We are a small, owner-run safari company based in the Kafue National Park (KNP), Zambia. Phil & Tyrone started the company in 2012 initially organizing bespoke walking trails through Kafue and providing logistical support and guiding to natural history filmmakers (please visit www.reel-nature.com for more information).
It wasn’t until a year later that they earned the
right to establish a small, temporary bush camp
along the banks of the Kafue River, deep in the
wilderness. It was so inaccessible that every
single item had to be brought in by river. Finally,
and together with an amazing group of local
villagers (who now make up the backbone of our
staff) the team opened up a track to the nearest
road some 50km away that made it possible to
drive in and out. Tyrone and Phil spent the next
three years sharing a small, two-man tent, living
one day at a time trying to build their reputation
and put Kafue back on the map.
It was during this time that they were able to explore and gradually built the infrastructure around them, including a modest game drive network. They spent many hours placing and monitoring camera traps to obtain a better understanding of the wildlife in the area, and supported the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) to conduct anti-poaching efforts in previously inaccessible areas. This made an enormous difference and gradually wildlife began returning to the healthy numbers that a park like Kafue should boast.
In 2016 they made the decision to establish Musekese Camp as a more permanent base from which to operate safaris; explorations led them to Eden Lagoon and thus their home was made and a lease agreement with DNPW signed. Three years down the line and the camp remains a charming fixture in the Kafue National Park, and whilst it evolves with the times one thing is for certain, it shall remain a bush camp!
When they embarked on this journey it was with conservation in mind and in 2018 were successful in establishing Musekese Conservation. Please take a moment to see what it is that they do here!