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Botswana/Zambia/Zimbabwe

Wild Africa: Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia

Explore the wilds of southern Africa with experts, spotting elephants, lion and many other species while learning about conservation efforts and visiting the region’s natural wonders.
Rating (4.91)
Program No. 3645RJ
Length
15 days
Starts at
9,999
Flights start at
1,425
Botswana/Zambia/Zimbabwe

Wild Africa: Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia

Explore the wilds of southern Africa with experts, spotting elephants, lion and many other species while learning about conservation efforts and visiting the region’s natural wonders.
Length
15 days
Starts at
9,999
Flights start at
1,425
Program No. 3645 RJ

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DATES & starting prices
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Apr 22 - May 6, 2022
Starting at
9,999
May 14 - May 28, 2022
Starting at
9,999
May 28 - Jun 11, 2022
Starting at
10,249
Jun 18 - Jul 2, 2022
Starting at
10,249
Jul 9 - Jul 23, 2022
Starting at
10,249
Jul 30 - Aug 13, 2022
Starting at
10,249
Aug 6 - Aug 20, 2022
Starting at
10,249
Aug 13 - Aug 27, 2022
Starting at
10,249
Sep 3 - Sep 17, 2022
Starting at
10,249
Sep 17 - Oct 1, 2022
Starting at
10,499
Sep 24 - Oct 8, 2022
Starting at
10,499
Nov 5 - Nov 19, 2022
Starting at
10,299
Itinerary Note

This departure may be able to see the elephants walk through the lobby at Mfuwe Lodge.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Apr 22 - May 6, 2022
Starting at
10,799
May 14 - May 28, 2022
Starting at
10,799
May 28 - Jun 11, 2022
Starting at
10,999
Jun 18 - Jul 2, 2022
Starting at
10,999
Jul 9 - Jul 23, 2022
Starting at
10,999
Jul 30 - Aug 13, 2022
Starting at
10,999
Aug 6 - Aug 20, 2022
Starting at
10,999
Aug 13 - Aug 27, 2022
Starting at
10,999
Sep 3 - Sep 17, 2022
Starting at
10,999
Sep 17 - Oct 1, 2022
Starting at
11,499
Sep 24 - Oct 8, 2022
Starting at
11,499
Nov 5 - Nov 19, 2022
Starting at
11,299
Itinerary Note

This departure may be able to see the elephants walk through the lobby at Mfuwe Lodge.

At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles over varied terrain; potentially slick paths. Long rides in open-air safari vehicles, requiring stamina and stability getting in/out of vehicles. Elevations up to 5,575 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • 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.

