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Program #14302RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Johannesburg and Plumari's altitude is around 5,575 ft. Chobe and Livingstone are approx 3,300 feet

Itinerary for Jun 11 — Jun 24, 2013

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Day One: Tuesday, June 11 - Departures
Afternoon: Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Type: Hotel

Description: The Courtyard Hotel, a beautifully appointed, Tuscan-themed hotel, is located on a small lake only 15 minutes from the Johannesburg International Airport in a very secure area. All studio suites have private, attached bathrooms, and either twin or double beds.

Contact info:
9 Zulberg Close, Off Ernest Oppenheimer Road,
Bruma Lake
Johannesburg, 2100 South Africa
phone: +27 -(0)11-622-8436
web: www.citylodge.co.za/cy2.php

Room amenities: Large rooms include full bathrooms, seating/office area, television, patios overlooking the lake as well as coffee/tea making facilities, telephone, radio, hair dryer, TV, AC/heat, safe, fan, safe/lock box, and electrical outlets. Refrigerator, ironing board, and iron are available on request.

Facility amenities: Amenities include a jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, pool (not heated), restaurant serving continental meals, bar, room service, and US currency exchange. Hotel staff can provide laundry service during week-days; guests can also do their laundry for a nominal fee. Guests can get 15 minutes wireless free per day on each of their personal wireless devices. After the 15 minute deal guests can purchase a voucher from the front desk or via credit card on the web link. The purchase will generate a username and password to be entered on screen by the guest. Alternatively, a PC computer and printer is available at the guest office but the 15 minute free wi-fi deal does not apply. The voucher prices vary by time: in summer 2012 30 minutes of wireless costs 30 South African Rand, 1 hour is 50 South African Rand, 2 hours is 90 South African Rand, 4 hours is 145 Rand, and 1 day is 195 Rand.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $180-210/dbl; $145-170/single
Please phone EXPLORE, Inc. at 888-596-6377 for more information and exact pricing. The additional night prices quoted above are approximate.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, June 12 - Arrive Johannesburg/Orientation
Afternoon: Arrive Johannesburg where you clear Customs and are met and transferred 20 minutes to the Courtyard Hotel. Enjoy the complimentary beverages and snacks offered in the main lounge of the hotel.

Dinner: In the hotel's dining area.

Evening: Orientation session and group introductions following dinner.

Lodging: Courtyard Hotel Eastgate

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Courtyard Hotel, a beautifully appointed, Tuscan-themed hotel, is located on a small lake only 15 minutes from the Johannesburg International Airport in a very secure area. All studio suites have private, attached bathrooms, and either twin or double beds.

Contact info:
9 Zulberg Close, Off Ernest Oppenheimer Road,
Bruma Lake
Johannesburg, 2100 South Africa
phone: +27 -(0)11-622-8436
web: www.citylodge.co.za/cy2.php

Room amenities: Large rooms include full bathrooms, seating/office area, television, patios overlooking the lake as well as coffee/tea making facilities, telephone, radio, hair dryer, TV, AC/heat, safe, fan, safe/lock box, and electrical outlets. Refrigerator, ironing board, and iron are available on request.

Facility amenities: Amenities include a jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, pool (not heated), restaurant serving continental meals, bar, room service, and US currency exchange. Hotel staff can provide laundry service during week-days; guests can also do their laundry for a nominal fee. Guests can get 15 minutes wireless free per day on each of their personal wireless devices. After the 15 minute deal guests can purchase a voucher from the front desk or via credit card on the web link. The purchase will generate a username and password to be entered on screen by the guest. Alternatively, a PC computer and printer is available at the guest office but the 15 minute free wi-fi deal does not apply. The voucher prices vary by time: in summer 2012 30 minutes of wireless costs 30 South African Rand, 1 hour is 50 South African Rand, 2 hours is 90 South African Rand, 4 hours is 145 Rand, and 1 day is 195 Rand.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $180-210/dbl; $145-170/single
Please phone EXPLORE, Inc. at 888-596-6377 for more information and exact pricing. The additional night prices quoted above are approximate.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, June 13 - Soweto/Apartheid Museum
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: You leave the hotel for a tour of Soweto (SOuth WEstern TOwnship), the largest black residential area in South Africa. This “city within a city” consists of 50 suburbs, or sections, and essentially acts as a labor reservoir for the greater metropolitan area of the Witwatersrand. In many ways, the story of Soweto is the story of South Africa. The tour route takes you to all the major points of interest, such as Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Baragwanath taxi rank, Freedom Square and Hector Peterson Memorial. Your group leader gives an overview of South Africa, including the country’s political history.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Soweto.

