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Shumba Camp

Inside National Park


From US$1,280

Lodge Description

We took a leap of faith into remote Zambia, far off the beaten track for most travellers and with a shortened tourism season, to help expand the area’s ecotourism presence, support anti-poaching activities, and provide local employment and other opportunities.

The vast mosaic of grassy seasonal floodplains extending to the horizon, mist rising at sunrise, epitomises the wild, remote Busanga Plains. Its diversity can be discovered on game drives as well as boating early in the season or hot air ballooning later on.

Elegant Shumba, named after the prides of lion seen in the area, is found on a wooded island in the centre of the millionhectare Busanga Plains. Home to hundreds of red lechwe, puku and other plains game and their predators, the wild and remote floodplains seemingly go on forever.

Shumba is situated in the middle of the Busanga Plains in the midst of various lion pride territories and is said to provide some of the best lion viewing in Africa. These lion are often seen in and around camp. The area is also perfectly situated to see large numbers of plains game such as puku, red lechwe, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, oribi, buffalo and wildebeest. Cheetah and wild dog may also be seen, while a special treat is the ‘resident’ herd of rare roan antelope. For birding enthusiasts, the park boasts 491 species, including endemics such as Chaplin's barbet.

• Day and night game drives in 03 x 10-seater open Toyota Hiluxes. 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.
• Private activities on offer (subject to vehicle availability which needs to be booked and paid for) may be requested in advance. Note that the one private vehicle on the Busanga Plains Concession is shared between Shumba and Busanga Bush Camp (this is an exception to the Private Activity service which is usually not offered at an Adventures category camp).
• Water-based activities in 01 x 06-seater boat (water levels permitting and mostly at the beginning of the season).
• Birding.
• 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)].

Standing sentry over these endless plains are luxury tented units raised on wooden platforms. Each spacious unit is a tranquil space from which to observe the wilderness - either from your bed, the various seating areas or even the indoor or outdoor showers. Enjoy Zambian hospitality in the main area, where sumptuous dining, cooling off in the pool and shaded relaxation are the order of the day, while convivial fireside tales and stargazing are a nightly ritual.

Number of Tents
This camp can accommodate 14 guests in total


Wilderness Safaris

Lodge Details

Property Type

Semi-Permanent Tented Camp






Max. clients in vehicle


Private Airstrip



Activities Included

Day + night game drives, Walking safaris, Hot Air Balloons

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