Andy Hogg founded The Bushcamp Company in 1999, having grown up in Zambia's Copperbelt he developed a
relationship with the Luangwa while still at school. After studying in South Africa and having gained
experience in the hospitality industry there, Andy returned to the Luangwa to work alongside Phil
Berry at Chinzombo Lodge, where he eventually became General Manager. Having set up The Bushcamp
Company Andy took over Chinzombo's two bushcamps – Kuyenda & Chamilandu – (which are today still
part of our portfolio) and built the company up to the six bushcamps and Mfuwe Lodge it operates today.
Andy helped design and develop each of our camps and runs The Bushcamp Company with a loyal team of
staff he has built up over the past decade. A qualified guide and very keen photographer, Andy is
also responsible for our marketing and spends several months a year travelling the globe visiting tour operators and enjoying a few quieter moments fishing.
Originally from the north of England, Ian first visited South Luangwa in 1978, on holiday from his
teaching job in Zambia's Copperbelt. After a 5-day walking safari, the safari bug had well and truly bitten,
and in 1983 he said goodbye to the classroom and joined the original Chinzombo Safaris as a new, but
Since then he has worked mainly in the South Luangwa, Kafue and Lower Zambezi National Parks as a guide,
lodge manager and trainer of local guides for a variety of safari companies, and for the 'Save the Rhino
Trust'. He considers himself fortunate to have worked alongside, and learned his trade, from such guiding
"legends" as Norman Carr, Phil Berry and Vernon Baillie...and to remember the days when South Luangwa
still had a large black rhino population.
During his years in the African bush he has guided, and worked alongside, some of the worlds top wildlife
photographers and film-makers. Although his present position as our General Manager keeps him busy, he still
enjoys living with, learning about,and photographing the incredible wildlife of the Luangwa Valley.
Phil Berry is one of Zambia' s most prominent naturalists & guides. Having grown up in remote areas
of Southern Africa, he always planned to spend his life involved with wildlife. He started working in
the South Luangwa in 1960 and in 1973 he started to establish the Zambia National Tourist Board's
walking safari camps in Luangwa. He then went on to run the anti-poaching field operations for Save the
Rhino Trust and later ran Chinzonbo Lodge for them. Phil, along with his partner, Babette Alfieri, now
runs the beautiful Kuyenda bushcamp (which Phil founded in 1991) from where he leads walking safaris.
For the last 40 years Phil has been at the forefront of various aspects of conservation in Luangwa;
having been documenting the behaviour of leopard and the endemic Thornicroft's giraffe for the past
35 years he is a recognised authority and has published scientific papers on the giraffe.
Babette Alfieri has been living half-yearly in Zambia's magnificent Luangwa Valley since 1986, where she runs Kuyenda bushcamp, with partner
Phil Berry. Babette grew up in the USA and began working in the travel industry in 1971 for international airlines in New York, until she left
to join the prestigious tour operator,
Abercrombie and Kent where she specialized in tailoring travel programmes to Southern Africa for American Zoos and Museums.
In 1989 she founded Africa Calls, a small boutique travel company specialising in tailor-made safaris to Southern and East
African countries. The company is now run by her daughter Christina with its permanent base of operation in Santa Fe,
New Mexico. Babette also co-founded the WISDOM Foundation (originally the Foundation to Save African Endangered Wildlife) to raise funds for conservation in Africa.
Manda Chisanga spent his formative years following his construction-worker grandfather as he travelled round Zambia.
This fuelled Manda's interest in his own country and, after a brief spell working in a bank and as a veterinary assistant, he
became a safari guide. Manda mainly guides at Bilimungwe Bushcamp and has spent most of his guiding career in the southern area of South
Luangwa National Park. Although he currently lives with his wife in Mfuwe,
he has lived in all Zambian provinces and his compassionate nature means he is not afraid to address sensitive issues such as
HIV/AIDS and is as comfortable discussing world politics as he is sharing amusing anecdotes about his time as a guide. His knowledge,
respect and compassion earned him Wanderlust magazine's inaugural Paul Morrison Guide Award in 2006; Manda used the bursary money he
received from the award to set up the Mfuwe Solar Cooker Project.
Gilbert Njobvu grew up in the Malama Chiefdom outside the park on the other side of the river to our camps. He went to school in Mfuwe and Lusaka and worked for a mechanic
before becoming a safari guide. Gilbert's father was a ranger and he still remembers when there were rhino in the Luangwa Valley and accompanying
Norman Carr and Phil Berry on patrols. Having guided in most parts of the park and at many of its camps over the years Gilbert's favourite camp
is the one where he currently guides – Chamilandu – where he says "the winds and wildlife always keep safaris exciting". Gilbert lives in
Mfuwe with his wife and 4 kids.
wildlife began at an early age. He moved to Mfuwe, with his father and twin brother, Misheck - who is also a guide for The Bushcamp
Company - in 1994, but completed his schooling in Lusaka, where he enjoyed Maths and science. Upon graduating he worked as a bartender
at several safari camps in the Luangwa Valley. Inspired by his father and spurred on by his twin brother, he became a guide in 2003 and
passed his grade 1 walking exam in 2006. Peter mainly guides at Chindeni, which he describes as being "great for aquatic birds and
brilliant for leopard!" Having travelled to the UK in 2009 Peter would love to further his knowledge and explore some of Africa's other
parks. Peter is married to Diana, who is a teacher, and they have two daughters, Chimwemwe and Orient, 8 and 5 years respectively.
