October 6-13, 2018
Welcome to the World Bicycle Relief’s Field Trip to Zambia! Below you will find some information that will be useful while planning your travels
Please complete the following Guest Profile form (Click here) for each traveler in order to reserve your spot on this trip. This allows us to easily record your vital travel information.
FLIGHTS FROM THE US:
International flights are booked by travelers independently. If you would like the contact information for a trusted independent travel agent we are happy to provide you with this information. Kindly forward your international flight information to Meredith (firstname.lastname@example.org)once you have booked your flights.
- Arrive at Lusaka Airport (LUN) before 4:00pm on October 6, 2018
- Leave from Lusaka Airport (LUN) anytime on October 13, 2018
Elevate is please to support local field trips for disadvantage youth in Zambia and Zimbabwe through our Buy A Trip, Give A Trip program. Please let us know if you are interested in extending your travels after the main program. We are happy to customize a pre or post-trip extension for you to explore more of the region. Below you will find a couple of sample itineraries to Victoria Falls and South Luangwa Park. Let us know if anything catches your eye!
- Victoria Falls: Experience for yourself the dramatic landscapes, extraordinary adventure, and prolific wildlife come together at Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park. Click here for a sample itinerary.
- South Luangwa Park: Laden with wildlife, South Luangwa has long been a place for seasoned safari-goers and adventurers looking to experience “real Africa.” Click here for a sample itinerary.
Elevate Destinations strongly recommends that all travelers have travel insurance for any trip they wish to take with us. Please note that some insurance options require purchase within 24 hours of making payment for your trip. We encourage you to review your travel insurance options before making payment to Elevate Destinations.
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Guests may acquire travel insurance through the Travel Insurance Center, or any other travel insurance company of their choosing. Elevate Destinations recommends that travelers evaluate the insurance options available for their needs, and inquire with providers about insurance that will provide coverage if the trip needs to be cancelled.
Please make sure your passport is current and valid for at least six months beyond your trip departure date. Your passport should have at least two blank pages for the entry and exit stamps, or more if you are visiting several countries on this trip. Please note that the last two amendment pages are not acceptable for visas and immigration stamps.
All travelers to Zambia will need a visa to enter, which you can either obtain in advance or upon arrival at the airport in Lusaka. The visa-on-arrival is the best option for most travelers.
If you choose to obtain your visa upon arrival in Lusaka; exact change is required (USD $50) when you clear Immigration at the airport. Bills that are ripped, wrinkled, more than 5 years old or in denominations under $20 are not readily accepted.
If you plan on visiting both Zambia and Zimbabwe we recommend applying for the Kaza Univisa which can also be obtained in advance or upon arrival in Lusaka. The cost of this visa is also $50. The visa is valid for 30 days and allows an unlimited number of trips between the two countries during this period. It also covers those who visit Botswana for day-trips through Kazungula Borders. The visa is neither extensible nor modifiable, but may be obtained up to three times a year.
If you prefer to obtain your visa in advance, you will need to apply through the Zambian Embassy in Washington, DC, or through a visa-processing service. We recommend A1 Passport and Visa in Washington, DC, for their great customer service. For questions regarding your visa application you can reach A1 Passport directly at (202) 639 1500. We recommend applying for your visa no later than 4 weeks prior to departure to allow for processing and shipping.
* Note – If you plan to visit Zambia only, then a single-entry is all you need; if your plans include visits to neighboring countries before/after your Africa Rides excursion, you will need a multiple-entry visa to re-enter Zambia.
Please consult with a travel clinic or your personal physician regarding the recommended immunizations for travel to Zambia. You will need to do this well in advance of your trip as some vaccinations require time to take effect, and you may need to allow time between a series of shots. Comprehensive information can be found on the CDC website for Zambia.
In addition to being up-to-date on routine vaccinations 4-6 weeks before travel, the CDC recommends that most travelers be vaccinated for Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and to take prescription medication before, during and after your trip to prevent Malaria. The CDC also recommends some travelers to be vaccinated for Hepatitis B, Rabies, and Yellow Fever*.
Note: Zika is endemic in Zambia, and the CDC believes the risk to travelers is low. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant you should discuss your travel plans with your doctor.
*The CDC does not recommend yellow fever vaccine for most travelers to Zambia. However, you might consider this vaccine if you are staying a long time or will be heavily exposed to mosquitoes. If you are traveling from a country where Yellow Fever is present you will need to prove you have had the vaccination and produce a valid International Certificate of Vaccination on arrival at Zambian Immigration.
If you have any additional questions please feel free to reach out to Elevate’s Donor Travel Team:
For questions regarding World Bicycle Relief’s programs please contact:
Mary Beth Johnson