Zambia Building, Community & Wildlife Experience
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From £1,299, 26 days, across Botswana, & Zambia Trip code: ZACW

  • Adventure 4 out of 5
  • Relaxation 2 out of 5
  • Culture 5 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Build a new home for a Zambian families and disadvantaged children
  • Four day Safari into Botswana including a game drive in Chobe National Park
  • Get involved in community work- help out at a school, or a nursery
  • Wildlife Spotting and bush camping in Botswana
  • Chill out in Livingstone and visit the world famous Victoria Falls!

Trip Summary

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On our 'Zambia Building, Community and Wildlife Experience', you'll be getting stuck in to community life from the start! Get your hands dirty, help to build new homes for a rural Zambian village using traditional methods, and learn from an amazing community about their culture. You'll also have the rewarding opportunity to help out in a local school and nursery and visit a local feeding programme for orphaned children.

 

After all that hard work you'll be in need of a well deserved break and we have just the thing- an epic safari in Botswana! Experience awesome landscapes, loads of wildlife and photo opportunities galore- and get to see a host of great animals in the wild. You'll also get the chance to see Victoria Falls, which is something you'll really want to tick off your bucket list!


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What will I be doing?

  • Volunteer project (Days 1 to 11)

  • Safari time (Days 12 to 16)

  • Volunteer project (Days 17 to 22)

  • Live it up in Livingstone (Days 23 to 26)

Volunteer project: Days 1 to 11

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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: Mwandi

Day 1:
On arrival at Livingstone airport you will be met by one of the local coordinators who will take you to your accommodation, and you'll be given your welcome orientation. Everybody's really friendly, so they'll make you feel settled in to time!


Day 2-11:
On day 2 you will be taken to the rural Zambian village of Mwandi. On arrival you will be taken on a tour of the village so you know where you'll be working over the next four weeks. Throughout your time in Mwandi you will be volunteering in the community to help the most needy and really make a difference to their lives! Mwandi is a 'real' African village, so you'll be able to authentically experience life for the Zambians.

 

The main focus of your volunteer work will be building African style houses using traditional methods and materials such as mud and wood, for the most needy families in the village. Everyone gets involved in building the new homes, from the young children to the elderly residents of the village. The qualified local staff will also be on hand to show you what to do and guide you with the project!


As a volunteer, you may also be able to assist the teachers in the village pre school or middle school with classes. If you're a qualified teacher you may be able to take some of the classes too! Near to the school there's a centre for disadvantaged and vulnerable children, where a feeding programme takes place to give qualifiying children a healthy lunch six days of the week. As a volunteer you are invited to visit the feeding programme and observe the fantastic work that is taking place. After school hours, you are welcome to spend time with the children playing games and helping them with their reading; sports are also popular with the children and you are welcome to set up a few games!


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

Safari time: Days 12 to 16

Next Leg

Destination info

Botswana is located in Southern Africa, landlocked, it shares borders with Namibia in the west and north, Zambia in the north, Zimbabwe in the northeast andSouth Africa in the east and south.

 

The Republic of Namibia is situated in the southwest of Africa; it is a large country with a fairly parched landscape. It shares borders with Angola to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south.

  • Location: Botswana and Namibia

Day 12:

It’s an early start today as it is time to head off into Botswana for your awesome safari. You will be using the car ferry at the Kazungula border to cross into Botswana, it is a unique crossing as you will see where Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia meet. It will take approximately half the day to reach your destination in Botswana, a traditional African Bush camp which is approximately 55km north of Nata. After a long journey, you will have the opportunity to have a hot mineral shower whilst gazing at the spectacular African starry skies; a perfect way to relax after a long day!


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 

Day 13:
Today you’ll be spending the whole day at the bush camp, it covers 25,000 hectares of land and is home to an abundance of game. Sitting on the balcony with a cold drink in hand you may be lucky enough to see Elephants taking a drink less than 7 metres away – a very rare opportunity! There is also an opportunity for you to explore the reserve on a game drive in an open safari vehicle with an experienced guide (approximately US$16 per person for 3.5 hours), don’t forget to take your camera! Alternatively you may like to join a bush walk with one of the experienced guides and see the reserve from a completely difference aspect (approximately US$8 per person).

