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Trip Leader Greg Zell (RPCV Nigeria)

March 11 2018 through March 25, 2018

An Homage to David Livingstone

Botswana is one of the richest countries per capita in the world with a small population and lots of diamonds. It is a major Peace Corps country because of its HIV/AIDS infection rate. It has the largest free roaming herds of elephants in Africa and all the Big Five. Chobe National Park is one of the most famous in Africa. The Okavango Delta is a swampy wildlife area that is the world’s largest inland delta, an underground river whose route to the sea is blocked. 

Zimbabwe is home to Victoria Falls. Swahili speakers call it “Smoke that Thunders”. You will hear it long before seeing it. You will look up in the sky and see water vapor that suggests a forest fire. Both countries are very peaceful now. When Zimbabwe’s aged President dies, there may be trouble in parts of the country but none is expected near the Falls. The people there depend on tourist dollars and are thought to go to great lengths to avoid problems.

This safari has been organized by Africa Adventure Company located in Ft. Lauderdale. It is an excellent value for this itinerary because Central Africa safaris are in demand and expensive. We have a brief time to place our 30% deposit or lose the space.

International air from MIA will run around $1500 + inter Africa air $500. You can book through Africa Adventure Company or through the airlines directly using frequent flyer miles. Since the deposit is not refundable, we will make it simultaneously when we have 7 travelers or fill 6 rooms and then do the air. Travel insurance is recommended. Note: The trip leader receives no compensation.

Notify Greg Zell at travel@rpcvsf.org if you want to join this safari. DEADLINE: Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

You are required to take anti-malaria medication. Malarone is the suggested one with the least side effects. A generic version is available. You will be walked through this by me. If you do not intend to take anti-malaria medication, DO NOT BOOK THIS TRIP.

PACK LIGHTLY: You are strictly limited to 44 pounds and must have a carry-on for medicines and a change of clothes on the small plane flights until your luggage catches up with you overland later in the day. You will be given further advice.

You will be given the Peace Corps/CDC protocols on eating and drinking in Africa. Bottled water will be available throughout because the trip leader is in charge of water. Follow the protocol and you will not get sick from anything you eat or drink. Promise.

This is not a strenuous trip. If you have difficulty getting in or out of a safari vehicle, there are many large men around to assist you.

Other trip highlights:

1.    Initiation of the Newbies (people who have never been to Africa) at

Tribes Restaurant in The Emperor’s Palace Casino complex.

2.    Dinner at Tribes Restaurant. The ostrich steak in berry sauce is not to be missed

3.    Cruise on the Chobe River, usually with hippos.

4.    Makoro ride (dugout canoe) in the Okavango Delta.

5.    Lunch at the Victoria Falls Hotel, one of the grandest of the colonial grand dame hotels.

6.    Sundowners: The sun sets in the west in Central Africa. We toast it every night.

7.    Cruise on the Zambezi River, often with crocodiles.

8.   Jarring posters and billboards for the country’s anti-HIV/AIDS program.

For Trip Details and Photos, please click the following link:

Northern Highlights Safari to Botswana for Zell Group 11-1-17.pdf

Homage to David Livingstone, please click on the following link:

Homage to David Livingston.docx

The Okavango Delta

Check the current issue of The National Geographic for an article on what you will miss if you do not join our safari to Botswana and Zimbabwe. The world’s largest inland delta is teeming with wild life. The facilities are owned by Wilderness Safaris, a high end outfitter headquartered in Johannesburg. They rent them out to other outfitters when they are not using them for their own tours. Their availability and price both affect our travel dates and pricing.

J o b    B o a r d

November 9, 2017

Check back soon, we expect two positions to open in Coral Gables shortly.

October 7th, 2017 Spirit of Service Learning Award Dinner

Photo of Kindergarten thru 12 Finalists and Winners with

Stephanie King from the Teacher of the Year Coalition

Senegal - by Leita Kaldi

Click Here for the Book Review, Other Short Stories and Memoirs

 by Leita Kaldi

Here are a couple of photos from this years Habitat for Humanity BLITZ build of ten houses in South Miami.

Pictured are Tim O’Brien, Korea, Mark Reilly, Honduras, and Daryl Wall, Ecuador.  We worked on House Ten being built in two weeks for Holly; our job was installing Insulation in the entire house.  We worked hard and got a nice T-shirt, hopefully next year we can increase the RPCVSF turnout to more then 3 volunteers.

RPCVSF Hosts 80 Great Kids @ the 18th Annual Everglades Outing

On Saturday, January 28th, RPCVSF, the Kiwanis Club of Biscayne Bay and the Everglades National Park hosted 80 children from three homeless shelters. We missed one bus load of kids this year because their shelter did not have the funding for a bus and insurance. Hosting were 70 RPCVs and PC Invitees, 10 adult chaperons, 4 Park Rangers, and 2 Law Enforcement Rangers. We provided each child with a lunch and a goodie bag.

 Click Here for More Event Photos: 18th Annual Everglades Photos

Question: Could one of these be a crocodile?

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