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ZAMBIA AFRICA’S BEST KEPT SECRET ®

ZAMBIA

AFRICA’S BEST KEPT SECRET

ZAMBIA AFRICA’S BEST KEPT SECRET ®
ZAMBIA AFRICA’S BEST KEPT SECRET ®
ZAMBIA AFRICA’S BEST KEPT SECRET ®
ZAMBIA AFRICA’S BEST KEPT SECRET ®
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© Wilderness Safari ELEPHANTS, KALAMU CAMP DEAR ADVENTURER Zambia! I am thrilled to announce our
© Wilderness Safari
ELEPHANTS, KALAMU CAMP
DEAR ADVENTURER
Zambia! I am thrilled to announce our new Eco expedition to Africa and hope you will
join me for an unforgettable adventure in a truly extraordinary country. ere is a reason
Zambia is called Africa’s “best kept secret” and as we explore three national parks we will
discover an amazing diversity of ecosystems and witness the unimaginable numbers of
wildlife that thrive within their protective borders.
is country encompasses some of the least-explored wilderness areas on Earth, and we
divide our time between Kafue, the country’s oldest national park; its newest, Lower
Zambezi National Park; and it’s most legendary, South Luangwa National Park. Our days
will be filled with unparalleled close-up wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities
as we travel in 4x4 vehicles by day and night, set out on walking safaris, and by small boats
along the Zambezi River. Of course, the classic safari elements complement our adventures:
luxury tented camps, dinners beneath a starry chandelier, and nature’s symphony to which
we fall asleep and wake-up each day.
Our Kafue explorations focus on the northern Busanga Plains whose red lechwe symbolize
the success that national park protection offers: just 50 years ago these graceful creatures
were near extinction, but their numbers have grown into the high thousands and can be
seen grazing in large herds. Attracting large concentrations of herbivores, the vast open
plains also provide exceptional viewing of the predators that hunt them.
South Luangwa, with its life-giving river, ox bow lakes, and dambos (flat wetland areas),
offers an impressive variety of terrain and intense concentrations of wildlife with no fewer
than 60 animal species and at least 400 species of birds. The walking safari originated here
and we’ll set out in search of two species found nowhere else on the planet: Cookson’s
wildebeest and the graceful ornicroft’s giraffe.
e mighty Zambezi River is the centerpiece of our time in the Lower Zambezi National
Park. During the height of the dry season we’ll enjoy hippo-filled and crocodile-lined
rivers, vegetation-rich islands where birdlife is profuse, and the constant flow of elephants,
buffalo, and waterbuck quenching their thirst along the shore.
e scale and variety of Zambia’s resident avian species is, simply, awesome and during our
visit in mid to late October we’ll also have the palearctic migrants from Northern Europe
and the intra-African migrants arriving in anticipation of the rainy season that begins in
November.
Please join me on this safari adventure in a land that few outsiders have visited, where true
wilderness still exists untouched, and where Africa’s wildlife wonders thrive.
Kindest regards,
Lex Hes
Expedition Leader
THORNICROFT’S GIRAFFE ZAMBIA AFRICA’S BEST KEPT SECRET 14 DAYS © Mike Myers
THORNICROFT’S GIRAFFE
ZAMBIA
AFRICA’S BEST KEPT SECRET
14 DAYS
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DAY 1

DEPART USA

Depart USA on your independent international flight to Lusaka, Zambia.

DAY 2

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA

Arrive Lusaka and transfer to the Taj Pamodzi Hotel, surrounded by lush gardens and situated in the heart of the city. Welcome dinner and overnight.

DAYS 3 – 6

LUSAKA / KAFUE NATIONAL PARK

Fly to Busanga airstrip, our gateway into Kafue, Zambia’s oldest and largest national park. Untouched by human development, the magnificent Busanga Plains are populated by astounding quantities and diversity of wildlife that move into the region as the dry season progresses. Red lechwe, nearly extinct just 50 years ago, now graze the protected plains in the thousands, as do puku, oribi, roan and sable antelope, herds of tsessebe, hartebeest, zebra, and buffalo. is incredible wealth of game draws predators in large numbers, including wild dogs, leopards, and cheetahs, which can achieve their full speed on this flat landscape. Lion on the hunt are often spotted—sometimes in prides numbering close to 20. Nocturnal species include aardvark, genet, civet, hyena, and the amazing greater and lesser bushbaby. With luck we may also witness the nocturnal flight of the pennant-winged nightjar.

