Zambia Expedition
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$3,195 (was $3,549), 48 days, Zambia Trip code: ZAXP

  • Adventure 5 out of 5
  • Relaxation 4 out of 5
  • Culture 4 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • A two week South to North expedition through Zambia on 4x4 
  • Victoria Falls and extreme sports on the Zambezi river
  • Five day kayak expedition to Kalambo and Isanga bay
  • Three day trekking tour to stunning watefalls
  • Five day boat safari within Sumbu National Park
  • Explore Kapishya Hot Springs and Shiva N’gandu
  • Go on awe-inspiring wildlife safaris and lion walks
  • Volunteer on a community project and make a difference
  • Feel the atmosphere in lively Livingstone

Trip Summary

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Looking for the biggest adventure that the world has ever seen?! On this 48 day spectacular, you'll be experiencing the best of Zambia by riding the rapids on a white water rafting adventure in Livingstone seeing Victoria Fall, trekking your way through awesome scenery, kayaking on lake Tanganyika and going on 4x4 and boat safaris (amongst so much more!). Not only that, but you'll get the chance to give back to the community by volunteering at a local project too.

 

The final week of your adventure will end with a boat safari in the remote and unspoiled Sumbu National Park where you stand a chance to see elephant, impala, warthog, hippo, crocodiles, baboons on a walking safari. 

 

Please note: The Zambia Expedition is an active program which requires a decent level of fitness.


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What will I be doing?

  • Days 1 to 5 (5 days)

  • Days 6 to 9 (3 days)

  • Days 10 to 16 (10 days)

  • Days 17 to 36 (21 days)

  • Days 37-48 (11 days)

Days 1 to 5: 5 days

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Destination info

Zambia is known as the Land of the legendary African walking safari, one of Earth's biggest waterfalls, the wild Zambezi River, breath-taking lakes and wetlands, an abundance of wildlife and vast expanses of wilderness. Zambia's people live in peace and harmony, despite being bordered by turbulent countries: to the south Zimbabwe and to the north the Democratic Republic of Congo. Zambia also borders Botswana, Tanzania, Angola, Namibia and Mozambique.

  • Location: Base camp, Vic Falls

The itinerary for the Zambia Expedition differs between the dry and green season. Please note that the majority of the trip remains the same, but the changes for the green season will be highlighted in italics!

 

Day 1- When you’ve landed into Lusaka Airport, you’ll be taken back to the camp where you’ll have an orientation. This’ll be your chance to ask our awesome in-country team any impending questions about the trip!

 

Day 2- We’ll head south early today to reach Livingstone before midday, so you guys can settle in. After lunch, you’ll access the gates to one of the world’s seven wonders, Victoria Falls! Viccy Falls is 1,1km wide, and as it's so big you'll need a good portion of the day to really take it in. We'll drop you back off at base- and when you get back a short, but amusing surprise will be waiting for you! We'll then go over the next few day's adventures with you.

 

Day 3/4/5- Next we'll be spending three full days in the lively Livingstone, so expect adventure galore! There are so many options in regards to what you could get up to: Whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, george swing over the mighty river Zambezi, a helicopter ride to see the Victoria Falls from the air, canoeing, lion walk, evening boat cruise or a half-day safari within the National park Mosi-oa-Tunya (these are all extras, but we can help you book them up!).

 

Of course there are there are loads of things to do in Livingstone besides 'adventure' activities; there are fab coffee bars, cool markets to explore, and parks where you can just chill out!

 

Days 6 to 9: 3 days

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Destination info

Zambia is known as the Land of the legendary African walking safari, one of Earth's biggest waterfalls, the wild Zambezi River, breath-taking lakes and wetlands, an abundance of wildlife and vast expanses of wilderness. Zambia's people live in peace and harmony, despite being bordered by turbulent countries: to the south Zimbabwe and to the north the Democratic Republic of Congo. Zambia also borders Botswana, Tanzania, Angola, Namibia and Mozambique.

  • Location: All over... places you won't be able to pronounce until you've done it...!

Day 6/7-  It’s time to move north in order to reach the great East road leading towards the Luangwa Valley. We’ll have our lunch break near the Kafue River, which is known to hold one of the world's most diverse wildlife habitats!

 

We head on and reach the camp in the early afternoon and settle for the night. Get ready for a proper African Braai (BBQ) this evening! Tomorrow we’ll reach our next camp, which has a swimming pool and a restaurant. We'll spend just one night here in order to enter the South Luangwa National Park early tomorrow morning. 

