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LADIES ONLY TOUR – Zambia Chasing Waterfalls 13 nights from $6835.00 - 14 Days

LADIES ONLY TOUR – Zambia Chasing Waterfalls 13 nights from $6835.00

Nestled in south-central Africa and channelling some of Nature’s unrivalled magnificence, lies one of the continent’s true gems: Northern Zambia. Cascading rivers, exquisite waterfalls and beautiful lakes dominate this remote, uncommercialised piece of our planet. It truly is a water wonderland!

This 2 700 km all-women, 13 night fundraising expedition starts and finishes in the capital, Lusaka. The route takes us through far-flung, traditional villages and national parks famed for their incredible game-viewing. Travelling with only five vehicles, our group will be led by one of Africa’s most experienced adventurers and humanitarians, Carla Geyser and her Blue Sky Expeditions crew, who will provide daily briefings on the regions visited and routes and roads to be undertaken. Now you are in Mama Africa’s territory, and you must march to her ancient drumbeats. So, be prepared for long, bumpy roads, amazing wildlife, breath-taking scenery and a lifetime of memories.

Booking period: Now until 03 February 2020

Travel period: 31 May 2020 - 13 June 2020

T's and C's apply

Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival

Airport pick-up.

You will be whisked away to your hotel in Lusaka to meet the rest of the group.

Meals: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Accommodation: Stay Easy hotel or similar

Type: Room (Sharing)

Day 2
Day 2 - Lusaka to Mkushi

We head out early on the Great North Road (T2), a major route linking Lusaka to Tanzania. We will stop for coffee & Cake at Fig Tree Café in Kabwe. Tonight, we are staying on Sarah Kingdom’s farm.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Local Farm

Type: Camping

Day 3
Day 3 - Mkushi to Kasanka National Park

It is a short drive this morning to Kasanka National Park, but we will stop at the Kasanka Conservation Centre on the way in and visit a school. Depending on time, we will do an afternoon game walk. Kasanka National Park is located in the Serenje District of Zambia's Central Province. At roughly 390 km2 (150 sq mi), Kasanka is one of Zambia's smallest national parks and the first to be managed by a private-public partnership.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Luombwa Camp Lodge or Wasa Lodge

Type: Chalets and camping (Sharing)

Day 4
Day 4 - Kasanka National Park

Today we spend a day in the park. It is an early morning wake-up (5.30am), coffee & rusks, drive to tree hide to see sitatunga (a type of antelope), then go on a game drive before heading back to camp for brunch . Afternoon canoeing on the river and/or yoga beside the river.

Meals: Brunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Luombwa Camp Lodge or Wasa Lodge

Type: Chalets and camping (Sharing)

Day 5
Day 5 - Kasanka NP to Samfya

Our final game drive and/or canoeing at Kasanka National Park. After breakfast, we head out for the town of Samfya. Afternoon yoga beside the pool overlooking the lake. The lodge bar is well located for sundowners and overlooks Lake Bangweulu. Bangweulu means ‘where the water meets the sky’ and you will find out that it is very aptly named! Indeed, when you look at the lake it is hard to tell where the water ends and the sky begins.

Meals: Brunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Chita Lodge

Type: Rooms (sharing)

Day 6
Day 6 - Samfya to Lumangwe Falls

Lunch at Ntumbachushi Falls, and short hike to see ancient rock paintings that date back 10 000 years. Ntumbachushi Falls are a series of pools flowing off the Ng’onga River in Luapula province. As with many bodies of water in Zambia, communities living in the area believe that the falls are sacred. In the case of Ntumbachushi, local chiefs bathe in the water to rid themselves of bad luck. We will be staying at Lumangwe Falls. Known as a smaller version of Victoria Falls, Lumangwe Falls can be found in the Northern Province off the main road from Kawambwa and Mporokoso, by the Kalungwishi river. For an impressive view of Lumangwe Falls, we will go down the steps in the small rainforest which is sustained by the water.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Lumangwe Falls Camping

Type: Camping

Day 7
Day 7 -Lumangwe Falls

As we are camping at Lumangwe Falls for another night, today we will explore and walk to Kabwelume Falls (5km) and then walk/drive to Chimpembe Falls (5km). The local myth surrounding the falls is that it was the residence of a “great snake spirit” of the same name that stretched itself to the neighbouring Kabwelume waterfall. Kabwelume Falls is made up of three cascading falls. At the base of the falls is a forested ravine with pre-historic rock art and rainbows in the spray. This place is sacred to the local people, filled with frogs that represent physical forms of snake spirits. No homes can be built here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Lumangwe Falls camping

Type: Camping

Day 8
Day 8 - Lumangwe Falls to Lake Tanganyika

Today we head to Mbala and Mpulungu, the town on the southernmost tip of Lake Tanganyika. Here we board a small boat to our final destination. A tiny beach of beautiful white sand, swaying palm trees and three thatched bungalows, Luke’s Beach is a secluded paradise and an eco-lodge. Situated in Mishembe Bay, this sandy inlet is one of the last bays before the Tanzanian border and is one of the most relaxing places we have ever stayed in Zambia.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Luke’s Beach

