On this Holistic Conservation Safari in the heart of Zambia, you will experience a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the challenging work of resource protection, community outreach, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. Game Rangers International (GRI) is a non-for-profit organization whose goal is to empower rangers and local communities to conserve nature and Zambia’s wild spaces. Our emphasis will be on getting a firsthand view of the challenges faced in supporting wildlife conservation and wild spaces.
GRI and Capture Africa Tours have teamed up to provide a unique and holistic conservation safari experience that combines opportunities to become educated on how vital and important community involvement is to the protection of wildlife and the country’s wild spaces. It will focus on the vital importance of resource protection and anti-poaching rangers, and, of course, the privilege of viewing these amazing creatures at the dedicated Elephant Nursery, the Release Facility and in their natural habitat, when they gradually reintroduce themselves back into the wild.
In addition to the traditional safari game drives, you’ll participate in a variety of special activities. This may include a behind-the-scenes tour of the Elephant Nursery, a visit to the Education Centre to see how education plays a vital part in conservation, a visit to the community outreach projects GRI supports, and an opportunity to tour the field headquarters and meet the Wildlife Rangers who protect these magnificent creatures.
To complement this exciting, unique experience, participants will also have the ability to meet and learn from experts in the field of conservation and animal management. Below are some of the daily activities that might be included:
In addition to meeting these experts, participants will learn about the vital role of Anti-Poaching units, including a focus on the importance of supporting local communities in becoming stewards of the rich biodiversity that surrounds their homelands and livelihoods.
GRI’s OVERALL MISSION : To empower rangers and local communities to conserve nature.
Central and Southern Zambia
On this tour we will stop in Lusaka to visit the Lusaka National Park and the GRI Elephant Nursery. We will also visit the Elephant Release Facility and Musa, the GRI field headquarters in Kafue National Park, African’s second largest Park for a unique safari experience. And our last stop is Livingstone, home to the world famous Victoria Falls.
Game Rangers International
Game Rangers International (GRI) is a non-profit organization working in partnership with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) and the local communities to protect Zambia’s wildlife and wild spaces. The organization has been active in Zambia since 2008, and embraces a holistic approach to conservation, empowering over 150 Rangers across three core thematic areas: Resource Protection, Community Outreach and Wildlife Rescue.
Our mission – Empowering Rangers and local communities to conserve nature – is founded upon the belief that in order to successfully protect and conserve wildlife, one must first empower the Rangers who are tasked with looking after this wildlife with adequate welfare, training and operational support. Equally and in parallel to this founding principle is the belief that to adequately secure the long term sustainability of protected areas, there is an urgent need to engage the local communities living contiguous to them so they become active participants and shareholders in wildlife conservation, receiving tangible benefits at a household level.
To learn more about Game Rangers International please visit them on their website: https://www.gamerangersinternational.org/
***Disclaimer: At GRI we conduct a strictly ‘hands off’ policy when it comes to the elephant orphans and participants of the tour will not be allowed within 10m of the elephants due to the fact that we are rehabilitating them for release back into the wild.
Deborah High maintains a full-time practice in Portland, Oregon. She specializes in various types of abuse and PTSD, vicarious trauma, grief and loss. She has been assisting people in exploring their inner landscapes and purpose in life for the past 23 years.
Besides being a trauma therapist in her daily life, Deborah also works as a conservationist several months out of the year in Africa, volunteering her time with various organizations such as Wildlife ACT to protect endangered species from poaching and human conflict and encroachment disagreements. Her passion for Africa and her varied experiences with endangered species has informed how she practices and supports people in her therapeutic work. She has always dreamed of leading healing journeys in Africa.
Deborah believes being in nature is one facet of deep connection with oneself. “I believe it allows a lifeline to feeling both engaged with and protective of the world’s fragile ecosystem, thus allowing us to connect deeply with ourselves while creating positive changes in the world and within our own being.” To learn more about Deborah visit www.healingjourneytherapeuticservices.com
Since my first trip in 2005, after years of only dreaming about it, I knew I needed a way to build Africa adventures into my life. With more than 25 years as a professional photographer shooting for corporate clients, I wanted a change. I decided to combine my experience and love of photography with my passion for Africa’s wildlife and cultures. I made it my mission to give the gift of Africa to as many people as possible and started Capture Africa Tours.
