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 travelled 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 organise anti-poaching patrols. The locals would call these patrols "Johnny's army" and today are known as the village scouts. John spent most of his own money looking after North Luangwa. As a gesture of thanks, the park authorities permitted him to organise 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 the 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.
Shiwa Ngandu now Today, two of John and Lorna's sons still live in the Shiwa Ngandu Estate. 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. All of the surrounding villages now have electrical power thanks to the efforts of the Harveys.
Other expeditions Mark Harvey has participated in innumerable expeditions through the Zambian wilderness. Among other trips, he retraced the last journey of the legendary Dr David Livingston while accompanying his great great grand son. More recently he went through Bangwelu wetlands together with the Italian photographer Paolo Solari Bozzi, who was working on a Zambian photographic portrait book.

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