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Wild Africa: Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia

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Program #3645RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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 Oct 23 — Nov 6, 2012

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Day One: Tuesday, October 23 - 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: +011-27-(0)11-622-8436
web: https://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: Contact Program Provider
Please phone EXPLORE, Inc. at 888-596-6377 for more information.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, October 24 - 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: +na0000000000000
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 (included in the cost). 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: Thursday, October 25 - 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 the Matlapana Basket Cooperative where you view the making of, and have time to purchase, the beautiful handmade Botswana baskets. You hear a talk from the local head of the basket cooperative (a Motswana woman). Afterwards, there is a three- to four-hour drive in 4x4 vehicles through typical Botswana woodlands to Moremi, located on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta; there is a good chance of seeing game along the way. Upon arrival at your private, tented mobile camp, you settle in and your group leader gives an overview of Botswana history and culture.

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: +na0000000000000
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 (included in the cost). 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: Friday, October 26 - 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: +na0000000000000
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 (included in the cost). 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: Saturday, October 27 - 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 completely renovated Chobe Safari Lodge enjoys a prime location, sharing a border with Chobe National Park on one side and prime river-front property along the Chobe River on another. The open-air floor plan of the main lodge affords beautiful views over the lodge's lush gardens and the river, where you may be able to see an abundance of wildlife including the legendary fish eagle, warthog, mongoose, vervet monkeys, fruit bat and a large variety of birdlife. Enjoy top quality accommodation and fine dining in this beautiful lodge - a true African experience!

Contact info:
Presidents Avenue
Kasane, Botswana
phone: +267-625-0336
web: www.chobesafarilodge.com

Room amenities: Each individually decorated room offers large, en-suite bathroom facilities with shower and bath, telephone, plugs (electrical current is 231 volts), television, ceiling fan or air conditioning, hair dryer, in-room safe and private patios with views over the gardens and Chobe River. Ground floor rooms available.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the lodge include a swimming pool/pool deck, expansive gardens, lounge, restaurant, health & beauty salon, laundry service, entertainment lounge with a viewing deck, US currency exchange facilities, squash court, curio & craft shop, and a full range of concierge services. At breakfast enjoy a Full English and Continental spread. Light lunch a la carte menu or buffet lunch is available to choose from daily. Scrumptious buffet dinners offer a wide variety of meals from exotic game meats, roasts, barbecues, stir-fries, Indian cuisine, or vegetarian dishes. Two bars are located on the property giving guests a choice between the Sedudu Bar famous for beautiful sunsets or the Cocktail Bar overlooking the Caprivi flood plains. Wireless Information: Guests can access the internet by buying a coupon at the reception desk (price is 1 Botswana Pula per minute). The lodge accepts US Dollars, Euros, South African Rand, Namibian Dollar, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express for wireless coupons and other miscellaneous purchases. Your coupon can be used on your personal wireless device or a lodge computer. Wi-fi is available in the reception and bar/lounge area but not in rooms. Safety: There is 24-hour security on site. Due to wild animals, walking around at night is not advised. First aid kit is available on site.

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


Day Six: Sunday, October 28 - Fly to Chobe National Park/Elephant Social Struct...
Breakfast: At camp.

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

Lunch: Light lunch at the lodge.

Afternoon: Before the afternoon activity, your group leader gives a lecture on elephant social structure and behavior. Embark on a game drive in open-air safari vehicles into Chobe National Park, moving slowly through the plains searching for predators and other game.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at the lodge.

Lodging: Chobe Safari Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The completely renovated Chobe Safari Lodge enjoys a prime location, sharing a border with Chobe National Park on one side and prime river-front property along the Chobe River on another. The open-air floor plan of the main lodge affords beautiful views over the lodge's lush gardens and the river, where you may be able to see an abundance of wildlife including the legendary fish eagle, warthog, mongoose, vervet monkeys, fruit bat and a large variety of birdlife. Enjoy top quality accommodation and fine dining in this beautiful lodge - a true African experience!

