Arrive early afternoon and drive about 30km to our lodge on the outskirts of Lusaka. The Eureka lodge is a pleasant base with thatched chalets and tame wildlife roaming around. It is not unusual to walk around the grounds and come face to face with a giraffe or zebra! The rest of the afternoon is free to relax.
Day 2 - 3
These two days will be spent doing project work, likely at Kampasa school in the very poor shanty town of John Laing where Baraka has a project supporting a local community school. The school has been recently converted from a nightclub and is in great need of a number of improvements of both an aesthetic and constructional nature. As the school has no funding from the state our support is vital for its survival and development.
We head off southwards in the morning for the 3-4 hour drive to the Zambezi River. We arrive at Breezers Lodge and Camp in the early afternoon, and we spend the afternoon relaxing with beautiful views overlooking the Zambezi. Our tents at Breezers are spacious with mattresses so the only thing keeping you awake at night may be the nearby hippos snorting!
Day 5 - 6
These two days are spent canoeing down the Zambezi. The pace will be gentle and the days are spent relishing magnificent scenery and abundant game while passing the ever-present basking crocodiles and hippo pods. There is no better way to view game than from an unobtrusive canoe and there is plenty of time to just sit and watch any wildlife we come across. For these two nights we will be wild camping on secluded islands.
Day 7 - 8
From our base on the island we jump in a speed boat for our two days of project work across the river at Magurumeno school. Exodus' clients have been visiting the school for seven years now and donating supplies. It is only recently that the school has been adopted in conjunction with Baraka Community Partnerships as one of our Responsible Tourism projects. This is the second volunteer visit to the school and we hope to continue the improvements to the school building that we started last year. We return to Breezers by speed boat in the afternoon of the second day.
Our last day is relaxed and flexible and the pace and timings of the day will be determined by the group's wishes. We may stay for a relaxing morning by the river or head up back to Lusaka to visit our school.
Trip ends after breakfast.