A day at Busanga brings many other creatures into focus. As the morning mists lift off the plains, hundreds of red lechwe and puku materialise, their shapes revealed with the dawn. Other local antelope species include the rare roan, sable, and oribi and the more common kudu. Huge hippo concentrations when the water is high look like giant stepping stones among the water lilies. There’s a wide variety of other plains game and predators; you may spot cheetah, serval, side-striped jackal, zebra, blue wildebeest, buffalo, wild dog, or elephant – though the latter often cleave to the miombo forests further south.
Birdwatching in Busanga is a thrill, with more than 500 species on hand, including impressive water birds such as the magical fish eagle and a mix of flamboyant storks, herons, and cranes.
You’ll see a vast array of game at ground level, whether in camp, on a game drive or in a swamp boat, but even more from the air. A hot-air balloon ride – offered from either of Wilderness Safaris’ Busanga camps – really delivers the plains’ incredible scale and saturation of wildlife. An unforgettable chance to ‘soar above the roar’.