Shumba Camp

Kafue N.P., Zambia


Our Rating

Trip Advisor

Room Type

6 Tents

Child Policy


Pool, lounge, small library and bar


Bush Walks, Game Drives


About This Accommodation

Open between May and January, this is one of the Wilderness Safaris flagship properties, located in the Northern part of Kafue in the Busanga Concession.

The most luxurious accommodation you will find in the area, Shumba is an attractively modern camp with large, beautiful rooms and indoor and outdoor showers. Raised wooden walkways lead to the central areas which include open decks and a boma for dinners. You can savor the scenery from the deck while watching the sun go down over the plains or while soaking in the pool. Vistas over the surrounding plains reveal prolific game (antelope, cats, elephant and the resident pride of lion) as well as great birdlife.

Although this is a quality camp with good food, great service and a comfortable atmosphere it just seems to be lacking a little something – the personal extras from staff and that in-depth contact you expect to experience on safari.

Featured Activities in Shumba Camp

Videos from Shumba Camp

  • Shumba – meaning ‘lion’ – lies right at the heart of the spectacular Busanga Plains, the undoubted gem of the Kafue National Park. Located under majestic fig trees and raised onto wooden decks to catch the breeze views from camp take in hundreds of red lechwe and puku antelope, while the camp is often visited by the local lion pride. The comfort of this beautifully designed and appointed camp is the perfect base for what is perhaps Africa’s most exclusive hot air balloon safari, a fascinating low level floating experience over hippo, plains game and even on occasion the well-known lions of the area.
  • The expansive, grassy Busanga Plains are the jewel in Kafue National Park's crown. Busanga Bush Camp and Shumba Camp, operated by Wilderness Safaris, are both situated within the heart of the Plains and offer unparalleled wildlife diversity, unpretentious luxury and panoramic views across the game-filled plains. Unique wildlife encounters take place on day and night game drives, boat trips or from the spectacular vantage of a hot air balloon -- perhaps Africa's most exclusive hot air balloon safari. The inimitable Busanga Pride is renowned for their fig tree-climbing antics, daytime antelope hunting and even using the shade and vantage point of the camp decks -- a wilderness experience that should be on every bucket list!
  • At the end of October, Shumba and Busanga Bush Camps close for the rainy season. Due to rising water levels, we operate for only five months of the year and at the end, the camps are packed up in their entirety – to be reopened at the beginning of June the next year. The last few days of the season were filled with fun, as our guests and staff – the Busanga Family who know the area well and add to the personality of the area – can attest.

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