Our 2024 Founder’s Trip has been a year in the making, specially crafted to visit parts of Africa not yet featured in Naturalist Journeys’ tours. Zambia and Zimbabwe have done a great job with wildlife conservation and recovery and take their rightful place among more well-known destinations. Our group on this three-week, two country safari is limited to just seven persons plus Peg Abbott of Naturalist Journeys and Zambia’s acclaimed birding guide Frank Willems.

Join us on a spectacular wildlife safari to Zambia and Zimbabwe where we visit stunning national parks to see iconic African wildlife including Elephant, Leopard, Lion, Cheetah, Giraffe, Hippo, and so many more! Birds are prolific and colorful with new species appearing at each location. Feel immersed in the African landscape in our comfortable accommodations, often located right in the national parks, where you can view impressive mammals and birds right from the lodge.

We begin in Lusaka, Zambia, followed by time spent in Kafue and South Luangwa National Parks for eight nights. Kafue National Park is one of Africa’s best kept secrets and we experience amazing game viewing by a variety of activities including game drives, boat, and walking safaris. We then move on to South Luangwa National Park, where the varying habitats and dramatic topography are home to many bird and mammal species, including the endemic Thornicroft’s Giraffe and Cookson’s Wildebeest.

After exploring Zambia, we head to northern Zimbabwe, one of Africa’s most game-rich regions. We explore Mana Pools National Park and its variety of habitats that make it rich in bird species. It is also one of the best places in Africa to see African Wild Dog and other predators. We then have a dramatic change of scenery as we head into the Bvumba Mountains, bordering Mozambique, where we spend three nights in this birder’s paradise. After time spent in the mountains, we head to the Honde Valley to explore Nyanga National Park, a premier birding destination in Zimbabwe. Very few tours reach this location and Frank accompanies us for the full tour, a great treat due to his knowledge of the region’s birds, ecology, and wildlife.

Our main tour ends in Harare, Zimbabwe, but we highly recommend continuing on the post-tour extension to visit the world-renowned Victoria Falls. We spend two days exploring the falls and learning about the flora and fauna in the area, enjoying traditional cuisine and culture, a gorgeous sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, and a visit to an Elephant sanctuary to learn about and observe these gentle giants.

Tour Highlights

  • Join an exclusive group of just 7 participants with two knowledgeable guides, Peg Abbott of Naturalist Journeys (our founder) and Frank Willems, acclaimed bird and wildlife expert of the region
  • Witness iconic African wildlife viewing in regions that have avoided mass tourism
  • Visit Kafue National Park, one of Africa’s best kept secrets with large predators and breeding herds of Elephants
  • View the dramatic topography in South Luangwa National Park, home to endemic Thornicroft’s Giraffe and Cookson’s Wildebeest
  • Find a great variety of birds by visiting varied habitat including Miombo Woodland
  • Watch Elephants, Monkeys, and Hippos right from the lodge
  • Spend three nights along the Zambezi River, adjacent to Mana Pools National Park, in one of Africa’s most game-rich regions
  • Search for the region’s forest specialty birds in the scenic Bvumba Mountains
  • Visit the Honde Valley, a premier birding destination in Zimbabwe, and adjacent to the oldest park in the country, Nyanga National Park, rarely visited on tour itineraries

Trip Itinerary

Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary may occur to account for weather, road conditions, closures, etc. and to maximize your experience.

Sat., July 27      Arrival in Lusaka

Welcome to Zambia! Our tour begins in Lusaka, the capital and largest city in Zambia. Please plan to arrive at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) at your leisure. A driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to our comfortable lodge located outside the busy city. Settle into your peaceful chalet, situated on lush grounds with shady trees.
Accommodations at Pioneer Camp (D)

Sun., July 28        Kafue National Park

We leave Lusaka and head to Kafue National Park, the oldest and largest (22,000 km2) national park in Zambia. The park is named after the Kafue River that cuts through it for 250 km and forms the beautiful Lake Itezhi-Tezhi in the south, which draws large herds of antelopes and Elephants. Kafue is mostly covered in Miombo woodlands, which consist of tropical grasslands, savannahs, and shrublands. Miombo woodlands cover much of central Africa with the most extensive stands occurring in Zambia. They are named after the oak-like miombo trees that dominate the area. In this habitat Racket-tailed Rollers are bold and vocal, a thrill to see and we can seek out Pale-billed Hornbill, Arnott’s Chat, and other specialties. Kafue National Park is one of Africa’s best kept secrets and has avoided mass tourism, which allows us to experience amazing game viewing surrounded by stunning landscapes.

The wildlife in Kafue is some of the richest in Africa. Breeding herds of Elephants and large predators have returned to the park after years of poaching in the 1980s and 1990s. Big cats including several prides of Lions, Cheetah, Leopard and Serval are present. Packs of endangered Wild Dogs can be seen if we’re lucky. Common species include Buffalo, Zebra, and Hippo along with up to twenty species of antelopes. Birds of Prey include Martial Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, and Lizard Buzzard. Eurasian Hoopoe and Southern Ground Hornbill are often seen at close range to our vehicles.

Our lodge is located on the banks of the Kafue River in an excellent location for wildlife and game drives. Sunsets are incredible, and after dinner we often gather around a fire, listening to night sounds and trading conversation with other lodge guests. At mid-day breaks we can enjoy a dip in the infinity pool or birding on the grounds.
Accommodations at Mukambi Safari Lodge (B,L,D)

Mon., July 29 & Tues. July 30           Kafue National Park

We spend our time exploring the spectacular landscapes and abundance of birds and mammals in Kafue National Park. With over 500 species of birds and 150 mammal species, it is an exciting two days. Our game drives offer a great opportunity to explore the vast park. We keep an eye out for the colorful Schalow’s Turaco on sycamore figs along with Malachite Kingfisher, African Green-Pigeon, Crowned Hornbill, delicate Böhm’s Bee-eaters, Wattled and Grey Crowned Cranes, Goliath Heron, Woolly-necked Stork, and many others.

What better way to connect with African nature than a walking safari! We head out with a local guide and guard to track animals and learn more about plant and insect life in the park. Immersing ourselves in the landscape, we listen and watch for birds as we walk through the same trails traversed by antelope and African Buffalo. This is a great way to spy little “bird parties” of Southern Cordonbleu, Red-billed Firefinch and Orange-winged Pytilia, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Brubru, Chinspot Batis, and beautiful Violet-backed Starling. We may find secretive roosting African Barred or African Scops Owls. Little Bee-eaters are common, and in woodlands we may find the beautiful Swallow-tailed Bee-eater as well.