 

In the evening, dinner will be served around a large fire pit where you can sit and listen to the wonderful sounds of the local wildlife.

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 

Day 14:
It’s a late morning departure from camp today as you head north to Kasane and the Chobe Waterfront where you will be setting up camp with Thebe River Safaris on the banks of the stunning Chobe River. The rest of the day will be your own free time to do as you please, whether it'll be taking a leisurely swim, playing darts in the lapa or simply relaxing with a good book whilst listening to the local Hippos!

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 

Day 15:
Today you will be exploring Chobe National Park and all the wonders it has to offer; it is home to awesome wildlife as well as approximately 200,000 elephants- so remember to bring your camera along! You’ll be taken on a game drive in an open safari vehicle with an experienced guide in the morning. Later, you will head back to camp for lunch before being taken into the nearby town of Kasane where you are welcome to check emails or explore the town. You will also be taken on a Chobe River Safari which is certainly an experience not to be missed.

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 

Day 16:
It’ll be an early start today as you head back to Zambia, on the way you take a drive through Namibia’s scenic Caprivi strip in the north east of the country. You should arrive back in Mwandi, Zambia in the early afternoon.

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

Volunteer project: Days 17 to 22

Next Leg

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: Mwandi

Day 17-22:

For the final part of your programme you will need to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty again as you continue volunteering with the local community in Mwandi. Help build new homes for the most needy using traditional building methods, help the teachers in the local school and visit the feeding programme at the care centre for disadvantaged or vulnerable children. This is a thoroughly rewarding programme and you will be able to leave Zambia safe in the knowledge that you have helped to improve the lives of a local family for years to come.

 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

Live it up in Livingstone: Days 23 to 26

Destination info

Livingstone is a historic colonial city and present capital of the Southern Province of Zambia. Its location is perfectly placed on the mighty Zambezi River where one of the seven natural wonders of the world; Vic Falls is its main attraction.  Livingstone is indeed a traveller's fairytale destination from water water rafting to paragliding, you can do it all in this wonderland.

  • Location: Livingstone

Day 23-25:
As your Zambian adventure nears its end, it is time to bid a fond farewell to your new found friends in Mwandi, although it’s not time to say goodbye to Zambia just yet. For your final few days in this amazing country you will be staying in Livingstone where you will have free time to relax and perhaps even visit the famous Victoria Falls – one of the seven wonders of the natural world.

 

There is so much to do at Victoria Falls from White Water Rafting, Jet Boat rides and scenic walks to shopping at the curio markets nearby!

 

Day 26:
Today your programme comes to end, you are free to continue your travels in Africa or head back home. 

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What's included?

  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Arrival orientation
  • Project related transport
  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals per day except for the last 3 days
  • Assistance from in-country co-ordinator
  • 24 hour support form your local co-ordinator

What's not included?

  • Personal travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Food on the last 3 days
  • Items of a personal nature including snacks, drinks and optional excursions
  • Visas
  • Return airport transfer

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 17 years with parental consent, maximum decided on health and fitness of participant.

 

Minimum numbers required on this trip

There are no minimum numbers on the trip.

Please note: you may be the only volunteer at your chosen project at any one time. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact us

 

Accommodation

On arrival you will be taken to a backpacker hostel in Livingstone for your first nights accommodation. This will be in a shared dormitory style room with other volunteers.

 

Whilst on the programme in Mwandi village you will be staying in large Canvas Safari tents. These are comfortable and large enough to stand up and move around in. They are waterproof and are fitted with mosquito netting. There is also a large brick kitchen for all meals and hot and cold showers to use.

 

Whilst on the tour to Botswana, you will be staying in small nylon 4 man tents with 2 volunteers per tent. Sleeping mats and pillows will be provided.

 

The last three nights of the programme you will stay at a backpacker hostel in an eight bed dorm. 