Mishek Milanzi grew up in Lochinvar National Park, near Livingstone, and having lived in all the game parks in Zambia, he naturally
developed an interest in wildlife. He moved to Mfuwe with his parents and twin brother, Peter - who is also a guide for The Bushcamp
Company - in 1994, and completed his schooling in Chipata, where he enjoyed maths and biology. Before becoming a guide, he worked as a
voluntary teacher. Mishek became a guide in 2002, later passing his Grade 1 walking exam in 2005. Mishek usually guides at Zungulila
Bushcamp, but his most memorable walk was at Kuyenda Bushcamp one morning when he and the guests saw two prides of lions, a leopard,
and a huge herd of buffalo! In 2008 Mishek visited the UK and was shocked by how well it preserves its art and culture. He lives in
Mfuwe with his wife Alice and their young daughter, Grace.
James Chabbuka grew up in Sinazongwe District in Zambia's Southern Province, he came to Mfuwe in 1991 and completed high
school in Kafue. Before becoming a safari guide in 2000 James worked as a game scout for the Zambia Wildlife Authority, where
he gained enormous experience of the bush and its wildlife. James was the guide at Chindeni for many years, but is now one of the
relief guides and also guides at Mfuwe Lodge. He enjoys animals and birds and has aspirations of becoming an ecologist.
James visited the UK in 2007 and has fond memories of the London Eye and West Midlands Safari Park. James has five sons who
live with him and his wife in Mfuwe.
Steve Mvula spent the first half of his life on the Copperbelt
before moving to Mfuwe in 1980. He completed his schooling at Mambwe High School – half way between Mfuwe & Chipata.
Steve developed his love of nature when he was a teenager and worked for several other safari companies before joining The Bushcamp Company in 2006.
Steve is one of our relief guides, mainly guiding at Kuyenda and Kapamba. In the future Steve hopes to have the chance to explore the World and also
to pursue further studies in conservation. His wife Idah and sons Gerald and Xavier live with him in Milliot Village in Mfuwe.
Fannuel Banda was brought up in Mfuwe by his grandparents. His passion for wildlife developed early in life and he was encouraged to pursue his interest by
none other than Phil Berry, amongst others. Fannuel gained experience in the safari industry by working for several other safari
companies in the area – he even appeared on the BBC programme "No Going Back" when working as a foreman for a lodge that was being
built. Fannuel started working as a transfer driver, but soon passed his guide's exam and the following year qualified as a walking
guide. Currently he mainly guides at Kapamba and Zungulila, but you may well find him at any of our camps. He lives with his wife and
two young sons in Mfuwe.
Peter Zulu is the Head Guide at Mfuwe Lodge. He is from Mfuwe where he studied at Chiwawatala School. Peter briefly worked for the Roads
Department before joining the safari industry in 1975 after being encouraged by the late Norman Carr. His uncanny knack
of finding big cats and making every guest smile, must come from his years of experience. Peter has travelled to both the
UK and Italy, where he was so impressed by the beauty of their old buildings he decided to build a traditional Kunda village
at Mambwe Village in Mfuwe , where he is Head-man and lives with his wife and six children. The village is about a 20 minute
drive from the Lodge and can be visited by guests.
Patson Phiri was born and grew up in Mfuwe and went to school in Chipata, but was not able to complete his studies, as his
family were unable to afford it. He started working in the Game and Wildlife Department as a firebreaker and later moved into
the tourism industry, where he worked at Chinzombo and Kapani Lodges with Norman Carr and Phil Berry. Since becoming a guide
in 1991 his proudest moment was guiding wildlife artist David Shepherd, and in 2009 he had the chance to see Amur leopard at
the zoo, on a visit to the UK. Patson is keen to use his 20 years of guiding experience to help our spotters to move up the
ranks and become guides. He is married, with four children; one who lives in Mazabuka, one in Chipata and two in Mfuwe.
Onecious Kamwendo grew up in Lusaka and came to Mfuwe in 1987,
where his father inspired him to pursue his interest in wildlife. Onecious worked at Chinzombo Lodge with Phil Berry, as a tea porter and house
keeper, and later worked for him at Kuyenda Bushcamp. He passed his grade 2 guide exam in 1999 and now mainly guides at Mfuwe Lodge, which he
enjoys as it is inside the park. Onecious has travelled widely in Southern Africa to Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Malawi. He
says the most memorable sighting he has had as a guide was when he watched a lioness, that was swimming across the Luangwa, get taken by
crocodiles. Onecious is married to Kapanda, they have four children, who attend Chiwawatala School, and live in Mfuwe.
