NTEMWA-BUSANGA PLAINS CAMP
remote and wild
Operational months Ntemwa-Busanga Plains Camp: July to November
Some three-hour game drive to the north of Musekese Camp lies Ntemwa-Busanga Camp. A rustic bush camp in a wilderness area on the southern edge of Busanga Plains. This simple but charming camp is perfectly sited to make the most of the diverse Busanga Plains. Explore its multitude of habitats, from riverine thickets in the south, the tree-lined edges and the productive, flooded grasslands in the centre and the variety of wildlife that inhabit them.
Our tented camp consists of classic safari tents which are accompanied by open-air en-suite bathrooms at the rear, with flushing toilets and warm bucket showers. The main area supplies a modest amount of power for charging cameras and other devices.
Wildlife around Ntemwa-Busanga Plains Camp
The wildlife of the Busanga Plains is as varied as it is numerous. Regional specials such as roan antelope and sable antelope are common sightings here. Along with thousands of red lechwe there is no shortage of game to view and photograph. Busanga Plains is also home to some of the largest herds of buffalo in the park, with numbers over 600, a sight to behold. The Southern Plains areas are home to wildebeest and zebra, along with herds of the diminutive oribi and secretive reedbuck.
Ofcourse the predators are here too, with a dominant lion pride, the ‘Papyrus Pride’ resident to the wetter plains in the north and both the Moshi and Lufupa prides utilising the areas to the north and south of Ntemwa-Busanga camp. Leopard are here too, especially along the treeline of the plains, the same area that offers cheetah sightings from time to time and late season wild dog sightings.
And if you thought it couldn’t get any wilder, think again…
Ntemwa-Busanga Plains Camp has access to a vast road network covering the expanse of the Busanga Plains and southern treelines. Zambia is one of few places where night drives are permitted and all our vehicles are equipped with spotlights and red-filters. Perfect to spot nocturnal animals!
In order to make the most of the variety of wildlife and habitats, one must spend time and travel between areas. Therefore the Busanga Plains are best explored by vehicle. At night, this is the only way to head out and look for nocturnal wildlife.
The openness and relatively rough terrain makes walking safaris here unviable. Often we will take a packed lunch with us and spend the day exploring the vast expanse, returning late in the afternoon or early evening to a roaring campfire.
Getting to Ntemwa-Busanga Plains Camp
Ntemwa-Busanga Plains Camp can be reached by car and plane. If you want to go straight to Busanga Plains from Lusaka, the best way is to fly in. There's an airstrip close to the camp and it's only a one-hour flight from Lusaka. If you want to go by car, we recommend a stay at Musekese Camp before travelling through to the Plains. From Musekese it's a journey of roughly 3 hours to Ntemwa-Busanga. Either you choose to travel by road or air, we can arrange transport for you.
Extend your stay
Ntemwa-Busanga Plains Camp is a destination in itself, but you can easily combine it with our Musekese camp. It's only a 3 hour game drive between the two camps, but you'll enjoy two truly different safari experiences due to changing landscapes and wildlife. Find out more about Musekese camp.