We take a relaxing boat cruise down the Kafue River, floating past wading Hippos and drinking Elephants. Some of the largest Nile Crocodiles can be found along the riverbanks, which we view from the safety of our boat. This is also a great chance to see some of our more aquatic bird species such as African Finfoot, African Jacana, African Darter, and various colorful kingfishers.   

Our safari lodge, located on the border of the national park, is situated right on the banks of the Kafue River. It is the perfect place to relax with a cold drink and gaze across the open landscape scanning for Impala, Elephant, or Hippo right from the verandah of the lodge. In the evening, enjoy gathering around the campfire. 
Accommodations at Mukambi Safari Lodge (B,L,D)

Wed., July 31       Transfer to Lusaka

Today is a transition day between the parks. We make our way back to Lusaka and make some birding stops along the way. In the afternoon, we settle into our lodge, relax, and enjoy birding the lush grounds surrounding our chalets.
Accommodations at Pioneer Camp (B,L,D)

Thurs., Aug. 1     Flight to Mfuwe & South Luangwa National Park

Today we embark on the next part of our safari! We have a short flight to Mfuwe where we transfer to our luxurious safari camp that is our home for the next three nights.

Our lodge is perfectly situated at the south entrance to the national park. This makes access for our game drives quick and easy. Our expert local guide takes us to the best locations in the park to spot wildlife. Lions, Buffalo, Impala, Bushbuck, and Puku are common. Wild Dog numbers have increased in recent years and sightings have become more common year-round. Leopards typically hunt at night and if we’re lucky, we spot one on our night game drive. South Luangwa National Park is known as the place to see Leopards and one of the few parks that allows spotlight night drives.

The birdlife in this park is phenomenal and we look for Southern Carmine and White-throated Bee-eaters that both nest in holes in the riverbank, brightly colored Lilian’s Lovebirds, Gray Go-away-birds, three species of cuckoos: Levaillant’s, Klaas’s, and African Emerald around the camp; Three-banded Plover by ponds and streams and Three-banded Courser in the grasslands. Elegant Grey Crowned Cranes join a host of large wading birds and Hamerkop. We may hear a noisy gang of Red-faced Mousebird or Green Woodhoopoe or discover low in the brush, noisy Terrestrial Bulbul. Kingfishers are plentiful, some associated with water and others with woodlands, including Giant, Pied, Gray-headed, Brown-hooded, and Woodland. Overhead we are alert for sightings of Tawny Eagle, Bateleur, African Harrier Hawk, and Banded Snake Eagle. And on our night drives we are on the lookout for the owls and nightjars that call this park home.
Accommodations at Flatdogs Camp (B,L,D)

Fri., Aug. 2 & Sat., Aug. 3        South Luangwa National Park

We spend the next two days exploring the pristine landscapes and unique and abundant wildlife of South Luangwa National Park. Bordered by the Muchinga Escarpment to the north and west and the Luangwa River to the south, the park covers just over 9,000 square kilometers of varying habitats and dramatic topography.

South Luangwa National Park is home to many of the famous African mammals such as Lion, Hyena, Wild Dog, Elephant, and Buffalo, but perhaps the most unique species we may come across is the endemic Thornicroft’s Giraffe. Their distinctive patterns and slightly smaller size differentiate them from other giraffe species in Africa. In addition to the more than 100 mammal species, there are also some 470 bird species that have been found in the park.

Birds we are on the lookout for when out and about include Namaqua Dove, Swainson’s Spurfowl, Double-banded Sandgrouse, Spur-winged Goose, African Openbill, Cardinal Woodpecker, White-browed Coucal, Collared Palm Thrush, Purple-crested Turaco, African Gray Hornbill, and more. Lovely forest birds like Peter’s Twinspot and Sulphur-breasted Bushshrike are possible.

In the afternoons we return to our lodge to unwind. Enjoy a dip in the pool or relax and keep an eye out for Elephants, monkeys, and Hippos right from your porch. With no fences in the game management area, the camp is regularly visited by large herbivores. Besides the amazing wildlife of Zambia, we enjoy delectable meals while looking out over the scenic Luangwa River.
Accommodations at Flatdogs Camp (B,L,D)

Sun., Aug. 4            Zimbabwe

We say goodbye to South Luangwa National Park and the Zambia portion of our safari today and head to Harare, in northeastern Zimbabwe. Today is mostly a travel day and we have included a charter flight to ease this transition that connects through Lusaka. Our elegant bed and breakfast has spacious rooms with large verandahs that overlook a lush garden oasis. We enjoy a mouth-watering three course dinner before turning in for the evening to rest up for the next part of our journey.
Accommodations at York Lodge (B,L,D)

Mon., Aug. 5        Private Charter to Mana Pools National Park

This morning we take a private charter flight to Mana Pools National Park in northern Zimbabwe. Renowned as one of Africa’s most game-rich regions, the national park covers over half a million acres and 378 bird species. The Mana Pools are former channels of the Zambezi River, which borders the park to the north. A steep escarpment rising over 1,000 meters borders the park to the south. During the dry winter months, large herds of Elephant and Buffalo, along with Zebra, many antelope species, and Lion migrate here.

Our small, tented camp is located right on the banks of the Zambezi River, blending seamlessly into the bush while offering a comfortable experience. We enjoy evening campfires, relaxing time in the afternoon watching for Hippos in the river, and delicious catered meals.
Accommodations at Goliath Camp (B,L,D)

Tues., Aug. 6 & Wed., Aug. 7        Exploring Mana Pools National Park

We spend the next two days exploring Mana Pools National Park via game drives, walking safaris, and canoe. We head out early for game drives, hoping to spot many of the mammals that call this park home. The variety of habitats in this huge park make it great for birding. We look for waterbirds along the Zambezi River and the pools. African Skimmer, Long-toed Lapwing, African Sacred Ibis, and a variety of herons, storks, and kingfishers are just some of the many birds we hope to see during our time here.

Some of the memorable birds include Malachite Kingfisher, Broad-billed Roller, Little Bee-eater, Crested Barbet, and African Golden Oriole. There is a grand mix of water birds, and good photo opportunities. Around camp we should see White Helmetshrike, Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Kurrichane Thrush and Pearl-spotted Owlet.