General Notes

Group size limited to 17. Some dates of this program can be taken back to back with program "The Best of South Africa: Safari, Culture & the Garden Route" (#22444). Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Featured Expert
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Johann Roscher
Johann Röscher was born in South Africa and grew up on State Forestry stations along the coastal belt of the Cape Province. He joined the military and studied at the North West University, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science. After traveling through the Middle East and Eastern Europe, he returned to South Africa to work as a socio-political researcher. Disillusioned with city life, Johann decided to change careers and lead safaris. He’s been taking groups on safaris in Kalahari and Okavango Delta for 17 years, and he’s never been more content with his choice to move to that beautiful and remote region.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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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 adults and 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 15 years.
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Johann Röscher was born in South Africa and grew up on State Forestry stations along the coastal belt of the Cape Province. He joined the military and studied at the North West University, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science. After traveling through the Middle East and Eastern Europe, he returned to South Africa to work as a socio-political researcher. Disillusioned with city life, Johann decided to change careers and lead safaris. He’s been taking groups on safaris in Kalahari and Okavango Delta for 17 years, and he’s never been more content with his choice to move to that beautiful and remote region.
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A local of northern Zimbabwe, Keith Chisnall relishes in showing the bush culture to travelers from around the world. As a child, Keith learned the medicinal value of bush plants, how to track animals, tribal customs and the indigenous flora and fauna, and his knowledge has only grown since then. He’s worked as an engineer, salesman and detective, but his most meaningful work has been in leading educational adventures. After over 20 years of experience leading groups in “Big Five” territory, you can rely on Keith to explain every aspect and every detail of the wilderness!
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Sam was born in a small village in southeast Zimbabwe. Growing up in the village gave him an appreciation for nature, particularly during holidays when he would herd his family’s cattle in the bush. Sam attended Bulawayo Commercial College and is an award-winning safari educator. He has lead learning safaris throughout southern Africa, including top destinations like Hwange and Kafue National Parks. Sam lives with his wife and family in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and enjoys history and fishing. (Be prepared to hear some fishing stories!)
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Victoria Falls Heritage Tours, David Livingstone Presentation View biography
A dynamic storyteller from Victoria Falls Heritage Tours will join your group to discuss David Livingstone's fascinating life and his explorations, which covered more than 28,000 miles of uncharted territory. Dr. Livingstone's unparalleled story is truly an inspiration and will offer new-found perspectives on the African continent.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
by Alexander McCall Smith
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 Last Elephants
by Colin Bell & Don Pinnock
African savanna elephants--among the most magnificent and beloved of our fellow mammals--are an extraordinary, social, and intelligent species. The Last Elephants, an homage to these animals and a clarion call for their preservation, is based upon a shocking finding: savanna elephant populations across Africa are being decimated, with two to three murdered every hour for their ivory. Without action, these elephants soon will vanish from our world. They are a species in imminent danger of extinction, and it is up to us to save them.
Bradt Guide to Zambia
by Chris McIntyre
A detailed overview of Zambia, its history, culture, attractions and natural history with color photos, maps and travel information.
The Myth of Wild Africa
by Jonathan Adams, Thomas McShane
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.
So Many Africans: Six Years in a Zambian Village
by Jill Kandel
Kandel's memoir is a powerful picture of a young American woman's struggle to reconcile her new marriage with the realities of living in East Africa. Jill Kandel's So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village is a captivating, unpredictable, and compellingly-honest tale of a young wife and mother's isolation and endurance in a remote corner of Zambia. Kandel writes clear, textured prose brimming with the sights, sounds, smells, and rich flavors of her secluded rural African home. Her story is an inspiration to anyone who imagines not just surviving, but thriving, in any harsh, distant corner of our remarkable planet.
Okavango, Africa’s Last Eden
by Franz Lanting
In this handsome volume, master wildlife photographer Franz Lanting captures the wildlife and habitats of the Okavango
Long Walk to Freedom
by Nelson Mandela
An unpretentious tale of an extraordinary life. Mandela recounts the circumstances of his imprisonment and ultimately his successful drive to end Apartheid.
Elephant Dawn
by Sharon Pincott
In 2001, Sharon Pincott traded her privileged life as a high-flying corporate executive to start a new one with the Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe. She was unpaid, untrained, self-funded and arrived with the starry-eyed idealism of most foreigners during early encounters with Africa. For thirteen years - the worst in Zimbabwe's volatile history - this intrepid Australian woman lived in the Hwange bush fighting for the lives of these elephants, forming an extraordinary and life-changing bond with them.
Lonely Planet Botswana
by Lonely Planet
A comprehensive, practical guide in Lonely Planet’s hallmark style with 16 detailed maps and a separate chapter on Victoria Falls.
Rogue Lion Safaris
by Simon Barnes
After the death of his beloved, bankrupt gambler of a father, Dan Lynch follows his university degree in zoology to a run-down safari camp, where he can work as a trainee guide and, most important, be near George Sorensen, the owner. George is a wildlife genius, but no great businessman, and the camp is threatened by lack of visitors, competition from the much more luxurious set-up across the valley, and corrupt local politicians. In learning about the majestic landscape and fauna of Africa, Dan learns a lot about people – and about himself.
Southern Africa Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide
by Mike Unwin
A popular, photographic guide to the mammals, birds, reptiles and habitats south of the Zambezi. With 300 color photographs and illuminating text.
Out of Darkness, Shining Light
by Petina Gappah
So begins Petina Gappah's powerful novel of exploration and adventure in nineteenth-century Africa—the captivating story of the loyal men and women who carried explorer and missionary Dr. Livingstone's body, his papers and maps, fifteen hundred miles across the continent of Africa, so his remains could be returned home to England and his work preserved there.
The Safari Companion
by Richard Estes
An encyclopedic guide to the behavior of Africa’s mammals by a noted scientist.
The African House
by Christina Lamb
The Africa House vividly details the life of an English officer and gentleman and his remarkable house and colony in deepest Africa. In the ides of the British Empire, Stewart Gore Browne built himself a feudal paradise in northern Rhodesia, a sprawling country estate modeled on the finest homes in England, complete with uniformed servants, daily muster parades, rose gardens and lavish dinners finished off with vintage port in the library.
My Life with Leopards
by Fransje van Riel
In 1993 game ranger Graham Cooke was given the opportunity to parent two six-week-old leopard cubs. Establishing himself and his charges in a small tented camp in the middle of the South African bush, Graham set about his task of habituating the cubs to the dangers of the wild in preparation for their eventual release.
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15 days
14 nights
35 meals
12 B 3BR 8 L 12 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Johannesburg, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Johannesburg
D
City Lodge Hotel Eastgate

