Zambia

This reward trip combines making a lasting difference to the villagers in Siakabonda by building an HIV and TB research center, plus experience the majesty of Victoria Falls, the thrill of white-water rafting, soothing spa treatments, a safari tour, and a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.

Summary Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Arrival in Livingstone, Zambia, check-in to Royal Livingstone hotel, tour of Victoria Falls, 1st wave of heli-flight over the Falls; welcome Gala dinner
  • Day 2 – Helping build HIV/TB research centre and office in Siakabonda Village; Boma Dinner
  • Day 3 – Finshing at Siakabonda Village; free choice of activities including canoeing, walking with lions, bungee jump, elephant safari…regroup for sundowner cruise on Zambezi, dinner at Maramba Riverside Jetty
  • Day 4 – Day trip safari to Chobe National Park, Botswana, then steam train to Zimbabwe, dinner at Victoria Falls Hotel
  • Day 5 – Canoe trip to private brunch location, check-out, fly to Jo’burg, cycle tour of Soweto, fly out.

Highlights

  • Interact with the villagers in Siakabonda and help improve their lives by building an HIV and TB research centre
  • The majestic Victoria Falls – the smoke that thunders
  • Helicopter flight over the Falls
  • Luxury accommodation on the banks of the Zambezi River, within walking distance of the Falls, with arrival by private water taxi
  • Sunset cruise
  • Interactive drumming experience and traditional dancers
  • Zambezi canoeing option
  • White-water rafting option
  • Walking with lions option
  • Full day on safari in Chobe National Park, Botswana
  • Special farewell dinner on-board the Royal Livingstone Express Train
  • Canoe trip to brunch on private spot on Zambezi River on departure day
  • Soweto bicycle tour in South Africa

Accommodation

Royal Livingstone Hotel, Zambia

This five-star deluxe hotel on the banks of the Zambezi River is an idyllic way to experience the opulence of the colonial era. A dramatic view of the river is the feature from the central and public areas, incorporating a bar and lounge under an open-thatch roof. The a la carte restaurant opens up to spacious verandahs.

The 173 bedrooms are two-storey clusters, which capture the opulence of a by-gone era. Each cluster comprises 10 en-suite air-conditioned rooms, featuring private balconies with superb vistas over the Zambezi River and the spray of the Falls. All rooms have satellite TV, radio and video, mini-bar, safe, telephone/ voice mail and in-room dining facilities.

Community Project

We have just built a maternity clinic, women’s shelter, three staff houses, latrines and a bore hole at Siakabonda Village, 22 kilometres from Livingstone. The Health Centre will cater for a population in excess 3,000 in the Masikili, Libala and Chenkwazi Zones of the Mukuni Chiefdom.

Until now the local community had to walk 22 kilometres to reach a health centre at Mukuni Village or Livingstone, which resulted in unnecessary deaths and health complications. This was particularly difficult for pregnant women, children and the elderly.

The local council is responsible for the maintenance of the facility. chairs and equipment will be added once the medical personnel are in residence.
The community provided sand, stones and The clinic will be used for general outpatients, maternity for both antenatal and post natal, in addition to HIV prevention and treatment, HIV testing and counselling TB, malaria prevention and treatment, hypertension and diarrhoeal diseases.

What would be a great benefit is to add another two-room building to be used as a research centre for HIV and TB, which can also be used for voluntary testing and educational workshops on the topics concerned. If this can be done the Ministry of Education will provide a laboratory technician.

The HIV statistics are particularly high, with some areas reporting almost 30% of the population infected with HIV. The Mukuni Health Centre has 700 people on ARVs and many more go to Livingstone for treatment because of the stigma.

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