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Our Story

Welcome to Mukalya Private Game Reserve, a family-owned sanctuary nestled along the banks of the majestic Zambezi River in the Namoomba area of Siavonga District. Just a two and a half hour drive south of Lusaka, Zambia, this hidden gem awaits your discovery. In 2006, our founders embarked on a canoe trip downstream from the Kariba Dam wall and instantly fell in love with the beauty of the area. They decided to make it their own and developed it into their private weekend retreat, cherished by family and friends for years to come.

Mukalya Private Game Reserve Male Waterbuck
Mukalya Private Game Reserve Warthogs

During the construction phase, the founding family camped at the previous landowners' site and were captivated by the rich history of the area. The previous owners, gifted storytellers, shared tales of life on the property spanning over 20 years. Their stories painted a vivid picture of floods, abundant wildlife, the ongoing battle against poaching and deforestation, and the enchanting traditions and beliefs tied to the land. At Mukalya, every corner holds a story waiting to be told, and every moment promises adventure and connection with nature. Join us in creating new memories and experiencing the magic of this special place. The scourge of poaching and deforestation became a pivotal concern for the founding family of Mukalya Private Game Reserve, inspiring them to take action. With a vision to restore the area to its former glory, they embarked on a mission to reintroduce wildlife.

Several years later, after extensive efforts, the reserve was fenced off, and the first batch of wildlife was released into a dedicated section. This initiative aimed not only to rebuild the natural habitat but also to educate the local community about the critical importance of protecting and cherishing wildlife for generations to come. At Mukalya, we're not just preserving nature; we're actively restoring it, one step at a time. Join us in our commitment to safeguarding wildlife and ensuring a thriving ecosystem for all.

Mukalya Private Game Reserve Elephants Swimming Across Captured By Patrick Bentley Photography
Mukalya Private Game Reserve Aerial View of Mukalya Captured By Patrick Bentley Photography

During the construction phase, the founding family camped at the previous landowners' site and were captivated by the rich history of the area. The previous owners, gifted storytellers, shared tales of life on the property spanning over 20 years. Their stories painted a vivid picture of floods, abundant wildlife, the ongoing battle against poaching and deforestation, and the enchanting traditions and beliefs tied to the land. At Mukalya, every corner holds a story waiting to be told, and every moment promises adventure and connection with nature. Join us in creating new memories and experiencing the magic of this special place. The scourge of poaching and deforestation became a pivotal concern for the founding family of Mukalya Private Game Reserve, inspiring them to take action. With a vision to restore the area to its former glory, they embarked on a mission to reintroduce wildlife.

Several years later, after extensive efforts, the reserve was fenced off, and the first batch of wildlife was released into a dedicated section. This initiative aimed not only to rebuild the natural habitat but also to educate the local community about the critical importance of protecting and cherishing wildlife for generations to come. At Mukalya, we're not just preserving nature; we're actively restoring it, one step at a time. Join us in our commitment to safeguarding wildlife and ensuring a thriving ecosystem for all.

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