Afternoon: After lunch, transfer to the southern edge of Johannesburg where you visit the award winning and internationally acclaimed Apartheid Museum; you walk through the museum with a local guide. This beautiful museum gives a balanced account of 20th century South Africa. It recounts the political upheavals beginning in the last century and moves on to the transition from a racist state into the new era of hope and freedom as a democracy. Transfer back to the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Courtyard Hotel Eastgate

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Located in an historic area with beautiful mountain scenery, Askari Lodge offers comfortable accommodations with the chance to view the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino). Each chalet has a thatch roof and wooden patio, and is equipped with modern amenities. All chalets have an attached bathroom with a Victorian bath and shower. The rooms are furnished with antiques to complement the theme of the entire lodge.

Contact info:
Off R560, Doornhoek
Magaliesburg, 1791 South Africa
phone: +27 -14-577-2658/9
web: www.askarilodge.co.za/

Room amenities: All free-standing chalets have a small brick porch with views overlooking the surrounding bush. Each chalet has a complete, en-suite bathroom including bath tub and shower and is tastefully decorated with local antiques. Hair dryers are provided in room, as is a safe, heater, fan and mini-bar. There are electrical outlets in the rooms, so recharging of personal electronics is possible. Family chalets have two interconnecting rooms.

Facility amenities: The lodge offers a lounge and bar area, dining room and on-site gift shop in the main lodge area. It also has a swimming pool and offers a laundry service (at additional cost). Porterage is provided. High-speed internet service is provided for free for your laptop or other electronic device. No need to ask for a password; the connection is automatic and works inside rooms, common areas, and even outside.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Friday, June 14 - De Wildt Cheetah Centre/Bush Skills Course
Note: The beginner bush skills course consists of walking in the bush, on potentially uneven ground. The pace and distance covered during the course are gentle, however, and are dictated by the group's abilities. If you are unable to participate, you have the option of remaining at the lodge to enjoy the scenery.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast, transfer to the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre which has gained international recognition for bringing the cheetah back from the brink of extinction through its captive breeding programs. Take a tour with one of the center’s enthusiastic researchers who provides insight into the long term conservation of the African cheetah. In addition, you learn about the other efforts that the center is making toward the conservation and reintroduction of wild dogs, brown hyena, antelope and Cape vultures.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at the center.

Afternoon: After lunch, transfer out to Plumari Game Reserve. After arriving, you embark on a beginner bush skills course within the Reserve. The hands-on, interactive course is designed to give you a basic understanding of the African bush, and the skills needed to survive in it. During the gentle walk in the bush, you discuss and experience: how to navigate by day or night; survival skills such as walking techniques and use of terrain; how to interact with dangerous and/or useful animals such as snakes, insects, birds, fish, etc; how to track animals; useful plants and herbs; location and procurement of potable water and edible food; basic first aid; medical dangers such as malaria and bilharzia (schistosomiasis); communication skills needed for survival in the bush; equipment one needs in the bush; and what materials occur naturally in the bush that one can use to survive. The course is designed with safety at the forefront; at no time are you put into dangerous situations, nor do you come into contact with dangerous animals. Plumari Game Reserve sits beneath the Magaliesberg mountain range near Johannesburg, providing an awe-inspiring wilderness setting nearly 12 square miles in size. Here you find a pristine African bushveld with an abundance of wildlife including the Big Five (leopard, rhino, buffalo, elephant, lion), as well as hippo, giraffe, zebra, waterbuck, and wildebeest, to name a few. There are also over 350 species of bird resident to this area. While here you go on game drive field trips to track wildlife and take bush walks in search of the smaller species.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Lodging: Askari Game Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Located in an historic area with beautiful mountain scenery, Askari Lodge offers comfortable accommodations with the chance to view the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino). Each chalet has a thatch roof and wooden patio, and is equipped with modern amenities. All chalets have an attached bathroom with a Victorian bath and shower. The rooms are furnished with antiques to complement the theme of the entire lodge.

