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Jabes

Transfer Driver, Grandfather and agriculture expert

  • Spends most of his days ferrying guests back and forth between Lusaka and the lodge
  • But has spent most of his working life as a commercial farm manager, making use of his 3 diplomas in agriculture, marketing and wildlife forest conservation
  • Comes from Chipata and has worked at Mukambi since 2013
  • Was the assistant manager for The Chongwe River Camp in the Lower Zambezi National Park
  • Spends his spare time reading wildlife books and studying hard for his guiding licence as he has a passion for wildlife
  • He has 4 grown children, one of which lived many years in Russia where he qualified as an ecologist

Ntanga

Reservations Manager and Resident DJ

  • A member of the Mukambi management team, Ntanga arrived in 2014
  • A keen sportsman, Ntanga played for both the Zambian and Botswanan rugby clubs and enjoyed fame playing on national TV
  • A music lover, he also enjoys partying behind the music decks as a DJ in his spare time
  • He was born in Zambia, but has spent the majority of his life living in the bush in Botswana
  • He speaks 3 languages: English, Nyanja and Setswana
  • Loves cooking – particularly savoury snacks and Asian cuisine
  • Ntanga is a keen traveller and would one day like to visit The Himalayas, but top of his bucket list, is a trip into space with his brother, David
  • He is an avid collector of Airforce Nike shoes!

Brian

Head barman, waiter, head of department and team joker

  • Brian enjoys being the referee for local football matches and is a devoted Manchester City supporter.
  • He is a very good swimmer and at the age of 15, he saved a friend from drowning in the river.
  • A keen birder, Brian loves the humble Namaqua Dove and loves taking a boat out on the river to go birding.
  • Best thing about the Kafue NP is the abundance of bird and animal species.
  • He can speak 7 different languages.

Chipo

Waitress at Mukambi since 2009

  • Married with a baby daughter called “Hope”
  • Also surrogate mother to 3 orphaned children from her wider family
  • Chipo enjoys reading magazines and novels by West African authors
  • The best thing about living in the bush for Chipo is the peace and quiet; being able to listen to the sounds of the birds and animals
  • Chipo would like to some day travel to America
  • Her colleagues describe her as incapable of arguing and friendly to everyone she meets

Loveness

Waitress, fundraiser and church singer

  • Loveness has been with Mukambi since 2013
  • She is married to one of our Mukambi Community School teachers
  • Her children, Salome and Timothy both attend the school and one day, baby Faith will follow
  • She has relatives in Angola and would one day love to visit Botswana or Zimbabwe
  • She is impressed by the difference that schooling has made in the local community in recent years and assists with the fundraising activities to continue this progress
  • She loves to spend time praying and teaching her children new songs

Clifford

School Chairman and Lodge Security Guard

  • Clifford works nights at Mukambi taking guests safely back and forth to their rooms and patrolling the grounds throughout the night.
  • As well as being a football player, Man Utd fan, and singer in the church choir, Clifford is also chairman of the Mukambi school board.
  • A keen herbalist, with an interest in medicine, he once worked in a hospital laboratory testing specimens for diseases for the Luampa Mission.
  • Clifford is married to Harriet and has 3 daughters. He speaks 8 languages.

Friday

Night Guard

  • Originally from Kaomo district, Friday speaks 5 languages, and is married with 6 children.
  • After working in Lusaka he came to Mukambi to be one of our trusted night watchman.
  • He loves cooking, driving and farming vegetables.
  • Being a huge fan of Bruce Lee, Friday would one day like to visit China and make some new friends there.

Joanne

Guide, Fig Tree Camp Manager, Digital Marketeer…

  • Joanne grew up on a dairy farm in the heart of the English countryside where she still owns a small piece of protected woodland
  • She first came to Africa in 1995 when she toured Zimbabwe for 5 weeks with her friend, a tent and a portable gas stove, in an old Datsun Sunny
  • After 25 years as a software systems consultant the call of the bush became too much and she enrolled in a guiding course with EcoTraining in South Africa
  • She has climbed Machu Pichu, dived the Great Barrier Reef, driven 11,000kms around the coast of Europe and worked on a cattle ranch in Australia
  • She is a deadly shot with a bolt action rifle and a qualified wilderness first aider

Eunice

Guest Relations & Admin

  • Eunice joins us from Islands of Siankaba luxury lodge in Victoria Falls, where she spent 7 years living and working on the mighty Zambezi river.
  • Speaking 5 languages in addition to sign language, Eunice is keen to welcome you to the lodge and show you all that the Mukambi has to offer.
  • All guests will meet Eunice, as she will spend much of her time working with reservations, front of house and ensuring our guests have everything they need throughout their time with us. 
  • Behind the scenes, she will also be responsible for admin, staff development and training.

Joseph

Head Guide

  • Joseph Mfune, originally from South Luangwa, but joining us from Chongwe in the Lower Zambezi national park, is already proving a star in terms of sightings and guest experience.
  • We can’t wait to see some of his wood carvings too, a passion he indulges in, alongside photography, swimming and hiking in his spare time.

Boyd & Malcom

Guides

  • Boyd Longwane and Malcom Phiri join the guiding team with a wealth of enthusiasm and knowledge.
  • Local Zambians, they have spent much of their lives in and around our National Parks, but would both love to one day travel to the USA and experience the wildlife in their famous Yellowstone National Park.