Ntemwa Busanga Camp is a small thatched classic camp situated in the vast wilderness area on the southern sector of Busanga Plains, Kafue National Park. With a maximum number of 6 guests this charming camp is perfect for families in search of unique wild experiences and incredible sightings of a variety of wildlife found in the Busanga Plains. You can explore a multitude of habitats in this area on day and night game drives in their high-quality open vehicles to reach some of the iconic spots in Busanga. For birding enthusiasts, Ntemwa Busanga also offer world class birding with their well experienced and knowledgeable guides.
This small intimate camp comprises of 4 thatched chalets newly refurbished each with an open air en-suite bathroom, flashing toilets and warm bucket showers. There are two main areas, one raised on a deck with great views of the vast Busanga Plains. The second one is a lower-level shaded stretch area with comfy furniture to lie down in the heat of the day. The main deck has solar powered stations where guests can charge their cameras and other gadgets.
Busanga Plains has great road networks that cover the expanse of the area and southern tree line. The game drives are top notch and allows esteemed photographers to get closer to wildlife and cover greater distances. The plains are a home to large herds of buffalo along with zebra, oribi and secretive reedbuck in the southern end. This area is also home to several predators dominated by a lion pride known as Papyrus Pride in the wetter plains in the north. Moshi and Lufupa prides can be seen both in the northern and southern sections of Ntemwa Busanga Camp. Other predators include Cheetah and leopards.
The management at Ntemwa Busanga, which is a sister property to Musekese Camp in the main Kafue area, have over the years put wildlife conservation at the heart of their operations making sure that both nature and the local communities strive together. They invest in training their passionate staff to become ambassadors of natural world protection and preservation in Africa’s wild areas. Almost all Classic Zambia camps are run on solar power and they take the time to sort all wastes and dispose of unnecessary products out of the conservation areas in which they operate. They have carefully put in place procurement and logistics that minimize unnecessary transport and endeavour to purchase materials and produce from communities surrounding their camps.
OPEN: 1 Jul – 31 Oct
CLOSED: 1 Jan – 30 Jun & 1 Nov – 31 Dec
We visited the Katie NP on our honeymoon and stayed at both Jeffery & McKeith camps. Ntemwa has the luxuries to make your stay very comfortable (proper comfy beds, lovely outdoor bathrooms) but still feels very wild and remote. The food was excellent; delicious and filling but also healthy and came with a great choice of wine (and g&ts for sundowners). The wildlife on the Busanga Plains was outstanding and we were lucky enough to see a couple of prides of lions, as well as a cheetah, sable, roan, elephants, and buffalo amongst many others. Our guide Tyrone (McKeith) knows his stuff and displayed a particularly impressive ability to identify all the bird species we saw. Can’t wait to go back!
Remote, comfortable, friendly, with great food. And affordable. What a superb base from which to explore Busanga Plains in Northern Kafue. Ntemwa pairs perfectly with Jeffery & McKeith’s Musekese Camp further south in Kafue.
It is about a 3-hour journey by car and boat between the two, where wildlife can be seen–especially the elusive Sharpe’s Grysbok antelope. The guiding is excellent because it is the Jeffery & McKeith high standard. Busanga Plains is one of the best spots to find the beautiful roan and sable antelope in good numbers. A 4-night stay is recommended. Even a 3-nighter produced excellent results for me.
If you have a “bug suit” do bring it. Throughout Kafue, but more so in Busanga Plains, tse tses can be pesky if you hit a patch of them in the woodlands. There are none in camp, but it is possible the tse tses will be encountered on drives, especially when searching for sable in the woodlands. Ntemwa and Musekese combine for a very special safari experience.
Four days at the Ntemwa-Busanga Bush camp was a highlight of our Zambian safari experiences. The remote camp, a sister camp to Musekese Camp, operated by Jeffery and Mckeith, operates during the dry months. It isn’t easy to get to. You either fly in by private plane or do a road transfer from Musekese. The four-tent camp has all the necessities and a few comforts. The standard tent with an open-air bathroom has a flush loo and a hanging bush shower, hot water delivered whenever requested. Since the temperatures were low when we were there, a hot water bottle warmed our beds at night and was still warm in the morning. We were the only clients for 3 days and were spoiled by three delicious meals served al fresco. Tea and happy hour meant we never went hungry. The guide/host, Gareth, was an outstanding, welcoming host. His knowledge of everything animal, botanic and avian in the area was encyclopedic. His crew, Richardson, Stan, Collins and Jimmy took care of everything. Four days was barely enough to explore the varied landscape of the vast plains, observe the herds of diverse antelope, and marvel at the abundance of bird life.
If you want electric lights or internet, this isn’t the place for you. If you want to get away to a wonderful wilderness place, it might just fill the bill.