Road Scholar : Home
Wild Africa: Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia

Program Number: 3645RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/23/2012 - 11/6/2012; 11/7/2014 - 11/21/2014; 4/24/2015 - 5/8/2015; 5/22/2015 - 6/5/2015; 6/5/2015 - 6/19/2015; 7/17/2015 - 7/31/2015; 8/14/2015 - 8/28/2015; 9/11/2015 - 9/25/2015; 10/9/2015 - 10/23/2015; 11/6/2015 - 11/20/2015;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: Botswana/Zambia/Zimbabwe
Price starting at: $6,349.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Natural History
Meals: 36; 12 Breakfasts, 3 Brunches, 9 Lunches, 12 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

The thrill of spotting any member of the Big Five — elephant, leopard, lion, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo — is reason enough to journey to Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia. But these magnificent creatures aren’t the only ones who inhabit the grasslands and deltas of the region. Hippos, zebras, giraffes and antelope are just a few other residents that can be spotted during game drives along the Okavango Delta or in South Luangwa National Park, while crocodiles and myriad bird species bask in the waters along the Chobe and Zambezi rivers. Join wildlife experts and local residents for an insightful exploration into the habitats and conservation issues surrounding Africa’s natural wonders.




Highlights

• Feel the spray of the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls and learn about its discovery by David Livingstone.
• Learn about local conservation efforts as you meet schoolchildren and villagers.
• Camp under the stars in Hemingway-style tents along the Okavango Delta.



Activity Particulars

Long rides in open-air safari vehicles, requiring stamina and stability getting in/out of vehicles.



Regrettably this program cannot accept single participants wanting to be matched with a roommate. Group size limited to 17. Some dates of this program can be taken back to back with program #19398, South Africa Wildlife Safari and the Garden Route.




Date Specific Information

10-23-2012

This departure has a good chance of seeing the elephants walk through the Mfuwe Lodge lobby in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. Temperatures can be hot (above 100°F during the day). Spend two nights at Chobe National Park instead of the Upper Zambezi River.



11-7-2014

This departure has a good chance of seeing elephants walk through the Mfuwe Lodge lobby in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. Temperatures can be over 100 degrees during the day. This departure spends two nights on the Upper Zambezi, Zimbabwe and two nights in Livingstone, Zambia.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Johannesburg (South Africa), 1 night; fly to Maun, (Botswana), drive to Moremi Game Reserve, 3 nights; fly to Chobe National Park, drive to Upper Zambezi River, (Zimbabwe), 3 nights; drive to Livingstone (Zambia), 1 night; fly to South Luangwa Valley, 4 nights; fly via Lusaka to Johannesburg for departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Johannesburg (South Africa)
1 night
Fly to Maun (Botswana)
Drive to Moremi Game Reserve
3 nights

“Earth’s last Eden” — the Okavango Delta fans out over the Kalahari sands, creating thousands of tiny green islands that sustain lion, cheetah, hyena, leopard, elephant and innumerable antelope and bird species. On-site lectures introduce termites and their effect on the Okavango Delta, delta hydrology and geology and animal behavior.



Fly to Chobe National Park
Drive to Upper Zambezi River (Zimbabwe)
3 nights

Home to Africa’s largest elephant population, Chobe National Park boasts a mighty river, herds of big game and flocks of waterfowl winging toward the sunset. A half-day game-viewing cruise on the Chobe River explores this area. In a private reserve on the Upper Zambezi River, examine the social structure of elephants, the immense birdlife in the area and spot all of the “Big Five” except rhinos during game drives and a game-viewing cruise on the Zambezi River.



Drive to Livingstone/Victoria Falls (Zambia)
1 night

The cascading Zambezi River produces the widest curtain of falling water on earth as it plunges into the gorge. View Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwean side and step back in time to the formation, history and “discovery” of Victoria Falls by David Livingstone.



