As part of The Bushcamp Company's commitment to the wildlife and people of the South Luangwa, we work
closely with the expanding local community, and with 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.
In 1999, The Bushcamp Company started providing much-needed help to two local schools: Chiwawatala Primary
School in Mfuwe Village and Chilongozi Primary 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 The Bushcamp Company
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. To date we have raised
funds to build six classrooms and offices, four dormitories and adjacent ablution blocks, social areas for
both boys and girls, and refurbished an existing girls' dormitory. In 2018 we completed an ambitious project
to construct a school assembly hall and dining room.
In 2017 we also constructed toilets and sports viewing stands at Jumbe Day Secondary School, and in 2019 we
completed the construction of a new, furnished 6-classroom block.
In 2017 we commenced providing help to "Aunt Mary's Academy", a new pre-school in Mfuwe.
We are now supporting projects in four local schools.
Beginning in 2013, we instituted a school feeding program, where we feed around 2500 pupils per day at 3
schools. Teachers say that they have seen improvements in attendance, concentration, energy, and health of the
pupils. Most of these pupils walk a distance of over 10 kilometres to reach school, often without any real
sustenance at home. One head teacher says that she has seen a 40% increase in the pupils' ability to attend
their afternoon school sessions, as well as a significant increase in concentration levels. The program gives
the pupils' families the security of knowing that their children are receiving necessary nutrition, giving them
energy not only for school, but also for the often arduous journey to and from home.
Through our own registered charity, we currently sponsor around 350 local children to attend schools and colleges.
We also support a tree-planting program through which approximately 500 trees per year are planted, and which
serves to educate youth about the importance of conserving woodlands in the local ecosystem.
In 2014 we introduced our "Commit to Clean Water" project with the intention of drilling deep boreholes to provide
safe, clean drinking water to villages in the local area. This is an ambitious, but extremely valuable project,
benefitting thousands of people. By the end of 2019 the number of new boreholes had risen to115, with 20 more
planned for 2020.
We run programmes on HIV and AIDS awareness for our staff, and we also support a local theatre group that perform
plays for 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 Conservation South Luangwa,
Zambian Carnivore Programme and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife.
In recent years, we have also tried to make our properties as green as possible by introducing solar technology