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 2:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Check in at the hotel and relax before the welcome dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel, we will enjoy a buffet dinner including a starter and entrée with side dish; a welcome drink, bottled water and coffee/tea will be provided, with other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. Please note that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We are fortunate to have as our Group Leader a knowledgeable expert who will also serve as our primary lecturer for most of the program. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
3
Fly to Botswana, Fly to Khwai, Overview of Botswana
Khwai Concession
B,L,D
Mobile Tented Camp

Activity note: Flight time from Johannesburg to Maun is 1.5 hours. Flight from Maun to Khwai airstrip is approximately 20 minutes. Game drives throughout the program are in open air, 4x4 vehicles and typically last 3 to 4 hours in the early mornings and late afternoons, when the animals are most active.

Breakfast: Taken at the hotel, breakfast will be an expansive buffet featuring a variety of cold cereals, fresh fruit, cold meats and cheeses, pastries and hot items such as bacon, sausage, tomatoes and mushrooms. Omelettes, eggs and waffles will be cooked on demand. Fruit juices, coffee, tea, milk and water will be provided.

Morning: We will check out of the hotel and board the motorcoach, transferring to Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo airport for our commercial flight to Maun, Botswana.

Lunch: Snack in flight and snacks provided in camp upon arrival.

Afternoon: Upon an early afternoon arrival in Maun, we will clear Botswana border formalities before being escorted to our small aircraft charter flight for the short flight into the Khwai Concession's dirt airstrip. From the airstrip, we will board our open-air, 4x4 safari vehicles for our drive through typical Botswana woodlands to our campsite; we will likely see wildlife along the way. Upon arrival at our private mobile tented camp, we will settle in. Later this afternoon, our Group Leader will give an overview on the history and culture of Botswana. Afterward, we will board our 4x4 safari vehicles for the first game drive of the program. Game drives throughout the program will be conducted in open-air safari vehicles, each vehicle with its own local safari specialist who provides insight on the flora and fauna seen. Located in the eastern part of the Okavango Delta, the Khwai River area abounds with wildlife. It is particularly well-known for its predators, especially one of the most endangered carnivores in Africa, the wild dog. Lion and leopard are commonly found, as well as herds of buffalo, elephant and hippo. Game in Khwai is abundant and varied, and includes tsessebe, lechwe, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, sable and giraffe. We will return to camp at dusk with time to freshen up before dinner.

Dinner: Our camp cook will prepare appetizers and a dinner feast that we will enjoy in the open air under the stars. Dinners at camp will be buffets with a starter, main entree with side dishes, and a dessert; bottled water and soft drinks will be included, with alcohol available for purchase.

Evening: Following dinner, we will have the opportunity to join together around a campfire.

