Join us on a not-for-profit holiday with a unique opportunity to soak up Zambian culture, immerse yourself in local life and see first-hand where the donations go and the difference they make. The trip will be fully escorted by ATD Foundation Founder (Olly Brendon) and ATD Foundation Manager (Jake Criswick).
Dates – 29th March – 4th April 2019
Base – Livingstone, Zambia
Length – 5 nights (You can extend under your own arrangements if you wish)
Suitable for – Single adult travellers, adult + child 10 years+, families with children 10+
Accommodation – AVANI Four-star Hotel next to the famous Victoria Falls
Inclusions – Hotel accommodation + breakfast, ground transportation in a 4X4, guides, bonding and liability insurances
Exclusions – Flights and optional local excursions/activities
Price – A donation to the ATD Foundation of:
– Single travellers – £1,500pp
– Two sharing a room – £1,000pp
Note that this tour is not-for-profit. The charity donation goes directly to the ATD Foundation to support our local sustainable projects, some of which you will see on this trip. Travel arrangements can be made via ATD Travel Services Ltd (ABTA number P1761). Numbers are limited.
This South-Central African, land-locked country, once known as Northern Rhodesia, offers visitors a hugely diverse experience, from fascinating cultural traditions to adrenaline fuelled action sports. Zambia is home to an abundance of indigenous wildlife which finds refuge in its protected national parks. The ATD Foundation was established to help very poor, remote Zambian communities who do not benefit from tourism via water, sanitation, education and football projects.
A quick message from ATD Foundation Founder, Olly Brendon:
“If you get bored of lying on a beach for week and want to get more of a sense of fulfilment out of a holiday, then this holiday is for you. Guided by me and our amazing charity manager Jake, we will ensure that you have a wonderful balance of seeing charitable projects, having an adventure and getting a real insight in to Zambian life. Having spent a lot of time in Zambia, engaging with communities and interacting with the welcoming Zambian people, I can safely say it’s a life changing experience.”
Unlike more traditional commercial tour operators, we can offer you a truly eye-opening, authentic cultural experience where not only will your trip be packed full of adventure, breath-taking views and thrilling wildlife, but you will also experience the more rural traditional life, with visits to schools you wouldn’t have ever thought existed. With the support of the ATD Foundation, you will get to see the direct impact that our local charity partners have in these communities giving you a true insight into real Zambian life. You will also witness the remarkably powerful force for good that football has in the local community by spending time and seeing a match at the Livingstone Youth Football Academy which is fully supported by The ATD Foundation.
Day 1: Welcome to Zambia!
When you arrive at Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI) in Livingstone you will be greeted by either Olly or Jake and taken in a 4×4 to the hotel. You will be staying at the stylish AVANI four-star hotel next to Victoria Falls. Set amidst tropical gardens and indigenous wildlife, you can relax in your air-conditioned room, or enjoy facilities such as the pool side bar & restaurant or refreshing spa.
OPTIONAL: Sunset river cruise – enjoy drinks on a boat cruise whilst listening out for Hippos and Elephants as they cross the Zambezi River.
Day 2: Charity Projects Visit
You will visit a number of schools currently being supported by the ATD Foundation in the Kazungula District. We work here with a local charity, The Butterfly Tree, to help improve school infrastructure, increase access to safe, clean water and to empower whole communities. At the schools, you will learn from the teachers and local villagers about the difference that the projects have made. You will also meet the children at the school who for many, have never even left their small village. There will likely be opportunities to help to teach the children, play sports with them and distribute essential school equipment which the ATD Foundation will provide. Prepare for a bumpy ride as many of these schools are over an hour’s drive from the main road!
Day 3: Victoria Falls – “The Smoke That Thunders”
During the morning you will have free time to visit the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Victoria Falls, just a few minutes walk from your hotel. Here you can soak in (literally – it can be very wet!) the views and even hike down through the forest to the white waters of the Zambezi River.
As the hotel is in a national park, it is likely you will see many animals such as zebra, monkeys, giraffes and antelope.
OPTIONAL: Elephant Café – take a breath-taking boat ride up the Zambezi River along the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park to your destination where you will interact with a herd of hand-reared elephants and have a gourmet dinner by dusk on the wooden decks. The food and whole experience is amazing and highly recommended.
Day 4: Dambwa – A First Hand Football Experience
You will get to visit a local football club in Dambwa, the Livingstone Youth Football Academy (LYFA). Many of the young boys and girls playing in this academy are orphans and are supported by sponsorship of the ATD Foundation who support them with nutrition, education and opportunities for progression. We fully fund the running of the academy to ensure every player is well looked after, both on and off the pitch. As well as hosting tournaments and matches, the academy is also involved in outreach programmes to convey important health messages to the surrounding community. You will get the option to watch a 1st team match, meet the players, or for the active ones, you can even join in or lead a training session! After the game, you will have the opportunity to explore the bustling markets of Dambwa, visit one of the players homes and even sit down to a traditionally cooked Zambian dinner.
OPTIONAL: Early morning white water rafting, Zip Line, Microlight or even a Bungee Jump for the adrenaline-junkies!*
Day 5: Visit a Remote School
You will be on the road again, this time visiting a school where we are considering funding a water, sanitation or classroom project. As many schools in Zambia do not receive government funding, you will see first-hand, the real need for basic water & sanitation facilities. Many of these schools have had little-to-no interaction with outside communities in Zambia, let alone international tourists.
OPTIONAL: Unwind the holiday with sunset drinks at the Royal Livingstone five-star hotel. Raise a glass to the marvellous waterfall thundering to the depths below as you recline in style.
Day 6: Your Last Day!
After a relaxed start in the comfort of your own hotel, you will be picked up and driven to the airport for your departing flight. Take the overnight flight back to London Heathrow (or other UK airports), arriving the next morning.
*Note that some activities are seasonal dependent.
This itinerary can be tailored to individual preferences, for example if you would prefer more of a focus on the football academy, we can arrange for you to spend extra time there.