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Your British Nobility Visit to Zambia Safari
November 21, 2005
November 21, 2005 Issue #007
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Written by Enestle Zimba,
Founding Editor
(c) copyright 2005 Zambia African Safari.com

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o Africa’s Best Kept Secret

-- o Just My Thoughts

-- o Resource Centre

-- o Free Trials

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o Why was the visit of the British nobility Africa’s best
kept secret? Because...

Of the rediscovery of the Victoria Falls in Zambia...

Sir Ranulph and Lady Louise Fiennes were in Zambia. This
British aristocracy couple arrived in Zambia by courtesy
of the British Airways (BA). But to what purpose?...

If you don’t know him Ranulph Fiennes is the World famous
British explorer. Sir Ranulph is recognized by the
Guinness Book of world records as the man who has added
more than 30 expeditions to his belt. His explorations
cover areas such as the North and South Poles, the Arabic
Desert, the Nile and many remote places.

Upon arrival he headed straight for Livingstone near the
Victoria Falls to lead an expedition to retrace David
Livingstone’s footsteps. In toll was Simon Wilde, the
founder of the expedition. Now Dr Livingstone is another
British famous missionary doctor and explorer who
discovered the Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River on
November 16, 1855, 150 years ago. Sir Ranulph and his wife
met up with the rest of the team at Siankaba Islands.
On the 10th of November the expedition set off towards
Mwandi to set up camp at the starting point of the expedition.

Now Mwandi Village is famous for a reason. This is the
place Livingstone first crossed the Zambezi River up
stream of the water cataract. That’s why Mwandi Village
was chosen as the starting point of this expedition. The
route is a celebration marking the 150 years anniversary
of the discovery of Victoria Falls by Dr Livingstone.

Early on November 11 they set off and made a second night
stop (a distance of 40 kilometers) on the Zambezi
floodplain. They met the support crew on November 12 at
Mambova just above Kazangula.

All Expedition members who assisted in paddling the stern
of each Mokoro (wooden canoe) were local experts. The
vital Expedition members who paddled the canoes were
Lemmy Nyambe, Saad Mweemba, Isaac Sitali, Victor
Sikushaba. These men learned paddling and navigating the
Zambezi since they were old enough to hold the large
paddles.

Even in today’s modern times the Zambezi still remains
wild. The hazards the Expedition encountered included
rapids, hidden rocks, hippo and crocodile. So the local
expertise and their ability to position the canoe with
pinpoint accuracy came in handy. Their intimate knowledge
of the multiple channels and back waters and their
harmonious respect for wildlife was the most important
element of the trip and of course the safety of everyone.

What again was this expedition about? The expedition
route involved paddling down the Zambezi River and
travelling on foot making night stops in the bush on
the way to Livingstone Island. The island was the point
at which Dr Livingstone came close to the Victoria Falls
abyss. At the time it was in flower and Livingstone
called it Garden Island

What Livingstone saw along the Zambezi and of the
waterfall inspired him to write, “…but scenes so lovely
must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight."

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~JUST MY THOUGHTS~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The Zambia National Tourist Board (ZNTB), the country’s
marketing and regulatory board coined the campaign phrase
“Visit Zambia 2005.” The government of Zambia saw the
vision and jumped onto the bandwagon. ZNTB fired it up
and the government was left agog. The government wanted
it enlarged... so the campaign is now a five year
campaign. It has changed to the “Visit Zambia 2005 – 2010.”

But the wonderful news is. The campaign is already paying
off. Tourist numbers are going up... A 41% increase in
tourist arrivals was recorded in the first quarter of
this year compared to the same period last year.

The “visit Zambia 2005” campaign culminated into a duet
celebration. November 16 was the centenary celebration
of Livingstone city and the 150 years since the Victoria
Falls was discovered. It was the culmination of the
year-long “Visit Zambia 2005” campaign. Sir Ranulph, his
wife Lady Louise and the expedition party ..., two of
Dr David Livingstone’s grand children and a grand niece...,
all were part of the year-long awaited memorial
celebrations. And it was a great day of celebrations!

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winning tourist destination in Africa.

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Written by: Enestle Zimba
Africa’s Best Kept Secret Ezine (Abkse)
(c) copyright 2005 Zambia African Safari.com
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Luanshya, Zambia
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