It is vital for the survival of the South Luangwa’s wildlife that the local people and communities benefit from such a wonderful resource and do not suffer through co-existence.
The rapidly growing 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.
Since its inception, the Bushcamp Company, through Charity Begins at Home, has been committed to ensuring that the community around the South Luangwa has a reason to conserve it. Education is the key to a successful future and with generous donations, teachers’ salaries have been paid and classrooms and staff houses built at three local schools. Access to clean water is also provided, and there is an educational programme that takes school children into the Park on game drives. Through Charity Begins at Home, and with the support of guests and other charities, The Bushcamp Company currently sponsor over 350 school children.
As well as providing long-term support for the Kakumbi Community Clinic, we also support a local theatre group, which perform plays for our guests about human-wildlife conflict.
At the Bushcamp Company, our local staff members are our most important asset. Many of them have worked for the company for over 20 years and are trained to be the best that they can be, with help in skills development and responsibilities. Staff of the Bushcamp Company and their families are entitled to assistance with medical costs and there are programmes on HIV and AIDS awareness for all staff.