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BOTSWANA / ZAMBIA / ZIMBABWE

Wild Africa: Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia

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Program #3645RJ
15 Days | 14 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's altitude is 5575 ft; Chobe, Livingstone and South Luangwa Valley are around 3300 ft.

Itinerary for Jun 5 — Jun 19, 2015

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Day One: Friday, June 05 - Depart the U.S.
Evening: Overnight flight to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Melrose Place Guest Lodge is an owner-operated, boutique hotel that is conveniently located in the Melrose district of Johannesburg. The lodge’s lush, tranquil gardens are a haven for a wide variety of birdlife, and make for a relaxing and charming environment. The guest lodge is conveniently located near Rosebank center, within walking distance of many shops and restaurants. Melrose Place prides itself in personalized service and attention to detail. This property is truly an oasis in the city.

Contact info:
12A North Street
Melrose
Johannesburg, South Africa
phone: +27 (0)11 442 5231
web: www.melroseplace.co.za

Room amenities: Each of the 30 individually decorated en-suite rooms are generously sized and offer very comfortable bedding. Rooms feature their own entrances and patios with secluded views of the shady picturesque gardens. Coffee and tea is offered daily at no additional cost. Rooms feature satellite television as well as a wall safe and a hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Melrose Place includes a large swimming pool as well as complimentary access to a large, modern fitness center open 24 hours a day. Lunch and dinner are prepared by the resident cook and are available upon request. Onsite laundry and dry cleaning services are also available. Free wireless internet is available in all guest rooms.

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

Additional nights before: Please phone EXPLORE, Inc.
Please phone EXPLORE, Inc. at 888-596-6377 for more information and exact pricing.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, June 06 - Arrivals/Orientation
Afternoon: Arrive Johannesburg where you clear Customs and are met and transferred approximately 30 minutes to the Melrose Place Guest Lodge.

Dinner: Dinner with the group in the dining room.

Evening: Orientation session and group introductions following dinner.

Lodging: Melrose Place Guest Lodge

Meals Included: 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 long-drop 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.captureafrica.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 long-drop loos (hole dug into the ground with toilet seat over it) and showers are bucket style (hot water on request). Wash basins are filled upon request.


Day Three: Sunday, June 07 - Fly to Botswana/Drive to Khwai
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the lodge.

Morning: Transfer to the Johannesburg airport to board your commercial flight to Maun, Botswana.

Lunch: Boxed lunch provided.

Afternoon: From the airport, embark on your drive in 4x4 vehicles through typical Botswana woodlands to the Khwai Concession and your campsite; there is a good chance of seeing game along the way. Arrive at your private mobile tented camp and settle in. Located in the eastern part of the Okavango Delta, the Khwai River area abounds with wildlife. It is particularly well known for its predators, especially one of the most endangered carnivores in Africa, the wild dog. Lion and leopard are commonly found as well as herds of buffalo, elephant and hippo. Game in Khwai is abundant and varied, and includes tsessebe, lechwe, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, sable and giraffe. Later this afternoon your group leader gives an overview on the history and culture of Botswana.

Dinner: Appetizers and a feast prepared by the camp cook. Dine in the open air under the stars. Campfire after dinner.

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 long-drop 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.captureafrica.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 long-drop loos (hole dug into the ground with toilet seat over it) and showers are bucket style (hot water on request). Wash basins are filled upon request.


Day Four: Monday, June 08 - The Okavango Delta/Termites
Breakfast: At camp.

Morning: Drive through a large variety of different vegetation types, down winding tracks, through mopane forests and across lush grasslands in search of plains game and other species. The scenic beauty of the area adds to your experience of Botswana’s verdant Garden of Eden, the Okavango Delta.

Lunch: At camp.

Afternoon: During tea time, your group leader gives a lecture on termites and their effect on the environment. Afterward, embark on a game drive. Lion and leopard are commonly found as well as herds of buffalo, elephant and hippo.