Fly to South Luangwa Valley
4 nights
Fly via Lusaka to Johannesburg for departure
Overnight flight to the U.S.A.
1 night

Covering 3,500 square miles, the unspoiled beauty and habitat of South Luangwa National Park supports one of Africa’s richest concentrations of wildlife and birds. From the lion to the ant lion, observe species large and small on professionally guided day and night game drives.




Accommodations
Johannesburg: Charming guest lodge. Moremi Game Reserve: Comfortable tented camp with attached bathroom and bucket shower. Upper Zambezi River: Scenic lodge in a private reserve. Livingstone: Luxury riverside lodge. South Luangwa National Park: Thatched roof chalets with large private decks.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Andre Joubert

Andre Joubert has held numerous positions in managing and providing wildlife education throughout Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. This South African-born outdoorsman served as park warden of Skeleton Coast Park in Namibia and chief warden of Botswana’s Khama Rhino Sanctuary, whose objective was to save Botswana’s last remaining White Rhinoceros population. Andre shares a passion for working with people and instilling his strong wilderness ethics in public education.
 
Benson Siyawareva

Benson Siyawareva was born in the remote village of Zaka in southern Zimbabwe. His love of nature began when he joined the Boy Scouts, where he experienced camping, wildlife tracking and viewing. After some years of teaching at the high school level, Benson became a qualified, professional guide and has been leading safaris for over 25 years. Benson loves to delight participants with his tremendous knowledge of African wildlife and local cultures, and he has a keen eye for spotting wildlife of all sizes, as well as identifying birds. He also has a passion for photography and has been known to educate participants on how to get the most out of their pictures while in the bush. Benson has been named one of “The Best 15 Safari Guides” in the Condé Nast Traveler magazine, and in 2004, appeared on live television as the professional guide on “The Today Show: Where in the World is Matt Lauer?” He is also featured in the authoritative book "Licensed to Guide," by Susie Cazenove.
 
Lisa Reed

Lisa Reed was born in Zimbabwe, spent her school years in South Africa, and now lives in Botswana. She has worked or visited most Southern and East African safari destinations, and has managed safari camps on her own and with others since being in Botswana. Lisa has a natural affinity with children and enjoys passing on her years of experience and knowledge to the next generation. She has been leading safaris for Road Scholar for more than nine years.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Courtyard Hotel Eastgate
  Johannesburg, South Africa 1 night
   Mobile Tented Camp
  Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana 3 nights
   Chobe Safari Lodge
  Chobe National Park, Botswana 2 nights
   Thorntree River Lodge
  Livingstone (Victoria Falls), Zambia 2 nights
   Mfuwe Lodge
  South Luangwa National Park, Zambia 4 nights
 Courtyard Hotel Eastgate
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 allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Contact Program Provider Please phone EXPLORE, Inc. at 888-596-6377 for more information.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Mobile Tented Camp
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 allowed: Yes
  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.

 Chobe Safari Lodge
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 allowed: No

 Thorntree River Lodge
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 allowed: No

