Spend your Christmas in Exotic Africa

LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA (10/06) – To know a country is to know its people, their history and traditions. Tongabezi Lodge, the first river lodge at Victoria Falls in Zambia, is offering a package that enables participants to gain insight into Zambian traditions at Christmas (December 23 to 26, 2006) or New Year’s (December 30, 2006 to January 1, 2007). It will be a celebration with “drumming nights,” cultural dancers, and spit roasts. All inclusive costs for each three night stay is $1,095, including accommodations, meals, bar drinks, all entertainment, one spa treatment, and many activities.

Guests are introduced to the “Real Zambia” upon arrival at Tongabezi as they are met by singing and dancing women in traditional dress. That evening as the sun sinks and guests gather with their Sundowners, they participate in an Interactive Drumming Session. At first, it is a cacophonous rumble, with guests and drummers alike playing on hand crafted Djembe drums. Then, the drummers teach guests how to play African rhythms. The drummers go into detail about the history and cultural importance of drumming as well as the fun of learning to play this wonderful instrument.

Singing will also be included in the performance as the Africans teach guests African songs and tonal melodies. Guests later dine on a braai, a Zambian rendition of barbecue, with spit roasts.

The following evening (Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve) will bring a special highlight. The Traditional Maramba National Dance Group, a national dance group set up by the government to preserve Zambian culture through means of dance, will perform. The dances are from nine different provinces representing the 73 tribes of Zambia and the various cultural aspects of each. The dances signify the coming together as One People.

The performance is followed by a sumptuous five-course dinner by candlelight under the stars.

On Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, guest go to Chundu Island for a brunch overlooking the Zambesi River as it flows toward Victoria Falls. Later that day, a special lunch is accompanied by the Tongabezi Choir. Dinner will be light snacks around the campfire with mulled wine.

There will be free time during each day for trips to Victoria Falls, viewing hippos in the river, game drives in the Mosi-oa-Tunya Park, spa treatments, and more in this land of rich scenic beauty and wildlife.

For more information or reservations, e-mail reservations@tongabezi.com or call 011-260-99-312766. The web site is www.tongabezi.com

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