Birding on the plains is an exceptional experience and Kafue boasts 490 avian species including crowned and rare wattled cranes, black storks, African finfoot, black-collared eremomela, scaly-throated honeyguide, and the endemic Chaplin’s barbet.

We spend four days here with the group split two nights each at Shumba and Kapinga

Camps, allowing for an in-depth exploration of the wildlife-rich Busanga Plains that spread across nearly 300 square miles of the northern- most region of the park.

Shumba Camp – Located in the heart of the Busanga Plains, Shumba Camp sits close to permanent water and seasonal floodplains. Raised platforms afford stupendous views and wildlife watching opportunities. Hippos in great numbers frequent the local waters and bird activity is lively in the lush fig tree branches that shelter the camp.

Kapinga Camp – Designed and built in harmonious relationship with its environment, Kapinga is situated in the northwest corner of the Busanga Plains with sweeping views of the land and the many species of antelope that graze here. Herds of wildebeest, zebra, and buffalo are commonly seen and birders will thrill to the sighting of Bohm’s bee-eaters that thrive in the shade of the camp.

At both camps enjoy multiple opportunities to view and photograph both iconic and lesser-known herd and predator species on walking safaris, by open 4x4 vehicles, and on night drives.

DAYS 7 – 9

KAFUE NATIONAL PARK / SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK

Fly by charter aircraft to Kalamu in South Luangwa National Park for three extraordinary days of exploration in one of Africa’s most spectacular wildlife sanctuaries.

Fabled for its incredible wildlife that comprise 60 animal species, and its few human visitors, South Luangwa is also considered the best walk- ing safari destination in all of Africa. During our time here we have the chance to explore the Luangwa River vegetation and adjacent dambos, a series of area wetlands, on guided walks. Game viewing drives take us through mopane woodland, open grassland, and along river shores lined with giant crocodiles, and to oxbow lakes where herds of elephant gather and hippos jostle for space. Birders watch for yellow-billed storks, tropical boubou, crested cranes, scarlet-chested sunbirds, and Lillian’s lovebird, to name but a few species found here.

South Luangwa’s leopard population is the densest in Africa. ese magnificent cats seem to pose for the camera as they laze among tree branches or move stealthily through dense underbrush. At night, their rasping sounds can create a dramatic soundtrack. Other predators—lions, wild dogs, spotted hyena— are easily viewed in this driest time of the year, when water becomes a shrinking commodity

and game is increasingly concentrated. Cookson’s wildebeest and ornicroft’s giraffe—the world’s tallest animal at nearly 18-feet—are found nowhere else on the planet except in this corner of Africa.

Kalamu Lagoon Camp – Built beneath

a canopy of ebony trees, this new camp

sits along a lagoon off the Luangwa River

in the remote southern section of the park.

A viewing platform offers spectacular views

of the intense numbers of wildlife attracted to the lagoon shores.

DAYS 10 – 12

SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK/ LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK

We fly by charter aircraft to Jeki airstrip in Lower Zambezi National Park and spend three days exploring the region around the legendary Zambezi River.

Breathtaking wilderness is modest praise for Lower Zambezi, which encompasses 1,580 square miles of diverse ecosystems, including rugged escarpment, 80 miles of riverfront, and countless islands, lagoons, and acacia- dotted floodplains. Lush vegetation provides rich habitat for huge herds of elephants often spotted drinking along the water’s edge. Buffalo and waterbuck feed along the grassy banks of the Zambezi, and Africa’s iconic predators—lion, leopard, and wild dog— all thrive on the abundant prey.

Ride motorized boats or canoes past croco- diles basking in the sun, down channels teeming with hippos, and close to reed islands where wildlife feed. A trip highlight could be

witnessing a group of elephants swimming across the river. Birdlife here is astounding as well, and we watch for Pel’s fishing owl, majestic fish eagles, goliath heron, woolly- necked storks, as well as lovebirds, hornbills, and dazzling little bee-eaters.

Game drives give us excellent photographic opportunities with antelope, buffalo, and elephants filling the lens. Lions stalking their prey are a frequent sight, and leopards are particularly fond of the baboons and vervet monkeys that thrive here. Walking the floodplains and mopane forests is also an option, as are night drives, which offer the best chance to spot leopards.

Chiawa Camp – An award-winning safari camp, Chiawa sits beneath a grove of evergreen mahogany trees overlooking the confluence of the Zambezi and Chiawa Rivers. After Lower Zambezi was established as a national park in 1983, the Cumings family built the camp and brought the very first tourists to the park. It was also along these local riverbanks that Calvinist mission- ary David Livingstone traveled during his exploration of southern Africa nearly 150 years ago.

