Busanga Bushcamp

Reviews of Busanga Bushcamp

Excellent(92%) From 10 travellers
Excellent
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Below are independent comments from 10 of our travellers who have visited Busanga Bushcamp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs T - Victoria, Australia
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Excellent camp

Well organised camp and great staff. You would expect this for the price.

The included balloon flight was a do-not-miss activity

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Dr & Mrs S - Cheshire
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Enjoyable stay

Busanga Bush Camp is a small, friendly and well managed camp, with excellent guiding from Isaac.

There is certainly good game viewing on the Busanga Plains, but it is more widely spread than in some other reserves. We very much enjoyed our stay, but would probably not recommend BBC for a first time safari.

The helicopter transfer in was fun. We didn't know that, when staying for three nights or more, a complimentary balloon ride is included. Too bad we couldn't go because of the wind, but it would have been a selling point.

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Mr & Mrs D - Leicester
Arrived on: 2-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Good
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Excellent
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Busanga Bushcamp review

Great staff who were consistently helpful and cheerful. Super food produced from their 'fire-pit'cooker.

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Mrs & Mr F - British Columbia
Arrived on: 28-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Busanga Bushcamp review

Absolutely loved this camp and wished we could stay for a few more days. Our tent looked out onto a wide open plain covered with antelope. Saw two amazing large male lions on our last morning strolling out of the mist. A lovely sight.

This was the end of our one week Kafue Rivers and Plains tour with Brent Harris as our guide. It was a great trip and I highly recommend it, especially if Brent is the guide.

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Mr & Mrs H from Lancs
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kapinga Camp review

Itinerary changed and we stayed at Busanga. We were very happy with all aspects of our stay here.

We had a problem with tsetse flies on our journey here. In fact, they were a problem on lots of drives out from Lufupa though not at Lufupa Camp. we will complete this page as though is was Busanga.

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Mr and Mrs LS - Dorset
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Busanga Bushcamp review

With the best will in the world Solomon tried to find us game but there really was very little about. The drives were arduous (long and bumpy) with little result. Again tsetses were an issue.

Solomon was great, as was Mwanga (spelling?), and the chefs. All were welcoming to a fault and exceedingly good company.
The setting was great, looking out over the plain, just rather empty!

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Mr & Mrs V - Surrey
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Busanga Bush Camp review

Another beautifully sited camp also expertly run. The rooms were lovely and the staff fantastic. The food was again superb. Laura and JD made us feel very welcome by greeting us as we crossed in boats with drinks and food. Nothing was too much trouble when I was a bit unwell one night.

My husband's supper was bought to our room and we were looked after very well. The next morning we stayed in camp and enjoyed the raised deck and our own deck for watching animals on the plains.

The guided trips were lovely and the sight of hundreds of open beaked storks gathering on one of the 'islands' before taking off and turning the sky black as the sun went down is something we will always remember.

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Mr & Mrs P - London
Arrived on: 2-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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busanga bush camp

Again very good staff and a very interesting location. We were lucky to be sharing the camp with 4 charming Germans and greatly enjoyed their company. There could however have been a problem if they had not been equally flexible as there was only one vehicle and guide for the 8 of us.

Tetse flies were also a big problem here forcing the game drives to keep away from the areas adjacent to the tree line. Supplies were also an issue here with no insect repellent available. The lions and cheetahs were the stars here and we enjoyed our stay, We were impressed by the standard of the cooking onthe basic facilities.

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Mr S and Ms J - Sussex
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2007 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
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Good
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enjoybale safari, good camp, some issues

The camp itself was very nice, good accommodation, good food, reasonably nice wine. The relief management team was in, and they were ok, but not great. Gogo was charming and friendly, but somewhat too laid back. Petrus was far too full of himself.
Mike was a competent, but by no means outstanding, guide. He was extremely nice.

The scenery in the park was beautiful, but the game not plentiful. Nonetheless, we saw good lion, a couple of resting cheetah, servals at night, side-striped jackal, large buffalo herd, loads of antelope, including a big herd of Roan that let us get right in the middle of them, and just missed the wild dogs coming through.

The diversity was slightly disappointing - no elephant, hyena, zebra. One weakness at this camp was that they had only one vehicle, and as many as 8 guests in it at any one time.

Our stay was badly marred at the end by one of the staff stealing some valuable rings we had left in the room on checking out. The follow up to this by Wilderness was lacking in urgency and proper attention.

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Expert Africa comments

As a postscript to this incident, these rings have been recovered and returned to these travellers. The alleged thief has been caught, dismissed from the camp’s staff and the police are involved.

There’s perhaps a wider lesson here: when we travel we often carry with us items that are costly beyond the reach of many of the people who live in the developing world.

If these are left lying around, even in your rooms, then they can prove very tempting indeed. If possible, when travelling in Africa it’s best to leave non-essential valuables behind in the UK – or keep them on your person.

Mrs Carmine bee-eater
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Excellent.

It was smaller than Lufupa so there was more of a restricted feeling around the camp. We felt that the bedroom area in the tent was small and the mosquito net made it feel quite confined. However I did love the open shower and the fact that the lions walked through the camp at night.

I wasn't sure why Busanga was so much more expensive than Lufupa and thought that perhaps a similar graded camp to Lufupa could be available on the plains. We had been persuaded to try the plains and were so pleased we had done but it was considerably more expensive and this might deter others.

It did feel much more in the wild than Lufupa, and the view from the camp was breathtaking.

Again the manager - Petrus was an amazing host and the guide, Mike was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We had an amazing last night dinner right on the plains which was so spectacular.

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Expert Africa comments

There’s an interesting point worth making about costs here: why the small Busanga Bushcamp is more costly than the larger Lufupa.

There are two main reasons for this:

Firstly, because the bushcamp is in a more remote location, so it’s harder to supply. Getting food, materials and guests there costs a lot more – and hence it’s more costly.

Secondly, because it’s smaller it simply can’t make the economies of scale that a larger camp can. Hence, all other things being equal, smaller camps usually cost more than larger camps.

In fact, these two effects influence the economics so strongly that often a small and quite basic camp will be more costly than a large, much more luxurious one – strange but true, even if it seems counter-intuitive.