AFRICAN VIEW TOURS AND SAFARIS Cultural Expedition Catalogue 2013

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					Cultural Expedition Catalogue 2013




         “Likumbi Lya Mize”

             “Kulamba”
Description of the “Cultural Expedition”
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Leave everyday’s chaos and frantic living behind and immerse completely in the untamed Southern Africa:
the wild beauty of Zambia’s National parks, the rhythm and excitement of tribal dances and cultural festivals
proclaimed “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO.

Our Cultural Expeditions include the breathtaking beauty of the most untamed National Parks of all Africa,
the direct contact with nature during camping nights, the exclusive sensations of the evenings around the
fire, the comfort of luxurious camping, the easy-living of small local guesthouses and the experience of real
ethnic encounters, with an affordable cost.

The Cultural Expedition is mainly targeting one of three major Traditional Cultural events in Zambia. In
addition, every Cultural Expedition also includes the visit to one of Zambia’s untamed National Parks.

Transfers and game drives are done of robust 4x4 vehicles; depending on the number of participants, we
will use:
  2-4 pax: 1 Toyota Hilux
  5-6 pax: 1 8-seats Toyota Landcruiser
  7-8 pax: 2 Toyota Hilux
  9-14 pax: 2 Toyota Hilux + 1 Toyota Land Cruiser

Our Camping tents are very spacious and tall, the mattresses are thick and comfortable, camp sites are
equipped with toilets and hot showers, food is prepared on the camp fire; all this and more contribute to
deliver the right level of comfort to maximize your experience.

In the main cities, accommodation will be in simple but carefully selected guesthouses, usually away from
the more trafficked areas. Cultural Events take place in totally non-touristic villages, and will bring you in
direct contact with the local population during some of their most important religious and social gathering.
For this reason participants will have to bring along their sense of adventure and adaptation, and understand
that they will witness some “real” and not a show put up just for tourists.

Guides and drivers are Zambian residents to provide the best knowledge of the roads and places.

African View Tours and Safaris provides all camping equipment including tents, mattresses, chairs, camp
kitchen tools, etc., soft drinks during the transfers and all meals when camping: meals are cooked around
the campfire or packed-lunches are prepared when traveling in remote areas. Participants are free to
choose independently where they want to have their meals in the main cities/towns.

Vehicles, guides, accommodation (both camping and in guesthouses), game drives inside the National
Parks, fuel and meals when camping are all included in the rates.
Extras are Park Entry Fees (to be paid on site depending on the actual stay in the park), meals in the main
towns, alcoholic beverages and personal expenses (such as telephone, internet, curios, etc.)




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                                         “Likumbi Lya Mize”
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Starting from Livingstone we will visit the Victoria Falls, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Ngonye
Falls and head to Zambezi village, where the Likumbi Lya Mize takes place. After the ceremony,
we will conclude our trip in Lusaka after a visit to the Kafue National Park, the oldest and largest
N.P. in Zambia.




                                                    “Kulamba”
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Starting from Lusaka, we will travel to Katete, the capital city of the Chewa tribe. there we will
participate to the famous Kulamba before heading towards the South Luangwa National Park.
After a detailed visit to the park, we will head back to Lusaka.




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                      ZAMBIA
        Cultural Expedition: Likumbi Lya Mize
                                         August 17th - 29th




The Likumbi Lya Mize has been declared "Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by
UNESCO in 2005. It's the final and most exciting part of mukanda, an initiation ritual for boys between the
ages of eight and twelve. This ritual is celebrated by the Vaka Chiyama Cha Mukwamayi communities, to
which the Luvale, Chokwe, Luchazi and Mbunda people belong who live in the northwestern and western
provinces of Zambia.

Come with us and discover an incredible Cultural Experience, that only a small number of persons outside
the Luvale tribe have had the honor and privilege to see.

The ceremony actually starts about 1 to 3 months before, when young children are taken away from their
village to symbolize their "death" as children, tundanji, who do not belong to the world of the living.

