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Wild Africa: Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia

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Program #3645RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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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.
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Elevation Note
Johannesburg's altitude is 5575 ft; Chobe, Livingstone and South Luangwa Valley are around 3300 ft.

Itinerary for May 15 — May 29, 2013

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Day One: Wednesday, May 15 - Depart the U.S.
Evening: 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: Thursday, May 16 - Arrivals/Orientation
Afternoon: Arrive Johannesburg where you clear Customs and are met and transferred 20 minutes to the Courtyard Hotel. Enjoy the complimentary snacks and beverages during happy hour in the main lounge of the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner with the group in the dining room.

Evening: Orientation session and group introductions following dinner.

Lodging: Courtyard Hotel Eastgate

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 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 Three: Friday, May 17 - Fly to Botswana/Drive to Moremi
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

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

Lunch: Boxed lunch provided.

Afternoon: En-route to Moremi Game Reserve, you stop at a local crafts center where you have a demonstration on how to make paper out of elephant dung. Afterwards, embark on your drive in 4x4 vehicles through typical Botswana woodlands to Moremi 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 southeastern part of the Okavango Delta, the Moremi Game Reserve is one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in the world. 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 Moremi 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 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 Four: Saturday, May 18 - 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 Moremi 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 affect 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 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 Five: Sunday, May 19 - 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 Delta hydrology and geology during tea time. Afterward, take one last game drive in Moremi 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. 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. 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: Monday, May 20 - 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 Chobe lodge.

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. 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. 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: Tuesday, May 21 - 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: 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 Eight: Wednesday, May 22 - Victoria Falls on Zimbabwe Side/Overview of Zambi...
Breakfast: 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: This afternoon, your group leader gives an overview on Zambian history and culture.

Dinner: 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 Nine: Thursday, May 23 - Livingstone Museum and Victoria Falls
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Your group leader gives a lecture on David Livingstone and his discovery of the Falls. Transfer into the old colonial town of Livingstone and visit the Livingstone Museum. The museum is located in the heart of town and is known for its archaeological and ethnographic displays. Its premier exhibit is a collection of letters, notes and other artifacts that belonged to David Livingstone. You also visit the famed Victoria Falls. 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. You view the Falls this morning from the Zambian side. Finish the morning with a visit to the local crafts market in Livingstone.

Lunch: Lunch at the lodge.

Afternoon: Free time with a variety of local activities to choose from.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Lodging: Thorntree River 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:
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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. Regarding internet service, guests may ask to use a computer in the office to access the internet (rate of $10 per 30 minutes). However, the wi-fi access is very slow.

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


Day Ten: Friday, May 24 - Local Orphanage/Fly to Mfuwe/South Luangwa Valley
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: 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. Afterward, transfer to the Livingstone Airport and depart on a scheduled charter flight to the Mfuwe Airport in the South Luangwa Valley.

Lunch: Boxed lunch provided.

Afternoon: Upon arrival into Mfuwe, you are met and taken by 4x4 vehicle to Mfuwe Lodge. After settling into your room, depart on a game drive for approximately two hours. 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. Regarding internet service, guests may ask to use a computer in the office to access the internet (rate of $10 per 30 minutes). However, the wi-fi access is very slow.

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


Day Eleven: Saturday, May 25 - 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. Regarding internet service, guests may ask to use a computer in the office to access the internet (rate of $10 per 30 minutes). However, the wi-fi access is very slow.

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


Day Twelve: Sunday, May 26 - Tracking Wildlife/Lion Social Structure
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: Over tea, your group leader gives a lecture on lion social structure and behavior. End the afternoon with a game drive in the South Luangwa National Park.

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. Regarding internet service, guests may ask to use a computer in the office to access the internet (rate of $10 per 30 minutes). However, the wi-fi access is very slow.

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


Day Thirteen: Monday, May 27 - Final Game Viewing/Local School and Village
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: 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: 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: Tuesday, May 28 - Fly to Lusaka/Departures
Breakfast: At the lodge.

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

Lunch: Boxed lunch provided.

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

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Fifteen: Wednesday, May 29 - Arrival Home
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 InteractionThe walk begins as the elephants head into the bush to naturally browse. Guests follow along and observe as these majestic animals feed, play, socialize and sometimes swim. The elephants wander through riverine bush and the banks of the Zambezi River. There is one guide per elephant to discuss all aspects of the African elephant as well as the bush. Time spent walking with the elephants is approximately 30 minutes. At the end of the walk, guests will have a chance to interact with the elephants.
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
Local CultureMakuni Village tour: Chief Makuni invites visitors to his village, home to the Leya people. This is a unique opportunity to see how the local people live in a working village, not one built for tourists. Approximately 6000 people live here and a visit is a fascinating insight into their life style. A member of the village shows visitors around and they can see how traditional huts are built and decorated, take a look inside, meet the residents and see the locals at work.
For additional information, visit: www.safpar.com/tours.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

Important information about your itinerary:
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Included
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12 nights of accommodations
36 meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 brunches, 9 lunches, 12 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
17 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
5 Flights during the program
Visas: 1(out of 2 required)

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