Open Heart Safari

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A Journey Like no Other!

Written on: January 14, 2014   |   I visited in August 2012 This was the journey of a lifetime! South Luangwa Park is teeming with incredible animals — so abundant, varied, natural and free, beautiful, graceful, powerful, funny, accessible and exciting, not to mention photogenic! Kafue is remote, wild, scenic and exciting. We missed nothing by passing up Tanzania except the crowds. And we gained a day at Victoria Falls, worthy of anyone’s bucket list.

What sets this safari apart, though, is the human interaction, both with the local people and with our travelling companions. A day and an overnight in a thatched-hut village out in the bush mixing with the people, two days and an evening with young people and adults deeply involved in grass roots community development and conservation. Opportunities almost every day to reflect and share within our group on what we were doing and seeing –always with lots of laughs. Periodic yoga and other movement, skillfully led by Laura and suited to our capabilities. We had some great conversations and look forward to staying in touch with one another across the country. Who knows, maybe even a reunion somewhere!
Meet and greet team
5 Stars
Quality of vehicles
4 Stars
Responsiveness of staff
5 Stars
Knowledge of guide
5 Stars
Quality of itinerary
5 Stars
Overall rating
5 Stars
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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Jul 2014.
My two-week trip to Zambia was thrilling and fantastic. Almost immediately upon our arrival I saw an elephant wandering through the grounds of our lodge. I was so amazed to realize that we were located right in the middle of the wild animals’ habitat!

There were so many exciting things: the passion of the dedicated wildlife guides; a pride of lionesses stalking... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Jul 2013.
Safari is a Swahili word which means journey. For me this safari turned out to be a journey of self discovery as well as a study of the native wild life. I also gained an understanding of the day by day struggle in a rapidly expanding African country to develop an ecologically balanced understanding of the relationship between man, the native birds, animals, and aq... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Aug 2012.
I just finished rereading my journal from my Open Heart Safari of almost a year and a half ago, and it still brings goose bumps every time I read it. I had never considered doing a safari before I heard about the Open Heart Safari. But Tom’s passion in describing the trip, the prospect of stunning wildlife with intentional personal and spiritual connection, and a ... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Aug 2012.
Wow! I can’t imagine a better way to experience the “real Africa” than with the Open Heart group. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and definitely exceeded expectations.
I went on the trip with my 72-year-old father, and we both had such an incredible time and it was a wonderful experience to share together. One of my highlights was seeing a wild leopard just... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Jul 2013.
I had been looking for a safari experience for several years and when I heard of Open Heart Safari, I knew it was the one because it provided a multi-layered experience. The leaders know Zambia and they plan the safari itinerary to include plenty of game drives with expert guides who know the animals and their habitats. But also included were several opportunitie... read more

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- We offer group tours/safaris
- Our main focus is: Mid-level safaris
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Since: Sep 2013

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