Journeys with Purpose (JWP04) Chasing Waterfalls & Wetlands Expedition

Zambia
13 June to 30 June 2021
17 nights / 18 days

Fly in Lusaka International Airport, 13 June 2021 (Sunday)
Fly out: Lusaka International Airport, 30 June 2021 (Wednesday)
Group size: 6 – 10 PEOPLE

Rate: TOTAL: US$ 7345 + $500 Fundraising) =  US$7845 pp 
(*US$600 non-refundable deposit required to book a seat)
Single Supplement can be arranged. ($200pp)- please note there are certain places where sharing is the only option.
**CONTACT carla@blueskysociety.co.za for Early Bird Rate (Valid until end of June 2020). T&C apply

Summary

Nestled in south-central Africa and channelling some of Nature’s unrivalled magnificence, lies one of the continent’s true gems: Northern Zambia. Sacred. Mysterious. Remote. Beautiful. Cascading rivers, exquisite waterfalls and beautiful lakes dominate this remote, uncommercialised piece of our planet. It truly is a water wonderland! It is estimated that almost 30% of all the fresh water in Africa sprouts from Zambia, mainly in its northern provinces, home to the Chambeshi River (headwaters of the mighty Congo River), Lake Bangweulu, Lake Mweru and Lake Tanganyika. It is against this enchanting backdrop that our  Chasing Waterfalls & Wetlands adventure pans out.

This +/- 2 700 km  fundraising expedition starts and finishes in the capital, Lusaka. Now you are in Mama Africa’s territory, and you must march to her ancient drumbeats. So, be prepared for long, bumpy roads, amazing wildlife, breath-taking scenery and a lifetime of memories.

The route takes us through far-flung, traditional villages and national parks famed for their incredible game-viewing. Travelling with only two vehicles, our small group will be led by one of Africa’s most experienced adventurers and humanitarians, Carla Geyser and her Blue Sky Expeditions crew, who will provide daily briefings on the regions visited and routes and roads to be undertaken.

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Highlights

Some of the extraordinary experiences you can look forward to as part of this group of eco-travellers includes:

  • 17 nights and 18 days immersed in one of the most magnificent places on Earth
  • Adventuring in off-the-beaten-path places (that tourists do not know exist!) to experience some of Zambia’s staggeringly beautiful waterfalls, from the roaring Lumangwe to the picturesque Ntumbachushi, and Africa’s second highest waterfall, Kalambo Falls, that empties into Lake Tanganyika.
  • Exploring Lake Tanganyika, the source of pride to the people of Zambia and the world’s second oldest and second deepest freshwater lake.
  • Visiting the peaceful yet abundant sanctuary of Kasanka National Park.
  • Searching for the rare and prehistoric-looking shoebill stork, as well as hundreds of other bird species at Bangweulu Wetlands, We will also see the burial spot of Dr David Livingstone, who died in Bangweulu and the rare black lechwe **Shoebills do normally only nest from July to September but we will do our best to find one.
  • Exploring Bangweulu Wetlands by guided half-day by foot/boat/game drive, birding, wildlife trips and visit to the communities. Options are water-level dependent.
  • Interacting with communities and school children to spread our eco-message.
  • Enjoying an exceptionally organised once-in-a-lifetime African experience where all logistical details are taken care of for you.
  • Raising funds for Kasanka Trust 

Frequency: Bespoke once-off expedition
Fitness Ratings: Moderate/ Active
Tour Features: Wildlife conservation, Cultural Exchange, Youth Conservation Education, English-Spoken, Fundraising for Wildlife Conservation Groups, Men/Women
Beneficiary: Kasanka Trust
Accommodation: Mostly camping /bungalows /rooms (Sharing) **Single Supplement can be arranged on request
Price range: Mid-range
Min/Max: 4 – 10 eco-adventurers

Includes

  • Expedition leader(s) – Carla Geyser and Sarah Kingdom (Zambia)
  • Expedition vehicles + Drivers
  • All Fuel & toll fees
  • Basic accommodation (**Sharing accommodation – camping in Dome tents; chalets/Rooms)
  • All meals & water in itinerary
  • All camping equipment (*Except sleeping bags and pillows. Please bring your own*)
  • All National Park Fees & bed levies
  • Car insurance
  • US$500pp fundraising fee for our beneficiary, Kasanka National Park (*This is included in your rate)
  • Entry fees to waterfalls
  • All activities detailed in the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from Lusaka International Airport
  • Private boat ferry to Isanga Bay Lodge (Lake Tanganyika)

