seasonal wetland area of the Kafue National Park.
Getting There The Busanga Bush Camp can be reached by air from Livingstone in 1-hour and 45 minutes and from Lusaka in 1-hour and 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.
When to go There are three seasons: the dry season (July - October), which has pleasant weather and also the most popular. The temperatures begin to rise in September and October, particularly in the Luangwa Valley and Lower Zambezi in, but with animals seeking water along the river banks the game viewing can be phenomenal. The shoulder months (April-June) is when the rains would have stopped and an ideal time to visit Victoria Falls. The wet season from December until March is ideal for bird-watching. Busanga Bush Camp is open only between 1st July and the 31st of October, annually.