13 Days Wildlife Safari & Likumbi Lya Mize Festival



The Likumbi Lya Mize of the Luvale people is a cultural experience in the centre of Zambian traditional masquerade. This trip is mainly lodging in National Park and hotels in the major cities. To make the most of your trip, you will be accompanied by a local guide with vas knowledge about wildlife Safari and another one in local tradition.


Likumbi Lya Mize Ceremony is a traditional ceremony of the Luvale speaking people in which the Makishi masquerades are displayed. The Makishi masquerades are very special and artistic, it is what makes this ceremony of the Luvale so interesting. The ceremony takes place on both sides of the Zambezi River in the North-Western Province of Zambia. It takes place at the last weekend of August every year. The Likishi is one of the two masquerades in Zambia that have received official recognition by UNESCO as ‘Artefacts of Intangible Culture’.



  • South Luangwa National Park
  • Game Drives & Walking Safari
  • Cultural experience with Likumbi Lya Mize is a traditional ceremony
  • Explore Zambia Safaris and Cultural Tour


M’kango Golfview Hotel – Lusaka

  • 3 Nights Ensuite Rooms (Bed & Breakfast)

Zikomo Safari Camp – South Luangwa  National Park

  • 4 Night Ensuite Chalet Accommodation
  • Two Game Viewing Activities Per Full Day (Morning and Night Game Drive Safari)
  • All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Afternoon Tea/Coffee with Snacks)
  • National Park Entry Fees & Conservation Fees
  • Laundry & Wi-Fi Services
  • Government Taxes and Service Charge

Royal Kutachika & Likumbi Lya Mize Annual Festival – Zambezi

  • 5 Night Ensuite Accommodation
  • Breakfast & Dinner


  • All Road Transfers & Driver services
  • Visa Fees
  • Flights & Travel/Medical Insurance
  • Lunch & Dinner at Cresta Golfview Hotel
  • Lunch at Royal Kutachika Lodge in the Zambezi
  • Laundry Service at Cresta Hotel & Royal Kutachika
  • Anything of personal nature
  • All Drinks

M’kango Golf view Hotel – Lusaka

M’kango Golf view Hotel Lusaka has 78 air-conditioned bedrooms. The Lusaka Hotel boasts four spacious Conference Facilities that can accommodate up to 300 delegates. When in Lusaka come to stay at the luxurious, yet affordable M’kango Golf view Hotel. M’kango Golf view Hotel is located near the airport as well as the Central Business District (CBD). The M’kango Golf view Hotel Lusaka has 78 air-conditioned, en-suite rooms, and of course, offers free Wi-Fi. The Golf view hotel boasts four spacious Conference Facilities and two Executive Boardrooms that can accommodate up to 300 delegates. For all your functions in Lusaka, whatever the occasion.


M’kango Golf view Hotel provides Airport transfer services. And, as with all Cresta properties, a pleasant stay. A home away from home. The University of Zambia, Manda Hill Shopping Centre and Arcades Entertainment Centre are only 5 minutes away. M’kango Golfview Hotel in Lusaka is a fully licensed hotel with a 24-hour front desk.


PLEASURE: Chatters Restaurant, Chatters Cocktail Bar, Coffee Bar & Lounge, Swimming Pool & Children’s Pool


ACCOMMODATION: Room Service, Satellite TV, Tea / Coffee Making Facilities, Air-Conditioned Rooms


Zikomo Safari Camp – South Luangwa National Park


Zikomo Safari is in Zambia, across the river from South Luangwa National Park. It is set amidst an ancient valley filled with diverse African wildlife. This peaceful Eco Hotel in the African bush offers spacious accommodations: comfortable handcrafted chalets, or if you are self-driving, an expansive campground on the riverbank. A central Main Hall offers a fine restaurant, bar and gathering place overlooking the swimming pool and the sprawling flood plains of the tranquil hippo filled Luangwa River.


Only a forty-five (45) minute drive from Mfuwe International Airport, this affordable Eco Hotel is in an area away from other safari lodges, camps, and accommodations. Zikomo Safari is spread under a canopy of ageless shade trees on the banks of the Luangwa River. Its placement in the isolated Nsefu sector allows guests immediate access to one of the least crowded and most wildlife-rich areas in the world.


Whether you choose a driving tour to view the abundant wildlife (game drive), an exciting bush walk with a trained armed scout, a call on the local village for some tribal culture, or time out simply relaxing in a hammock, your visit will amaze you.


Zikomo Safari is the perfect setting for your Zambian Photo and Wildlife Viewing Safari.


Royal Kutachika Lodge (LIKUMBI LYA MIZE)


The Makishi (the singular is Likishi) are masked characters, each with its distinctive dancing styles, from the graceful to the funny and acrobatic. Most characters are from Luvale mythology but some are based on modern-day situations.


Examples include Munguli the hyena, Ngaji, an elephant dancer who, with his beautifully woven costume, is considered to be the most beautiful of all the Makishi. There is also Likishi Lya Mwana-Pwebo, a crowd puller and perhaps the best known Likishi. Dressed as a girl, he dances on a string tied between two poles.


It is believed that as he is dancing on the string the spirit of his wife is with him. That is why a dancer’s wife will never look up to her husband dancing. Only once he is safely back on the ground will she go to meet her husband, at which point her spirit is thought to return to her.

All Makishi are dressed in flamboyant masks and costumes, which show off the unique Luvale skill and traditional intricate mask-making. Women and children are told by their menfolk that the Makishi are in fact from the world of the dead.


Praise singers reciting the history of the tribe and the Luvale royalty offer the Luvale a chance to reaffirm social ties and their loyalty to the tribe’s paramount chief.


The people get a rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of their chief, who is elaborately clad in colourful robes, wearing his Muchama crown and carrying a fly whisk. The Luvales are one of the peoples who migrated from the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Traditionally, they were fishermen and hunters but also, they became one of the first Zambian people to establish trade links with non-Africans. By the eighteenth century, they were trading with Portuguese and Brazilian traders to West Angola.


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