Shumba Camp, Kafue, Zambia

Shumba Camp is a Classic Camp

4Cs Projects at Shumba Camp

As a camp dedicated to sustainable conservation and community, Shumba Camp is intimately involved in projects that support these as well as the rest of the 4Cs principles.


Anti-Poaching in Kafue

Prior to Wilderness Safaris’ presence in the park, Kafue saw significant poaching in the 1980s. Game numbers declined before beginning to recover in the 1990s with the growth of ecotourism in Zambia. Wilderness Safaris currently supports the game scouts and anti-poaching units of the Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) logistically and financially year round.

Kafue Lion Project

Wilderness Trust funded a strategic management plan for lions in the greater Kafue National Park (KNP) system, including the surrounding Game Management Areas. This has contributed towards a better understanding and the sustainable management of the lion populations of KNP and Zambia as a whole.

Community Initiatives

As Wilderness Safaris began to operate in Kafue, opportunities arose to partner with the local people. Employment opportunities were the first step – initially in construction as more than 150 casual labourers from remote surrounding villages helped to build the camps, and then later in the operational camps. With permanent employment has come training and skills development.

Energy-saving Initiatives

Shumba Camp is powered by a hybrid system, combining a diesel powered generator that charges a bank of batteries which in turn supplies the camp with electricity through an inverter. Thanks to this, the generator only needs to operate for eight hours a day as opposed to 24 hours. In addition, each guest tent has its own small solar panel and battery, providing electricity for the lighting and fan. These systems are now used as a model to lower the environmental footprint across the entire portfolio of camps in all regions.

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Latest News From Shumba Camp

  • Shumba Camp - October 2014
    Nov 21, 2014

    Two previously unseen cheetah were found around Kapinga and 22 wild dogs pass through the Shumba area!

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  • Shumba Camp - September 2014
    Sep 30, 2014

    Shumba, which means ‘lion’ in the vernacular, lives up to its name with no fewer than 21 lions seen on one morning game drive from camp…

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  • Shumba Camp - August 2014
    Aug 31, 2014

    The highlight on game drives at Shumba Camp this month has to be the martial eagle that our guests watched hunting a warthog…

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A Quote From Our Guests

“ We had some brilliant wildlife sightings while we were at Shumba. In our three days we had really good sightings of a pack of wild dogs, a group of 3 cheetahs, 2 leopard cubs, several groups of lions, about 5 different servals, elephants , hippos, water monitor and roan antelope. ”
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Reviewed by: WildlifeFan01, 2012.11.23