Journeys with Purpose (JWP06) Aqua Earth Expedition 2020

Zambia & Botswana
26 June to 10 July 2020
14 nights/15 days

Fly in: Livingstone Airport, 26 June 2020 (Friday)

Fly out: Gaborone, 10 July 2020  (Friday)

Group size: 6-12

Rate: US$ 5500pp sharing (US$600 non-refundable deposit required to book a seat)

Summary

Do you know what it’s like to be immersed in wild, mysterious beauty? Have you ever been lost in waist-high golden grasses, stretches of fertile earth and watched a million stars dance – just for you? A life-changing African adventure is just around the corner, bringing together eco-warriors from around the world. Are you up for it?

Our journey begins on the almighty Zambezi River in Zambia. We will visit Victoria Falls (one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World) then cross over to Botswana to Chobe/Kasane for our first glimpse of the breath-taking Chobe River that sustains a multitude of wildlife. We then head south through the thick sand of the Chobe National Park through the Savuti area to Maun, and finally to a little piece of heaven on earth: The Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Absolutely nothing prepares you for the immensity of this reserve and its raw magnificence. You will get the feeling of unending space and having the entire reserve to yourself. Graceful golden grasses seem to stretch interminably, punctuated by dwarfed trees and scrub bushes. Wide, empty pans appear as vast white stretches of saucer-flat earth, meeting a soft, blue-white sky. At night, the stars utterly dominate the land; their brilliance and immediacy are totally arresting.

This 1800km fundraising expedition starts in Livingstone (Zambia) and ends in Gaborone (Botswana). Be prepared for some long bumpy African roads, amazing wildlife and breath-taking scenery. The route takes us through far-flung, traditional villages and national parks with incredible game viewing. Travelling with only five vehicles, our 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.

Highlights

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

  • 15 days / 14 nights in Zambia and Botswana
  • Visit one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls which is known locally as Mosi-Oa-Tunya “the smoke that thunders” (from the Zambian side)
  • Cruise the great Zambezi River at sunset
  • Spend a day with the remarkable team from Elephants Without Borders at a school, elephant orphanage and/or seeing their community projects
  • Game drive and boat cruise on the breath-taking Chobe River in Chobe National Park
  • Explore the second largest wildlife reserve in the world: The Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) that spans 52 800 sq kms.
  • Making lifelong friendships with other travellers from around the world who are just as passionate about making a difference in Africa as you are
  • Enjoying an exceptionally organised once-in-a-lifetime African experience where all logistical details are taken care of for you.
  • Raising funds for Elephants without borders (EWB)

 

Frequency: Bespoke once-off expedition

Fitness Rating: Moderate

Tour Features: Wildlife Conservation, Cultural Exchange, Youth Conservation Education, English-spoken, Fundraising for Wildlife Conservation Groups , Men/Women

Beneficiary: Elephants without Borders

Accommodation: Mostly camping /bungalows /rooms

Price range: Midrange

Min: 6 eco-adventurers

Max: 12 eco-adventurers

Have a question, enquire below!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Includes

  • Expedition leader and crew
  • Expedition vehicles
  • Fuel & toll fees
  • Basic accommodation (mostly camping)
  • All meals & water in itinerary
  • All camping equipment (*Except sleeping bags and pillows. Please bring your own*)
  • National Park fees & bed levies
  • Car insurance & border crossing fees for vehicles
  • US500pp fundraising (per car of 4 people) for our chosen beneficiary: Elephants without Borders
  • Entries to Victoria Falls waterfall
  • All activities detailed in the itinerary
  • Relocation fee of cars to get to Zambia/Botswana
  • Transfers to and from airports

Excludes

  • Any flights & any necessary transfers to get to the start/finish of any expedition
  • Gratuities (*We recommend US$ 5 to 10 per guide or activity*)
  • Any visas & border costs
  • Alcoholic drinks & snacks
  • Any personal expenses
  • Comprehensive travel insurance (*Compulsory*)
  • Extra nights’ accommodation (pre/ post expedition)
  • Meal: Lunch at Livingstone on Day 1
  • Any extra activities not mentioned in itinerary such as river rafting, helicopter flights, devils pool swim etc.

