Fig Tree Bush Camp

Fig Tree Bush Camp is situated next to a beautiful beach created by the dried sand banks of the Shishamba River. The camp overlooks a large lagoon, 1.7 km long and about 60m wide.

This lagoon maintains it’s alluring water throughout the season attracting an array of wildlife including Elephant, Puku, Impala, Warthog, Zebra, and Hartebeest. Predators like Lion, Cheetah, Leopard and Hyena are regular visitors. The Wild Dog in the area have also been frequent visitors to the area and prey on the concentration of game.

Fig Tree Bush Camp

The camp is made up of a Boma and 4 raised Luxury Safari Tents. Each safari tent has an en-suite bathroom and veranda presenting a unique view from the tree canopy. Guests will then come together underneath the Fig Tree, from which the camp is named, to savour the serenity of the lagoon as well as delicious food and wine.

Game drives take place twice a day. Walking safaris are also an option in the cool of the morning and allow guests to explore the surroundings and what they overlook on the drives.

After dinner guests will sit around a campfire, feet in the sand, gazing at the stars and listening to the sounds of the African Bush.

Immerse yourself in the vast beauty of true African wilderness. Fig Tree Bush Camp is situated on the banks of the Shishamba River, an exciting  short drive from its sister camp, Mukambi Lodge. The camp has an elephantine Fig Tree, hence the name, as its centre piece, hanging over the dining Boma.

Lagoons are formed seasonally along the Shishamba River, leaving sprawling, sandy beaches along its length. Fig Tree Bush Camp has one such beach of its own, allowing guests to unwind under the illustrious African stars after supper, around a hearty campfire, encompassed by the sounds of the bush.

Spend your nights in one of four luxurious safari tents, raised 3 metres of the earth to offer spectacular views of the River on one side and the surrounding plains on the other side, granting unique opportunities to spot game from the veranda, and enjoy the privacy provided by your own en-suite bathroom.

The plains around Fig Tree Bush Camp have sprawling amounts of game, including puku, impala, zebra, hartebeest, sable, roan, elephant, lion, cheetah, leopard, serval and much more, all attracted into the camp to access the Shishamba River, which also has hippos and crocodiles. Above that, catch glimpses of the endless and colourful amounts of fantastic birdlife in the region. To add to the discovery and adventure of your stay, join on game drives with Mukambi’s experienced guides who will make it their personal mission to track the elusive creatures for you to enjoy.

Fig Tree Bush Camp breaks the mould of traditional safari. Guests will enjoy all the intimate facets of a classic bush camp but with a fresh and exciting approach. This beautiful location in combination with original raised tents and the wide variety of wildlife is a unique experience.

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Game Drive
Fig Tree is open from May until November each year. It closes during the wet season as the camp inaccessible by road. From May till November the guides are able to get around the park and this is the period in which game drives are doable. Fig Tree Camp offers game drives daily. One departs at sunrise and the afternoon drive (partly a night drive) leaves at approximately 2 hours before sunset. Drivers are 3.5 to 4 hours long. The game drives always begin right from camp and end back in camp. Game drives can be arranged directly in camp with the manager.
Walking Safaris
Walking safaris are available from June unit November when the camp closes. Grasses are still quite tall and certain areas still a bit muddy which makes walking unfavourable. Walks leave in the early morning hours after sunrise to avoid the heat of the day. The walks begin right from camp and right from the get go, there's plenty to see along the banks of the Shishamba River. Our guides will talk you through everything Kafue has to offer that otherwise goes unnoticed, showing how the whole ecosystem works together to support the National Park. You can find nature at its most untouched on such safaris.
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