July 2017 – The 2017 hot air ballooning safari season will kick off in Kafue National Park’s Busanga Plains in Zambia on 1 August, and will run through to 31 October 2017. Wilderness Safaris guests visiting the Plains for three or more nights will receive a complimentary hot air balloon safari – arguably the most exclusive hot air ballooning experience in Africa.
Wilderness Safaris Shumba and Busanga Bush camps are situated within an exclusive 28 000-hectare private concession in Zambia’s Busanga Plains. Due to its remote location and untouched scenery, a hot air balloon safari in this wildlife-rich area offers an unmatched experience, and a unique bird’s-eye view of the Plains. Guests staying at either camp for three or more nights from August to the end of October will enjoy a complimentary one-hour balloon ride, followed by a delicious champagne breakfast served in the Park’s vast grasslands.
“A hot air balloon safari over the Busanga Plains is truly a bucket-list experience”, says Ron Goatley, Wilderness Safaris Zambezi MD. “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”.
In addition to hot air ballooning, guests visiting the Plains can enjoy a range of other activities such as guided walking safaris, game drives and seasonal boating, all of which make the most of the Park’s prolific wildlife. Kafue is often noted for having the most varied antelope viewing on the continent and is also known for its population of tree-climbing lions, captured in the National Geographic documentary, ‘Swamp Lions’.
Shumba and Busanga Bush camps are seasonal, open annually from 1 June to 31 October. 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.
“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”, added Ron Goatley. “Since we have been present in the Park, we have seen wildlife populations rebound and a positive economic difference made to local communities; further demonstrating the important role of sustainable and authentic ecotourism in this region”.