Kafue and west zambia OPERATORS - busanga
Busanga Trails operate 3 camps
within the Kafue National Park - Lufupa
Lodge, Shumba Bush Camp
and Kafwala rapids camp.
Lufupa is a
well-established lodge situated at the confluence
of the Lufupa and Kafue Rivers. The Lodge is comfortable
yet informal, comprising of spacious, thatched
rondavels – which are en-suite. To maintain
the “Real Africa” feel, there is no
electricity in the rondavels, however lighting
is by paraffin or solar lamps.
There is a swimming pool for
those hot afternoons and the dining area and bar
open onto the Kafue River, a perfect setting.
After you have experienced an unforgettable night
drive, the southern night sky is something to
behold, spend time sitting by the fire gazing
at the stars and listening to the sounds of the
Game drives are conducted in
open four-wheel drive vehicles, with the company
operating a policy that carefully balances the
expectations of guests to see game at close quarters
with the needs of game to remain undisturbed.
Each vehicle has a driver and guide. Our guides
are sharp-eyed and constantly on the look out
for the unexpected. Nocturnal game drives with
a spotlight may give you chance to see the elusive
leopard, animals rarely seen during the day can
be seen at close quarters. We also offer two to
three hour walking safaris for the more energetic.
This can be particularly rewarding for those keen
on spoor, birds or plants.
Shumba Bush Camp
translated, means “lion” because it
is situated at the “place of lions”
on the Busanga Floodplains. Huge and shady fig
trees provide the setting for Shumba, with its
distinctive, high viewing platform overlooking
the plains. From here, the sight of red lechwe,
intermingled with puku, crowned and wattled cranes,
is one you will not forget.
Simple and welcoming, the camp
offers itself as an outstanding safari base. There
are two luxury tents on platforms and one thatched
chalet. Toilet facilities and showers are not
The Plains are unique. For most
of the year the area is not accessible to man,
so animal and bird life flourishes. They are drawn
to the plains by its life-sustaining waters, hard
on their heels come the predators, cheetah, jackals
and hyenas and large prides of tree climbing lions.
Herds of buffalo move from plains to forest, roan
antelope, zebra and wildebeest roam freely. Shumba
is about two and a half hours drive north of Lufupa
Lodge and is only open from mid July to the end
The newly refurbished Kafwala
Rapids Camp has its own character, shaped as much
by the music of the rapids as by the game that
encircles it. The camp is found nestling along
the wooded banks of the Kafue River in amongst
lush vegetation dotted with palms and tall trees.
The Camp overlooks the rapids where the sound
of water is constant throughout the year. Sit
a while on these banks watching and listening.
The river life will unfold before you. It is a
good game-viewing area as all the larger antelope
such as sable, roan, kudu, eland and hartebeest
share this habitat with lions, and solitary leopards.
Kafwala Rapids Camp
Accommodating just six guests,
in three thatched rondavels with en-suite facilities,
relax on your own terrace and wind down, or discover
one of Kafwala Rapids camp's
many quiet spots with a variety of views to behold.
Alternatively, try fishing from the riverbank
or from the rocks that are easily negotiated on
foot. Enjoy a sundowner from our famous "Gin
Tree". After your evening game drive, relax
in the impressive combined bar and dining area.
With its tree trunk features and lofty thatched
roof it overlooks the rapids during the day and
feels mystical at night with just the sound of
the rushing water somewhere nearby. This small
camp is the ideal place to either start or end
your visit to the Northern Kafue. Kafwala is about
an hour and a half's drive from Lufupa.