Zambezi River Adventure and Lion Conservation Visit

The Challenge

After flying from London on an indirect flight you will arrive in Zambia and transfer to the Zambezi where you will meet your canoe guides and support team, freshen up and commence the canoe expedition. You will arrive at your first campsite late this afternoon, situated on a river bank or small island.

After a good night's rest you will spend three days canoeing the Lower Zambezi River, the territory of wild crocodiles, hippos and elephants. Travelling through Zambia by water is not only a great personal challenge, but it gives you a unique perspective on the country's natural beauty, landscapes and wildlife.

After completing your canoe expedition you will transfer to Livingstone, home of Victoria Falls, where you will stay for the next two nights. You will take a visit to the lion conservation project where you will spend the day learning about their conservation efforts and activities throughout Africa. On the way back to Livingstone you will take a visit to the magnificent Victoria Falls. The next day you will transfer to Botswana to spend two days visiting the superb Chobe National Park. Over the two days you will take part in two game drives and a river cruise, giving you three fantastic opportunities to spot a wide range of wildlife.

On your final day in Zambia you transfer back to Lusaka where you will have your last night and a celebratory farewell dinner. The following day you will go to the airport for your flight home, which may arrive the next day depending on flight schedules.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Friday 14 August 2020): Depart London
Fly overnight from London to Lusaka on an indirect flight.

Day 2 (Saturday 15 August 2020): Lusaka - Lower Zambezi
Arrive in Lusaka where you will be transferred to the Lower Zambezi (approx. three hours) to freshen up, meet the local team for a safety briefing, pack your bags and commence the canoe expedition. Meals: lunch and dinner.

Days 3-5 (Sunday 16 - Tuesday 18 August 2020): Lower Zambezi
You will spend three full days on the river in this spectacular natural landscape, paddling downstream each day under the heat of the African sun, and occasionally pulling in to walk along the river bank to spot more wildlife. The days are long so you are advised to have a good level of general fitness, although no previous experience is required. As you wind your way down the river, home to a wide variety of wildlife, keep your eyes peeled for elephants, hippos and crocodiles. It is also possible you will spot buffalo, giraffe, the occasional zebra and wildebeest, and if you're very lucky you may spot a lion or a wild dog. Each night you will camp in tents on the river bank or on small islands for a truly wild African adventure. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 6 (Wednesday 19 August 2020): Zambezi - Livingstone
Today we travel to Livingstone (approximately eight hours' drive, with plenty of stops en-route) and check into Jollyboys, our home for the next two nights. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 7 (Thursday 20 August 2020): Livingstone - Lion Conservation - Victoria Falls
Today is an early start for your visit to the Lion Conservation project. The visit may be at either the Zimbabwe or Zambia branch (this will be confirmed before departure). You will spend the day learning about lion conservation work throughout Africa and find out more about the plight of big cats in the region. On the way back to your accommodation you will take a visit to Victoria Falls, locally known as Mosi oa-Tunya which means 'the smoke which thunders'. This 108m vertical chasm is a sight to behold, and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 8 (Friday 21 August 2020): Livingstone - Chobe National Park
Today you have an early start as we drive to Botswana (approx. 1.5 hours) to spend the next two days in the magnificent Chobe National Park. Once you have completed your border formalities you will start the day with a three hour river cruise along the Chobe River, famous for its large herds of elephant and buffalo. Look out for baboons and other primates, the stunning fish eagle, goliath heron and openbill stork. After lunch you will go on an afternoon game drive (10 people per vehicle), where elephants, giraffe, buffalo, zebra and hippo are abundant. It is also common to spot lions and, if you're lucky, the occasional cheetah or leopard. After an exhilarating day you transfer to your campsite where your guides and camp cook will prepare a hearty dinner before settling in around the campfire and listening to the sounds of Africa with your team mates. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 9 (Saturday 22 August 2020): Chobe National Park - Livingstone
Today you have another early start as we take another game drive before saying farewell to Botswana and transferring back to Jollyboys for our final night (approx. 1.5 hours). The rest of the day is at leisure. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10 (Sunday 23 August 2020): Livingstone - Lusaka
You depart Livingstone today and transfer back to Lusaka (approx. six hours' drive, with plenty of stops en-route). You will arrive at Eureka Lodge this afternoon. Eureka lodge is located on private game park and with wildlife inhabiting the area, it is not unusual to walk around the grounds and spot a giraffe, zebra or herd of impala. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 11 (Monday 24 August 2020): Lusaka - London
You will transfer to the airport for your return flight to London today, and depending on flight times you may arrive into London the next day.

N.B. Adventure travel can be unpredictable so this itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, wildlife movements, and the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the set itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your guide and tour manager will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.

What is included
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Local transfers and transport in Zambia and Botswana
  • Accommodation throughout
  • Drinking water
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Donation to lion sanctuary
  • National Park fees and permits
  • Canoe permits and equipment
  • English-speaking local guides
  • Different Travel UK tour manager
What is not included
  • Airline taxes and charges (approx £330)
  • Any necessary vaccinations
  • Malaria prophylaxis
  • Drinks, tips, souvneirs etc.
  • Transport to/from UK airports
  • Travel insurance
  • Zambia multi-entry visa (currently $80)
  • Zimbabwe or Botswana visa (if required)
  • Personal kit and equipment

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Trip Dates

14 - 24 August 2020

Tour Price

Registration Fee: £360
Fundraising target: £4800

Trip Difficulty

Moderate to Challenging

This trip is graded as Moderate to Challenging

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