BUSANGA PLAINS CAMP
The famous Busanga Plains in the North of Kafue National Park is home to Mukambi’s seasonal Busanga Plains Camp. The unique wetland ecosystem covers 720km² of palm groves, papyrus-choked reed beds and lily-covered lagoons supporting an abundance of African wildlife and bird species. Look out for lion, cheetah, African buffalo, hippo, oribi, Roan antelope, lechwe, zebra, Blue Wildebeest and large elephant herds. Busanga is a birder’s paradise with over 500 recorded species.
The luxurious tented camp consist of four en-suite tents overlooking the beautiful Busanga Plains. A central communal area comprises of a raised boma and dining area with views over the expansive plains and tree-studded islands where fig trees and wild date palms draw their nutrients from the remains of giant anthills. Take a refreshing dip in the pool or sunbathe on the wooden deck whilst taking in the resplendent landscape. For even better views of the floodplain climb up onto the wooden viewing platform on stilts nestled up in the characteristic fig tree above the boma. Busanga is a special place, like no other you will encounter in Africa. Visit this pristine area with Mukambi Safaris, offering a “home away from home” feel, with professional and friendly staff, for a unique and memorable safari experience.
Our Busanga Plains Camp offers an intimate safari experience with four en-suite luxury tents (2 twin and 2 double) with stunning views over the floodplain. The spacious tents are light and airy with large comfortable beds draped with mosquito nets, have electricity and are adjoined to open air bathrooms with running water and bucket showers. Experience the tranquillity of nature from your private veranda and admire the soft glow of the outside lanterns as you drift off to sleep to the sounds of the African night.
- All rates are quoted in US$ per person per night sharing.
- Single supplement of 30%.
- Only children 12 and older are allowed at Busanga Plains.
- Minimum 5 nights stay at Busanga Plains Camp.
- Park fees are compulsory and are payable in cash to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Park on the day of departure if not included in your package.
Food & Drinks
There is a main dining area with a bar on a raised wooden deck with an expansive thatch roof. This looks out to the East, allowing for beautiful sun rises to be seen in the morning. A small fireplace on the end of a wooden deck is where the nights are spent warming up and telling stories. There is WiFi on the main deck and a power point to charge phones, laptops and cameras. Likewise there are several power points in the tents. The paths to the tents are lit by paraffin lamps. The manager will escorts the guests to their tents at night. Mukambi is famous for its excellent cuisine, friendly staff and highly experienced rangers.
Complimentary laundry services.
Game drives depart from Busanga Plains camp daily. One departs at sunrise and the afternoon drive (partly a night drive) leaves at approximately 2 hours before sunset. Drives are 3.5 to 4 hours long. You will make your way across the open plains from camp, the beauty of drives here 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 also perfectly situated to see large numbers of less common animals such as puku, red lechwe, Lichtenstein’s hartebeast, oribi and servals. But is is also well know for the 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. For birding enthusiasts, the park boasts over 500 species, including endemics such as Chaplin’s barbet & African fin foot.
Walks leave around an hour after sunrise to avoid the heat of the day. The walks take place around the plains surrounding the camp, and is more of a nature walk to see all the tracks, droppings and small insects on the ground. 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 Musekese and Fig Trees. You may even come across the odd predator or two, but do not fear, our highly trained guides are armed and will show you the African Bush at its finest.
A Night Under the Stars
If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that there are few things more humbling or awe-inspiring than gazing up into the vastness of a star-spangled night sky. Stepping outdoors to sleep beneath the stars has been known to improve physical, mental, and emotional well-being. And because sleep is one of the three major pillars of health, it only makes sense that slumbering in the great outdoors is something we should all try at least once in our lives.
Therefore we have built the star-bed at Busanga Plains Camp to give you a truly unique experience! The star-bed is on 4 meter platform with a railing and a mosquito net. At 2 meters high we have a flushing toilet and hand basin. There are also a handheld radio and paraffin lamps provided for your safety and comfort. Guests can book the star-bed on arrival in camp at no extra cost.
The Camp is only accessible for 4 months a year when the Busanga floodplain falls dry after the rainy season, leaving fast grasslands full of wildlife and birds.
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LOCATION OF BUSANGA PLAINS CAMP
Busanga Plains Camp
Busanga Plains Camp is our first seasonal wilderness camp, situated deep in the heart of the famous Busanga Plains, a stunning and unique wetland area in Kafue National Park.