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Hot Air Ballooning Season Kicks off in Kafue National Park

Sep 2, 2014 | Wilderness Safaris

September 2014 – Wilderness Safaris is delighted to announce the start of its hot air ballooning season in the Busanga Plains of Zambia’s Kafue National Park. The remoteness of the 28 000-hectare Busanga Concession makes it one of the most exclusive hot air ballooning destinations in Africa, offering complete seclusion and stunning scenery.

During the hot air balloon safari, guests will enjoy a bird’s eye view of the spectacular surrounds and high concentrations of wildlife, including thousands of red lechwe and puku, as well as regular sightings of hippo and buffalo. A delicious champagne breakfast follows, served in the Park’s vast grasslands. Busanga Plains Hot Air Balloon

The Busanga Plains in Kafue National Park is considered to be one of the most exclusive hot air ballooning destinations in Africa.

The hot air ballooning season runs from August until the end of October and guests spending three nights or more at Wilderness Safaris’ two camps in the area – Shumba Camp and Busanga Bush Camp – can enjoy a hot air balloon ride at no extra cost.

Aside from the excellent hot air ballooning opportunities, there are a range of activities on offer such as guided walking safaris and game drives, all of which make the most of the area’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 July 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.

Guests staying at Shumba Camp will also be able to enjoy the completely remodelled and rebuilt main area, which has undergone a comprehensive and stylish soft refurbishment. A new raised wooden viewing deck has been also been built, where guests can relax and enjoy an elevated vantage point of the productive surrounding Busanga Plains. Even the local lion seem to approve of the new main area – as can be seen in some recent photographs of the Busanga pride lazing on the new deck here.