Excludes

  • Any flights & any necessary transfers to get to the start/finish of the expedition (Lusaka International Airport)
  • Gratuities (We recommend US$ 5 to 10 per guide or activity)
  • Any visas & border costs
  • Alcoholic drinks & snacks **Recommend buying drinks in Lusaka
  • Any personal expenses
  • Comprehensive travel insurance (*This is compulsory*)
  • Extra nights’ accommodation at Lusaka (pre/post expedition)
  • Any additional activities not covered in the itinerary

Itinerary

DAYS DATE DAY DETAILS ACTIVITIES /COMMENTS
1 13 June Sunday Lusaka Airport transfer to hotel. Welcome dinner and brief. **Visit Quentin Allen Gallery + Talk
2 14 June Monday Lusaka to Kasanka NP 7/8 hour drive. Break for coffee & cake at Fig Tree Café in Kabwe.
PM – Yoga
3 15 June Tuesday Kasanka National Park AM – Game Drive (Sitatunga)
**Visit Kasanka Conservation Centre
PM – Game Drive
4 16 June Wednesday Kasanka National Park AM – Game Drive + Transfer to Luombwa camp
PM – Canoeing and/or yoga
5 17 June Thursday Kasanka NP – Samfya AM – Game Drive / Walk/ Canoeing
**Brunch then depart at 11am + Drive
PM – Yoga by the pool
6 18 June Friday Samfya to Lumangwe Falls Driving
PM –  Visit Ntumbachusi falls .
7 19 June Saturday Lumangwe Falls AM/PM – Exploring and walk to Kabweluma falls (5km) and then walking or driving to Chimpembe falls (5km) + Yoga
8 20 June Sunday Lumangwe Falls to Kasama town Driving
Overnight at Thorn Tree Lodge, Kasama
9 21 June Monday Kasama – Mpulungu to Lake Tanganyika /Mishembe Bay Stop in Mbala, time permitting, to visit the museum. *Catch Private Boat on Monday
10 22 June Tuesday Lake Tanganyika Relax + Yoga + Sunset cruise
11 23 June Wednesday Lake Tanganyika AM – Explore Kalambo falls hike.
PM – Relax in afternoon
12 24 June Thursday LT to KHS (Shiwa) Driving + Visit hot springs
13 25 June Friday Kapishya hot springs AM-  ‘African House’ tour (TBC – If Open)
PM – Relax
14 26 June Saturday Shiwa to Bangweulu Wetlands Drive
PM Activity
15 27 June Sunday Bangweulu Wetlands Activities: x 2
16 28 June Monday Bangweulu Wetlands Activities: x 2
17 29 June Tuesday BW to Mkushi or Kabwe Drive
Overnight Forest Inn, Mkushi or Luangwa Safari Lodge, Kabwe
18 30 June Wednesday Mkushi or Kabwe to Lusaka  5 – 7 hour drive. **Guests depart late afternoon

*Please note this itinerary may change slightly but the expedition leader will keep you posted and updated. Terms and conditions apply due to availability.

DAY ONE – ARRIVAL DAY

Airport pick-up. Welcome to Zambia! Your adventure begins when you are greeted at the airport with a #JWP04 signboard. You will be whisked away to your B&B in Lusaka to meet the rest of the group. Later that evening Carla Geyser will do a brief introduction and talk about the trip/itinerary. We will also meet Quentin Allen.

Quentin was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, moving to Zambia at the age of two years. He is an avid hiker, explorer and artist, filling numerous diaries with watercolour sketches which he then converts to large paintings in his Lusaka studio.  He has Illustrated books on trees, one for Kew gardens. He is also a co-author of several books on Zambia’s amazing waterfalls. He is known as Zambia’s waterfall expert. His paintings are in private collections worldwide.

Accommodation: Hanlo Estate B&B or similar
Type: Room (Sharing)
Meals: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

DAY TWO/THREE/FOUR – Lusaka to Kasanka National Park

We head out early on the Great North Road (T2), a major route linking Lusaka to Tanzania. We will stop for coffee & cake at Fig Tree Café in Kabwe.  It’s a long day’s drive but we will eventually get to Kasanka National Park (KNP). KNP is located in the Serenje District of Zambia’s Central Province. At roughly 390 km2 (150 sq mi), Kasanka is one of Zambia’s smallest national parks and the first to be managed by a private-public partnership.

We will spend two full days in the park. One of the mornings we will have an early morning wake-up (5.30am), coffee & rusks, then drive to tree hide to see sitatunga (a type of antelope), then go on a game drive before heading back to camp for brunch . We will spend our third night at Luombwa camp – and that afternoon we will canoe on the river and/or yoga beside the river. There are limited canoes, but we will try fit everyone in.

