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Chinzombo Camp - Zambia

Your eco-luxury lodge located in South Luangwa Reserve, famed for sublime leopard sightings and walking safaris, all in sustainable luxury

About this project

This charity relocates mistreated elephants to their sanctuary where they are cared for by permanent staff, including veterinarians. Your stay contributes to the cost of the elephants’ upkeep and welfare.
Main volunteering activities:
  • Preparing the elephant’s vitamin balls
  • Tracking their feeding patterns
  • Assisting the vet on their daily checks
  • Washing the elephant
  • Cleaning their beds
  • Maintaining the gardens
Key information:
  • The typical number of days on this fulfilling project 2-3, but you can spend longer
  • It involves 7-8 hours of helping each day, starting at 7:30am
  • November to April is recommended, but you can help anytime
  • This volunteering project blends well with activities in central Sri Lanka, including Kandy and the rest of the Cultural Triangle
Successes to date:

The foundation has cared for over 80 elephants. There are currently nine elephants being cared for at the sanctuary.

One of the resident elephants was the first in the country to be born in captivity.

The Foundation’s mahout training program is the only one to be recognized and accredited by the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife.

This project is for you if:
  • You are looking for a project that enables you to learn an enormous amount about elephants 
  • You would like an experience that has a variety of activities
  • You are happy rolling up your sleeves and don’t mind getting dirty
Nearby activities:
  • Exploring the fascinating Cultural Triangle
  • The Tea Country hill stations
  • Leopard spotting in Yala National Park

Suggested Itinerary for Sri Lanka

in Sri Lanka

Price: US$6,000 per adult, $3,800 per child under 12

This adventure enables you to bond as a family by conserving critically endangered sea turtles, plus you get to explore the wildlife highlights of Sri Lanka

Trip Highlights

  • Rolling up your sleeves and caring for elephants
  • Jeep safari to see elephants in the wild
  • Awesome views and the engineering marvel that is Sigiriya Rock
  • Bustling Kandy and the Temple of the Tooth
  • Epic train ride
  • The waterfalls and  scenery of Horton Plains
  • The beauty of the Tea stations
  • A working tea factory

Price Includes

  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Private transfers
  • Domestic flights
  • Expert local guides
  • Meals as specified
  • Volunteering costs
Note: Price excludes international flights

Sample Day by Day

Note: This is a sample itinerary only
Note: This is a sample itinerary only, and we delight in crafting unique itineraries to meet your family’s exact requirements

Chinzombo seamlessly blends modern elegance with the timeless charm of a traditional bush safari experience, utilizing natural building materials and vintage touches.

Nestled beneath the ancient msikizi (Chinzombo) trees, the camp boasts six spacious luxury safari tents, including a family tent with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Each tent features a private pool and soaking tub, offering panoramic views of the river and its diverse wildlife.

The award-winning design of the luxury tents combines canvas, timber, and reed, complemented by flairs of leather and raw linen. Families can relax on the shaded verandah, indulging in afternoon idleness or in-room spa treatments.

A winding path leads to the main lodge, where you can unwind on the riverfront sun deck, peruse books from the open-air library, or dine under the stars on fresh produce cultivated on-site. Gather around the elevated fire pit overlooking the riverbank to socialize and swap stories about your day’s adventures.

Situated in one of the most wildlife-rich areas of South Luangwa National Park, Chinzombo offers a multitude of activities led by experienced guides. You can embark on game drives, safari walks, or seasonal boat cruises across the river to witness thrilling encounters with lions, leopards, and other predators.


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