Bush camps are uniquely Zambian having been pioneered in the Luangwa Valley. They go hand-in-hand with walking safaris which will often move from camp to camp. Often seasonal due to their remote location there are a range of options available. Here we give our run down on why a stay in one is a must on any visit to Zambia. <br /><br /> Bush camps have become as integral to the Zambian safari experience as walking safaris, and the two combine perfectly for a really adventurous trip. They range in style dramatically from a fly camp erected each night for the most dedicated enthusiasts, to seasonal rustic shelters to luxurious chalets that it is hard to believe can be created in such remote locations. Highlights of a stay in them include:
Zambia is a great destination for first timers and safari aficionados alike, offering an off-the-beaten-track experience with some of the most rewarding game viewing on the continent combined with some of the most unique activities. Here we give a rundown of our top things to do in Zambia to really make the most of your time here…
Zambia is widely-regarded as offering one of Africa’s top safari experiences that Africa has to offer and some of the most impressive bush accommodation. An exciting alternative that has been pioneered in Zambia, are a unique set of safari houses, ideal for families or groups of friends looking for a private and tailor-made safari experience. Take a look at our top 5 safari houses in Zambia:
The home of the walking safari, Zambia and the South Luangwa in particular is the perfect place to get out and explore the bush on foot. Having been pioneered by Norman Carr in the 1950s in the Luangwa Valley, walking safaris allow you to get back to basics and experience the bush in an in-depth and multifaceted way, whilst leaving a much smaller carbon footprint. Here we give our top five reasons for recommending your next safari to Africa is a walking safari in Zambia…
Kafue and western Zambia, Zambia
Located on a tree island in the centre of the breathtaking Busanga Plains, the stylish Shumba Camp is said to provide some of the best lion viewings in Africa.
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The lodge has six spacious luxury tented units with en-suite bathrooms and both indoor and outdoor showers, all raised on wooden platforms with spectacular views of the surrounding plains.
Dinner takes place either on the deck, enjoying magnificent vistas over the open wildlife-rich plains, or in the cosy boma.
The Busanga Plains are well known for their wealth of plains game such as puku, red lechwe, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, oribi, buffalo and wildebeest. Lions, wild dog and cheetah are often seen around the camp.
Day and night game drives led by guides who are extremely knowledgeable about the area and its wildlife are the main activities at Shumba Camp.
Early on in the season, the Busanga Plains are still covered in water. A boating excursion during this time allows for exploration of the channels and their wildlife.
Guests who stay three nights or more are spoiled with a complimentary Hot Air Balloon Safari that ends with a champagne breakfast.
Finally, Busanga is a bird lover's paradise. Bee-eaters, kingfishers, herons, large flocks of storks and the endemic Chaplin's barbet are all present.
When to go
Shumba Camp is closed seasonally between 01 December and 31 May.
Zambia has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the Emerald, or the rainy season, April to July is Zambia's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game-viewing, the dryer months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb bird-watching at the end of the rains.
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Shared game drives in open vehicles takes place in the early morning, later afternoon and you might even do a full day dame drive.
Hot Air Balloon Safari
Take to the skies above the Busanga Plains of Kafue on a hot air balloon safari. As you soar above the bush you will be able to appreciate the vast scale of the Kafue - if you're lucky you may even be able to spot the Shumba Pride below!