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.
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
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!
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.