Accommodation: Wasa Lodge x 2 nights + Luombwa Camp Lodge x 1 night
Type: Chalets (Sharing)
Meals: Full Board
Activities: Game Drive (s)/ Walk   + Canoeing; Visit the Kasanka Conservation Centre; Yoga

DAY FIVE – Kasanka NP – Samfya

Our final game drive and/or canoeing at Kasanka National Park in the morning. After breakfast, we head out for the town of Samfya. Afternoon yoga beside the pool overlooking the lake. The lodge bar is well located for sun-downers and overlooks Lake Bangweulu. Bangweulu means ‘where the water meets the sky’ and you will find out that it is very aptly named! Indeed, when you look at the lake it is hard to tell where the water ends, and the sky begins.

Accommodation: Chita Lodge
Type: Rooms (sharing)
Meals: Brunch, Dinner & Breakfast

DAY SIX/SEVEN  – Samfya to Lumangwe Falls

Lunch at Ntumbachushi Falls, and short hike to see ancient rock paintings that date back 10 000 years. Ntumbachushi Falls are a series of pools flowing off the Ng’onga River in Luapula province. As with many bodies of water in Zambia, communities living in the area believe that the falls are sacred. In the case of Ntumbachushi, local chiefs bathe in the water to rid themselves of bad luck. We will be staying at Lumangwe Falls.

Known as a smaller version of Victoria Falls, Lumangwe Falls can be found in the Northern Province off the main road from Kawambwa and Mporokoso, by the Kalungwishi river. For an impressive view of Lumangwe Falls, we will go down the steps in the small rainforest which is sustained by the water.

As we are camping at Lumangwe Falls for two nights,  we will also explore and walk to Kabwelume Falls (5km) and then walk/drive to Chimpembe Falls (5km). The local myth surrounding the falls is that it was the residence of a “great snake spirit” of the same name that stretched itself to the neighbouring Kabwelume waterfall. Kabwelume Falls is made up of three cascading falls. At the base of the falls is a forested ravine with pre-historic rock art and rainbows in the spray. This place is sacred to the local people, filled with frogs that represent physical forms of snake spirits. No homes can be built here.

Accommodation: Lumangwe Falls camping
Type: Camping in Dome tents (Sharing)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (**Self-catering)

DAY EIGHT – Lumangwe Falls to Kasama

After breaking down camp we head to Kasama. Be prepared for bumpy roads!

Accommodation: Thorntree Lodge or similar
Type: rooms (sharing)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (Self-catering)

DAY NINE/ TEN/ELEVEN – Kasama to Mpulungu to Isanga Bay

Leaving Kasama we head via Mbala (where incidentally the Germans surrendered to the British at the end of WWI, three days after the armistice in Europe) , we hope to visit the German Museum if there is time and then head to Mpulungu. Mpulungu, the town on the southernmost tip of Lake Tanganyika, 203 kms or a 3 hour drive. We need to leave Kasama early in order to meet the boat to Mishembe Bay on Lake Tanganyika.

Here we board a small boat to our final destination. Isanga Bay Covers 80,389.03 m² of beach front property and has its own private beech of 110 m long. The closest town to Isanga Bay is Mpulungu, an hour’s boat ride away, and is a busy hub of trade on Lake Tanganyika between the countries of Zambia, Tanzania, DRC and Burundi… Being so close to the equator, the lodge has an island paradise feel to it with great weather all year round and a view that will leave you mesmerized.

One of the days for those that are energetic – there is a hike to Kalambo Falls, Africa’s second highest single-drop waterfall and the 12th highest in the world. With a 221m single drop into the gorge below, Kalambo Falls is twice the height of Victoria Falls. The climb from the lake is steep, but so rewarding, with spectacular views from the escarpment. From viewpoints near the top of the falls you can see the Kalambo River plummeting over the cliffs and into the deep gorge below, before winding its way 5km to Lake Tanganyika. The area around Kalambo Falls is considered an important archaeological site, with continuous human occupation spanning over 250,000 years. Kalambo Falls is on the list to be recognised as a protected World Heritage site. We should be back by lunch and can then enjoy a relaxing afternoon of swimming or yoga.

Accommodation: Isanga Bay
Type: Chalets (Sharing)
Meals: Full Board

DAY TWELVE/THIRTEEN – Lake Tanganyika to Kapishya Hot Springs

Leaving Lake Tanganyika, we stop at Kasama for supplies, then on to Kapishya hot springs. Kapishya is a serene oasis with quiet and restorative hot springs that will leave you rested and enriched thanks to the area’s natural beauty. Situated on the Estate of Shiwa Ng’andu (The Africa House) and along the banks of the Mansha River, these springs offer a welcomed rest on an adventurous journey.

