We (Andy and Libby) own and run a camp in the Central Kafue National Park, Zambia. Andy was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and Lib in the UK.
The park is the oldest in Africa and the largest too. Our camp is located in a relatively undiscovered part of the park but it is only 4 hours drive to Lusaka, Zambia's capital. We chose to build our dream camp in this park as it is an area that needs the presence of visitors and to be brought to the attention of the discerning traveler. We have a lease from the wildlife authority that actively seeks investors willing to support the park. By building in the park we are contributing to the conservation and protection of it and supporting the anti-poaching programs that protect the parks wildlife and eco-systems.
In 2014 we opened our Camp Site for self-driving visitors and it has become very popular with guests from all over the world. Our camp for fully-catered guests is now open too with two tented chalets.
All our staff are Zambians learning skills and having employment that is not easily available.
Our camp is supporting the local community and also helping to protect a huge wilderness area and open it up to safari goers who are looking for an experience with few people and other vehicles.
The game viewing in the park is getting better due to the presence of our camp and as visitor numbers increase. We have all the 'Big 5' except rhino and there are no giraffe. We have all the cats and other carnivores and the largest number of antelope species. We work side by side with organisations here that are monitoring and protecting the parks wildlife. Any volunteer should have an interest in the wildlife and it's preservation but also be keen to learn about the environment and its protection.
We are interested in people that can help us out from time to time and give us a break too. Working in the bush and so remotely is not for everyone so we need applicants that can cope with the environment and solitude.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
The protection of a wilderness area and how it is developed for tourism.
All help is supervised by us but we need enthusiasm, a good work ethic, helpers that will clear up after themselves and treat our camp with respect. A driving licence would be useful but not essential.
A nice tent, stretcher bed with use of great ablution facilities at our Camp Site. We cook at the camp kitchen which is fully equipped and provide breakfast, lunch and dinner. We eat well but nothing fancy (that's reserved for our guests!). There are no fences in the park so the camp is open to wildlife.
Time off can be spent fishing in the Kafue River, we have a boat to enjoy the river too. All our supplies come from Lusaka so there will be opportunities to visit the city. Livingstone and the Victoria Falls are 10 hours drive from the camp. We have no neighbours but we have a team of local staff living at the camp that are helping with the building work so with Andy and Lib are a small but friendly team. The campsite is open all year (wet season ends in April) but the Camp re-opens in April.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week