Lodge Highlight: Fig Tree Bush Camp Zambia

June 29, 2024
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Nestled within the sprawling Kafue National Park in Zambia, Fig Tree Bush Camp is a hidden gem for nature enthusiasts and adventurers. This camp offers an unparalleled safari experience, combining rustic charm with modern comfort, set against the backdrop of one of Africa’s largest and most diverse national parks.

Discover the Wilderness: Fig Tree Bush Camp in Kafue

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A Glimpse into Kafue National Park

Kafue National Park, established in 1924, is one of Africa’s oldest and largest national parks, covering an impressive 22,400 square kilometers. The park is renowned for its diverse ecosystems, which range from dense forests and open plains to sprawling wetlands and riverine woodlands. This biodiversity makes Kafue a haven for many wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, and many bird species.

The Unique Charm of Fig Tree Bush Camp

Located on the banks of the Shishamba River, Fig Tree Bush Camp is named after the majestic fig trees that dot the landscape. The camp is designed to blend seamlessly with its natural surroundings, offering guests an immersive and eco-friendly experience.


Fig Tree Bush Camp features comfortable and spacious safari tents, each equipped with en-suite bathrooms and private verandas. The tents are thoughtfully placed to provide privacy while allowing guests to enjoy stunning views of the river and the wildlife that frequents its banks. The river’s sound and the wild’s calls create a serene and magical atmosphere, perfect for relaxation after a day of adventure.

At Fig Tree Bush Camp in Kafue National Park, a range of exciting activities await to immerse you in the beauty and wildlife of one of Africa’s largest and most diverse national parks.

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Here are some of the key activities you can enjoy:

Game Drives

Morning and Afternoon Game Drives: Embark on guided game drives in open 4×4 vehicles, where experienced safari guides lead you through the park’s diverse landscapes. These drives offer the chance to spot a variety of wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, buffaloes, and numerous antelope species.

Night Drives: Experience the nocturnal side of Kafue National Park with night drives. Equipped with spotlights, these drives reveal the elusive creatures that come alive after dark, such as hyenas, porcupines, and possibly even the secretive leopard.

Game drive sunset

Walking Safaris

Walking safaris are a highlight at Fig Tree Bush Camp, offering an up-close and personal experience with the African bush. Led by knowledgeable guides and armed scouts, these walks allow you to explore the park on foot, discovering smaller wildlife, bird species, and learning about the intricate details of the ecosystem.

Walking Safaris at Fig Tree Camp

Boat Safaris

Take a relaxing boat safari on the Shishamba River. These water-based excursions provide a different perspective of the park and are an excellent opportunity to see aquatic wildlife such as hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of waterbirds. The tranquil setting of the river makes for a serene and memorable experience.

Bird Watching

Kafue National Park is a birdwatcher’s paradise, boasting over 500 species of birds. Whether you’re an avid birder or a casual enthusiast, the camp and its surroundings offer ample opportunities to spot and identify various bird species. Early morning and late afternoon are particularly rewarding times for birdwatching.


For those interested in fishing, the Shishamba River provides an excellent spot to cast a line. The river is home to various fish species, and fishing can be a relaxing and enjoyable way to spend part of your day at the camp.

Cultural Visits

Engage with the local communities around Kafue National Park through cultural visits. These excursions provide insight into the traditional lifestyles, customs, and practices of the local people, enriching your safari experience with a deeper understanding of the region’s cultural heritage.


Without a doubt, with the stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife, Fig Tree Bush Camp is a photographer’s dream. Whether you’re a professional or an amateur.  The opportunities for capturing breathtaking images are endless. The camp’s guides are also well-versed in helping guests find the perfect spots for photography.

Relaxation and Stargazing

Mostly, after a day filled with adventure, you want to unwind at the camp. Relax on your private veranda, take in the views of the river, or enjoy a refreshing drink at the camp’s lounge area. As night falls, the lack of light pollution in Kafue National Park makes for incredible stargazing opportunities. Lie back and marvel at the clear, star-studded African sky.

Chilling at the pool at Fig Tree Camp

Educational Talks

Another key point is, that in the evenings, the camp often hosts educational talks by the guides and camp staff. These sessions cover various topics, including wildlife conservation.  With talks about the park’s history, and the local culture, providing guests with a deeper appreciation. Notwithstanding, learning the importance of understanding the environment they are exploring.

Conservation and Community

Notwithstanding, Fig Tree Bush Camp is committed to sustainable tourism and conservation efforts. Important to note, is that the camp works closely with local communities.  Including, conservation organizations to protect the park’s wildlife and habitats. By staying at Fig Tree Bush Camp, guests contribute to these vital efforts, helping to ensure that Kafue National Park remains a sanctuary for future generations. Which is something very close to my heart and anyone who loves nature!

The Fig Tree Experience

Uniquely, what sets Fig Tree Bush Camp apart is its intimate and personalized approach to safari experiences. With a limited number of guests at any given time.  Furthermore, the camp offers a more exclusive and tailored adventure. The staff’s warm hospitality and attention to detail make each guest’s stay memorable and unique.

It is coupled with, evenings at the camp. It is a special time, with delicious meals served under the stars. Accompanied by the sounds of the African night.  The campfire becomes a gathering place where stories are shared. Above all, recapping about the day’s adventures is recounted, creating a sense of camaraderie among guests.

Fig Tree Camp Fire

How to Get There

Import to note, getting to Fig Tree Bush Camp is an adventure in itself. However, the camp is accessible by road from Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, with a journey of approximately 5-6 hours. Alternatively, guests can opt for a charter flight to one of the nearby airstrips, followed by a short drive to the camp. The journey to Fig Tree Bush Camp offers a scenic introduction to the beauty of Kafue National Park.

Final Thoughts

For those seeking an authentic and immersive safari experience. Without a doubt, Fig Tree Bush Camp in Kafue National Park is a destination that should not be missed. First, its unique location, comfortable accommodations, and commitment to conservation make it a standout choice for travelers looking to connect with nature and discover the wonders of the African wilderness.

Secondly, pack your sense of adventure and get ready to create unforgettable memories.

Lastly, Fig Tree Bush Camp – where the spirit of the wild calls and the beauty of nature awaits.

Photographs provided by Fig Tree Camp

Lodge Highlight : Fig Tree Camp

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