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Program #13938RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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; other program sites are around 3300 ft.

Itinerary for Nov 21 — Dec 5, 2014

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Day One: Friday, November 21 - Departures
Afternoon: 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, November 22 - Arrive Johannesburg
Afternoon: Arrive Johannesburg where you clear customs and are met and transferred approximately 30 minutes to Melrose Place Guest Lodge.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: Overview of the program and the next couple of days in Johannesburg.

Lodging: Melrose Place Guest Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
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 Three: Sunday, November 23 - Soweto/Apartheid Museum
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: This morning, you have an excursion to 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. Discussion on the history of South Africa and apartheid.

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 lodge.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Lodging: Melrose Place Guest 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 Four: Monday, November 24 - Fly to Zambia/Local Orphanage Visit
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Transfer to the airport to board your commercial flight to Livingstone, Zambia.

Lunch: Lunch in flight.

Afternoon: After arriving in Livingstone, you are transfered to a nearby local orphanage. Here you have a chance to learn about the effects of AIDS, an unfortunately integral part of Zambian life and culture, and interact with the children and foster parents. Afterward, transfer to your lodge and settle-in. Your group leader gives you an overview of Zambia.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Lodging: David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa

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 Five: Tuesday, November 25 - Livingstone Museum and Victoria Falls from Zambia...
Note: In order to access all of the viewpoints at Victoria Falls, you need to go up/down around 150 stairs one way; the path may be slick due to the waterfall's mist, too. You can still see the waterfall without climbing all of the stairs, you just won't be able to see the waterfall from all of the viewpoints.

Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Transfer into Livingstone for a guided excursion of Livingstone town and its colorful produce market, as well as its crafts market. Livingstone is a classic old colonial town of former Northern Rhodesia. You visit the Livingstone Museum, known for its archaeological and ethnographic displays as well as artifacts that belonged to Dr. David Livingstone. Afterward, 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.

Lunch: At the lodge.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure, with a variety of local activities to choose from.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Lodging: David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa

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, November 26 - Victoria Falls from Zimbabwean Side/ Game Drive
Note: In order to see all viewpoints at the Falls, approximate length of walk is two miles. It is possible to walk less and see some, but not all, viewpoints. Paths may be slick from mist, but are mostly flat.

Breakfast: A late breakfast at the lodge.

Morning: Transfer over the border into Zimbabwe, where you stop to see Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side. Since the waterfall spans the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, it is visible from both countries, but viewing from the Zimbabwean side is preferred as more of the waterfall falls on this side. Here your group leader shows you how through the millennia the forces of nature have created this marvelous spectacle, Africa’s greatest waterfall. Afterward, continue on to Imbabala Lodge where you have a chance to settle in and enjoy the riverfront scenery.

Lunch: At the lodge.

Afternoon: Over afternoon tea, your group leader gives a Lecture: Overview on Zimbabwe. Then, embark on a late afternoon 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.

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, November 27 - Safari Activities/ Birdlife
Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.

Morning: Morning game drive in the lodge’s private reserve.

Lunch: At the lodge.

Afternoon: Your group leader leads a discussion on the varied birdlife in the area over tea. 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: 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, November 28 - Chobe National Park
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: A short transfer takes you over the border into Botswana and Chobe National Park, where you do a game drive within the park. 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.

Lunch: At a local Chobe lodge.

Afternoon: Head out on a game-viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River. 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. After the boat cruise, you are driven back across the border to Imbabala Lodge.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Lodging: Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: With a 6,000 acre conservation parcel of Hwange National Park, visitors at Ivory Lodge enjoy unparalleled access to wildlife. A large watering hole on-site attracts the famed Presidential elephants for daily drinks. These elephants symbolize Zimbabwe’s commitment to elephant protection. During your game drives and foot safaris at Ivory Lodge witness a diverse range of habitat environments (open savannah, forest, semi-desert) that invites a mix of buffalo, zebra, impala, elephant, giraffe, and sable.

Contact info:
N/A
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
phone: +263-774665458
web: www.ivorysafarilodge.com/

Room amenities: Elevated thatched tree houses hover below the beautiful shade of Zimbabwe’s teak forests. Each house has a front porch, en-suite facilities including a hair dryer, ceiling fan, mosquito nets in the bedded area, electricity, and hot water.

Facility amenities: Enjoy meals in an open air thatched dining area with outstanding hospitality. The private library, bar, and lounge are available for your leisure in the main lodge. Daily laundry service and access to a beautiful outside deep pool is included. For a wireless connection on your personal device via Ivory's V-Satellite connection, simply purchase unlimited airtime for $10. Wi-Fi is available in the main lounge, dining room, bar and library, but not in rooms. Please note that only cash (USD) is accepted as payment; the lodge does not have the ability to charge credit cards.