Dinner: At 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 long-drop 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.captureafrica.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 long-drop loos (hole dug into the ground with toilet seat over it) and showers are bucket style (hot water on request). Wash basins are filled upon request.


Day Five: Tuesday, June 09 - Endangered Carnivores/Delta Hydrology and Geology
Breakfast: At camp.

Morning: Game drive to search for wild dog and other endangered carnivores.

Lunch: At camp.

Afternoon: Class on the Okavango Delta's hydrology and geology during tea time. Afterward, take one last game drive in Khwai keeping your eyes open for tsessebe, lechwe, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, elephant, sable and giraffe.

Dinner: Enjoy sumptuous cuisine under the stars.

Lodging: Mobile Tented Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge is a beautiful thatched lodge resting by the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. Due to its border with the Chobe Forest Reserve, Imbabala is a regular stop for elephant herds. The lodge features a lounge, dining room, and bar area but meals are often served outside by a hospitable staff. Rooms are stone and thatch mini-lodges with breathtaking views of the Zambezi River and a watering hole where animals often congregate. During the day guests can take advantage of morning and afternoon game drives, river safaris, walking safaris, fishing safaris, and more. Imbabala has an excellent location for those exploring Southern Africa: the lodge is approximately 30 minutes to Chobe National Park (Botswana), 90 minutes to Livingstone (Zambia) Airport, and 60 minutes to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) Airport.

Contact info:
N/A
Imbabala Private Concession, Zimbabwe
phone: +263 (0)13 44571
web: www.imbabalazambezisafarilodge.com

Room amenities: Each free standing thatched chalet possesses a front patio looking towards the Zambezi River with a screened front entrance, opening to the bed area (beds include mosquito nets.) Behind the bed area you find a dividing wall with access to your private bathroom as well as an outside shower located at the farthest end of the chalet. All bathrooms are equipped with hair dryers. Electricity is provided in the rooms; recharging of batteries is possible.

Facility amenities: The lodge includes a tiled swimming pool, open air lounge, bar area, dining room, and an outside dining area. Laundry service is included free of charge. Wireless is available in the common areas free of charge. Simply ask for the password from management and use on your personal device.

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


Day Six: Wednesday, June 10 - Chobe National Park/Elephant Social Structure
Breakfast: At camp.

Morning: Transfer to a nearby airstrip with game viewing en-route. Take a small aircraft charter flight from the airstrip to Kasane (Chobe National Park). Upon arrival in Kasane, you are met and driven a short distance to a local lodge for lunch.

Lunch: Buffet lunch at a lodge near Chobe National Park.

Afternoon: You explore the Chobe River by motorboat where you may come face to face with the elephant, buffalo and other wildlife that gather on the banks of the river to drink and bathe. Immerse yourself in the unique environment viewing numerous birds including sacred ibis, blue heron, goliath heron, saddle-billed storks, marabou storks and little egrets. Chobe National Park remains one of Africa’s prime game-viewing areas. Here one finds all of the “Big Five,” except for rhino. 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 many species of antelope find safety in this huge national park. Chobe is one of Africa’s most pristine ecosystems and greatest wildlife refuges. Following the Chobe boat cruise, you are driven across the Zimbabwe border to Imbabala Lodge, where you have a chance to settle in and enjoy the riverfront scenery. This evening, your group leader gives a lecture on elephant social structure and behavior.

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.

Lodging: Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge is a beautiful thatched lodge resting by the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. Due to its border with the Chobe Forest Reserve, Imbabala is a regular stop for elephant herds. The lodge features a lounge, dining room, and bar area but meals are often served outside by a hospitable staff. Rooms are stone and thatch mini-lodges with breathtaking views of the Zambezi River and a watering hole where animals often congregate. During the day guests can take advantage of morning and afternoon game drives, river safaris, walking safaris, fishing safaris, and more. Imbabala has an excellent location for those exploring Southern Africa: the lodge is approximately 30 minutes to Chobe National Park (Botswana), 90 minutes to Livingstone (Zambia) Airport, and 60 minutes to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) Airport.

