Shumba Camp lodge: an adventure into the heart of the Zambian savannaThursday 8 February 2018
Located in the middle of the Busanga Plains in north central Zambia, the Shumba Camp is the epitome of a true getaway. From its luxurious raised canopies, unparalleled views roll out over the savanna and surrounding wilderness. The camp itself is founded on eco-tourism and environmental preservation principles, offering raw luxury, and the ideal place to begin a great adventure.
Ethical and refined
Part of the Wilderness Safaris group, specialists in eco-tourism and nature protection, Shumba Camp blends elegance with sustainable development. Built by the local population, this lodge provides employment and training to the region's communities – a virtuous establishment which is invested in preserving the environment in every sense.
In line with this approach, just six luxury tents, each connected to innovative energy-saving systems, emerge from the Miombo (shrubland typical of central African savanna.) Hoisted onto wooden platforms in the north of the Kafue National Park, these tents gaze out over the protected region's 22,500km². This exceptional view is just as captivating at sunset, nestled in a rug next to a wood fire, as it is at first light, where, seated on the panoramic terrace, breakfast is a taste of paradise...
At the Shumba Camp, comfort and refinement are the key words. This philosophy is perfectly illustrated at the camp's incredible elevated pool which offers a 360° view across the surrounding plains, a reminder of the Chongwe River House, also in Zambia. Come nighttime, the cream tones and natural materials, such as wood, used in the bedrooms provide an authentic and cozy charm.
Nature and safaris
Located at the convergence of three rivers, Shumba Camp sits on Zambia's most humid soil, much to the delight of the region's wildlife and vegetation, which veils the plains in a green shimmer. A veritable sanctuary for biodiversity, the area is reputed for its wild cats and game, including lions, tigers, leopards, antelope, wildebeest and buffalo. Whether from the shower or simply lying in bed, it is not unusual to see one, or more, dozing under the trees.
The ideal departure point for a savanna adventure, Shumba Camp offers safaris that are careful not to disturb the lives of the site's magnificent residents. A perfect excursion for a true taste of Africa to contemplate the incredible diversity of its natural history. And, for those who have a head for heights, the establishment also offers hot air balloon trips over the Kafue National Park. There's no better way to admire the region's never-ending grandeur, and make some truly unique memories.
Kafue National Park