Cats Protection Zambezi river challenge and Big Cat project

The Challenge

Join WVS on this 4 day canoe safari on the Zambezi river gives you an insight into the beauty of Zambia's natural landscapes and wildlife. You will be accompanied by professional English-speaking guides and support staff who are first aid trained and will support you throughout your journey. You will also be accompanied throughout by a UK tour manager. The days canoeing are long and tiring, but no experience is needed and you will be given a thorough briefing on what to expect. 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 Elephant Orphanage

Game Rangers International (GRI) was founded in 2008 and works in partnership with Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) and local communities to secure Zambia’s protected areas, the vital flora and fauna they contain, and to empower the men and women charged with their protection. GRI currently implements five projects that provide a truly holistic approach to resourcing the complex challenges of conservation in the 21st century. One of these five projects is our Wildlife Veterinary Project (WVP) which is helping to rescue all species of wildlife in Zambia. The WVP team is actively involved in the rescue and release of orphaned elephants and you will have a unique opportunity to visit the Elephant Orphanage in Lusaka, where many of these animals are rehabilitated, ready for their eventual release back to the wild. You will not be able to touch any of the baby elephants due to keeping human interaction at a minimum, and they tend to bond with their volunteer keepers, however, a member of the team will be able to provide in depth information on how the project works and how it has benefitted elephants and other animals so far.


Day 1 (Saturday 2 September): Depart London
Fly overnight from London to Lusaka.

Day 2 (Sunday 3 September): Lusaka – Lower Zambezi
Arrive in Lusaka where you will be transferred to the Lower Zambezi (approximately three hours) where we meet the local team for a safety briefing before commencing our canoe expedition! Meals: lunch and dinner.

Days 3-6 (Monday 4 – Thursday 7 September): 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 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 can be seen, or more likely heard! Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 7 (Friday 8 September): Zambezi - Lusaka
After packing up camp we head back to Lusaka, where we check into Eureka Lodge, a small game reserve on the edge of the city, for our final two nights. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Days 8 (Saturday 9 September): Lusaka
Today we will visit the elephant orphanage and learn more about the work of WVS in Zambia. Tonight we will enjoy a farewell BBQ dinner.

Day 9 (Sunday 10 September): Depart Lusaka
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 Monday 11 September. Meals: breakfast.

N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, wildlife movements, 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 leader 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
  • Lodge in Lusaka, tents for canoeing
  • Canoe permits and equipment
  • Expert English-speaking local guides
  • Different Travel UK tour manager
  • All meals as per itinerary
What is not included
  • Any necessary vaccinations
  • Airline taxes and charges
  • 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

2 - 10 September 2017

Tour Price

Registration Fee: £275
Sponsorship: £2995

Trip Difficulty

Moderate to Challenging

This trip is graded as Moderate to Challenging

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