 

Day 6/7- (Green Season) a hours drive takes us to the Botswana border, where we'll cross the Zambezi River and clear into Botswana. Here we will enjoy a full day Safari within the Chobe National park, and you're sure to see loads of different types of wildlife here! The morning safari is done by boat with professional safari guides and shortly after the lunch buffet you'll jump into open 4x4 jeeps and spend the afternoon photographing wildlife, so make sure you have your camera ready! You’ll be back in Livingstone just in time for dinner. The following day we'll prepare our departure from Livingstone and drive north for two hours or so. Along the way we'll stop off at a vollages craft centre and workshop, where you'll be able to learn about authentic African craft!

 

Day 8- We'll reach our next camp well before lunch and once we've got settled, lunch will be made for you and straight after, we'll head into the nearby National Park. Then, we'll spend the entire afternoon checking out the park, and if you'd like, we can even rearrange a night drive in open safari jeeps (as evenings give us the best chance to see the rare leopard!).

 

Day 8- (Green season) - It’s time to move further north in order to reach our next stop, the reptile farm, where we'll spend the afternoon and night. Here you will see snakes and crocodiles from a safe, but close, distance and your dinner will be an Africian delicacy, it's all about giving it a go!

 

Days 10 to 16: 10 days

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Destination info

Zambia is known as the Land of the legendary African walking safari, one of Earth's biggest waterfalls, the wild Zambezi River, breath-taking lakes and wetlands, an abundance of wildlife and vast expanses of wilderness. Zambia's people live in peace and harmony, despite being bordered by turbulent countries: to the south Zimbabwe and to the north the Democratic Republic of Congo. Zambia also borders Botswana, Tanzania, Angola, Namibia and Mozambique.

  • Location: You'll be moving around...

Day 9- After an early start, we’ll aim to reach the entrance to the park this at the mega early 06.30am- but don't worry, it's going to be worth it! The tour guide will be stopping a load of times so you can take as many photos as you’d like, which will be perfect for making friends and family jealous when you get back home! We’ll stay inside the park until it closes (5:30pm) and then we’ll return to the camp for a great sunset (aka, the end to a perfect day!)

 

Day 9 (Green Season) Today we'll leave civilization and head into what the locals call the bush- there are no shops, no traffic lights... only mud-houses and grass roofs. On our way to the Northern Province we pass some huge vegetable markets before reaching the camp where we'll take a walk to see some spectacular views and a beautiful landscape. After an afternoon activity we'll have dins and set up the campfire. (Sure we can squeeze in a little sing song whilst we're out there too!)

 

Day 10/11 - Rise and shine, we’ll be heading towards Luambe National Park early this morning! When reaching the Luambe wilderness we'll stop for lunch at a great spot. After some hours we start heading towards another bush camp- which is located right by the Luangwa River. We are now at the gateway to North Luangwa National Park and early tomorrow we’ll pass through a good 100km of National park, where you’ll get to see an incredible array of wildlife and landscape. We’ll arrive at Natwunga bush camp in the early evening, where we can chill out, sit around and discuss all of our adventures so far. It's only day 11, and you'll have already seen so much!

 

Day 10/11 (Green Season) We are just a few hours from the famous Mutinondo wilderness and we'll arrive at some point during the morning. We’ll will take a walk within the lodge premises and get orientated about the place. After lunch we go trekking. The route is classed as easy/medium (but there will be a few tougher inclines, so please remember to bring your waling boots/good trainers!). We'll finish off with a refreshing dip in a clear waterfall before dinner- which is the perfect way to cool off before we eat! The following day brings another half-day trek with more spectacular nature and great views. For those who can ride, this will be optional for the afternoon, or we can go to the natural river pool for a lay down in the sun.

 

Day 12- On this day we’ll visit the awesome African house, ‘Shiva N’gandu’ where a guide will fill you in on the history of the site. To chill out in between the tour we’ll have lunch in the wild before we head on to the Kapishya hot springs where you can lap up the joys of the natural hot baths and buy cold refreshments a few meters away!

 

Day 13/14 - Heading on from Kapishya, we’ll stay in a guest house in Kasama for the night and there will be a chance to cash out at an ATM and do a bit of shopping if you're up for a bit of retail therapy! You will order tonight’s dinner at the guesthouse- which we're sure will be scrummy! Our next day will take us to Lake Tanganyika, which is the longest lake in the world. We’ll then take a boat across to the lodge which will be your base for the next upcoming adventures. Here you’ll settle in and have and afternoon tea along with an orientation so you can get settled in in our new location!

