Guests per Safari Vehicle
The elegant Shumba Camp, which is a Wilderness Safari’s Classic Camp, is named after the prides of lion seen in the area. It is set on a wooded island in the centre of the million-hectare Busanga Plains. This region is well-known as the home to hundreds of red lechwe, puku and other plains game and their predators, these wild and remote floodplains seemingly go on forever.
Six luxury tented suites are perched along these endless plains, raised on wooden platforms. Each spacious unit is a tranquil space from which to observe the wilderness – either from your bed, the various seating areas or even the indoor or outdoor showers.
Enjoy Zambian hospitality in the main area, where sumptuous dining, cooling off in the pool and shaded relaxation are the order of the day, while convivial fireside tales and stargazing are a nightly ritual.
Shumba is situated in the middle of the Busanga Plains in the midst of various lion pride territories and is said to provide some of the best lion viewing in Africa. The lions are often seen in and around camp. This area is also perfectly situated to see large numbers of plains game such as puku, red lechwe, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, oribi, buffalo and wildebeest.
Cheetah and wild dog may also be seen, while a special treat is the ‘resident’ herd of rare roan antelope. For birding enthusiasts, the park boasts 491 species, including endemics such as Chaplin's barbet.
Found in the centre of western Zambia, Kafue National Park is the oldest and largest of Zambia’s national parks. It covers a massive 22,400 km2. First established as a National Park in the 1950’s by the legendary Norman Carr, Kafue is one of the largest national parks in the whole of Africa. Despite its size and prominent location only two hours drive from Livingstone, it remains little-known and largely unexplored with vast tracts of its virgin bush still untouched. Thanks to its size and variety of habitat types the Kafue holds a fantastic diversity of wildlife.
In recent years the Park has seen a well-managed growth in the number of Safari Camps and Lodges that operate in and around the Park. This new interest has brought with it more visitors and investment to the area, notably in infrastructure with a number of well-graded roads and airstrips. As a consequence of the increasing interest and benefits in terms of investment this brings, the wildlife is beginning to enjoy an increased level of protection by the Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA), always aided and supported by the operators in and adjoining the park.
Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
June to July: 20-minute game drive from the Shumba Airstrip to the Mokoro pick up point. Followed by a 20-minute Mokoro trip (water levels permitting) to the game viewer vehicle. Lastly, there is a 10-minute drive to the camp.
August to November: 40-minute road transfer from the Shumba Airstrip.
Shumba Camp, Zambia