The mukanda involves the circumcision of the initiates, tests of courage and lessons on their future role as
men and husbands. Each initiate is assigned a specific masked character, who is with him throughout the
entire process. These characters include Chisaluke,who represents a powerful and wealthy man with
spiritual influence; the Mupala, the “lord” of the mukanda and protective spirit with supernatural abilities;
Pwevo, a female character who represents the ideal woman and is responsible for the musical
accompaniment of the rituals and dances. The Makishi is another masked character, representing the spirit
of a deceased ancestor who returns to the world of the living to assist the boys.

The end of the mukanda is celebrated with a graduation ceremony called chilende. The whole village
attends the Makishi dance and the audience is entertained with pantomime-like artistry until the graduates
re-emerge from the camp and are reintegrated as adult men into their communities and families. This ritual
has an educational function of transmitting practical survival-skills as well as knowledge about nature,
sexuality, religious beliefs and the social values of the community.   

Our Tour will take you in the heart of one of the most authentic and mystical celebration left in Africa
nowadays!
Day 1: August 17
You will be welcomed in Livingstone by an English and Italian speaking Tour Guide and be transferred to
Gloria’s Bed & Breakfast. The afternoon is dedicated to relaxing after the flight. Accommodation is on a
B&B basis.

Day 2: August 18
In the morning, you'll enjoy a  detailed visit to the Victoria Falls, one of the World's 7 natural wonders.
Afterwards, you'll have time available for lunch and in the afternoon we will enjoy a game-drive in the Mosi-
oa-Tunya National Park. Accommodation will be at Gloria’s B&B.

Day 3: August 19
Early in the morning we will leave for Sioma Ngwesi, a small National Park blessed by the presence of the
beautiful and almost unknown Ngonye Falls, where David Livingstone remained for 4 months before
continuing his famous journey. From this moment on, we will be traveling through the land of the Lozi, one
of the most beautiful and unexplored areas of the whole Zambia. We will set our camp in Sioma Camp
around lunch time and enjoy lunch by the powdery and white sand shores of the Zambezi River. In the
afternoon we will visit the Ngonye Falls before returning to our camp for a wonderful dinner cooked around
the camp fire. Night will be spent camping.

Day 4: August 20
Breakfast with hot beverages and biscuits before heading towards Mongu, crossing two rivers on a
pontoon. We plan to arrive in Mongu early afternoon and visit Lealui, where the Royal Palace of the Lozi
Chief is; with all luck, we will be able to meet the Chief (or Prime Minister) in person. We will accommodate
at “Dolphin Lodge” on a B&B basis.

 Day 5: August 21
After breakfast, we will cover the 400 km (of which 270 of dirt road) that separates Mongu from Zambezi,
where the Likumbi Lya Mize will take place. We plan to arrive in the afternoon and be accommodated at a
local guesthouse (or camping). After arrival, you can wander around the small village of Zambezi, that will
be a hive of activities for the upcoming Likumbi Lya Mize.  Night spent at the guesthouse or camping.

 Day 6: August 22
Likumbi Lya Mize starts and the young men start emerging from the land of the dead. Traditional dances
and rituals are on-going for the whole day and night to ask the spirits their favors.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared by the guides at the campsite, or you can have a real African
experience eating traditional food together with the villagers. Night spent camping.

 Day 7: August 23
Likumbi  Lya Mize gets to the hottest phase.The Makishi bring the young men back to the land of the living
where they are circumcised and reborn as adults. Makishi dances and traditional drumming become frantic
and the new adults learn from these Makishi dances (rectifying spirits of their ancestors) how to win their
fears.  
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared by the guides at the campsite, or you can have a real African
experience eating traditional food together with the villagers. Night spent camping.

 Day 8: August 24
The Likumbi reaches its climax with  all the Makishi and other dancers perform in front of the Chief and the
new Adults of the village are introduced. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared by the guides at the
campsite, or you can have a real African experience eating traditional food together with the villagers. Night
spent camping.

