Trip Highlights

Throughout this 9-day expedition, you will experience one of the seven natural wonders of the world- Victoria Falls; meet our partner organization who will guide us through our newly launched Zambian villages near Mazabuka, see Shanta’s impact firsthand, learning how our partnerships support each village on their path out of poverty. We will end the trip with three nights at Flat Dogs Camp, a luxury Safari lodge with unique accommodations, wonderful food, and unforgettable experiences.

Itinerary for September 2023 Shanta Insight Trip

9/21:  Trip officially begins at Maramba Lodge, Livingstone, Zambia for dinner
9/22:  Sightseeing at Victoria Falls and sunset cruise
9/23:  Fly to Lusaka, presentation and Q/A with People’s Action Forum (our implementing partner in Zambia) followed by dinner Latitude 15
9/24:  After breakfast, drive to Mazabuka. Rustic accommodation while visiting partner villages- 1 night in motel, 2 nights in home stays
9/25:  Courtesy call on village chief, and village visits
9/26: Continue village visits
9/27:  Drive back to Lusaka and fly to Mufwe, arriving Flat Dogs Camp for supper
9/28:  Enjoy Flat Dogs Camp with 2 safaris
9/29:  Enjoy day 2 of Flat Dogs Camp with 2 safaris
9/30:  Return flight to Lusaka and say goodbyes

TRavel Conditions

We recommend that you think of this trip as an expedition rather than a vacation. While much of our trip will be spent in comfortable resorts, and Zambian airlines are in line with global standards, we will also be in rural villages where Zambia’s status as a developing country will be evident. Travel to the villages will be in vans and take approximately four hours.  We will be traveling on bumpy dirt roads.

You will sleep indoors in the home of a village family, on a mattress with blankets, but without electricity. We will split up between a few homes, but you will be sharing a room with other trip attendees and Shanta staff.  Shanta provides comfortable camping mattresses, bedding, and mosquito nets.

In the villages, there will be no running water or flush toilets.  Shanta will provide drinking water, and we will use an outhouse or “porta-potty.” There will be water taps for washing up before going to bed, but don’t plan on taking a full shower until we are back in a hotel.


We will be eating in resort restaurants that offer a variety of delicious culinary options, but while in the village region, meals will be basic, prepared with filtered water and safety in mind.

Trip Investment

$5,800 per person in shared accommodation, $550 add-on for single occupancy


  • 9 nights lodging
  • All in-country airfares and ground transportation
  • 3 meals per day
  • Tours and cultural activities
  • A tax-deductible donation of $1,000 to Shanta Foundation


  • International airfare to/from Zambia
  • Medical evacuation insurance (Required) like MedJet
  • Alcohol and personal expenses


  • The trip is limited to 10 participants, in addition to two Shanta staff members.
  • Deadline for registration is April 15, 2023.
  • A $750 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot.
  • $2,150 is due by May 1, with the remaining balance of $2,900 due by June 15.

For more information and to register: Email Margery Poitras at or call 970-749-1198.