JOURNEYS WITH PURPOSE ZAMBIA NORTH (JWP03)

JOURNEYS WITH PURPOSE ZAMBIA NORTH (JWP03)

DATE: 17 to 31 October 2019

14 Nights / 15 Days

RATE: Price: $4380 pp + $1000 (fundraising) = $5380pp

JWP03 TRIP SUMMARY

Join the Blue Sky Society Trust for the team expedition of a lifetime.

Combining ethical adventure travel with making a difference, African adventurer and humanitarian, Carla Geyser, delivers an exhilarating, once-in-a-lifetime experience 15 day expedition in the heart of Mama Africa. Carla leads an exclusive group of intrepid travellers seeking an authentic African experience in Zambia. Meet eco-warriors at South Luangwa and Bangweulu Wetlands, visit the successful community shoebill stork project, spot some of Africa’s magnificent animals on game walks and game drives, join a bat migration tour and much more. Funds raised will benefit African Parks Bangweulu Wetlands and Conservation South Luangwa. Experience Africa on this unique hands-on opportunity to connect ethical adventure travel and meet the local conservationists who are working every day to promote biodiversity and wildlife education. 

Frequency: Once off expedition

Fitness Ratings: Moderate

Tour Features: Wildlife conservation, Cultural exchange, Youth Conservation Education, English Spoken, Women  Only, Fundraising for Wildlife Conservation Groups

Accommodation: mostly camping /bungalows

Price range: Midrange

Min: 6 Max: 10

TRIP ITINERARY:

Day 1: Fly into Lusaka (Zambia). You will be collected from the airport and taken to our overnight accommodation for expedition briefing.

Day 2: We drive the Great North Road to a sanctuary within 160 hectares of protected indigenous forest. Its unique location, being on the main road and easy access to Mkushi Town as well as the Farming Community, makes it an ideal stop over for travellers and businessmen.

Day 3-4:  After Leaving Mkushi , we will adventure into the heart of Zambia to Kasanka National Park. Kasanka although one of the smallest national parks, offers the seasoned traveller a chance to experience a Southern African safari with tropical Congo elements in a remote and unspoilt wilderness that is unlike any other. It is so refreshing to encounter a park that offers such a rich diversity of animal, bird and plant life including several rare species including sitatunga, wattled crane, Ross’s Lourie and Blue Monkeys. and witness one of nature’s most mind-blowing spectacles – the Kasanka Bat Migration where millions upon millions of straw-coloured fruit bats migrate to Mushitu’s swamp forest in northernmost Kasanka. This natural phenomenon takes pace every year between October and December and is witness to the greatest migration of mammals on earth.

Day 5-8: From Kasanka we travel north-east to the world-renowned Bangweulu Wetlands in search of the elusive and rare shoebill stork. Here we will also encounter vast herds of black lechwe, spectacular scenery and birding that is out of this world! For the next three days we will visit African Parks projects, see the work they are doing at BW. Bangweulu is a designated Ramsar Convention Site recognized as one of the most important wetlands in the world. We will spend four nights at Nsobe Camp where we will be able to enjoy the peace and serenity of the African bush and during the next four days, we will enjoy guided bird walks, explore the park on our own and paddle in mokoros in our search for the elusive, magnificent Shoebill Stork. Activities: African Parks shoebill project + Guided walks + School/Community visit.

Day 9-11: If you are still yet to visit North Luangwa, what you’ll be experiencing is one of a kind experience of the African wildlife. First of all, because North Luangwa National Park runs as scientific control of the wildlife and limits the number of commercial visitors making Shiwa Safaris one of only two companies operating within the park. That means that on average there is just one guest on every 500 square kilometres and chances that you run on other guests are very, very low.

Day 12 - 14: We travel further south into the Luangwa Valley, Wildlife camp land is owned by Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia (WECSZ).We will be staying here for our last few nights. Experiencing world class game drives and visiting Conservation South Luangwa HQ + Chipembele Wildlife Trust.

Day 15: Guest crew fly home from Mfuwe airport.

*Please note this itinerary may change slightly but Expedition leader will keep you posted and updated. 

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

  • Expedition leader 
  • Expedition vehicles 
  • Fuel & Toll fees 
  • Basic accommodation (camping/bungalows) 
  • All Meals & Water
  • All camping equipment (*Except sleeping bags and pillows)
  • National Park Fees
  • Activities – Guided bat experience (Kasanka NP), sunrise with sitatungas (Kasanka NP) + Guided game walks (North Luangwa), Game Drive x 2 (South Luangwa), Visit Communities and/or Wildlife conservation education at school(s), Conservation Projects

WHAT IS EXCLUDED:

  • Any Flights & any necessary transfers to get to the start/finish of any expedition
  • Gratuities
  • Any Visas & border costs
  • Alcoholic drinks & Snacks
  • Any personal expenses
  • Comprehensive Travel insurance (*Compulsory)

These self-drive adventures are organised and led by Carla Geyser, the founder of the Blue Sky Society Trust (BSST) 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 tries to handpick the expedition members, always looking for well-rounded individuals of various skills and interests. If you are an enthusiastic adventurer who’s 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, and at times being without cell service for days and of course loads of giving back through hands-on charity work

This is not a tour but rather a team expedition, and every member of the team is expected to pitch in 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.

SAFETY:

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

PAYMENT & BOOKING:

30% of total amount to be paid to confirm a seat within 48 hours of booking

70% to be paid 90 days (3 months) prior to departure

CANCELLATION POLICY:

30 days (one month) or less – 100% Cancellation fee applies. No refund.

30 – 90 days (one to three months)  - 70% Cancellation fee applies. 30% will be refunded.

90 – 150 days (three to five months) – 30% Cancellation fee applies. 70% will be refunded.

150 days or more – 0% Cancellation fee. 100% will be refunded. There is an administration fee of R2000.

COMMENTS:

Please note the itinerary may change slightly but we will keep you posted as to any amendments or changes. This is Africa. BSST crew will drive from South Africa to get to Lusaka (12th October 2019). The guest crew will be fetched in Lusaka (17th October 2019) and we will continue on our expedition. Guest crew will fly out of Mfuwe airport (31st Oct 2019). BSST would like to do educational work in rural schools as well if possible, handing out educational booklets to children and/or visiting communities. Travel insurance is  COMPULSORY. We will send you emails with what 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 seat.