BUSANGA BUSH CAMP
Wilderness is Africa’s leading authentic and sustainable ecotourism company, dedicated to conserving and restoring Africa’s wilderness and wildlife by creating life-changing journeys and inspiring positive action.
Wilderness began in Botswana in 1983, offering rustic mobile safaris to like-minded guests who were passionate about nature and exploring the country’s remote wildlife areas. It was also the first safari outfitter at the time to realise the need for its financial benefits to flow back to the country and its people, ultimately ensuring the sustainable protection of Botswana’s diverse wilderness.
Even though this approach forms the cornerstone of ecotourism all over the world today, it was a ground-breaking philosophy in the early 1980s that set Wilderness apart and marked its course for more than the next three-and-a-quarter decades. The company also began to offer specialist birding and photographic safaris that caught the interest of both the local and international travel trade, and the business began to grow.
- Battery Charging Facilities
- Credit card facilities
- Internet Access (Complimentary)
- Laundry Service (Complimentary)
- Mosquito Nets
- Game Drives
- Guided Night Drives
- Specialist Birding Safari
- Dining Under the Stars
Busanga Bush Camp lies on a verdant island in the heart of Kafue National Park’s renowned Busanga Plains, a 600 square kilometre (231 square mile) mosaic of grassy, seasonal floodplains extending to the horizon. Kafue is one of the wildest, most pristine, places on Earth, with a vast diversity of wildlife.
This intimate camp has just four tents set under leafy fig trees. The main area – under canvas – is a favourite space amongst guests, particularly at sunrise when the rising mist gradually reveals masses of lechwe and puku dotted across the floodplain. Outdoor dining takes place under the canopy of a majestic tree from which an unusual lantern chandelier hangs, romantically lighting up dinner.
Despite making a capital loss in the Busanga Plains every year – due to its remoteness and shortened tourism season – our presence is critical for the protection of this fragile ecosystem through the support of anti-poaching activities and creating employment.
About the Company
In 1985, Wilderness extended its mobile safari offering to include tented camps set on exclusive wilderness sites. As a result, the lodge-operating side of the business was born and the first two tented camps opened in the Okavango Delta. In the 1990s, with renewed global focus on southern Africa as a luxury travel destination, the company began to extend its positive ecotourism footprint into Africa’s neighbouring countries – first Namibia, then South Africa, Malawi, and Zimbabwe, followed later by Zambia, Seychelles, Congo and Kenya.
In 2009, Wilderness began contemplating how its ecotourism model could contribute to the conservation of the Virunga Massif ecosystem and an iconic endangered species like the mountain gorilla. The launch of Bisate next to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park in June 2017 was a momentous occasion for Wilderness, as the company had truly demonstrated its ability to build sustainable conservation economies in Africa, using its brand of responsible ecotourism to make a real difference to both rural people and biodiversity conservation.
Today, Wilderness owns and operates over 40 camps/lodges and safaris in some of Africa’s best wildlife and wilderness areas; creating life-changing journeys in seven countries: Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Its reputation and operating experience has enabled the company to successfully tender for prime leases in key wildlife areas, offering guests an unrivalled suite of camps/lodges and concessions in Africa, and, in turn, contributing materially to their ongoing conservation.
The company traverses nearly 2.3 million hectares (5.7 million acres) of prime wildlife and wilderness areas, covering parts of six of Africa’s 11 biomes (communities of flora and fauna). At the same time, Wilderness shares the benefits of ecotourism with local communities, partnering with them to ensure the future protection of Africa’s spectacular wildlife heritage.
- All meals
- Twice daily scheduled camp activities
- Park fees
- Transfers to/from the Plains airstrip
- Local drinks
- Premium imported brands and champagne