Accommodation: Kapishya Hot Springs
Type: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (**at the lodge)
Activities: Visit the Hot Springs + Yoga

DAY FOURTEEN/FIFTEEN/SIXTEEN– Kapishya hot springs to Bengweulu Wetlands

Leaving Kapishya hot springs, we stop at Africa House for tea and a tour. A visit to Shiwa Ng’andu estate is a unique and fascinating step into history. The ancient structure and stunning estate transport guests of both ancient and colonial times. The estate combines this rich and varied history with a world-class private game reserve that is home to over 30 species of wildlife and over 200 species of birds.  “In a remote corner of Africa stands a magnificent three story pink bricked mansion, with a tower in the centre, a red tiled roof, and a line of elegant arches supporting a first floor terrace from which a Union Jack fluttered… Part Tuscan Manor, part English Ancestral Home… Something one might find in Surrey or Hampshire belonging to a Duke or a Lord.” Christina Lamb, The Africa House **We need to confirm early 2021 if Africa House is still open.

We arrive at Bangweulu Wetlands, where we will stay for the next three nights. Bangweulu, meaning ‘where water meets the sky’ is a perfect description for these globally important and stunning wetlands in Zambia. Bangweulu is unique in that it is a community-owned protected wetland, home to 50,000 people who retain the right to sustainably harvest its natural resources and who depend entirely on the richness the park provides. But due to human needs and lack of alternatives, Bangweulu has suffered for decades from rampant poaching of wildlife and fish stocks. But this began to change when African Parks signed a long-term agreement in 2008 with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) to work with the communities to sustainably manage the wetlands for the benefit of wildlife and people.

Twelve years later, Bangweulu is delicately balancing the needs of the people with the preservation of wildlife. Fish stocks have significantly increased due to a well-supported three-month fishing ban that resulted in improved catch rates and sales which economically benefits the communities. Poaching has been contained and black lechwe increased from 35,000 to over 50,000 in the past five years. The globally significant shoebill stork population continues to grow, with 10 nests protected by community guards and at least six chicks successfully fledged in 2017. A significant wildlife translocation occurred in 2017, with 250 animals including zebra and impala brought in to bolster remnant populations. Healthcare is being delivered across all six Chiefdoms and the park supports 60 schools. Bangweulu Wetlands is the largest employer in the region and is positioned to become a leading example of community-driven conservation on the continent. We will search for Shoebill storks and black lechwe.

Our accommodation is located in the beautiful Miombo woodlands. Powered by solar electricity, this camp consists of six safari-style tents each with an en-suite bathroom. The camp is catered and the communal area includes a shared kitchen and dining room.

Accommodation: Nkondo Tented Camp (sharing)
Type: Safari Tents
Meals: Dinner, Lunch & Breakfast included
Activities: Walking, Driving (**Depending on water levels) and boats

DAY SEVENTEEN – Bangweulu Wetlands to Mkushi or Kabwe.

After our last mornings activity we will depart for Kabwe or Mkushi for our last night together.

Accommodation: Luangwe Safari Lodge or Forest Inn (TBC)
Type: Rooms (sharing)
Meals: Dinner, Breakfast

DAY EIGHTEEN –  Lusaka

Early breakfast and then final drive to Lusaka International Airport for our final farewells. You depart with a lifetime of memories, new, meaningful connections with like-minded women from around the world, and of course, packed lunches from Forest Inn.
** PLEASE arrange your flights in the late afternoon or early evening is even better.

You are among friends when you are with us. Together, we are in a safe space and you have the freedom to be yourself and to explore. Whether you have never left your home country or are a seasoned solo traveller, this trip is guaranteed to offer you adventure, friends, and breathless beauty.

*Please note this itinerary may change slightly but the expedition leader will keep you posted and updated. Terms and conditions apply due to availability.

These driving adventures are organised and led by Carla Geyser, the founder of the Blue Sky Society Trust (BSST) and Blue Sky Expeditions who has, to date, led many successful trips into Africa. If you are an enthusiastic adventurer who is passionate about conservation and takes life as it comes, then this is for you! #JWP brings together like-minded people from around the world on trips that focus on visiting and raising funds for wildlife initiatives along the route.

#JWP EXPEDITIONS ARE NOT FOR EVERYONE

Carla handpicks the expedition members, always looking for well-rounded individuals of various skills and interests. If you are an enthusiastic adventurer who is passionate about conservation and who takes life as it comes, then our next #JWP expedition could be for you.

REMOTE AND MEMORABLE

These expeditions often involve driving long distances over bumpy dusty roads, camping in remote areas, at times being without mobile phone service for days, and of course loads of giving back through hands-on charity work. Sometimes our accommodation varies from camping to chalets/rooms. Each journey is unique. So make sure you read the itinerary carefully.

