June 2017 – The 2017 safari season has kicked off in Zambia’s wildlife-rich Busanga Plains with Wilderness Safaris Shumba and Busanga Bush camps now open until the end of October 2017. In addition to offering the most exclusive wilderness experience in this remote region, every guest visiting the Busanga Plains is a conservationist, helping Wilderness Safaris contribute more than USD500 000 to Kafue National Park every year.
Situated within 28 000 hectares of exclusive wilderness, Shumba and Busanga Bush camps offer an incredibly diverse experience in Kafue. Busanga is an intimate safari camp with four well-appointed tents, while Shumba offers six spacious and luxurious safari tents (including one family tent) on raised platforms.
“The Busanga Plains is a remarkable wilderness area to visit – you can stand in an open floodplain and not see or hear another single human around. Your eyes will dart from elephant herd, to buffalo, to kudu, puku, lechwe, zebra, sable, eland, and the list goes on. Birdlife is abundant with over 500 species recorded throughout the Park, ranging from raptors to the smaller almost ghost-like ground species”, said Ron Goatley, Wilderness Safaris Zambezi MD.
When the camps open in June, there is an abundance of water, and activities range from boating and mokoro excursions to interpretive game drives led by highly skilled Wilderness Safaris guides. Plenty of water means plenty of game and birdlife. August and early Sept offer less water but a good mix of activities and then from the end of September and October the weather is warmer and there is little to no water left on the Plains and only permanent waterholes remain. This means that wildlife has to congregate around these; the diversity of animals is extraordinary, with plenty of predators heading to the last remaining pools of water to hunt.
From 1 August to 31 October 2017, Wilderness Safaris guests visiting the Plains for three or more nights will receive a complimentary hot air balloon safari. “This is arguably the most exclusive hot air ballooning experience in Africa”, added Ron Goatley. “The serenity experienced whilst flying over one of Africa’s most remote wilderness areas is unparalleled, and guests may witness some incredible wildlife sightings from the air, including large concentrations of antelope species such as lechwe and puku”. This complimentary one-hour balloon ride is then followed by a delicious champagne breakfast served in the Park’s vast grasslands.
“Even though our camps in Kafue are only open for the five dry months of the year, we are passionately committed to maintaining our ecotourism presence in this diverse wilderness area. We took a leap of faith by operating in this region – far off the beaten track for most travelers with a shortened tourism season, but we did it to help expand ecotourism presence and ecosystem presence across Africa”, said Ron Goatley.
Despite the financial losses Wilderness Safaris has made since opening Busanga and Shumba in 2006, the company has seen first-hand what a difference its simple presence (and funding of anti-poaching operations) has made. “When there were no operators in the Park, it was hard to measure the impact of poaching. Now that we are present year round, we have seen wildlife populations rebound and a positive economic difference made to local communities. Every single guest who visits the Plains is therefore a conservationist – not only being assured of experiencing a remarkable, life-changing journey, but one that helps us make a real difference to the ongoing biodiversity protection of the area and the empowerment of local communities”, he concluded.
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