Shumba

Shumba is a luxurious and spacious camp with a very ‘African bush’ feel, it is situated in the very heart of the gorgeous Busanga Plains. You can enjoy views of the stunning floodplains throughout the camp. The lodge is built off the ground and well spread out, it blends in beautifully with its surroundings and you will often see wildlife around the lodge during the days. The lounge area is very comfortable and the campfire a great focal point. Sit around the open fire on the sunken deck with a drink of your choice and enjoy the sounds of the wild for miles around.

Why we love Shumba!

You are right in the wilderness when staying here, a far more remote location than some camps and lodges, you get a sense that there is no one around for miles. The pool looking over the open flood plains was a favourite spot to relax and enjoy the afternoons. Great food and exceptional guides – definitely a favourite.

– Last visited by Mike Varndell – Managing Founder – August 2018 –

Experience Rating

Experience Ratings Explained

The star ratings are based on a variety of different criteria.

Namely it is a comparative aspect against the other lodges in this country and/or area. We like to think of this rating as a mix of the accommodation (please do remember just because the rating is lower doesn’t mean it is a bad lodge more that it maybe more of a rustic nature), guiding and wildlife in the area, food, safety and general vibe.

The lower ratings tend to either be due to being a rustic lodge or being in e.g a busy area of the park. This should be used as a general guide but please do contact us for more detail or check out the reasons why we love these lodges.

Fast Facts

Location

Kafue National Park

Rooms

6 Rooms, 1 Family tent (sleeps 4) and 5 twin bed tents

Avg. room price

From $1170 (ppn)

Great for

Remote location & exceptional guides

Children welcome

Yes (best for 12+)

Open

01 June – 31 October

Ideal length of stay

3 nights

Fans

Yes

Wi-fi

No

Lodge Key Features

Luxurious rooms

The lodge is built on a raised platform with wooden walkways and boasts 6 luxurious tented rooms, this includes one larger tent which can be used as a family unit. Each room has two large queen-sized beds, a spacious en-suite bathroom which has both indoor and outdoor showers, and a spectacular view from your balcony or bed – observe the wild and relish the beautiful surroundings. The main area is comfortable and stylish, enjoy a dip in the pool during the warm days, relax on the deck and look out onto the never-ending plains or sit by the fire in the evenings and enjoy some quality stargazing – it’s a magical part of the world.

Wildlife

Shumba Lodge is appropriately named after the prides of lion that are regularly seen in the area. Not only this but leopard are common, and the area is also home to a number of other wonderful animals, Elephant, wild dog, buffalo, wildebeest and antelope; to name a few. If you are passionate about your birds this place is a birders paradise, with up to nearly 500 species. With views from the lodge onto the plains you can catch regular sightings of large amounts of Puku and Lechwe without leaving the site.

Hot air balloon ride

A hot air balloon ride is a must. The views are breath-taking, watch the wild animals below from a superb view above. You get a better sense and understanding to just how incredible the plains are and can enjoy some of the most picturesque views and stunning sunrises in Africa.

Client Reviews

  • Shumba Camp on Busanga Plains rocks!

    have traveled extensively across Africa and have stayed in 20+ camps and can say that Wilderness does an outstanding job. Their people are well trained, their locations are exceptional, their camps are the best, and the food is always great.
    We loved our guide Isaac – he’s now part of our family!
    The hot air balloon experience is so special we did it twice.

    wildboutwildlife
  • Safari at it’s best

    We visited Busanga Bush Camp and Shumba with breathtaking views over the plains but from a different perspective. Shuma is elevated above the plains with 6 luxury spacious tents and excellent and friendly staff to make your stay as wonderful as possible. Both camps offer different experiences which make your safari feeling as complete as possible.

    leopardleap
  • Truly Incredible

    Shumba camp was simply incredible. From the moment we arrived and greeted by all the stuff with hot towels you could tell this was going to be a surreal place. All the staff knew our names and treated us like one of them. Fred the barman always made us laugh and the likes of Chrispin, Charles, tsekai, Isaac were always very cheerful and delightful to be around providing incredible service.

    willpearce12

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