Contact info:
N/A
Imbabala Private Concession, Zimbabwe
phone: +263 (0)13 44571
web: www.imbabalazambezisafarilodge.com

Room amenities: Each free standing thatched chalet possesses a front patio looking towards the Zambezi River with a screened front entrance, opening to the bed area (beds include mosquito nets.) Behind the bed area you find a dividing wall with access to your private bathroom as well as an outside shower located at the farthest end of the chalet. All bathrooms are equipped with hair dryers. Electricity is provided in the rooms; recharging of batteries is possible.

Facility amenities: The lodge includes a tiled swimming pool, open air lounge, bar area, dining room, and an outside dining area. Laundry service is included free of charge. Wireless is available in the common areas free of charge. Simply ask for the password from management and use on your personal device.

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


Day Seven: Thursday, June 11 - Game Drives/Overview of Zimbabwe
Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.

Morning: Morning game drive in the private reserve surrounding the lodge. The 5,000 acre national park concession has nearly nine miles of private Zambezi River frontage, and it borders the Chobe Forest Reserve which is renowned for its massive elephant population. Game drives here are taken in open-air safari vehicles in the early morning and late afternoons into evening, moving through the plains searching for predators and other game.

Lunch: Lunch at the lodge.

Afternoon: Your group leader leads a discussion on the past, present and future of Zimbabwe. Following tea, you embark on a game viewing boat cruise on the Zambezi River. Here you may have the chance to spot wildlife coming to drink and bathe in the river, as well as observe the multitude of birds that gather on the river’s banks.

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.

Lodging: Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge is a beautiful thatched lodge resting by the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. Due to its border with the Chobe Forest Reserve, Imbabala is a regular stop for elephant herds. The lodge features a lounge, dining room, and bar area but meals are often served outside by a hospitable staff. Rooms are stone and thatch mini-lodges with breathtaking views of the Zambezi River and a watering hole where animals often congregate. During the day guests can take advantage of morning and afternoon game drives, river safaris, walking safaris, fishing safaris, and more. Imbabala has an excellent location for those exploring Southern Africa: the lodge is approximately 30 minutes to Chobe National Park (Botswana), 90 minutes to Livingstone (Zambia) Airport, and 60 minutes to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) Airport.

Contact info:
N/A
Imbabala Private Concession, Zimbabwe
phone: +263 (0)13 44571
web: www.imbabalazambezisafarilodge.com

Room amenities: Each free standing thatched chalet possesses a front patio looking towards the Zambezi River with a screened front entrance, opening to the bed area (beds include mosquito nets.) Behind the bed area you find a dividing wall with access to your private bathroom as well as an outside shower located at the farthest end of the chalet. All bathrooms are equipped with hair dryers. Electricity is provided in the rooms; recharging of batteries is possible.

Facility amenities: The lodge includes a tiled swimming pool, open air lounge, bar area, dining room, and an outside dining area. Laundry service is included free of charge. Wireless is available in the common areas free of charge. Simply ask for the password from management and use on your personal device.

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


Day Eight: Friday, June 12 - Game Drive/Free Time
Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.

Morning: Morning game drive in the private reserve.

Lunch: Lunch at the lodge.

Afternoon: Afternoon free time. Complimentary transportation is provided to the town of Victoria Falls for those who wish to explore town. There are also a variety of optional activities to choose from in Victoria Falls. Safari activities are offered for those who choose to remain at the lodge. This evening your group leader gives a lecture on David Livingstone and his discovery of the Falls.

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.

Lodging: Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The David Livingstone Safari Lodge commands prime river-front property on the Zambezi River. The open-air floor plan of the main lodge affords views over the river, while the beautiful teak-wood finishes and doors highlight the lodge throughout. Each room has a lovely, en-suite bathroom and private patio or deck with views of the river. The lodge’s restaurant and lounge offer fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere, with the option of dining on the extensive teak deck along the river.

