Plan Your Dream Conservation Itinerary

Robyn Simpson | April 15, 2024

We are an eco-safari company with eight lodges spanning Zambia and Malawi. Each property proudly champions unity with nature, wildlife and community. Read more about our Green mission here.

We’re revolutionising travel by putting people and the planet first. Our conservation itinerary is the key to unlocking a journey of impact with us.

Our focus on all things “green” goes beyond using paper straws. From lodge construction to ingredients sourced for meals, travelling lightly and getting guests into communities, embarking on this journey with us is packed with life changing meaning.

We’re changing the way you travel by focusing on a journey with impact.

What is a conservation itinerary?

This is our guide to experiencing a journey of impact. We’ve put together a host of ways to get you into the wild and among local communities, where you’ll see and experience how conscious travel operates.

This is how you become a part of the positive, sustainable change. Some examples include travelling in electric game vehicles and electric dhows, seeing our check dam projects in action, and visiting our various community schools and gardens.

The result is a luxury safari experience with soul, rarely experienced at properties that maintain a veil between opulence and authenticity.

To following is a comprehensive breakdown of the brilliant activities you can experience when on a journey with us.

How to make it happen? When making your booking/s, kindly inform our team of the activities you may wish to participate in, so we can incorporate them into your itinerary.

Tongabezi, Sindabezi & Livingstone Island

The Zambezi River, Devil’s Pool and our gorgeous lodges aren’t the only thing to look forward to in Victoria Falls National Park. There’s good work being done everywhere, and a world of culture to immerse yourself in.

What a day might look like for conscious travellers:

  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Dambwa Markets Tour
  • 12:00 Lunch at the Tongabezi Vegetable Garden
  • 14:00 Cycle or drive from the lodge to Simonga Village Tour or visit the Mukuni Organic community farm (best combined with your expedition to Livingstone Island and Victoria Falls)

Learn more about our Green Activities:

1. Tongabezi Vegetable Garden

Chef Zuwi would love to show you our community garden and treat you to a meal with all the fresh veg harvested on site.

2. Mukuni Organic Farm

The Mukuni Organic community farm is a 30 minute drive from Tongabezi and Sindabezi. Our team has taught the incredible Mukuni community some valuable, sustainable and cost effective farming methods. Produce is sold to Livingstone Island, Tongabezi and Sindabezi and there are plans to expand to more within the local community.

3. Dambwa Markets Tour

Some of the most talented local artisans can be found here with stories as old as Livingstone himself. Spend time in the market, meet our people and take some Zambian treasures home.

4. Museum Tour:

Discover the story behind Livingstone, Victoria Falls and the magnificent background of our beautiful tourist town on a visit to the Livingstone Island.

Shawa Luangwa Camp, South Luangwa National Park

Got a Green Dream? Make it reality when visiting Shawa Luangwa Camp.

What a day might look like for conscious travellers:

  • 06:30 Breakfast
  • 08:00 Depart on a 30-minute drive to visit Chipembele
  • 10:00 Visit Project Luangwa
  • 10:30 Visit the Tribal Textiles shop

Learn more about our Green Activities:

1. Chipmebele:

Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust is a Zambian NGO, established in 1998, to teach the community around South Luangwa National Park, Zambia, the importance of wildlife and provide the knowledge to conserve it.

2. Project Luangwa:

On establishing Project Luangwa in 2010, the valley’s tour operators realised the need to empower communities and show the incredible benefits that wildlife and an unspoiled habitat brings to the region. On a visit, you’ll learn more about the efforts involved in wildlife education.

3. Tribal Textiles:

Visit the shop and invest in some of the beautiful textiles. This is an initiative in the Mfuwe community, teaching local artisans to create world renowned sustainable crafts which in turn assist in support the community and conservation initiatives in the area.

4. Mulberry Mongoose:

Creating beauty from brutality. An incredible initiative where local artists create jewellery from confiscated snares and locally sourced items. Proceeds go back into the community for education and conservation.

5. Conservation South Luangwa:

The team at CSL manage and run conservation initiatives in the park, including anti-poaching, de-snaring and K9 units to name a few. Learn more from the team about the incredible journey they are on and what makes this project impactful.

Sausage Tree & Potato Bush, Lower Zambezi National Park

A visit to Conservation Lower Zambezi, the heart and soul of conservation in the park, is an ideal way to spend a Green morning with us.