Contact info:
Off R560, Doornhoek
Magaliesburg, 1791 South Africa
phone: +27 -14-577-2658/9
web: www.askarilodge.co.za/

Room amenities: All free-standing chalets have a small brick porch with views overlooking the surrounding bush. Each chalet has a complete, en-suite bathroom including bath tub and shower and is tastefully decorated with local antiques. Hair dryers are provided in room, as is a safe, heater, fan and mini-bar. There are electrical outlets in the rooms, so recharging of personal electronics is possible. Family chalets have two interconnecting rooms.

Facility amenities: The lodge offers a lounge and bar area, dining room and on-site gift shop in the main lodge area. It also has a swimming pool and offers a laundry service (at additional cost). Porterage is provided. High-speed internet service is provided for free for your laptop or other electronic device. No need to ask for a password; the connection is automatic and works inside rooms, common areas, and even outside.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Saturday, June 15 - Big Five/Intro to Predators
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: This morning you embark on an interpretive game drive in search of the Big Five and other game. Your local guides provide insight into the animals and birds spotted during the drive.

Lunch: At the lodge.

Afternoon: Your group leader gives an introduction to predators. Afterward, take a game drive in search of game not spotted this morning.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Lodging: Askari Game Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Located in an historic area with beautiful mountain scenery, Askari Lodge offers comfortable accommodations with the chance to view the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino). Each chalet has a thatch roof and wooden patio, and is equipped with modern amenities. All chalets have an attached bathroom with a Victorian bath and shower. The rooms are furnished with antiques to complement the theme of the entire lodge.

Contact info:
Off R560, Doornhoek
Magaliesburg, 1791 South Africa
phone: +27 -14-577-2658/9
web: www.askarilodge.co.za/

Room amenities: All free-standing chalets have a small brick porch with views overlooking the surrounding bush. Each chalet has a complete, en-suite bathroom including bath tub and shower and is tastefully decorated with local antiques. Hair dryers are provided in room, as is a safe, heater, fan and mini-bar. There are electrical outlets in the rooms, so recharging of personal electronics is possible. Family chalets have two interconnecting rooms.

Facility amenities: The lodge offers a lounge and bar area, dining room and on-site gift shop in the main lodge area. It also has a swimming pool and offers a laundry service (at additional cost). Porterage is provided. High-speed internet service is provided for free for your laptop or other electronic device. No need to ask for a password; the connection is automatic and works inside rooms, common areas, and even outside.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Sunday, June 16 - Elephant Interaction/Animal Tracking
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: This morning you are led by a local ranger on an interactive and interpretive experience with trained elephants. You view the elephants up close and are able to touch and feed them, while the ranger discusses elephant behavior and social structure.

Lunch: At the lodge.

Afternoon: This afternoon you have the choice of taking a game drive or going on a bush walk with interpretation of animal tracks, plants and insects.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Lodging: Askari Game Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Luxury Tented Camp

Description: An authentic, tented safari camp is set up in a private location with Hemingway-style safari tents. Each tent has two beds with linens and an attached bathroom with chemical toilet and bucket shower (hot water on request). All meals are taken in casual safari style near the campfire and shaded by many large trees.

