Busanga Plains Camp

Busanga Plains, Kafue National Park
Busanga Plains Camp (also known as Mukambi Plains Camp) is a personal and intimate camp, set on a small palm tree island in the middle of the famous Busanga Plains. The most northerly and remote camp in the Kafue, it is only accessible for four months a year when the Busanga floodplain falls dry after the rainy season. Four well-appointed luxury safari tents with open-air showers and flush toilets are nestled into the palm trees and all face out onto the floodplain where wildlife can be seen directly from your tent. The main area in camp is an airy, open-sided wood-and-thatch construction built on raised wooden decking. Guest spaces comprise dining and bar areas, both east facing to the sunrise, and a comfortable lounge area. Outside, a wooden walkway leads to a small fire pit, perfect for sundowners. The main areas all overlook the plains where lion and cheetah prey on large herds of lechwe, puku and buffalo. Crowned and wattled cranes, secretary birds and ground hornbill stalk the plains. The openness is only interrupted by tree studded islands, where fig trees and wild date palms draw their nutrients from the remains of giant anthills. Busanga,
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a landscape so distinctive, it is like no other you will see in Africa. This is the Africa you have dreamt of.
 
The enormous 8,649 mi² Kafue National Park is a unique area. The many different habitats and the huge variety of mammals and birds make it an area waiting to be explored. Mass tourism does not exist here leaving the park pure and unexplored. This is what a real safari should be like, excellent game viewing with a rich diversity of wildlife and stunning landscapes unspoiled by the masses. The park is named after the Kafue River that runs through it for over 160 miles. It enters the park in the north east and forms Lake Itezhi-Tezhi south of the park, a beautiful dam with big herds of wildlife roaming around on its shores. Other well-known rivers in the Kafue are the Lunga and Lufupa River which both feed into the Kafue River. The rivers and lake dominate the landscape in the northern and eastern parts of the park. The famous Busanga Plains are in the Northern part of the park. The area consists of an extensive floodplain that falls dry after the rainy season, attracting huge numbers of game and stunning birdlife. One Fig, a huge fig tree in the middle of the plains is a famous landmark. The well-known documentary Swamp Lions, often broadcasted on National Geographic, was filmed exclusively on the Busanga Plains. It is no surprise that Getaway magazine mentioned Busanga as one of the ‘top 10 secret gems of Africa’. The plains are seasonal due to the flooding in the wet season. The Kafue River itself has spectacular riverine forests on its banks and flows throughout the year changing from a wide slow flowing river over 340 yards wide in several areas broken up by clusters of small islands with fast flowing water. The river attracts a wide variety of animals and birds and is filled with hippos and crocodiles of all sizes.
 
Activities focus on morning and afternoon game drives, and walking safaris, which usually take place in the morning, to avoid the heat of the day. The beauty of game drives at Busanga is the openness of the plains. It guarantees that you will see multiple species in view at once. It also means you have the chance to see some spectacular stalking by predators of the various types of antelope, and the speed at which they can run on open ground. The Busanga Plains area is well known for big lions, buffalo, elephant and wildebeest. Cheetah and wild dog are also often sighted, while a special treat is the ‘resident’ herd of rare roan antelope.
The area is also perfectly situated to see large numbers of less common animals such as puku, red lechwe, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, oribi and servals.
 
Walking safaris take place around the plains surrounding the camp, and give you the chance to come up close to animals such as lechwe and flying snakes. You can try your luck walking over the ‘floating’ grass, and capture National Geographic worthy photographs of the sun rising between the branches of lone monkey-bread and wild fig trees. You may even come across the odd predator or two, but do not fear, the highly trained guides will show you the African Bush at its finest.
 
A visit to Busanga Plains Camp combines perfectly with either Mukambi Safari Lodge or Fig Tree. An ideal week’s stay.
 
AT A GLANCE
  • 4 luxury en-suite tents with open-air showers and flush toilets
  • Famous Busanga Plains in the northern area of Kafue National Park home to more species of ungulate than any national park south of the Congo Basin
  • Includes lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, wild dog, elephant to name a few
  • Twice daily game drives - early morning and late afternoon game drives that continue into nightfall
  • Guided walking safaris
  • All Inclusive: 3 meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beer, two safari activities daily, laundry
  • Electricity: Runs fully on solar power with backup generator
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a landscape so distinctive, it is like no other you will see in Africa. This is the Africa you have dreamt of.
 
The enormous 8,649 mi² Kafue National Park is a unique area. The many different habitats and the huge variety of mammals and birds make it an area waiting to be explored. Mass tourism does not exist here leaving the park pure and unexplored. This is what a real safari should be like, excellent game viewing with a rich diversity of wildlife and stunning landscapes unspoiled by the masses. The park is named after the Kafue River that runs through it for over 160 miles. It enters the park in the north east and forms Lake Itezhi-Tezhi south of the park, a beautiful dam with big herds of wildlife roaming around on its shores. Other well-known rivers in the Kafue are the Lunga and Lufupa River which both feed into the Kafue River. The rivers and lake dominate the landscape in the northern and eastern parts of the park. The famous Busanga Plains are in the Northern part of the park. The area consists of an extensive floodplain that falls dry after the rainy season, attracting huge numbers of game and stunning birdlife. One Fig, a huge fig tree in the middle of the plains is a famous landmark. The well-known documentary Swamp Lions, often broadcasted on National Geographic, was filmed exclusively on the Busanga Plains. It is no surprise that Getaway magazine mentioned Busanga as one of the ‘top 10 secret gems of Africa’. The plains are seasonal due to the flooding in the wet season. The Kafue River itself has spectacular riverine forests on its banks and flows throughout the year changing from a wide slow flowing river over 340 yards wide in several areas broken up by clusters of small islands with fast flowing water. The river attracts a wide variety of animals and birds and is filled with hippos and crocodiles of all sizes.
 
Activities focus on morning and afternoon game drives, and walking safaris, which usually take place in the morning, to avoid the heat of the day. The beauty of game drives at Busanga is the openness of the plains. It guarantees that you will see multiple species in view at once. It also means you have the chance to see some spectacular stalking by predators of the various types of antelope, and the speed at which they can run on open ground. The Busanga Plains area is well known for big lions, buffalo, elephant and wildebeest. Cheetah and wild dog are also often sighted, while a special treat is the ‘resident’ herd of rare roan antelope.
The area is also perfectly situated to see large numbers of less common animals such as puku, red lechwe, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, oribi and servals.
 
Walking safaris take place around the plains surrounding the camp, and give you the chance to come up close to animals such as lechwe and flying snakes. You can try your luck walking over the ‘floating’ grass, and capture National Geographic worthy photographs of the sun rising between the branches of lone monkey-bread and wild fig trees. You may even come across the odd predator or two, but do not fear, the highly trained guides will show you the African Bush at its finest.
 
A visit to Busanga Plains Camp combines perfectly with either Mukambi Safari Lodge or Fig Tree. An ideal week’s stay.
 
AT A GLANCE
  • 4 luxury en-suite tents with open-air showers and flush toilets
  • Famous Busanga Plains in the northern area of Kafue National Park home to more species of ungulate than any national park south of the Congo Basin
  • Includes lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, wild dog, elephant to name a few
  • Twice daily game drives - early morning and late afternoon game drives that continue into nightfall
  • Guided walking safaris
  • All Inclusive: 3 meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beer, two safari activities daily, laundry
  • Electricity: Runs fully on solar power with backup generator