In the evenings, we enjoy a sundowner as we watch the sunset over the Zambezi River. Fiery-necked Nightjar sings us to sleep.
Accommodations at Goliath Camp (B,L,D)

Thurs., Aug. 8           Transfer to Harare

We enjoy a last breakfast along the banks of the Zambezi River and wave goodbye to the Hippos and Elephants before making our way back to Harare via private charter flight that we have booked to ease our travel. We spend the afternoon relaxing at our bed and breakfast.
Accommodations at York Lodge (B,L,D)

Fri., Aug. 9         Transfer to Vumba

Few tours venture to the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe and we are excited to head there today. We travel by road, birding along the way, to Vumba, located in the Bvumba Mountains near the border to Mozambique. These savannah-woodland dominated mountains offer a vastly different landscape and a chance to see many new bird species.

Our comfortable lodge, located in the mountains, is a birdwatcher’s paradise and a great location for finding the more secretive Southern African forest birds including several species endemic to these “Eastern Highlands”. Our cottages have amazing views into Mozambique and are set in secluded gardens.
Accommodations at Seldomseen Lodge (B,L,D)

Sat., Aug. 10 & Sun., Aug. 11         Seldomseen & the Bvumba Mountains

The next two days are spent finding some of the region’s forest specialty birds. We look along cliff and forest edges for soaring Crowned and Long-crested Eagles. We listen for the deep foghorn like calls of the Buff-spotted Flufftail and hopefully catch a glimpse of the elusive Delegorgue’s Pigeon. Roberts’s Warbler and Chirinda Apalis are completely restricted to this mountain range. Among other highly range-restricted and attractive species are Swynnerton’s Robin and Orange Ground-thrush, both of which can be remarkably easy to find here. The delicate likes of Red-faced Crimsonwing and White-tailed Elminia add further flavor. Truly spectacular are the huge Silvery-cheeked Hornbill that roam the forest canopy.

Beyond birds, we put effort into finding the endemic and exquisite Marshall’s Pygmy Chameleon. These remarkable tiny creatures are superbly camouflaged, only detectable with a well-trained eye. Samango Monkeys—the race of which is endemic to the area—are the most commonly seen mammal here and can entertain you for hours with their antics. Sun Squirrels scamper about the surrounding forest and occasionally Blue Duikers and Bushbuck can be seen. We make an effort to spot the elusive Palm Civet at night.
Accommodations at Seldomseen Lodge (B,L,D)

Mon., Aug. 12      Honde Valley & Nyanga National Park

Today we drive to the Honde Valley, one of the premier birding destinations in Zimbabwe. Our destination is at the western edge of the valley, Nyanga National Park, which is one of the oldest national parks in Zimbabwe. The highest point in the country, Mount Nyangani, is located in the central part of the national park. There are numerous streams and rivers in the park and hillsides are covered in dense pine and wattle forests. This area also has numerous tea plantations on the hillsides of the valley.

Our comfortable lodge is surrounded by lush forest, making it a fantastic birding location. Each room has a verandah overlooking the forest, creating a peaceful and relaxing setting. It has been called one of the best-kept secrets of Zimbabwe!
Accommodations at Aberfoyle Lodge (B,L,D)

Tues., Aug. 13 & Wed., Aug. 14        Nyanga National Park

We spend the next couple of days exploring Nyanga National Park. There are several nearby waterfalls we can enjoy after a short hike. Our lodge is a birding hotspot and along with a local bird expert, we walk the trails and grounds looking for species such as Green-backed Woodpecker, Stripe-cheeked Greenbul, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Augur Buzzard, and many others. Even Palm-nut Vulture have been known to occur on the golf course at the lodge. Guerney’s Sugarbird, Bronze Sunbird, and Malachite Sunbird are among the striking specials that grace the high-altitude grasslands, while Wailing and Wing-snapping Cisticola add subtle beauty.

Our lodge is situated by both forest and extensive tea plantations, a beautiful setting rich in biodiversity. In the evenings, we enjoy delicious meals prepared by the lodge’s excellent chef.
Accommodations at Aberfoyle Lodge (B,L,D)

Thurs., Aug. 15     Transfer to Harare

Today we depart Nyanga National Park and head back to our familiar bed and breakfast in Harare. We relax in the afternoon.
Accommodations at York Lodge (B,L,D)

Fri., Aug. 16      Departures or Victoria Falls Extension

After breakfast we head to the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport (HRE) in Harare for flights home. (B)

Victoria Falls Post-Tour Extension

Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary may occur to account for weather, road conditions, closures, etc. and to maximize your experience.

Fri., Aug. 16 : Victoria Falls Extension


For those continuing on the extension, we take you to the airport for a short flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. You are met at the airport and taken to our comfortable accommodations located on the outskirts of town with spectacular views. After checking in, we set out on our tour of Victoria Falls. One of the world’s most impressive waterfalls at a width of one mile, the sight and sound of Victoria Falls leaves you filled with awe. A local guide accompanies us on our tour through the rainforest and gives us a brief history of the falls as well as detailing the flora and fauna that surrounds us. After spending a couple of hours in this beautiful and unique landscape, we head to town for lunch at an iconic restaurant with delicious food and staggering views.

After a delectable lunch, we take a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, which creates the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. There are endless photo opportunities against the often-spectacular African sunset. Flocks of birds skim the water, including the gracious Rock Pratincole, and we have the opportunity to see Hippo, Crocodile, and Elephant.

As if our day couldn’t get any better with the spectacular Victoria Falls and relaxing sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, we end with a unique cultural experience and dinner at the Boma Dinner & Drum Show. Traditional Zimbabwean dishes, including a variety of game meats, is accompanied by entertainment from traditional dancers, the Sangoma (story teller), and a local fortune teller.
Accommodations at the Victoria Falls Bed and Breakfast (L,D)

Sat., Aug. 17 : Zambezi National Park


We have an early breakfast in order to leave by 6:00 AM. This morning, we enjoy an exciting game drive in Zambezi National Park. The park borders the Zambezi River for approximately 25 miles and consists of habitats ranging from dense rainforest habitat, watered by spray from Victoria Falls, to mopane woodlands and the dry open grasslands of the Chamabonda Vlei. Large mammals found in the park include Elephant, Lion, Buffalo, and Leopard. Over 400 bird species have been recorded in the park. We explore this vast wilderness for an exceptional uncontrived bush experience!

In the afternoon, we have a very unique opportunity to spend time and connect with Elephants. We learn about these enormous mammals, including their history and threats facing their populations. During a venture out into the bush, we spend time with these gentle creatures and witness the special relationship they have with their keepers. This is an experience you won’t soon forget!