Itinerary

DAYSDATEDAYDETAILSACTIVITIES /COMMENTS
126-JunFridayLivingstone Guests arrival & Transfer to Waterfront +Victoria Falls + Sunset Cruise

*GUEST TO ARRIVE A DAY EARLIER IF THEY WANT TO DO EXTRA ACTIVITIES*

227-JunSaturdayLivingstone – Kasane/Chobe Drive + Kazangula Ferry + Chobe cruise
328-JunSundayKasane/ChobeElephants without Borders (School/Community/Orphanage)
429-JunMondayChobe National Park Drive – Game Drive
530-JunTuesdayChobe – Savuti Drive
601-JulWednesdaySavuti  Self Game Drive
702-JulThursdaySavuti – Moremi Drive
803-JulFridayMoremi Self Game Drive
904-JulSaturdayMoremi – MaunDrive
1005-JulSundayMaun – Central Kalahari GRDrive
1106-JulMondayCentral Kalahari GR Game Drive
1207-JulTuesdayCentral Kalahari GR Game Drive
1308-JulWednesdayCentral Kalahari GR Game Drive
1409-JulThursdayCKGR – Serowe Drive + Game Drive
1510-JulFridayGaborone (Crew Depart) *Flight 17h00 Gaborone to JHB*

*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 #JWP06 signboard and are taken to your accommodation in Livingstone to meet the rest of the group. Please make sure you arrive BEFORE 10am as we are visiting the magnificent Victoria Falls (one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World). In the afternoon, we will celebrate the end of the day on “Macube” Livingstone’s Favourite Sunset Cruise! Prepare to be dazzled by a spectacular sunset on the Zambezi River. We will drift past Siloka Island, enjoying the abundant wildlife along the banks of the Zambezi so keep a lookout for hippos, crocodiles, birds, elephants, giraffes, buffalos and bucks. Each cruise takes approximately two hours. Our fantastic hospitality team includes barmen and hostesses. *There is plenty to do in Livingstone (river rafting, devils pool swim, helicopter flips etc.) so you can slot in an extra day here at your own expense if you want*)

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner *Lunch for own account*

Accommodation: Livingstone Waterfront

Type: Dome Tents

DAY TWO / THREE  – Livingstone to Kasane

It’s an early start as we head out to Kasangula border to cross into Botswana. For the next two nights, we will be based in Kasane. We will spend our first afternoon exploring Chobe National Park by  river. The Chobe River is undoubtedly one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, supporting a diversity and concentration of wildlife unparalleled to anywhere else in Botswana..

The most accessible and frequently visited of Botswana’s big game country, the Chobe Riverfront is most famous for its large herds of elephants and Cape Buffalo which, during the dry winter months, converge on the river to drink.

We will spend one of the days with our beneficiary, Elephants Without Borders, visiting a school , their elephant nursery and hearing about their community projects (TBC).  Elephants Without Borders is a charitable organisation dedicated to conserving wildlife and natural resources; through innovative research, education, and information sharing with all people, they strive to encourage mankind to live in harmony with wildlife and the natural world. http://elephantswithoutborders.org/

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Senyati Camp

Type: Camping

DAY FOUR – Chobe National park

Today we head for western Chobe. Chobe National Park was established in 1968. It covers approximately 11 7 00 sq kms, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland. The Chobe River forms its northern boundary. There are four distinct geographical areas in the park: the Chobe Riverfront, the Ngwezumba pans, Savuté and Linyanti

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch  & Dinner

Accommodation: Camp

Type: Camping

DAY FIVE / SIX – Chobe to Savuti

Today we drive from Chobe to Savuti through Chobe National Park through thick sand. Savuti Campsite has 14 camping pitches with running water and good sanitary facilities. The campsite has no fencing, so there may be wild animals roaming around the campsite during your stay. The camp provides a view of the Savuti Channel that has started flowing again after years of being dry. This is a beautiful base camp for exploring Chobe National Park. The area is known for the large group of Bull elephants which you will probably see during your stay at Savuti.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Savuti campsite or similar

