Community & Conservation Safari

9 nights

 

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Community Visit
Game Drive
Walking Safari
Canoeing
River Cruise

A safari with a difference. Not only will you get a chance to explore the beautiful national parks in Zambia and Zimbabwe with river and land activities but you will also have the unique opportunity to understand more about the intricate world of conservation, first-hand. Conservation is a multifaceted issue, from anti-poaching efforts to minimising human/wildlife conflict on the borders of national parks, there are many ways to address the problems we are faced with.

African Bush Camps Foundation partners with these communities to improve their quality of life and achieve long-term conservation through programmes focusing on Community Empowerment, Conservation and Education

On this immersive safari, as an included activity on one of your days at each camp, you will pay a visit to the projects in each community bordering the national parks. Here you’ll learn about the partnerships African Bush Camps Foundation have forged directly linking benefits and value to tourism. 

Other activities include morning & afternoon game drives, walking safaris, rhino tracking, sunrise & sunset boat cruises, Simonga Village visits, a visit to the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls, a visit to the Zimbabwean side of the Falls in low water season (excludes visa fees), visit to the Livingstone Museum, canoe trips, visit to Maramba & Makuni Markets, fishing, Spa (additional costs apply), Hwange Main Camp village visits, Mambanje Village visit (private vehicle required at associated costs for Mambanje Village Visit).

3 nights Bumi Hills Safari Lodge | 3 nights Somalisa Camp | 3 nights Thorntree River Lodge

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Days 1-4

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Zimbabwe

✈️: Harare International Airport to Bumi Hills, Lake Kariba

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge overlooks the vast and mesmerising Lake Kariba. The lodge offers both lake and land activities and holds a unique history. Explore the unique area on game drives, walking safaris, boat trips or just enjoying the expansive vistas overlooking the lake.

You’ll first visit the Mola Rural Health Centre, which we’ve worked with through sourcing health equipment. The group will then pay a visit to the Mangwara Primary School and Mayovhe Secondary School which our Foundation helped in rebuilding and furnishing. An insightful presentation from the Bumi Hills Anti-Poaching Unit will add insight to the area and its challenges in conservation. The African Bush Camps Foundation is building meaningful relationships with the communities so we understand where we can help within the communities. Not only from our perspective but understanding the needs and hopes of the community and what they need to flourish.

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Days 4-7

Somalisa Camp

Zimbabwe

✈️: Bumi Hills, Lake Kariba to Hwange National Park

Somalisa Camp is a luxury tented camp with a famous elephant pool at the foot of its deck. If you like elephants, this is the place for you, with over 60% of the wildlife in the park being elephants! You can also see zebra, buffalo, lion, cheetah, wild dog, sable and roan amongst other wildlife.

Being the first camp that we opened, we have the longest-standing relationships on the outskirts of Hwange National Park. This means a full-day visit to Foundation projects is included in this leg of the trip. On the outskirts of Hwange National Park, you’ll experience the 3 pillars which African Bush Camps Foundation stands for; Community Empowerment, Conservation and Education. Under the Education pillar, you’ll be visiting Umtshibi Camp’s school, Main Camp Primary School and Mambanje Primary school. This will give insight into the challenges the communities face and how the Foundation is bettering lives through educating the children on sustainable tourism and conservation. Under the Conservation umbrella, you’ll be visiting the Cattle Boma Project, an ingenious programme that aims to limit human/wildlife conflict, while having knock-on benefits including fertile lands for farming. For Community Empowerment, you visit the Vukani Bead Project and Thandanani Sewing Project.

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Days 7-10

Thorntree River Lodge

Zambia

✈️: Hwange National Park to Victoria Falls International Airport

🚐: Victoria Falls International Airport to Thorntree River Lodge

Anchored on the banks of the Zambezi River in the Mosi-ao-Tunya National Park, Thorntree River Lodge sends you into a tranquil state the moment you walk through its doors. 

With the lodge having been rebuilt and opened in May 2017, our relationships with the Maunga Village are at the beginning stages, but are already thriving and seeing great outcomes. After needs assessment conversations with the community, we helped in rebuilding and refurbishing of the local Maunga Health Centre, which will be the first stop on the project visit. Close to the health centre is the school where a passionate staff member will talk about the needs, methods and goals of the school. Lastly, you’ll pay a visit to a visit to the blacksmith before heading back to the lodge. 

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Rates

Jan / Feb / Mar

Green Season

USD 5,505 per person sharing

Per Adult Single: USD 6,812
Child (7 – 15): USD 2,779

20 Dec – 5 Jan:
Per Adult Sharing: USD 6,261
Per Adult Single: USD 7,568
Child (7 – 15): USD 3,157

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Apr / May / Nov

Mid Season

USD 7,308 per person sharing

Per Adult Single: USD 10,595

Child (7 – 15): USD 3,686

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Jun / Jul / Aug / Sep / Oct

High Season

USD 9,771 per person sharing

Per Adult Single: USD 13,058
Child (7 – 15): USD 4,912

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Safari starts in Harare, Zimbabwe and ends in Livingstone, Zambia.

Included in Rates:

  • Accommodation
  • All inter-camp transfers
  • All meals
  • Tea, coffee, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages, except premium imported spirits and champagne
  • Laundry
  • Morning, afternoon & night game drives, walking safaris, rhino tracking, sunrise & sunset boat cruises, Simonga Village visits, a visit to the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls, a visit to the Zimbabwean side of the Falls in low water season (excludes visa fees), visit to the Livingstone Museum, canoe trips, visit to Maramba & Makuni Markets, catch & release fishing (not available in December due to breeding season), Spa (additional costs apply), Hwange Main Camp village visits, Mambanje Village visit (private vehicle required at associated costs for Mambanje Village Visit).

Excluded from Rates:

  • Visa Fees
  • International / Regional Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Staff Gratuities
  • PCR tests

Plan Your Safari

Wildlife

Wildlife sightings include elephant, kudu, sable antelope, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, the rare and endangered roan antelope, buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, hyena, and many other wildlife species.

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