 Day 9: August 25
Early departure for a long transfer to the Kafue National Park. We will have sandwiches along the road to try
and arrive to our destination. We will set our camp at Mayukuyuku Lodge and dinner will be prepared by
your guides, or you can have a sumptuous dinner at the lodge's restaurant on a terrace on the Kafue River
(extra).




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Day 10: August 26
Day completely dedicated to exploration of the Kafue National Park. Wake up at dawn and quick breakfast
with hot beverages and biscuits before leaving for a sun-rise game drive in the Park. Return to camp at
mid-morning, brunch and relax in the warmest hours of the day. Afternoon game drive and return by sun-
down. Dinner cooked by your guides and night spent camping.

Day 11: August 27
Day completely dedicated to exploration of the Kafue National Park. Wake up at dawn and quick breakfast
with hot beverages and biscuits before leaving for a sun-rise game drive in the Park. Return to camp at
mid-morning, brunch and relax in the warmest hours of the day. Afternoon game drive and return by sun-
down. Dinner cooked by your guides and night spent camping.

 Day 12: August 28
After breakfast, 3-hours transfer on tarred road to Lusaka. Accommodation at Lantern Lodge on a B&B
basis. Time available for lunch in Lusaka and relax at the lodge's pool after 6 nights camping. you'll have
plenty of time to prepare your luggage before having dinner in one of the many restaurants in Lusaka to say
"goodbye" to Zambia!  

 Day 13: August 29:
Based on your flight schedule, you will be brought to Lusaka International Airport. End of the tour.




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                              ZAMBIA
                    Cultural Expedition: Kulamba
                                           August 27th - 5th


 Kulamba is the celebration of the Chief of the Chewa tribes; for this special occasion the Chewa population
and leaders gather in north-eastern Zambia once a year from 3 different countries (Zambia, Malawi and
Mozambique) to honor their leader with their traditional dances for three days and three nights in a row.




 Nowadays, this is one of the last remaining authentic African celebrations and up to now only a small
number of foreigners has been able to witness the “Nyau” or “Gule Wamkhulu” (literarily: the “Marvelous
Dance”).

 In 2005, the Festival has been endorsed by UNESCO as “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage
of Humanity”; in the whole Zambia, only the Kulamba and the Likumbi Lya Mize have achieved this honor
and taking part to this celebration is a rare and unforgettable experience for anyone.




Day 1: August 27
You will be met by your Guide at Lusaka international airport and brought to “Pioneers Camp”, a very nice,
green and peaceful campsite just a few minutes from Lusaka downtown. There, you will find our camp
already set and refreshments waiting for you after your flight. You can have dinner at the Camp’s restaurant
or in one of the many restaurants in Lusaka.

Day 2: August 28
Breakfast at the camp with hot beverages, toasts and biscuits. After breakfast, we will leave to Katete,
where Kulamba will take place and where we expect to arrive early in the afternoon. Upon arrival, the village
will be a hive of activities and Chewa people from all over Zambia will have already started their celebration.
Accommodation will be either at Tikondane Community Centre or camping, depending on the availability
and number of participants. During this transfer, we will have a packed lunch in order to arrive as soon as
possible, while dinner will be at the campsite (cooked by your guides) or at the Community Centre.

Day 3: August 29
The Kulamba ceremony will start to enter it’s hottest period and we will be able to see the rare Nyau (or
“Gule Wamkhulu”) dance from dancers coming from all over Zambia. Accommodation will be either at
Tikondane Community Centre or camping, depending on the availability and number of participants. Lunch
and Dinner can be at the campsite (cooked by your guides) or around the Katete Village, if you don’t want
                                       to lose any moment of the celebration and have a real Zambian
                                       experience eating traditional food sold everywhere in town.

