Born in Zimbabwe, Phil grew up in the bush, spending his first few years of life in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley. His conservationist father worked for Save the Rhino Trust and, later as a regional director for WWF.
While term-time was spent in England, every summer Phil returned to his native Zambia where he reunited with his African heritage. Nature and nurture perhaps joined forces and with an immense wealth of wildlife knowledge, Phil went on to study Conservation Ecology at the University of Kent, where he would meet Tyrone McKeith.
His limitless passion for the bush has driven Phil to attain the highest professional guide qualifications, and he has been at the forefront of safari guiding for some of Africa’s most respected safari operators. Conservation remains a passion and through Musekese Conservation, Phil and Tyrone have longer term goals including the formation of a guide training facility, an ecological centre for research and conservation, and the establishment of community education and outreach programmes in Kafue.
Phil possesses talents that go beyond his encyclopaedic knowledge. It is his remarkable, almost unnerving, intuitive understanding of wildlife behaviour that astonishes, enthrals and on occasion renders speechless those who meet him. Our clients agree however, his greatest asset is his demeanour. Phil Jeffery is a true gentleman: alongside his chivalry is a genuine humility matched quite closely by his wry sense of humour. An excellent photographer and private pilot; when not in the bush he can be found in the sky or tinkering with Casper – his trusty Land Rover!