Next year marks the 200th birthday of Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone, who was among the first Westerners to travel across Africa in the mid-19th century. The Zambian town that bears his name will mark the occasion with a Livingstone Bicentenary of sporting and cultural events that begins on his birthday, March 19.
United Kingdom-based Expert Africa offers five trips dedicated to visiting places indelibly linked to Livingstone. One trip goes to Victoria Falls on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border, which Livingstone "discovered" (an indigenous tribe already knew about them) and named.
The six-day tour combines a visit to the falls with a boat-based safari in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park to see giraffes, wildebeest, zebras and hundreds of bird species. The trip spends three nights at a hotel by the falls and three nights at a safari camp. It begins in Lusaka and ends in Livingstone.
When: The tour is available year-round, but the best time to go on the boat safari is March, when the river is high. That's also the perfect time to catch some of the Livingstone events too.