Contact info:
n/a
n/a, Botswana
phone: + n/a
web: www.prideofafrica-safaris.com

Room amenities: Tents have plentiful floor space and are tall enough to stand up in. Back wall is zippered and connects to bathroom area, so you do not exit the tent in order to access the shower and toilet. Tent walls have large screens allowing for ventilation and views; screens can be covered for privacy and warmth.

Facility amenities: A separate dining tent is set up with a table and chairs; meals are taken here in the shade of the tent. Wake up calls are provided each morning, and laundry services are provided free of charge. Please note that under garments are not washed by the camp staff due to local customs.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bathrooms are attached but there is not piped running water. Toilets are chemical toilets (that are cleaned at least once per day) and showers are bucket style (hot water on request). Wash basins are filled upon request.


Day Seven: Monday, June 17 - Fly to Botswana/Chobe National Park
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Transfer to the Johannesburg International Airport and depart on your commercial flight to Kasane, Botswana.

Lunch: On board the flight.

Afternoon: Upon arrival in Kasane, you are transferred in game-viewing vehicles, doing a game drive en-route, to your mobile tented camp within Chobe National Park. Game drives here are taken in open-air safari vehicles in the early morning and late afternoons, moving through the plains searching for predators and other game. Chobe National Park remains one of Africa's prime game-viewing areas. Here one finds all of the "Big Five" except rhino. Rare antelope also inhabit the region. This is elephant country, home to the largest population of elephants in the world; many of these great grey giants can be seen at this time of year. (Note that seasonality makes a big difference in how much game you will see. If it's dry you will see larger herds; if it has recently rained the animals will be more dispersed.) The park forms part of Botswana's northern-most border and is a contrast of desert aridity and flood plains. The Chobe region is best known for its vast magnificent river and floodplains filled with grazing herds of big game. Buffalo, sable, lion, leopard, hippo, hyena, and thousands of antelope all find safety in this huge national park. This is one of Africa's most pristine ecosystems and greatest wildlife refuges. After settling in, your group leader gives an overview of the history and culture of Botswana.

Dinner: In camp under the stars.

Lodging: Mobile Tented Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Luxury Tented Camp

Description: An authentic, tented safari camp is set up in a private location with Hemingway-style safari tents. Each tent has two beds with linens and an attached bathroom with chemical toilet and bucket shower (hot water on request). All meals are taken in casual safari style near the campfire and shaded by many large trees.

Contact info:
n/a
n/a, Botswana
phone: + n/a
web: www.prideofafrica-safaris.com

Room amenities: Tents have plentiful floor space and are tall enough to stand up in. Back wall is zippered and connects to bathroom area, so you do not exit the tent in order to access the shower and toilet. Tent walls have large screens allowing for ventilation and views; screens can be covered for privacy and warmth.

Facility amenities: A separate dining tent is set up with a table and chairs; meals are taken here in the shade of the tent. Wake up calls are provided each morning, and laundry services are provided free of charge. Please note that under garments are not washed by the camp staff due to local customs.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bathrooms are attached but there is not piped running water. Toilets are chemical toilets (that are cleaned at least once per day) and showers are bucket style (hot water on request). Wash basins are filled upon request.


Day Eight: Tuesday, June 18 - Game Drive/Boat Cruise
Breakfast: In camp.

Morning: Depart on an early-morning game drive within Chobe National Park in search of any lion or leopard kills made during the night. Return to camp and have the mid-day at leisure.

Lunch: In camp.

Afternoon: Discussion on the immense birdlife in the area. This afternoon you explore the Chobe River by motorboat where you may come face to face with the elephant and buffalo that gather on the banks of the Chobe River. The Chobe is one of the few rivers in the world that can flow in either direction depending on the seasonal floods! Immerse yourself in the unique Delta environment viewing numerous birds including sacred ibis, blue heron, goliath heron, saddle-billed storks, marabou storks and little egrets.

Dinner: In camp under the stars.

Evening: Campfire following dinner. Your group leader points out constellations of the Southern Hemisphere.

