Your hosts Phil and Tyrone
Tyrone McKeith and Phil Jeffery first meet as University roommates where both were studying for degrees at the world renowned 'Durrell Institue of Conservation Ecology' - Uni Kent UK.
During that time Phil and Tyrone hatched the idea of establishing an ethical safari business, whose goal would be to utilise expert local knowledge, provide employment for the local people and adhere to strong ecological and conservationist values, principles which continue to undergird Jeffery and McKeith Safaris.
Today, Musekese & Ntemwa camps are globally recognised for their quality safari experience and the incredible passion and extreme dedication of J&M's promotion and conservation of the wildlife of the Kafue.
Currently, Phil and Tyrone are working hard to promote 'Musekese Conservation' whilst maintaining the global reputation that Jeffery & McKeith Safaris and its' two camps, Musekese and Ntemwa, have established.
Further to their success and the positive impact they have created in the Kafue, Jeffery & McKeith Safaris expertise in planning, and guiding has made them a firm favourite with many of the world's best-known wildlife documentary filmmakers, wishing to film amongst Zambia's incredible wildlife. Film location camps are managed under the 'Reel Nature' banner, a part of the Jeffery & McKeith Safaris family of wildlife companies.
Phil was born in Zimbabwe but spent the first few years of his life in Zambia's Luangwa Valley. He has spent his life in the bush, and his passion for Zambia's flora and fauna is extensive.
Phil possesses talents that go beyond his encyclopaedic knowledge. It is his remarkable, intuitive understanding of wildlife behaviour that astonishes, enthrals those who meet him.
Phil Jeffery is a true gentleman, alongside this chivalry is a genuine humility matched, quite closely, by his rye sense of humour.
Coursing through his blood are memories of a happy childhood spent in the Luangwa Valley in eastern Zambia where his conservationist Dad worked for Save the Rhino Trust and, later as regional director for WWF. Though term-time was spent in England, every summer Phil returned to his native Zambia where he reunited with his African heritage. Over the years he garnered an immense wealth of wildlife knowledge which led to his studies at the Durrell Institute of Conservation Ecology in Kent, England. His limitless passion for the bush has driven Phil to attain the highest professional guide qualifications, and he has been at the forefront of safari guiding for some of the best-known safari companies. Phil also developed initiatives to support anti-poaching activities in the Kafue. Highly respected in the field Phil is unquestionably one of the best young guides in Zambia.
Phil possesses talents that go beyond his encyclopaedic knowledge. It is his remarkable, almost unnerving, intuitive understanding of wildlife behaviour that astonishes, enthrals and renders speechless those who meet him. In our opinion, however, his greatest asset is his demeanour. Phil Jeffery is a true gentleman: alongside his chivalry is a genuine humility matched quite closely by comedic genius.
A keen amateur photographer and private pilot. When not in the bush he can be found in the sky, or tinkering with Casper his trusty Land Rover! Rugby remains his sport of choice and is an avid supporter of the Springboks!
A guide, a pilot, a conservationist, Phil offers the best in possible safari experiences for our guests.
There are fewer young men you will meet with such an insatiable appetite for what he does and the place he calls home.
What sets Tyrone apart is his exceptional ethical and honest approach to not just business, but life, a work ethic that is second-to-none, earning him the respect of all who cross his path. Moreover, while his safari and wildlife knowledge is superb, it is perhaps his down-to-earth ways that make him the total delight that he is.
Born and raised in the beautiful English countryside. Grand childhood adventures to Africa with Dad, took him time and again to Zambia's vast Kafue.
Tyrone took his unprecedented childhood love for all things wild and ran with it, obtaining a university degree in Conservation Ecology from Uni Kent UK. After graduating at the age of 21, he seized the bull by the horns and relocated to Africa.
Before setting up JM Safaris, Tyrone managed and guided at camps in Zambia's Luangwa Valley as well as the Kafue, most notably on the remote Busanga Plains.
Tyrone, and his close friend and University roommate, Phil Jeffery hatched the idea of establishing an ethical safari business. It was his and his Phil's goal to utilise local knowledge, provide employment for the local people and adhere to strong ecological and conservationist values that today continue to undergird Jeffery and McKeith Safaris. Today, Musekese & Ntemwa camps are globally recognised for their quality safari experience and the incredible passion and extreme dedication of J&M’s promotion and conservation of the wildlife of the Kafue.
Tyrone has given talks to interested audiences at some of London’s largest travel shows and has proudly spoken at Eton College’s Shackleton Society. An avid photographer and fisherman. Tyrone is also hugely enthusiastic about wildlife all over the continent and has extensive knowledge of it and from time to time leads safaris to other enviable destinations, including Chad and the Central African Republic to name but a few.
Away from the bush, Tyrone is a keen sports person, a fan of Arsenal FC. Partial to the occasional Mosi (beer) and wannabe singer. Tyrone is also a Land Cruiser fundi (geek) making for a healthy rivalry with Phil! Who has similar but Land Rover leanings. Tyrone recently became engaged to his beautiful longtime girlfriend, Alex.