DAY
4
The Okavango Delta, Termites
Khwai Concession
B,L,D
Mobile Tented Camp

Activity note: Safari drives in open air, 4x4 vehicles for 3 to 4 hours in the early morning and late afternoon.

Breakfast: Served prior to the early morning game drive, breakfasts in camp will be buffets with cold cereals, bread, fresh fruit and rusks (South African style biscotti); coffee/tea, fruit juice and bottled water will be provided.

Morning: Searching for plains game and other species, we will take a morning game drive through a large variety of different vegetation types, down winding tracks, through mopane forests and across lush grasslands. The scenic beauty of the area adds to our experience of Botswana’s verdant Garden of Eden, the Okavango Delta. We will return to camp mid-morning, for a chance to freshen up and rest during the heat of the day.

Lunch: Camp lunches will be buffets with a mix of hot and cold breakfast and lunch items, such as salad, egg dishes, sausage, cold meats and cheeses, and pasta dishes, with dessert. Bottled water and soft drinks will be included, with alcohol available for purchase.

Afternoon: During afternoon tea time, our Group Leader will give a lecture on termites and their effect on the environment. Afterward, we will embark on a game drive, where lion and leopard, and herds of buffalo, elephant and hippo are commonly found. We will return to camp just after dusk.

Dinner: In camp under the stars.

Evening: If the skies are clear tonight, we will discover the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere.

DAY
5
Endangered Carnivores, Delta Hydrology and Geology
Khwai Concession
B,L,D
Mobile Tented Camp

Activity note: Safari drives in open air, 4x4 vehicles for 3 to 4 hours in the early morning and late afternoon.

Breakfast: In camp.

Morning: This morning, we will head out on a game drive to search for wild dog and other endangered carnivores. We will return to camp mid-morning and have a few hours at leisure to rest, read, freshen up and relax in the heat of the day.

Lunch: In camp.

Afternoon: During our afternoon tea-time lecture, we will learn about the Okavango Delta's hydrology and geology from our Group Leader. Afterward, we will take one last afternoon game drive in Khwai, keeping our eyes open for tsessebe, lechwe, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, elephant, sable and giraffe. We will return to camp just after dusk.

Dinner: Enjoy scrumptious cuisine under the stars.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Fly to Chobe National Park, Boat Safari
Upper Zambezi River
B,L,D
Tsowa Safari Island

Activity note: Flight time to Kasane is approximately 1.5 hours. Boat safari lasts 2 hours. Getting on/off small airplane. Getting on/off boat. Drive time Chobe to Tsowa Lodge approximately 2 hours, including border crossing; last 45 minutes of transfer in game viewing vehicles through national park. Very short boat ride to access Tsowa Safari Island.

Breakfast: In camp.

Morning: After breakfast, we will transfer to a nearby dirt airstrip with game viewing en-route. We will take a small aircraft charter flight from the airstrip to the town of Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park. Upon arrival in Kasane, we will be met and driven in a minibus a short distance to a local lodge for lunch.

Lunch: We will enjoy an expansive buffet lunch at a lodge near Chobe National Park, with numerous salad, main dish and dessert options. Bottled water will be provided, with other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we will explore the Chobe River by motorboat with a local safari expert, where we may come face to face with the elephant, buffalo and other wildlife that gather on the banks of the river to drink and bathe. We'll find ourselves immersed in the unique environment, viewing numerous birds including sacred ibis, blue heron, goliath heron, saddle-billed storks, marabou storks and little egrets. Chobe National Park remains one of Africa’s prime game-viewing areas. Here, one finds all of the “Big Five,” except for rhino. This is elephant country, home to the largest population of elephants in the world…many of these great grey giants can be seen at this time of year. (Note: seasonality makes a big difference in how much game you will see. If it’s dry you will see larger herds; if it has recently rained the animals will be more dispersed). The park forms part of Botswana’s northern-most border and is a contrast of desert aridity and flood plains. The Chobe region is best known for its vast magnificent river and floodplains filled with grazing herds of big game. Buffalo, sable, lion, leopard, hippo, hyena, and many species of antelope find safety in this huge national park. Chobe is one of Africa’s most pristine ecosystems and greatest wildlife refuges. Following the Chobe boat safari, there will be several changes of vehicle on our way to Tsowa Safari Island. We will drive to the Botswana-Zimbabwe border then change vehicles to pass through Zimbabwe immigration. From there, we will drive approximately 30 minutes to the Zambezi National Park entrance for Tsowa Safari Island, where we will switch to an open-air 4x4 vehicle for the final part of the drive through the park to the river’s edge; the vehicle drops us off at the riverbank, where a short 2-minute boat transfer takes us to our lodge, built upon an island in the middle of the Zambezi River. Upon arrival, we will have a chance to settle in and enjoy the riverfront scenery.