Contact info:
Riverside Drive
Off Sichango Road
Livingstone, Zambia
phone: +260 213 324601
web: www.thedavidlivingstone.com

Room amenities: All rooms have beautiful teak-wood finishes and en-suite bathrooms including showers and separate bathtub. Each room has a private patio or deck with views overlooking the river. Rooms include a safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, satellite television, mini-bar, tea/coffee station, internet connection and telephone.

Facility amenities: The lodge offers everything you would expect from a full-service establishment: restaurant, bar, lounge, swimming pool, laundry service, spa services, on-site activities coordinator, room service, wake-up calls, private meeting rooms, etc. Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the lodge and in the rooms. Guests are given a complimentary Wi-Fi voucher to the value of 100MB on arrival; usage over this amount needs to be paid. Prices for extra access range from $7 for 150 MB to $15 for 500MB; prices listed are current as of 2013.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Saturday, June 13 - Victoria Falls on Zimbabwe Side/Local Orphanage
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: A morning departure takes you to Victoria Falls, where you have a chance to view the Falls on the Zimbabwean side. Since the waterfall spans the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, it is visible from both countries, but the majority of the water falls on the Zimbabwean side. Viewing the Falls from this side provides numerous overlooks and truly gives you a feel for the full majesty of this natural wonder. Here your group leader shows you how through the millennia the forces of nature have created this marvelous spectacle, Africa’s greatest waterfall. Afterward, transfer over the Zambian border via the stunning bridge that spans the Batoka Gorge just downstream from the Falls.

Lunch: Lunch at the lodge in Livingstone.

Afternoon: Transfer to a nearby local orphanage where you have a chance to experience Zambian life and culture, and interact with the children and foster parents. Upon returning to the lodge, your group leader gives an overview on Zambian history and culture.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Lodging: David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Mfuwe Lodge is situated in the heart of the South Luangwa National Park and is built between two spectacular lagoons. The open plan design keeps the comfort and relaxation of guests in mind, but also capitalizes on the fact that an African wilderness experience is a blend of colors, textures, sounds, aromas and sights unmatched anywhere else in the world. Each chalet has a large private deck overlooking one of the lagoons. From the comfort of the lodge you can view Africa's majestic wildlife as animals come down to drink. Elephant, hippopotamus, many antelope species and crocodiles are plentiful in this area.

Contact info:
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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
phone: +011 260-6-245041
web: www.mfuwelodge.com

Room amenities: Each large, individual chalet has traditional decor, a full bathroom with sunken bath, deck overlooking the lagoon, electric lights and outlets, safe, ceiling fan and hair dryer (available at reception). At night you can hear hippos grunting in the lagoon

Facility amenities: The beautiful Mfuwe Lodge has a lounge, pool, library, restaurant, and bar. Laundry service at Mfuwe is offered. There is no Wi-fi service available at Mfuwe Lodge however guests may ask to use a computer in the office to access the Internet (rate of $10 per 30 minutes).

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


Day Ten: Sunday, June 14 - Fly to Mfuwe/South Luangwa Valley
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Transfer to the Livingstone Airport and depart on a scheduled flight to the Mfuwe Airport in the South Luangwa Valley.

Lunch: Snacks in flight and at the lodge.

Afternoon: Upon arrival into Mfuwe, you are met and taken by 4x4 vehicle to Mfuwe Lodge. After settling into your room, depart on a late afternoon game drive which lasts into the evening. Game drives in South Luangwa National Park are taken in open-air safari vehicles moving slowly searching for wild game.

Dinner: At the lodge. Dinners here vary between a three-course meal and a buffet. Also, a traditional South African barbeque or “braii,” where guests eat in the outdoor eating area or “boma," is offered at times.

Lodging: Mfuwe Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Mfuwe Lodge is situated in the heart of the South Luangwa National Park and is built between two spectacular lagoons. The open plan design keeps the comfort and relaxation of guests in mind, but also capitalizes on the fact that an African wilderness experience is a blend of colors, textures, sounds, aromas and sights unmatched anywhere else in the world. Each chalet has a large private deck overlooking one of the lagoons. From the comfort of the lodge you can view Africa's majestic wildlife as animals come down to drink. Elephant, hippopotamus, many antelope species and crocodiles are plentiful in this area.