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


Day Nine: Saturday, November 29 - Hwange National Park/ Elephant Behavior
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: You are transferred south to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s premier safari destination. Hwange is legendary for its wonderful array of wildlife, particularly the massive herds of elephant and buffalo. In the summer months, large antelope herds migrate onto the plains, closely followed by large predators. There are a number of shallow pans spread throughout the park, around which wildlife congregates, making for excellent and reliable game viewing. Elephant, Cape buffalo, sable, roan, southern giraffe, blue wildebeest, impala and sometimes even gemsbok (oryx) can be seen here. This park is one of the best for predators - lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah are regularly sighted, along with the smaller African wildcat, serval, honey badger, civet and spotted hyena. Bird life in the area is also prolific, with more than 400 species found.

Lunch: In camp.

Afternoon: Your group leader gives a lecture on elephant social structure, behavior and culling issues before the group departs on a late afternoon game drive.

Dinner: In camp.

Evening: A short night game drive is offered in search of the nocturnal species active in the area.

Lodging: Ivory Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: With a 6,000 acre conservation parcel of Hwange National Park, visitors at Ivory Lodge enjoy unparalleled access to wildlife. A large watering hole on-site attracts the famed Presidential elephants for daily drinks. These elephants symbolize Zimbabwe’s commitment to elephant protection. During your game drives and foot safaris at Ivory Lodge witness a diverse range of habitat environments (open savannah, forest, semi-desert) that invites a mix of buffalo, zebra, impala, elephant, giraffe, and sable.

Contact info:
N/A
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
phone: +263-774665458
web: www.ivorysafarilodge.com/

Room amenities: Elevated thatched tree houses hover below the beautiful shade of Zimbabwe’s teak forests. Each house has a front porch, en-suite facilities including a hair dryer, ceiling fan, mosquito nets in the bedded area, electricity, and hot water.

Facility amenities: Enjoy meals in an open air thatched dining area with outstanding hospitality. The private library, bar, and lounge are available for your leisure in the main lodge. Daily laundry service and access to a beautiful outside deep pool is included. For a wireless connection on your personal device via Ivory's V-Satellite connection, simply purchase unlimited airtime for $10. Wi-Fi is available in the main lounge, dining room, bar and library, but not in rooms. Please note that only cash (USD) is accepted as payment; the lodge does not have the ability to charge credit cards.

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


Day Ten: Sunday, November 30 - Game Drives/ Importance of Termites
Breakfast: Light breakfast in camp.

Morning: Embark on an early morning game drive in search of the varied wildlife in the area. Arrive back in camp for a hearty brunch followed by the heat of the day at leisure. The camp’s viewing “blind” provides a great place to safely observe animals coming to drink from the waterhole in the heat of the day. A guided bush walk is also available for those interested, where you may encounter wildlife but you also explore the little surprises in the bush.

Brunch: In camp.

Afternoon: During tea, your group leader gives a lecture on termites, followed by a late afternoon game drive.

Dinner: In camp.

Evening: A short night game drive is offered in search of the nocturnal species active in the area.

Lodging: Ivory Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: With a 6,000 acre conservation parcel of Hwange National Park, visitors at Ivory Lodge enjoy unparalleled access to wildlife. A large watering hole on-site attracts the famed Presidential elephants for daily drinks. These elephants symbolize Zimbabwe’s commitment to elephant protection. During your game drives and foot safaris at Ivory Lodge witness a diverse range of habitat environments (open savannah, forest, semi-desert) that invites a mix of buffalo, zebra, impala, elephant, giraffe, and sable.

Contact info:
N/A
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
phone: +263-774665458
web: www.ivorysafarilodge.com/

Room amenities: Elevated thatched tree houses hover below the beautiful shade of Zimbabwe’s teak forests. Each house has a front porch, en-suite facilities including a hair dryer, ceiling fan, mosquito nets in the bedded area, electricity, and hot water.

Facility amenities: Enjoy meals in an open air thatched dining area with outstanding hospitality. The private library, bar, and lounge are available for your leisure in the main lodge. Daily laundry service and access to a beautiful outside deep pool is included. For a wireless connection on your personal device via Ivory's V-Satellite connection, simply purchase unlimited airtime for $10. Wi-Fi is available in the main lounge, dining room, bar and library, but not in rooms. Please note that only cash (USD) is accepted as payment; the lodge does not have the ability to charge credit cards.

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


Day Eleven: Monday, December 01 - Game Drives/ Lion Social Structure and Behavior
Breakfast: Light breakfast in camp.

Morning: Game drive in search of wildlife that may have eluded you thus far. Return to camp for a hearty mid-day meal and the heat of the day at leisure. A guided bush walk is also offered this morning.

Brunch: In camp.

Afternoon: Your group leader gives a lecture on lion social structure and behavior during tea. Afterwards, depart on your last afternoon game drive.

Dinner: At camp.