Dinner: Dinners at the lodge will be a 3-course, plated meal. All local brand alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, water and coffee/tea included; premium-brand alcohol available for purchase.

Evening: This evening, our Group Leader will give a lecture on elephant social structure and behavior.

DAY
7
Game Drive, Overview of Zimbabwe, Boat Safari
Upper Zambezi River
B,L,D
Tsowa Safari Island

Activity note: Safari drives in open air, 4x4 vehicles for 3 to 4 hours in the early morning. Boat safari lasts approximately 2 hours. Very short motorboat rides between lodge and mainland to access safari vehicles; boat safari departs directly from lodge.

Breakfast: At the lodge prior to the morning game drive, early morning tea/coffee and light breakfast items will be served, such as fresh fruit, rusks, muffins, and cereals. Upon return from the morning game drive, hot breakfast items such as eggs, sausage, bacon and toast will be provided at the lodge.

Morning: The short boat ride ferries us across the river where we will then climb into our safari vehicles for a morning game drive. Our destination this morning will be the Chamabondo area of Zambezi National Park, where we will explore the vlei and the permanent water holes there, seeking out elephant, Cape buffalo, zebra, sable, kudu, lion, hyena and a myriad of other wildlife. Each vehicle will have its own safari specialist to provide details on the flora and fauna encountered during the drive. At 140,000 acres in size, Zambezi National Park forms part of a greater protected wildlife corridor known as the Kavango Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier Conservation Area that stretches for hundreds of miles south to Hwange National Park, east towards Matusadona National Park, as well as west towards Chobe National Park and beyond into the Okavango Delta, Caprivi Strip and southern Angola. This vast, protected area is larger than Germany and Austria combined, and allows for natural movement of wildlife between the different ecosystems. Upon completion of our morning safari, we will return to the lodge for the mid-day at leisure. For those interested, our local safari expert will lead a short walk on the island to seek out unique birdlife such as Pel’s fishing owl, African finfoot and Schalow’s turaco.

Lunch: Lunches at the lodge will consist of a small buffet with several salad options, main entree, and dessert. All local brand alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, water and coffee/tea included; premium-brand alcohol available for purchase.

Afternoon: Over afternoon tea, our Group Leader will lead a discussion on the past, present and future of Zimbabwe. Afterwards, we will embark on a game viewing boat safari on the Zambezi River. Here, we 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. Refreshments will be served on the boat as we watch one of Africa's stunning sunsets. We return to the lodge after dusk, with a chance to freshen-up before dinner.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Safari Activities
Upper Zambezi River
B,L,D
Tsowa Safari Island

Activity note: Safari drives in open air, 4x4 vehicles for 3 to 4 hours in the early morning. Boat safari lasts approximately 2 hours. Very short motorboat rides between lodge and mainland to access safari vehicles; boat safari departs directly from lodge.

Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: We will ferry the short distance across the river to embark on a morning game drive in the national park. We will explore the mopane forest and riverine environments as we drive along the river seeking out wildlife not yet seen, returning to the lodge in the mid-morning. The heat of the day will be at leisure, with another birding walk on the island offered in the company of our local safari expert.

Lunch: At the lodge.

