Out of an abundance of caution and in response to current COVID19 travel advisories all 2020 service trips have been postponed until 2021.

DURATION: 16 Days

DATES: July 16-31, 2020

DEPARTURE CITY: JFK

COST: $2,400 excluding international airfare

AGE: 17+ unless accompanied

Service + Adventure

Yuda Bands has been taking youth, teachers, and parents to visit our Yuda Bands sponsored students since 2007. Working with local directors and spending years learning the culture gives us the ability to show you the true culture of the areas we visit. Below you’ll find a quick view of a few of the activities on our 2020 itinerary.

2 spots remain

Chicken Coops

As the economy of tZimbabwe continues to struggle the majority of the population remains unemployed and hungry. We will build and provide chicken coops, feed, and ten laying hens to many struggling families. An experienced chicken farmer will then instruct each family on how to property care for the birds and coops and teach how to make a profit from the eggs so each family can continue to better their situation, long after we have returned home.

Chicken Coops

As the economy of tZimbabwe continues to struggle the majority of the population remains unemployed and hungry. We will build and provide chicken coops, feed, and ten laying hens to many struggling families. An experienced chicken farmer will then instruct each family on how to property care for the birds and coops and teach how to make a profit from the eggs so each family can continue to better their situation, long after we have returned home.

Victoria Falls

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls will be a highlight of the trip. More water passes over these falls than any other waterfall making Vic Falls the largest waterfall in the world. Adventure seekers can join us on a zip-line over the falls, bungee jump off the 15th highest bridge in the world, or take a dip in Angel’s pool at the edge of the waterfall.

Victoria Falls

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls will be a highlight of the trip. More water passes over these falls than any other waterfall making Vic Falls the largest waterfall in the world. Adventure seekers can join us on a zip-line over the falls, bungee jump off the 15th highest bridge in the world, or take a dip in Angel’s pool at the edge of the waterfall.

Food and Clothing Project

Each volunteer will select two families to support on the trip by providing them food and clothing. Before leaving, participants will be given clothing sizes to collect for both of their families. We’ll deliver the clothes along with a month’s supply of food (purchased in Zimbabwe by your tour guide) to each family and visit them in their humble homes. In the homes is where you will see true African culture and fall in love with the people you serve.

Food and Clothing Project

Each volunteer will select two families to support on the trip by providing them food and clothing. Before leaving, participants will be given clothing sizes to collect for both of their families. We’ll deliver the clothes along with a month’s supply of food (purchased in Zimbabwe by your tour guide) to each family and visit them in their humble homes. In the homes is where you will see true African culture and fall in love with the people you serve.

Chobe Animal Safari

Chobe National Game Park is rated as one of the most impressive wildlife parks in all of Africa, boasting one of the largest elephant concentrations in the world. It’s the setting for numerous National Geographic documentaries. While nobody can guarantee wildlife, four of the “Big Five” animals can be found in this park.

Chobe Animal Safari

Chobe National Game Park is rated as one of the most impressive wildlife parks in all of Africa, boasting one of the largest elephant concentrations in the world. It’s the setting for numerous National Geographic documentaries. While nobody can guarantee wildlife, four of the “Big Five” animals can be found in this park.

Service with Students

In developing counties it’s important that we serve side by side the locals in order to build confidence in the youth. Other groups that travel, serve and leave do not teach sustainability. Yuda Bands currently sponsors 250 youth in Zimbabwe who work together to complete four major community service projects throughout the year as an ongoing effort to better the community and create more responsible citizens. Learn more about this. We will simply help them complete on of their four annual service projects.

Yuda Bands Student Service

In developing counties it’s important that we serve side by side the locals in order to build confidence in the youth. Other groups that travel, serve and leave do not teach sustainability. Yuda Bands currently sponsors 250 youth in Zimbabwe who work together to complete four major community service projects throughout the year as an ongoing effort to better the community and create more responsible citizens. Learn more about this. We will simply help them complete on of their four annual service projects.

Chobe River Cruise

Take a relaxing afternoon/evening boat cruise on the Chobe River, as we watch wildlife gather to drink the life-giving water. The Chobe is one of the most important rivers in Africa and flows from Angola through Zimbabwe over Vic Falls and out to the sea. We’ll see more elephants that we can count and come within fee of crocodiles and hippos. As the sun drops, it becomes apparent why many consider a Chobe River sunset among the most beautiful in the world.

Chobe River Cruise

Take a relaxing afternoon/evening boat cruise on the Chobe River, as we watch wildlife gather to drink the life-giving water. The Chobe is one of the most important rivers in Africa and flows from Angola through Zimbabwe over Vic Falls and out to the sea. We’ll see more elephants that we can count and come within fee of crocodiles and hippos. As the sun drops, it becomes apparent why many consider a Chobe River sunset among the most beautiful in the world.

