Every June/July, the Greenpop Zambia Festival of Action in Livingstone brings people together from around the globe to learn, connect, give back and get active.
Over three weeks we plant trees, grow food forests, build using eco-methods, set up recycling systems, brighten up schools with eco murals, attend sustainability workshops, celebrate with live music and more. It’s an adventure for active citizens who want to change their world.
Weeks 1 and 2 are specifically for high school students. In Week 3 we welcome participants of all ages. We’ve hosted university students interested in environmental topics, professionals keen to take a holiday with a difference, study groups doing field work, families who love adventure and individuals from all walks of life who want to get active for the environment and have fun at the same time.
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The schedule for each week will look something like this:
Sunday: Arrive at Greenpop Village (we provide a transfer from airport / museum) for orientation.
Monday: Project orientation stations & tour to a charcoal kiln in the Miombo Woodland. Music around the campfire in the evening.
Tuesday: Various eco-education activations at local schools / villages. Film screening under the stars in the evening.
Wednesday: You can choose between tree planting / upcycling / natural building / permaculture / mural painting / bee-keeping etc. In the evening, choose between a soccer tournament with local team / crafting / chilling / inspirational speaker evening.
Thursday: Workshop day at camp (options of various sustainability topics). Visit Victoria Falls in the afternoon. Quiz night in the evening.
Friday: Choose between tree planting / upcycling / natural building / permaculture / mural painting / bee-keeping etc. Party under the stars in the evening.
Saturday: Free day – go explore!
Known as the adrenaline capital of the world, Livingstone has lots of fun to offer! You will have at least 1 full day off so you could try some of these activities:
- White water rafting on the Zambezi River
- Victoria Falls bungee jumping (111m)
- Gorge swinging
- Shopping at local markets
- Bicycle tour of Livingstone
- Game drives
- River safari cruise
- Livingstone Island
- Adventure Walks
GETTING TO LIVINGSTONE
The quickest way to get to Livingstone is to fly into the Livingstone International Airport (LVI). You can also take an Intercape bus or look into an overland tour. We offer a transfer to our camp from the Livingstone Airport or museum on the first day of the programme and on the last day too.
See more information on the “How to get there” tab above.
GETTING AROUND LIVINGSTONE
We will be based at a camp 10km outside of Livingstone. We travel to our daily activations in our overland trucks and busses driven by licensed professional drivers. On free days, if our shuttle times don’t suit you, we can help you organise a taxi service.
The Greenpop Village will be set up at a lodge just outside Livingstone. There you will be sleeping in a beautiful tented camp area, with two people per tent and have access to our indoor dining area, ablution blocks, and other lodge amenities. You need to bring a pillow, a sleeping bag and warm blankets (although it is hot in the day, the nights get cold!). It’s rustic but really comfortable and a lot more homely than what you would expect from a campsite – we pride ourselves on creating beautiful spaces. You can also upgrade to a bedroom if you prefer not to camp.
We strive to live as sustainably as possible by buying from local farmers, eating seasonal food, and using alternative cooking methods like wonderbags and solar cookers. Because the meat industry has a devastating effect on the environment, we believe in reducing meat consumption. We serve meat twice a week and there is always a vegetarian option. We serve three well-balanced meals per day with snacks in between, so you’ll get all the vitamins and protein you need!
Living sustainably also means recycling, making our own compost and beautifying our village with upcycled art. Any waste we have, we take to local entrepreneurs: for example, plastic turns into eco-bricks, tetrapak into wallets and glass into bricks. Just being in the Greenpop Village is a valuable learning experience. Everybody works as a team to maintain and keep it looking awesome.
DRIVE / OVERLAND
Gather a few friends and go on a road trip to Zambia. The distance from Cape Town is approximately 2,600 km and it will take you 3-4 days or longer if you stop for more sightseeing. Check the AA website to find out what kind of permits and papers you need to cross the border with your vehicle.
Or you can treat yourself to a fun overland trip to get there and/or to get back! Take a look at the website of Acacia (http://www.acacia-africa.com/).
Be sure to check what visas you need for transit countries when taking a car or overlander trip.
Below are some guidelines for bus routes and companies. Prices are based on a single journey as found in October 2016. Please check the websites of Intercape for up to date prices. Be sure to check what visas you need for transit countries when taking the bus.
