JOURNEYS WITH PURPOSE ZAMBIA WEST (JWP04)

JOURNEYS WITH PURPOSE ZAMBIA WEST (JWP04)

DATE: 6 to 16 November 2019

10 Nights / 11 Days

RATE: Price: $3480 + $1000 (fundraising) = $4480pp

JWP04 TRIP SUMMARY

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

Join acclaimed African adventurer and humanitarian, Carla Geyser, as she heads into Zambia to interact with some of Africa’s most extraordinary eco-warriors. Meet baby jumbos at the Lilayi Elephant orphanage, join Game Rangers International at work at the Kafue Release Facility, make a difference with community conservation school projects, experience first-hand the remarkable work that the Zambia Carnivore Program is doing with big cats, and be spellbound by Africa’s majestic beauty during breath-taking game drives and boat trips. 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

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. We will visit Lilayi Elephant Orphanage (Game Rangers International). (*Please arrive the 5 November if you would like to visit the elephant nursery.)

Day 2-4: Kafue National Park covers a massive area in western Zambia. It’s known for its abundant wildlife and the Kafue River, running north to south through the park. In the north, the fertile Busanga Plains are home to lions, zebras, abundant birdlife and the sycamore fig trees of Busanga Swamps. In the more remote south, elephants and antelopes roam the Nanzhila Plains, and hippos swim in the waters of Lake Itezhi-Tezhi Kafue National Park is an icon amongst Zambia’s National Parks. It was established as a national park during the 1950’s and covers an incredible 22 400 km2.  Large areas of the park remain unexplored and hold a rich diversity of wildlife thanks to its size and variety of habitat. Its attraction is its exclusivity and excellent game viewing with barely another soul in sight!

Day 5 - 8: We head west to Liuwa plains. Because the park is so isolated, it remains one of the most pristine safari experiences available. There is a small group of intrepid 4x4 self-drive explorers like us that stay at one of African Parks community campsites within the park. Although African Parks assists with bookings and management, the campsites are owned and run by the community. The wildebeest migration is the second largest on the continent, and contributes significantly to tourism contributing to local employment and new revenue streams. A combination of community engagement, educational programmes, and effective law enforcement has resulted in a widespread understanding that a decrease in poaching results in direct benefits for local communities. African Parks working with communities, and the effective use of an informant network, has led to a number of arrests, weapon seizures and convictions. We will be meeting with Zambian Carnivore Projects + School/Community Project

Day 9 - 10: We set out on a very Long days drive (± 10 hours) from Liuwa Plain’s (LP) arriving late in the evening at Livingstone. We will stay within the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park meaning ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, only 3km upstream from Victoria Falls, The Waterfront not only provides affordable Livingstone accommodation,but is also is renowned for being the adventure hub of the Victoria Falls region. For those that are interested in activities such as bungee jumping, helicopter flips or water rafting you can book on Day 10 (own account) or just relax. Livingstone was named after the famous Victorian missionary explorer, Dr David Livingstone, who explored this area extensively, Livingstone Town was established in 1905. A natural phenomenon and one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is an immense 1.5 km wide curtain of water cascading 111 metres into the Batoka gorge. What away to end the expedition with a sunset cruise on the Great Zambezi River.

Day 11: Guest crew fly home from Livingstone (Zambia)  

*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 – Lilayi Elephant orphanage; Kafue Release Facility (Game Rangers International ) ; KNP Game Drive and boat trip; Visit Communities and/or Wildlife conservation education at school(s), Zambia Carnivore Project (Liuwa Plains) ; Zambezi sunset boat cruise

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. The guest crew will be fetched in Lusaka (6th November 2019) and we will continue on our expedition. Guest crew will fly out of Livingstone airport (16th November 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.