Zambezi Challenge

The Challenge

Joining Compton Hospice, you will spend three full days participating in a downstream canoe expedition on the Lower Zambezi river. Exploring Zambia by water gives you a unique perspective of the beauty of Zambia’s natural landscapes and wildlife. You will camp each night on the river bank or small islands. The canoeing itself is a great opportunity to spot game – elephants and hippos are plentiful, and it is also likely you will spot impala, kudu, waterbuck, warthog, crocodile and buffalo. Occasionally big cats, such as cheetah and lion are seen or, more frequently, heard!

The Project

You will spend 2 full days in Lusaka helping on a range of activities at a community project. The type of tasks you will assist at will vary depending on the greatest need in the area at the time but is likely to include helping with painting rooms, developing sport facilities, gardening, construcing new rooms or toilet blocks, cleaning or skills sharing with local people among other activities. Spending time at the project is a great way to give back to the local community while learning about their way of life, culture and making new friends.


Day 1 (Friday 30th September): Depart London
Fly to Lusaka and check in at Eureka Lodge, a small game reserve on the edge of Lusaka which will be your base for the next few days. If time permits, there will be an introductory visit to the project. Meals: Lunch & Dinner.

Day 2 (Saturday 1st October): Lusaka
Arrive in Lusaka today where you will settle into your accommodation and have an introductory visit to the project. Meals: Dinner.

Days 3-4 (Sunday 2nd – Monday 3rd October): Lusaka
For the next two days we will help on a range of tasks at the community project. The specific tasks will depend on the greatest need in the local community at the time, and you will be provided with full details 2 months prior to departure. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 (Tuesday 4th October): Lusaka - Zambezi
Today we will start early and travel to the Lower Zambezi where we will have a safety briefing before setting off for our first afternoon on the river, paddling for approximately 12 km before setting up camp on the banks of the river for our first night on the Zambezi. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Days 6-8 (Wednesday 5th – Friday 7th October): Lower Zambezi
Spend three full days on the river enjoying all the delights of this spectacular natural landscape. The days canoeing are long and can be tiring but no specific experience is required, just a good overall level of fitness. The canoeing is a great opportunity to elephants, hippos and buffalo and each night we set up camp on the river bank or small islands. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 9 (Saturday 8th October): Zambezi - Livingstone
Today is our last morning on the river as we paddle to our pull-out point from where we load up the vehicles and travel to Livingstone (approximately seven hours’ drive) to our accommodation at the Waterfront Lodge, which features permanent tents with comfortable beds and electricity. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 10-11 (Sunday 8th – Monday 10th October): Livingstone
The next two days in Livingstone are free for you to take part in any of the wide range of optional activities available in the area. Some great options include white-water rafting, bungee jumping, elephant safari, helicopter flights and much more. All activities are payable locally. Meals: None

Day 12 (Tuesday 11th October): Livingstone - Lusaka
After a final morning in Livingstone we will transfer overland to Lusaka (approx. 5 hours) where we will have a farewell celebration barbecue tonight. Meals: Dinner.

Day 13 (Wednesday 12th October): Lusaka - London
You will transfer to the airport for your return flight to London today, and depending on flight times you may land in London early on Thursday 13th October.

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
  • Airline taxes and charges
  • Local transfers and transport in Zambia
  • 3* lodge in Lusaka, tents for canoeing
  • Canoeing permits and equipment
  • Expert English-speaking local guides
  • Different Travel UK tour escort
  • All meals as per itinerary
What is not included
  • Any necessary vaccinations
  • Drinks, laundry and personal expenses
  • Spending money
  • Transport to/from UK airports
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Zambian visa (currently $50)
  • Carbon emission offsetting

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Trip Dates

29th September - 11th October 2017

Tour Price

Registration Fee: £250
Sponsorship: £3800

Trip Difficulty

Moderate to Challenging

This trip is graded as Moderate to Challenging

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