The story behind Musekese is more like a love story – one between two men and a very remote area in Zambia’s Kafue National Park. Setting up this seasonal camp in 2015, Phil Jeffery and Tyrone McKeith made their mark on the safari industry, a mark that has earned them recognition as first-rate guides and camp-owners. This camp was designed with less focus on the accommodation and more focus on the activities and experiences available. A stay here involves being taken out by either Phil or Tyrone to explore the area, which they genuinely know like the back of their hand.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Situated in a very remote and untouched region in Kafue nicknamed ‘Eden’.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT MUSEKESE CAMP:
The main area at Musekese houses a comfy lounge with sofas, armchairs, and plenty of colourful cushions, as well as an open front, affording amazing views down to the River and beyond. Adjacent to the living area, there is the bar, which is well stocked not only with beverages but also with points for charging equipment, water carriers to take on safari, and even a few reference books too!
Musekese’s guest accommodation comprises just five canvas chalets, all with the same rustic flavour as the main areas. Each has a double bed or twin beds, a side table, and a chest for storing clothes. A shower room is located at the rear of every tent and contains flush toilet, glass basin, and classic canvas-bag safari shower. At the front of each tent there is a decking area, upon which are positioned two director’s chairs. This is a great place to sit and enjoy the spectacular river views!
ACTIVITIES AT MUSEKESE CAMP:
There are loads of activities available from Musekese.
- The most popular is walking safaris, as the remoteness of this part of the park renders some of it inaccessible by vehicle! This is not a particularly game-rich area, so it is best suited to travellers who like to work a little to find their wildlife. All Big Five animals live here, however, so there is a lot of potential – and recent spottings have included the elusive leopard! For add-on viewing, some travellers take up the offer of a day trip to Busanga Plains.
- Closer to camp, it is possible to view impressive concentrations of birdlife, via a river cruise using one of the camp’s two boats. The other boat is reserved for fishing excursions, with August, September and October the best months to come and catch some really big bream!
- Finally, Musekese’s own hide, situated five minutes across the river on a lagoon, is ideal for relaxing while watching the local wildlife. The standard of activities is sky-high, as Phil and Tyrone’s keenness to share their knowledge of the Kafue really shines through!