Busanga Bush Camp
Inside National Park
Despite making a capital loss in the Busanga Plains every year - due to its remoteness and shortened tourism season – our presence is critical for the survival of this fragile ecosystem through the support of anti-poaching activities and employment.
Busanga Bush Camp lies on a verdant island in the middle of Kafue’s Busanga Plains. Day and night drives and seasonal boating take in the diverse wildlife in this remote place on the ground, or a hot air balloon ride by air.
Busanga Bush Camp lies on a verdant island in the heart of the Kafue’s Busanga Plains, a vast mosaic of grassy seasonal floodplains that extend to the horizon. When the mist rises off the drying floodplains in winter, incredible sunrises and sunsets can be experienced, and the plains and dambos teem with wildlife and birds. Due the remoteness and shortened tourism season here, our presence is vital for the survival of this fragile and extraordinary eco-system.
The Busanga Plains are famed for its productive prides of lion. Other predators seen here include wild dog and cheetah which are drawn to the prolific plains game of the area. Puku, red lechwe, buffalo and wildebeest are just some of these, while a special treat is the resident herd of roan antelope. As the floodplains dry out more and more game is attracted from the surrounding woodlands and it is then that zebra numbers increase and sable venture out onto the plains. Hippo are also abundant and often found in large pods in the channels. For those interested in birding, the park boasts 491 species, including as the endemic Chaplin's barbet.
• Day and night game drives in 01 x 10-seater open Toyota Hilux. During winter months hot water bottles (on early morning game drives only), blankets and lined ponchos are provided.
• A pair of Olympus binoculars is available in each of the game drive vehicles for guests to share amongst themselves whilst game viewing and may be requested from our guides
• Water-based activities in 1 x 6-seater boat (water levels permitting and mostly at the beginning of the season).
• Stargazing with a laser pointer.
• Hot air ballooning (a nominal fee will apply to this excursion and said conservation fee will aid anti-poaching efforts in and around the Kafue National Park [(subject to availability and to be booked and paid for in camp for any length of stay) - excursion available in August, September and October only - not in June or July (weather permitting, with guest numbers as a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 - all passengers must be able to stand for the duration of the flight (approximately 1.0 hour with the balloon flying with the wind so distance and area covered will depend on the direction and speed of the wind), bend knees into a squatting position, as well as be able to enter and exit the basket)].
Hidden beneath sycamore fig trees, this intimate camp has well-appointed en-suite tents, each with a veranda to take in the sweeping views. The main area - under canvas - is a relaxed space with uninterrupted panoramas over the plains and is a favourite space amongst guests, particularly at sunrise with the rising mist gradually reveals masses of lechwe and puku dotted across the floodplain. The ‘dining room’, a little further back, is shaded by the canopy of a majestic tree from which an unusual lantern chandelier hangs, romantically lighting up dinner.
Number of Tents
This camp can accommodate 8 guests in total
Semi-Permanent Tented Camp
Max. clients in vehicle
Day + night game drives, Walking safaris, Hot Air Balloons