Considered the jewel in the Kafue crown, the Plains cover an area of approximately 750 square kilometres with Busanga Bush Camp centrally situated within this breathtaking wilderness.
The camp, nestled in a vegetated island of fig trees, 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.
Activities include game drives, walking safaris and night drives, led by qualified guides.
Thanks to the rising mist off the floodplains guests can experience incredible sunrises and sunsets, with the sun a spectacular pink colour, while the floodplains and dambos teem with wildlife and birds. This wealth of game on the plains is also a big attraction for predators, including wild dog packs, lone cheetah and lion prides. Pangolin and caracal are spotted occasionally.
Open 01 Jun – 05 Nov
Large herds of red lechwe and puku are a common sight, together with oribi and resident roan, while zebra and wildebeest use the fringes of the plains.
Lion are the most common predator, with occasional sightings of cheetah and wild dog.
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.
The Park has the largest mammal species diversity in Zambia due to its interesting habitat mix which includes miombo woodland and seasonal open grassy areas called dambos.
The Park boasts 55 large mammal species – including 20 ungulate and six cat species!
At Busanga Bush Camp other unusual sightings include leopard, porcupine, water mongoose and side-striped jackal.
Lion research is a valued project in this area so be sure to ask more about the Busanga lions.