Overview

The Plains Camp is the seasonal luxury bush camp of Mukambi Safaris located deep in the heart of the famous Busanga Plains in the north of beautiful Kafue National Park. The Busanga Plain is 720km2 of palm groves, papyrus-choked reed beds and lily-covered lagoons representing one of the few wetland wildernesses in the world − a place where authentic African wildlife thrives, and the safari experience is second to none.

 

A wide variety of species is found on the plains including Lion, Cheetah, African Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Oribi, Roan, Lechwe, Zebra and Blue Wildebeest. In addition, large numbers of elephants and 500 bird species are recorded.

 

The raised boma (communal area), with open campfire and dining area, is rustic, informal and overlooks the openness of the plains, only interrupted by tree studded islands where fig trees and wild date palms draw their nutrients from the remains of giant anthills. Relax and enjoy a refreshing dip in our pool or sunbathe on the wooden deck whilst overlooking the surrounding wetlands. A wooden viewing platform on stilts tucked away high up in the characteristic fig tree above the boma offers a breath-taking view directly onto the floodplain.

 

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. It offers a real “home away from home” experience, where service is professional and friendly, yet unobtrusive.

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  • Location

    Busunga Plains Camp is the seasonal luxury bush camp of Mukambi Safaris located deep in the heart of the famous Busanga Plains in the north of beautiful Kafue National Park. The Busanga Plain is 720km2 of palm groves, papyrus-choked reed beds and lily-covered lagoons representing one of the few wetland wildernesses in the world − a place where authentic African wildlife thrives, and the safari experience is second to none.

  • Accommodation

    Our Busanga Plains Camp, in the middle of the flood plain, offers an intimate experience with accommodation consisting of four luxury safari tents (2 twin and 2 double) with en-suite open air bathrooms and flushing toilets, each one overlooking the Busanga Plains. The tents are light, airy, have electricity and are spacious with large beds draped with mosquito nets. Experience the total peace of nature from your private veranda. Enjoy the glow of the outside lantern lights on canvas walls and drift off to sleep to the sounds of the African night.

    Luxury Safari Tent
    (4 ROOMS)

    The Plains Camp consists of 4 fully furnished tents, each with an en-suite bathroom. Each tent can sleep 2 persons. The camp is located in the middle of the plains on an island and from your tent you have a perfect view on the plains and the marsh.

    Busanga Plains Camp offers an intimate experience with nature in accommodation consisting of four luxury safari tents (2 twin and 2 double) with en-suite open air bathrooms and flushing toilets, each one overlooking the Busanga Plains. The tents are light, airy and spacious with large beds draped with mosquito nets. Experience the total peace of nature from your private veranda. Enjoy the glow of lantern lights on canvas walls and drift off to sleep to the sounds of the African night.

    The camp is solar powered and all tents do have electricity. Guests can charge the cameras and other small electrical equipment in the room.

    Starbed
    (1 ROOM)

    New to Busanga Plains Camp is the addition of a Starbed. Guests can now spend a night under the stars and enjoy the sights and sounds of the night. The Starbed is well raised off the ground (6m) giving guests a lovely 360 view of the Busnaga Plains.

    Only one Starbed is available and guests can make a booking with the camp manager (when in camp) and spend a night there. The Starbed comes as a double room and is made up of two sections. The first section is is the bathroom area and on the upper deck guests will find an open sleeping area complete with bedding and mosquito netting, offering a view of the skies and the Plains beneath them

     


    
    Luxury Safari Tent

     

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  • Facilities

    Property Facilities

    24-hour Security
    Communal Dining
    Internet Access (Complimentary)
    Laundry Service (Available)
    Laundry Service (Complimentary)
    Pool

     

    Room Facilities

    Detached Private Bathroom
    Electrical Outlets
    Fireplace
    Laundry Service (Available)
    Laundry Service (Complimentary)
    Mosquito Nets
    Outside Shower
    Shower
    Tea / Coffee
    Verandah

  • Activities

    Activities on Site
    Bird Watching
    Game Drives
    Game Viewing
    Game Walks
    Night Drives
    Safaris
    Walks (Guided)
    Wildlife Tours

     


     

    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.