What a day might look like for conscious travellers:

  • 06:30 Breakfast
  • 07:30 Depart for Conservation Lower Zambezi
  • 08:00 Arrive at CLZ
  • 08:00-09:00 Tour of CLZ (these visits need to be booked in advance and are dependent on what is happening on the day at CLZ)
  • 09:30 Return to STC/PBC

Learn more about our Green Activities:

*We are currently expanding our conservation and community work in Lower Zambezi. More to look forward to coming soon!

1. Conservation Lower Zambia:

Conservation Lower Zambezi started many years ago by the private operators inside the park and the GMA. Sausage Tree’s Jason Mott was one of the key founders in this initiative. Today, they are making an incredible mark on the park which is certainly seen in the elephant population. Learn from the team, potentially meet their K9 unit and meet some of the rangers that make it all possible.

Ila Safari Lodge, Kafue National Park

Ila Safari Lodge was the very first lodge in the Green Safaris family and was born to protect her area and her people. With this in mind, Ila is home to many amazing initiatives and, if you wish to spend time learning about the people and the conservation work we do in the area, Ila is a good place to start.

*Read more about Ila’s new sustainably striking features here.

What a day might look like for conscious travellers:

  • Breakfast 06:00
  • 06:30 Depart for Green Safaris Foundation community project
  • 08:00 Arrive at the farm for a show around tour
  • 08:30 Tea/coffee break at the farm with (Q&A)
  • 09:00 Dept from the farm to Ila
  • 11:30 Arrival in camp for brunch with meals featuring vegetables from the garden
  • 18:30 Fireside talks with Panthera and Zambia Carnivore Project

Learn more about our Green Activities:

1. Green Safaris Community Farm & Outreach Projects

Our community farm is not only a farm but a space where we guide local community members on sustainable farming methods – from mulching to using organic fertilisers from livestock. During a visit, our team will guide you through the process and talk about the other amazing initiatives, like check dams, that we’ve been involved in.

2. Zambia Carnivore Project:

The amazing team at ZCP have worked in Kafue National Park for years, protecting animals with paws and claws. They’d be delighted to share their experience with you.

3. Panthera:

Panthera spends time monitoring and collaring big cats in the park and understanding their movements in order to protect this population. They have some amazing results they’d love to show you.

4. African Parks Conservation Research Centre:

African Parks has recently taken over the management of this large space. A visit to their research centre in the park will truly show you the scope of their work and the amazing changes they have implement.

5. Chunga School Visit

Our Green Team have been supporting the Chunga Community School, and surrounding schools, for years with buildings, school supplies and by inviting the children to visit the lodge to learn about the benefits of tourism and wildlife in our country. The students would be proud to share their space with you.

Kaya Mawa, Likoma Island (Malawi)

On such a small and remote island, our community is everything. There are many community initiatives we have running, focusing on education, financial security and the environment.

What a day might look like for conscious travellers:

  • 08:00 Breakfast/Brunch
  • 9:00 A visit to Katundu
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Visit the Island School (if classes are not in progress)
  • 12:00 Return for lunch
  • 16:00 Visit the Hope Community Garden guided by Chef Cephus

Learn more about our Green Activities:

1. Katundu:

Spend time visiting the amazing ladies on the island that use our waste from Kaya Mawa and up-cycle it into amazing household feature pieces sold all over the world.

2. School Visits

Meet some of the school children on the island, share ideas on their future professions, where they might go to further their education, and let them learn from you. These visits are strictly when learning is not in progress.

3. Hope Community Garden

We’re deeply invested in various community initiatives, spanning education, financial stability, and environmental conservation. As part of our Conservation Itinerary, we welcome you to the Hope Community Garden, where we’ve empowered individuals by imparting skills for financial independence. Chef Cephus sources all our food from this remarkable farm, showcasing the fruits of our collective efforts.

4. Tree Nursery Visit (Reforestation Project)

Spend an hour learning from our team about our reforestation projects at one of our 11 tree nurseries. We often combine this with a tour of the island. You also have the option of planting your very own tree!

5. St Peters Hospital visit next to St Peters Cathedral

Our foundation works closely with St Peters Hospital, funding various equipment required to ensure the facilities on the island can cater for all emergencies. Meet the wonderful people that run this space.

6. The IT Lab

Working towards a brighter future, our foundation has purchased computers for Likoma School. Visit the students and you might be able to show them a trick or two.

Contact our Green Team to plan your itinerary and to book your journey of impact with us:

Reservations number: +260 979 312 766
Whatsapp (text only): +260 969 864 898

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