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Busanga Plains Luxury Safari

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Experience Africa safari the way it used to be with a four-night stay at the luxury Shumba camp on the Busanga Plains. This safari camp in the lesser-visited Kafue National Park gives you an amazing and in-depth look at the wildlife of Zambia and a bush camp experience rarely found elsewhere. Go on game drives and walking safaris in Kafue National Park, spot antelope on the Busanga Plains at sunrise, and get a taste of the breathtaking views of Zambia. These plains offer water-based safari activities early in the season, and fantastic hot-air ballooning later in the drier part of the season. Spot some of the large prides of lion in the area and experience Zambia wildlife with your experienced safari guide.
Picnic overlooking Busanga PlainsHippo pools boatingOutdoor lounge overlooking Busanga PlansMale lion at ShumbaHot air-ballooning over the plainsCheetah on the plainsA herd of sable antelopeLion strideEnjoying the sunset over the plainsLion with a buffalo herdNighttime game drivesCheetah on a game drive
  • Relax in comfort in the most luxurious camp in Kafue National Park
  • Witness game and other wildlife on safaris drives in Kafue National Park
  • Wander the Busanga Plains on walking safaris with a guide
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Activity Level: Easy Active
Moderately active but not overly strenuous. This level includes activities like casual cycling, yoga, or excursions/activities that typically last 3-5 hours total each day.

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Day 1: Arrive Shumba Safari Camp

Fly from Lusaka today into your camp located along the Busanga Plains in the northern part of Kafue National Park, the second largest park in all of Africa. Settle into your safari camp this evening located along the edge of the Busanga Plains. Shumba Camp, which is still a traditional-style Africa safari camp, is one of the most luxurious safari camps on the Busanga Plains and in all of Kafue National Park.

Day 2-3: Busanga Plains Safari

Kafue National Park has remained largely undeveloped due to lack of accessibility compared to other national parks, though it covers the second largest area of any park in Africa. Kafue holds 55 species of mammal and a great range of antelope species, large herds of puku, red lechwe, and smaller groups of blue wildebeest and zebra that congregate around the Busanga Plains around the start of dry season. Spend your days going on game drives with your expert guide. Walking safaris around the Busanga Plains are also a frequent occurrence, with a variety of herds dotting the landscape in the morning hours. Boating on the plains while the water levels are high, and catch-and-release fishing, are also fantastic activities available. Opt for an optional hot-air balloon ride and get an aerial view of the plains from August to October.

Day 4: Return Lusaka

  • 1 Breakfast
Return to Lusaka today to continue on with the rest of your Zambia tour.


Shumba Safari Camp

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Cheetah on the plains
Splash in the plunge pool

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Rates include round-trip internal flights Lusaka - Shumba camp airstrip.
  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Kafue National Park Entrance Fees 
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Airport Departure Tax


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