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Monday, June 06, 2005

South African Vp Samples Zambia Safari

Last weekend, Jacob Zuma, the South African Vice President (Veep) landed at Livingstone International Airport, in Zambia for a three-day state visit. That was no ordinary visit… and Zambia safari played host to this respected dignitary. He was accompanied by a 32-man delegation. Among his entourage was the deputy minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Rejoice Mabudafhasi.

On hand to welcome the South Africans was the Zambian Veep, Lupando Mwape with his entourage. Here was an epitome of what only the friendly people of Zambia know best. A warm African welcome! Clearly noticeable among the Zambian contingent was Patrick Kalifungwa, the Zambian minister of tourism. He lives and breathes Zambian safari and tourism.

In the even Zambia played host to the South African delegation at a dinner held at the posh and luxurious Royal Livingstone, a Sun International resort at Victoria Falls.

Jacob Zuma the South African Veep’s programme focused on Livingstone, Zambia’s tourism capital and Southern Africa adventure centre .

His itinary included meeting the South African business community at the Zambezi Sun, a twin Sun Hotel resort, then a visit to the Victoria Falls, locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, “the smoke that thunders.” Later he visited the Livingstone Museum and finally enjoyed a cruise on the mighty and wild Zambezi River. That’s two days of Zambia safari at his berk and call.

Then the Zambian Veep took him to Lusaka for his last leg of the visit. There the South Afican Veep paid a courteous call at the graves of fallen South African liberation heroes buried in Lusaka. He also saw the heritage sites and the former houses for ANC leaders in exile while in Zambia. During the South African independence struggle ANC leaders such the late President Oliver Tambo, the current President Thabo Mbeki and many others lived in Lusaka.

That’s why Zambia is a haven of peace…a haven for wildlife and great safari country too!


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