Skip a Heartbeat
As the dry season takes effect, we have more and more visits of the local wildlife. Our camp is starting to flood with all the different animals looking to make use of the resources in our camp.
From the ever-present monkeys to the injured hippo, all are coming for their own reasons.
This is only the start and so much more excitement is expected for this season.
Two weeks ago, it was my turn to almost walk into one of the elephant bulls that usually hangs around in the camp.
It was dark and I was on the way home, coming around the corner I almost walked straight into his backside, it is moments like this that just reminds you of how vulnerable we humans are. The sheer size of this enormous animal unexpected within 2m from you is enough to let you skip a heartbeat! Luckily, he was in a calm mood and I had time to backtrack and find another way home.
“One who enters the bush does not listen to the breaking of twigs.”
5 Night Special for Peak Season!
5 Night stay at Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa Zambia. $ 925 per person sharing: Minimum two people
INCLUDES : *En-suite accommodation at the Lodge and Tented accommodation in our Bush Camp *All Meals *Mfuwe Airport Transfers *GMA game walks *2 x Morning Drives *2 x Night Drives *Park fees
EXCLUDES : *Flights * Drinks
VALID : 1 August 2017—31 October 2017 Terms & Conditions Apply. Subject to availability. Please Email us for more information. email@example.com
3 and 7 Night Specials for Peak Season!
AFFORDABLE PEAK SEASON !
3 Night stay at Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa Zambia. $ 585 per person: Minimum two people
INCLUDES : *En-suite accommodation at the Lodge and Tented accommodation in our Bush Camp *All Meals *Mfuwe Airport Transfers *GMA bush walks *1 x Morning Drive *1 x Night Drive *Park fees
EXCLUDES : *Flights *Drinks
7 Night stay at Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa Zambia. $ 1225 per person: Minimum two people
INCLUDES : *En-suite accommodation at the Lodge and Tented accommodation in our Bush Camp *All Meals *Mfuwe Airport Transfers *GMA Bush walks *4 x Morning Drives *4 x Night Drives *Park fees
EXCLUDES : *Flights *Drinks
VALID : 1 August 2017—31 October 2017 Terms & Conditions apply. Subject to availability. Please Email us for more in-formation. firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the Wildlife Herd
Victor, a Guide.
Wildlife Camp is my first job, after I completed school at Mfuwe Day Secondary.
Married to Philley, I have 3 daughters: Emilia (9 years old), Ester (5 yrs), & Emelda (1 yr.)
I grew up in Mfuwe. I feel settled and content in this place.
To become a guide, I was a member of Conservation Club and went to Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust.
When I saw people driving safari vehicles and the animals in/around South Luangwa National Park, I wanted to have a job protecting them.
Suzyo Zimba, a former guide for Wildlife Camp, was my role model.
“Frank” is my family nickname.
(Prounounced “Flank”, as “R” & “L” are often swapped here in the Luangwa Valley.)
I like nature.
Showing people how to conserve animals is rewarding to me.
Poaching is a big issue, if it continues, there will be no animals. Perhaps ZAWA (Department of National Parks and Wildlife) can to do more patrols.
Some people are scared when watching animals very close. I advise the guests to see the animal behaviour, to see if it is in a good mood or not.
My most embarrassing moment was when I had guests watching birds at a distance and I did not have binos in the vehicle.
Improving as a guide, I’m studying all the time and reading so many books. This is what I advise to become a guide.
Favourite off-day activity is to watch football: Manchester United, Premier League, & La Liga.
In 10 years – I want to Guide in Tanzania or Kenya. In 50 years – I want to teach conservation of animals.
My favourite game as a kid was football, position 11, I started watching it when I was young.
Jokes make me laugh.
A guest told me I “was doing a good job.”
Meet the Wildlife Herd
John, a Guide & a Barman.
Started working on Herman’s personal plot, away from Wildlife Camp. I was slashing and cleaning the groundBefore joining Wildlife Camp, I also worked at Mfuwe Lodge, Nsolo Camp, and Zungulila.
I’m single and have no children.
Grew up in Fwalu village (Mfuwe), it was some kind of hard life. In grade 7, my mom passed. My uncle in Mfulila passed in a road accident.
I wanted to be a teacher and was on my way to my uncle’s place to learn, then he passed. I also wanted to be a wildlife police officer. In school, my teachers, Joan Banda (now Petauke headteacher) and Mr. Mkumbi (now in Lusaka N.P.), helped me. I was in Chipembele Conservation Club.
Childhood nickname, “MAFF=DIZZO”
Being a guide, I have a passion to conserve wildlife, looking after them as resources, which brings people in Zambia money, and a way to escape the village. It brings people’s retaliations to an end against wildlife. The government could help this.
The best part of my job is being outdoors, meeting different people, learning a lot of things, and conserving wildlife.
Big issues for guides are: a proper institution to be trained as a guide, good access to the internet/Google, and getting guests with different behaviours. When in the field, congestion of vehicles and tire punctures are issues. We can appeal to ZAWA for more loop roads.
My most embarrassing moment was when I took guests into the park and forgot to take their snacks.
My next skill is to write grade 1 exam to become a walking guide. My advice to future guides is: you need to have interest and passion in conserving wildlife, associate with fellow guides, and study hard.
Favourite off-day activity is football, I play for Mfuwe United.
A funny story about me: I was chased by an elephant, then luckily, I went behind a big tree. The elephant couldn’t see me. I said, “I am a professional in terms of hiding!”
Most people don’t know the way I became a guide, it happened so fast.
In 10 years – I want to work as an electrician, be a well-doing person. In 50 years – I might not be alive by then, or maybe very old with a walking stick.
My favourite game as a kid was football, at the winger position, now I’m a defending midfielder.
Football, and some doings of people (if they are funny), make me laugh.
A Swiss guest named Marcus went to Herman and said, “John is very fine, don’t lose him as he can take the company to the next level.”
About Wildlife Camp
Mobile : +260 96 885 2028
Tel : +260 21 624 6026
Email : email@example.com
Website : www.wildlifezambia.com
Wildlife Camp Zambia is a safari-camp on the banks of the Luangwa River in Zambia.
We have been providing our guests with an affordable front-row seat to one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in Africa, South Luangwa National Park, since 1992.
We offer Camping to Full-board Accommodation together with Game Drives and Game Walks.
Seasonally, we operate a rustic Bush Camp on the banks of the Luangwa.
About The “Kamangu”
Kamangu is a messenger drum that was used by the Kunda people of Mambwe District to communicate.
Its loud nature made this drum perfect for communication.
The elders of the Kunda people will beat the Kamangu drum, the message sending drum, to announce that the Malaila traditional ceremony will begin.