Route 1: Cape Town – Windhoek (Nam) – Livingstone
- Cape Town – Windhoek (Nam): ZAR 780 – saver option
- Windhoek – Livingstone (Zam): ZAR 550 – saver option
Route 2: Pretoria – Upington – Windhoek (Nam) – Livingstone:
- Pretoria – Uppington: ZAR 680 – saver option
- Uppington – Windhoek: ZAR 550 – saver option
- Windhoek – Livingstone: ZAR 550 – saver option
Route 3: Cape Town – Johannesburg – Bulawayo (Zim) – Vic Falls (Zim)
- Cape Town – Johannesburg: ZAR 610 – saver option
- Johannesburg – Bulawayo (Zim): ZAR 510 – saver option
- Bulawayo – Victoria Falls: ZAR 206 – saver option
- You can then take a taxi across the border into Zambia (or walk if you’re up for it – it’s a 20-minute walk between the border posts and you get to see the awesome Victoria Falls).
There are several airlines flying to Livingstone or Vic Falls. Some direct and some require a transfer in Johannesburg. You will need to arrive on 25 June, 2 July or 9 July 2017. Prices are based on prices found on the websites of the relevant airlines in October 2017.
Flying to Livingstone Airport
- Kenya Airways:
- From Cape Town: direct flight on Wed, Fri and Sun arriving at 17:10 in Livingstone – as from ZAR 5,300 for a return flight.
- From Johannesburg: no direct flight, only with a transfer in Nairobi arriving at 9:30 am in Livingstone – as from ZAR 5,117 for a return flight.
- British Airways:
- From Cape Town: transfer in Johannesburg arriving at 12:45 in Livingstone – as from ZAR 7,000 for a return flight (or take a low budget airline to Johannesburg and then catch the direct flight from Johannesburg)
- From Johannesburg: direct flight arriving at 12:45 in Livingstone – as from ZAR 4,115 for a return flight.
- South African Airways:
- From Cape Town: transfer in Johannesburg arriving at 12:20 in Livingstone – as from ZAR 6,250 for a return flight.
- From Johannesburg: direct flight arriving at 12:20 in Livingstone – as from ZAR 5,135 for a return flight.
- If you are coming from outside South Africa, you can fly into Johannesburg and take a direct flight on British Airways or South African Airways to Livingstone. The other option is to fly via Lusaka (Zambia) to Livingstone. You can fly between Lusaka and Livingstone with Proflight.
Flying to Victoria Falls Airport
When arriving in Vic Falls you can take a taxi across the border into Zambia (or walk if you’re up for it – it’s a 20-minute walk between the border posts and you get to see the awesome Victoria Falls). From the border to Livingstone centre is another 8 kilometres, so you also need a taxi for that. You can also contact Wild Horizons for a transfer from Vic Falls airport to Livingstone.
- From Johannesburg: direct flight on Thu and Sun arriving at 16:35 in Vic Falls – as from ZAR 2,831 for a return flight.
- From Cape Town: they don’t fly to Cape Town, but you can catch a low budget airline to Johannesburg and then a Fastjet flight to Vic Falls from there.
EXPERIENCE YOU CAN RELY ON
- In Zambia, Greenpop has hosted over 800 people from 12 to 78 years old since 2012.
- In South Africa, we’ve hosted 15 festivals with up to 600 people at a time and held planting days in over 450 schools.
- Greenpop has an experienced team of over 25 facilitators at the Festival of Action.
- Our team is always available by phone during the programme.
- Designated medic on site for first aid and emergency situations.
- 24-hour security guards at the lodge and campsite.
- There is a safe storage locker for all valuables.
- Zambia is a friendly country with a stable political situation.
- Livingstone is a bustling tourist town 10km from our camp.
- The town is equipped with doctors, pharmacies, hospitals, police and shops with everything you might need.
- Everyone is required to have full travel and medical insurance for the duration of their stay.
Week 1: 25 June – 2 July 2017 (High Schools – Ages 13 to 19)
Week 2: 2 – 9 July 2017 (High Schools – Ages 13 to 19)
Week 3: 9 – 16 July 2017 (All Ages)
- Join us for one week: ZAR 5 390 (or ZMW 3 900 for Zambian residents)
- Join us for two weeks: ZAR 9 950 (or ZMW 7 250 for Zambian residents)
- Join us for three weeks: ZAR 13 950 (or ZMW 9 980 for Zambian residents)
Visitors to Africa:
- Join us for one week: USD 655
- Join us for two weeks: USD 1 220
- Join us for three weeks: USD 1 695
Included in Programme Fees
- Three meals a day and snacks in between
- Coffee and tea
- Tented accommodation at our lodge
- Transfer on arrival and departure day to/from Livingstone International Airport or Livingstone museum
- Workshops & Activations hosted by field experts
NOT Included in Programme Fees
- Additional drinks and snacks
- Transport from your hometown to Livingstone and back
- Travel and medical insurance
- Costs for visa and vaccinations
- Fees for additional excursions
Meet our facilitators.