Contact info:
--
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
phone: +011 260-6-245041
web: www.mfuwelodge.com

Room amenities: Each large, individual chalet has traditional decor, a full bathroom with sunken bath, deck overlooking the lagoon, electric lights and outlets, safe, ceiling fan and hair dryer (available at reception). At night you can hear hippos grunting in the lagoon

Facility amenities: The beautiful Mfuwe Lodge has a lounge, pool, library, restaurant, and bar. Laundry service at Mfuwe is offered. There is no Wi-fi service available at Mfuwe Lodge however guests may ask to use a computer in the office to access the Internet (rate of $10 per 30 minutes).

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


Day Eleven: Monday, June 15 - Bush Walk/Game Drive/Night Wildlife
Breakfast: Early continental breakfast followed by mid-morning snacks in the bush (tea and coffee, muffins and biscuits)

Morning: This morning you either participate in a guided bush walk with an armed guard or go on a game drive with refreshments and snacks. During the bush walk, your guide gives a lecture on animal tracking.

Brunch: Brunch consists of a full buffet including many cooked breakfast and lunch items as well as salads and desserts.

Afternoon: Leisure time during the heat of mid-day. You can relax around the pool or view game from the deck of your private chalet. Afternoon tea with lecture on the unique surrounding ecosystem and the structure of the Zambian National Parks. Afterward, enjoy a day-into-night game drive. While on night drives leopard, hyena, porcupine, civet, genet and honey badger are commonly sighted.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Lodging: Mfuwe Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Mfuwe Lodge is situated in the heart of the South Luangwa National Park and is built between two spectacular lagoons. The open plan design keeps the comfort and relaxation of guests in mind, but also capitalizes on the fact that an African wilderness experience is a blend of colors, textures, sounds, aromas and sights unmatched anywhere else in the world. Each chalet has a large private deck overlooking one of the lagoons. From the comfort of the lodge you can view Africa's majestic wildlife as animals come down to drink. Elephant, hippopotamus, many antelope species and crocodiles are plentiful in this area.

Contact info:
--
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
phone: +011 260-6-245041
web: www.mfuwelodge.com

Room amenities: Each large, individual chalet has traditional decor, a full bathroom with sunken bath, deck overlooking the lagoon, electric lights and outlets, safe, ceiling fan and hair dryer (available at reception). At night you can hear hippos grunting in the lagoon

Facility amenities: The beautiful Mfuwe Lodge has a lounge, pool, library, restaurant, and bar. Laundry service at Mfuwe is offered. There is no Wi-fi service available at Mfuwe Lodge however guests may ask to use a computer in the office to access the Internet (rate of $10 per 30 minutes).

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


Day Twelve: Tuesday, June 16 - Tracking Wildlife/Local School and Village
Breakfast: Early continental breakfast at the lodge and mid-morning snacks on drive.

Morning: Again this morning you have the choice of a game drive or a bush walk with an armed guide and an emphasis on spoor, vegetation, birds, insects and bush lore; discussion on how to track animals.

Brunch: Full buffet.

Afternoon: Visit to a nearby school, village and textiles manufacturing site. You are shown around the school and learn about the school’s projects, as well as have the opportunity to interact with the children. You also interact with locals to learn about the village’s tree planting and fish farming. Afterward, visit a textiles manufacturing shop which employs and trains members of the local community, making beautiful, hand-painted textiles.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Lodging: Mfuwe Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Mfuwe Lodge is situated in the heart of the South Luangwa National Park and is built between two spectacular lagoons. The open plan design keeps the comfort and relaxation of guests in mind, but also capitalizes on the fact that an African wilderness experience is a blend of colors, textures, sounds, aromas and sights unmatched anywhere else in the world. Each chalet has a large private deck overlooking one of the lagoons. From the comfort of the lodge you can view Africa's majestic wildlife as animals come down to drink. Elephant, hippopotamus, many antelope species and crocodiles are plentiful in this area.