     

    Walking Safari

    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 star-beds at Fig Tree Bush Camp/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. Each platform will have a handheld radio and paraffin lamps for your safety and comfort. Guests can book the star-bed on arrival in camp at no extra costs.

  • Fast Facts

    TYPE

    Campsite

    NO. ROOMS

    4

    CHECK-IN TIME

    N/A

    CHECK-OUT TIME

    N/A

    AVAILABLE SERVICES

    Airport Shuttle (Complimentary)

    Room Service

    SPOKEN LANGUAGES

    Dutch, English

    SPECIAL INTERESTS

    Adventure, Birding, Flora, Hiking, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine

  • Condtion

    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.

  • Kafue National Park and Busanga Plains

     

    Kafue National Park

     

     

    Kafue National Park is one of Africa’s most unique wildernesses. It is one of the biggest National Parks on the continent (roughly the size of Wales at more than 22,000km²), and its vast size includes a variety of different wildlife habitats to be explored. One of Africa’s best kept secrets, the park has evaded mass tourism and been left untouched and unspoiled, as it should be. This allows guests to experience excellent game viewing with a rich diversity of wildlife, stunning landscapes and uninterrupted interactions with nature. The park is named after the mighty Kafue River that meanders through it for 250km. It enters the park in the North-East and forms beautiful Lake Itezhi-Tezhi in the south, a natural draw for large herds of antelope and elephant. Other well-known rivers which run through the park are the Lunga and Lufupa Rivers, both feeder tributaries to the Kafue River. The intricate water systems and lake dominate the landscape in the North and East sections of the park where the majority of the safari camps are located.

    Kafue National Park is Zambia’s biggest and most established National Park and is easily accessed from both Lusaka and Livingstone, only a 3 to 4 hour drive away. There are also a number of airstrips, including Mukambi’s newly built airstrip, just 5 minutes downstream from the lode, making the park a good option for safari charters.

     

    Busanga Plains

     

     

    The beautiful Busanga Plains are situated in the Northern part of the park. The jewel of the Kafue, the area is famous for its extensive floodplain which drains after the rainy season, attracting large numbers of game and fantastic birdlife. ‘One Fig’, a huge fig tree in the middle of the plains, is a prominent landmark. The well-known National Geographic documentary, ‘Swamp Lions’, was filmed exclusively on the Busanga Plains and it’s also no surprise that Getaway Magazine rated Busanga as one of the ‘top 10 secret gems of Africa’. The plains are seasonal due to the flooding in the wet season and small safari camps like our own Busanga Plains Camp operate solely in the dry season.

  • Time to visit

    The Camp is only accessible for 4 months a year from July to Aug when the Busanga floodplain falls dry after the rainy season, leaving fast grasslands full of wildlife and birds.

  • Getting there

  • Food

     

    Busanga Plains Camp

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Animals

    Some of the animals found in this area.
    Kafue National Park, Zambia.

     

    The Hippo within the lodge area - Busanga Plains Camp

     

     

    The Lizard within the lodge area - Busanga Plains Camp

     

    Roan antelopes resting - Busanga Plains Camp

     

    The Warthog searching for food - Busanga Plains Camp

     

    Roan Antelopes at peace - Busanga Plains Camp

     

    The leopard resting - Busanga Plains Camp

     

    The Varaan at peace with nature - Busanga Plains Camp

     

    The Hippos as usual at play in Kafue River water - Busanga Plains Camp

     

    The head of Elephants on the pool - Busanga Plains Camp

  • Birding

    Some of the birds found in this area.
    Kafue National Park, Zambia.

     

    Black-cheeked lovebird – Credit Dick Daniels

     

    Böhm’s bee-eater – Credit Nathan DeBruine

     

    Brown-headed apalis – Credit Nik borrow

     

    Chaplin’s barbet – Credit Nick Hudson

     

    Chestnut-backed_Sparrow-Weaver – Credit By Nigel Voaden

     

    Collared palm-thrush – Credit Zak Pohlen

     

    Denham’s bustard – Credit Bernard

     

    African Finfoot – Credit Wikipedia

  • Airstrip

    Busanga Plains Airstrip

     

Tour Map

Google Map for Kafue National Park, Zambia

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