Recently, 32 students and four teachers from Kabulwebulwe, Mapoko, Jifumpa, and Kamakechi primary schools near Kafue National Park in Zambia were treated to a day trip into the national park. As the schools are located far away from each other, Kabulwebulwe and Mapoko visited Lufupa River and Lufupa Tented Camps, and students from Jifumpa and Kamakechi visited Shumba Camp. With an early pick-up from the Wilderness Safaris guides at each school, the children and their teachers set off for a day of fun and learning.

Students were fortunate to see lions, leopard, and elephants on their way to Lufupa Camp. At the camp, they received a hearty meal, learned how to set a dining table, and went on a tour of the camp and workshop area. To end off the day, the students went on a boat cruise around the confluence of the Kafue and Lufupa rivers – a geographical phenomenon that they learn about in class, but which sadly many might never otherwise have the opportunity to see. Thus this was a very special experience for them.

Meanwhile, on the way to Shumba Camp, students were also treated to 11 lions on a kill, as well as zebra, elephant, puku, and other plains game. At Shumba, the students had lunch, went on a tour of the lodge, and sang and danced with the staff.

While these students live relatively close to the national park and learn about it in class, many will never get the opportunity to see and experience it for themselves. Thus, we hope to make trips like these more frequent so that they can be exposed to the wildlife and natural environment that they learn about protecting.

Thank you to Arnold Mulimba and the team at Lufupa Camp, and Evidence and the team at Shumba Camp for their effort and enthusiasm in making this day so special for those involved. 

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