Zambia Building and Wildlife Experience

From £1,599.00

Highlights

Build new homes for rural Zambian villages

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 and river safari on Chobe River
  • Wildlife Spotting and bush camping in Botswana
  • Get involved in community work- help out at a school, or a nursery
  • Chill out in Livingstone and visit the world famous Victoria Falls!

Trip Summary

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, as well as work in the pharmacy at the hospital. 

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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Trip itinerary

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Destination Information

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.

Trip Notes

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 from 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 & FAQ's

Minimum Age & Eligibility

Minimum age 18, maximum decided on health and fitness of participant.

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

Accomodation & Meals

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 either be staying in large Canvas Safari tents or in a chalet, depending on the number of volunteers booked onto the programme at the time that you travel. The Canvas tents are comfortable and large enough to stand up and move around in. They are waterproof and are fitted with mosquito netting.

The chalets are dorm style rooms, sharing with other volunteers. They are en-suite, have electricity, a fan, and mosquito nets.

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.

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.

FAQs

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.

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!

How Much Spending Money Would You Recommend I Take?

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

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.

Extra Notes

Visa Information

Real Gap Experience are not visa experts and it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel documents before your trip starts. We advise you check the visa and general entry requirements with the relevant embassy before travel.

UK passport holders

British passport holders need a visa to enter Zambia. You can get a visa from the Zambian High Commission in London before you travel. Single and double entry visit visas are available at all ports of entry, but multi-entry visas are not.

You should check your visa endorsement for the period of your stay in Zambia. Although you are allowed 90 days per calendar year the immigration officer will not normally endorse the full length of time upon entry.

For further information about entry requirements visit the website of the Zambian High Commission in London or visit Zambia Department of Immigration.

On leaving Zambia, all air passengers must pay a departure tax of US$25. Although this is normally included in the cost of an air ticket you will be asked to pay separately in Zambian Kwacha if it is not.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Zambia and have 2 blank pages.

Non-UK passport holders

If you are not a UK passport holder, you will need to contact your nearest Embassy, High Commission, Consulate for the country that you are travelling to in order to obtain the relevant visa for your time away.

Further information

All volunteers will need to obtain a double-entry business visa for their time in Zambia. When requesting your visa please state that you would like a double entry business visa and that you are volunteering at Mwandi Mission.

For entry into Botswana, volunteers require a tourist visa.

Visa courier service

If you would like assistance getting your visa, we recommend Visa Central who can offer you assistance and advice, making your visa application straight forward.

To investigate costs for this service click here to select the country or countries that you wish to travel to.

Reviews

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william darley

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What were the highlights of your trip?

There were so many highlights that it would be hard to mention all in such a small box but if I had to try and pick one of them would be the amazing team that were out there at the camp where i stayed who I know I will be in contact with and be a part of my life for many years to come. they would do anything to help and make your trip as special as possible and were a large part of making it one of the best experiences of my life. The other would be the total immersion in a truly amazing local community that I genuinely felt I was both helping and appreciated the me being there what ever it was I was able to do. Mwandi and the and all the people I lived with will forever hold a special place in my heart. the trip to Botswana was also a real highlight an something i think everyone should do once in there life. but against the other two points i mentioned this was a small part of what i took away with me from Africa. i will and must return one day hopefully soon.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

No only to have made my trip longer unfortunately commitments would not allow this.

Tips for other travellers?

book as long as you can as it will go so quickly. embrace everything you can do while travelling. don't worry or think about getting home as you will be there before you know it and wish you were back on you travels.

Any other comments?

Paula, Dan, Mat, Mary, Berry, Gabby, Felix, Martin, Martin, Charles and Bobby to most people these are just names but to me these are some of the nicest and amazing people i have ever met genuinely enriched my life for meeting and living with them for the time i did.

Ellena Beaver

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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!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

No because this trip is so diverse! You do everything from safaris to teaching to building. What more do you want!

Tips for other 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

Any other comments?

Everyone at camp is wonderful. The people who run camp are the best people you will ever meet! There's no need to be nervous at all. The local people are incredible and the safaris are amazing! Make the most of your last 3 days in Linvingstone by visiting Victoria falls!

Zoe Bakehouse

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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.

Tips for other 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.

Johan Lonn

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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.

Tips for other 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.

Any other comments?

Paula who runs the volunteering projects really goes out of her way to make the trip unforgettable! She helps you skip lines in passport controls, arrange for private safari trip and have built up a great "camp" with excellent facilities that were way beyond my expectations! I would recommend this to anyone who wants a great experience and something a bit different for many of the ordinary volunteering trips!

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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.

Tips for other 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.

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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!!!

Tips for other 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!!!

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