Place: Kafue National Park in Zambia is the latest reserve in Africa to join the UNESCO World Biosphere Network, supporting research and advocacy to safeguard Earth’s wilderness spaces as well as their neighbouring communities. This national park is the oldest and largest national park in Zambia, with elegant Wilderness Shumba in its midst, we are delighted at more conservation efforts in this wildlife rich wilderness. Named after the prides of lion seen in the area, the camp is found on a wooded island in the centre of the Busanga Plains. The vast mosaic of grassy seasonal floodplains extending to the horizon, and mist rising at sunrise, epitomises the wild Busanga Plains. Its diversity can be discovered on game drives, as well as boating early in the season. Home to hundreds of red lechwe, puku, other plains game, and their predators – the remote floodplains seemingly go on forever.
Wildlife: Wilderness 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 lions are often seen in and around camp. The area is perfectly situated to see large numbers of plains game such as puku, red lechwe, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, oribi, buffalo, and wildebeest. In addition, cheetah, and wild dogs may be seen; while a special treat is the "resident" herd of rare roan antelope. For birding enthusiasts, the park boasts close on 500 species, including the range restricted Fülleborn's Longclaw.
Accommodation: Standing sentry over these endless plains with breathtaking views are six stylish tents, raised on wooden platforms, on a verdant tree island. Wilderness Shumba’s six elegant tents offer a tranquil space from which to observe the wilderness – spacious living with a cushion-strewn veranda for outdoor contemplations. 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.
Purpose: We took a leap of faith into this remote area of Zambia, far off the beaten track for most travellers and with a shortened tourism season, to help expand the area’s nascent ecotourism sector. Our presence is critical for the protection of this fragile ecosystem, through the support of conservation initiatives, and providing local employment.
NOTE: Wilderness Shumba is open between 01 June and 31 October each year.
Unique Selling Points
- Wilderness Shumba occupies its own island in the midst of the Busanga Plains, 600 square kilometres (231 square miles) of savannah in the north of Zambia’s Kafue National Park – one of the wildest, most pristine places on Earth
- Open for just five months each year, before the seasonal rains return to inundate the land once more, Wilderness Shumba epitomises “off the beaten track”, offering one of the most remote safaris in the Kafue
- Shumba means lion, and the camp is named after the local prides which are often seen near camp
- Aptly named the “Plains of Plenty”, the Busanga Plains’ exceptional biodiversity draws a vast amount of species into the area, which literally teems with wildlife and birds: from oribi, to roan and sable which are followed by predators including lions, wild dogs and cheetah, with the channels supporting hippos in their hundreds