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Family group holidays that you and your family can enjoy together. These trips are active, adventurous and provide the perfect blend of exploration and sociability.
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An amazing adventure which will live with us for years. We chose this holiday as a final holiday with my son and daughter before the latter goes to university. This was our first trip to Africa and not having done any camping since school this was well outside of my normal comfort zone. We wondered whether the photos in the gallery might have exaggerated the close proximity to the wildlife but they accurately reflected our experience. Within the first hour of canoeing we had seen elephants, crocodiles and hippos.
Difficult one to answer as there were so many...
Awe inspiring night skies from our wild camp site
Waking to experience the sunrise
Those magical moments of first sightings of the varied wildlife...
Exceptionally good, caring, knowledgeable, calm, efficient and a fantastic cook!!
Nothing was too much trouble and he was very keen to share his extensive knowledge. ...All rolled up with a slightly dry sense of humour!
Fantastic holiday, but regardless of how good your guide is, it should be stressed that there is a very real threat of potential danger. We experienced some near misses; one irate hippo swimming inches under our canoe, another leaping into the river just behind a canoe and an elephant ripping a tent.
Travel light: three sets of safari trousers and shirts and then warm thermal leggings, tops and a fleece for night time wear. One pair of walking boots and one pair of trekking sandals and also cycling gloves for the canoeing should suffice.
We are still experiencing the positive after effects... Not just a holiday, but a wonderful lifetime experience!! We were active and yet still had time to 'stand still and stare'!
A truely great travel adventure.
The itinerary is full but it didn't feel too rushed, and there was the right amount and variety of activity for my 16 year old son not to get bored. We had a great time and everything we expected was delivered.
The wildlife both from the canoes and at the semi=permanent camp. We saw hippos (many!), elephants, lions, a leopard, monkeys warthogs, eagles, buffalo ....... It felt very authentic as we were usually the only ones on the river and always the only group staying at the wild and semi-permanent camp sites
You are right in real Africa, with the sounds of the wildlife all around you when camping.
Cuthbert and the team were great. He was an excellent leader, who gave us just the right amount of information about the country and was extremely knowlegable about the wildlife.
The cook and camp team were also fantastic, getting up at 4am every day to prepare breakfast etc. The food was plentiful and freshly cooked. there were always snacks for the ever-hungry teenage boys. Hygine was also good, as nobody was ill.
If you have adventurous teens then go - you'll have agreat time. The canoeing is not hard work as you are travelling downstream and there is a 4km/hr current, so all you have to do is steer most of the time. Th eboats are stable and easily controlled once you get used to them.
The volunteering part could have been better organised. For example the trip itinerary mentions taking supplies for the school, which we did, but doesnt refer to a trip to a local villiage where there was a need for adult clothes. I'd have taken some if I'd known. On day 1 at the school they wanted some fencing put up for their goats but has no posts or tools, so we couldn't do it. We did, however, manage to buy some stuff for the second day. While recognising its Africa, they did know we were coming, so you'd think between the school and guide they might have made beetr use of out time. Having said that, it was still worthwhile and good for the UK teens to spend some time trying to teach the Zambian kids.
I'd avoid the group flights with Ethiopian Airlines and book your own, as there is a very long transit time on theway home and the airport at Addis is not agreat plave to wait.
The trip notes need to be clearer about the tips - there is guidance on tipping the leader, but the notes dont mention that tips for all the camp staff are expected. I have no problem with this, but it coused a little difficulty as we ran out of Zambian Currency (fortunately had some US dollars!).
This is an absolutely brilliant trip. You get to feel properly adventurous but, at the same time, very well taken care of. The volunteering aspect makes it much more than just a holiday. And there is the added advantage that it can be fitted into a half term break. We took our two daughters (aged 12 and 14) and they loved it and want to go back.
Loads! Our first view of the mighty Zambezi and realising that the sounds you can hear are hippo calls. Drifting silently in our canoes up to a group of elephants on a beach on the river bank and getting to within about 10 meters of them. Having a bath in a croc-free bit of the Zambezi by moonlight. Arriving at the school, meeting all the kids and spending time in the classroom and playing with them. And the moment when we arrived at the semi-permanent camp but couldn't get to the loo because there was an elephant eating the wall!
Our leader was TK, assisted by Best. They were both absolutely brilliant from the first 'hello' to the last 'goodbye'. TK is incredibly knowledgeable, very experienced and knows just how to balance the adventurous aspects of the trip with a constant awareness of everyone's safety and well being. We had complete faith in him and Best, and they are fantastic company too.
If you have concerns which are deterring you from booking, let me put your mind at rest on a few of them: Getting ill - all of us were absolutely fine the whole time. The canoe tipping over - the canoes are really stable, even when loaded up with all the stuff (everything comes with you) and as long as you don't do something daft, like try to stand up, it's hard to see how you could capsize. Creepy crawlies in the tent - not a problem. Dodgy camp food - TK and Best rustled up some great meals and it was good, straightforward and plentiful. Getting bitten by mosquitoes - we were there late October 2013 and mozzies weren't a problem as long as you were generous with the spray. You need very few clothes etc on this trip, so fill up your luggage allowance with stuff for the school.
Just go! This is a wonderful introduction to Africa, its wildlife and the fab Zambian people. Yes it's basic facility-wise but there are loos and hot showers at the camp site for the second half of the week. Best of all, the kids went back to school with some serious bragging rights: "What did you do in the holidays?" "Oh, you know, canoed down the Zambezi, did some wild camping, dodged a few hippos and crocs, that kind of thing."
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