Shiwa Ng'andu estate is without a doubt one of the most fascinating and unique destinations in Zambia.
Shiwa is located in the Northernmost part of Zambia amongst the rolling granite hills that form the tail end of the Great Rift Valley, an area of unsurpassed natural beauty, the ""Real Africa"". At Shiwa an intricate and mesmerising African history, both Ancient and Colonial delights and intrugues both past and future guests to the estate. The estate combines this rich and varied history with a world class private game reserve that is home to over thirty species of wildlife and over two-hundred species of birds. The wildlife reserve covers an area of twenty-two thousand acres of breathtaking terrain and boasts a large natural lake at it's center, one of the largest privately owned bodies of water in Africa.
The guest experience at Shiwa Ng'andu is truly unique. Guests enjoy complete access to the estate, from the extensive historical archives, the wildlife reserve and lake to the day to day workings of the estate farm. Relaxed morning drives, horseriding through the hills, fascinating historical tours and indescribeable afternoon sundowners looking across the lake, make the Shiwa Ng'andu Estate an unmissable destination when travelling to Zambia and earned it a prestigious nomination for the''Best Safari House"" at the 2009 Good Safari Guide awards.
The relaxed atmosphere and truly warm Zambian hospitality of all at the Shiwa Ng'andu Estate ensures that every guest feels truly at home and very much a part of the estate's incredible history and culture.
Sir Stewart Gore – Browne had many visions of how Shiwa should and could be responsible for those that helped to create, and continue the day to day work that this vast estate required.
Previously a very poor and under utilized area of Zambia, with a very high infant mortality rate and low life expectancy. Gore-Browne brought first hospitals and then schools to an area that up until that time had no access to even the most basic of requirements. There is no doubt that following the death of Gore-Browne and the slow decline of the Estate and House in a terrible economic climate that the local people suffered enormously, and were slowly transported back to the era when there was very little if any education or medical support.
When Charlie & Jo Harvey took on the challenge of restoring Shiwa, they were adamant that the restoration would extend to the farm, re instating the hospitals and schools and once more creating employment for the local community. It was a daunting task but one that they tackled readily to once more continue Gore-Browne's vision for his beloved home and estate.
Today, over 11,000 people living around the Shiwa Ngandu area rely on the services of the local Rural Health Centre and the schools. All of these institutions are Government owned and run but due to its rural locality, there are many areas of these services that are still severely neglected.
In 2004 Shiwa Ngandu Rural Development Project (SNRDP) was formed as an NGO that could cover these shortfalls by raising funds to employ extra staff and help with the renovating of existing buildings. This has been very successful. The NGO has also provided an official body that can lobby the government to improve services. This has been very effective and HIV/AIDS awareness, mother and child care, education and agriculture have shown marked improvement.