Afternoon: Enjoy afternoon tea at the lodge. In the late afternoon, we will embark on our last boat safari on the Zambezi River, returning to the lodge just after dusk.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Victoria Falls on Zimbabwean Side, Free Time
Livingstone
B,L,D
The River Club

Activity note: Drive time between Tsowa Safari Island and Victoria Falls is 1.5 hours. In order to see all viewpoints at the Falls, approximate length of walk is 2 miles. It is possible to walk less and see some, but not all, viewpoints. Paths may be slick from mist but are mostly flat. Drive time between Victoria Falls and The River Club is approximately 1 hour including border crossing.

Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: After ferrying back to the mainland by motorboat, our open-air safari vehicles will take us back to the National Park entrance, where we will board a minibus for the drive to Victoria Falls. At Victoria Falls, we will have a chance to view the Falls on the Zimbabwean side. Since the waterfall spans the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, it is visible from both countries; however, the majority of the water falls on the Zimbabwean side. Viewing the Falls from this side provides numerous overlooks and truly gives you a feel for the full majesty of this natural wonder. On foot, our Group Leader will show us how, through the millennia, the forces of nature have created this marvelous spectacle, Africa’s greatest waterfall. Afterward, we will transfer over the Zambian border via the stunning bridge that spans the Batoka Gorge just downstream from the Falls.

Lunch: Lunches at the lodge will be a plated meal chosen from a menu, including items such as salads, pastas, fish and pizza. Bottled water will be provided with other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. In the early evening, we will regroup at the lodge with our Group Leader for an overview on Zambian history and culture.

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge will be a plated, 3-course dinner chosen from a set menu. Bottled water and one glass of table wine will be provided, with additional beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Livingstone Museum, Fly to Mfuwe, South Luangwa Valley
South Luangwa National Park
B,D
Mfuwe Lodge

Activity note: Flight time from Livingstone to Lusaka is approximately 1 hour, and Lusaka to Mfuwe is 1 hour. Drive from Mfuwe Airport to Mfuwe Lodge is 45 minutes, done in open-air safari vehicles.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge will be an expansive buffet with a selection of cereals, pastries, fruit and yogurt; hot breakfast items cooked to order with a daily special that changes seasonally. Coffee, tea, fruit juices, milk and water will be provided.

Morning: Following breakfast, we will be joined at the lodge by a noted local historian to discuss the story of Scottish explorer Dr. David Livingstone. Dr. Livingstone first visited Victoria Falls over 150 years ago and his journeys laid the ground work for the Colonial era that followed. Upon conclusion of the lecture, we will transfer into town in our minibus for a visit to the Livingstone Museum. Known for its archaeological and ethnographic displays, the Livingstone Museum hosts a detailed exhibit on Dr. David Livingstone, including letters and other artifacts that belonged to the storied explorer. From the museum, we will transfer to the Livingstone Airport and depart on a scheduled flight to Lusaka, and then continue on to the Mfuwe Airport in the South Luangwa Valley.

Lunch: Snacks in flight.

Afternoon: Upon a late-afternoon arrival into Mfuwe, we will be met by our local safari specialists and driven in open-air, 4x4 safari vehicles to Mfuwe Lodge. We will have time to settle into our rooms before dinner is served.

Dinner: Dinners at the lodge will vary between a plated, 3-course meal and a buffet. Also, a traditional South African barbeque or “braii,” where guests eat in the outdoor eating area or “boma," will be offered at times. Water, coffee, tea will be included with additional beverages available for purchase. Please note that dinners at the lodge will be served later in the evenings, around 8:30pm, following the return of the night game drives.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Bush Walk, Game Drive, Night Wildlife
South Luangwa National Park
B,BR,D
Mfuwe Lodge

Activity note: Walking approx. 1 mile on the morning bush walk; about 1 hour; uneven, sandy terrain. Safari drives in open air, 4x4 vehicles for 3 to 4 hours in the early morning and late afternoon.

Breakfast: Early morning cereal, toast and fruit will be served at the lodge, followed by mid-morning snacks in the bush (tea and coffee, muffins and cookies).