Nirmala Nair – Sustainable Development Practitioner
Come learn about the techniques of a sustainable life by learning from nature’s ways and implementing different permaculture methods and techniques. Our facilitator Nirmala Nair has been working in the area of integrated sustainability practices with a specialised focus on climate change, resilience and local ecosystem regeneration for the past 15 years. Her expertise is developing design strategies for locally adaptive development programs.
Permaculture is all about designing, implementing and maintaining permanent natural systems to cultivate land, plants, animals and people fostering mutually beneficial and sustainable relationships between them. The beauty of permaculture is that its principles work everywhere, in every climate and on any scale. They can be applied to a tiny balcony as well as to a large human settlement.
Meg Coates Palgrave – Dendrologist, Conservationist, Author
Join us for a unique opportunity to gain first-hand, highly-skilled knowledge about the Trees of Zambia from renowned dendrologist Meg Coates Palgrave in a fun and engaging workshop. These entertaining and highly educational sessions will not only teach you how to identify Zambian trees but will give insight into the tree identification key that is used to identify all Southern African indigenous trees.
Meg Coates Palgrave has written and revised numerous books, including A Guide to the Trees of the Mukuvisi Woodlands, Key to the Trees of Zimbabwe, Trees of Southern Africa and Everyone’s Guide to Trees of South Africa. She received numerous prestigious awards for her invaluable work.
Cliff Maunze – Beekeeping Expert
We owe many thanks to the bees. These little hard workers are central to our food security since they pollinate 80-90% of all food producing plants in the world. They are vital for biodiversity and give us that delicious sweet treat: honey! Learn more about beekeeping from Cliff Maunze, a Zimbabwe-based beekeeping expert from Environment Africa.
Cliff is passionate about protecting bees and upskilling communities in how to maintain healthy hives. He is an enthusiastic trainer of farmers in Southern Africa and trained over 1000 farmers so far. Soon whole swathes of the continent will be producing high-quality honey, preserving woodlands and earning a vital and significant income that will help make them more resilient to future environmental change.
Artwell Chivinge – Asset-Based Community Development Practitioner
The focus of the ABCD series is to support local Zambians in identifying what resources and assets they, as a community, have access to and give them useful tools in activating these resources for environmental, social and economic benefit. Facilitator Artwell Chivinge has worked with various Non-Governmental Organisations and has his own NGO called Buriro.
He teaches farmers how to grow and take care of their crops to improve their yields. He promotes home food security in various African countries where he teaches his pupils on food security in their own microenvironments.
Matthew Koehorst – Professional Environmentalist
Meet Greenpop’s overall program manager for the Zambia Festival of Action 2017: Matthew Koehorst. Matthew is a trained anthropologist and environmental scientist who is fascinated by the nexus of people and planet and committed to reawakening the connection between the two.
The focus for the Greenpop Zambia Festival of Action is to create conditions conducive to collaboration and effective learning. The work in Zambia will be impactful, educational and rewarding. Matthew’s project Six Kingdoms, which aims to explore and implement solutions for better relations between all forms of life through education work and project development and implementation. Essentially, Six Kingdoms is a human ecology project that draws principles from a variety of disciplines to create solutions to a wide variety of human and environmental challenges.
Georgina Avlonitis – Urban Ecologist
Meet Georgina, Greenpop’s Programme Manager. She finished up her Master’s degree in urban ecology at the University of Cape Town in 2009 and then gained professional experience working in the fields of biodiversity planning, biodiversity informatics and ecosystem-based adaptation at ICLEI’s Cities Biodiversity Center. She has experience building local government capacity and that of important actors in the city to enhance the local implementation of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and has managed projects in Taiwan, South Korea, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi and South Africa.
Georgina is passionate about nature and ecosystem-based responses to urban challenges and the importance of communicating the intrinsic value of ecosystem services in a meaningful and dynamic way.
Heath Nash – Artist, Designer, Maker
Artists from different Southern African countries will live and work together to make “Conservation Conversation Corners” in Livingstone and in Johannesburg. From South Africa, product designer Heath Nash, known for turning waste materials into covetable designs, will participate in the project. The artists will use upcycling products to invite people into the space and to break down barriers across countries, disciplines and people and open up dialogue around nature.
Heath Nash is interested in how things are made and he makes objects that intrigue people. In the past 10 years, he has been looking at ways of engaging with his heritage as an African thinker, craftsman, artist and designer. He is challenging ‘the machine’ and the standard systems of production that are so revered in the ‘West’. He wants to make things that make people stronger in themselves.
Greenpop Foundation NPC is a registered non-profit organisation. Registration Number (NPO): 151-411 NPO.