Contact info:
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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
phone: +011 260-6-245041
web: www.mfuwelodge.com

Room amenities: Each large, individual chalet has traditional decor, a full bathroom with sunken bath, deck overlooking the lagoon, electric lights and outlets, safe, ceiling fan and hair dryer (available at reception). At night you can hear hippos grunting in the lagoon

Facility amenities: The beautiful Mfuwe Lodge has a lounge, pool, library, restaurant, and bar. Laundry service at Mfuwe is offered. There is no Wi-fi service available at Mfuwe Lodge however guests may ask to use a computer in the office to access the Internet (rate of $10 per 30 minutes).

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


Day Thirteen: Wednesday, June 17 - Lion Social Structure/Final Game Viewing
Breakfast: Early morning tea/coffee and continental breakfast.

Morning: Search the surrounding area for animals that may have eluded you thus far.

Brunch: Full buffet brunch followed by the mid-day at leisure.

Afternoon: Over tea, your group leader gives a lecture on lion social structure and behavior. End the afternoon with one last game drive in the South Luangwa National Park.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the lodge.

Evening: Enjoy one last evening as a group, reminiscing about the program's experiences.

Lodging: Mfuwe Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Thursday, June 18 - Fly to Lusaka/Departures
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Transfer to the Mfuwe Airport for an hour-long scheduled flight to Lusaka, Zambia.

Lunch: Boxed snacks provided; lunch in-flight.

Afternoon: Board a commercial flight to Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport. Upon arrival in Johannesburg, connect to your international flight back to the U.S. or ongoing travel.

In Transit Overnight: Overnight flights back to the USA.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Fifteen: Friday, June 19 - Arrival Home
Morning: Early morning arrivals back in the U.S.



Free Time Opportunities


Upper Zambezi
Bungee JumpingBungee jumping off of the Victoria Falls Bridge. If you are interested, please contact the Program Provider for more information and advance booking help. Bookings can be made on site, too.
For additional information, visit: www.wildhorizons.co.za/moreactivitiesZIM/#bungi
Elephant Back SafariRide atop elephants on a unique safari through Victoria Falls National Park. The trail leads through the pristine bush and valley of the Masuwe River, which is home to numerous species of wildlife; here it is possible to see elephant, kudu, buffalo, impala and leopard. There is also excellent birding with over 50 species to be sighted. Each elephant is under the charge of a handler. If you are interested, please contact the Program Provider for more information and advance booking help. Advanced booking is recommended as space is limited.
For additional information, visit: www.wildhorizons.co.za/elephants/
Guided CanoeingGuided canoeing on the Zambezi River. If you are interested, please contact the Program Provider for more information and advance booking help. Bookings can also be made on site.
For additional information, visit: www.wildhorizons.co.za/canoeing/
Helicopter FlightSee Victoria Falls from a bird's eye view in a 12 or 25 minute helicopter flight. If you are interested, please contact the Program Provider for more information and advance booking help. Bookings can be made on site, too.
For additional information, visit: www.wildhorizons.co.za/moreactivitiesZIM/#helicopter
Horseback RidingHorseback riding along the Zambezi River. If you are interested, please contact the Program Provider for more information and advance booking help. Bookings can also be made on site.
For additional information, visit: www.wildhorizons.co.za/moreactivitiesZIM/#horse_rides
Whitewater RaftingWhitewater rafting on the Zambezi River through Batoka Gorge, downstream from the Victoria Falls. This section of river has been classified as one of the world's top-ten paddling rivers by kayak and rafting enthusiasts. Please note that the rapids are large and rafts often flip. If you are interested, please contact the Program Provider for more information and advance booking help. Bookings can also be made on site.
For additional information, visit: www.wildhorizons.co.za/rafting/

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
12 nights of accommodations
36 meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 brunches, 9 lunches, 12 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
16 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
5 Flights during the program
Visas: 1(out of 2 required)

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