Busanga Bush Camp

Kafue, Zambia

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Busanga Bush Camp

As the rising mist off the Busanga plains dry up in winter, you can experience incredible sunrises and sunsets, with the sun a spectacular pink. On the floodplains, dambos teem with wildlife and birds; allowing some of the best lion viewing in Africa.

UNLEASH IT: IN THE HEART OF THE BUSANGA PLAINS TEEMING WITH HERDS OF WILDLIFE.
 

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, contributing to the understanding of the local environment.
Need to Know
  • All drinks are included in the nightly tariff, with the exception of imported premium spirits.
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
  • Electricity and hot water are supplied via solar panel and geysers. A small diesel generator provides a back-up source of energy.

About

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,

Stay
Busanga Bush Camp can accommodate eight guests in four well-appointed tents. The lounge 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.

Wildlife
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.

Experience
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 species, including endemics such as Chaplin's Barbet.

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.
 

 
Busanga Bush Camp Kafue, Zambia

Busanga Bush Camp


Rating                           Classic Camp
Type                             Safari Lodge
No of rooms                   4
Max Occupants               8 guests
Interests                        Wildlife, Nature, Birding
Location                        Kafue National Park


Standard Tents
There are four twin bedded tents. The beds canmoved together to make a double bed.

Room details
4 canvas rooms each with en-suite bathroom. Soaps, shampoo, body lotion, washing powder (for smalls), insect repellent and torches are supplied in each tent.

Camp Description
Whole camp including the dining, lounge and bar area is under a canopy of majestic fig and jackalberry trees. Dinners served in a boma under the stars, or in the dining area overlooking the Busanga floodplains.

Electricity & Water
Electricity and hot water are supplied via solar panel and geysers. A small diesel generator
provides a back-up source of energy. Sleep apnoea machines cannot be used. Potable water to the camp comes from a well.

Activities
Guests can enjoy both day and night game drives in open vehicles
Guided night drives ± 3 hours
Specialist birding drive ± 3 hours
Full day activities with hammock lunch in the plains
NOTE: Busanga Bush Camp is closed seasonally between 01 November and 01 June each year.

Seasons
One rate all year: 01 June 2013 – 31 October 2013


Policies

Child Policy
    Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
    For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
    Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.

Other Policies
    All drinks are included in the nightly tariff, with the exception of premium wines and champagne, and premium liqueurs and spirits.
    Same-day laundry facility is available and is included in the nightly tariff.
    Extras can be paid for by cash, MasterCard and Visa Card – mandatory 3% credit card charge applies. Bank Cheques and Travellers Cheques are not accepted.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:          2:00 PM
    Check out:      12:00 PM
    Minimum stay:     1 night

 

Kafue National Park

At 22,500 sqkm, Kafue National Park is one of the largest in Africa. The million-hectare northern sector is the perfect location for our camps: remote, wild and diverse with vast tracts of pristine wilderness. 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.

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 wild dog utilising those areas where lion are not present.    

Birdlife
The birdlife is thrilling in its diversity and numbers with nearly 500 species recorded. The Busanga 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. Other key species include Ross's Turaco, Schalow's Turaco, African Finfoot, Half-collared Kingfisher, Red-throated Twinspot, Böhm's Bee-eater, Black-backed Barbet, Brown Firefinch, Sooty Chat and Western Banded Snake-Eagle to name but a few.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides – £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff – £3.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) – £6.00 per person per day


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. November is unpredictable. The wet season runs from December until March, when the weather can vary hugely in the day. It is ideal for bird-watching but some camps are closed during this time.

Visa
British nationals require a visa to enter Zambia. You require a passport valid for the next 6 months with two completed visa application forms, two passport photographs, copy of your passport page containing personal information and a copy of airline tickets/itinerary.
Consular office is open Monday to Friday 10.00am - 13.00pm

Health
You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while travelling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel. Check with your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need.

Please note:
All travellers to and from Zambia are required to be in possession of either a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate   or a valid waiver certificate.


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.

The airstrip is 1,200m long with compact gravel and sand.
GPS Airstrip coordinates: 14°17’34"S and 25°53’49"E