Tour overview

Fig Tree Bush Camp in Kafue National park has tented accommodation on 3-meter platforms above the ground, giving a spectacular view over the lagoon and the plains towards the entrance of the camp.

Open from May to the end of November, this cosy four-tent camp in central Kafue National Park is dwarfed by its surroundings, one of the world’s largest areas of unspoiled wilderness. Fig Tree Camp lies just south of the main road that traverses the 22,000-square-kilometre Kafue National park.

Unlike its larger sister, the more luxurious Mukambi Safari Lodge, Fig Tree (named for the giant specimen that looms over the dining boma) has a real bush-camp atmosphere, with rooms built on stilts overlooking a permanent lagoon on the Shishamba River. Settle back quietly, the game will come

Guests will stay in one of our 4 fully furnished safari tents. Three tents at Fig Tree Bush Camp overlook the lagoon but Tent 4 also has a private view of the plains behind the camp offering unique opportunities to spot game. 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, after which the camp is named, to savour the serenity of the lagoon as well as delicious food and wine

Included

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Safari Activities

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Items of personal nature
  • National park Fees
  • Conservation levies

ACTIVITIES

Game drives
Fig Tree offers three activities, the first of which is Game Drives. These are available twice daily, one in the morning departing at sunrise, and one in the evening, which turns into a night safari. The guides take you from camp on a tour of the several surrounding loops, where you can see a mix of vegetation, from the open plains and tall grass, to the Miomba woodlands. You can see the animals parading in the open, or camouflaged with the African bush. Then following sundowners over the hippo pools, the night safari and search for nocturnal animals begins. The guides will return you to camp with the fire ready and time enough to enjoy all the stars the night sky has to offer.

Walking safaris
Walking safaris depart in the early morning after the sun rises to avoid the heat of the day. The walk will begin with a short briefing from a guide, before you head off into the African bush and have the chance to get closer to nature than ever before. Our guides have a wealth of knowledge about Kafue National Park, and will share their knowledge with you, from the insects on the ground, to the birds in the sky. Walks last approximately 3 hours and you will return to camp ready for one of our deliciously prepared brunch served around 11.30am.

HIGHLIGHTS

Lion encounters are mesmerising. There are plenty of wild cats here, so sightings are good. Seeing a hunt is undoubtedly magnificent, but parking silently beside a group of lionesses and cubs and watching them tumble, play and grooming one another is very special indeed.

Each treehouse tent has its own private deck, a comfortable space that gives you a unique perspective of the surrounding tree canopy, the lagoon and the plains beyond.

Swinging gently in a shaded hammock on the lagoon's sandy shore, you could just forget you're in the middle of the bush. Kafue has the highest antelope assortment of any African park, from tiny blue duiker to massive eland, and watching these thirsty visitors is a real treat.

THE LODGE

Sandy paths lead from the tents to the open-plan lounge and dining room. Elevated on a wooden deck, the canvas-roofed main area has beautiful views of the beach and lagoon. To one side is a communal dining table; to the other a few comfortable wicker chairs and couches. Nearby, the famed fig tree hangs over a boma, where alfresco dinners are served around a crackling fire. From the camp, a path leads to the lagoon and its shady hammock.

THE ROOMS

Four light-flooded tents are raised high in the tree canopy, making for some sensational views of woodland, lagoon and plains. A wooden staircase rises to a stone veranda at the front of the room, where there are a few wicker chairs and a small table. Inside, twin or double beds are surrounded by gauze windows on three sides, while the en-suite bathroom at the back, which has a shower, basin and flushing toilet, is enclosed by a reed screen.