So’n Africa: Safari, Culture & Philanthropy
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2017 Dates to be announced
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 Hwange National Park and along the Chobe River.
- Visit the majestic Victoria Falls.
- Engage with our local partners
Enjoy your adventure!
Day 1 Arrival in Southern Africa
Welcome to Johannesburg! Upon arrival, you will be met by a BidAir representative who will assist you with Immigration formalities. The Bidair representative will be standing at the entrance of the terminal building, before you enter Immigration. They will have a sign with your name on it. As they are not allowed to hold it very high (you’re still in a secured part of the airport), look closely for someone in a BidAir uniform holding a sign. 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 Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
This morning you will depart on your scheduled flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Upon arrival, you will all proceed through Customs & Immigration formalities (have your passport & ballpoint pen handy!) at which time you purchase your UniVisa for Zimbabwe and Zambia. You will then proceed to your Wilderness Air shared seat on charter flight to Davison’s airstrip located deep within Hwange Nat’l Park.
Three nights at Davison’s Camp in standard tents on a full board basis, including shared game viewing activities, local beverages and limited laundry.
Day 5 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
This morning you will return to Victoria Falls via your shared seat in charter Wilderness Air flight. Your Wild Horizons’ representative will meet you upon arrival at which time you will begin your activities in the area. Over the next day and a half you will explore Victoria Falls and surrounds and have the unique opportunity to spend time with Rose of Charity, GSGC’s partner in Victoria Falls. You will meet the team from Rose of Charity, learn about the work they do for disadvantaged children in both the high density suburbs of Victoria Falls as well as those out in the more rural areas, and learn about the girls’ empowerment programs. Additionally, you may have a chance to chat with some of the girls in the program, visit a school and a homestead, as well as take in the spectacular Victoria Falls. Your time will be busy as there is so much to see and experience!
One night at the Ilala Lodge in standard rooms on a bed and breakfast basis.
Day 6 Livingstone, Zambia
Following your full day of continued activities in the Victoria Falls area, you will be met by your Wild Horizons driver and transferred across the Zambian border to the ZigZag B&B in Livingstone, Zambia. (Transfer time is approximately one hour). You will NOT need to purchase a visa at this time as you will have already purchased your UniVisa in Zimbabwe. Upon arrival at ZigZag, 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!
Heidi will go over the plans for your next day in Livingstone.
Some of the activities 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
Two nights at the ZigZag B&B in standard rooms on a bed and breakfast basis.
Day 8 Chobe & Zambezi Rivers, Namibia & Botswana
Today you will collected by Wild Horizons and transferred from ZigZag B&B to Kasane Immigration, clearing Customs and Immigration formalities enroute. Motorized boat transfer from Kasane Immigration to the Chobe Princess Safariboat with a stop at the Namibia Immigration office. Have your passport and pen handy (no visa required).
Three nights on the Chobe Princess Safariboat in standard cabins on a full board basis including local beverages, scheduled game viewing activities and park fees.
Day 11 Departure for the US
Today you will say good-bye to your lovely safariboat and the continent of Africa as you transfer to the Kasane Airport for your departure flight to the US, via Johannesburg.
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