In the evening, we head deep in the heart of the Chinotimba township for a dining experience like no other. Dusty Road, located in the buzzing township, offers us traditional cuisine and atmosphere that is an experience not to be missed. We enjoy our last evening together and we share highlights and memories of the journey.
Accommodations at the Victoria Falls Bed and Breakfast (B,L,D)

Sun., Aug. 18 : Departures


After an early breakfast, we depart for the Victoria Falls Airport and our flights home. (B)

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    Hippo yawning in Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe

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    Mukambi Walking Safari, courtesy of Mukambi Safari Lodge

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    Lilian's Lovebirds

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    Elephant Bull in Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe

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    Pioneer Lodge Accomodations, courtesy of Pioneer Lodge

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    White-fronted Bee-eater

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    Sunrise in Kafue National Park - Zambia

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    Mukambi Chalet, courtesy of Mukambi Safari Lodge

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    Elephant in Flatdogs Camp, courtesy of South Luangwa Lodge

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    Kafue NP Safari, courtesy of Mukambi Safari Lodge

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    Safari Experience, courtesy of South Luangwa Lodge & Flatdogs Camp

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    Hippo in South Luangwa - Zambia

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    Leopard in Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe

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    Vervet Monkey & Young in South Luangwa National Park - Zambia

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    Flatdog Camp Dining Area, courtesy of South Luangwa Lodge

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    Flatdog Chalet, courtesy of South Luangwa Lodge

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    African Wild Dog

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    African Pitta Room, courtesy of Aberfoyle Lodge

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    Gray Heron fishing in Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe

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    Black-winged Stilt

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    Lions in Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe

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    African Fish Eagle

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    Zebra in Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe

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    Accommodations, courtesy of Stretch Ferreira Safaris

Cost of the Journey

The cost of this 21-Day Zambia-Zimbabwe Safari is $19,500 DBL / $21,130 SGL per person. This cost includes accommodations for 20 nights, all meals as noted in the itinerary (B,L,D), all land transportation, game park and other entry fees, and all internal flights and the charter flight between countries.

Tour cost does not include: transportation from your home city to Lusaka and from Harare, optional activities, or items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone charges, gratuities for guides, lodges and drivers, beverages from the bar or personal, medical, and cancellation insurance.

The cost of the Victoria Falls extension is $1140 DBL / $1290 SGL.

 

Travel Details

Please plan to make air travel plans only after the minimum group size has been met. We will send you a confirmation email as soon as the trip has been confirmed.

Arrival Airport: Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) in Lusaka, Zambia

Arrival Details: Please plan flights to arrive July 27, 2024 at your leisure. 

Departure Airport: Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport (HRE) in Harare, Zimbabwe

Departure Details: Plan flights to depart August 16, 2024, at your leisure.

Extension Departure Airport: Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Extension Departure Details: Plan flights to depart August 18, 2024, at your leisure.

Travel Tips: We strongly recommend arriving a day early to rest up from your travels and avoid any flight delays. We can book you an early night at our first night lodge, the Pioneer Camp. The lodge is located outside the busy city and situated on lush grounds with shady trees. There is a restaurant and bar on site and it’s the perfect place to relax after a long flight.

  • Peg Abbott

    Peg Abbott is the owner and lead guide of Naturalist Journeys, LLC. She has been designing, guiding, and organizing natural history tours for more than 25 years, working for the National Audubon Society and other organizations before launching Naturalist Journeys, LLC in 1998. Her work has taken her from Alaska to Africa and Argentina, as well as many other locations around the world. She has conducted research on several bird and mammal species and keeps a close interest in Yellowstone and Mexican wolf reintroduction projects. Her interests include all aspects of natural history and geology. After 20 years in and around the Yellowstone area, Peg relocated in 2003 to the birding mecca of Portal, AZ.

    Photo credit: Carol Simon

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  • Frank Willems — Zambia & Zimbabwe Expert

    Frank is Zambia’s leading ornithologist and ecologist. Being from Dutch origin, he worked with the Dutch ornithology trust SOVON after obtaining his MSc in Ecology from Nijmegen University. Most of his professional work focused on the breeding ecology and population dynamics of birds in the Netherlands. His involvement in Foundation WIWO focused on bird research and training projects mainly in Russia and Iran.
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    He came to Zambia with his wife Inge in early 2008 to work with Kasanka Trust on the management of Kasanka and Lavushi Manda National Parks, as well as Shoebill Island Camp in Bangweulu Wetlands. Tasks varied from mammal and bird monitoring, supervising PhD studies on Shoebill, Kinda Baboon and Straw-coloured Fruit Bat, facilitating film crews and writing management plans, to anti-poaching activities, building scout camps and bridges, creating firebreaks, and filling potholes in the dirt roads. The very Bangweulu Shoebills prominently feature in BBC's monumental "Africa" production, alongside Kasanka's mega-colony of Straw-coloured Fruit Bats (the world’s largest mammal migration) and the eagles preying on them, both facilitated by Frank.

    Since late 2017 Frank and family, now based near Fringilla, Chisamba, run their own company Kigelia Solutions. Major projects since have included the Birds of Zambia app, a biodiversity survey of the Mafinga Mountains with the BirdLife partner BirdWatch Zambia, an NHK film production on African Skimmer, consultations linked to community conservancies in Mpumba, the creation and management of Kalwelwa Bushcamp in Mwinilunga, and the creation of Birding Zambia.

    Side activities include the function of ‘Zambian Bird Recorder’ and Technical Advisor of BirdWatch Zambia, and country rep for African Bird Club. Several of his free-time explorations have focused on remote and unexplored parts of the Mwinilunga district. The large evergreen forests he and others identified using Google Earth, prove to hold real surprises like Vermiculated Fishing-owl and Spot-breasted Ibis. Frank is determined to ultimately create a large conservancy to protect Mwinilunga’s rich biodiversity.
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    From a young age, Frank has guided and trained people, in the Netherlands, Zambia, and many other countries. He loves sharing his passion for and knowledge of the bush. During his twelve years in Zambia, he guided numerous groups in numerous places, including tens of film crews and research groups, photographers and journalists.