This is not a ‘normal’ tour but rather a team expedition, and every now and then member(s) of the team are requested to pitch in, if required with cooking, cleaning, camp set-up etc. It is the experience of a lifetime, and we would love to have exploratory fun-filled compassionate spirits along for the ride.

ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?

This is a LIMITED entry journey, which means only a few people get to experience this unforgettable never-to-be-repeated experience. Minimum enrollment for this trip is 6 people. If minimum enrollment is not met 90 days prior to departure date, the trip may be cancelled in which case full payment excluding the deposit will be refunded.  (Minus the non-refundable deposit of US$600).

SAFETY:

Safety is always a priority. We have a satellite phone, SATIB Insurance 24-hour medivac and assistance on call, and access to doctors 24/7.

PAYMENT & BOOKING:

  1. DEPOSIT: A $600pp non-refundable deposit is required to be paid within 24 hours to reserve/book your spot on the expedition.
  2. PAYMENT TWO: To be paid within 30 days of booking confirmation
  3. FULL PAYMENT DEADLINE: The remaining balance should be paid 90 days prior to departure. If you are booking within 90 days of departure, then full payment is required at the time of booking. 
  4. OR Full payment upfront (100%)

CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY:

  1. 30 days (one month) or less: Cancellation by you up to 30 days prior to departure results in no refund. (100% Cancellation fee applies i.e. no refund)
  2. 30 – 90 days (one to three months): 70% cancellation fee applies. 30% will be refunded.
  3. 90 – 150 days (three to five months): 30% cancellation fee applies. 70% will be refunded.
  4. 150 days or more: Cancellation by you up to 150 days prior to departure to will result in full reimbursement MINUS deposit of US600pp.
  5. Blue Sky Expeditions is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or family emergencies or for any pandemics or acts of god cancellations (please read indemnity form).
  6. A cancellation request must be received in writing by email from the participant. Verbal notice will not serve as a valid cancellation.
  7. Should you choose to withdraw from the program, kindly note that the deposit is non-refundable.
  8. In the event that the trip is cancelled due to inadequate enrollment, Blue Sky Expeditions is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets. While we do our absolute best to fill each trip, we highly recommend that you buy refundable airline tickets.

FLIGHT INFORMATION:

Unless you are purchasing the airline insurance, it is a good idea to wait until departure is confirmed to buy plane tickets.

Please ARRIVE at designated airport on specific date (see itinerary)

Please book your DEPARTURE from designated airport on specific date (see itinerary)

Traveling before or after the program is totally fine – just let Blue Sky Expeditions know your plans.

GENERAL COMMENTS:

  • Please note the itinerary may change slightly but we will keep you posted as to any amendments or changes. This is Africa (TIA).
  • Blue Sky Expeditions would like to do educational work in rural schools as well if possible, handing out educational booklets to children and/or visiting communities.
  • We will send you emails detailing the documentation and correspondence we require from you. An Expedition Agreement contract will be sent and needs to be read, understood, signed and returned to confirm your place.
  • MEALS: Most meals will be eaten together at the places we stay. Food restrictions and allergies can be accommodated, just please let us know beforehand.
  • SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS: Pricing is based upon a double occupancy sharing. Unless a specific person has been identified, you will usually be assigned a roommate. Each person will have their own bed.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE:

  • Here at Blue Sky Expeditions we do our best to ensure that every program is a success. However, in the event of something unexpected, we want you to be fully protected. We REQUIRE that you purchase international travel insurance.
  • Make sure you have sufficient supplies of any prescription medicine. In fact, it might be wise to bring a small personal first aid kit, including any patent medicines you prefer. You are responsible for taking all necessary health precautions before and during your trip. It is the client’s responsibility to ensure they seek professional medical advice before travelling and to take all necessary health precautions and preventative measures.
  • Vaccinations:  Be an informed traveller! Ultimately, it is up to you to consult a physician. We are here to help but cannot legally provide medical advice.

ENTRY & VISA INFORMATION

Please ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of entry and that you have at least two blank pages in your passport (the back page does not count).

MONEY & TIPPING:

The colourful currency in  each country will be explained – please do your homework or ask.

South Africa – SA Rand
Namibia – Namibian Dollar
Botswana – Botswana Pula
Zambia – Zambian Kwacha
Mozambique – Mozambique Metical
Zimbabwe – US$ *Cash only
Eswatini – SA Rand
Rwanda – Rwandan Franc

Credit cards are widely accepted so this  can be  your main form of payment. Reliable ATM’s in banks are available in certain cities . You may also bring cash to exchange at banks and exchange offices.

TIPPING: There will some situations where you may feel the need to tip but as always it is up to your discretion. Typically, it is customary to tip our local guides $5-$10 per day per guide. BUT you are welcome to tip more.

