Busanga Bush Camp

traditional Camp | Kafue Nat'l Park, Zambia

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Dawn at Busanga Bush Camp in Kafue National Park is magic, as you watch the mist rising from the Busanga Plains where herds of puku and lechwe graze and crowned cranes pick their way through the long grasses with the sun ascending behind them. Located in an untouched region of Zambia, this small tented camp epitomizes the African wild, delivering exciting animal encounters and incredible birding in a pristine wilderness setting.

Photo of Rick Guthke

Our Expert Says

To me, Busanga is what a safari camp devoted to wildlife viewing should be—small, with only four tents, and vast floodplains dotted with wildlife, spreading out like an diorama in every direction.

– Rick Guthke

Photo: The Camp

The Camp

Location: Kafue National Park, Zambia
Number of Tents: 4

Busanga Bush Camp lies in the heart of the Busanga Plains, a vast mosaic of grassy seasonal floodplains. Hidden in a tree-island of sycamore figs, the camp accommodates eight guests in four large, Meru-style canvas tents. Each tent has two queen-size beds and an en suite bathroom with flush toilet and hot showers. The lounge and bar area is under canvas with an uninterrupted view over the plains; breakfast is often served here to take in the panorama of herds of lechwe and puku feeding. The main dining area, shaded by the canopy of a large tree from which an unusual lantern chandelier hangs, providing romantic lighting for dinner. Most meals are served in the open air. Thanks to the mist rising off the floodplains as they dry up in winter, guests can experience incredible pink sunrises and sunsets, while the dambos (open, grassy clearings) teem with wildlife and birds.

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Photo: Facilities & Amenities

Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Shampoo, soap, lotion and insect repellent
  • 220v charging outlets in main area
  • In-room safe
  • Wi-Fi in room
  • Laundry included
  • Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
  • Credit cards accepted (Visa, MasterCard)
  • No air conditioning, hair dryer, telephone or cellular coverage

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Photo: Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Considered the jewel in the Kafue crown, the Plains cover more than 450 square miles, with Busanga Bush Camp centrally situated within this breathtaking wilderness. The Plains are home to hundreds of red lechwe, ubiquitous puku, stately roan and the diminutive oribi. Lichtenstein's hartebeest, herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and Defassa waterbuck are often seen, while hippo come out of their deep-water channels to graze. This wealth of wildlife on the plains is also a big attraction for predators, including wild dog packs, lone cheetah and lion prides. Kafue has the largest mammal species diversity in Zambia boasting 55 large mammal species. Additional wildlife sightings include leopard, porcupine, water mongoose and side-striped jackal. The birdlife is thrilling in its diversity and numbers with nearly 500 species recorded. The Busanga plays host to elegant grey crowned cranes and Fülleborn's longclaw. Activities include wildlife drives, night drives, and bird watching.

Kafue has a unique assortment of wildlife, and the below chart helps to illustrate major wildlife sightings often experienced in the area. Other typical sightings may include special antelopes such as roan, puku, oribi, red lechwe and a number of other mammals, birds and reptiles. This wetland is home to important birdlife, including half of the world’s wattled crane population. Exact sightings will depend on seasonality and wildlife movements. Camps here are typically closed for the green season November through May.

Country Park/Reserve
Wild Dog
Zambia Kafue Nat'l Park

Usually viewed
Frequently viewed
Occasionally viewed
Sporadically viewed
Rarely to never viewed

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Month Max Min Rainfall
January 77° F 68° F 8.27 in
25° C 20° C 210 mm
February 77° F 66° F 14.76 in
25° C 18° C 375 mm
March 77° F 66° F 9.21 in
25° C 18° C 234 mm
April 77° F 63° F 0.59 in
25° C 17° C 15 mm
May 73° F 55° F 0.2 in
22° C 12° C 5 mm
June 70° F 52° F 0.0 in
21° C 11° C 0 mm
July 72° F 50° F 0.0 in
22° C 10° C 0 mm
August 75° F 54° F 0.0 in
23° C 12° C 0 mm
September 82° F 63° F 0.0 in
27° C 17° C 0 mm
October 84° F 68° F 0.47 in
28° C 20° C 12 mm
November 82° F 68° F 6.73 in
27° C 20° C 171 mm
December 77° F 68° F 9.25 in
25° C 20° C 235 mm

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Photo: Conservation


As the operators of Busanga Bush Camp have expanded their presence in Zambia and Kafue National Park, more opportunities have arisen to partner with the local people in caring for and learning about their environment. Employment opportunities at locations such as Busanga Bush Camp have been the first step in this process, as more than 150 casual laborers from remote surrounding villages have helped to build camps. Currently there are upwards of 130 men and women permanently employed in ecotourism positions in the newly established, eco-friendly camps. With permanent employment has come training and skills development and rural income is such that those employed in the 5-month construction period earned more than 8 times the annual average income for rural Zambians. 

Further projects are on the cards with the next major focus being education. Children in the Wilderness (Zambia) hosted its first group of school children in 2007.

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Reviews for Busanga Bush Camp


Review Busanga Bush Camp
Month of travel: July
"I was wowed by the Busanga Bush Camp. It's really remote with only four tents overlooking open, grassy flood plains with spectacular sunsets. The food was delicious and the chef was kind enought to share his recipes. One of the highlights was a skiff ride in the marsh area were hippos abound and seek out the boat like charging submarines. From the skiff we were able to watch three lionesses on the hunt. Great, great camp."
- v. feuerstein
Month of travel: September
"My husband and I visited Busanga Bush Camp in 2010. It was a small, remote, simple tented camp that was very well run. We were definitely immersed in the wildlife. I remember the resident lion pride very well. We saw them frequently and could hear them calling each other at night. I also remember the elephant that strolled by our dining tent one evening. The food was very well prepared, and we enjoyed a few native dishes. "
- R. McKay
Month of travel: November
"This is a classic bush camp, with a central location to the Busanga plains and wildlife of the northern region of the Kafue National Park. Very simple and remote, yet comfortable. Rooms overlook the open watery grasses, populated by red lechewe and puku - a truly authentic bush experience. Dining and bar area are under a canopy of majestic trees and dinners served under the stars, overlooking the Busanga Floodplains or indoors. Andrea was a gracious host - guides were top notch. Lots of lion sightings and vocalizations from "Big John's" pride. "
- H. Cartwright

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