To me, every day on safari is exciting and a new experience. You never know what will appear before you. There is nothing better than getting up before sunrise and sipping my first cup of coffee as I anticipate the next game drive!
I now choose to connect with like-minded people who make Africa travel part of life and business. Our teams support each tour to share their passions in tracking, guiding, and animal behavior. While building friendships with fellow travelers I promise to inspire, educate and promote conservation on every trip.
Day 1 Arrive at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka, Zambia
Welcome to Zambia! Your Capture Africa Tours host will greet you at the airport to transfer you to the hotel. That evening, choose to join your travel host and meet the other members of your tour at a local restaurant or explore Lusaka on your own. The tour will begin the next morning.
1 Night, Latitude 15 – No meals included (Optional hosted group dinner)
Day 2 Lusaka National Park & Elephant Nursery
After breakfast, we’ll take a safari game drive to explore the wonderful wildlife of Zambia. In the late afternoon, our group will visit the GRI Elephant Nursery where we will watch the young elephants from the elephant viewing deck, enjoy evening cocktails, and learn more about their rescue and the rehabilitation program from the Wildlife Rescue Program Director or another team member.
3 Nights, Lilayi Lodge – Full Board (some beverages not included)
Day 3 & Day 4 Elephant Nursery & Community Project Visits
The next two mornings will be spent either enjoying a behind-the-scenes tour of the Elephant Nursery or a visit to GRI’S community outreach projects, such as a local school. On both days, the morning activities will be followed by a deck viewing of the young elephants and then an afternoon of personal relaxation at the pool or a safari game drive.
1 Night, Lilayi Lodge – Full Board (some beverages not included)
Day 5 Kafue National Park & Sunset River Cruise
Following breakfast, we will transfer to Kafue National Park where we will spend the afternoon on a safari game drive to take in the magnificent sights in Kafue National Park. We will stay overnight in the park and that evening participants will have the opportunity to take in a breathtaking sunset cruise along the mighty Kafue River.
1 Night, Ila Lodge – Full Board (some beverages not included)
Day 6 Kafue National Park & Morning Bush Walk
We begin with a morning bush walk. We will have the special privilege of walking alongside an expert bush walking guide and an armed Zambian Wildlife Officer. This will be a wonderful chance to get up close and personal to the natural environment and to appreciate the smaller things that you miss from a vehicle. Later that afternoon we will make our way to Musa.
3 Nights, Musungwa Lodge – Full Board (some beverages not included)
Day 7 Tour GRI Field Headquarters & Cruise the Lake
After breakfast, we’ll enjoy a morning talk from the Program Director, or another member of the team, at Musa Field Headquarters followed by a tour of the property and a chance to meet the wildlife rangers. Later, we will take a cruise along the lake to enjoy the wildlife and sunset followed by dinner and discussions with the CEO of GRI or another member of the team.
1 Night, Musungwa Lodge – Full Board (some beverages not included)
Day 8 Elephant Release Facility
Following breakfast, we will enjoy a safari game drive as we make our way to the Elephant Release Facility. Here we will learn more about the program and how the elephants are released back into the wild. That evening we will enjoy sundowners by the lake and possibly an evening safari game drive.
1 Night, Musungwa Lodge – Full Board (some beverages not included)
Day 9 – 10 Victoria Falls & Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
Today, we head to Livingstone. Over the next two days we will visit Victoria Falls and take a swim in Devil’s Pool. These world famous, crystal clear pools have frightening yet beautiful views of the 100 meter drop overlooking the falls. We’ll also explore the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park with a bush walk or a safari game drive. And relax with some downtime by the pool or explore the sights of Livingstone.
On day 10, there will be a group good-bye dinner before everyone heads home in the morning.
2 Nights, The Royal Livingstone Hotel – Full Board (some beverages and some excursions not included)
Day 11 Departure
After breakfast you will be transferred to Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport for departure. If you would like assistance in extending your stay, that can be arranged as well.