                                         Day 4: August 30
                                       Kulamba: All chiefs coming from Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique will
                                       move from Kaika village into Katete preceded by their dancers who will
                                       perform all day and night to celebrate the gathering of the whole Chewa
                                       people. Dancing will be hectic and continue all night lighted by the
                                       bonfires everywhere inside the village. Lunch and Dinner can be at the
                                       campsite (cooked by your guides) or around the Katete Village, if you
                                       don’t want to lose any moment of the celebration and have a real Zambian
                                       experience eating traditional food sold everywhere in town.

                                  Day 5: August 31:
                                 Last day of the Kulamba: during this last day, all Chewa chiefs and people
will parade in front of the Chewa King and queen, each preceded by their traditional dancers to show the
incredible variety of the Chewa culture. Lunch and Dinner can be at the campsite (cooked by your guides)
or around the Katate Village, if you don’t want to lose any moment of the celebration and have a real
Zambian experience eating traditional food sold everywhere in town.

 Day 6: September 1
In the early morning we will have a quick breakfast and continue our journey towards Chipata. Here we will
stop for a snack and supplies before covering the last 130km or dirt road to South Luangwa National Park.
We will be accommodated at Flat Dogs Camp, a beautiful lodge continuously visited by elephants, hippos
and many other species. We will have a tented en-suite chalet on a “room only” basis (all meals can be
taken directly at the Lodge’s restaurant) in the afternoon, we will have our first game drive in the world-
famous South Luangwa National Park. We’ll be back at Flat Dogs Camp before sunset.

 Day 7: September 2
Wake up at dawn, quick breakfast with hot beverages and biscuits and game drive at sun-rise, the best
moment for spotting large felines predators. We will be back at the Camp mid- to late-morning, rest and
have lunch. In the afternoon, we will have another game-drive and be back at Camp before sunset.
Accommodation is at Flat Dogs Camp on a “room only” basis.

 Day 8: September 3
Wake up at dawn, quick breakfast with hot beverages and biscuits and game drive at sun-rise, the best
moment for spotting large felines predators. We will be back at the Camp mid- to late-morning, rest and
have lunch. In the afternoon, we will have
another game-drive and be back at Camp
before sunset. Accommodation is at Flat Dogs
Camp on a “room only” basis.
Alternatively, you can choose to have different
activities (such as walking safaris or night-
drives) conducted by the Camp’s specialist
guides that can be booked directly on site (not
included)

 Day 9: September 4
Very early wake up for a all-day long transfer
directly to Lusaka (about 10 hours). Along the
transfer, we will stop in Chipata for breakfast
and supplies and we will have a packed lunch.
Arrive in Lusaka and set up of the camp at
“Pioneer’s Camp”. Dinner at Pioneer’s Camp or
in Lusaka. Night camping.

 Day 10: September 5
Based on the time of your return flight, you will be taken to the airport. End of the tour.



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Rates include:
- Everything as detailed in the paragraph: Description of the “Adventure Expedition” Formula
        - All camping material (tents, mattresses, camp material, cooking material, etc.),
        - Water and soft drinks during transfers and inside the parks
        - All meals during Camping days, cooked on the campfire and/or packed-lunch during trips and
          game drives.
        - 4x4 Vehicles (including fuel)
        - Guides
        - All accommodations detailed in the above itinerary (both camping and in guesthouse)
        - Game drives in the National Parks.




Rates do not include:
- International flight to and from Zambia / Botswana
- Health and travel insurances (compulsory)
- Accessories and personal items for camping (toiletries, towels, etc.), torches for personal use (there will be
  camp lights around the camp)
- Visas to enter Zambia and Botswana
- National Park entry Fees
- Meals outside the camping days and during game drives.
- Extra activities that can be bought directly on-site: every lodge will be specialized in offering specific
  activities that can be booked directly on site (to replace or integrate the game drives on the 4x4 vehicles).
  These activities can include: canoeing safari, nigh drives, walking safaris, game cruises, etc.
- Everything not explicitly mentioned under “Rates include:” paragraph.




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