Hello, just hoping to touch base with anyone else heading of on the Zambezi volunteer experience departing 25 October. I know there is another family of four coming! We are currently working through all the logistics of what jabs we need (we are flying via Jo'burg so we are going to play safe and have the yellow fever course - oh goody!) and working out exactly what paperwork we need to produce to get the arrival visa. Do we need tons of stuff or does handing over the US$50 do the trick?
We were supposed to be flying direct with BA but they are cancelling the route as of two days after we fly out!!! So it was a hasty re-book with SAA which takes us via J'burg but only for a couple of hours and gets us to Lusaka within 30 mins of the group flight.
Any tips from Zambia old-hands would be very welcome - this is my first African trip and the first time we have taken our two daughters (14 and 12) somewhere a bit adventurous. Should be an eye opener for them!!
for taking the time to get in touch and share your experiences and tips. My husband's ears pricked up when I read out the bit about the chilled wine, but I'm not sure if this is still the case. I will definitely add gloves to the packing list.
Radek at Exodus was v helpful on logistics and the need for various dry bags as most of our stuff will be coming in the canoes with us. Did you take everything along on the canoeing part of the trip? I’m hoping that stuff we take out for the school can be transported separately.
Just a few questions if you don’t mind: what time of year did you travel and did it get cold in the evenings (there’s a mixture of advice on that subject)? Were the mozzies a problem? I don’t want to be unnecessarily paranoid about slathering everyone in insect repellents but don’t want to get munched either.
Many thanks – hope you have some more exciting trips planned.
PS - watched a programme about crocodiles last night – probably shouldn’t have!
Blimey - Less than a fortnight to go! Carole - thank you so much for your advice, really useful, and I hope you enjoy Morrocco. We went there a few years ago and it is an amazing place. Just don't get lost in the Marrakech souk - when a bloke started trying to sell us a falcon, my husband and I realised we might have wandered off the tourist trail!! If you have the opportunity, go to the city tannery. It's a bit like visiting hell but fascinating and you will never complain about your job again, ever.
Hi Sally - How is your prep going? I'm starting to get a bit more organised with any outstanding kit requirements etc and we just have the third and final rabies jab outstanding. I'm sure that when I was in my 20s I just threw some stuff in a bag the evening before and headed off.
Really looking forward to meeting you, which all being well will be in the arrivals lounge at Lusaka. I think you're due to land at 12.05 and us at 12.30.
Hi Sarah -
I fear I am still (at the age of 50) behaving as you did in your 20's - nothing packed yet and I imagine it will be thrown in a bag on Thursday night (or lunchtime Friday!). I did book the parking for Heathrow airport last night, and am just about to go out and buy some head torches, so some progress. We have one final lot of jabs to go on Tuesday - rabies, hepatitis and typhoid. Have had yellow fever, 2 rabies and 2 hepatitis so far. Also picking up the malaria tablets on Tuesday.
Richard has been showing me some scary photos he has found on the internet of people canoeing in the Zambezi with elephants rearing up out of the water right in front of them. Not putting me at ease at all!
Look forward to seeing you in exactly a week. Yikes! Sally.
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