Shumba Camp

Kafue & Western Zambia, Zambia

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Shumba Camp


Shumba Camp in Kafue National Park, is perfectly situated to take advantage of the game and predator concentrations of the Busanga Plains. It is situated within close proximity to permanent water and having easy access to a mix of seasonal and permanent floodplains. Shumba Camp comprises six spacious luxury safari tents on raised platforms with spectacular views of the surrounding plains.

The Busanga Plains are extensive floodplains interspersed with tree-islands and edged with miombo woodland. As the dry season progresses and the floodplains dry up, large herds of puku, lechwe and wildebeest begin to move onto the plains to graze, followed by other plains game ranging from zebra and buffalo to roan and oribi. Predators include resident prides of lion, cheetah and occasionally wild dog. 

Activities in the Shumba Camp have the option of game drives in and around the Plains and night drives provide the added excitement of the nocturnal wonders of the area. With a maximum of 12 guests in the camp at any one time, great emphasis is placed on the "guided" experience - being led by qualified, enthusiastic people with in-depth knowledge of the area and its wildlife.

We Love
  • Shumba Camp uses innovative energy-saving systems, to lower the environmental footprint
  • The Camp employs game scouts to conduct anti-poaching patrols around the camps
  • It supports surveys to the understanding of the local environment
  • Busanga Plains is the best place in Zambia to find the elusive cheetah
Need to Know
  • Shumba Camp is a Premier Safari Lodge with 6 luxurious tents
  • Activities undertaken are birding, nature walks and wildlife watching
  • Located in Kafue National Park of Busanga Plains
  • Best for Honeymoon, Couples, Adventure, Wildlife


Stay Shumba Camp is a Premier Safari Lodge that comprises of six spacious luxury safari tents on raised platforms with spectacular views of the surrounding plains. The rooms are large, en-suite with both indoor and outdoor showers. Meru-style tents have en-suite and include an indoor and outdoor shower. Toiletries like Soaps, shampoo etc, insect repellent and torches are supplied. All tents have twin beds but can be converted to doubles if required. 

The Camp The main area at Shumba Camp comprises of dining area, a bar, and reference library, as well as a very comfortable lounge. This central area is raised up and shaded by three enormous fig trees, to give relief during the hotter months. There is also a Plunge pool to give relief from the afternoon heat. Dinner is served in a traditional style boma under the stars, overlooking the Busanga floodplains or indoors. Camp offers a fully stocked bar with a good selection of South African wines.

ChildCare There are no specific facilities available for younger children. Hence only children of 8 years and above are welcome to stay at the Shumba Camp. Minimum age for walking safaris is 12 years. This is a bush camp in the middle of the Busanga Plains where animals roam freely, sometimes close to the camp. 

Safari Activities from Shumba Camp are focussed on game drives, night drives and also specific birding trips. Walking safaris are also an option where guests get the chance to explore the smaller signs of the bush, and will learn about tracks and spoor; although these tend to be shorter and taken closer to camp. The camp also has a revolutionary swamp boat, which can travel in very shallow water meaning that at the start of the season, when many routes are impassable, game activities can still be taken.

Experience The birdlife is thrilling in its diversity and numbers with nearly 500 species recorded. The Kafue National Park host to elegant Grey Crowned Cranes and Fülleborn's Longclaw is another speciality here. Other key species include Ross's Turaco, Schalow's Turaco, African Finfoot, Half-collared Kingfisher, Red-throated Twinspot, Böhm's Bee-eater, Black-backed Barbet, Brown Firefinch, Sooty Chat and Western Banded Snake-Eagle to name but a few.

Shumba Camp Kafue & Western Zambia, Zambia

Location Shumba Camp is situated in the north-west corner of the vast Busanga Plains of Kafue National Park in Central Zambia. Surrounded by open floodplains dotted with palm and fig tree-filled islands.

Getting There International flight from the UK to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Lusaka. From there, a small plane goes to the Busanga airstrip, and then there is a helicopter transfer into Shumba.

When to go Shumba Camp is closed seasonally between 01 December and 31 May.