Behind the Scenes, June 2019


June 29th – July 8th, 2019

Photo Credit: Milan Vinks

Safari PLUS an exceptional opportunity to spend one day in the field with Zambian Carnivore Programme, monitoring, tracking or collaring lions and endangered wild dogs!  You will also spend a day participating with our educational entrepreneurial program, Hands Over Zambia!

* Price includes:

  • $2,000.00 fundraising or donation
  • Roundtrip flight between Lusaka and Mfuwe
  • Gratuity/meals/excursions/lodging

* Price does NOT include international airfare, alcohol or spa.

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ITINERARY

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SHHH....BEHIND THE SCENES 2019 (FLEXIBLE) ITINERARY

 

Day 1: ARRIVAL AT FLATDOGS LODGE

Saturday, June 29th

After your international flight lands, meet your fellow travelers at the Lusaka airport. There is a great cafe where you can rehydrate yourself! Board your next  flight on Proflight airlines for a short one-hour ride to Mfuwe, which is the town adjacent to the world-famous South Luangwa National Park, the gorgeous, wild wilderness where you will be for the next 10 days.  


You will be greeted at the Mfuwe Airport by your safari guides and driven in Land Rovers to the Lodge!

After arriving at Flatdogs Lodge around 6pm, we will have a short safety briefing, a beverage of your choice, unpack a little and then join us for dinner at 7:30pm.

 

Day 2: FLATDOGS LODGE

Sunday, June 30th

First day of safari (game) drives!

5:45am - Rise and shine to your first morning in Zambia and a delicious breakfast.

6:30am - 8:30am - Morning game drive!

8:30am - 10:45am -  Visit Conservation South Luangwa (www.cslzambia.org), for a behind the scenes tour of their base camp!

11:00am - Fabulous lunch!

12:15pm - Visit Mulberry Mongoose (www.mulberrymongoose.com), a unique shop selling hand-crafted jewelry made with wire snares* by local women and men. You’ll learn how the sale of this jewelry benefits the local community and wildlife.  

3:30pm -  Tea Time

4:00pm - 7:00pm - Evening game drive & Sundowners!

8:00pm - Dinner and a restful night’s sleep...

 

Day 3 & 4: FLATDOGS LODGE

Monday, July 1st & Tuesday, July 2nd

Our group will be divided into two groups of 9 and half will be spending a full day with Zambian Carnivore Program (www.zambiacarnivores.org) in the field, tracking, monitoring, or collaring endangered wild dogs, lions or hyena.

The other group will be visiting Mfuwe Secondary School, learning more about our Hands Over Zambia, business & arts program, and providing hands on feedback to teachers and students to support them to improve their marketing skills and business acumen.

You’ll eat 3 nourishing meals each day! The length of day with Zambian Carnivore Program will depend on your activities in the field, so meal-times will depend on when you return back to camp.

 

Day 5: FLATDOGS LODGE

Wednesday, July 3rd

5:45am - Enjoy your breakfast

6:30am - 11:30am - Take a morning game drive & have a behind the scenes look at a local borehole and how it is affecting the community!

12:00pm - Delicious lunch & time to relax or take a dip in the pool!

3:30pm -  Tea Time

5:00pm - 7:30pm - Inspiring presentation by Conservation South Luangwa and Zambian Carnivore Programme, our conservation partners,  followed by a meet and greet cocktail hour and a gathering afterward to learn more about Dazzle Africa projects.

8:00pm - Dinner and restful night’s sleep...

 

Day 6: DEPART FOR LUXURY BUSHCAMPS

Thursday, July 4th

Enjoy one last look at the Luangwa River, enjoy breakfast and transfer to the remote, luxury bushcamps, for an even more intimate experience with nature. Your group will be divided into two smaller groups to stay at two different, but equally stunning camps. See http://www.bushcampcompany.com/bushcamps  By design, your safari will slow down in pace; there are 2 game drives per day, with time to relax in the middle of the afternoon, nap and relax....

 

Day 7: LUXURY BUSHCAMPS

Friday, July 5th

5:45am - Bush Breakfast

6:00am - 10:00am Morning game drive!

11:00am - Brunch

3:30 pm -   Tea Time

4:00pm-7:30pm -  Evening game drive & sundowners

8:00pm - Gourmet Dinner followed by Stargazing...

 

Day 8: LUXURY BUSHCAMPS

Saturday, July 6th

5:45am - Bush Breakfast

6:00am - 10:00am Morning game drive!

11:00am - Brunch

3:30 pm -   Tea Time

4:00pm-7:30pm -  Evening game drive & Sundowners

8:00pm - Gourmet Dinner followed by Stargazing…

Day 9: LUXURY BUSHCAMPS

Sunday, July 7th

5:45am - Bush Breakfast

6:00am - 10:00am Morning game drive!

11:00am - Brunch

3:30 pm -   Tea Time

4:00pm-7:30pm -  Evening game drive & Sundowners

8:00pm - Gourmet Dinner followed by Stargazing...

