Umoja Journey
Africa 2022

July 19 – August 7, 2022

Overview

The Umoja Journey is an adventure with purpose that will remain with you for the rest of your life. After you say ‘yes’ to this challenge, the most difficult part of the process will be over, and the fun and excitement can begin. The Umoja Journey is a guided trip across Africa. The tour takes you on an adventure through Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa and highlights the work of International Needs.

Objectives

To give a glimpse into the development projects in Kenya and Zambia, to provide funding for the projects guests will be visiting, and to invite you to share your expertise and insight with our development partners.

Cost

The cost of the journey is $20,000 per person (+$5,000 for the optional add on trip), some of which may be processed as a charitable donation toward the work of International Needs, if your country of residence permits deductions of this nature. Your donation will cover all travel costs of the trip, as well as funding for the development projects.

Options

The base trip will be July 19 – 30, 2022. This includes travel to Kenya, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The optional add on at the end will be July 30 – August 7, 2022. This includes travel from Zimbabwe to South Africa.

UMOJA AT A GLANCE

DateDestinationWhat’s Happening
July 19International FlightsTravel day
July 20NairobiArrival in Nairobi
July 21Maasai MaraCharter flight into the Mara
July 22Maasai MaraGame drive and hot air balloon
July 23Maasai MaraFollow the migration
July 24Maasai MaraFollow the migration
July 25NairobiVisit RHYCO project
July 26SolweziArrival in Solwezi
July 27SolweziVisit ZACTS projects
July 28LivingstoneVictoria Falls (Zambia)
July 29LivingstoneVictoria Falls (Zambia)
July 30Victoria FallsVictoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
July 31Flights HomeTravel day

Optional Add On

DateDestinationWhat’s Happening
July 31Rovos RailDepart from Victoria Falls
August 1Rovos RailHwange National Park
August 2Rovos RailRelax on the Train
August 3StellenboschArrive in Stellenbosch
August 4StellenboschStellenbosch Winery Tour
August 5Cape TownCape Point and Boulder’s Beach
August 6Cape TownTable Mountain and V&A Waterfront
August 7Flights HomeTravel day

Full Itinerary

This itinerary provides the day-to-day details so you know what to expect, including maps, flights, travel plans, accommodations, activities, and projects. Please note that this itinerary is subject to changes based on preferences of joining members.

DAY 1-2

Dates: July 19-20, 2022
Destination: Nairobi, Kenya

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Travel Details

Guests will fly from Moncton to Montreal, Montreal to London Heathrow, then London to Nairobi. Exact details TBD.

Accommodations

Guests will be picked up and taken to the accommodations at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel, a hidden gem with alluring old-world charm and elegant contemporary design. The Fairmont Norfolk is a peaceful haven for all guests.

Scheduled Activities

Guests will rest for the evening before a taking a charter flight into the Maasai Mara the following day.

Accommodations – The Fairmont Norfolk
Nairobi

DAY 3-6

Dates: July 21-24, 2022
Destination: Maasai Mara, Kenya

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Travel Details

Guests will take a charter flight into the Masai Mara National Reserve from Nairobi Wilson Airport. Exact details TBD. 

Accommodations

The accommodations will be at Richard Branson's Mahali Mzuri, a tented camp that perfectly combines tradition with luxury. The camp is renowned for offering guests authentic safari experiences, warm hospitality, and fine dining.

Scheduled Activities

The team will spend the next 4 days on safaris to see some of the most spectacular wildlife Africa has to offer. Guests may get the chance to witness the Great Migration of wildebeest moving into the Maasai Mara from the Serengeti, which occurs between June and September each year. The lack of rain at this time of year also means that the bush is thinning, making it easier to see the wildlife. Guests will also have the option of heading off in a hot air balloon for a bird's eye view of the reserve.

Accommodations – Mahali Mzuri
Maasai Mara Safari
The Great Migration
Hot Air Balloon over the Maasai Mara

Day 7

Dates: July 25, 2022
Destination: Nairobi, Kenya

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Travel Details

Guests will take an early morning charter flight back to Nairobi. Exact details TBD.

Accommodations
Scheduled Activities

Guests will spend the day in Kawangware visiting RHYCO in order to see the new Safe House Compound, as well as get the chance to meet the children that the RHYCO team works tirelessly to support. 

Additional Information

RHYCO (Real Hope Youth Community Organization) works with vulnerable street children from extreme situations of neglect, violence, crime, and substance abuse, and the new safe house will enfold them in a safe, family-like atmosphere.

The RHYCO team and children
The new safe house compound
RHYCO children

Day 8-9

Dates: July 26-27, 2022
Destination: Solwezi, Zambia

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Travel Details

Guests will fly from Nairobi to Lusaka to Solwezi. Exact details TBD.

Accommodations

Accommodations will be the Royal Solwezi Hotel.

