Kanyemba Island is a place of legend and treasure at the confluence of the Zambezi and Kafue rivers. Through the centuries it has seen the first Portuguese explorers and traders, the transit of slaving caravans, the passage of David Livingstone during his historical journey from the West to the East coast of Africa. In the eighties and nineties, it was an area notorious for its poaching activities. In 1999, Kanyemba Lodge started taking care of the island, by providing the much needed protection and law enforcement, through snare removals, anti-poaching patrols, and the provision of jobs to those members of the community that unsustainably utilised the island for their survival. Kanyemba Lodge also employed the few members of the community that had utilised part of the island to cultivate maize, and brought to an end the huge human-wildlife conflicts that this caused.  In 2006 Kanyemba formalised its protection of the island, by acquiring a 99 year lease, with approval from the local community.

The intention is to preserve the island’s heritage, history, habitat, flora and fauna for future generations to enjoy, and to do so in a sustainable manner for the benefit of the people of Zambia and in the years the Island has been safe from illegal activities, it has seen its wildlife flourish.

In July 2007 the construction of Kanyemba Island Bushcamp commenced. Built of Natural materials, the four chalets and restaurant/lounge area follow an innovative style and concept in their simplicity. The camp is set in a mahogany forest often utilised by elephants to cool off in the heat of the day. Not for the faint hearted, and designed to give guests a real wilderness experience, it overlooks a large dambo on the southern side of the Island, prolific in birdlife, and that provides drinking water to a number of animal species.

The Bushcamp is for the more adventurous guests who want to experience the proximity of the African bush and its inhabitants.

Meals at the Bushcamp, in Kanyemba style, are delicious and are served on a deck suspended above the lagoon, with a 180 degree view into the Zambezi landscape to complement the pleasures of the palate.


Our Rating:  3 Hand Rating

Location: Located on Kanyemba Island, on the Confluence of the Zambezi and Kafue rivers.  A short boat transfer from Kanyemba Lodge

Number Rooms: 4 chalets

Room Features: The Chalets are very private and secluded. Built on stilts, they afford a spectacular view of the surroundings, but in safety. They each have a veranda for outdoor lounging in the shade of the trees. The bathrooms are an experience of their own. Connected to the verandas by an open walkway, they are “open top”, and offer spectacular views while you shower in hot water, in a perfectly private environment.

Power Source: Solar/Invertor

Activities: Boating, canoeing, walking safaris, Angling, Village walks, Banana plantation tours, Sunset Cruises and Full Day Game drives

Child Policy: No children under 12, unless by prior arrangement or booking for the whole camp

Season: March – Mid December