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 is powered by a hybrid system, combining a diesel powered generator that charges a bank of batteries which in turn supplies part of the camp with electricity through an inverter. Thanks to this, the generator only needs to operate for eight hours a day. In addition, each guest tent has its own small solar panel and inverter to power LED lights as well as a solar-powered geyser to provide hot water.

Latest News From Shumba Camp

  • Shumba Camp - October 2017
    Oct 5, 2017

    What an absolute cracker of a month at Shumba in terms of wildlife sightings and in particular, lion activity… it was a fittingly dramatic close to arguably our best season to date…

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  • Shumba Camp - September 2017
    Sep 11, 2017

    Between failed hunts, an enthralling encounter with a huge buffalo herd and tiny cubs heard in a thicket, our Papyrus Pride gave us plenty of entertainment at Shumba this month…

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  • Shumba Camp - July 2017
    Jul 2, 2017

    At the beginning of the month we met up with two new male lions around Shumba…

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As recommended on TripAdvisor

“ We had a delightful time in Shumba, and the wildlife was spectacular. Lions were at our tent for three days. ”
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Reviewed by: IdahoTimber, 05 November 2017