Kasonso Busanga Camp
The Pride of the Busanga Plains
The bone-chilling roar of the lion. The awe-inspiring song of the birds. The fulfilling sight of the sunset. Kasonso Busanga Camp is not only a great place to witness wildlife in its element, but it is also good for the soul.
One of the three camps managed by Northern Kafue Safaris, Kasonso offers an authentic and affordable experience in the Kafue National Park. It sits right in the heart of the national park’s Busanga Plains, making it an ideal location for game viewing. One of the camp’s main draws is that it is run by local legends Idos Mulenga, Newton Mulenga and Ferrison Kalembelembe. Idos is one of the most experienced guides in the country and has spent decades following trails and fine-tuning his knowledge of the wild. His hosting skills and humour are also unmatched. His son, Newton, is keenly following in his father’s footsteps and is well poised to tell you intricate stories of the animals around the plains, which he knows all too well. Ferrison is a birder’s dream guide and a long-standing guide in the Kafue.
Kasonso has four chalets, each with ensuite bathrooms and verandas overlooking the plains. They are a great place to watch the sunrise as the nocturnal animals turn in and the daytime wildlife comes alive. A central boma area offers guests a communal relaxation spot, along with a well-stocked bar and an outside deck. Locally sourced materials were used to build the camp not only for aesthetic reasons but also to reduce Kasonso’s carbon footprint.
The lions are the main attraction of the Busanga Plains, and sightings of these majestic cats roaming the plains are something you won’t ever forget. The floodplains are also home to large herds of red lechwe, and they can be seen wading through deep water to avoid predators. In addition to the fig tree islands and the overall terrain, these waters make for superb birding, and the Kasonso guides will help you spot a rainbow of feathered friends.
Kasonso is open from the beginning of July to mid-November and is a ten-minute drive from the Busanga Airstrip. The easiest way to get to Kasonso is to charter a plane and fly directly to the Busanga Airstrip. Alternatively, if you’re coming from beyond Zambia’s borders, you might like to fly to Lusaka, where Northern Kafue Safaris provide transportation. From there, you’ll be driven first to Kafue River Lodge, where you will spend a night before continuing onto Kasonso. And if you would prefer to self-drive into the camp, it is an 8-hour drive from Lusaka.
Kasonso Busanga Camp is well worth the visit, whatever mode of transport you choose. With plenty of photo opportunities and wildlife like you have never seen before, this beautiful camp is one of Zambia’s best-kept secrets.
Kasonso Busanga Camp is ideally located in the Busanga Plains, which occupies the northern section of Kafue National Park. The camp sits in the heart of Busanga, a remote wetland area offering wonderfully varied landscapes and some of the best game viewing and birdwatching in Zambia.
What to experience
Unforgettable game viewing
Breathtaking lion encounters
The semi-aquatic red lechwe
The best guides in Kafue National Park
Diverse, dazzling landscapes
An authentic luxury bush camp experience
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