 

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included throughout the programme except on the last 3 days, where no meals are provided. During these last 3 days, you will be able to purchase food cheaply at the hostel from $2.

 

Is this trip for you?

You may be the only volunteer at your chosen project at any one time. However, you will still have the full support of your in-country team and those at the project. If you are looking for a group volunteering experience we have plenty of options for you to consider.

 

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.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

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

 

FAQ

1. What is the average age of people on this trip?

The minimum age is 18 years and the maximum decided on potential participants’ health. Please be prepared that you may be working with volunteers of all ages.

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2. Will I be the only person travelling by myself?

No, the majority of our travellers are solo travellers and you will meet lots of people on each programme!

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3. How much spending money would you recommend I take?

We generally recommend that you take around £50-£60 per week.

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4. Do I need any vaccinations?

As we are not medically trained we cannot give you medical advice. You must make an appointment to see your GP or travel nurse who will be able to give you the best and most up to date travel health advice and more information about vaccinations.

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DBS

You have booked a programme which requires an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check to be completed. We can carry this out for you and your travel advisor will explain the charges at the time of booking.

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Overall rating: (9/10) (5 reviews)
Zambia Building, Community & Wildlife Experience

Ellena Beaver - September 2014

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Incredible, eye opening, unforgettable, breath taking, made new friends, once in a life time,

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

How I am meant to pick just one highlight I do not know! This trip was incredible. The safaris I'm Botswana were incredible! Sitting less than 5metres from elephants drinking at the water hole, whilst drinking cocktails around the campfire was incredible!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

- make the most of the locals. They are all beautiful and are so thankful for you work. Talk to them and interact with them as much as you can. - do as much as you can whilst you're there, make the most of your time. - always make sure you put your health first and take your medication

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

10

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Zoe Bakehouse - August 2014

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Life changing. Eye opening. Humbling. Can't wait until next time.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Being welcomed so well and working so close with the locals in the village. Visiting Victoria Falls. Sitting just meters from elephants while eating dinner at Elephant Sands in Botswana.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Pack less, take more money! No one cares if you wear the same pairs of shoes every day! Talk to locals & join in when offered. (If you feel safe!). Keep an open mind.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

7

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Johan Lonn - August 2013

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(10/10)
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Fun, rewarding, enjoyable, made life long memories!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
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What were the highlights of your trip?

Everything from the building to the people to the Botswana trip! Working alongside the locals you are welcomed into the community and made to feel welcome by some of the nicest people I have ever meet. Building the hut is very rewarding and you can follow the progress daily. The Botswana trip is a great break from the hard work allowing you to see some of the amazing wildlife at an arms lengths distance while enjoying a cold drink.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Talk to the locals in Mwandi as they are truly some of the nicest people you will ever meet. When in Livingstone do not miss out on the rafting and seeing the Victoria falls as it is truly an expense. Don't be afraid to travel alone as you will meet some incredible people on your travels.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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Lisa Moxham - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Unforgettable! Life changing! So friendly! Will definatly be going back!!!!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
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What were the highlights of your trip?

Everything! I loved it all! I have to say that the camp at Mwandi is absolutly wondeful! Also the trip into Botswna is fantastic. I think most of all, the best part was the community when we were buliding the hut! There were only 3 of us and the local women and children helped us so much! They were brilliant! I miss everything!!!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

-Do everything you can! See everything and don't restrict yourselves! So take plenty of money! The bungee was brilliant!!! -Go to Victoria falls! I have never seen anything so fantastic! -Try the local culture! Learn a few words, try their food (crocodile is nice :) ) and go SEE things!!!

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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Rachel Smith - July 2011

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(8/10)
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Utterly unforgettable with amazing people and places

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(6/10)
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(10/10)
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Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Everything was a highlight, there wasn't a bad moment on the whole trip. The little extra that I did around Mwandi and in Livingstone like river trips and Livingstone island walk. The safari in Botswana was amazing and unforgettable.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Don't leave everything to the last minute. If there is something wrong or you are unsure about everything contact your provide. Read up and read through all information thoroughly.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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