The camp is situated within close proximity to permanent water and has easy access to a mix of seasonal and permanent floodplains.
Shumba Camp comprises of six spacious luxury safari tents on raised platforms with spectacular views of the surrounding plains. The rooms are large, en-suite with both indoor and outdoor showers. The dining and bar area is elevated so as to take in this vista and each morning’s sunrise. Dinner takes place either here or in the cosy boma where guests can also enjoy elements of local Zambian culture.
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.
Guests have the option of game drives in and around the Plains. Night drives provide the added excitement of the nocturnal wonders of the area.
Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, herds of wildebeest, zebra and buffalo all move onto the Plains as the dry season progresses. This wealth of game is a big attraction for predators, including wild dog, cheetah and prides of lion.
Open 01 Jun – 05 Nov
The Park has the largest mammal species diversity in Zambia due to an 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 6 cat species.
In the extreme north of the Kafue lies the Busanga Plains – one of Zambia’s most significant wetland resources and one of the few areas in the world that remain untouched by development and human activity.
Considered the jewel in the Kafue crown, the Plains are home to hundreds of red lechwe, puku, roan and the diminutive oribi.
Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and Defassa waterbuck are often seen.
This wealth of game on the plains is also a big attraction for predators, including wild dog packs, lone cheetah and lion prides.
If you are lucky pangolin and caracal are spotted occasionally.
The birdlife is certainly an attraction for many people visiting the Busanga Plains and Kafue boasts 491 species.
The Busanga plays host to elegant Wattled Cranes and Fülleborn’s Longclaw. Birding habitats are diverse 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.
The area is alive with rollers, bee-eaters, kingfishers, herons and large flocks of Open-billed and Yellow-billed Storks.
Many meals are prepared and cooked on the fire in front of the guests enhancing the safari experience.
Tree climbing lions are something to behold in this region.