Evening: A short night game drive is offered in search of the nocturnal species active in the area.

Lodging: Ivory Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Located in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the A’Zambezi River Lodge is the only hotel in Victoria Falls with a river frontage and jetty site. The imaginative architecture, with its sweeping curve of grass thatch, blends well with the lush green lawns. A'Zambezi is the perfect retreat to relax and unwind in the quiet ambience of the African wildlife and nature, while enjoying renowned service. The majority of the rooms have balconies facing the river and swimming pool whilst the rest face the national park and the gardens.

Contact info:
308 Parkway Drive
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
phone: +263 4 757 098
web: azambeziriverlodge.com

Room amenities: Each well appointed room has air conditioning and most have balconies facing the Zambezi River. All rooms also have satellite television and direct dial phones. Guests can also enjoy the minibar as well as coffee and tea. Each room has a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Amenities include an award-winning restaurant situated at the front of the hotel with a wrap-around deck just feet away from the Zambezi River. There are lush tropical gardens that surround the hotel. There is also a reading room where you can immerse yourself in a book, check out friends and family on the internet or catch up with the latest news stories. You can also relax under the glorious African sun, next to the stunning outdoor swimming pool where waiters will serve you the all day snack menu and an array of cocktails and drinks. The A'Zambezi River Lodge features free wifi.

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

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Twelve: Tuesday, December 02 - Local Village
Breakfast: At camp.

Morning: You are transferred from Hwange to the town of Victoria Falls.

Lunch: At the lodge.

Afternoon: After lunch, transfer to Intabayengwe Village, a nearby traditional village. Here you have the chance to meet members of the community and see how they live. You help the local women prepare a traditional meal and see what role women play in the village. You also visit a local, illegal “moonshiner’s” distillation facility and learn about this underground industry. Visits to some of the homes and the local pre-school round out the visit. Transfer back to the lodge for the late afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.

Lodging: A'Zambezi River Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Located in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the A’Zambezi River Lodge is the only hotel in Victoria Falls with a river frontage and jetty site. The imaginative architecture, with its sweeping curve of grass thatch, blends well with the lush green lawns. A'Zambezi is the perfect retreat to relax and unwind in the quiet ambience of the African wildlife and nature, while enjoying renowned service. The majority of the rooms have balconies facing the river and swimming pool whilst the rest face the national park and the gardens.

Contact info:
308 Parkway Drive
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
phone: +263 4 757 098
web: azambeziriverlodge.com

Room amenities: Each well appointed room has air conditioning and most have balconies facing the Zambezi River. All rooms also have satellite television and direct dial phones. Guests can also enjoy the minibar as well as coffee and tea. Each room has a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Amenities include an award-winning restaurant situated at the front of the hotel with a wrap-around deck just feet away from the Zambezi River. There are lush tropical gardens that surround the hotel. There is also a reading room where you can immerse yourself in a book, check out friends and family on the internet or catch up with the latest news stories. You can also relax under the glorious African sun, next to the stunning outdoor swimming pool where waiters will serve you the all day snack menu and an array of cocktails and drinks. The A'Zambezi River Lodge features free wifi.

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

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Wednesday, December 03 - Elephant Back Safari/ Free Time
Breakfast: On site at the elephant back safari.

Morning: You transfer to a nearby location to ride atop elephants. 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. After this activity, you are transferred back to the lodge.

Lunch: On your own account.

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

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the lodge.

Lodging: A'Zambezi River Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Thursday, December 04 - David Livingstone's Explorations/ Departure
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Following breakfast, a noted local historian discusses the story of Scottish explorer Dr. David Livingstone, who first visited Victoria Falls over 150 years ago, and whose journeys laid the ground work for the Colonial era that followed. Mid-morning you are transferred to the Victoria Falls airport, where you board a commercial flight to Johannesburg.

Lunch: In flight.

Afternoon: Arrive Johannesburg where you connect to your international return flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Fifteen: Friday, December 05 - Arrive Home
Morning: Early morning arrivals back in the USA and Canada.



Free Time Opportunities


Victoria Falls
Helicopter FlightA helicopter ride over Victoria Falls allows the visitor to see the "smoke that thunders" from above. The scenic flights are also perfect for taking photographs of the wonderous beauty of Zimbabwe. You can also take a "game flight" over the Zambezi National Park to admire wildlife. The helicopter is designed so all passengers have a good view.
For additional information, visit: www.wildhorizons.co.za/moreactivitiesZIM/#helicopter
Livingstone
Cultural ToursCultural Village Tour (Makuni Village): 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. Jewish Heritage Tour: In this fascinating walking tour learn about the history of the Jewish community in Zambia, including particular families who were instrumental in the development of the Livingstone town as well as more current civic contributions from Jews in Zambia.
For additional information, visit: www.safpar.com/tours.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

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

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