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Zambia: Dr. Livingstone, I presume? Yes, and he's 200 years old

December 10, 2012|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • Victoria Falls, on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border.
Victoria Falls, on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border. (Amanda Jones )

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.

Price: $3,211 per person, double occupancy. It includes transfers, accommodations, most meals and activities. International airfare is extra.

Contact: Expert Africa, (800) 242-2434
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