DAY 13

LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK / LUSAKA

Transfer to Jeki airstrip for our flight to Lusaka and connect to your flight to the USA.

DAY 14

LUSAKA / USA

Arrive USA and connect with homeward flights.

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MEET OUR LEADER LEX HES – Lex, a naturalist and wildlife photographer, was born and
MEET OUR LEADER
MEET OUR LEADER

LEX HES – Lex, a naturalist and wildlife photographer, was born and educated in Johannesburg and has been involved in the world of wildlife for over 25 years. Previously a guide at the world-famous Londolozi Game Reserve, Lex is now a popular freelance nature guide who imparts his wealth of knowledge of Africa’s ecosystems in an easygoing and friendly manner. He is an author and nature photographer with five books to his credit—the highly acclaimed Leopards of Londolozi; a children’s book called Bushschool; Attracting Birds to Your Garden in Southern Africa; e Complete Book of Southern African Mammals; and Wild South Africa, about the biomes of his native country. In addition to time spent in the Mpumalanga Lowveld and guiding visitors around South Africa, Lex has been involved with biological work on the sub-Antarctic islands of Amsterdam and Marion and has led tours to Kenya, Botswana, Zambia, and Namibia.

© Mike Myers SHUMBA CAMP WHAT TO EXPECT
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SHUMBA CAMP
WHAT TO EXPECT

Travel between the camps will mostly be by small charter aircraft and road transfers are in 4x4 game viewing vehicles, except within Kafue where we transfer to the camps by helicopter. Wildlife viewing will be in open-sided 4x4 vehicles that offer excellent photo- graphic opportunities, but the drives can be long and over bumpy surfaces. For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required.

Most nights on safari are spent in deluxe tented accommodations, designed to the highest standards, with hot and cold running water in the en suite bathroom area. All of the safari camps are built to blend into the environment and have separate lounge and bar areas that offer stunning vistas.

We will be in Zambia at the end of the dry season, when water sources have receded, creating excellent game viewing as wildlife congregates around the available water. Expect high temperatures (90°F) during the day with cooler temperatures at night. We will mail a complete list of recommended clothing and a suggested reading list to you approximately five months prior to departure. ose travelers who possess a sense of humor, flexibility, and a true spirit of adventure will remember their time here for many years.

