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African Vacations, based in Zambia, is your gateway to unforgettable journeys across Southern Africa. With local expertise and a passion for showcasing the region's natural beauty and vibrant cultures, we craft personalized tours that offer a perfect blend of scenic wonders and immersive cultural experiences. Discover the heart of Southern Africa with us.
An adventure full of memories and laughter!
What beautiful memories I have created! The trips where well organized, always on time and detailed tour guides that gave an insight of each trip.
The communication could improve, however this was all compensated by such a cheerful team they have. there is always room for improvement especially with camping tours, especially when going to areas with limited activities having a detailed plan shared, and sticking to it.
Apart from that the tour did live up to expectations
wonderful tour to the Falls and into the Natioanal Park, always friendly, competemet and flexible
The tour was planned quite well. As a result all our expectations has been kept. The communications between us was excellent, quick answers to our questions and flexible management of our changed activitties.
Last but not least we can stated that James is safe driver on Sambian's roads.
Trip to Mbala, Zambia for Centenary Ceremony for the end of World War I in Africa
Our trip to Mbala was for five days with the principal event being the 25 November 2018 Ceremony marking the Centenary of the World War I surrender of German East African forces to British Forces which took place on 25 November 1918. We also visited other significant locations in Zambia’s Northern Province.
Our tour guide and driver was James Tembo from African Vacations. We left Lusaka at 4:30 am to avoid the traffic and headed north, reaching Kasama that night. We visited the Lettow Vorbeck (the German Commander during the War) Memorial on the way.
Day two and we visited the Chishimba Falls which are amazing, then headed north to Mpulungu on Lake Tanganyika where we visited the port (hum ho) then the old stone church (very interesting). Unfortunately, the accommodation in Mbala that night was not satisfactory, however we endured it with some sympathy for James who had been badly let down by the Lodge owner.
Day three was the Centenary Ceremony which was fascinating. All appeared to be chaos shortly before the Ceremony, but somehow they managed to pull together an impressive event with the Zambian President, Ambassadors, Generals and von Lettow-Vorbeck’s grandson all laying wreaths at the Mbala memorial. In the afternoon we visited the old jail (which needs work), the pioneer cemetery (interesting), and Mbala’s Museum (very impressive). There is a surprising amount to see in Mbala, but you need to know where to look.
Day four and we headed north to Kalambo Falls where a torrent of water falls 235 metres into the gorge below. An absolute must if you are in the area. We then headed south to Kapisha Hot Springs Lodge where we camped the night in the tents James had brought with him. Kapisha is definitely the place to stay in this area. We woke early for a swim in the hot spring then headed off to Shiwa House which is a grand English style country house and estate. Also a must see. James then drove us to home in Lusaka.
It was a great trip. We had no preconceived expectations, and the disappointing aspects of the trip were outweighed by the hidden gems we found. James did a good job organising then running the trip, and we’re sure he is now wiser for the experience.
Very professional, responsive and have tour options to suit different needs!
My recent experience with African Vacations was flawless. There is no silly question, James answered all my questions. Everything was worked out to the last detail. I would highly recommend African vacations for anyone looking for a truly Zambian experience!
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