 Mfuwe Lodge
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 allowed: No


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Dinner 7:00pm on Oct 24 at the hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa You will be staying at Courtyard Hotel Eastgate that night.
  End of Program:
4:00pm on Nov 5 at the airport in Johannesburg, South Africa following the arrival of the flight from Lusaka, Zambia You will be staying at Mfuwe Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Passport must be valid for at least six months past trip return date; US passports need a minimum of four blank visa pages (NOTE: blank visa pages, not the amendment/endorsement pages at the back); Canadian citizens need a minimum of six blank pages. A visa for Zambia is needed and can be obtained at the border (not included in program price); no visa needed for Botswana or South Africa. Visa prices in southern Africa can change erratically, so please be prepared by bringing extra money in US dollars cash. Signed liability waivers required for safari lodges and Program Provider (EXPLORE, Inc).
  Required innoculations:
Yes: A Yellow Fever vaccination is required; medical waivers are accepted in lieu of proof of vaccination. Please carry the certificate of vaccination or medical waiver with you during the program. Malaria precautions are recommended for all sites except Johannesburg. Speak with your healthcare professional about other suggested inoculations (note: only Yellow Fever proof is required to enter any of the countries visited).
  Parking availability:
None needed.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Johannesburg
  Nearest city or town:  Johannesburg
  Nearest highway: R21 Highway
  Nearest airport:  Johannesburg International Airport
  Transportation to site: The arrival transfer from O.R. Tambo airport to the first hotel in Johannesburg is provided by hired coach; transfer time approximately 20 minutes. Typically only one transfer is provided, meeting SAA #208 from Washington-DC which arrives in the early evening. Taxis are available but not recommended for safety reasons; estimated taxi fare is ZAR 400. The Courtyard Hotel Eastgate also provides an airport shuttle service but is not always reliable as far as showing up when scheduled; approximate price ZAR 250 per person. Independent travelers are welcome to join the scheduled group transfer but Program Provider needs to know travel details in advance for head-count purposes. Program Provider can also assist in arranging a separate airport transfer if arriving at a different time from the group flight.
  From End of Program
  Location:  At Home
  Transportation from site: Group transfer from the last location to the airport included for everyone. The flight from Lusaka, Zambia to Johannesburg is also included in the program price. Upon arrival in Johannesburg you connect to international departures; no further ground transfers are needed unless ongoing travel is planned. Program Provider can help with ongoing travel arrangements if needed.


Required innoculations:

Yes: A Yellow Fever vaccination is required; medical waivers are accepted in lieu of proof of vaccination. Please carry the certificate of vaccination or medical waiver with you during the program. Malaria precautions are recommended for all sites except Johannesburg. Speak with your healthcare professional about other suggested inoculations (note: only Yellow Fever proof is required to enter any of the countries visited).

Elevation Note: Johannesburg's altitude is 5575 ft; Chobe, Livingstone and South Luangwa Valley are around 3300 ft.

Equipment Requirements: Suggested: binoculars, camera, flashlight
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Depart the U.S.
(Tuesday, October 23)
   
 Evening: Overnight flight to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Day 2: Arrivals/Orientation
(Wednesday, October 24)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Courtyard Hotel Eastgate
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Fly to Botswana/Drive to Moremi
(Thursday, October 25)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Mobile Tented Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: The Okavango Delta/Termites
(Friday, October 26)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Mobile Tented Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Endangered Carnivores/Delta Hydrology and Geology
(Saturday, October 27)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Mobile Tented Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Fly to Chobe National Park/Elephant Social Structure
(Sunday, October 28)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Chobe Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Chobe Game Drive/Boat Cruise and Birds
(Monday, October 29)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Chobe Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Drive to Zambia/Local Orphanage
(Tuesday, October 30)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Thorntree River Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Livingstone Museum and Victoria Falls
(Wednesday, October 31)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Thorntree River Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Fly to Mfuwe/South Luangwa Valley
(Thursday, November 1)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Mfuwe Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Bush Walk/Game Drive/Night Wildlife
(Friday, November 2)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Mfuwe Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner

Day 12: Tracking Wildlife/Local School and Village
(Saturday, November 3)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Mfuwe Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner

Day 13: Lion Social Structure/Final Game Viewing
(Sunday, November 4)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Mfuwe Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner

Day 14: Fly to Lusaka/Departures
(Monday, November 5)
   
 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 15: Arrival Home
(Tuesday, November 6)
   
 Morning: Early morning arrivals back in the U.S.

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Livingstone (Victoria Falls) Elephant Interaction
The 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 Falls
Experience 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 Culture
Makuni 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 Cruise
The 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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Suggested Reading List


Adventuring in Southern Afica


Author: Allen Bechky


Description: This comprehensive guide to game parks throughout Southern Africa includes an overview of the region, tips on watching wildlife and good descriptive information on each park or nature reserve.