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Map for Crossing the Zambezi: A Zambia & Zimbabwe Safari

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Ahead of Your Tour

  • Make sure your passport is valid for six months AFTER your return date, with at least FIVE entirely blank pages (three for Zambia and two for Zimbabwe). No visa is required for US passport holders into Zambia. Zimbabwe visas are required and can be obtained at the Port of Entry.
  • Please check current CDC recommendations for travel to Zambia and Zimbabwe and consult with your doctor about general travel vaccinations you should have as precaution for travel. See the “General Health and Inoculations” section below.
  • Travel insurance in case of serious medical emergency is strongly recommended. Full health coverage and repatriation is available through Allianz Travel Insurance.
  • Plan your flight reservations arriving into Lusaka Airport (LUN), Zambia and out of Harare (HRE), Zimbabwe. *IF continuing on post-tour extension to Victoria Falls, reserve your return flight out of Victoria Falls Airport (VFA). Send a copy of your itinerary to the Naturalist Journeys office please.
  • Soft sided luggage/duffel bags are easiest for packing. Pack essential medications in your carry-on luggage, as well as one day of clothing and optics in case of luggage delay.

Arrival into Lusaka Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN), Zambia 

Please note: If you are delayed in travel, please refer to your emergency contact list, and contact your ground operator, with a copy to our office. You may also phone or text your guide. Quite a few guides will set up a WhatsApp connection so you can also reach your guide by phone.

Please check the Travel Details section of this tour for additional information and updates.

Main Tour only Departure from Harare Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport (HRE), Zimbabwe

Please check the Travel Details section of this tour for additional information and updates.

Extension: Departure from Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Please check the Travel Details section of this tour for additional information and updates.

Passports, Visas & Documents

Guidelines and regulations can change. It is always advisable to double-check the country’s documentation requirements 60-90 days ahead of traveling. 

Information for U.S. citizens can be found at:

If you are from another country, please contact the tour destination’s embassy website for guidelines.

At the time of writing, you must have a passport in good condition and valid for at least six months AFTER your scheduled return to the U.S. You must have at least five (5) blank pages (three for Zambia and two for Zimbabwe). The blank pages need to say “Visas” at the top. Pages marked “Amendments and Endorsements” will not be accepted.

Zambia: A visa is NOT required for U.S. Passport holders.

Zimbabwe: A visa IS required for U.S. Passport holders and is obtainable at the airports or other ports of entry.

As a precaution for lost or misplaced documents you carry on your person during travel, we highly recommend you keep hard and digital backup copies on your phone (either photo or PDF scan), as well as a hard copy left with your emergency contact at home. The recommended important documents to copy include, but are not limited to; your passport ID page, travel visa, the front and back of your credit card(s), the airline barcode on your luggage. This will greatly expedite getting new ones if necessary – we hope everyone will always keep travel documents close so that losing them will not be an issue.  

General Health & Inoculations Information – Be Prepared!

We will share your health information with your guide. This information will be kept confidential but is very important as we want to be best prepared in case of a medical emergency.

Vaccinations: Bring copies of your current vaccination records with you. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all travelers be up to date with routine vaccinations and basic travel vaccines (such as Hepatitis A and Typhoid) before traveling to any destination. Please check with your doctor for recommendations at least 4-6 weeks before departing on your trip.  Your physician may recommend other preventative immunizations like DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis), which is recommended every 10 years. Check the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) webpage for Traveler's Health, or reach them by phone at 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).

Yellow fever: Zambia and Zimbabwe require a YF vaccination certificate if you have traveled through or originated travel from an area with yellow fever. Please consider this if you are traveling ahead of time. If you have a current yellow fever vaccination certificate, definitely bring that with you. If you don't, it is a vaccine that is highly recommended for any travel to Africa since requirements can change with an outbreak at any time.

Malaria: Even though you are here during the dry season, you do travel in Malarial-risk areas.  Your doctor is likely to recommend that you choose anti-malarial medications.

See the CDC Yellow Book for additional Yellow Fever vaccine and malaria prevention information, by country.

Prescriptions: It is a good idea to pack any meds you take regularly in your carry-on luggage.  Bring an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses. Bring an adequate supply of any prescription medications you use, a copy of the prescription and a list of generic names of your medicines as “back-up” in case it is necessary to purchase drugs while abroad. You’ll want to keep medications in their original, labeled containers. 

Allergies: To be prepared for environmental triggers to allergies or breathing difficulties, please bring your allergy and/or asthma medication(s).  If you have severe allergies talk to your doctor about carrying an EPI pen and notify your guides. It is also recommended to carry with you an up-to-date record of known allergies, chronic medical problems and Medic Alerts so that, if necessary, emergency treatment can be carried out without endangering your health.

Common Ailments: We recommend that you bring a travel-sized first aid kit and a supply of standard over-the-counter medications for prevention or treatment of common ailments (such as diarrhea, constipation, stomach upset, cough, congestion, head or body aches, insect bites and sunburn); as well as ointments, moisturizer, sunscreen, oral rehydration salts, band-aids, moleskin for blisters, cotton swabs, nail clippers, and tweezers, etc.

Weather & Climate

July is during the cool dry winter season of both Zambia and Zimbabwe. Expect temperatures ranging from the low 40s°F at night to high 70s°F during the day, though at times it can drop to near freezing at night. Days are generally clear and sunny. Light clothes to wear during the day with warm layers to add at night are recommended. Sun and dust protection are also advised.

Annoyances & Hazards

There can be mosquitos and other biting insects (including the Tsetse Fly), so long sleeves, long pants, and insect spray containing 20 – 30% DEET is a must. During the dry season, we generally have little insect life, but be prepared and don't risk it in case we encounter some. The sun is also very strong, so plan to protect yourself against it, too. Your guides will go over all the other biting (and exciting) critters to avoid when you arrive – most are rare finds.

It is also important to remember that there are many large predators, so always follow your guide’s directions carefully and thoroughly when in the field and at the lodges. They will not be letting you out of the vehicles often in lion country – one termite mound can hide a full-grown male! We also take precaution around elephants, but you will be able to get wonderful photos and have a sense of being very close. Animals DO enter and walk around the mobile camp area, they will discuss what to do, but it’s basically to remain very quiet and still in your tents, not always the easiest thing to do if an elephant is munching the acacia tree nearby. When your safety is of issue your safari guides may be firm and gruff – the message simply must come across and be understood; in the bush they are captains of us all.

Food & Drinks

Our camps and lodges pride themselves in preparing healthy and varied food for you. To be out early on a schedule to hit activity peaks for wildlife, they typically give you tea and coffee and some fruit and biscuits early for the morning game drive and you return to a lavish brunch. After brunch, there is a rest period, and you reconvene over tea with savory and sweet snacks before going out again. Dinner is typically after sunset, and cocktails are served ahead around the fire. We have the option to stop for “sundowners”, but we also keep in mind that this is the primo light of the day for photography and excellent for wildlife viewing, so expect on some days that we prefer to return to camp, freshen up and then do cocktails and dinner. A mix of both customs is nice.