**PLEASE CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING TO READ AND SIGN OUR INDEMNITY.  Each person must have signed this before departure

Expedition Agreement – https://www.blueskysociety.org/expedition-agreement-form/

Indemnity Form – https://www.blueskysociety.org/indemnity-online-form/

Includes

  • Expedition leader(s) – Carla Geyser and Sarah Kingdom (Zambia)
  • Expedition vehicles + Drivers
  • All Fuel & toll fees
  • Basic accommodation (**Sharing accommodation – camping in Dome tents; chalets/Rooms)
  • All meals & water in itinerary
  • All camping equipment (*Except sleeping bags and pillows. Please bring your own*)
  • All National Park Fees & bed levies
  • Car insurance
  • US$500pp fundraising fee for our beneficiary, Kasanka National Park (*This is included in your rate)
  • Entry fees to waterfalls
  • All activities detailed in the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from Lusaka International Airport
  • Private boat ferry to Isanga Bay Lodge (Lake Tanganyika)

Excludes

  • Any flights & any necessary transfers to get to the start/finish of the expedition (Lusaka International Airport)
  • Gratuities (We recommend US$ 5 to 10 per guide or activity)
  • Any visas & border costs
  • Alcoholic drinks & snacks **Recommend buying drinks in Lusaka
  • Any personal expenses
  • Comprehensive travel insurance (*This is compulsory*)
  • Extra nights’ accommodation at Lusaka (pre/post expedition)
  • Any additional activities not covered in the itinerary

Itinerary

DAYS DATE DAY DETAILS ACTIVITIES /COMMENTS
1 13 June Sunday Lusaka Airport transfer to hotel. Welcome dinner and brief. **Visit Quentin Allen Gallery + Talk
2 14 June Monday Lusaka to Kasanka NP 7/8 hour drive. Break for coffee & cake at Fig Tree Café in Kabwe.
PM – Yoga
3 15 June Tuesday Kasanka National Park AM – Game Drive (Sitatunga)
**Visit Kasanka Conservation Centre
PM – Game Drive
4 16 June Wednesday Kasanka National Park AM – Game Drive + Transfer to Luombwa camp
PM – Canoeing and/or yoga
5 17 June Thursday Kasanka NP – Samfya AM – Game Drive / Walk/ Canoeing
**Brunch then depart at 11am + Drive
PM – Yoga by the pool
6 18 June Friday Samfya to Lumangwe Falls Driving
PM –  Visit Ntumbachusi falls .
7 19 June Saturday Lumangwe Falls AM/PM – Exploring and walk to Kabweluma falls (5km) and then walking or driving to Chimpembe falls (5km) + Yoga
8 20 June Sunday Lumangwe Falls to Kasama town Driving
Overnight at Thorn Tree Lodge, Kasama
9 21 June Monday Kasama – Mpulungu to Lake Tanganyika /Mishembe Bay Stop in Mbala, time permitting, to visit the museum. *Catch Private Boat on Monday
10 22 June Tuesday Lake Tanganyika Relax + Yoga + Sunset cruise
11 23 June Wednesday Lake Tanganyika AM – Explore Kalambo falls hike.
PM – Relax in afternoon
12 24 June Thursday LT to KHS (Shiwa) Driving + Visit hot springs
13 25 June Friday Kapishya hot springs AM-  ‘African House’ tour (TBC – If Open)
PM – Relax
14 26 June Saturday Shiwa to Bangweulu Wetlands Drive
PM Activity
15 27 June Sunday Bangweulu Wetlands Activities: x 2
16 28 June Monday Bangweulu Wetlands Activities: x 2
17 29 June Tuesday BW to Mkushi or Kabwe Drive
Overnight Forest Inn, Mkushi or Luangwa Safari Lodge, Kabwe
18 30 June Wednesday Mkushi or Kabwe to Lusaka  5 – 7 hour drive. **Guests depart late afternoon

*Please note this itinerary may change slightly but the expedition leader will keep you posted and updated. Terms and conditions apply due to availability.

DAY ONE – ARRIVAL DAY

Airport pick-up. Welcome to Zambia! Your adventure begins when you are greeted at the airport with a #JWP04 signboard. You will be whisked away to your B&B in Lusaka to meet the rest of the group. Later that evening Carla Geyser will do a brief introduction and talk about the trip/itinerary. We will also meet Quentin Allen.

Quentin was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, moving to Zambia at the age of two years. He is an avid hiker, explorer and artist, filling numerous diaries with watercolour sketches which he then converts to large paintings in his Lusaka studio.  He has Illustrated books on trees, one for Kew gardens. He is also a co-author of several books on Zambia’s amazing waterfalls. He is known as Zambia’s waterfall expert. His paintings are in private collections worldwide.

