Shumba Camp, Kafue, Zambia

Shumba Camp is a Classic Camp

Things to do at Shumba Camp

Activities at Shumba Camp include day and night game drives, led by qualified guides who are extremely knowledgeable about the area and its wildlife, as well as boating during the early part of the season while hot air balloon safaris run between September and November.

Game drives

On interpretive game drives in open vehicles, guests may view large numbers of plains game such as puku, red lechwe, buffalo and wildebeest and even perhaps the rare roan antelope. The famous lions of Kafue, cheetah and wild dog are also to be seen.

Guided night drives

Led by a knowledgeable guide, night drives offer a glimpse into Busanga Plains’ unique, nocturnal world. A diverse range of species may be seen at night, including genet, civet, owls and occasionally the elusive leopard.

Hot Air Balloon Safari

Nowhere else in Zambia can you take to the skies in such style. Gaze over scenic splendour, watch hippo playing far below and fly eye-to-eye with an eagle. This experience (complimentary for guests who stay three nights or more) ends with a champagne breakfast. (Available from August to October)


Early on in the season, the Busanga Plains are still covered in much water. A boating excursion during this time allows for exploration of the channels and their life.

Specialist birding safari

Boasting 491 species, including the endemic Chaplin's barbet, birding enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice on a specialist birding safari. The area is also alive with rollers, bee-eaters, kingfishers, herons and large flocks of storks, to name a few.

Latest News From Shumba Camp

  • Shumba Camp - July 2015
    Sep 9, 2015

    July was another cracking month on the Busanga Plains at Shumba. I’m not even sure where to start!

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  • Shumba Camp - June 2015
    Jul 27, 2015

    The lion pride dynamics here at Shumba Camp are as intriguing as a political thriller while overall the wildlife and birding has heralded an excellent start to our Kafue safari season…

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  • 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 did not dissappoint! Wonderful staff attentive to your every wish. The managers, Daniel and Laura went out of their way to make sure that everything was perfect. ”
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Reviewed by: Nabglow, 2014.09.25