Manda is the Bushcamp Company’s head guide and safari manager, having started his guiding career 25 years ago. His knowledge and skills have earned him many accolades, including the prestigious “Paul Morrison Best Guide Award” from Wanderlust Magazine. Manda is usually to be found guiding and managing at Bilimungwe Bushcamp. For many years Manda has acted as a senior trainer and examiner of new safari guides on behalf of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife.
Peter‘s love of the bush began at a very early age. He, and his twin brother Mishek, spent their childhood in Zambia’s Lochinvar National Park, where their father was employed, before moving to South Luangwa in 1994. After completing his schooling he started work in the safari industry as a barman before his passion for wildlife led him to qualify as a guide in 2003. He now manages and guides at Chindeni Bushcamp, where he loves hosting and sharing his knowledge and passion with his guests.
Ester has been with the Bushcamp Company for a number of years. She was initially employed as a housekeeper, but gained promotion to become a receptionist in the front office. She is always on hand to welcome guests with a friendly smile, or to assist with any query.When not at work Ester takes care of her children, and cultivates her own small farm.
Born and raised in Mfuwe, Shadreck is shining example of what initiative, hard work and ambition can achieve. Having previously worked as a gardener, welder and plumber he joined the Bushcamp Company’s construction team at Mfuwe Lodge in 2009, before moving to Bilimungwe Bushcamp in 2011. His keen interest in wildlife and his desire to become a guide resulted in him passing his guide exams in 2013 with high marks. He has since added considerably to his knowledge and skills and is one of the company’s most popular guides.
Senior barman Zebron has worked in the safari industry since 1994. He joined Mfuwe Lodge as a restaurant waiter after it was rebuilt in 1998 , before taking up his bar duties in 2006. Zebron loves to sing and is long standing member of both the Lodge and his Church Choir.
Jayne has worked in the front office at Mfuwe Lodge since 2015, but has been in tourism since gaining an Advanced Certificate in Hotel management from Chreso University in 2005. Originally from Chipata, she gained experience of tourism in other lodges and hotels in Lusaka and Eastern Province before moving to Mfuwe. She loves welcoming new guests and is always on hand to assist with any query or request.
“AZ” was born Mfuwe and began his working life in the safari industry in 2000. His guiding career began in 2005 in South Luangwa, but he has also guided in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi and Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Parks, gaining extensive knowledge and skills. Alick enjoys all aspects of the bush, especially the smaller creatures, such as birds, reptiles and insects. He has been with the Bushcamp Company since 2018.
Suzyo has been passionate about wildlife and conservation since childhood. He first visited South Luangwa in 1999 having won a tree planting competition at school. He started guiding in 2009 and joined the Bushcamp Company in 2014, soon becoming one of the most senior and respected guides. His abilities earned him an invitation to attend conservation fundraising activities in the USA. He has gained experience in other parts of Africa, and completed a venomous snake handling course in South Africa.
Senior chef George has been a permanent fixture at Chamilandu Bushcamp since 1992. Born and raised in Mfuwe, he began developing his cooking skills as a kitchen porter at the old Lion Camp, before moving to Chamilandu where he continued his training and became a full-time chef in 1996. Over the years George has gained a reputation for excellent food and when not in his bushcamp he is to be found at Mfuwe Lodge passing on his skills and knowledge to his younger colleagues.
As the daughter of a senior National Park Ranger and wife of a Game Scout Gwen has wildlife in her blood. In 2015 she completed a national Parks guide training course and joined the Bushcamp Company in 2017. Gwen works as spotter, but recently passed her driving test and is now gaining more experience and training before achieving her ambition of becoming our first female safari guide.
Langford is one South Luangwa’s “old timers” having worked in the valley as chef since 1979. He spent many years as senior chef at the original Chinzombo Camp before joining the Bushcamp Company in 2002. He remains cheerful and energetic and still enjoys learning new dishes. Langford’s other skill is as a drummer.
Fannuel has been with the Bushcamp Company for 17 years and is one of the most experienced, knowledgeable and popular guides. In addition to his guiding duties he also manages Chamilandu Bushcamp, and also holds a launch-master/coxswain’s licence.
For many years Fannuel has acted as a senior examiner of new safari guides on behalf of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife.
Alvin is Mfuwe Lodge’s senior waiter and restaurant supervisor, and is one of the company’s longest serving employees. Originally from the town of Kafue he began working in construction in the Copperbelt. He then moved east and Joined Mfuwe Lodge in 1986 as a bedroom attendant, bar-porter, before becoming a waiter in 1997. His favourite job is driving to serve meals out in the bush.
Steve moved to South Luangwa from Zambia’s Copperbelt in 1980 and completed his schooling locally. He grew up loving nature and joined the Bushcamp Company in 2006. He is one of the company’s most experienced and popular guides. Steve is always keen to improve his skills and knowledge, and is currently completing a distance learning course for a degree in Travel and Tourism.
Senior chef Mambwe grew up in the Nsefu area of South Luangwa. He trained at the Holiday Inn in Lusaka before returning to Eastern Province where he worked for a variety of hotels and Safari Lodges. He has travelled and gained experience and training at lodges in Namibia, Botswana and Malawi. He joined the Bushcamp Company in 2013 and soon became one of our most talented chefs, passing on his skills to his junior colleagues. When not in the Mfuwe Lodge kitchen he is head chef at Kuyenda Bushcamp.