Bradt Guide to Zambia


Author: Chris McIntyre


Description: A detailed overview of Zambia, its history, culture, attractions and natural history with color photos, maps and travel information.



Cry of the Kalahari


Author: Mark Owens, Delia Owens


Description: A thoroughly readable version of Born Free, set in Botswana (and just as weepy about the animals). This is the book that got the Owens family thrown out of Botswana, in part because of their opposition to fencing the land.



Exploration of Africa, From Cairo to the Cape


Author: Ann Hugon


Description: This jewel of a book chronicles 19th century exploration of Africa with hundreds of contemporary paintings and prints, brief chapters on the expeditions and a very useful chronology.



Lonely Planet Botswana


Author: Lonely Planet


Description: A comprehensive, practical guide in Lonely Planet’s hallmark style with 16 detailed maps and a separate chapter on Victoria Falls.



Long Walk to Freedom


Author: Nelson Mandela


Description: An unpretentious tale of an extraordinary life. Mandela recounts the circumstances of his imprisonment and ultimately his successful drive to end Apartheid.



Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa


Author: Kenneth Newman


Description: This classic field guide features hundreds of color plates, a comprehensive checklist – and information on habitat and distribution.



North of South, An African Journey


Author: Shiva Naipaul


Description: This is a great book – engaging and unafraid of controversy. It’s a sharp portrait of contemporary East Africa, as well as Zambia, sensitive to issues black, white and brown.



Okavango, Africa’s Last Eden


Author: Franz Lanting


Description: In this handsome volume, master wildlife photographer Franz Lanting captures the wildlife and habitats of the Okavango



Running Wild


Author: John McNutt


Description: An authoritative, illustrated account of the behavior, ecology and conservation of wild dogs. Author John mcnutt is a founder of the Botswana Wild Dog Research Project.



Silent Thunder, In the Presence of Elephants


Author: Katy Payne


Description: In this memoir, Katy Payne relates stories of research, discovery and conservation in Africa. An acoustic biologist, Payne has worked on communication among elephant populations at Amboseli National Park, Etosha and Sengwa.



Southern Africa Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide


Author: Mike Unwin


Description: A popular, photographic guide to the mammals, birds, reptiles and habitats south of the Zambezi. With 300 color photographs and illuminating text.



Southern, Central, and East African Mammals


Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart


Description: A compact guide to 152 mammals.



The Collector of Treasures


Author: Bessie Head


Description: Bessie Head produced a number of beautifully drawn novels and stories before her death in 1986. In this collection, she writes eloquently of village life in Botswana.



The Eye of the Elephant


Author: Mark Owens, Delia Owens


Description: Mark and Delia Owens, having set up camp in the Luangwa River Valley in northern Zambia among the elephants, are drawn into an ugly struggle with the local people.



The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals


Author: Jonathan Kingdon


Description: The most complete African mammal guide available.



The Myth of Wild Africa


Author: Jonathan Adams, Thomas McShane


Description: A no-holds-barred attack on old-style conservation in Africa, provocative and dead-on. The authors explore the fallacy of an untouched continent where animals roam freely in sanctuaries.



The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency


Author: Alexander McCall Smith


Description: McCall Smith’s detective, Mma Ramotswe, makes her debut. A pleasure in every respect, this novel – not really a mystery – evokes the cultures, customs and diverse landscapes of Botswana.



The Safari Companion


Author: Richard Estes


Description: An encyclopedic guide to the behavior of Africa’s mammals by a noted scientist.



The Scramble for Africa


Author: Thomas Pakenham


Description: A well-written, meticulously researched history of the Victorian land grab in Africa. The book includes especially good portraits of the egomaniacal personalities who overran the continent.



The Ukimwi Road, From Kenya to Zimbabwe


Author: Dervla Murphy


Description: An Irish grandmother and award-winning travel writer, Murphy journeys from Kenya to Zimbabwe, including a sojourn in Zambia.





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