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Busanga Plains Camp

The Plains Camps is the seasonal luxury bush camp of Mukambi Safaris located deep in the heart of the famous Busanga Plains, a stunning wetland area. The camp in Busanga offers an intimate experience with our tented accommodation in the middle of the flood plain.

The Plains Camp has 4 luxury safari tents with open-air showers and flushing toilets The boma is on stilts and overlooks 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 openess is only interrupted by tree studded islands, where fig trees and wild date palms draw their nutrients from the remains of giant anthills. Busanga, a landscape so distinctive, it is like no other you will see in Africa. This is the Africa you have dreamt of and you can visit this unique area with Mukambi Safaris.

Busanga Safari Tent

The Busanga Plains Camp consists 4 big well furnished safari tents (2 twin en 2 double) with en-suite open air bathrooms overlooking the Busanga Plains.

Rates

Low Season rate: 15 July – 31 Oct 2017
USD 775

All inclusive: all meals per day, 2 activities per day and bar.

Conditions

  •  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 (first and last night at Mukambi Lodge and minimum 3 nights at Busanga Plains Camp
  • Park fees are compulsory and are payable in cash to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Park on day of departure

When to visit

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.

Facilities & Activities

Below you find more information on the Facilities and Activities.

Food & drinks

There is a main dining area with 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. Power is limited but solar lights and paraffin lamps are provided in tents. Mukambi is famous for its excellent cuisine, friendly staff and highly experienced rangers.

Game drives

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 cervals. 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 491 species, including endemics such as Chaplin’s barbet.

 

Walking safaris

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 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 sunrising 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 will show  you the African Bush at its finest.