This is a joint fundraising trip with Down's Syndrome Association UK (DSA). The money you raise will be split between the two charities. 

This is a brief overview of the trip, which includes the 4 day canoe challenge and a visit to assist with a DSi project in Zambia. For costs and a full information pack please contact us:

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Day 1 (Sat 14 Mar): UK-LUSAKA

Depart for an overnight flight to Lusaka.


Arrive in Lusaka and immediately transfer for the 3 hour journey down to the Lower Zambezi, where we meet the local team and commence our canoe expedition!

Days 3-5 (Mon 16-Wed 18 Mar): LOWER ZAMBEZI

Spend 3 full days on the river. In general the pattern will be to canoe for an hour or so before breakfast (prime time for spotting game!) and to rest for a couple of hours in the heat of the day around lunchtime. Camp will be set up each night close to the river bank, or on islands in the river.

The days canoeing are long and tiring, but no particular physical strengths are needed. Anyone of average fitness, with some suitable preparation, should be able to take part.

The canoe safari itself is a great opportunity to spot game - elephants and hippos are plentiful, and it is also likely you will spot impala, kudu, waterbuck, warthog, crocodile and buffalo. Occasionally big cats, such as cheetah and lion are seen or, more frequently, heard!

Day 6 (Thurs 19 Mar): LOWER ZAMBEZI-LUSAKA

After packing up camp we head back to Lusaka, where we check into Eureka Lodge, a small game reserve on the edge of the city, for our final three nights.

Days 7-8 (Fri 20-Sat 21 Mar): LUSAKA

Spend two days visiting or assisting at a project in Lusaka with DSi's national member organisation. On the final night we’ll enjoy a farewell BBQ dinner.

Day 8 (Sun 22 Mar): LUSAKA-UK

Transfer to the airport for the return flight to London (may arrive next day).

Trip cost includes:

  • Return flights from the UK to Lusaka (including all airport taxes & any airline imposed fuel surcharges)
  • All transfers & transport in Zambia
  • Accommodation throughout (tents on canoe expedition, basic lodge in Lusaka)
  • All meals & bottled water throughout
  • Celebration farewell dinner with certificates
  • Local canoe guides and full support crew
  • 24-hour emergency support in Zambia and the UK
  • National Park fees
  • Different Travel Tour Leader
  • Full admin and pre-departure support
  • Presentation evening and pre-departure trek briefing 

Trip cost does not include:

  • Personal expenses (such as drinks, laundry etc)
  • Any visas or vaccinations required (current cost of visa on arrival $50)
  • Any costs associated with the local project
  • Optional tips
  • Personal travel insurance

Optional Extension to Victoria Falls

Day 8 (Sun 22 Mar): LUSAKA - LIVINGSTONE

Transfer to the airport for the short flight to Livingstone. On arrival transfer to Jollyboys Lodge, your base for the next three nights.

Days 9 and 10 (Mon 23 and Tue 24 Mar): LIVINGSTONE

Two free days to enjoy all the activities that Livingstone has to offer! Visit the Falls, perhaps take a helicopter flight to view them at their best, enjoy a safari, or for the adventurous why not bungee jump over the Falls themselves! All activities are bookable and payable locally.

Day 11 (Wed 25 Mar): LIVINGSTONE - LUSAKA

Return flight to Lusaka and then onward back to the UK. (Depending on flight times one extra night in Lusaka may be required).

How funds raised will be spent

By DSi...

Funds raised for DSi from the Zambezi Canoe Challenge will contribute towards our project in Zambia, where we will be initiating early years development training for new parents of children with Down syndrome. This project will be aimed at addressing two key issues affecting new parents:

  • The emotional problems caused by a general lack of understanding of Down syndrome;
  • the lack of information available on key issues affecting children with Down syndrome.

These issues will be addressed by distributing information kits to new parents, and by running ‘welcome gatherings’ – meetings for new parents providing up to date information from experts, emotional support, and an opportunity to meet young people with Down syndrome.

By DSA (UK)...

Funds raised for DSA will help to fund essential training and support services. DSA support services are designed to aid people with Down syndrome, their families and carers and the professionals who work with them, to fully understand the condition and its impact upon individual lives.

DSA wants to help people to be empowered in their decision making and to facilitate a greater understanding of Down syndrome and its effects on both development and achievement.

The DSA will work with DSi to develop training materials and teaching resources and will give specialist advice and support through online training.

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