Shumba Camp (Kafue National Park) Zambia
At 22 500 square kilometers, Kafue National Park is one of the largest National Parks in Africa. It is fed by three rivers, the Lufupa in the north-west and the Lunga and Kafue in the north-east. The Lufupa River floods in the summer, creating a large floodplain delta system that attracts thousands of waterbirds. The Lunga and Kafue rivers are wide and slow-flowing, banded by riverine forest. Habitats in the Park are diverse, and include floodplains, miombo woodland and dambos.
It has good concentrations of plains game and their predators as well as the largest species diversity in Zambia, including animals that are rare or non-existent in other southern African countries, such as Lichtenstein's hartebeest, roan antelope, Defassa waterbuck and oribi. Birdlife is spectacular, consisting of 491 species. Shumba Camp is situated in the northern region of the Kafue National Park, in the famed Busanga Plains area. The Plains, covering approximately 750 square kilometers, is considered one of Zambia's most important wetlands as well as a wildlife paradise with a wealth of plains game, predators and birds.
Shumba Camp comprises six spacious luxury safari tents on raised platforms with breathtaking views of the surrounding plains.
A maximum of twelve guests can be accommodated at any one time and great emphasis has been placed on the "guided" experience - being led by qualified, enthusiastic people with in-depth knowledge of the area and its wildlife.
The dining and bar area is situated under the shade of enormous trees, elevated to give splendid views of the plains. A large focus here is to involve guests in the safari way of life, so many of the meals are prepared and cooked in front of the guests.
The concession has mild winter days from May to September with chilly evenings; however summers are generally very warm and wet. Kafue National Park is seasonal, and traditionally only accessible from May to October, during the dry season.
Many meals are prepared and cooked on the fire in front of the guests enhancing the safari experience. A maximum of 12 guests can be accommodated at any one time and great emphasis has been placed on the "guided" experience - being led by qualified, enthusiastic people with in-depth knowledge of the area and its wildlife.
Facilities are en-suite and include an indoor and outdoor shower. Electricity is supplied by a small diesel generator which runs for a short period of the day while guests are out on activities. The energy is stored in a bank of batteries and this provides for lighting in the evening.
Potable water to the camp comes from a borehole. Overhead fans have 24-hour power; guests need to be conservative with the use of all electrical equipment.
Zambia is known as the birthplace of the "foot" safari, so guests have the option of walking safaris in and around the Plains, or game drives, while night drives provide the added excitement of the nocturnal wonders of the area.
This camp is perfectly situated to see large numbers of plains game and their predators - including some of the best lion and cheetah viewing in Africa!
For those interested in birding, Busanga Plains boasts some 390 species, including such specials as Wattled and Crowned Cranes, Fulleborn's and Rosy-throated Longclaws, Lanner Falcon and large flocks of Open-billed and Yellow-billed Storks.
From $1,240 per person per night sharing. Please contact us
for a quote and suggested itinerary.