Sussi & Chuma Treehouse Lodge

Mission Trip Add On

2 Nights at the Sussi and Chuma Lodge with a Visit to Vic Falls in Livingstone, Zambia.

This add-on trip includes the following activity options. All of these activities and many more can be booked upon arrival at the Avani Activity Center at an additional cost:

  • Flights from Lusaka to Livingstone and back
  • Chauffeur service from Livingstone Airport to Avani Hotel and back
  • Two Activities per day
  • Two nights at the lodge

Trip Logistics

You would leave the day after your mission trip (usually on a Saturday) and take a one hour flight to Livingstone. You will spend two nights in the Sanctuary Sussi and Chuma Lodge. Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is built on a dramatic bend of the Zambezi River in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, twelve kilometres upstream from the world-famous Victoria Falls. Named after Dr. David Livingstone’s faithful friends Sussi and Chuma, the lodge is located in one of the most beautiful parts of the Zambezi amidst Jackalberry trees and Phoenix palms, providing unrivalled views and exclusivity. Accommodation is in twelve Sussi tree-houses, connected by wooden walkways.

When your trip is over (usually on a Monday) you will be picked up at the lodge in the morning and taken to the Livingstone airport where you will fly back into Lusaka. In Lusaka, Arise Africa will pick you up and bring you back to the Arise Africa complex. You will have time to rest and relax for the afternoon and grab dinner. Then you will take a late night flight out of Lusaka that night at 9:30PM to start your trip to America. You will fly from Lusaka to Dubai that night (6-8 hours). You will have a layover in Dubai. You will arrive back in America two days later in the morning (usually a Wednesday morning).

NOTE: depending on where you live in America, you might get back earlier or later. (Wednesday morning is for anyone flying out of DFW)

2020 Trip Prices

$1050 per person sharing a room

Only two people allowed in a room with two beds, this a STRICT rule, there are a few family rooms.

 

$1375 per person in a single room

If you are a single mission tripper we can do our best to see if another single on the trip wants to do this package and share a trip with you to get the $700 per person price

Price Includes The Following:

  • Flights from Lusaka to Livingstone and back
  • Chauffeur service from Livingstone Airport to Avani Hotel and back
  • Two Activities per day
  • Two nights at the lodge

Mission Trip FAQs

Who makes the airline reservations?

Can I use airline points for my ticket to Africa and will the cost of my trip go down? Typically, we make your airline reservations for you. However, if you want to do this it is okay with us. You can use airline points for your tickets. Sometimes it is very difficult to get flights into Lusaka, Zambia and you will have to make the ticket reservations yourself. We can adjust the cost of your trip accordingly and only charge you for your time on the ground and planned programs.

If myself or my child is not vaccinated can we travel to Zambia with Arise Africa?

Unfortunately Arise Africa cannot accept individuals to participate in our mission trips unless they are vaccinated and a shot form can be submitted from a board-certified medical doctor. We feel the risk is too high and want to make sure you are safe with us. The vaccines that Arise Africa requires for every single mission trip participant are, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), DTap (diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough), polio, PCV (Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine) Hepatitis A&B, Hib (Haemophilus influenzae), Varicella (chickenpox), and Menegncocial.

Where do I stay on the trip?

You will stay on our property (the complex) with other individuals on the trip. The complex is very secure and in a safe location. It is comfortable and has everything you might need.

What additional shots do I need to travel to Zambia?

You first need to have updated shot records of vaccines that are listed above. We ask you to also receive the shots that the CDC recommends for the country of Zambia. Currently, these additional shots are Malaria (which comes in the form of pills), Typhoid, and Diphtheria. We suggest talking to your family doctor about your trip. You do not need a yellow fever or rabies shot. The easiest (but not cheapest) place to get your shots is a Passport Health travel clinic where locations are throughout the United States. We recommend that you speak to your general practitioner about your trip to Zambia and additional vaccines they recommend and where to receive them. 

What if I get sick or hurt while on a mission trip?

We work with multiple hospitals and clinics in Zambia. We have relationships with European and American doctors in Zambia who could treat you. We also suggest every mission trip participant purchase air evacuation insurance.

What will I eat while on the mission trip?

Great food! Many people believe that Africa doesn’t have the food that we eat in America. When you walk in a grocery store in Zambia, it doesn’t look much different than the stores in the United States. You will be eating food that you are very used to and have eaten before. We serve burgers, lasagna, Mexican food, chicken plates, sandwiches, and other food to mission trippers. There are great restaurants in the city that we sometimes take you to as well.

Do the people I will be working with speak English?

Yes and no. Our entire staff speaks fluent English and multiple tribal languages. Most of the children we work with speak English. Zambia was a British colony before they gained their independence from Great Britain in 1964. Subsequently, children still learn English in schools. Communicating with Zambians is not an issue, even though some Americans are concerned about this. Once they arrive they realize it is very easy to communicate.

If I have a pre-existing illness or medical condition should I go with Arise Africa?

We ask that you notify us about your condition before signing up for the trip. Some things are easily managed while other issues would suggest you not coming. Individuals with extreme nut allergies are asked to talk to us before signing up. Arise Africa will do everything in our power and control to keep everyone safe, but we do believe there are some cases that we do not feel comfortable to try to prepare for in a third world country.

Will I be able to communicate with family members in America while I am in Zambia?

Absolutely. You will have very limited access to the internet. You can also use iMessage on your phones and purchase an international calling plan if you wish to make phone calls. Most American cell phones work in Zambia when you arrive; the cost of each call depends on the carrier. We suggest you research your cell phone plan before your trip so that you are not surprised at additional costs when you get home.

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