Open Heart Safari | Zambia

A safari in the African bush is an experience like no other.

Open Heart Safari is a safari like no other.


Join Us On Our Next Trip: July 18 – 31, 2015

Optional Extension to Victoria Falls & Botswana: July 31 – August 4
Space limited.


What did you do on your summer vacation? Did you…

A Very Profound Impact

I just want to express my gratitude to you for running this trip and inviting me to be part of it. It has had a very profound impact on me. … I am definitely still deeply affected and unusually open to whatever is and whatever comes next … [read more]

— David M., 2012

  • Track lions and leopards on foot?
  • Converse with tribal elders in a traditional African rural village?
  • Practice yoga, surrounded by the calls of hundreds of species of wild birds and the other unique sounds of the African bush?
  • Share the joy of African youth as you volunteered at a community center in a poor urban informal settlement?
  • Notice an elephant stroll by your bedroom window?
  • Meet inspiring, award-winning conservationists?
  • Float lazily downstream past exotic shorebirds, hippos, crocodiles, elephants and more.
  • Reflect on exciting new experiences in council with new friends in a conscious, open-hearted community?
  • Drift safely off to sleep to the night music of hippo grunts, hyena whoops, and lion roars?

If you answered no to any of these questions, you probably did not participate in OpenHeart Safari Zambia.

Join us on an inspiring, transformational 2-week journey to Zambia,
one of the most beautiful and welcoming countries in Africa. 

Enthusiasm and Heart

Tom and Laura really care about Africa and they care about you having an authentic experience of it.  Every game drive, every meeting, every encounter is infused with their enthusiasm and heart. [read more]

— Jean B., 2013

Open Heart Safari seeks to offer something different from conventional safaris. We approach the magnificent animals and their habitats in a spirit of reverence, and approach the people and their culture with respect and interest. We travel in a small, intimate group, regularly reflecting together on our experiences, and restoring ourselves with simple yoga (with instruction for all levels). Our capacity to be moved by the land, wildlife, and people we encounter will be deepened through simple mindfulness practices that expand our awareness, enliven our senses, and open our hearts. Prepare to be profoundly impacted.

Our Two-Week Trip Will Include:

South Luangwa National Park. Four days in “one of Africa’s best [parks] in terms of wildlife abundance”1 but without the crowds of tourists encountered in the major parks of South Africa or Kenya. Highlights include some of the best wildlife guides in Africa, opportunities for ‘walking safari,’ night drives–where leopards and other night predators are often seen in action, and an all-day drive to a remote sector of the park.

Kafue National Park. Four days in an isolated section of one of the largest parks in all of Africa. Opportunities to track lions on foot with noted lion expert Chris McBride, who has studied lions for 30 years and authored 3 books about them. Wildlife viewing from a boat on the Kafue River, floating by hippos, crocs, and exotic shore birds.  Opportunity to overnight at an even more remote ‘fly camp’ in roadless area of park.

A glimpse of Zambian life. We will spend a day and night in a traditional rural Zambian village, learning about and sharing in village life, and a day in a poor urban neighborhood, meeting with community members and getting a taste of modern urban Africa.

Magnificent and Moving

It’s such a crazy experience to see a wild leopard just a few feet from your jeep – it was so magnificent and moving, I almost cried. … [read more]

— Katie H., 2012

Increased understanding of African wildlife conservation. We will learn about conservation from a variety of perspectives: from heroic activists (including a Goldman Award winner) working on the front lines of conservation, from an elder of a tribe displaced by conservation efforts and from members of a community board charged with wildlife management.

Contemplative Practices. Our experience of the African bush will be heightened as we open up our awareness and deepen our sense of wonder through simple mindfulness practices, yoga, and regular opportunities to reflect on our experiences in group sharing circles.

Throughout we will stay in comfortable, esthetically pleasing accommodations, with all meals (delicious and plentiful) and transportation (comfortable and safe, including three domestic flights) provided. Thanks to careful research and negotiations, this trip is a great value.

Optional Extension in 2015: Victoria Falls & Botswana’s Chobe National Park.   See Victoria Falls, one of the “seven natural wonders of the world.” Our stay will include a special sunrise visit to the Falls.  We then spend two days in Chobe’s Riverfront area, famous for its tremendous herds of buffalo and elephant, as well as opportunities to see rare antelope species, and get close to lions and other predators.

1  Audubon Field Guide to African Wildlife