Accommodation: Hanlo Estate B&B or similar
Type: Room (Sharing)
Meals: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

DAY TWO/THREE/FOUR – Lusaka to Kasanka National Park

We head out early on the Great North Road (T2), a major route linking Lusaka to Tanzania. We will stop for coffee & cake at Fig Tree Café in Kabwe.  It’s a long day’s drive but we will eventually get to Kasanka National Park (KNP). KNP is located in the Serenje District of Zambia’s Central Province. At roughly 390 km2 (150 sq mi), Kasanka is one of Zambia’s smallest national parks and the first to be managed by a private-public partnership.

We will spend two full days in the park. One of the mornings we will have an early morning wake-up (5.30am), coffee & rusks, then drive to tree hide to see sitatunga (a type of antelope), then go on a game drive before heading back to camp for brunch . We will spend our third night at Luombwa camp – and that afternoon we will canoe on the river and/or yoga beside the river. There are limited canoes, but we will try fit everyone in.

Accommodation: Wasa Lodge x 2 nights + Luombwa Camp Lodge x 1 night
Type: Chalets (Sharing)
Meals: Full Board
Activities: Game Drive (s)/ Walk   + Canoeing; Visit the Kasanka Conservation Centre; Yoga

DAY FIVE – Kasanka NP – Samfya

Our final game drive and/or canoeing at Kasanka National Park in the morning. After breakfast, we head out for the town of Samfya. Afternoon yoga beside the pool overlooking the lake. The lodge bar is well located for sun-downers and overlooks Lake Bangweulu. Bangweulu means ‘where the water meets the sky’ and you will find out that it is very aptly named! Indeed, when you look at the lake it is hard to tell where the water ends, and the sky begins.

Accommodation: Chita Lodge
Type: Rooms (sharing)
Meals: Brunch, Dinner & Breakfast

DAY SIX/SEVEN  – Samfya to Lumangwe Falls

Lunch at Ntumbachushi Falls, and short hike to see ancient rock paintings that date back 10 000 years. Ntumbachushi Falls are a series of pools flowing off the Ng’onga River in Luapula province. As with many bodies of water in Zambia, communities living in the area believe that the falls are sacred. In the case of Ntumbachushi, local chiefs bathe in the water to rid themselves of bad luck. We will be staying at Lumangwe Falls.

Known as a smaller version of Victoria Falls, Lumangwe Falls can be found in the Northern Province off the main road from Kawambwa and Mporokoso, by the Kalungwishi river. For an impressive view of Lumangwe Falls, we will go down the steps in the small rainforest which is sustained by the water.

As we are camping at Lumangwe Falls for two nights,  we will also explore and walk to Kabwelume Falls (5km) and then walk/drive to Chimpembe Falls (5km). The local myth surrounding the falls is that it was the residence of a “great snake spirit” of the same name that stretched itself to the neighbouring Kabwelume waterfall. Kabwelume Falls is made up of three cascading falls. At the base of the falls is a forested ravine with pre-historic rock art and rainbows in the spray. This place is sacred to the local people, filled with frogs that represent physical forms of snake spirits. No homes can be built here.

Accommodation: Lumangwe Falls camping
Type: Camping in Dome tents (Sharing)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (**Self-catering)

DAY EIGHT – Lumangwe Falls to Kasama

After breaking down camp we head to Kasama. Be prepared for bumpy roads!

Accommodation: Thorntree Lodge or similar
Type: rooms (sharing)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (Self-catering)

DAY NINE/ TEN/ELEVEN – Kasama to Mpulungu to Isanga Bay

Leaving Kasama we head via Mbala (where incidentally the Germans surrendered to the British at the end of WWI, three days after the armistice in Europe) , we hope to visit the German Museum if there is time and then head to Mpulungu. Mpulungu, the town on the southernmost tip of Lake Tanganyika, 203 kms or a 3 hour drive. We need to leave Kasama early in order to meet the boat to Mishembe Bay on Lake Tanganyika.

Here we board a small boat to our final destination. Isanga Bay Covers 80,389.03 m² of beach front property and has its own private beech of 110 m long. The closest town to Isanga Bay is Mpulungu, an hour’s boat ride away, and is a busy hub of trade on Lake Tanganyika between the countries of Zambia, Tanzania, DRC and Burundi… Being so close to the equator, the lodge has an island paradise feel to it with great weather all year round and a view that will leave you mesmerized.

One of the days for those that are energetic – there is a hike to Kalambo Falls, Africa’s second highest single-drop waterfall and the 12th highest in the world. With a 221m single drop into the gorge below, Kalambo Falls is twice the height of Victoria Falls. The climb from the lake is steep, but so rewarding, with spectacular views from the escarpment. From viewpoints near the top of the falls you can see the Kalambo River plummeting over the cliffs and into the deep gorge below, before winding its way 5km to Lake Tanganyika. The area around Kalambo Falls is considered an important archaeological site, with continuous human occupation spanning over 250,000 years. Kalambo Falls is on the list to be recognised as a protected World Heritage site. We should be back by lunch and can then enjoy a relaxing afternoon of swimming or yoga.

