Shumba is a very nice premier Wilderness Camp in the Busanga Plains near Kafue National Park in Zambia. First the camp, Shumba is a "tented" camp, with square shoebox style tents on raised platforms. These tents are extreme luxurious, with everything in it what you should want. The only thing missing is a bath-tub, but that is compensated by a huge outdoor shower. The camp has 6 tents and everything is connected with the mainbuilding by elevated walksways. The service is, Wilderness style, great, food nice, nice management couple and a lot of attention for detail. The camp has a pool and a beautiful fire deck.
As said the camp is in the Busanga plains. As these are 6 months per year completely flooded the camp is only open from May till end of November. Don't think it is easy acces during these months... we had to flew from Lusake to the Busange airstrip, but then a helicopterride (allways spectucalar and a nice way to approach a camp) was needed.
The Busanga Plains have some very special game with big herds of red lechwe, roans, hornbills etc. Something different than the usual species. The landscape reminds to the Okavanga, but end september, misses the water. We had very good gamedrives with apart from the plainsgame, everyday sightings of lion and buffalo, one days also leopard.
The only thing that was a little pity was that we were the only guests in camp. Sometimes that is special, but we would have loved some more people (guests) around us. But for everyone visiting Shumba; given its location, limited access and limeted opening time; it is a privilige if you can visit this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Seasonal camp running 01 June - 01 November. Shumba means ‘lion’ – an appropriate name for a camp located in the midst of several lion pride territories. Indeed, the felines are known for their tree-climbing abilities, and prey on the plethora of herbivores that frequent the Busanga Plains on which Shumba is situated. From the raised decks, the view is panoramic and often filled with grazing puku and lechwe; floodplain grasses stretch to the horizon, interrupted only by isolated protrusions of fig and palm trees. Finally, there is no better vantage point from which to absorb the Plains’ vast remoteness than from a hot air balloon. • 6 tents (1 family) • game drives • seasonal boating • hot air ballooning ... more less