Charles Nkhoma was born in Kabwe, Central Zambia, but grew up in Chipata and came to Mfuwe when he was ten. At school Charles was a
member of the school Wildlife Club, and with his favourite subjects being biology and geography, and encouragement from friends who
were already guides, he passed his grade two guide exam in 2005 and grade one
exam in 2008. After working for a few other safari companies, Charles came to work for The Bushcamp Company in 2010, where he guides
at Mfuwe Lodge and as a relief guide at our Bushcamps. He says "working for one of the biggest companies in the valley means he is
always busy, but he still hopes to find the time to study more and expand his knowledge in wildlife management" and "enjoys the fact
that, as a guide you never stop learning". Charles lives in Mfuwe with his wife and two children.
Jason Kalimi grew up in Mfuwe and attended secondary
school in Mambwe. After finishing grade 12 Jason became a primary school teacher, and vice chairman of the Kakumbi Community Resource
Board, working in the tourism sector. With a keen interest in wildlife, developed during school trips into the park, and as chairman of
the school Wildlife Club, the Bushcamp Company sponsored him through his guide training and he passed his grade 2 guiding exam in 2006.
He spent two years as a transfer guide, before working full time at Mfuwe Lodge; his most memorable experience was when he spotted six
different leopard on a night drive down to one of our Bushcamps from the Lodge. Jason is married to Monica, who is one of our receptionists,
and live in Mfuwe with their son, Jason Jnr, and daughter, Veronica.
Alick Kakumbi grew up in the Copper Belt, and moved to Mfuwe
when he was 15. After finishing school, Alick worked as a waiter and spotter at Chinzombo Lodge from 1996 to 2003, with Andy Hogg & Phil Berry,
and later at Mfuwe Lodge, where with help and encouragement from senior guides, he passed his grade 2 guide exam in 2008, and joined The Bushcamp
Company guiding team as a transfer guide, he is now based at Mfuwe Lodge. Since working as a guide, his favourite memory was when he watched an
impala giving birth and says it was "a great privilege to meet Jonathan Scott" when he first visited Mfuwe Lodge in 2007. Alick is keen to
learn more about the bush and hopes to become a walking guide in the future. He is married to Wendy and they live in Mfuwe.
Kelvin Zulu was born in Mfuwe, where he attended
Chiwawatala Primary School and Mfuwe Day Secondary School. With a fondness for wildlife Kelvin started working as spotter at Mfuwe
Lodge in 2008 and with help from his guide Steve and sponsorship and support from Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust Kelvin passed
his grade 2 guide exam in 2010; after two years as a transfer guide, Kelvin is now based at Mfuwe Lodge. Having once been told by a
guest on a transfer drive "you are very lucky living in a beautiful country, with plenty of wildlife… but do not take it for granted",
Kelvin one days hopes that he will be able to study Botany at university. He is married to Josephine, and lives in Mfuwe, close to
Suzyo (Masuzyo) was born in Chingola in the Copper
Belt and raised in Chipata. In 1996, at age 8, he joined the Chongololo (Millipede) Club, run by the Wildlife and Environmental
Consercvaion Society of Zambia. The following year, his chapter won a tree-planting competition, and the prize was 3 nights in
South Luangwa at Wildlife Camp. This was the beginning of his interest in becoming a guide. Suzyo finished his schooling and
joined the Society, working his way toward a career in wildlife, and eventually working at the same camp he'd visited at age 9!
He worked first as a barman and then as a cook. He passed his Grade 2 (driving) exam in 2010 while still a cook, and then his
Grade 1 (walking) exam in 2012. As Suzyo puts it, "from that day my life has never been the same – I enjoy every day I am out
in the bush. The highlights are all walks and drives, because you don't know what to expect; every day is different!"
Francis Mbewe was born in 1981 in a remote area
near Mfuwe. His father was a game scout when Francis was young. After he lost both parents, Francis lived with his grandmother.
The Bushcamp Company sponsored Francis in his schooling, allowing him to complete his secondary education. Francis has worked for
The Bushcamp Company in many different capacities – as a groundskeeper, kitchen porter, storesman, housekeeping, and spotting.
Spending time in the bush and meeting so many different people led Francis to become interesting in guiding in order to promote
the importance of nature. He took the initiative to study for and take his guide exam, and he had the highest score of his group
on the written exam. Francis is married with three children.
John Mbewe was born in 1984 in Chipata.
At a young age, he moved to Mfuwe, due to his father's work with the national parks and wildlife. He joined The Bushcamp
Company in 2005, first as a camp guard when the camps were closed, and then as a permanent member of staff at Kapamba Bushcamp.
He began as a rooms attendant, then became a waiter, and the following year became the spotter/tea bearer. Spending time with
guides and guests on game-viewing activities spurred an interest in becoming a guide. He transferred to Mfuwe Lodge, where he
participated in the in-house training program, and in 2013 he became a licensed guide. He is based at Mfuwe Lodge but is often
found taking guests to and from our Bushcamps.