Kuomboka is a word in the Lozi language; it literally means ‘to get out of water’. In today’s Zambia it is applied to a traditional ceremony that takes place at the end of the rain season, when the upper Zambezi River floods the plains of the Western Province. The festival celebrates the move of the Litunga, king of the Lozi people, from his compound at Lealui in the Barotse Floodplain of the Zambezi River to Limulunga on higher ground.
THE 9 DAY WESTERN ROUTE (KUOMBOKA CEREMONY – HELD BETWEEN MARCH AND APRIL)
- Day 1:
Arrive at Lusaka International Airport and be chauffer driven to either a hotel or lodge. Rest in the afternoon (depending on what time you flew into Lusaka) you take a tour of Lusaka visiting the National Museum, the Chilenje house where the country’s founding father Dr. Kenneth D. Kaunda resided and directed the independence struggle. Visit the markets and compounds and see how the ordinary Zambian people live.
- Day 2:
Depart hotel/Lodge for Kuomboka ceremony in Mongu some 800 kilometers from Lusaka on a good road. This trip takes about 7-8 hours.
- Day 3:
Have an early breakfast and hire a boat to take you to Lealui to witness the colorful way the Litunga departs for Limulunga the summer capital. This ritual is called Kuomboka. Kuomboka simply means……….. “Coming out of water’. This ritual and social ceremony is practiced by the Lozi people of Western province. The paramount chief is ferried in his royal Black and White barge amid plomp and splender.
The trip in the boat from Lealui to Limulunga is about 16 Kilometers and takes approx. 5 hours.
There are many activities to watch, such as the sikenke (the presentation of young girls to the public who have come of age after
- Day 4:
Visit the local museum which is one of the best equipped in the country situated a stone’s throw away from the Kuomboka ceremony. Here you will find all manner of art crafts, basketry wood and metal works witchcraft artifacts, traditional medicine and handcrafts.
- Day 5:
Go on a day trip to explore the vast mighty flooded Zambezi plains and talk to the indigenous tribes in surrounding villages and learn about their culture. Lunch will be served on the way.
– Return to Mongu for dinner and rest.
- Day 6:
Start off for Lusaka. On the way spend a night at one of the lodges
In the Kafue National Park. The park, which is as large as Wales contain a variety of animal species such as Puku, Red Lechwe, the Kafue Lechwe (only found in Zambia) Antelope, Lions, Cheetah, Leopards and much more.
- Day 7:
Leave early for a final pip at natures’ wonders before proceeding to Lusaka.