Mukambi Plains Camp – Busanga

The Busanga Plains Camp is one of the seasonal bush camps of Mukambi Safaris, deep in the heart of the famous Busanga Plains, a stunning wetland area. Mukambi Plains Camp is a personal and intimate camp, set on a small palm tree island in the middle of the vast Busanga Plains. This most Northerly and remote camp in the Kafue  is an exciting 6 hour drive from Mukambi Safari Lodge through the bush of the Kafue National Park. A trip to the Busanga Plains brings you back to the days that a safari took an exciting trip to reach your destination. Every journey called for a sense of adventure, a desire to explore the unknown.

When to visit

Mukambi Busanga Plains Camp is open from 15 July until the 1st week in November. Four well appointed furnished luxury safari tents are nestled into the palm trees on the island and all face out onto the floodplain where Red Lechwe antelope can be seen any time of the day from your tent.

The Busanga Plains bush camp is built in the spirit of Karen Blixen’s famous words: “If there was one thing I could do again, it would be to go on safari”.

You can be one of the few to experience the unique remoteness of The Mukambi Plains Camp on Busanga. Join us for an old-fashioned safari.

Our tented bush camp lies in an area so remote that although famous for insiders, only a few people have discovered the Busanga Plains. It is only accessible four months a year.

Here lions and cheetahs prey on animals such as wildebeest, roan and buffalo to name a few. Lechwe and puku graze on the central swamps while the shy sitatunga hides in the papyrus reeds. Crowned and wattled cranes, secretary birds and ground hornbills stalk the grasslands whose openness is interrupted only by tree studded islands.

Here ancient fig trees (the famous One Fig) and palms draw their nutrients from giant termite hills. It is a landscape so distinctive, like no other you will see in Africa.

Busanga Safari Tents

The Busanga Plains Camp consists 4 big well furnished safari tents (2 twin en 2 double) with en-suite open air bathrooms overlooking the Busanga Plains.

Food & drinks

There is a main dining area with bar on a raised wooden deck with an expansive thatch roof. This looks out to the East, allowing for beautiful sun rises to be seen in the morning. A small fireplace on the end of a wooden deck is where the nights are spent warming up and telling stories. Power is limited but solar lights and paraffin lamps are provided in tents. Mukambi is famous for its excellent cuisine, friendly staff and highly experienced rangers.

Game drives

We do game drives twice a day. One departs at sunrise and the afternoon drive (partly a night drive) leaves at approximately 2 hours before sunset. Drives are 3.5 to 4 hours long. Our vehicles are located in the park, which is a short boat trip across the Kafue River so game drives depart from within the park daily.

Walking safaris

Walks leave around an hour after sunrise to avoid the heat of the day. The walks take place in the Kafue National Park itself and are approximately 3 hours (unfortunately not available due to the wet conditions from approximately Dec to May).

All inclusive

Meals, 2 activities per day and bar

Open from 15 July to 31 Oct $775.00


logovoet All rates are quoted in US$ per person per night sharing.
logovoet Single supplement of 30%
logovoet Only children 12 and older are allowed at Busanga Plains
logovoet Minimum 5 nights stay (first and last night at Mukambi Lodge and minimum 3 nights at Busanga Plains Bush Camp
logovoet Park fees are compulsory and are payable in cash to Zawa on day of departure

Note: have a look at our Safari Packages rates. These offer you 6 to 8 days of experiencing Mukambi Safaris in the most advantageous and economical way.

(Please enquire about latest ZAWA rates as ZAWA fees for 2017 are not yet announced).

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How to find us: The Plains Camp: 14°10’48.95”S and  25°49’23.47”E.

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