Shumba – Kafue

Elegant Shumba, named after the prides of lion seen in the area, is found on a wooded island in the centre of the million-hectare Busanga Plains. Home to hundreds of red lechwe, puku and other plains game and their predators, the wild and remote floodplains seemingly go on forever.

Standing sentry over these endless plains are six luxury tented units raised on wooden platforms. Each spacious unit is a tranquil space from which to observe the wilderness – either from your bed, the various seating areas or even the indoor or outdoor showers.

Enjoy Zambian hospitality in the main area, where sumptuous dining, cooling off in the pool and shaded relaxation are the order of the day, while convivial fireside tales and stargazing are a nightly ritual.

Things to do at Shumba

Game Drives

Catch sight of the famous lion prides, other predators and the scores of plains game.

Night-time meanderings

Explore the Busanga Plains’ nocturnal species on interpretive game drives under the stars.

Hot air ballooning

Fly eye-to-eye with an eagle and watch hippo playing far below while taking in the incredible remoteness of the plains. Available August – October. Conservation fee applies.


Float through the channels at the beginning of the season when the floodplains are still filled with water.

Best Time to Visit Zambia

The recognised best times to visit Zambia for the best game viewing along with pleasantly mild daytime temperatures is during the dry season, May to October although September and October can be exceptionally hot. It is during the dry season when animals congregate around the rivers and waterholes. During the wet season (November to April) some roads in the parks can be inaccessible resulting in some camps being closed. The scenery in Zambia is always spectacular throughout the year.

Travel Documents
It is your responsibility to check the entry visa requirements with the individual embassy of each country you intend visiting prior to departure.