Packing, Clothing & Laundry

Please, pack light! The included small charter flights have luggage size restrictions and weight restrictions. Checked luggage must be no more than 23 kg (50 lbs) and carry-on luggage must not exceed 5 kg (11 lbs). 

Dress is very informal. You may wish to change for dinners, but casual dress is suitable at all locations.

Laundry services may not be available at all your lodges, so we suggest packing travel-sized laundry soap or soap "sheets" and expect to do hand laundry. 

Camera gear, phones, laptops can all suffer from dust and there is plenty here. Have good protective cases and we suggest you bring a towel-size microfiber cloth (3 x 5 ft. approx. size) that you can quickly wrap over your gear as you are out on a dusty safari. A pillow case can be used as a quick and easy dust cover!

TRAVEL TIP: Imagine NOT getting your suitcase. Wear your most important shoes for the field and have one day’s clothing change (including a change of underwear!). And please DO NOT pack any essential medications, or your vital optics, in your checked luggage!

Spending Money

The official currency of Zambia is the Zambian Kwacha (ZMK). One kwacha is divided into 100 ngwee. By law all payments within Zambia can only be made in kwachas but many shops, hotels, lodges and restaurants that cater to travellers or foreigners will accept US dollars (you may receive your change in kwachas so keep the exchange rate in mind so ensure you get the correct value).  One helpful resource is: www.zambiatourism.com. The official currency of Zimbabwe is the Zimbabwean Dollar though the US dollar is commonly used. Bring crisp, unsoiled U.S. dollars in good condition in SMALL denominations ($1, $5, $10, $20) for purchases and tipping. Bring large U.S. bills ($50 or $100) that will give you the better rate when exchanging to local currency.

Plan to get newer currency, you may have to alert your bank ahead or start planning ahead now. Please note that US bills must be 2007 and newer and 2013 and newer is the best. Make sure that bills are in good shape, torn or damaged bills will not be accepted. It is best to have smaller denominations. Visa is the most widely accepted credit card.

In larger cities an ATM can be the easiest way to change money if you wish to do so or need to replenish your supply; make sure you know your PIN number. You should also inform your bank and your credit card companies that you will be traveling outside the country to avoid a freeze on your account as many banks do this as a security measure when unexpected purchases are made.

Gratuities

Tipping has long been part of the African safari tradition and is expected. Our Naturalist Journeys guide can bring envelopes for the local guides, and most lodges have a prominent staff tip box. To avoid awkward situations, we give guidelines here for tipping, but please know that tipping is always voluntary and should depend on the kind of service given. In general, you tip only once, at the end of your stay at any location. You should tip when possible in cash, in local currency or USD. Tipping by credit card means a long wait for staff at lodges to get it and often no guarantee that they do.

Safari guides are tipped separately; this is the person from each lodge who coordinates your game drives and outings. The safari guide is the main person to make your safari successful, from finding wildlife to keeping you comfortable; the industry standard for the lead guide is $20 USD per day. If we have different guides on different days, they simply share this. The driver and tracker should be tipped at half of this amount. We will try to map out tips in more detail for you with the Schedule at a Glance document sent ahead of your journey.

You will find camp staff at the lodges well trained and eager to please, many of them live away from their families for long periods of time, and the gratuities are a big incentive to them with much appreciation. You interact mainly with the wait staff, but behind them is a whole team making it all happen from chefs to maids and cleaners, and security guards. The lodges have a “General Tips” box that you can put an envelope into at the end of your stay. For Camp or Lodge Staff to share, figure a range of $10-$20 per day, depending on how personal the service and the number of persons you interact with.

Cell Phones & Internet Service

If you plan to bring your cell phone, it is important that you know how to turn off your data or that you speak with your provider before the trip to purchase a temporary international data/calling plan, if you plan to use your cell phone during the trip. Wi-Fi may be available at lodges though there may be fees, and these are determined by how much data you use, so be aware of that if people are sending you photos, etc. There are free apps available on smart phones that offer free international calls and texts, and you may want to research this ahead of time and download them; we use WhatsApp frequently. If you use your phone for a camera, be sure to have a good pocket or secure place to put it, it is easy to slip off the seat of the safari vehicle!

Electricity

In Zambia the power plug sockets are of type C, D and G. In Zimbabwe the power plug sockets are of type D and G. The standard voltage is 220-230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. A power plug adapter and a voltage converter can be found online or at most electronics stores. Many people carry a universal adapter, to have options. More information is available at www.power-plugs-sockets.com.

Time

Both Zambia and Zimbabwe are on Central Africa Time (UTC+2) all year long. Daylight savings time is not observed. A helpful website to help with international time conversion is www.timeanddate.com.

Questions?

Please contact Naturalist Journeys by email at clientservices@naturalistjourneys.com or telephone at our office: (520) 558-1146 or toll free: (866) 900-1146 if you have any questions. Many thanks for traveling with us and we hope you enjoy your journey!

 

Pace & Protocols +

Pace of the Tour & What to Expect You will receive a Schedule-at-a-Glance and list of Read more

Pace of the Tour & What to Expect

You will receive a Schedule-at-a-Glance and list of hotels (our eContact List) a few weeks before your departure. This will serve as an outline for each day and alert you to any recent changes made in the schedule or to our hotels, if needed.

Our journeys are set up to follow the rhythm of nature. Our focus is on birding and nature; we offer full, well-planned field days and often get up early for that magical time around dawn. We generally follow the published itinerary, but we stay flexible to the weather, wildlife opportunities and the interests of the group. Your guide will keep you apprised of the next day’s schedule at each evening meal, noting what to bring and what to prepare for. Questions and/or concerns are welcome.

The pace of our Naturalist Journeys tours is moderate; to fully participate you should be able to get in and out of vehicles several times a day, and walk 1-3 miles over uneven terrain. It is important to participate with a flexible attitude as adjustments may be made in our schedule to make the most of our time in the field or for other purposes at your guide's discretion. We are not a “listing” bird company that drills down on target species, but at times we do wait for those special species unique to the places we visit. During the day, we take time to stop for photos and for educational opportunities to learn about conservation projects, landscapes, and geology. We appreciate other taxa as well as birds, with mammals often the biggest draw but plants and butterflies are also very popular. Our clients often lend their own expertise to the mix.