Scheduled Activities

The team will spend the next 2 days visiting the ZACTS projects run by International Needs Zambia.

Additional Information

The ZACTS School for Orphans and Vulnerable Children opened in Solwezi in 2012, and with the help of donors, it has grown to include 9 classrooms and 650 students, ensuring that vulnerable children in the community are granted access to basic human rights.

Accommodations – The Royal Solwezi Hotel
Children from the ZACTS OVC School

Day 10-11

Dates: July 28-29, 2022
Destination: Livingstone, Zambia

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Travel Details

Guests will fly from Solwezi to Lusaka, then onto Livingstone. Exact details TBD.

Accommodations

Guests will stay at the spectacular Royal Livingstone Hotel. Located in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, the hotel overlooks the Zambezi River and has direct access to Victoria Falls.

Scheduled Activities

Those looking for an adventure can enjoy the Victoria Falls Walk, the Livingstone Island & Devil’s Pool, a Rhino Walk and Lion Research Safari, or a game drive through the park. For a more relaxing day, the team can also enjoy a sunset cruise, dinner under the monkey tree, or spend the evening in the hotel’s world-class spa.

View of Victoria Falls from the hotel
Accommodations – The Royal Livingstone Hotel
Victoria Falls

Day 12

Dates: July 30, 2022
Destination: Victoria Falls, Z
imbabwe

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Travel Details

Guests will make a short drive over the border into Zimbabwe.

Accommodations

Guests will stay at the Victoria Falls Hotel. This hotel is steeped in history and was originally built in 1904 as accommodation for the workers building the Victoria Falls Bridge.

Scheduled Activities

The team will transfer over the border to enjoy a tour of the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls, with the option of taking a helicopter ride over the falls.

Accommodations – The Victoria Falls Hotel
Helicopter Ride over Victoria Falls

Day 13-15

Dates: July 31 – August 2, 2022
Destination: Rovos Rail, Zimbabwe to South Africa

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Travel Details

Guests will either head for the airport for flights home, or carry on in the journey with Rovos Rail.

Accommodations

Guests will spend the next 3 nights on Rovos Rail, one of the most luxurious trains in the world that travels from Victoria Falls to Pretoria.

Rovos Rail’s unique train safaris through the heart of Africa combine some of the most magnificent scenery with the glamour and excitement of the golden age of rail travel. Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world-class travel experiences.

Scheduled Activities

The first stop on the train will be Hwange National Park for a game drive. Hwange is one of the world’s last great elephant sanctuaries, and is the largest natural reserve in Zimbabwe.

The train will then travel between Dete and Gwaai along one of the world’s longest stretches of straight railway line and pass the city of Bulawayo. On the final day, the train will travel south and cross the Tropic of Capricorn, then travel through Warmbaths and Nylstroom.

Accommodations – Rovos Rail Suite
Rovos Rail Dining Car
Safari through Hwange National Park

Day 16-17

Dates: August 3-4, 2022
Destination: Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Travel Details

The team will arrive at the journey’s end in Pretoria, then fly into Cape Town. From there, guests will drive to Stellenbosch. Exact details TBD. 

Accommodations

Guests will spend the next 2 nights at the Delaire Graff Estate, a beautiful luxury hotel in Stellenbosch.

Scheduled Activities

Guests will head out with Stellenbosch Wine Tours to learn about and enjoy some South African Wine. This full day wine tour will allow the team to see amazing views, to enjoy world class cuisine and wine, and to learn about the wine industry and wine making process.

Accommodations – Delaire Graff Estate
Delaire Graff Estate Restaurant

Day 18-19

Dates: August 5-6, 2022
Destination: Cape Town, South Africa

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Travel Details

Guests will drive from Stellenbosch to Cape Town, stopping on the way at Cape Point and Boulder's Beach. 

Accommodations

Guests will spend the next 2 nights at a Glen Beach Villa. The villa is situated near Glen and Camps Bay beach with beautiful, uninterrupted sea and mountain views, restaurants and shops.

Scheduled Activities

After settling in, the team will head down to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, one of South Africa’s most visited destinations. Cape Point shipwrecks, penguin covered beaches, tidal pools, hiking trails and unique flora and fauna ensure that visitors can spend hours exploring the surroundings before viewing one of the most magnificent views in the world.

Accommodations – Glen Beach Villa
Cape Town
Table Mountain
Penguins at Boulder’s Beach
Cape Point

Day 20

Dates: August 7, 2022
Destination: Flights home

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Travel Details

After enjoying a last breakfast in Cape Town, the team will head back to the airport to catch flights back home. Exact details TBD.

Sadly, the 2022 Africa Umoja Journey must come to an end, but we hope guests will cherish this trip for the rest of their lives and join us on many more!

The first Umoja Journey in 2012
Photographer Leon Rose with a group of children in Kawangware