OVERVIEW ON SHUMBA CAMP IN KAFUE
Shumba Camp is located in the center of the Busanga Plains in Kafue, home to hundreds of red lechwe, ubiquitous puku, stately roan and the diminutive oribi. Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, herds of wildebeest, zebra and buffalo make for a full set of antelope all of which move onto the Plains as the dry season progresses. This wealth of game is a big attraction for predators, including wild dog, cheetah and prides of lion. Shumba Camp is perfectly situated to take advantage of the plains game and predator concentrations of the Busanga Plains, being situated as it is within close proximity to permanent water and having easy access to a mix of seasonal and permanent floodplains. Shumba is named after a favorite species in the area – prides of lion sometimes up to 20 strong! Viewing of species like puku, lechwe and hippo is possible for much of the day from the comfort of your tent or the main deck, while the camp’s fig trees ensure both shade and constant bird activity in the canopy above.
Accommodation, Facilities & Amenities At Shumba Camp
- Shumba Camp comprises six spacious luxury safari tents on raised platforms with spectacular views of the surrounding plains.
- The rooms are large, en-suite with both indoor and outdoor showers.
- A maximum of 12 guests can be accommodated at any one time and great emphasis has been placed on the “guided” experience – being led by qualified, enthusiastic people with in-depth knowledge of the area and its wildlife.
- A swimming pool is available at the Shumba Camp.
EcoTourism & Community Involvement Specifics
Employment opportunities have been the first step in this process; initially in construction as more than 150 casual laborers from remote surrounding villages helped to build the new camp, and then later in the open camps where upwards of 130 men and women are permanently employed in ecotourism positions. With permanent employment has come training and skills development. Rural income is such that those employed in the 5-month construction period earned more than 8 times the annual average income for rural Zambians. Shumba Camp in Kafue employ game scouts seconded by the Zambian Wildlife Authority who are based at the camps and conduct anti-poaching patrols from these bases year round. Further projects are on the cards with the next major focus being education. Children in the Wilderness (Zambia) hosted its first group of school children in 2007.
Dining At Shumba Camp
- The Shumba Camp dining and bar area is elevated so as to take in this vista and each morning’s sunrise; dinner takes place either here or in the cozy boma where guests can also enjoy elements of local Zambian culture.
- Many meals are prepared and cooked on the fire in front of the guests enhancing the safari experience.
Activities At Shumba Camp
- Morning, afternoon and night wildlife viewing and game drives.
- Sunset and Sundowners.
- Experience Zambia’s renowned Africa walking safaris in Kafue National Park.
- Ornithological experience.