 

Day 10: DEPART LUXURY BUSHCAMPS

Monday, July 8th

Enjoy your last breakfast in the bush (until your next safari)! You may have time for a game drive in the morning depending on your flight time home...You will be departing back to Mfuwe Lodge today and heading to the Mfuwe Airport for your next destination or back home to the US!

For more information or to sign up for this safari, please contact stacy@dazzleafrica.org or call 702-332-1501.

ADDITIONAL PRICE AND FLIGHT INFO

Payment Schedule and Inclusions/Exclusions
Description Price
Behind the Scenes Safari $6,555.00
Philanthropy (Minimum) $2,000.00
Broken down like this:
Initial Deposit (non-refundable) $500.00
1st Payment due October 1st $2,500.00
2nd Payment due December 1st $1,185.00
3rd Payment due February 1st $1,185.00
4th Payment due April 1st $1,185.00
Fundraising due May 1st $2,000.00+
Total Payments $8,555.00

Monies until December 1st, 2018 (excluding deposit) are fully refundable. December 2nd through February 1st, 2019 are 75% refundable. After April 1st, 2019, no monies are refundable.

Total price includes round-trip flight between Lusaka and Mfuwe.

Price also includes gratuity/meals/excursions/lodging

Fundraising/Donation Prerequisite

The cost of the Behind the Scenes Safari to you, as described above, is $6,555.00. In addition, there is a minimum fundraising/donation requirement of $2,000.00.

You can either contribute the donation yourself or we encourage our guests to share Dazzle Africa projects with others in your community and inspire them to donate with you!

We will provide more information on our specific projects and also tools to assist with your fundraising, and hope you will enjoy the experience! Dazzle Africa’s mission is to help the children and wildlife of Mfuwe, Zambia. We are not a travel company (though admittedly, we plan great safaris and have been taking guests to the South Luangwa since 2012); we are a philanthropic non‐profit. Safari tourism is absolutely vital to the people and wildlife of the area where you will be vacationing, and we are excited to have you have you join this safari!

Joining/Logistics Information

IMPORTANT: Please contact Stacy James or Ami Desai from Dazzle Africa immediately to review any discrepancies, especially regarding your arrival/departure dates and times. Be sure to have your joining instructions with you while traveling.

Departure from Lusaka Airport to Mfuwe, Zambia

Your connecting flight to Mfuwe is approximately one hour. Please print and have your Lusaka/Mfuwe E­-ticket with you for this Proflight Zambia flight. This will be emailed to you a month before departure.

Emergency/Late Arrival Contact Information

If your flight is delayed for any reason, please notify Stay James or Ami Desai by text or call if you do not text. Stacy James 702-­332-­1501 or Ami Desai 303-520-0702

Cancellation Clause

Minimum guests are required for this trip. In the unlikely event this minimum cannot be met, all safari monies would be refunded by February 1st, 2019 (prior to your airline ticket purchase).

For more information or to sign up for this safari, please contact stacy@dazzleafrica.org or call 702-332-1501.

GETTING READY

Release of Liability

Please follow this link and fill out the Release of Liability and Participant Info form. Each traveler must fill out the form individually.

Required Travel Documents

All travelers need a valid passport with at least 4 empty pages and a visa to enter Zambia.

U.S. Citizens must have a valid passport that does not expire for at least 6 months after travel.

Travel Visa
A visa is required for entry to Zambia. Directions to acquire your travel e‐visa will be emailed to you 90 days in advance of your travels.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is required to participate on a Dazzle Africa Safari. Dazzle Africa is an affiliated member of an insurance broker, which proposes multiple travel insurance plans and allows you to pick the plan that best suits your needs. You do not pay more by going through Dazzle Africa.

Once your travel insurance plan has been purchased please email it to contact@dazzleafrica.org and print all necessary documents and bring them with you during your travels.

To purchase your insurance, please go to: https://www.squaremouth.com/21416

This is a suggested guideline for insurance policy coverage:

If you are unable to secure these coverage amounts, please secure the highest possible.

Emergency Medical Evacuation: $500,000
Emergency Medical: $250,000
Primary Medical

Depending on what coverage you choose in your insurance plan, the price will range from $50.00 to $300.00 plus. If you select cancellation insurance your costs will be commensurate with the amount of your trip. Please ask for more direction if needed.

Vaccines

Travel doctors recommend a minimum of Tdap, Typhoid and Malaria pills. Please do your own research and make the best health decision for you by going to www.cdc.gov. Travel vaccine centers in your cities will also recommend what they think best for the areas you will be travelling. These recommendations are only for Zambia, if you are adding other countries to your visit, please make sure to look at the specific recommendations and requirements to enter and be safe in other areas of Africa.

Malaria
You will be visiting an area of Zambia with malaria. You will need to discuss with your doctor the best preventive medicine for you. Ways to prevent malaria include: Taking a prescription antimalarial drug, using insect repellent and using bed nets. All of the following antimalarial drugs are options for preventing malaria in Zambia: Atovaquone‐proguanil, Doxycycline, or Mefloquine. For information that can help you and your doctor decide which of these drugs would be best for you, please see: http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/travelers/drugs.html

Luggage/Packing List

May is the beginning of dry season in South Luangwa Valley. The national park starts off green and lush, but as the season progresses, the valley begins to dry. Daytime temperatures can reach a high of 82 degrees, while chilly nights average 52 degrees. 