Accommodation: Isanga Bay
Type: Chalets (Sharing)
Meals: Full Board

DAY TWELVE/THIRTEEN – Lake Tanganyika to Kapishya Hot Springs

Leaving Lake Tanganyika, we stop at Kasama for supplies, then on to Kapishya hot springs. Kapishya is a serene oasis with quiet and restorative hot springs that will leave you rested and enriched thanks to the area’s natural beauty. Situated on the Estate of Shiwa Ng’andu (The Africa House) and along the banks of the Mansha River, these springs offer a welcomed rest on an adventurous journey.

Accommodation: Kapishya Hot Springs
Type: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (**at the lodge)
Activities: Visit the Hot Springs + Yoga

DAY FOURTEEN/FIFTEEN/SIXTEEN– Kapishya hot springs to Bengweulu Wetlands

Leaving Kapishya hot springs, we stop at Africa House for tea and a tour. A visit to Shiwa Ng’andu estate is a unique and fascinating step into history. The ancient structure and stunning estate transport guests of both ancient and colonial times. The estate combines this rich and varied history with a world-class private game reserve that is home to over 30 species of wildlife and over 200 species of birds.  “In a remote corner of Africa stands a magnificent three story pink bricked mansion, with a tower in the centre, a red tiled roof, and a line of elegant arches supporting a first floor terrace from which a Union Jack fluttered… Part Tuscan Manor, part English Ancestral Home… Something one might find in Surrey or Hampshire belonging to a Duke or a Lord.” Christina Lamb, The Africa House **We need to confirm early 2021 if Africa House is still open.

We arrive at Bangweulu Wetlands, where we will stay for the next three nights. Bangweulu, meaning ‘where water meets the sky’ is a perfect description for these globally important and stunning wetlands in Zambia. Bangweulu is unique in that it is a community-owned protected wetland, home to 50,000 people who retain the right to sustainably harvest its natural resources and who depend entirely on the richness the park provides. But due to human needs and lack of alternatives, Bangweulu has suffered for decades from rampant poaching of wildlife and fish stocks. But this began to change when African Parks signed a long-term agreement in 2008 with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) to work with the communities to sustainably manage the wetlands for the benefit of wildlife and people.

Twelve years later, Bangweulu is delicately balancing the needs of the people with the preservation of wildlife. Fish stocks have significantly increased due to a well-supported three-month fishing ban that resulted in improved catch rates and sales which economically benefits the communities. Poaching has been contained and black lechwe increased from 35,000 to over 50,000 in the past five years. The globally significant shoebill stork population continues to grow, with 10 nests protected by community guards and at least six chicks successfully fledged in 2017. A significant wildlife translocation occurred in 2017, with 250 animals including zebra and impala brought in to bolster remnant populations. Healthcare is being delivered across all six Chiefdoms and the park supports 60 schools. Bangweulu Wetlands is the largest employer in the region and is positioned to become a leading example of community-driven conservation on the continent. We will search for Shoebill storks and black lechwe.

Our accommodation is located in the beautiful Miombo woodlands. Powered by solar electricity, this camp consists of six safari-style tents each with an en-suite bathroom. The camp is catered and the communal area includes a shared kitchen and dining room.

Accommodation: Nkondo Tented Camp (sharing)
Type: Safari Tents
Meals: Dinner, Lunch & Breakfast included
Activities: Walking, Driving (**Depending on water levels) and boats

DAY SEVENTEEN – Bangweulu Wetlands to Mkushi or Kabwe.

After our last mornings activity we will depart for Kabwe or Mkushi for our last night together.

Accommodation: Luangwe Safari Lodge or Forest Inn (TBC)
Type: Rooms (sharing)
Meals: Dinner, Breakfast

DAY EIGHTEEN –  Lusaka

Early breakfast and then final drive to Lusaka International Airport for our final farewells. You depart with a lifetime of memories, new, meaningful connections with like-minded women from around the world, and of course, packed lunches from Forest Inn.
** PLEASE arrange your flights in the late afternoon or early evening is even better.

You are among friends when you are with us. Together, we are in a safe space and you have the freedom to be yourself and to explore. Whether you have never left your home country or are a seasoned solo traveller, this trip is guaranteed to offer you adventure, friends, and breathless beauty.

*Please note this itinerary may change slightly but the expedition leader will keep you posted and updated. Terms and conditions apply due to availability.

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