“I have a deep reverence for Zambia, its people, and its wildlife. Lion Camp has been a catalyst for my worldwide conservation activities and has helped fulfil a lifelong ambition to conserve”. Nathalie is the driving force behind Lion Camp’s development as one of Africa’s top sustainable tourism destinations.
Wayne and Vicky have been working in the safari and tourism industry for 24 years. “An amazing journey working with beautiful boutique properties, meeting incredible people and having had the privilege of working in Africa with her people. Being part of their training and development and eventually managing Lion Camp is a dream come true. We have worked all over Africa and have always wanted to do a project in South Luangwa. So here we are. The setting is fantastic, and the lodge and area breathtaking.”
Sales & Marketing
Danie, with 26 years of amazing international tourism representation that started in Namibia and then moved on to Cape Town and then on to Dubai for 13 years has travelled all over the world to represent unique luxury hospitality properties that focus on the high-end experiential and sophisticated market and who appreciates exclusivity and bespoke services.
“To believe in the product I represent and to be passionate about it has always been very important to me as it created a trust factor with international buyers, who I have been privileged to work with over the past few years. Selling the software / emotional experience, became more important to me than selling the hardware / the decor and furniture. “
Dottie has been working in the tourism industry home and abroad. She decided to move to the Zambian bush and widen her experience working in the Lower Zambezi and now in South Luangwa National Parks for the last four years.
“Apart from experiencing the beautiful natural environment around me, my favourite part of the day is preparing myself to welcome new guests and to catch up with those returning from a day of activities because their excitement is wonderful to experience. I have always found that satisfied guests turn into friends. I am grateful to have many!”
DONALD – As a student, I always had an interest in animal science and enjoyed regular school trips to the National Park. After school, I commenced working at a game lodge to enable me to commence a career in the hospitality industry as a guide. I worked and studied through the different levels of guiding and am now in the process of completing my final exam as a walking guide. I am excited about my opportunities as a member of the Lion Camp team, a well-known and very professional team within the South Luangwa National Park where I can excel and positively contribute to conservation and the guest experience.
INNOCENT – I started my guiding career 15 years ago at Lion Camp. I have done a full circle in the Luangwa National Park and surrounding parks in Zambia, working for several other operators during the past 15 years. Last year I was invited to assist at Lion Camp as a freelance guide and just loved what they have done with the new Lion Camp. When approached to join the team permanently, I was excited to return home and join this team of professionals, sharing my experiences and knowledge with Lion Camp guests.
MUKUPA – I started my working career as a teacher but eventually was drawn by the beauty of wildlife. I began at Tafika as a trainee guide in 2007. Since then, I have qualified as a walking guide and am passionate about the bush and sharing it with people.
SIMON – I have always enjoyed being in the bush and qualified as a driving guide in 2014. I am now working hard at becoming a Level 1 walking guide.
MEYAM – Born and bred in Mfuwe, I have had a passion for the bush since my youth. I started as a reptile guide at the Croc Farm in 1993 and qualified as a driving guide in 2000. I have been a walking guide since 2004. I like being a guide as you never stop learning; you even learn from your guests!
Meet the Team
Our staff are the camp’s heart and soul and will look after you and ensure your stay is comfortable in every way possible.
FREDDIE – HEAD CHEF
He started as a cook with Lion Camp in 2000 and has since grown into a fantastic chef who is hardworking, enthusiastic and creative. “I love cooking, but baking is my favourite; creating lovely desserts is the best.”
PHILL – ASSISTANT CHEF
He started with Lion Camp in 2010 as a bush camp cook. Quiet but focused, there is no challenge too big. “I love cooking main courses. Creating beautiful food is my inspiration, and I want to learn new things every day.”