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Shumba Camp

Place: Elegant Shumba, named after the prides of lion seen in the area, 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 or hot air ballooning later on. Home to hundreds of red lechwe, puku, other plains game, and their predators – the remote floodplains seemingly go on forever.

Accommodation: Standing sentry over these endless plains with breath taking views are six stylish tents, raised on wooden platforms, on a verdant tree island. 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.

Wildlife: 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 prides are often seen in and around camp. Additionally, the area is perfectly situated to see large numbers of plains game such as puku, red lechwe, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, oribi, buffalo, and wildebeest. While cheetah and wild dog may be seen, a special treat is the ‘resident’ herd of rare roan antelope. Birdlife is prolific, including enemics such as Chaplin's barbet. 

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, support anti-poaching activities, and provide local employment and other opportunities.

NOTE: Shumba Camp is open between 01 June and 31 October each year.

Unique Selling Points

  • The most luxurious accommodation in the Kafue, overlooking vast wildlife-rich plains
  • Shumba means lion, referring to the large prides often seen near camp
  • The most exclusive wildlife hot air ballooning in Africa
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