Umoja Journey
Africa 2022

June 29 – July 22, 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 Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, and Tanzania 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 $25,000 per person, 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.

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.

UMOJA AT A GLANCE

DateDestinationWhat’s Happening
June 29International FlightsTravel day
June 30International FlightsTravel day
July 1MaunArrival in Maun
July 2MaunGame drive
July 3MaunGame drive
July 4MaunGame drive
July 5JohannesburgEvening tour of Johannesburg
July 6SolweziArrival in Solwezi
July 7SolweziVisit ZACTS projects
July 8LivingstoneVictoria Falls
July 9LivingstoneVictoria Falls
July 10Maasai MaraCharter flight into the Mara
July 11Maasai MaraFollow the migration
July 12Maasai MaraFollow the migration
July 13Maasai MaraFollow the migration
July 14NairobiVisit RHYCO project
July 15KilimanjaroKilimanjaro Climb
July 16KilimanjaroKilimanjaro Climb
July 17KilimanjaroKilimanjaro Climb
July 18KilimanjaroKilimanjaro Climb
July 19KilimanjaroKilimanjaro Climb
July 20KilimanjaroKilimanjaro Climb
July 21Flights HomeTravel Day
July 22Flights HomeTravel Day

FULL ITINERARY

DAY 1-6

Dates: June 29 – July 4, 2022
Destination: Maun, Botswana

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Travel Details

International flights will arrive in Maun, Botswana. 

LH 6779  WED 29 JUN TORONTO  FRANKFURT    935P  1110A THU 30JUN

LH  5 72  THU 30JUN FRANKFURT    JOHANNESBURG    1005P   830A FRI 01JUL

BP  212  FRI 01JUL JOHANNESBURG    MUAN  1200N   130P

Accommodations

Guests will be picked up and taken to their accommodations at the &Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp. Deep in the heart of Botswana’s game-rich Okavango Delta, the camp enjoys luxurious solitude on its own Delta Island, with views opening up onto a seasonal lagoon and an abundance of wildlife.

Scheduled Activities

Guests will spend 4 days on game drives through the Okavango Delta. Each game drive is an adventure, balancing along narrow wooden bridges and splashing through shallow crossings in a rugged open safari vehicle. Guests will also witness the Delta’s intricate network of winding channels and glassy lagoons onboard a sleek, motorized boat that covers great distances, showcasing magnificent views of the watery landscape.

Accommodations – &BEYOND Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp
Accommodations – &BEYOND Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp
The Okavango River
The Okavango River
Safari through the Okavanga Delta
Safari through the Okavanga Delta

Day 7

Dates: July 5, 2022
Destination: Johannesburg, South Africa

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Travel Details

Guests will travel from Maun to Johannesburg, and spend the evening exploring the city before flights in the morning.

BP  211   TUE 05JUL MUAN  JOHANNESBURG    230P   430P

Accommodations

Accommodations will be at the award winning Johannesburg Airport Hotel.

Scheduled Activities

Guests will spend the evening exploring Johannesburg and seeing what the city's nightlife has to offer.

Accommodations – The Johannesburg Airport Hotel
Johannesburg

Day 8-9

Dates: July 6-7, 2022
Destination: Solwezi, Zambia

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Travel Details

Guests will fly from Johannesburg to Lusaka to Solwezi.

P0   21 WED 06JUL  JOHANNESBURG  LUSAKA  1200P  200P

P0 614 WED 06JUL LUSAKA  SOLWEZI  315P  425P

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 8-9, 2022
Destination: Livingstone, Zambia

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Travel Details

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

P0 913 FRI 08JUL SOLWEZI  LUSAKA  900A  1010A

P0 704 FRI 08JUL LUSAKA  LIVINGSTONE  1045A  1155A

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 12-15

Dates: July 10-13, 2022
Destination:
Maasai Mara, Kenya

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Travel Details

Guests will fly into Nairobi from Livingstone, then take a charter flight into the Masai Mara National Reserve.

KQ  783  SUN 10JUL LIVINGSTONE  NAIROBI  550P  1005P

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 16

Dates: July 14, 2022
Destination: Nairobi, Kenya

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Travel Details

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

Accommodations

Accommodations will be at the Fairmont Norfolka hidden gem with alluring old-world charm and elegant contemporary design. 

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.

Accommodations – The Fairmont Norfolk
The RHYCO team and children
The new safe house compound
RHYCO children
Nairobi

Day 17-22

Dates: July 15-20, 2022
Destination: Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

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Travel Details

Guests will fly from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro for the final leg of the journey.

KQ  490  FRI 15JUL NAIROBI KILIMANJARO   650A   810A
Accommodations

Guests will stop at three different huts up and down the mountain - the Mandara Hut, the Horombo Hut, and the Kibo Hut. After completing the climb, guests will stay at the Arusha Coffee Lodge, a perfect haven for relaxation after the gruelling trek.

Scheduled Activities

Flights will arrive at the Kilimanjaro Airport. From there, guests will begin the 6 day climb up Mount Kilimanjaro on the Marangu Route. Africa’s highest mountain lies just three degrees south of the equator and is permanently snow-capped. It offers one of the best opportunities in the world to climb a peak at high altitude without the need for technical climbing ability.

The trek will take guests through well-defined altitudinal vegetation zones, from semi-arid scrub to dense cloud forest. Walking approximately 60 kilometres, guests start from Marangu Gate (1,860m) and gradually ascend to reach Gillman’s Point (5,680m) and finally Uhuru Peak (5,896m), the actual summit.

Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro
Accommodations after the climb – Arusha Coffee Lodge

Day 23-24

Dates: July 21-22, 2022
Destination: Flights home

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Travel Details

After enjoying a last breakfast at the Arusha Coffee Lodge, the team will head back to the airport to catch flights back home. 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!

QR  1350  THU 21JUL KILIMANJARO   DOHA    1125P   530A FRI 22JUL

AC  59    FRI 22JUL DOHA TORONTO  815A 300P