4Cs Projects at Busanga Bush Camp
As Wilderness Safaris began in Kafue, opportunities arose to partner with the local people. Employment opportunities were the first step; initially in construction as more than 150 casual labourers from remote surrounding villages helped to build the camps, and then later in the open camps. With permanent employment has come training and skills development.
Our Zambia camps, including Busanga Bush Camp, pioneered the use of innovative energy-saving systems, which are being used as a model to lower the environmental footprint across the entire portfolio of Wilderness Safaris camps in all regions.
Anti-Poaching in Kafue
Prior to our presence, Kafue saw significant poaching in the 1980s and game numbers declined before beginning to recover in the 1990s with the growth of ecotourism in Zambia. We established a year-round presence in Kafue, employing eight game scouts seconded from the Zambian Wildlife Authority who are based at our camps and conduct anti-poaching patrols from these bases year round.
Kafue Lion Project
Wilderness Trust is funding a strategic management plan for lions in the greater Kafue National Park (KNP) system, including the surrounding Game Management Areas, which would contribute towards a better understanding and the sustainable management of the lion populations of KNP and Zambia as a whole.