Morning: This morning, we will divide to participate in a guided bush walk with our safari expert and an armed guard, or go on a game drive with a safari expert. During the bush walk, our local expert will provide insight into tracking, local flora, and any wildlife seen, as well as pointing out the smaller residents in the bush. We will return to the lodge mid-morning to freshen up and relax.

Brunch: Brunch at the lodge will consist of a full buffet including many cooked breakfast and lunch items as well as salads and desserts. Water, fruit juice, coffee and tea will be provided, with additional beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: During the heat of mid-day, we will have a chance to enjoy the lodge's amenities, or view game from the deck of our private chalets as the animals come to drink from the lagoons around camp. During afternoon tea, we will have a lecture on the unique surrounding ecosystem and the structure of the Zambian National Parks, given by a local expert. Afterward, we'll embark on a day-into-night game drive, where leopard, hyena, porcupine, civet, genet and honey badger are commonly sighted. After dark, our local safari expert will use a spotlight to find animals in the bush. We will return to the lodge in the late evening, just before dinner.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Tracking Wildlife, Local School and Community Projects
South Luangwa National Park
B,BR,D
Mfuwe Lodge

Activity note: Walking approx. 1 mile on the morning bush walk; about 1 hour; uneven, sandy terrain. The drive to school and textile site is approximately 30 minutes each way in open-air safari vehicles. Game drive in safari vehicles lasts 3 to 4 hours in the early morning.

Breakfast: Early continental breakfast at the lodge and mid-morning snacks in the bush.

Morning: Again this morning, we will divide and have the choice of a game drive or a bush walk with our safari specialist and armed guard that will emphasize spoor, vegetation, birds, insects and bush lore. We will return to the lodge mid-morning, after the safari activity.

Brunch: Lodge buffet.

Afternoon: Boarding our open-air safari vehicles, we will visit a nearby school and textiles manufacturing site, located just outside the national park's boundaries. Our stay at Mfuwe Lodge in part funds the Mfuwe community fund, which helps support the lunch program at the school and has sponsored bore holes to be drilled. We will be shown around the school and learn about the school’s projects, as well as have the opportunity to interact with the children when school is in session. We will continue to a textiles manufacturing shop, which employs and trains members of the local community, making beautiful, hand-painted textiles. Our afternoon will be topped off with sundowners set up in a beautiful location back in the national park (weather permitting). We will return to the lodge just after sunset, in time to freshen-up before dinner.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Game Drive, Lion Social Structure, Final Game Viewing
South Luangwa National Park
B,BR,D
Mfuwe Lodge

Activity note: Safari drives in open-air, 4x4 vehicles last 3 to 4 hours in the early morning and late afternoon.

Breakfast: Early morning tea/coffee and continental breakfast at the lodge, with snacks provided during the game drive.

Morning: We will search the surrounding area for animals that may have eluded us thus far, heading back to the lodge mid-morning.

Brunch: Lodge buffet.

Afternoon: The heat of the day will be spent at the lodge, at leisure. Over tea, our Group Leader will give a lecture on lion social structure and behavior. We will end the afternoon with one last game drive in South Luangwa National Park.

Dinner: At the lodge. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy reminiscing about the program's unique experiences and what we’ve learned.

DAY
14
Program Concludes
In Flight
B,L

Activity note: Flight time Mfuwe to Lusaka is approximately 1 hour; flight from Lusaka to Johannesburg is 2 hours. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers. If you are an independent traveler (POP status), see “Ground Transportation from Last Location."

Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: We will check out, board our open-air safari vehicles, and transfer to the Mfuwe Airport for a scheduled flight to Lusaka, Zambia, en-route to Johannesburg.

Lunch: Boxed snacks provided, as well as an airline lunch in-flight.

Afternoon: From Lusaka, we will board a commercial flight to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Our program concludes upon arrival in Johannesburg. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

DAY
15
In Transit From Program
In Flight

Morning: Early morning arrivals in North America.






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