We like to make meals a fun and memorable part of the experience, too. Breakfasts are often at hotels, and we carry snacks, fruit, and water in the vans each day. Lunches are a mix of picnics in the field (weather dependent) and a chance to dine with locals at small cafes and restaurants. For dinner, we pride ourselves in our homework to keep up with the best choices for dining, choosing restaurants with atmosphere that specialize in local foods. On occasion we keep dinner simple to go back out in the field for sunset wildlife viewing or night walks. In some remote locations, our choices are limited. If you are tired, room service for dinner may be an option you can choose.

Naturalist Journeys International Trips: Guide Role

Naturalist Journeys supports ecotourism and the development of excellent local guides. Once we know our international partners and guides well, we can send out small groups working directly with these trusted partners, adding a Naturalist Journeys guide to assist the local expert when we have a group of 6-7 or more. This helps us keep your costs down while retaining tour quality. The local guide is your main guide. You can expect your Naturalist Journeys guide to be well-researched and often they are experienced in the destination, but their role is not to be primary, it is to help to organize logistics, help you find birds, mammals, and interesting other species in the field, keep reports, help facilitate group interactions, and to keep the trip within Naturalist Journeys' style. Local guides live in the countries we travel to, know the destinations intimately, and are often the strongest force for conservation in their countries. They open many doors for us to have a rich experience.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted in any vehicle or in any situation where the group is participating in an activity together, such as a vehicle excursion or a guided walk. Please respect all designated smoking areas at hotels and restaurants.

Transportation

As a courtesy to each other, we ask that all travelers please rotate seating. On international trips we may all be in one small bus, on some trips we are in vans, particularly the roomy Sprinter Vans when available. Some areas require us to be in smaller 4-wheel drive or safari vehicles. Rotation allows you to sit with different drivers and alternate front and back seating.

Photo Release & Sharing

We take many group photos and will share photos with the group. And after your tour, we will organize a chance to share photos via Dropbox or Google Photos. Please note that this is our policy and if you prefer to be excluded, we need to know ahead of your tour.

By registering for this tour, you agree to grant to Naturalist Journeys and its authorized representatives’ permission to record on photography film and/or video, pictures of my participation in the tour. You further agree that any or all of the material photographed may be used, in any form, as part of any future publications, brochure, or other printed materials used to promote Naturalist Journeys, and further that such use shall be without payment of fees, royalties, special credit or other compensation.

Travel Insurance

You are traveling in remote areas. Naturalist Journeys strongly recommends you have full medical and evacuation insurance from a company such as Allianz, for all international travel. If you do not have medical coverage or evacuation coverage on your existing travel insurance policy or for some reason elected not to take that out, we advise getting an evacuation plan with Global RescueWorld Nomads, Medjet, Allianz (they can do evacuation only) or a similar company. These plans are typically $300-$400 for a year for multiple destinations. This coverage may be a part of a larger Travel Insurance policy but can also be purchased on its own.

Questions?

Please contact Naturalist Journeys by email at clientservices@naturalistjourneys.com or telephone our office: (520) 558-1146 or toll free: (866) 900-1146 if you have any questions. Many thanks for traveling with us and we hope you enjoy your journey.

 

Packing List +

Please Pack Light! For all of the journey, soft luggage is also much easier for us Read more

Please Pack Light!

For all of the journey, soft luggage is also much easier for us to pack than a more rigid hard sided piece, so if you have the choice, please use your soft luggage. Be sure to have your name and address on the inside of the bag, as well as on the luggage tag on the handle. Included small charter flight weight limits are 23 kg (50 lbs) for checked luggage and 5 kg (11 lbs) for carry-on luggage. It is very important to follow these requirements. 

Be sure to pack your personal medication, airline tickets, passport, binoculars, camera, and other essential items in your carry-on bag. You will want a day pack for field trips, so this is an ideal carry-on. Please reconfirm your airline’s baggage weight and size restrictions about a week or so before departure.

July is during the cool dry winter season of both Zambia and Zimbabwe. Expect temperatures ranging from the low 40s at night to high 70s during the day, though at times it can drop to near freezing at night. Days are generally clear and sunny. Light clothes to wear during the day with warm layers to add at night are recommended. Sun and dust protection are also advised.. Check a weather website closer to your departure to better predict what the weather will be on your adventure.

WARNING! As with several other African countries, Zimbabwe and Zambia are working to ban non-reusable plastic bags. We strongly advise against bringing any. If you wish to bring a bag for laundry, shoes, etc., we advise a lightweight nylon bag, packing cube, or reusable cloth tote as a substitute. We suggest a reusable toiletry bag in place of a Ziploc-style bag. Violations of the ban could result in fines, so please double-check your luggage before you leave!

Clothing & Gear

Dress is comfortable and informal throughout the trip. Dressing in layers is the best way to be comfortable. Lightweight long-sleeved shirts and long pants make ideal field clothing as they are more protective from sun and vegetation. Also, choose clothing you don’t mind getting dirty or muddy and things that are comfortable and easy to wear and launder. Prepare for dust.  *Seek an alternative to Ziploc-type bags - sealable, reusable, 2-gal. tight-weave or garmet-type storage bag and microfiber towels is one option to protect your optics. Several of our lodges and camps provide laundry service.

Note on clothing colors and insect repellent: We recommend muted colors of tan, brown, khaki, grey or green, as they are spotted less easily than white or bright colors, though camouflage clothing is not recommended, and in some countries, not legal to wear. It is possible to purchase field clothing permeated with insect repellent such as the Craghoppers Insect Shield collection. Another approach is to purchase Permethrin spray (online or from REI) to treat your field clothing and socks before your departure.