 

Days 17 to 36: 21 days

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Destination info

Zambia is known as the Land of the legendary African walking safari, one of Earth's biggest waterfalls, the wild Zambezi River, breath-taking lakes and wetlands, an abundance of wildlife and vast expanses of wilderness. Zambia's people live in peace and harmony, despite being bordered by turbulent countries: to the south Zimbabwe and to the north the Democratic Republic of Congo. Zambia also borders Botswana, Tanzania, Angola, Namibia and Mozambique.

  • Location: At our project!

Day 15 – On this day you’ll wake up to a sunrise and an amazing lake view- so be prepared for a stunner of a morning! The project leaders will show you around the facilities of our volunteering project- where you'll be getting stuck in and making a difference to the local community. You’ll also be introduced to the nearby villages and receive a 45 minute presentation by a local villager over the “Lungu” tribe traditions and great differences on western and African culture seen with local eyes. We’ll have an active afternoon with the kids of the nearby village, and if you'd like- we can go for a quick swim after too!

 

Day 16/17 - Over the next few days we’ll be getting involved with a load of sporting activities, from fresh water snorkeling, a volleyball tournament, waterskiing and a morning trek for good views. We'll go over the upcoming kayak expedition so you know what's going on, then we'll try and get an early night- as we've got a busy few days ahead of us!

 

Day 18/22 (5 days) – On the first day you'll sail for 2½ hours to Mbeta Island, have a cheeky snack, and after another 2 hours or so we'll be at Crocodile Island where your guide awaits you in the island camp. You'll play football with the local kids if you have the energy! The following day, we'll then kayak for 4½ hours aor so and reach our next lodge, a beautiful and isolated white beach! You have lunch and spend the afternoon with beach games and relaxation. On the 3rd day of the kayak expedition you leave the beach at around 09.00 and trek towards Kalambo Falls, the 2nd longest waterfall in Africa. We’ll have lunch at the fall and head down when you're ready. We have an early dinner and hit the sack. The following morning we'll get up with the sun and start paddling; the views you'll see will be amazing! We'll reach our next lodge after just 2 hours and we'll experience another paradise on earth. Here is electricity and therefore obviously a bar! Dinner is served in the dining room at 18.00 hours and you'll have the evening free to do as you wish! Paddles up- on the last day on the kayak expedition we'll row around 24 km, it sounds a lot but we'll go at a steady pace and with all the awesome things you'll be seeing, you won't even realise how far you've gone! If you're feeling really hardcore, you start off at 08.00 hours and paddle all the way, but if not, you can be towed half way. As both groups are guided, it's completely up to you. You'll be back at the lodge around 14-15.00 hours, ready for a few hours rest before dinner.

 

Day 23 - This morning you'll have the chance to put your feet up and relax- you'll have the whole morning at your disposal, and after the amazing kayak expedition, we're sure you'll need a bit of a rest! In the afternoon we'll introduce you to the volunteer project and you'll get to know the project staff ahead of your time over the next few days.

 

Day 24/31 (8 days) - We focus on the project and all hands are occupied until we complete our mission and finalise the chosen village project. Volunteering is incredible rewarding, and although it can be hard work, we're sure you'll have a fantastic time getting to know everybody, and making a difference.

 

Day 32- Meat-processing-day. A proper BBQ starts with gathering the food. We gather at 07.30 ready to secure our own steaks for the evening “braai”. If you're not comfortable with this you don't have to get involved, but we do kill, clean and cut the meat into wanted offcuts which we'll marinate and cold-smoke to our taste. We have a quick lunch, prepare the dinner tables and start up the big grill… as the sun sets around 17.30 we have a feast on our hands!

 

Day 33- Before lunch your guides will orientate you about the upcoming trekking trip to 'Eventure Falls'. You'll pack and prepare so that you’re ready for take off early tomorrow. We'll have afternoon tea later on (guess what time of day?!) and we'll take it easy for the rest of the day.

 

Day 34/35/36- The trekking starts a bit rough since the first 4km is mostly upwards. There are spectacular views over the longest lake in the world and the islands where you visited during your kayak expeditions- but this time you'll be seeing it from above! We’ll reach our first campsite at the top of the 110m falls after 6 hours of trekking and have a dip in the private lagoon. The following day will only be a 1½ hour trek to the base of the falls however you’ll take part in a series of activities at the falls in order to truly experience the nature at this stunning place in Africa. On the third day you walk through the wilderness and reach the home base in time for some food!

Days 37-48: 11 days

Destination info

Zambia is known as the Land of the legendary African walking safari, one of Earth's biggest waterfalls, the wild Zambezi River, breath-taking lakes and wetlands, an abundance of wildlife and vast expanses of wilderness. Zambia's people live in peace and harmony, despite being bordered by turbulent countries: to the south Zimbabwe and to the north the Democratic Republic of Congo. Zambia also borders Botswana, Tanzania, Angola, Namibia and Mozambique.

