It's finally hitting me how much I'm going to miss Zambia! Kuomboka Festival was absolutely incredible, breathtaking, and Zambian. Kuomboka is Lozi (one of 73 Zambian languages) for "get out of water." The first part of the ceremony took place on an island, which was a 30 minute speed boat ride away from the harbour. You can walk to this island during the dry season! We were met with the guest of honor, Guy Scott (Zambia's Vice President). There were traditional dances (I have video at the bottom of the blog!), and we saw off the King and Queen. Around 18 we met at one of the docks to watch the King dock. The King docks three times, because (a long time ago) when the Lozi people were finding safe ground they spotted land, docked, turned around, docked again, turned around and then docked for a third and final time after seeing that it was safe. I was brought to tears during the final ceremony, because I was in complete awe of how beautiful Zambia is from the people to the landscape to the ALWAYS beautiful sunset.
20 miles of the ride was through the Kafue National Park! We saw many antelope and some zebras!!
Please enjoy the photos! Zicomo
|The elders doing a traditional dance|
|Guy Scott, Zambia's Vice President|
|The Queen's boat|
|It is a HUGE honor to paddle for the King|
|THIS IS KUOMBOKA!|