Lodging: Mobile Tented Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Luxury Tented Camp

Description: An authentic, tented safari camp is set up in a private location with Hemingway-style safari tents. Each tent has two beds with linens and an attached bathroom with chemical toilet and bucket shower (hot water on request). All meals are taken in casual safari style near the campfire and shaded by many large trees.

Contact info:
n/a
n/a, Botswana
phone: + n/a
web: www.prideofafrica-safaris.com

Room amenities: Tents have plentiful floor space and are tall enough to stand up in. Back wall is zippered and connects to bathroom area, so you do not exit the tent in order to access the shower and toilet. Tent walls have large screens allowing for ventilation and views; screens can be covered for privacy and warmth.

Facility amenities: A separate dining tent is set up with a table and chairs; meals are taken here in the shade of the tent. Wake up calls are provided each morning, and laundry services are provided free of charge. Please note that under garments are not washed by the camp staff due to local customs.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bathrooms are attached but there is not piped running water. Toilets are chemical toilets (that are cleaned at least once per day) and showers are bucket style (hot water on request). Wash basins are filled upon request.


Day Nine: Wednesday, June 19 - Search for Wildlife/Termites
Breakfast: In camp.

Morning: Interpretive game drive; keep track of wildlife seen so far with your fun checklist.

Lunch: In camp.

Afternoon: Mid-day at leisure. Your group leader gives a lecture on termites and their effect on the Okavango Delta. Game drive in search of wildlife that has eluded you so far.

Dinner: In camp under the stars.

Lodging: Mobile Tented Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Thorntree River Lodge is a wonderfully situated camp on the banks of the Zambezi River with comfortable stone and thatch chalets hidden in the tangle of lush riverine bush. All chalets have large private bathrooms and are shaded by a large thatched canopy. The atmosphere is informal and one of classic safari style. The wide sweeping panorama of the river lends a special magic to the location. Thorntree's riverside location and its unique position within the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park allows for a wide choice of activities, including sunset cruises, game-drives, cultural tours, fishing, and visit to Victoria Falls. The esteemed national park is a sanctuary for white rhino as well as a haven for many other species including giraffe, sable, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and a wide variety of birds.

Contact info:
n/a
Livingstone, Zambia
phone: +260 21 3 327480
web: www.thorntreelodge.net

Room amenities: All chalets are built of stone with a thatched-roof and private deck overlooking the river. Chalets include private bath with a bathtub/hand-held shower, outdoor shower, fan, and patio. Rooms have electrical outlets for recharging batteries and mosquito nets on beds. Elephants and hippos are sometimes seen on the lawn.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the lodge include a swimming pool, bar, and main lounge area with an expansive deck overlooking the Zambezi River. The lodge also offers a laundry service at additional cost. Due to wild animals on the lodge grounds, guests may not walk around at night and are advised to wear neutral colors while game viewing. Wi-fi is not available at the lodge. Breakfast includes fruit, yogurt, cereals, muffins, full English breakfast with tea, coffees and fruit juice. Delicious buffets of salads, pasta, quiche, and other creations are served at lunch. Dinner is a set three course meal (starter, main dish, dessert, served with red or white wine). Bottled water is included. The lodge offers a spacious dining room. For miscellaneous items and activity bookings, the lodge accepts Zambian Kwacha and Credit Cards (Visa, Mastercard). Other services: wake up calls, meeting room, porterage service

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Thursday, June 20 - Transfer to Livingstone/Free Time
Breakfast: In camp.

Morning: Say goodbye to your safari hosts and transfer by game-viewing vehicle back to Kasane; there is the possibility of seeing game en-route. From there, transfer by coach to the Kazangula border where you take a five-minute boat ride across the Zambezi River to Zambia. After you clear Zambian customs/immigration, a vehicle meets you for the transfer to Livingstone and Thorntree Lodge.

Lunch: At the lodge.

