Zambia retains the charm of undiscovered Africa – the Luangwa Valley is noted for being one of Africa’s prime wildlife sanctuaries with prolific game and predators roaming the plains. The 2.25-million-hectare Kafue National Park is one of the largest in Africa and boasts varied habitats: the Kafue, Lufupa and Lunga rivers adjoin peaceful stretches of riverine vegetation, dambos, wetlands and extensive miombo woodland while seasonal floodplains and swampland are found in the north. Owing to this diversity, Kafue is blessed with abundant wildlife.
- As arguably the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa, the Luangwa Valley marks the end of the Great Rift Valley and covers 9 000 square kilometres through which the meandering Luangwa River runs.
- Characterised by oxbow lagoons, woodland and plains, the area hosts huge concentrations of game including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo and over 400 species of birds.
- Kafue National Park’s Lufupa River overflows in summer creating a large floodplain delta system dotted with miombo woodland. The Lunga and Kafue rivers are wide and slow-flowing, banded by riverine forest.
- The Busanga Plains are home to hundreds of oribi, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, wildebeest, zebra and buffalo – a big attraction for predators which include wild dog, cheetah and lion.
- The birdlife at Shumba is unquestionably an attraction as the park boasts 491 species.
Guests depart from Lusaka Airport and arrive at Mfuwe Airport. Situated on its own private land, Nkwali Camp overlooks South Luangwa National Park. This game viewing country features a beautiful area of ebony woodland and open grass plains. From the bar you will often see elephants crossing the Luangwa River, or watch them bathing in the waterhole near the thatched dining room.
Throughout the year we have direct access from camp to the park by boat. For a unique experience in the dry months, we operate a pontoon into the southern part of the area. Activities include walking, day and night game drives and cultural excursions. Your stay includes twice-daily scheduled camp activities and all meals.
Guests return to the Lusaka Airport from Mfuwe Airport and connect with a flight to Shumba Camp. Set right in the centre of the Busanga Plains, Shumba – meaning lion – has been appropriately named after the lions that make the plains their home. With easy access to permanent water and views encompassing 360 degrees across the plains, Shumba Camp offers the ultimate combination of wildlife and luxury.
You will feel only pampered in one of Shumba’s six spacious luxury safari tents situated on raised platforms. From here guests see hundreds of red lechwe, puku and roan “flocking” to feed on the nutritious surrounding grasses. The dining, bar and plunge pool area have also been built to maximise views and meals are either served here or in the boma where guests enjoy elements of local Zambian culture. This three night stay includes a balloon flight over the Busanga Plains. Your stay also includes twice-daily scheduled camp activities and all meals.
Transfer by light aircraft to Lusaka International Airport for your onward travel arrangements.