Shumba Camp is situated in the centre of the Busanga Plains close to permanent water and within easy access of the teeming floodplains. Shumba is named after a favourite species in the area: prides of lion sometimes up to 20 strong! Viewing of game species is possible from the comfort of the tent or main deck, while the camp’s fig trees ensure both shade and constant bird activity.

The Tents are all on raised platforms with spectacular views. The dining area is elevated so as to take in this vista and each morning’s sunrise; dinner takes place either here or in the cosy boma where guests can also enjoy elements of local Zambian culture.

Guests have the option of game drives in and around the Plains and water-based activities when the Plains are still inundated, while night drives provide the added excitement of the nocturnal wonders of the area.

Our Rating:  5 Hands

Location: In the Busanga Plains, Kafue National Park

Number Rooms: Six Tents – 5 Twin Bedded and 1 Family Tent which can comfortably sleep 4

Room Features: Open plan spacious tents with glass sliding doors opening out onto huge deck with sunken seating area. Rooms are en Suite with indoor and outdoor showers

Other Features: Swimming Pool 

Power Source: Solar and Generator

Activities: Game Drives, Bird Watching, Boating and Hot Air Balloon (some activities are seasonal – please check with us)

Child Policy: No children under 8 years unless by prior arrangement or camp being taken on exclusive use basis

Season: 1st June – 15th November

Emma Seaman, of People and Places, put together an amazing itinerary in order for us to visit the famous Busanga Plains in the north of Kafue National Park. With a choice of Busanga Bush Camp or Shumba Camp, both Wilderness properties, we opted for Shumba as they had a pool to cool off in during the hot October holiday. We were pleasantly surprised, however, that—though it was hot during the day—the nights and mornings were refreshingly cool and the days even had a nice breeze to break the heat.

Shumba was everything Emma promised: First, the amazing game drives! Isaac, our guide, was so knowledgable and worked hard to meet our every “need.” My husband saw his desired cheetahs—3 times! Multiple lion sightings—with Princess taking the “cute prize”! Leopards hunting, elephants traveling across the massive plains, hippos crowding the pools for precious water, zebras, birds and, of course, hundreds of grazers, 21 of the 23 antelope species!
The hot air balloon ride, complimentary for staying at least 3 nights, provided the most incredible way to view the plains and its game. How else could you take a picture of an African fish eagle from above?! Eric, our balloonist, was incredibly skilled, “shaving” the landscape at times to get an up close and personal view of hippos and ellies! And, just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, we were driven to a champagne breakfast, complete with the Shumba chef’s wonderful bagels and smoked salmon, banana muffins, fresh fruit and juice—amazing.
The camp itself was stunning, but it’s a stretch to call it a “camp.” Our chalet was one of six, built to enjoy an expansive view of the plains from our private veranda and screened in, well-appointed “tent.” A morning wake-up call for tea and coffee, fresh cookies every day, a decanter of sherry to enjoy at our pleasure, indoor AND outdoor showers, a “don’t want to get out of it” king-size bed…the whole experience made returning home very difficult.
I must mention Laura and Daniel, Shumba’s amazing hosts, who made us feel so at home and obviously led the way in service. The certificate on the wall in the main lodge displaying Shumba’s Service Award was well-deserved, as every staff member knew our name, what we liked to drink, our morning and evening routines, everything necessary to make us feel as if we were leaving long-time friends upon our departure. We so appreciated the wonderful and ample food so beautifully prepared and presented by the chefs and staff. They went out of their way to prepare an open-air dinner in the boma, as well as a surprise sundowner in the bush, complete with carpet, beanbag seating and every type of drink we might desire to accompany the provided snacks, including veggie skewers just cooked over an open fire. Cautiously watching a single male elephant approaching our little gathering made it even more exciting!
Thank you, Emma, for offering us the opportunity to experience the Busanga Plains and Shumba camp. And, of course, for the bottle of bubbly you provided for our first night; your thoughtfulness created a 40th anniversary year memory we’ll never forget!

Jeff and Susan Williams, visited Shumba in October 2015
Dear Emma, Wonderful is an understatement. Everything went perfectly at Shumba – only the balloon trip happened a day earlier because of expected high wind velocity on the 3rd. But the trip as such was a great experience. The champagne breakfast in the bush was great too. Dan and Laura took good care of us, the staff was very friendly, food was excellent and cooked to perfection, rooms were superb and Idos our guide was just outstanding. His knowledge on the wilderness was way above anyone we have come across in so many of our outings in the last 25 years. No doubt that is the reason for his winning so many accolades in his career as a professional guide. We had some great animal sightings, Cheetah’s, Leopard, Lions, Wilder Beest, Roan Antelope, Warthogs, Buffalo’s ( though at a distance ), plenty of birds including Secretary Bird. We missed out on Sable and the Elephants. The plains were full with various species of Antelopes as well.
Our daughter’s 21st birthday dinner was also well celebrated, the staff had baked a nice cake for her and hand crafted a birthday card which will always be treasured. We also appreciate and thank you for the gift you managed to get it across to her. Shamola would like to thank you personally before she departs. To summarize, the visit has created lasting memories for us.
Rahul and Sulan Kharkar