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Providing unforgettable moments for over 40 years

Pioneers in North Luangwa

Shiwa Safaris was the first operator to take safaris into North Luangwa, a National Park which was predominantly established as a scientific game control site for South Luangwa. 

It all began in 1979, when John Harvey traveled with young Mark into the Luangwa Valley. In this period over a thousand elephants were being slaughtered each year. In fact, while driving the 17km long route they encountered 34 dead carcasses, all stripped of their tusks, highlighting the extent of the poaching.

John himself was a gazetted Honorary Wildlife Ranger, responsible for preventing human - animal conflicts. He was deeply influenced by what he had seen in Luangwa and took it upon himself to organize anti-poaching patrols. The locals would call these patrols 'Johny's army' and today are known as the village scouts. John spent most of his own money looking after North Luangwa. As a thank you gesture, the park authorities permitted him to organize and run safaris in the park.

By 1980, John and Lorna Harvey had turned their weekend cottage into a small lodge known as Kapishya Hot Springs. Here would also become head quarters for operating Buffalo Camp - an authentic seasonal camp in the heart of Luangwa Valley. They kept running both until their untimely death in 1992.

Today, two of John and Lorna's sons still live in the Shiwa Ngandu. The eldest, Charlie, stays in Shiwa House and runs the surrounding farm, whilst Mark took over Kapishya Hot Springs and Buffalo Camp. Mark was Joined by Mell in 2000. Together they have turned the company into a modern business, on the way enriching the community by promoting local entrepreneurship. 

Thanks to the efforts of the Harvey family, the whole area of Shiwa Ngandu has become a prime example of successful development in rural Africa. Notably, in 2009 they revolutionized the lives of thousands upon completion of the mini hydro power plant which resulted in all of the surrounding villages having access to electricity.

Shiwa Ngandu now

Shiwa House - still standing legacy of the legendary

Sir Stewart Gore-Browne

The House was the life-long project of Sir Stewart Gore-Brown (Mark's grandfather). He was an Englishman who worked in Africa as part of the Anglo-Belgian Boundary Commission, surveying the border between Northern Rhodesia and the Belgian Congo. Falling in love with the surroundings, he decided that Shiwa Ngandu was the place where his childhood dream would come true - to own an estate with a grand manor house. More information about the house can be found at:

In 1999, Christina Lamb, prominent British foreign correspondent, published an historical novel revealing the incredible story of Sir Stewart Gore-Brown to the world. 'The Africa House' is a highly recommended read to anyone planning on visiting Shiwa Ngandu. It offers superb descriptions of the area and the way of life at that time, as well as an accurate portrayal of this extraordinary man. 

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