  • Location: Zambia

Day 37- Together with guides and tour leaders, we'll prepare for all details for a sports tournament. You can choose which sport you want the tournament to revolve around- from basketball, football, beach volleyball or creative games- so make sure you get stuck in! The tournament is held from 15:00-17.30 this afternoon. 

 

Day 38- the final trip which takes place from your Tanganyika base it the boat safari to Sumbu National Park. Today you’re orientated and totally ready for more action. The boat is packed with the tour gear and left ready for take off tomorrow morning.  

 

Day 39/43 (5 days) The boat safari starts early and we’ll have breakfast on board. We'll reach the mouth of the Lufubu River at midday, the river from the border between the mainland and the Sumbu National Park. We’ll be based on a huge beach where fishing and a short 1-hour hike is on the menu. Next morning we'll depart early in order to spend a full day inside the national park at Kasaba bay area. Here we go on a walking safari accompanied by ZAWA scouts who will inform us about the park and its wildlife. The night is spent in the sand dune which covers an area of 1sq km. The following day our boat safari takes us to Nkamba bay which is considered the heart of Sumbu NP. The bay itself is spectacular and the plains of Nkamba Bay are also experienced on a walking safari. Hippos, warthogs, baboons, elephants, sitatunga and crocodiles are among the common seen animals here in this region, not to forget the amazing abundance of birdlife. The night is spent at the mouth of the bay with scenery to remember. On our fourth day we'll sail to a peninsula of amazing blue water and white beaches, and here we'll take a peek at the balancing rocks and enjoy the silence. We spend the last night in the open around the bonfire and the following morning we'll head back to our main basecamp for lunch. 

 

Day 44/45/46- During the next three days you'll say your goodbyes to Lake Tanganyika, to your new “home” in Africa, to some of your guides, the staff, the villagers and Zambia in general. Not going to lie- it's going to be a sad time for you lot, but don't fret, we'll still have a few days left yet! Through various activities and a farewell bash arranged by your guides you’ll be sure to leave a place with lovely memories and unforgettable experiences. We’ll also arrange for a Disney cartoon of choice to be displayed on a big screen with a projector where more than 100 village children will come to watch. This is a VERY big event for the children and an experience to remember! The last day on the base we'll have an orientation and then prepare for your return back to Lusake airport.

 

Day 47/48- We'll cross the lake to Mpulungu and head for Lusaka. Your guide has lunch-packs and snacks for the trip (so don't worry about your stomachs, you won't go hungry!). Dinner you can buy at a cafeteria on the way (approx 5 GBP incl. drinks). As you arrive to Lusaka you will go to a hostel where you can wash or shower and store your bags for the day. Taxis for the airport will be arranged from here and for those leaving in the evening lunch will be served before your afternoon taxi takes you to Lusaka Airport!

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What's included?

  • Accommodation: Lodge, camps, tents, hostels throughout Zambia
  • Most meals throughout the Expedition
  • Arrival and farewell parties
  • All travel according to the program itinerary in 4x4 vehicles, buses and jeeps
  • Village development project
  • Pickup at Lusaka Airport
  • Free use of tennis, basketball and beach volley court
  • English speaking guides
  • Waterskiing
  • Pre-Arrival Online Account

What's not included?

  • Flights and Visa
  • 4 meals throughout the trip
  • Taxi from hostel to Airport on day of departure (6 GBP/person)
  • Optional extras stated in the itinerary

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 18 years old. Recommended upper age limit of 30 years old.

 

Minimum numbers required on this trip

This trip requires minimum numbers so please do not book any flights until we have contacted you to confirm that the trip is running.

 

Accommodation

The accommodation varies night on night, and you will be staying at a variety of locations during your stay. Accommodation will range from lodge, camps, tents and hostels. Camping and staying in tents is a big part of the trip so make sure you bring a decent sleeping mat!

 

Meals

165 of the 169 meals will be included within your itinerary! BBQ on the top of a mountain, anyone?

 

Is this trip for you?

If you like getting under the skin of a country by exploring, having a go at adventure sports, interacting with locals and getting stuck in to volunteering and community projects, then this mega adventure is for you!

 

Please note: The Zambia Expedition is an active program which requires a decent level of fitness.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

FAQ

1. How much spending money should I take with me?

We'd recommend that you take about US$1000-1200 worth of Zambian Kwacha on your adventure. You won't be able to spend money whilst you're on site, but during your time in Livingstone/during times of travel you will need spending money for extra activities. Most meals are included, however you will have to pay for four. You can't pay with US$ inside Zambia. The best thing to do is bring a VISA card.

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