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The Likumbi Lya Mize traditional ceremony of the Luvale speaking people of North western is one spectacular traditional event that draws tourists from within Zambia and Abroad.
Every year in the month of August, Zambezi District of Northwestern Province of Zambia becomes a hive of activities as Luvale speaking people from all corners of Zambia converge and celebrate the Likumbi Lya Mize traditional ceremony.
The main attraction of the Likumbi Lya Mize ceremony is the Makishi Masquerades.
The Makishi Masquerades are linked to the Mukanda, an initiation ceremony that recruits and trains boys for about six months to a year where they undergo several rites of passage into manhood.
This involves learning certain survival skills, hunting, learning about women, how to be a good husband and fatherhood.The Mukanda climaxes into the circumcision of initiates.This symbolize the passage into adulthood.
The Luvale speaking people consider uncircumcised men as dirty or unhygienic.
For its magnificent cultural presence and artistry, the Makishi masquerades and Mukanda were in 2005 conferred with a diploma by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for being a master piece of world cultural heritage for posterity thus safeguarding the two practices.
The Likumbi Lya Mize Ceremony has been kept original for the proper transition of culture from one generation to the other for over 60 years now.
NO WONDER, THE LIKUMBI LYA MIZE TRADITIONAL CEREMONY IS THE WORD’S HERITAGE CEREMONY.
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Date : August 19, 2019
Arrival in Zambia
Day 1: August 19, 2019
Upon arrival at Lusaka international airport, you will be assisted in final preparations before your Safari starts. Transfer and accommodation in a very central area of Lusaka. Dinner in Lusaka not included.
Date : August 20, 2019
Journey to Zambezi
Breakfast and preparation to start the journey to Zambezi through Copperbelt route. We will stop for lunch in Solwezi a mining town to try the region’s traditional meal: Nshima.
Arrive in Zambezi around 18:00pm and Check in at a local guest house/ camping. Own arrangement for dinner.
Date : August 21, 2019
The Likumbi Lya Mize Ceremony is kick started by KUVUMBUKA, the resurrection of over 100 Makishi from the land of the dead as the Luvales believe that the Makishi are not humans but spirits of their ancestors.
Every year, the Makishi resurrect from the Grave yards on the Eastern banks of the mighty Zambezi River and make their way the plains called CHILENDE.
During this procession, Business in Zambezi districts comes to a standstill as scores of people line up the streets to have a glimpse of the Makishi Masquerades.
The spectacular procession of Makishi displays a diversity of masked characters, each with its own distinct features, personality traits and dancing style, from elegant to the naughty and acrobatic.
Most characters are from LUVALE FORKLORE but some are based on modern day situations.
Before proceeding further, some Luvale women called NYATUNDANJI hide gifts called VISWEKA in sandy mounds called LIHANGA
Date : August 22, 2019
The following day, the Makishi and different cultural groups hosts another Chilende called CHILENDE CHA HAUSEKESEKE, a dance show on the sandy beach of Zambezi river.
This is another remarkable count down to the Likumbi Lya Mize and attracts Makishi from all parts of Zambia.
The beautiful sandy beach and waters of the mighty Zambezi river sets the mood for great jubilation.
The performances starts from midday to sunset and after which the Makishi Proceeds to the Mize capital of His Royal Highness Senior Chief Ndungu.
Date : August 23, 2019
The performances continues this time in the palace from 14:00pm to 18:00pm. This Proceeds to an overnight performance to welcome the official day of the ceremony
Date : August 24, 2019
After breakfast, we cross the Zambezi river and reach the royal palace arena, where the climax of LikumbiLya Mize will take place. We will have VIP seats in a vantage position, being personal guests of the Royal Family.
Note: We may have to wait for quite some time in order to allow all the head of states, the politicians and representatives of all tribes to reach the Arena. Therefore, we will have to be patient while waiting for everything to be ready. During the day, there will be many celebrations and rituals that will be explained by your guide. Makishi will enter the arena and kneel in front of their king, while the living will be chanting the praise of the Luvale people. There will be numerous dances by the traditional dancers’ animal sacrifice.
Lunch and drinks can be bought from the numerous stands next to the arena.
On the actual Mize Day or Likumbi Lya Mize, the ceremony starts with various cultural performances in the main arena by the Luvale speaking people from different parts of Zambia while most dignitaries invited to the event are already sited in the enclosure awaiting the arrival of His Royal highness Senior chief Ndungu while listening to the royal slit drum.
Senior chief Ndungu then makes a grand entry into the main arena on a 3- wheel carriage known as Kalikoki, accompanied by his wife, Lisano makes the event colorful and interesting as the people have a rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of their chief, clothed in a colorful robes, wearing his Muchama Crown and carrying a fly whisk.
At sunset, we will return to the guesthouse for our last night in Zambezi.
Date : August 25, 2019
Early departure for a long transfer to the Kafue National Park. We will set our camp at a Lodge and dinner will be prepared by your guides, Accommodation will be in some chalets in the unfenced wilderness
Date : August 26, 2019
This is 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.
Date : August 27, 2019
Trip back to Lusaka
After breakfast, time for a last Game drive in the Park and brunch, followed by a 3-hours transfer on tarred road to Lusaka. Accommodation in a good level lodge on a B&B basis. You'll have plenty of time to prepare your luggage before having a farewell dinner
Date : August 28, 2019
End of Tour
Based on your flight schedule, you will be taken to Lusaka International Airport.
End of your tour!
– International airport pickup and drop service
– Bus transport as per mention in the itinerary
– All meals during (B=breakfast, L=Lunch, D= Dinner) are optional
– Extra Drinks (including tea) and Bar Bill (beverage)