This new camp on the Busanga Plains will welcome its first guests in June 2020. Positioned in a wildlife-rich area of Kafue National Park, Chisa Busanga will offer exceptionally good guided game drives and walking safaris.
Chisa Busanga Camp, currently under construction, is owned and run by Green Safaris. This company also operates Ila Safari Lodge in Kafue, as well as the beach lodge Kaya Mawa on Lake Malawi. Based on our experience of these properties, we feel Chisa Busanga will be a well built and very unique camp. Green Safaris has a passion for sustainable design, and the company also prides itself on nurturing the local wildlife and communities. Accommodation will be booked on a full-board basis and the camp will be open from June to November every year.
Access & location:
It will be possible to access the camp from Lusaka International Airport, via chartered flight (1 hour) or road transfer (3 hours). The site’s location is an island at the heart of the Busanga Plains, in the northern region of Kafue National Park.
Accommodation & facilities at Chisa Busanga Camp:
Guest accommodation will consist of just four rooms, each taking the form of a bird’s nest. In fact, the word Chisa means ‘bird’s nest’, suggesting that this will be a particularly significant feature. We’re told that all rooms will offer an en-suite washroom and an outdoor shower. Every nest will have a private observation deck too, positioned to provide views of the sun rising over the plains and wildlife roaming through the grasses. And the nest situated closest to the communal building will include a lift, opening up the camp to travellers who struggle with or are unable to use steps. We’ll update this section as soon as we’ve received further information.
The communal facilities at Chisa Busanga Camp will be based around an authentic boma. We imagine that, in common with the guest nests, this will be elevated well above ground level, maximising vistas over the plains. A plunge pool will provide a pleasant place for relaxation in between activities. Again, we’ll pass on additional details once these have become available.
Activities at Chisa Busanga Camp:
Chisa Busanga Camp will offer classic safari activities:
Expertly guided game drives- The total area of the Busanga Plains is well over 13,000 square kilometres. During green season the plains flood, which is why the camp will be open for dry season only. Once the waters have receded, a fine assortment of plains game returns to graze on the grasses, and in their wake there’s a reasonable amount of predators. Just a few highlights here include black-maned lion, cheetah, wild dog, wildebeest, zebra, impala, puku, and pangolin. Drives will most likely start off from camp in the early morning and late afternoon, and they’ll provide exciting opportunities to view all this wildlife! It’s also worth mentioning that the camp will use an electric vehicle, a much quieter option than the standard diesel 4 × 4.
Walking safaris- Also enjoyed in the presence of a knowledgeable and experienced guide, walks on the plains will appeal to anyone interested in getting to know the smaller lives of Busanga. From plants to insects to birds, there’s plenty to appreciate. More than 500 bird species have been recorded in the area, including raptors, herons, egrets, storks, cranes, chats, and kingfishers. As you might expect, the variety of waterbirds is particularly impressive.
This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.