As part of The Bushcamp Company’s commitment to the wildlife and people of the South Luangwa, we work closely with the local community and conservation organisations to develop projects that help conserve precious resources, support education and generate a sustainable source of income to those who live around the park. Back in the 1960s, when Norman Carr first started to operate walking safaris in the Luangwa, he realised that conservation could not work without the local people truly benefiting from the wildlife around them. Today, this approach to responsible tourism is more pertinent than ever and forms the basis of how we run our safari operation.
In 1999, The Bushcamp Company started providing much-needed help to two local schools; Chiwawatala Middle Basic School, in Mfuwe Village and Chilongozi Middle Basic School, in a remote area close to our bushcamps. Since our support began, the development and progress of these schools has been remarkable. With generous donations, we have been able to sponsor pupils, pay teachers’ salaries, build classrooms and staff houses, provide access to clean water and take the school children into the park on game drives. In 2010, in addition to the continued support of these two schools, The Bushcamp Company, along with several other safari operators in Luangwa, embarked on a long term project to improve the infrastructure of the only secondary school in area, Mfuwe Day Secondary School, which had been borrowing classrooms from an adjoining primary school. With support from guests and other charities, we currently sponsor over 250 school children from around the park. We also support other community projects that focus on reducing deforestation and encourage tree planting and we are helping run food-security eco-initiative workshops and vegetable market-gardens in Mfuwe, as well as looking at alternatives to fire wood use, supporting solar cooker and ‘rocket’ stove projects. We run programmes on HIV and AIDS awareness for our staff and we also support a local theatre group, which perform plays to our guests about human-wildlife conflict.
We fund-raise and provide logistical support to several conservation organisations that aim to tackle the threats posed to wildlife; supporting the South Luangwa Conservation Society, Zambian Carnivore Programme and the Zambia Wildlife Authority. In recent years we have also tried to make our operation as ‘green’ as possible, introducing solar technology throughout our Bushcamps and also where possible at Mfuwe Lodge. On top of this we always try to ensure that we follow environmental best practice whenever possible. The Bushcamp Company played an integral role in setting up the Luangwa Conservation & Community Fund (LCCF) in 2009; the fund helps provide vital funding for conservation and community projects in and around the South Luangwa.
For many years several of the safari operators in the Luangwa Valley had been working with the South Luangwa Conservation Society (SLCS) and the North Luangwa Conservation Project (NLCP) to ensure that conservation efforts continued, and also ran individual educational and conservation programmes in the community. In 2009, to ensure the long-term future of these essential projects The Bushcamp Company, along with several of the other Luangwa safari operators, introduced to our rates a donation of $10 per person, per night to our “Luangwa Conservation & Community Fund”. The funds are split evenly between conservation and community projects. We believe that our guests will enjoy their safari with us even more knowing that they have contributed directly to ensuring the ongoing survival of the Luangwa’s wildlife and environment, as well as the development of its community.
Zambia’s Luangwa Valley is the country’s premiere destination for wildlife-based tourism, like virtually everywhere on the planet it is threatened by an multitude of problems, including poaching, rapidly growing human economies, lack of adequate information on wildlife species and a lack of training, education and employment opportunities for local people who are ultimately responsible for conserving their wildlife resources. In a time of pressing environmental and social problems, responsible, wildlife-based tourism is of paramount importance for the ecosystems, wildlife and local communities that depend on them. During the 1970's and 1980's Zambia lost the majority of it's elephant population and all of it's rhino to poaching. However to date, the elephant population has started increasing as a result of increased and improved law enforcement. Despite being one of the most wildlife-rich areas remaining in Africa, its natural heritage is under threat from poaching and other illegal activities. To help combat these serious threats to the Luangwa’s wildlife The Bushcamp Company is a proud supporter of three local wildlife organisations - The South Luangwa Conservation Society (SLCS), the Zambian Carnivore Programme (ZCP) and the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) - that work together on various conservation efforts to address these issues and conserve the Valley’s wildlife. We recently substantially increased our support for these organizations by providing a light aircarft for aerial anti-poaching and reasearch activities.
In recent years we have also tried to make our operation as ‘green’ as possible, introducing solar technology throughout our Bushcamps and also where possible at Mfuwe Lodge. On top of this we always try to ensure that we follow environmental best practice whenever possible. The Bushcamp Company played an integral role in setting up the Lu
The community around the South Luangwa National Park has to live with wild animals on its doorstep; sometimes this co-existence is a real challenge and can even be life threatening. We feel it is vital for the survival of the Luangwa’s wildlife that local people benefit from this wonderful resource and do not instead suffer by sharing their environment with wild animals. Since we started, The Bushcamp Company has been committed to following the responsible approach Norman Carr had to tourism, by ensuring that the community around the Luangwa has a reason to conserve it.We feel that education is the key to a successful future and so now provide much-needed help to three local schools. With generous donations we have been able to pay teachers’ salaries, build classrooms and staff houses, provide access to clean water and take the school children into the park on game drives. Through our own Charity Begins at Home programme and with support from guests and other charities, we also currently sponsor over 250 school children from around the park.As well as providing long-tern support for the Kakumbi Community Clinic, more recently we have started working with Conservation Science Africa (CSA) to implement an eco-initiative to enhance the living standards and conditions of the communities in the area. CSA runs capacity building workshops and offers technical and educational support on livelihood and agricultural methods. We also support other community projects that focus on reducing deforestation and encourage tree planting and vegetable market-gardens in Mfuwe, as well as looking at alternatives to fire wood use - supporting solar cooker and ‘rocket’ stove projects. We also support a local theatre group, which perform plays to our guests about human-wildlife conflict. Our local staff are our most important asset, many of them have worked for Andy, our co-founder, for over 20 years. We train them to be the best that they can be and encourage them to progress and develop their skills and responsibility. Our staff and their families are entitled to assistance with medical costs and we also run a scheme that pays for one of their children to attend school. We also run programmes on HIV and AIDS awareness for our staff. The Bushcamp Company played an integral role in setting up the Luangwa Conservation & Community Fund (LCCF) in 2009; the fund helps provide vital funding for many of these community projects. At the start of 2013 we intro
We are extremely fortunate to work with some exceptionally dedicated, resourceful and ambitious organisations and individuals who share our long-term commitment to the future of Luangwa's wildlife and it's people.
All of our guests help support our projects through contributions to the Luangwa Conservation & Community Fund, but if you would like to offer further support, here are some suggestions of how else you can help.
Bringing Gifts for Student Prizes
If you are coming on safari with us, and you have space left in your suitcase, you might want to bring out a few small items with you to donate. We use these gifts as motivational prizes at the end of each term for the teachers to award to the top performing students at Chiwawatala Middle Basic School; ideal donations include:
If you would like to help the people and wildlife of the South Luangwa you can tranfer donations to The Bushcamp Company’s Conservation & Community fund at the following account:
CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME
US Dollar Account No:0060410000000039
Swift Code: ZNCOZMLU
Bank: Zambia National Commercial Bank
Bank Address: Mfuwe International Airport, P.O.Box 87, Mfuwe, Zambia
Below are some examples of how that money can be used: