Busanga Bush Camp in Zambia sits in the heart of the Busanga Plains, a wildlife paradise in the northwest region of Zambia’s Kafue National Park, one of the largest national parks in Africa. Out here in this remote wetland is a safari experience as authentic as they come—one where predators stalk the floodplains, Serengeti-like savannahs extend to the horizon, and the wild remains so untouched it feels like it is completely your own.

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Recently updated but left with all of its innate charm intact, Busanga Bush Camp in Zambia offers a bush experience that most safari enthusiasts crave. The camp has just four Meru-style tented chalets, simply presented with natural fabrics and earth tones and hidden under a tree-island of sycamore figs overlooking the sunrise on the plains. Well-appointed and spacious, each room is tented with thatch walls and mosquito-proof gauze to allow in the gentle breeze and comes fully outfitted in large queen-sized beds and open-air en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and hot showers under the stars.

The views at Busanga Bush Camp are breathtaking and endless, whether enjoyed from the tent’s private verandas or the central lounge and bar area. Breakfast at Busanga Bush Camp is often served here as guests witness the herds of lechwe and puku feeding in the plains. Early morning breakfasts are often quick, continental affairs but are offset by large post-game-drive brunches and afternoon siestas. Come evening, dinner is moved to the dining boma, a beautifully open area shaded by tall trees adorned in lantern chandeliers. Romantically lit up at night, this is the setting for many a lavish three-course meal utilizing the best of Zambia’s produce and culinary creativity.

Widely considered the jewel in Kafue’s crown, the Busanga Plains cover a vast area of roughly 450 square miles, with Busanga Bush Camp sitting at its heart. From Busanga Bush Camp, the Busanga Plains spread out like the Serengeti and play host to hundred-strong herds of plains game. The diversity and wealth of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, and waterbuck in turn attract predators, including wild dog packs and prides of cheetah and lion. It is for this reason Busanga is known as one of the best lion viewing destinations in Africa. What’s more, the guides of Busanga Bush Camp diligently bring the plains to life, leading guests on daily day and night game drives from camp. Additional activities include seasonal boat safaris and hot air balloon safaris over the endless landscape, as well as birding treks in search of the park’s 491 species, including the endemic Chaplin’s barbet.

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