Fig Tree Bush Camp’s tents are on raised 3m high platforms overlooking a lagoon for game viewing in the Kafue National Park. There is no other camp within a 25km radius Fig Tree Bush Camp’s tents are on raised 3m high platforms overlooking a lagoon for game viewing in the Kafue National Park. There is no other camp within a 25km radius

WWI’s ‘last shot’ remembered in Zambia

One of the more unusual World War 1 commemorations takes place in Zambia in November. Jill Grant of A Walker’s World and Cycling Europe was at ZATEX, the Zambia Travel Expo, earlier in the year and the WWI commemoration was among the discussions there.

 

‘The last shot of WWl was fired on the 13th of November, 1918 at Chambeshi in then Northern Rhodesia, two days after the war had officially been declared over in Flanders on 11 November,’ says Grant. ‘The story goes that the telegraph message was not sent through till the 13th because the people of Broken Hill (now Kabwe) had such a celebration that they forgot to send it. The German troops were still fighting with Northern Rhodesian troops by the Chambeshi River till they received official notification on 14 November. They then marched 10 days to the border town of Mbala to surrender their arms to the British so WWl was actually concluded here on 25 November, 1918. ‘Mbala will be the centre of 100 years commemoration of this event this year in November and will get a makeover of its commemorative monuments in time for the celebrations.

 

Ironically one of the events is held on the last remaining vessel of the German Imperial Navy, the MV Liemba, which carried German troops and supplies on Lake Tanganyika in the early part of WWl and now is a passenger cargo vessel that runs along the eastern shore.’ Grant says that if clients combine this event’s commemoration with a safari they can take advantage of Zambia’s ‘secret’ season. A Walker’s World has a special offer at this time to visit Zambia’s two best game reserves on a 14-day safari staying six days at Kafue National Park and eight days in South Luangwa National Park in luxury tented bush camps with a wide range of game viewing activities. The cost for this 14 day safari based on share twin/double is US$6145, a saving of over US$1500 per person. It includes airfares and transfers ex Lusaka to get to and from both parks. National Park fees are extra at $70 – 95 per person per day.

 

November is also the time that the second largest wildebeest migration in Africa takes place at the remote Liuwa Plains National Park in Western Zambia. This can be witnessed from the exclusive King Lewanika Lodge, which is the only permanent tented camp in the park. Wildebeest are calving and moving to the south of the park; herds of thousands are present together with cheetah, lion and hyena. Guests are helicoptered in from Kalabo Air Strip and a three night stay with helicopter transfers included costs US$3600 per person share twin all inclusive plus National Park fees of $120 per person per day.

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