A true original in the heart of the Busanga Plains, Busanga Bush Camp is a remote, intimate safari camp with four well-appointed tents, set well apart on a wetland island , and shaded by wild fig trees and date palms. The rustic, yet elegant wood and canvas main area has memorable views over the seasonal floodplains and open grassland, which teem with wildlife and birds.
Warm and welcoming, this remote camp is well known for some of the best lion viewing in Africa, and is regularly visited by tree-climbing lions and roaming elephants. Breakfasts are heralded by spectacularly pink sunrises through the mist. Outdoor dinners made magical by unique lantern chandeliers, while the evocative calls of nocturnal animals enhance the sense of being immersed in Africa.
Lying in the extreme north of Kafue National Park, the Busanga Plains are expansive seasonal floodplains that extend all the way to the horizon, covering an area of approximately 750km² of pristine wilderness. Lion are a major feature in the area, and kudu, zebra, buffalo, elephant, hippo and defassa waterbuck are often seen. As the grassy plains dry out at the end of summer, the camp is perfectly situated to see large numbers of plains game such as puku, red lechwe, oribi, buffalo and herds of wildebeest.
Cheetah and wild dog can also be seen, while the resident herd of roan antelope is a special treat. Other great sightings include leopard, serval, porcupine, water mongoose, pangolin, caracal and side-striped jackal. The birdlife is thrilling in its diversity and numbers, with 491 species recorded, including the endemic Chaplin's barbet, and specialities such as the grey crowned crane and Fülleborn's longclaw. Northern Kafue is also alive with lesser jacana, spur-winged geese, secretary birds, rollers, bee-eaters, kingfishers, herons, martial eagles and large flocks of storks to name but a few.
Each stylish and airy Meru-style tented chalet is appointed with two large queen-sized beds, wraparound windows, an en-suite bathroom that is open to the skies, and a shaded private wooden veranda that overlooks the magnificent surroundings. Privacy is assured.
Sunrise breakfasts often take place on the deck overlooking the floodplains, where herds of puku and red lechwe antelope feed at dawn. Enjoy a full day on safari, with a shaded midday picnic lunch on the plains. Pre-dinner drinks are taken under the African night sky beside the fire, on decking that extends into the water channels. Delicious dinners are served in the dining area under the canopy of a majestic tree from which an unusual lantern chandelier hangs, romantically lighting up dinner.
Spend your free time playing board games or reading a book from the library, or simply relax under canvas in the central lounge and bar area, and gaze at the uninterrupted view over the plains.
Interpretive game drives are conducted daily in open vehicles, led by qualified and informative guides who are extremely knowledgeable about the area and its wildlife.
Guided night drives offer a glimpse into the plains’ unique, nocturnal world. A diverse range of species may be seen at night, including genet, civet, owls and occasionally an elusive leopard.
A Hot Air Balloon Safari is available to guests who stay 3 nights or more. Nowhere else in Zambia can you take to the skies in such style. Gaze over scenic splendour, watch hippo playing far below and fly eye-to-eye with an eagle. This experience ends with a champagne breakfast.
Boating excursions early on in the season when the plains are still flooded, allow for exploration of the water channels and their wildlife.