TERMS & CONDITIONS 1. RESERVATIONS: 25% of the expedition fare, along with a completed and
TERMS & CONDITIONS
1.
RESERVATIONS: 25% of the expedition fare, along
with a completed and signed Reservation Form, will reserve
a
place for you on this Zegrahm Holdings LLC, d/b/a
Eco-Expeditions (ECO), program. e balance of the
expedition fare is due 120 days prior to departure. Air fare
possible increases from fuel costs or currency fluctuations.
erefore, as fuel-cost increases may occur and currencies
do fluctuate around the world, it may be necessary for us
to initiate a rate surcharge at any time before departure
if there are exceptional cost increases beyond our control.
is
also due at this time. All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars
8.
ITINERARY CHANGES & TRIP DELAY:
and must be paid in U.S. dollars. Credit cards accepted for
deposit only.
2.
CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY:
Notification of cancellation of this program and any
independent travel arrangements must be received in
writing by ECO. At the time we receive your written
cancellation, the following penalties will apply:
• 120 or more days prior to departure: $500 per person
• 60 through 119 days prior to departure:
Itineraries are based on information available at the time
of printing and are subject to change. ECO reserves the
right to change a program’s dates, staff, itineraries, or
accommodations as conditions warrant. If a trip must be
delayed, or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road
conditions, transportation delays, airline schedules, govern-
ment intervention, sickness, or any other contingency for
which ECO or its agents cannot make provision, the cost
of delays or changes is not included.
50% of expedition fare
9.
ITINERARY CANCELLATION: ECO reserves the
• 59 days prior to departure through day of departure:
100% of expedition fare
Some air fare may be nonrefundable. Once an expedition
has departed, there will be no refunds from ECO for any
unused portions of the trip. e above policy also applies
to all extensions and independent travel arrangements
made in conjunction with this program.
3.
TRIP CANCELLATION AND INTERRUPTION
INSURANCE: We strongly advise that all travelers
purchase trip cancellation and interruption insurance as
protection against an emergency that may force you to
right to cancel an itinerary before departure for any reason
whatsoever, including too few participants or logistical
problems such as strikes, wars, acts of God, or any other
circumstances that may make operation of the trip inadvis-
able. All trip payments received will be promptly refunded,
and this refund will be the limit of ECO’s liability. ECO
is not responsible for any expenses incurred by trip mem-
bers in preparing for the trip, including nonrefundable or
penalty-carrying airline tickets, special clothing, visa or
passport fees, or other trip-related expenses.
10.
PARTICIPATION: ECO reserves the right to
cancel or leave from an expedition while it is in progress.
decline to accept any individual as an expedition member
A
brochure describing coverage will be sent to you upon
for any reason whatsoever.
receipt of your reservation.
11.
LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: is section
4.
SHARE POLICY: Accommodations on all ECO
programs are based on double occupancy. If you are travel-
ing alone and wish to share accommodations, a roommate
will be assigned to you whenever possible. When pairing
roommates, we will always pair participants of the same
sex. All shared accommodations are nonsmoking. Upon
booking you will be required to pay a Single Supplement,
defines ECO’s responsibility with respect to all of our
trips, including extensions and independent arrangements.
Please read it carefully.
if
we are able to pair you with a roommate the supplement
will be refunded. Please note that single accommodations
are limited and cannot be guaranteed throughout.
5.
MEDICAL INFORMATION: Participation on
an ECO program requires that you be in generally good
health. It is essential that persons with any medical prob-
lems and related dietary restrictions make them known to
us well before departure. We can counsel you on whether
the expedition you have selected is appropriate for you.
e tour leader has the right to disqualify any participant
at any time during the tour if he/she feels the participant
ECO, its Owners, Agents, and Employees give notice that
they act only as the agent for the owners, contractors, and
suppliers providing means of transportation and/or all
other related travel services and assume no responsibility
howsoever caused for injury, loss, or damage to person or
property in connection with any service resulting directly
from: acts of God, detention, annoyance, delays, expenses
arising from quarantine, strikes, thefts, pilferage, force
majeure, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive
or depart as scheduled, civil disturbances, terrorism,
government restrictions or regulations, and discrepancies
or changes in transit or hotel services over which it has no
control. Reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made
where deemed advisable for the comfort and well-being
of the passengers.
is
physically incapable and/or if a participant’s continued
participation will jeopardize either the individual involved
or the group. ere will be no refund given under these
circumstances.
6.
LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS: Luggage size and
weight limitations for both checked and carry-on luggage,
imposed by the airlines or as an operational requirement
due to type of aircraft, will apply for flights to/from/within
this program. Specifications will be provided with pre-
departure materials.
7.
FUEL COST INCREASES AND CURRENCY
FLUCTUATION: In order to keep rates as low as possible,
we do not build into the trip fare an allowance to cover
As described in item 7 above, all prices are subject to
change.
As described in item 9 above, in the event that an expedi-
tion must be cancelled, ECO is not responsible for any
personal expenses incurred by trip members in preparing
for the program.
On advancement of deposit to ECO, the depositor
acknowledges that he/she has read and understands the
above recited terms and conditions, and agrees to be
bound by them.
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© Mike Myers ZAMBIA AFRICA’S BEST KEPT SECRET I/We would like to join the following
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ZAMBIA
AFRICA’S BEST KEPT SECRET
I/We would like to join the following Eco-Expeditions’ program:
❏ October 13 – 26, 2010
❏ October 30 – November 12, 2010
NAME #1 (as it appears on passport)
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ADDRESS
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ACCOMMODATIONS: ❏ Twin ❏ Share (roommate to be assigned) ❏ Single*
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(25% per person of the program fare)
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ZAMBIA: AFRICA’S BEST KEPT SECRET
DATES & RATES

DATES

OCTOBER 13 – 26, 2010

OCTOBER 30 – NOVEMBER 12, 2010

RATES

$13,980 per person, double occupancy

LEADER: LEX HES

$4,480 single supplement*

Limited to 15 expedition members.

INCLUDED: All accommodations and group meals; group transfers; guided excursions as stated in the itinerary; entrance fees for parks, reserves, etc.; all gratuities; domestic air transportation within Zambia.

NOT INCLUDED: Air transportation except as listed above; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages, e-mail/fax/telephone charges.

AIR FARE: A tentative flight schedule is available upon request. Eco-Expeditions will contact you approximately 180 days prior to the departure of this program to finalize your flight plans. As of September 2009, the approximate economy air fare as listed in the itinerary is $1,775 for New York/Johannesburg/Lusaka/Johannesburg/New York. Additional fares from other cities will be quoted as needed.

All rates are per person, quoted in U.S. dollars, and must be paid in U.S. dollars. Rates and itineraries are subject to change.

* Limited to one single per departure.

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