Busanga Plains safaris, tours & holiday packages
Grassy heart of Zambia's largest national park
The vast Busanga floodplain, a swaying sea of yellowing grass studded with elevated wooded islands, is Zambia’s answer to the legendary Serengeti.
The game-viewing centrepiece of Kafue, Zambia’s oldest and largest national park, is the 800-square-kilometre Busanga Floodplain, which consists of a large open seasonal grassland interspersed with a scattering of island-like stands of figs, sausage trees and palms. The floodplain is excellent predator country and is particularly good for lions, especially the imposing black-maned males that once earned Kafue legendary status in trophy hunting circles.
So many 'wow' moments. Eight separate sightings of African finfoot. Stunning lion and cheetah encounters. Wonderful sunsets. And not another tourist vehicle in all the time we were there!
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The marshes of Busanga host a wide variety of water-associated birds. The area is of particular significance to two of Africa’s endemic crane species. Flocks of up to 50 crowned cranes are regularly encountered, and several hundred wattled cranes are resident. Other interesting birds include Stanley’s bustard, Hartlaub’s babbler, pink-throated longclaw, Fuelleborn’s longclaw and sooty chat.
Birders will also be thrilled at the birdlife on view on boat trips along the Lufupa River, which runs through the floodplain but supports a ribbon of lush riverine forest elsewhere on its course. There’s no better place to tick the elusive African finfoot, while other possible highlights include Schalow’s turaco, Ross’s turaco, Pel’s fishing-owl, black-backed barbet, Boehm’s bee-eater and white-backed night heron.
Kafue National Park has not yet been afflicted by mass tourism, and so the greatest attraction of the Busanga Floodplain is arguably that it feels so untrammelled and unspoiled – a genuine wilderness!
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This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…
Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…
Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.
Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…
I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…
Planning the trip was managed extremely well especially since travel was at a busy time of year and not much notice was given. All communication was by email, and was responded to promptly and efficiently. Different options were provided…