Type: Chalets / Camping (Sharing)

Day 9
Day 9 - Lake Tanganyika /Mishembe Bay

A four-hour round-trip hike from Luke’s Beach brings us to Kalambo Falls, Africa’s second highest single-drop waterfall and the 12th highest in the world. With a 221m single drop into the gorge below, Kalambo Falls is twice the height of Victoria Falls. The climb from the lake is steep, but so rewarding, with spectacular views from the escarpment. From viewpoints near the top of the falls you can see the Kalambo River plummeting over the cliffs and into the deep gorge below, before winding its way 5km to Lake Tanganyika. The area around Kalambo Falls is considered an important archaeological site, with continuous human occupation spanning over 250,000 years. Kalambo Falls is on the list to be recognised as a protected World Heritage site. We should be back by lunch and can then enjoy a relaxing afternoon of swimming or yoga.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Luke’s Beach

Type: Chalets / Camping (Sharing)

Day 10
Day 10 - Lake Tanganyika to Kapishya Hot springs

Leaving Lake Tanganyika, we stop at Kasama for supplies, then on to Kapishya hot springs. Kapishya is a serene oasis with quiet and restorative hot springs that will leave rested and enriched thanks to the area’s natural beauty. Situated on the Estate of Shiwa Ng’andu (The Africa House) and along the banks of the Mansha River, these springs offer a welcomed rest on an adventurous journey.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Kapishya Hot springs

Type: Camping

Day 11
Day 11 - Kapishya hot springs to Mutinondo wilderness

Leaving Kapishya hot springs, we stop at Africa House for tea and a tour. A visit to Shiwa Ng’andu estate is a unique and fascinating step into history. The ancient structure and stunning estate transport guests of both ancient and colonial times. The estate combines this rich and varied history with a world-class private game reserve that is home to over 30 species of wildlife and over 200 species of birds. “In a remote corner of Africa stands a magnificent three story pink bricked mansion, with a tower in the centre, a red tiled roof, and a line of elegant arches supporting a first floor terrace from which a Union Jack fluttered… Part Tuscan Manor, part English Ancestral Home… Something one might find in Surrey or Hampshire belonging to a Duke or a Lord.” Christina Lamb, The Africa House

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Mutinondo wilderness

Type: Camping

Day 12
Day 12 - Mutinondo wilderness

We spend the day hiking to Mutinondo Falls, swimming, and morning/afternoon yoga. This is a remote and unspoiled wilderness unlike any other, privately-owned and run in an ecologically conscious manner to conserve the area for future Zambian and world generations. The area is snuggled amidst a cluster of spectacular inselbergs, and furnished with 70 kilometres of walking tracks and trails, and amazing biodiversity such as 1600 documented plant species, including 100 species of wild orchid, and diverse bird-life, including hard-to-find species such as the chestnut-headed flufftail.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Mutinondo wilderness

Type: Camping

Day 13
Day 13

We lunch at Kundalila Falls and enjoy a short hike and swim. Named after the cooing of doves, Kundalila Falls is a stunning 70 metre (229 feet) high waterfall located just east of the Great North Road in a very scenic setting. The gossamer cascade of water maintains a garden of rich plant life around the falls. From the top of the waterfall, you can see the beautiful Luangwa Valley, and at the bottom you can swim in a crystal clear pool amongst an array of wild flowers.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Forest Inn

Type: Rooms (Sharing)

Day 14
Day 14 - Mkushi to Lusaka

Early breakfast and then final drive to Lusaka International Airport for our final farewells. You depart with a lifetime of memories, new, meaningful connections with like-minded women from around the world, and of course, packed lunches from Forest Inn.

  • • 13 nights and 14 days immersed in one of the most magnificent places on Earth
  • • Adventuring in off-the-beaten-path places (that tourists do not know exist!) to experience some of Zambia’s staggeringly beautiful waterfalls, from the roaring Lumangwe to the picturesque Ntumbachushi, and Africa’s second highest waterfall, Kalambo Falls, that empties into Lake Tanganyika.
  • • Exploring Lake Tanganyika, the source of pride to the people of Zambia and the world’s second oldest and second deepest freshwater lake.
  • • Visiting the peaceful yet abundant sanctuary of Kasanka National Park.
  • • Interacting with communities and school children to spread our eco-message.
  • • Enjoying an exceptionally organised once-in-a-lifetime African experience where all logistical details are taken care of for you.
  • • Raising funds for Kasanka Trust
  • • Any flights & any necessary transfers to get to the start/finish of the expedition (Lusaka International Airport)
  • • Gratuities (We recommend US$ 5 to 10 per guide or activity)
  • • Any visas & border costs
  • • Alcoholic drinks & snacks
  • • Any personal expenses
  • • Comprehensive travel insurance (*This is compulsory*)
  • • Extra nights’ accommodation at Lusaka (pre/post expedition)

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