Picture Perfect Holistic Safari with Wellbeing Mentor, Dr. Maria Baltazzi

Take a holistic photographic journey with Dr. Maria Baltazzi through Zambia and Malawi. Enjoy exploring being both on safari and the beach as you are guided through an inner journey that many say is an emotional and spiritual awakening for them. Having an insatiable curiosity to explore and share it with others, Dr. Maria loves taking intimate groups to Africa. Especially those experiencing their first lion in the wild or dipping their feet in Lake Malawi. She always goes the extra mile to create the perfect trip for you.

Dr. Maria is an Emmy-winning TV producer and wellbeing mentor with a PhD in Conscious-centered Living. Having produced series such as Survivor, she has a keen eye for adventure. She has filmed explorers and conservation shows in Tanzania and South Africa. She fell in love with Africa first as a television producer telling stories about adventure. Dr. Maria has been on all seven continents twice. First, as a producer. Then did another lap around the globe, walking more than 2,000 miles training and doing marathons as fundraisers. When Dr. Maria crossed the finish line in Antarctica, her last continent, she decided to create Sojourn Explorers, a luxury wellbeing travel company.

Her mission is to share meaningful travel with others — journeys that are more than simply ticking the box on another destination. That is where her PhD in Conscious-Centered Living comes into play. She shares meaningful travel with her guests, not just taking them to the destination but also guiding them to explore their inner world. Dr. Maria draws insights from the art and science of happiness, positive psychology, spiritual psychology, and mindfulness to create more profound experiences. She also shares these insights through the lens of a camera. She is an Explorer Club Fellow National Member and the North American Ambassador for the Transformational Travel Council.

Combining adventure, wellbeing, luxury, and giving back are the four compass points for every trip curated by Dr. Maria. Before your journey begins, she will spend time understanding and designing the experience you want. During your journey, Dr. Maria will be on hand to have meaningful conversations about your experience, lead mindfulness meditation and movement sessions, and guide reflective time throughout the journey. She will create a personalized Daily Inner Journey Guide Book to bring along and use in follow up conversations once you return home. Every step of the way, Dr. Maria will be there to guide your journey.

Included with your safari:

  • Personalized Inner Journey Guide Book 
  • Fireside wellbeing chats
  • Mindful photography outings
  • Photo sharing and reflections
  • Mindful movement and meditations
  • Guided self-reflective time
  • Creating a post-trip Life Map to keep you on your inner journey

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Day 1 - 4

Time + Tide Chongwe House, Lower Zambezi

Welcome to Zambia! On arrival, you will check-in for the scheduled flight to Royal airstrip in Lower Zambezi National Park. Here, you will be met and transferred to the park edge to stay at Chongwe River House for the next 4 nights. 

Time + Tide Chongwe House rests on a peaceful stretch of the Chongwe River, set against a beautiful mountainous backdrop.

Game drives, walking safaris, canoeing safaris, boat cruises and tiger fishing are all on offer in Lower Zambezi National Park. Throughout your stay a dedicated staff and guiding team will look after your every need and ensure you make the most of this haven for lions, leopards, wild dog, 370 species of birds and more. At nearby Time + Tide Chongwe Camp, the wildlife hide is great for photography, and for spotting rare nocturnal creatures.

Day 5 - 8

Time + Tide Chinzombo, South Luangwa

This morning after your morning activity and brunch you will be transferred to Royal Airstrip to take the scheduled flight to Mfuwe. You will be met and transferred into South Luangwa National Park to stay at Chinzombo for the next 4 nights. 

Experience the ultimate in wild luxury at Zambia’s premier safari camp. This is one of the most game-rich areas of South Luangwa National Park. Take a boat across the river with our award-winning guides for a game drive, safari walk or boat cruise (seasonal) to catch sight of lions, leopards and other world-class predator action.

Relax on your verandah overlooking a sweeping curve of the Luangwa River. Let the bellowing hippos lull you to sleep. Wake up with the eye of an elephant just outside your villa. 

Day 9 - 11

Kaya Mawa, Likoma Island - Lake Malawi

This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to the Mfuwe Airport and fly to Likoma Island, via Lilongwe where you will clear immigration. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to stay at Kaya Mawa for the next 3 nights. 

With it’s almost supernatural vibe, there is nowhere else on earth quite like Kaya Mawa. Hidden away on Likoma Island in Lake Malawi, at Kaya you will be transported into a world of simple pleasures. Embraced by the warmth and hospitality of the enchanting Malawian staff you will enjoy timeless luxury and only the best of modern conveniences. 

Each of Kaya’s eleven rooms, and private villa, is unique and offers something very special. Serene and secret decks for sunbathing or romantic dinners; secluded lakeside chalets with private lounges. You may find yourself showering under the stars, taking a midnight dip in your private pool or simply walking hand-in-hand after moonlit supper on the beach.

Day 12

End of itinerary

This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Likoma airstrip to take the scheduled flight to Lilongwe Airport. Here you will check-in for your onward journey. 


  • “Dr. Maria made me feel welcome and accepted. In doing so provided the insight that allowed me to begin the process in a comfortable and stress-free manner. I had never imagined making meditation part of my life, but am enjoying meditating, and it has been beneficial.”

    Thomas, Professional Photographer
  • “What a fabulous trip we had with Dr. Maria! Every last small detail was executed perfectly. We wanted for nothing! Accommodations were splendid and the food!!! We ate so well, I thought I would have to start jogging to work off the pounds gained!! Our local guide was very knowledgeable but also charming and fun. I would be more than happy to recommend a trip to anyone I know. Thank you — Thank you!!”

    Helen, Former Radio Talkshow Host
  • “I experienced wonderful lessons on how mindfulness can open one’s eye to the possibilities around them and better use it for creativity.”

    Micheal, Tech Developer
  • “Thank you so much for helping us design and execute one of our most memorable trips. You took amazing care of all our travel details, so much that it felt so smooth and easy, even though we were in a foreign country. Yet the most special part was that you not only designed a trip for us, you designed an incredible experience. Feeling blessed to have you on our trip.”

    Gerardo, Metal Manufacturer + Owner

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