GS Small Group Adventure
Philanthropy in Zambia
Global Sojourns offers you the unique opportunity to combine an African wildlife safari with “going deeper” through our philanthropic arm, the GS Giving Circle, which actively supports girls’ education and empowerment in Southern Africa. Not only will you see the beauty and wildlife of this region, but you will also gain insight into the varied local cultures and issues.
- As you connect with our GS Giving Circle partners, you’ll be learning from them as they will learn from you. Spend time listening to the recipients’ stories and understand their struggles and hopes for the future.
- During your journey you’ll also have the special opportunity to experience “safari” both on land and on the water! Take in the African bush and wildlife in South Luangwa National Park and along the Chobe & Zambezi River
- Visit the majestic Victoria Falls.
Enjoy your adventure!
Day 1 Arrival in Southern Africa
Welcome to Johannesburg! Upon arrival at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, you proceed through Customs and Immigration formalities. Following luggage collection, you will continue to the Arrival Hall to meet a representative from African Rock Hotel. Road transfer via hotel shuttle from OR Tambo Airport to African Rock Hotel, transfer time +/- 30 minutes (depending on time of day and traffic). Freshen up and relax at the hotel and recoup from your long flight. Dinner on own account.
One night at the African Rock Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis
Day 2 South Luangwa National Park, Zimbabwe
Morning transfer for your flight to Lusaka, Zambia (flight purchased directly by clients). Upon arrival in Lusaka, you will be met by a representative who will assist you through Customs and Immigration, where you will need to purchase your UniVisa for Zambia and Zimbabwe (please see “Notes”). Once you have completed this process, your representative will direct you to the gate where you will board your light air flight to Mfuwe, gateway to the South Luangwa. Upon arrival in Mfuwe, you will be transferred to Kafunta River Lodge in the South Luangwa Valley. The South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is perhaps one of the few last unspoilt wilderness areas and one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in Africa, covering an area of over 9,000 sq. km. The ox bow lagoons, Miombo woodland and plains of the Luangwa Valley host vast concentrations of game including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo, wild dog and the puku, endemic to the region, and over 400 species of birds.
Two nights at Kafunta River Lodge with all meals and safari activities included.
Day 4 Transfer to Lion Camp
This morning, you will be transferred to Lion Camp, a stylish, unique and independent lodge situated in a remote part of South Luangwa National Park with abundant and uncongested game viewing on the doorstep. Lion Camp is also distinguished by its friendly staff, personalised service and excellent food. Located 40km upstream from the main Mfuwe gate, and on the banks of an oxbow lagoon or “wafwa,” which retains a small amount of water all year, the lodge looks out onto open grassland. By day the plain is frequented by grazing mammals, and by night it becomes a hunting ground for Lions. In the absence of fences, game moves freely through the lodge grounds. Elephant, hippo, bushbuck and other antelope are regularly seen within the confines of the camp and there are healthy populations of lion, leopard, buffalo and giraffe in the immediate area.
Three nights at Lion Camp in a chalet with all meals & progammed activities included.
Day 7 Livingstone, Zambia
This morning you will return to Mfuwe for your flight to Livingstone, via Lusaka. Upon arrival in Livingstone, you will be met by a representative and transferred to the ZigZag B&B where you will settle into your rooms and meet the staff- Lynne, Mercy, and others who help make this basic but homey place our GSGC home away from home! Some of your activities the following day may include:
- learning about the local issues facing the people here
- a visit to Wayi-Wayi art studios
- visiting some of the children that we support
- spending time with the leaders of the organizations, hearing their stories and learning about their work in the local communities
- visiting LACP’s Saturday morning program that offers a safe gathering place for orphaned and vulnerable children to come and “be children”
Two nights at the ZigZag B&B in standard rooms on a bed and breakfast basis.
Day 9 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Have you pen and UniVisa in hand because this morning you will be met and transferred across the border to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe with Customs and Immigration formalities en route. One of the original natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is breathtaking and not surprisingly a World Heritage Site. Known locally as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ this spectacle is accessible from both Zambia and Zimbabwe. Unlike other waterfalls, Victoria Falls has a natural catwalk across from the falls which provides for spectacular viewing.
One night at the Victoria Falls Hotel in a standard single on a bed and breakfast basis
Day 10 Chobe & Zambezi Rivers, Namibia & Botswana
Today you will collected by Wild Horizons and transferred from your hotel to Kasane Immigration, clearing Customs and Immigration formalities enroute. Motorized boat transfer from Kasane Immigration to the Pangolin Voyager Houseboat with a stop at the Namibia Immigration office. Have your passport and pen handy (no visa required)!
Three nights on the Pangolin Voyager Houseboat in standard cabins on a full board basis including local beverages, scheduled game viewing activities and park fees.
Day 13 Departure for US
Today you will say good-bye to your lovely safari boat and transfer to the Kasane Airport (clearing Immigration first) where you will fly to Johannesburg and connect with your flight back to the US.