Type: Camping

DAY SEVEN/EIGHT – Savuti to Moremi/Khwai

We leave Chobe National Park for Moremi Game Reserve area. Most of the camps have no fencing, so you may receive visits from wildlife at the camp. Hyenas regularly drop-by in the evening, while monkeys visit during the day. If you are lucky, you might see lions or wilddogs in the camp. Khwai/Moremi area is also known as the best game region in Botswana. Because of the river, lots of animals drink here and you will see loads of wildlife. Please note that there is no power or Wi-Fi. We will self-game-drive in this area.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Khwai Campsite or similar

Type: Camping

DAY NINE – Moremi/Khwai to Maun

We head for Maun where we will restock and refuel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Okavango River Lodge or similar

Type: Tents/Chalets

DAY TEN/ELEVEN/TWELVE/THIRTEEN – Maun to Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR)

After breakfast, we pack up and head further south to CKGR via the western entrance.  The Kalahari is a magical place and not at all what it seems. There is a large number of nocturnal creatures beneath the surface. These animals are active at night-time and often in camp during your visit to the Kalahari. This semi-desert region is well known for its red dunes that form part of a unique biosphere. The Kalahari has endless horizons and spectacular sunsets.

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) is the largest, most remotely situated reserve in Southern Africa, and the second largest wildlife reserve in the world, spanning 52 800 sq kms. Animals here are more sparsely distributed in the winter months, but the experience of travelling through truly untouched wilderness, of seemingly unending dimensions, is the draw. The landscape is dominated by silver terminalia sandveldt, Kalahari sand acacias, and Kalahari appleleaf, interspersed with grasslands, and dotted with occasional sand dunes, pans and shallow fossil river valleys.

CKGR is unique in that it was originally established (in 1961) with the intention of serving as a place of sanctuary for the San people, in the heart of the Kalahari (and Botswana), where they could live their traditional hunter/ gatherer way of life, without intrusion, or influence, from the outside world. The reserve was closed for about 30 years, until in the 1980’s and 1990’s, both self-drive and organised tours were allowed in, albeit in small, tightly controlled numbers.

We will also meet with Kalahari Conservation Society.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch  & Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

Type: Camping

DAY FOURTEEN – CKGR to Serowe

Today we head for Serowe for our last night together. We will fit in a Game Drive at Khama Game Reserve looking for magnificent rhinos.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Khama Rhino Sanctuary or similar

Type: Chalet/Camping

DAY FIFTEEN – Gaborone

Early breakfast and then drive to Gaborone airport for our final farewells.

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 Expedition leader will keep you posted and updated. 

These self-drive 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.

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. 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 US$600 non refundable deposit).

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. (By 31st March 2020)
  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.
  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 Livingstone International Airport by 26 June 2020 (BEFORE 10am)

Please book your DEPARTURE from Gaborone airport for the 10 July 2020. (Afternoon flight)

Travelling 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 Zambia is the Zambian Kwacha and in Botswana is the Botswana Pula. Credit cards are not widely accepted so please don’t rely on this as your main form of payment. Reliable ATM’s in banks are available in cities (Livingstone, Kasane and Maun). 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.

Book Now

To book fill in the form below

  • Please Provide your airline, flight number, arrival time and date. (Note that airport transfers are only included on day 1)
  • Please Provide your airline, flight number, arrival time and date. (Note that airport transfers are only included on day 1)
  • Tell us the company name, your policy number, and the emergency phone number in case we need to call them on your behalf.
  • Please tell us what country issued your passport and the number. Check and make sure it does not expire for at least 6 months after your trip ends or you may be denied visas (if applicable) or entry into the country
  • Please explain any dietary requirements (food allergies, special consideration)
  • $0.00
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.