DURATION: 16 Days

DATES: July 16 – 31, 2020

DEPARTURE CITY: TBD (East Coast)

COUNTRIES: Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia

COST:  $2,400 excluding airfare

AGE:  17+

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We infuse service with adventure to offer the trip of a lifetime!

Yuda Bands has been taking youth, teachers, and parents to visit our Yuda Bands sponsored students for 12 years. 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.

DURATION: 16 Days

DATES: July 16 – 31, 2020

DEPARTURE CITY: TBD (East Coast)

COUNTRIES: Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia

COST:  $2,400 excluding airfare

AGE:  17+

Reserve Your Spot Today

We infuse service with adventure to offer the trip of a lifetime!

Yuda Bands has been taking youth, teachers, and parents to visit our Yuda Bands sponsored students for 12 years. 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.

Chicken Coops

As the economy of Zimbabwe 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 these struggling families. A trained chicken farmer will then instruct each family on how to properly care for the birds/coops as well as 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 in the world. Adventure seekers can join us on a zipline over the falls, bungee jump off the 15 highest bridge in the world, or take a dip in Angel’s pool at the edge of the waterfall.

Food and Clothing Project

Each trip participant will select two families to support on the trip by providing them food and clothes. 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 Safari Game Drive and River Cruise

Chobe National Game Park is known as one of the best 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.

Yuda Bands Student Service Project

In developing countries 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. We simply be helping them complete one 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 than we can count and come within feet 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.

Cultrural 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 bry (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.

Antelope Park Lion Walk 

You’ll love this once in a life time experience as you walk side by side with the majestic wild African Lions! some of the worlds most majestic animals: the African Lion. We’ll learn more about the way lions live from one of the worlds leading experts at the Antelope National Game Park in Gweru, Zimbabwe. This is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable parts of the trip.

Included in Price

  • All accommodations
  • Ground transportation
  • Luggage transport and storage
  • Entry to Victoria Falls
  • Angel’s Pool swimming tour
  • Entry to Chobe National Park
  • Two safari drives
  • Lion walk
  • Entry to Senyati safari camp bunker
  • Entry to Caracal wildlife sanctuary
  • Chobe river cruise
  • Supplies for food project
  • Building material for chicken coops
  • Two experienced guides
  • All meals

Not Included

  • Round trip airfare from JFK
  • Zimbabwean KAZA Visa ($50)
  • Passport
  • Personal items
  • Souvenirs

Optional Upgrades

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

Optional upgrades are offered by third party tours and Yuda Bands does not make a profit.

Payment Deadlines

  • $975 due 10 days after signing up
  • $975 due April 1, 2020
  • $975 due May 1, 2020
  • $975 due June 1, 2020 (adjusted to plane ticket actual cost)
  • Optional upgrade fees due June 15

Airfare Details

Volunteers are responsible for arranging their own domestic travel to New York City. International airfare will be purchased by Yuda Band on or near April 1, 2020 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 JFK is approx 24 hours. We will be driving across nearly the entire country of Zimbabwe (approx 11 hours split over multiple days). While we try to make the travel as comfortable as possible we do need volunteers to be patient and understanding. Everyone must follow all rules and use common sense. Minimum age: 16.

Remaining Volunteer Spots: 22

TRIP 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 at Brigham Young University.

Phillip Whiting is a husband, father of four, and the president of Yuda Bands. He has been leading Yuda Trips for several years now. He first visited Africa when he was 10 years old and fell in love with it. Now he has visited 43 countries (10 of which are in Africa) on five continents and lived in four of those countries for over five years.