Afternoon: Free time to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Before dinner, your group leader gives an overview on the history and culture of Zambia.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Lodging: Thorntree River Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Thorntree River Lodge is a wonderfully situated camp on the banks of the Zambezi River with comfortable stone and thatch chalets hidden in the tangle of lush riverine bush. All chalets have large private bathrooms and are shaded by a large thatched canopy. The atmosphere is informal and one of classic safari style. The wide sweeping panorama of the river lends a special magic to the location. Thorntree's riverside location and its unique position within the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park allows for a wide choice of activities, including sunset cruises, game-drives, cultural tours, fishing, and visit to Victoria Falls. The esteemed national park is a sanctuary for white rhino as well as a haven for many other species including giraffe, sable, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and a wide variety of birds.

Contact info:
n/a
Livingstone, Zambia
phone: +260 21 3 327480
web: www.thorntreelodge.net

Room amenities: All chalets are built of stone with a thatched-roof and private deck overlooking the river. Chalets include private bath with a bathtub/hand-held shower, outdoor shower, fan, and patio. Rooms have electrical outlets for recharging batteries and mosquito nets on beds. Elephants and hippos are sometimes seen on the lawn.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the lodge include a swimming pool, bar, and main lounge area with an expansive deck overlooking the Zambezi River. The lodge also offers a laundry service at additional cost. Due to wild animals on the lodge grounds, guests may not walk around at night and are advised to wear neutral colors while game viewing. Wi-fi is not available at the lodge. Breakfast includes fruit, yogurt, cereals, muffins, full English breakfast with tea, coffees and fruit juice. Delicious buffets of salads, pasta, quiche, and other creations are served at lunch. Dinner is a set three course meal (starter, main dish, dessert, served with red or white wine). Bottled water is included. The lodge offers a spacious dining room. For miscellaneous items and activity bookings, the lodge accepts Zambian Kwacha and Credit Cards (Visa, Mastercard). Other services: wake up calls, meeting room, porterage service

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Friday, June 21 - Local School/Livingstone Museum
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Transfer to nearby Tongabezi Trust School, commonly known as Tujatane, where you learn about daily life in Zambia and have an opportunity to meet local students and teachers. There will be an opportunity for each generation to interact, whether through conversation or games. Afterward, take a guided tour of Livingstone town, a classic colonial town of former Northern Rhodesia. You visit the Livingstone Museum to learn about David Livingstone’s explorations and discoveries. Displays include letters, notes and other artifacts that belonged to David Livingstone. Visit the local market to see how Zambians subsist and learn about local industry. A visit to a superb crafts market introduces you to artisans and provides an opportunity to learn how the crafts are made and marketed.

Lunch: At the lodge.

Afternoon: Your group leader gives a lecture on Dr. David Livingstone's explorations and discovery of Victoria Falls.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Lodging: Thorntree River Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Thorntree River Lodge is a wonderfully situated camp on the banks of the Zambezi River with comfortable stone and thatch chalets hidden in the tangle of lush riverine bush. All chalets have large private bathrooms and are shaded by a large thatched canopy. The atmosphere is informal and one of classic safari style. The wide sweeping panorama of the river lends a special magic to the location. Thorntree's riverside location and its unique position within the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park allows for a wide choice of activities, including sunset cruises, game-drives, cultural tours, fishing, and visit to Victoria Falls. The esteemed national park is a sanctuary for white rhino as well as a haven for many other species including giraffe, sable, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and a wide variety of birds.

