I own and operate Busanga Safaris from the UK arranging tailor-made and set date escorted safaris to a whole range of Africa's key wildlife areas, and reaching out beyond Africa to India - Borneo - Galapagos - Borneo and pretty much any where that we think offers something special in terms of the wildlife experience.
Wildlife is always our driving force when it comes to creating or suggesting a safari. We have a cumulative knowledge from our own travel expriences I am sometimes inspired by our clients (friends) who's travels or ideas sometime lead us down a path of learning about somewhere we may not have considered before and I help turn their ideas in to realistic itinerary.
It was just this kind of conversation with a friend that lead to me visiting the Kafue National Park in Zambia back in around 1995. Back then I was a tourist with a love for all things wildlife. Inspired as a child by David Attenborough on the good old BBC, and visits to our local safari park at every possible opportunity with my super patient mother. Working in the international logistics industry, i was the 'Mr Fixit' when it came to super urgent freight problems and making the impossible happen, life saving medical deliveries across the world - race cars - aeroplane parts you name it! Years of planning and executing intricate logistics would prove invaluable later planning and arranging detailed travel plans.
That first visit to the Kafue was so different ! There were so few people around, just us and the few other guests, and the parks raw natural feel appealed, but it was the wildlife experiences that gripped me. Leopards were common and Lions everywhere but there was so much more variety than I had encountered on any previous wildlife journey. The behaviour of the wildlife was intriguing, Elephants apart from Bulls around Camp were very grumpy and breading herds virtually impossible to encounter.
During these early days of visit the Kafue (in between other safaris) I would always bring with my son who Safaritalk members will now know as @KafueTyrone.
Driven only by my wish to share the Kafue with likeminded wildlife travellers I set up Busanga as a hobby company placing random adverts in BBC wildlife Magazine and helping / encouraging people to visit the Kafue. As years passed and our list of old guests grew we began to introduce other safari ideas and gradually Busanga grew and became established as a respected and highly personalised safari company which we are today. During this period @KafueTyrone was also growing up and with the Kafue engrained in his soul and today along with his friend and business partner Phil Jeffery they @jefferymckeithsafaris own the very highly regarded Musekese Camp and this year see's the evolution of their award winning mobile camp to a season bush camp which will re establish a camp on the site of the long since unused but original Ntemwa Camp the first Kafue Camp from where they introduce visitors to the Kafue and take them under the skin of this vast and wonderfully wild place and work tirelesly to help protect and conserve to incredibly diverse wildlife that exists there.
So thats the story so far. It started for me with a love of wildlife for which we can thank David Attenborough and much maligned Zoo, which became a life on safari and has grown organically to create not just a tirelessly Busanga Safari business but was the catalyst for the development of interest and conservation in the Kafue. Those nervous Elephants I mentioned earlier, well they now have changed their behaviour as a result of careful guiding and wildlife protection and can be seen in great herds in the woodlands and on the vast open Busanga Plains.
If I can help with ideas and inspiration or if you have an idea you think we might like please feel free to drop me a line, always happy to hear from Safaritalk members.