Contact info:
Presidents Avenue
Kasane, Botswana
phone: +267-625-0336
web: www.chobesafarilodge.com

Room amenities: Each individually decorated room offers large, en-suite bathroom facilities with shower and bath, telephone, plugs (electrical current is 231 volts), television, ceiling fan or air conditioning, hair dryer, in-room safe and private patios with views over the gardens and Chobe River. Ground floor rooms available.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the lodge include a swimming pool/pool deck, expansive gardens, lounge, restaurant, health & beauty salon, laundry service, entertainment lounge with a viewing deck, US currency exchange facilities, squash court, curio & craft shop, and a full range of concierge services. At breakfast enjoy a Full English and Continental spread. Light lunch a la carte menu or buffet lunch is available to choose from daily. Scrumptious buffet dinners offer a wide variety of meals from exotic game meats, roasts, barbecues, stir-fries, Indian cuisine, or vegetarian dishes. Two bars are located on the property giving guests a choice between the Sedudu Bar famous for beautiful sunsets or the Cocktail Bar overlooking the Caprivi flood plains. Wireless Information: Guests can access the internet by buying a coupon at the reception desk (price is 1 Botswana Pula per minute). The lodge accepts US Dollars, Euros, South African Rand, Namibian Dollar, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express for wireless coupons and other miscellaneous purchases. Your coupon can be used on your personal wireless device or a lodge computer. Wi-fi is available in the reception and bar/lounge area but not in rooms. Safety: There is 24-hour security on site. Due to wild animals, walking around at night is not advised. First aid kit is available on site.

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


Day Seven: Monday, October 29 - Chobe Game Drive/Boat Cruise and Birds
Breakfast: Light continental breakfast in the lodge restaurant.

Morning: Depart on an early morning game drive into Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant population in the world. Drive along the river, seeking out special sightings and searching for any lion or leopard kills that may have happened overnight. Return to the lodge where you have time to freshen up before you board your private game-viewing cruise on the Chobe River.

Lunch: A light picnic lunch is served during the boat cruise.

Afternoon: From late morning to mid afternoon, you explore the Chobe River by motorboat. Immerse yourself in the unique environment viewing numerous birds including sacred ibis, blue heron, goliath heron, saddle-billed storks, marabou storks and little egrets. Arrive back at the lodge and have some time at leisure before your group leader gives a lecture on birds.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at the lodge.

Lodging: Chobe 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: Tuesday, October 30 - Drive to Zambia/Local Orphanage
Breakfast: Full English or continental breakfast in the lodge restaurant.

Morning: You have the opportunity for one last game drive in Chobe National Park (optional). After breakfast, you are driven to the Kazangula Border Post. Here you take a five-minute boat ride across the Zambezi River to Zambia. After you clear Zambian customs/immigration, a vehicle meets you for the transfer to Thorntree Lodge. The entire transfer is approximately 2-3 hours without game viewing en-route.

Lunch: Lunch at the lodge.

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: 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: Wednesday, October 31 - 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 afternoon 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: Thursday, November 01 - Fly to Mfuwe/South Luangwa Valley
Breakfast: At the lodge.

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

Lunch: 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 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: Friday, November 02 - 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: Saturday, November 03 - 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. End the afternoon with a game drive that lasts into the early evening.

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: Sunday, November 04 - 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: Monday, November 05 - 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: Tuesday, November 06 - Arrival Home
Morning: Early morning arrivals back in the U.S.



Free Time Opportunities


Livingstone (Victoria Falls)
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_back_safaris.htm
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.htm
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/cultural_tours.htm
Sunset River CruiseThe cruise is along the river boundary of the Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, around Siloka Island and back to The Waterfront jetty. The total cruise time is approximately three hours. Sunset cruises arrive back after sunset. From the boats, sightings of elephant, giraffe and even rhino coming down to the river to drink are common. There are also abundant hippos, crocodiles and birdlife. All cruises have a complimentary bar and serve freshly baked snacks. An experienced guide accompanies each cruise and has good knowledge on the wildlife and local history of the area.
For additional information, visit: www.safpar.com/zambezi_river_cruises.htm

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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

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