Packing List:

  • Lightweight long pants, 3-4 pair
  • Light weight long-sleeved shirts, 2-3 (loose fitting keeps you cool and are great to layer over T-shirts or sleeveless shirts for staying cool)
  • T-shirts or equivalent, 3-4
  • Lightweight sweater (fleece is ideal, but a sweatshirt will do)
  • Jacket and warm hat and gloves
  • Comfortable clothes for evening (clean field clothes are appropriate, think comfortable!)
  • Personal underclothing and pajamas
  • Socks (lightweight, and easy to hand wash and dry)
  • Comfortable walking shoes with thorn-proof tread (such as tennis shoes)
  • Lightweight hiking boots
  • Comfortable sandals or light shoes for evenings, travel day, safari days in vehicles, i.e. Tevas (optional)
  • Hat with broad brim– a safari style hat with a tie-down is great for vehicle time
  • Bandana (optional, helpful for dust)
  • Bathing suit (optional)
  • Field vest (optional - a great source is Big Pockets)

Equipment & Miscellaneous

  • Airline tickets or e-ticket verification
  • Passport, visa (if required), photo ID, travel insurance info, money & credit cards.
  • A secure pouch to carry the items above on your person at all times (such as a secure, under-clothing document pouch)
  • As a backup: copies of all the above (phone and/or paper) packed in a separate location than on your person, plus a set given to your emergency contact at home as a backup. For passport, copy of the  ID and entry stamp pages.
  • Small daypack or fanny pack to carry field gear
  • Binoculars (a hotel shower cap is great to cover these when it is raining or dusty)
  • Flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries
  • Alarm clock (or use your phone)
  • Walking stick (optional, but recommended if you’re use to using one)
  • Sunscreen/lip balm with SPF
  • Sunglasses with neck strap
  • Insect repellent (containing DEET)
  • Toiletry articles – tweezers can come in handy in this land of thorns!
  • Pocket-sized tissues
  • Reusable bags are good for organizing storage and two-gallon size can be helpful keeping dust from optics
  • Universal adapter/converter combo
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Binoculars (a hotel shower cap is great to cover these when it is raining or dusty).
  • Camera and extra batteries, digital chips etc., lens cleaning supplies and your instruction manual. Do a good check for all this before leaving (0ptional)
  • USB cord for transferring photos from camera to tablet/laptop (optional)
  • Portable external hard drive if you intend to take many photos (optional)
  • Spotting scope and tripod (optional)
  • Tablet or laptop for personal use and/or transferring photos, USB cord and charger (optional)
  • Water bottle (or plan to reuse our store-bought water bottle if prefer)
  • Travel-sized laundry detergent for doing a bit of laundry by hand
  • Travel sewing kit
  • Earplugs (if you are sensitive to noise at night – optional)
  • Notebook or journal and pen (optional)
  • Field guides (optional)
    Rechargeable power bank (optional)  
  • Padlock for luggage (optional)
  • Steri-Pen or other water treatment/filter device (like LifeStraw) to treat local water, this will help cut down on the use of plastic bottles (optional but highly recommended!)

 

WE DO NOT RECOMMEND TRAVELING WITH PRECIOUS OR VALUABLE JEWELRY – don’t tempt anyone and don’t bring things you’d regret losing - your mind will be at ease!

Medical & First Aid Items

  • Heath insurance and vaccination records (kept in personal document pouch with other travel documents)
  • Personal medication
  • Motion sickness preventatives if likely to be needed on bus, van drives, etc.
  • Personal first aid kit including medications for general and stomach ailments (Imodium or Lomotil, antihistamine cream or tablets, eye drops, etc.)
  • Band-Aids, moleskin to protect against blisters
  • Foot powder, lotions for dry skin, general “comfort” items
  • Copy of eyeglass prescription, medical prescriptions and any medical alerts
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses or contacts
  • Antibacterial hand-cleaning soap in small bottle or as individually wrapped moist towelettes

 

Suggested Reading List +

There are many titles of interest for Zambia and Zimbabwe; the following are a few Read more

There are many titles of interest for Zambia and Zimbabwe; the following are a few that we have enjoyed that can get you started.

Field Guides

The Sasol Larger Illustrated Guide to Birds of Southern Africa

Birds of Zambia App from Google Play

Birds of Southern Africa, Fourth Edition  

Avitopia: Birds of Zambia

The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals

The Wildlife of Southern Africa: A Field Guide to the Animals and Plants of the Region 

The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals

Stuarts’ Field Guide to National Parks & Game Reserves: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi

Digital Wildlife Photography

Species Profiles

Antelope of Africa

Giraffe: Biology, Behavior and Conservation

Lions in the Balance: Man-Eaters, Manes, and Men with Guns

Elephant Memories: Thirteen Years in the Life of an Elephant Family

The African Wild Dog, Behavior, Ecology and Conservation

General Reading

Island Africa, The Evolution of Africa’s Rare Animals and Plants

Minerals and Gemstones of Southern Africa

Pocket Guide Trees of Zambia

Zimbabwe Map

Lake Kariba: A Man-Made Tropical Ecosystem in Central Africa

History & Culture

Culture Smart! Zambia 

Zambia: The First 50 Years

Becoming Zimbabwe. A History from the Pre-colonial Period to 2008

A History of Zimbabwe

Bantu Africa: 3500 BCE to Present (African World Histories)

Memoir/Non-Fiction

Where We Have Hope: A Memoir of Zimbabwe

The Elephants & I 

Twenty Chickens for a Saddle: The Story of an African Childhood

Your guide will also have a selection of reference books and materials for participants to share. As an Amazon Associate, Naturalist Journeys earns from qualifying purchases, and may get commissions for purchases made through links on this page at no added cost to you.

 

Useful Links +

Learn more about your destination at these external websites, carefully researched for you. Read more

General

Encyclopedic Overviews:

Africa

Zambia

Lusaka (capital of Zambia)

Mfuwe

Zimbabwe

Harare (capital of Zimbabwe)

Nature, Wildlife & Biology

Zambia:

Zimbabwe:

Miombo Woodlands of Central Africa

Conservation, Parks & Reserves

Zambia:

Zimbabwe:

Geology & Geography

Zambia:

Zimbabwe:

History & Culture

Zambia:

Zimbabwe:

Post Tour Extension - Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Zambezi River

Zambezi National Park

Helpful Travel Websites

Arrival into: Kenneth Kauna International Airport (LUN) in Lusaka, Zambia

Main Tour Only Departure out of: Robert Gabriel Mugabe Airport (HRE) in Harare, Zimbabwe

Extension Departure out of: Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

National Passport Information Center

Homeland Security Real ID Act

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Foreign Exchange Rates

ATM Locator

U.S. Department of State International Travel Information - Zambia

Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC)

Canada Travel Advice and Advisories

Travel Health Pro (UK)

Electricity and Plugs

Date & Time

Holidays


Photo credits: Banners: Elephant in Mana Pools National Park, Saddle-billed Stork, Cheetah, Zebra, Hippo, Wild African Dogs, Elephant Thumbnails: Pel's Fishing Owl, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Lion, Southern Ground Hornbill, Elephant, Gray-crowned Crane, Common Eland, Baboon

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