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Open Heart Safari to Zambia

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Tour Operator: Open Heart Safari

Inspiring, transformational 2-week journey to Zambia, one of the most beautiful, welcoming countries in Africa

Open Heart Safari seeks to offer something different from conventional safaris. We approach the magnificent animals and their habitats in a spirit of reverence, and approach the people and their culture with respect and interest. We travel in a small, intimate group, regularly reflecting together on our experiences, and restoring ourselves with simple yoga (with instruction for all levels). Our capacity to be moved by the land, wildlife, and people we encounter will be deepened through simple mindfulness practices that expand our awareness, enliven our senses, and open our hearts. Prepare to be profoundly impacted.

Safari tour package: A set-date, set-itinerary, group safari
Prices and Dates: $3850 - $5300
Includes internal flights: Yes
Length of safari: 14 days
Best months: July August
Countries visited ZambiaZambia
Parks visited Kafue, South Luangwa
Activity level Active - Hiking, horse riding
Safari type:
  • Night drive
  • Cultural
  • Boating
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Our Two-Week Trip Will Include:

South Luangwa National Park. Four days in “one of Africa’s best [parks] in terms of wildlife abundance”1 but without the crowds of tourists encountered in the major parks of South Africa or Kenya.

Kafue National Park. Four days in an isolated roadless area in one of the largest parks in all of Africa. Opportunities to track lions on foot with noted lion expert Chris McBride, who has studied lions for 30 years and authored 3 books about them. Wildlife viewing from a boat on the Kafue River, floating by hippos, crocs, and exotic shore birds.

A glimpse of Zambian life. We will spend a day and night visiting a traditional rural Zambian village, learning about and sharing in village life, and a day volunteering at a community center in a poor urban area, getting a taste of modern urban Africa.

Increased understanding of African wildlife conservation. We will learn about conservation from a variety of perspectives: from heroic activists (including a Goldman Award winner) working on the front lines of conservation, from an elder of a tribe displaced by conservation efforts and from members of a community board charged with wildlife management.

Contemplative Practices. Our experience of the African bush will be heightened as we open up our awareness and deepen our sense of wonder through simple mindfulness practices, yoga, and regular opportunities to reflect on our experiences in group sharing circles.

Optional Extension in 2014: Victoria Falls & Botswana’s Chobe National Park. See Victoria Falls, one of the “seven natural wonders of the world.” Our stay will include a special sunrise visit to the Falls. We then spend two days in Chobe’s Riverfront area, famous for its tremendous herds of buffalo and elephant, as well as opportunities to see rare antelope species, and get close to lions and other predators.