Packing List:

*A detailed packing list will be emailed.

We also will have two conference calls to help anyone with packing questions prior to the trip, so if you are unsure about what to pack, please ask and remember you always need less than you think.

We recommend packing lightly!
All our safaris include daily laundry service

Clothing, Footwear, & Accessories

Please wear neutral colors and avoid wearing blacks and dark blues as they attract tsetse (biting) flies. Also, please avoid wearing white or bright colors as these colors may frighten wildlife. 

Suggested Clothing, Footwear, & Accessory Checklist

  • 2 t-shirts/short sleeved blouses
  • 3 long sleeve shirts
  • 3 pairs of long pants or capris
  • Light Jacket
  • Warm hat and light gloves
  • A fleece
  • A bathing suit and cover­up (chitange, i.e. sarong)
  • Warm pajamas 
  • Shorts or a skirt
  • Sports bra as the roads can be bumpy 
  • Lightweight long sleeve button down shirt for sun protection
  • Hat with brim and/or a baseball cap to shade sun
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • 3 bandanas or buffs (multi­functional tubular bandana) – has a range of uses, from keeping your hair off your face, the sun off your neck, the dust off your camera or even folded double as a cap. 
  • Workout/yoga clothes (if desired)
  • 1 pair of closed toed shoes ­light hikers or sturdy tennis shoes
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • Sturdy flip flops/sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • 2 washcloths (if desired)
  • Slippers for cool mornings

*A chitenge i.e sarong (or large lightweight scarf) is a great multi use garment to bring as it can be used as a cover up at the pool, for sun protection or rolled up and used as a neck pillow or wrap on the airplane. 

Toiletries & Medications

Shampoo and soap are provided at all of your lodges. A first aid kit is also held at all lodges.

Suggested Toiletries & Medications

  • Sunscreen
  • 2 tubes of Lip balm
  • A small first aid bag that includes band aids, aspirin, anti itch cream, neosporin, anti­diarrheal pills, a few electrolyte replacement packets, saline nasal spray and moisturizing eye drops. 
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Prescription medicines in original containers with labels
  • Small nail clippers/emory board/small tweezers
  • Hair conditioner if needed

*TSA has a 3.4 ounce rule for liquids. Remember to put these liquids in a single quart size ziplock bag.

Do not bring Benadryl as the active ingredient, diphenhydramine, is illegal in Zambia.

Electronics

  • Headlamp/small flashlight
  • UK 3 ­prong plug adaptor

Optional Items

  • Binoculars (We suggest Nikon Monarchs 8x42. Swarovski, Bushnell, and Pentax are other good options)
  • Camera and battery charger
  • Extra cf/sd card and extra batteries.
  • Phone/computer/tablet chargers
  • Lens wipes
  • Compression socks for long flights
  • A featherweight rubber air blower for your camera/electronics to get rid of dust and grit that may clog up the workings.
  • Travel size roll of duct tape
  • TSA approved locks for luggage
  • Various sizes of ziploc bags
  • A small journal or diary and a few pens/pencils
  • Book(s) or a kindle 
  • Lightweight carry bag for souvenirs
  • A small backpack or bag to bring in the safari vehicle
  • A refillable water bottle (Water at the Bushcamps is provided from deep boreholes which is perfectly safe to drink)
  • Address labels to label your binoculars, cameras etc. and other electronics or belongings
  • A good shelf stable daily probiotic can help support your digestive system and immune system. Probiotic pearls (found at Whole Foods or similar) don’t require refrigeration and are easy to pack.

Airline Luggage Regulations

We recommend carrying on your luggage and not checking your bags. If you choose to check your luggage please make sure that any necessities, such as your malaria medicine,  are in your carry on luggage.

Guests will be flying on different airlines, so please check your airline for weight and size restrictions.

Since airline rules and regulations are constantly changing, please visit the following websites to find the most current regulations. 

*Please make sure your information is up to date

Proflight: Baggage Allowances

Emirates Airline: Baggage Allowances

Ethiopian Airlines: Baggage Allowances

South African Airways: Baggage Allowances

Hotel Information for Family and Friends

Phone numbers as shown should be preceded by the international dialing code, which from the United States is (011), international it is « 00 ». When phoning, friends should ask for you by name and explain that you are traveling with Dazzle Africa. Zambia is nine hours ahead of the Pacific Time zone in the U.S.

Most Cell phone companies have service in this area. Please contact your cell phone provider, add an International Calling plan to your service and receive information on how to use this plan.

Flatdogs Lodge

Arrive: June 29
Departure: July 4
Flatdogs: +260 (0)216246038 or +260 (0)977485873
Website: http://www.flatdogscamp.com

Bushcamp Company

Arrive: July 4
Departure: July 8
Bushcamps: +260 (0)978770055
Website: http://www.bushcampcompany.com

*All times are local times in Zambia

For more information or to sign up for this safari, please contact stacy@dazzleafrica.org or call 702-332-1501.