Busanga Bushcamp

Reviews of Busanga Bushcamp

Excellent(93%) From 16 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 16 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 and Mrs G Leicestershire
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Busanga Bushcamp review

This is another small camp but with a few more amenities i.e. running hot water and electricity. The staff were all very friendly and attentive and we felt very spoilt on the day we had the camp to ourselves. The meals were very good and the little extra touches, such as different places to eat the evening meal, were much appreciated - particularly enjoyed the last night on the viewing platform which really felt out in the bush. We also liked the hot water bottles in the blankets on the morning game drives.

The camp's location looking over the plain was excellent with large herds of lechwe and puku always present - and even 2 roan antelope one day- and there was a lovely pair of bushbuck under the tree by our tent (a tree which attracted a suprisinging variety of birds during the day).

We saw plenty of lion including one group with cubs and saw another pride firmly planted under the other vehicle from our camp appreciating a bit of shade. On our last morning four lion had taken up residence near the camps fire-pit and when disturbed by the staff getting breakfast ready slowly moved across the plain in front of our tent at about 6am - all observed from the comfort of our bed!

There were three of us travelling together and we had a vehicle and guide to ourselves for the 3 days including the transfer up from Musekese. The transfer was the only time the tetse flies were really troublesome - you just had to drive faster than they flew. At Busanga they were not a serious problem except by the airfield in the daytime.

I had arranged this trip to try and see some of the large antelope and was delighted to see 2 large herds of roan and one of sable - both seen in the evening when the light was great. The eland will have to wait for the next trip.

The balloon ride with Eric was a real highlight of the whole trip. The animals are very well habituated to the balloon now allowing some amazing low level game viewing and ascending up over the trees shows what a huge area the Busanga Plains is - quite hard to imagine it covered with water. It was beautiful to see the lechwe emerging through the low lying mist back lit by the rising sun and then fly over a hyena protecting a kill from a flock of vultures.

This is a very different area to any other we have visited on our trips to Zambia and made a real contrast to our other camp in Kafue (Musekese). The activities are mainly game drives and often require travelling some distance to see the more interesting game but there are plenty of species to see (elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, hartebeest, oribi, honey badger and lots of different birds including Fuelleborn's and rosy-throated longclaws.)

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Mr & Mrs B - Cornwall
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Busanga Bushcamp review

Welcomed by masses of tsetse flies on the airstrip but once away from there the tsetse were not too much of an issue. The camp was in a great setting and the tents were spot on. As the only guests for 2 of our 3 nights (and they had been empty for the preceding 4 nights) we were a little overwhelmed by the attention at times but the staff were unfailingly friendly and the service was excellent with thoughtful touches and excellent food. Having had reservations regarding the balloon trip, we are now converts to what was a magical experience which enabled us to see cheetah both from the air and then by vehicle. Good bird sightings.

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Mr C & Mr K from Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great Camp but emphasis not on guiding

Difficult to rate the camp. It was much too "corporate" for our tastes.

The camp itself was excellent and could not be faulted, with excellent accommodation and food and very friendly and attentive staff. The only downside, as far as we are concerned, is that you eat separately rather than together and we enjoy the social aspect - however, we did meet some German guests there who said they preferred to eat alone.

The camp is the same size as Musekese but has 1 guide, compared with Musekese's 3 and the only option is rather tedious game drives. There are a lot of animals on the plains but not much variety and the guides main interest was to show us lions. (We did see, before the guide, a clawless otter and a monitor lizard devouring eggs from a nest it had dug up).

The balloon ride was excellent - much better than a flight I had over the Masai Mara many years ago - because it flew very low.

The ride to the airstrip, through a tsetse area was very unpleasant and it was difficult to get into the plane without being accompanied by a swarm of flies!

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Mr & Mrs P - Cheshire
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great lodge

Superb location, very friendly staff, good food and facilities
Game drives were superb with a very knowledgeable guide
Balloon ride was special and was the icing on the cake!
Camp manager was very flexible and managed to change our onward flight enabling us to fit in another game drive

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Ms D from Ireland
Arrived on: 17-Aug-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Beautiful Busanga Bushcamp

A wonderful place to start a holiday in Zambia & disconnect from everything: it is truly beautiful and peaceful.

The standards of the rooms are excellent with the extremely comfortable beds! Food is delicious. Immaculate attention to details & excellent coffee brought to your room every morning. The Staff is lovely: Ondyne was most helpful in liaising with other people to successfully retrieve my lost luggage from Lusaka. Pyben is ideal in his role.

The game drive routes may seem a bit repetitive but we had excellent lions sightings (including an adorable cub) and a picture perfect leopard "hanging" in a tree! The hot air balloon trip was amazing with Erik, a very skilled and entertaining pilot .

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Mr M & Ms O - Cumbria
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Busanga Bushcamp review

A lovely camp on the plains. Unknown to us before we arrived, due to spending 3 nights there a free balloon safari was included. This was a wonderful way of seeing the animals and the plains.

Initially we were informed that no walking safaris were available. However the information stated otherwise and it was all sorted out very satisfactorily.

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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
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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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