Set off on an exciting school trip through one of Africa’s friendliest and most scenic countries. Amongst the highlights for teams on a Zambia Expedition is viewing the glorious Victoria Falls and the incredible trek through Batoka Gorge, taking in its dramatic scenery and the surrounding rainforest. There are also plenty of rewarding projects to choose from; working within rural communities where you’re sure to get a warm welcome. Make sure not to leave without experiencing a safari through Zambia’s unspoilt national parks!
ZAMBIA EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS
Here are just some of the incredible experiences you can choose from for your Zambia expedition:
Overnight trek with the Lozi tribe
This trek takes you between two villages through native bushland and rural communities, accompanied by a guide who will introduce you to the local way of life. You get to try local food, learn traditional skills such as basket weaving, milking goats, and even a local dance!
Making a difference
All projects in Zambia are based in rural communities and targeted to meet the needs of your host community. Presently, in the community of Mwandi, the local chief and mission dedicate their time and effort to improving the housing situation for families. To help accommodate a growing community struggling with poverty and the effects of HIV and AIDS, World Challenge is offering support to build traditional housing. Teams will work alongside children and adults from the community, using local materials and building techniques to deliver a project that is understood, required, and maintainable by the community it serves.
South of Victoria Falls, Batoka Gorge is a trekker’s paradise. Following the meanders of the river, you get to trek along the rugged river bank at the bottom of the gorge, camping wild each night. The only company you will have may be the odd rafting group as they float past, looking to tackle the white water rapids of the Zambezi. You are rewarded at the end of the trek by a home-cooked meal and a hot shower.
Wild camping each night will give you a true sense of exploration, matched only by your sense of achievement after you return to civilisation at the completion of the trek.
Rest & Relaxation
Following in the footsteps of Dr Livingstone to Victoria Falls is a must for all teams travelling to Zambia. The roaring waterfalls crash into the gorge below, surrounded by lush green vegetation.
A Zambia expedition also gives you the opportunity to see Africa’s big game, by visiting one of the many safari parks in the country, or taking part in shorter wildlife experiences just outside of Livingstone. You will be able to get up close to some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife for an experience you will not forget.
- Zambia, Southern Africa.
- Population: 14 Million.
- Languages spoken: English, eight local languages.
- Time zone: GMT +2
- Terrain: Mountains, rivers, forests, canyons (Itinerary dependent).
- When can I travel there?: All year around, with seasonal restrictions on some treks.
- Climate: Zambia have 3 distinct seasons: Cool and dry from May-Aug (23°-25°C); Hot and dry from Sep-Nov (30°-40°C); Warm and wet from Dec-Apr (28°-35°C).
- Expedition Physical Rating: Moderate to high.
- Expedition Duration: 21 to 28 days.
- Culture Shock: Medium.
- Typical accommodation: Hostels and tents.
- Ideal for: Adventurous and varied trekking.
- Zambia’s Victoria Falls is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Known as ‘the smoke that thunders’ or ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, 625 million litres of water can flow over the falls every minute!
- Termite hills in Zambia often “grow” to be as big as a cottage.
- Family life is very important in Zambia. In fact, most people will live at home until they are married.
- Spend time with the children on your project phase, learning about local culture. They’ll be fascinated about where you come from too!
- The Lozi tribe of southern Zambia has an intricate greeting ceremony, involving hand clapping everyone you meet.
Kim Phippen is part of a team that forms one of the cornerstones of Zambia travel for backpackers. Based in Livingstone, Kim is dedicated to sustainable tourism in the country, and has a wealth of knowledge on the teams’ project and R&R activities.
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Every World Challenge starts long before your students step on a plane. With our support, develop life skills and take ownership of:
- Destination and itinerary planning
- Fundraising ideas and events
- Budgeting and money management
- Preparation, fitness and nutrition
Get in touch with one of our consultants to start planning your overseas school expedition today!