Cultural Experiences

In Zimbabwe the Yuda Bands students will put on a performance for us of native dancing and song. We’ll travel by boat to Namibia to spend an afternoon exploring nationally preserved cultural villages and villagers living daily life as they have for centuries. We’ll enjoy a traditional braai (bbq) in Botswana with a local family who will teach us about customs and cultures as we sample unique meats and the popular Mopane Worms.

Cultural Experiences

In Zimbabwe the Yuda Bands students will put on a performance for us of native dancing and song. We’ll travel by boat to Namibia to spend an afternoon exploring nationally preserved cultural villages and villagers living daily life as they have for centuries. We’ll enjoy a traditional braai (bbq) in Botswana with a local family who will teach us about customs and cultures as we sample unique meats and the popular Mopane Worms.

Lion Walk

You’ll love this once in a life time experience as you walk side by side with some of the world’s most majestic animals, the Africa Lion. We’ll learn more about the way lions live from one of the world’s leading experts at the Antelope National Game Park reserve in Gweru, Zimbabwe. This is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable parts of the trip. Be careful, they can sense fear!

Lion Walk

You’ll love this once in a life time experience as you walk side by side with some of the world’s most majestic animals, the Africa Lion. We’ll learn more about the way lions live from one of the world’s leading experts at the Antelope National Game Park reserve in Gweru, Zimbabwe. This is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable parts of the trip. Be careful, they can sense fear!

Watering Hole Bunker

An underground hidden bunker situated only feet away from a man made watering hole allows us to get up close and personal to the wildlife the watering hole attracts. On any given night you can see dozens of elephant herds take their turn drinking from the fresh water hole. A sense of calm and peace will come over you as you experience the African bush on a whole new level.

Watering Hole Bunker

An underground hidden bunker situated only feet away from a man made watering hole allows us to get up close and personal to the wildlife the watering hole attracts. On any given night you can see dozens of elephant herds take their turn drinking from the fresh water hole. A sense of calm and peace will come over you as you experience the African bush on a whole new level.

Wildlife Sanctuary

We’ll visit the CARACAL wildlife sancuary in Kasane Botswana. CARACOL is an acronym for: Centre for Conservation of African Resources: Animals, Communities and Land use. Get ready to play with a Badgey, the honey badger and hold the always so popular bush babies!

Wildlife Sanctuary

We’ll visit the CARACAL wildlife sancuary in Kasane Botswana. CARACOL is an acronym for: Centre for Conservation of African Resources: Animals, Communities and Land use. Get ready to play with a Badgey, the honey badger and hold the always so popular bush babies!

Included in Price

  • All lodging accommodations
  • All ground transportation
  • Luggage transport and storage
  • Entry to Victoria Falls
  • Angel’s Pool experience
  • Entry to Chobe National Park
  • Two safari game drives
  • Lion walk
  • Entry to safari bunker
  • Entry to wildlife sanctuary
  • Chobe River cruise
  • Supplies for food project
  • Building materials for chicken coops
  • Experience guides
  • All meals

Not Included

  • *Round trip airfare
  • Passport
  • KASA Uni Visa ($50)
  • Personal items

*Optional Upgrades

  • Bungee Jump ($160)
  • Zipline ($50)
  • Flying Fox ($40)

*offered by third party companies we have worked with in the past

Payment Deadlines

  • $975 due 10 days after applying
  • $975 due March 1
  • $975 due April 1
  • $975 due May 15 (adjusted to plane ticket actual cost)

*Airfare Details

Volunteers are responsible for arranging their own domestic travel to the gateway airport. International airfare will be purchased by trip guide on or near March 15 and must be paid by trip volunteers. We estimate airfare to cost approximately $1,500. The final payment will be adjusted if airfare is more or less than the anticipated $1,500.

Fine Print

Travel time to Harare from the US is approx 25 hrs. We will drive across nearly the entire country of Zim (approx 11 hrs by private van spread over multiple days).

Price is based on double occupancy. If you are traveling alone you will room with another volunteer of the same gender. We will stay in safari lodges (like a bnb)

Minimum volunteer age without a parent is 17.

Africa Guides

Eric Whiting (left) lived among the people of Zimbabwe for two years and has many important contacts and experience which is crucial for leading a service trip like this. He loves the people and loves sharing the culture with those willing to learn. He is proficient in Shona and speaks a good amount of Ndebele (Zulu). He is currently studying economics at BYU.

Phillip Whiting is a husband, father of four and president of Yuda Bands. He has been leading Yuda Trips for several years. He first visited Africa when he was 10 years old and fell in love with it. Now he has visited 45 countries (10 of which are in Africa) on five continents and lived in four of those countries for over five years. He has even taken his four young children (8, 5, 3, and 9 mo) to most of the sites we will explore in Zimbabwe and Botswana.

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