Named after the prides of lion seen in the area, Shumba Camp is by far one of the best camps in Kafue. Set in the center of the Busanga Plains, Shumba is very remote, and with few travelers exploring this area, it is also very exclusive. Though offering a luxurious experience, it places a lot of emphasis on the wildlife that surrounds the camp and on the activities available. Shumba is operational between 1st June and 31st October each year. If you are after a more rustic version, you could consider sister camp Busanga Bush Camp.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Shumba Camp is located in the heart of Busanga Plains in the north Kafue National Park.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT SHUMBA CAMP:
Originally a bush camp run by the outdoorsy safari company Busanga Trails, Shumba has changed completely from its original rustic design. Built on an island of fig-trees, Shumba overlooks the seasonal floodplains in every direction. The camp is built high above the ground and is linked by wooden walkways, with grass roofs and long extended decking. The main area includes a swimming pool, a lounge, dining, and bar area, as well as an outdoor sunken lounge with stargazing and fire deck.
There are just six luxury suites at Shumba and all are raised on wooden platforms. With a focus on observing the wilderness from all angles, guests will have scenic views from the bed, the various seating areas, and even from the outdoor showers. All tents include large beds and en-suite facilities with indoor shower, outdoor shower, double basin vanity, and toilet.
ACTIVITIES AT SHUMBA CAMP:
Situated amidst various lion pride territories and large game, there are plenty of wildlife-viewing opportunities at Shumba Camp:
Expertly guided game drives- These take place during early morning and late afternoon, in the company of a knowledgeable and experienced guide. Wildlife highlights include lion, wildebeest, cheetah, wild dog, puku, red lechwe, oribi, and Lichtenstein's hartebeest. For birding enthusiasts, the park also boasts 491 species, including endemics such as Chaplin's barbet.
Water-based activities- With a 6-seater boat, water-based activities are on offer, though this depends on water levels. These will mostly be at the beginning of the season, so please speak to a member of the YZ team for more information.
Hot air ballooning- A somewhat bizarre activity considering the remote feel of safari in this park. Nevertheless, the hot air ballooning over the Busanga Plains and Kafue is one of the best balloon experiences on offer in Africa. We highly recommend it! Please note: Hot air ballooning will not be offered during the 2021 season.