“We took a leap of faith by only operating from 1 June to end October each year in this remote region. But we have seen first-hand what a difference our presence has made to the area’s ongoing biodiversity conservation and local economy. Our aerial surveys, in partnership with the DNPW, have shown a staggering increase in species such as red lechwe, puku and blue wildebeest”, Dean added.
Kafue is listed as one of Travel + Leisure’s ‘50 favourite destinations to return to in 2022’, with Shumba and Busanga Bush camps both highlighted as recommended places to stay. This acknowledgement confirms that while the camps are closed for more than half a year, the wildlife thrives unimpeded. And when the camp opens for the short safari season, guests experience seemingly infinite herds of antelope, beautiful birdlife, and thrilling predators.
Wilderness’ purpose is to protect the beauty of this iconic ecosystem. By bringing guests to discover these untamed places, Wilderness makes a significant impact helping to conserve Kafue’s wildlife, and uplift surrounding communities through employment and education.