Contact info:
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Livingstone, Zambia
phone: +260 21 3 327480
web: www.thorntreelodge.net

Room amenities: All chalets are built of stone with a thatched-roof and private deck overlooking the river. Chalets include private bath with a bathtub/hand-held shower, outdoor shower, fan, and patio. Rooms have electrical outlets for recharging batteries and mosquito nets on beds. Elephants and hippos are sometimes seen on the lawn.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the lodge include a swimming pool, bar, and main lounge area with an expansive deck overlooking the Zambezi River. The lodge also offers a laundry service at additional cost. Due to wild animals on the lodge grounds, guests may not walk around at night and are advised to wear neutral colors while game viewing. Wi-fi is not available at the lodge. Breakfast includes fruit, yogurt, cereals, muffins, full English breakfast with tea, coffees and fruit juice. Delicious buffets of salads, pasta, quiche, and other creations are served at lunch. Dinner is a set three course meal (starter, main dish, dessert, served with red or white wine). Bottled water is included. The lodge offers a spacious dining room. For miscellaneous items and activity bookings, the lodge accepts Zambian Kwacha and Credit Cards (Visa, Mastercard). Other services: wake up calls, meeting room, porterage service

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Saturday, June 22 - Local Village/Victoria Falls/Sunset Cruise
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Visit the Mukuni Village, gaining cultural insight by learning how these locals truly live. You learn the deep history of this village and of the surrounding area as shared by a local guide. You have an opportunity to interact with villagers as they invite you into their homestead. Learn the methods in which these traditional huts are made and decorated. Finish at the chief’s residence where the royal family’s history and village politics are explained. Before departing, meet with wood carvers and other artisans at the local market. End the morning with a visit to the famed Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Victoria Falls is where the Zambezi River opens out into an extravaganza of roaring, spray-tumbled water, known to the locals as “Mosi oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). Few sights are as awe-inspiring as this when the ground rumbles with the forces of the water. Enjoy the footpaths through the rainforest on the way to the viewpoints.

Lunch: At the lodge.

Afternoon: Transfer to the waterfront for your private sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River. Search for game on the banks of the river as you enjoy a spectacular African sunset.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the lodge.

Lodging: Thorntree River Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Sunday, June 23 - Departures
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Transfer to the Livingstone Airport for your commercial flight to Johannesburg International Airport.

Lunch: On board the flight.

Afternoon: Upon arrival in Johannesburg, connect to your international flight back to the U.S. or ongoing travel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Fourteen: Monday, June 24 - Arrive U.S.
Morning: Early morning arrivals back in the U.S.



Free Time Opportunities


Livingstone (Victoria Falls)
Adrenalin activitiesThe Victoria Falls area is known as an adventure capital, and there are plenty of adrenalin activities offered in the area! Activities include bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls bridge, a gorge swing which swings you out across the Batoka Gorge, abseiling into the Batoka Gorge, and the "flying fox" cable slide which is a zip line across the gorge.
For additional information, visit: www.safpar.com/activities.html
Elephant SafariA strong emphasis is placed on an elephant experience rather than just an elephant ride and guests are encouraged to interact with these majestic and intelligent African mammals.
For additional information, visit: www.safpar.com/elephant_safaris.html
FishingYour fishing guide on the Upper Zambezi River is also an expert on birding and wildlife, a profusion of which you will see during your excursion. There are no real seasonal variation and fish are caught year round. The very best time for Tiger Fish is during the hot months between August and March when the fish are more active. Generally, a catch and release policy is adopted for all fish caught, although local taxidermy plus package and freight services are available for trophy specimens.
For additional information, visit: www.safpar.com/fishing.html
Flights over Victoria FallsExperience a bird’s eye view of the Victoria Falls on a thrilling flight over the Falls and the Zambezi River in a helicopter or Microlight aircraft. The helicopter is designed so all passengers have a good view. The Microlight has an open cockpit for the ultimate ride with the wind in your face. Fifteen-minute flights also go downstream over the Batoka Gorge and upstream over the Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, an opportunity to see game in the park below.
For additional information, visit: www.safpar.com/flights.html
Water-based activitiesThere are many different water-based activities offered in the Livingstone area. You can go white water rafting on the Zambezi River below Victoria Falls, and thrill at some of the largest commercially-rafted rapids in the world! Other activities include a relaxing sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi, a raft float or canoe excursion, or jet boating near the base of the Falls.
For additional information, visit: www.safpar.com/activities.html

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8 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips
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2 Flights during the program

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