Posted by: wildsidezambia | May 14, 2012

Livingstone 2013 programme coming together

To celebrate David Livingstone’s birth 200 years ago next year, a host of events are taking place in Livingstone under the banner of Livingstone 2013.  

From motor cross to fishing competitions, from canoe challenges to cultural dancing competitions, concerts on the banks of the Zambezi, ultra marathons and gala events, there is something for everyone. Just take a look at the events below (and for more details go to 

In March 2013 there will be a Motor Cross Enduro Rally, an International Visual Arts and Crafts Exhibition and an International Cultural Festival as well as the Gala Evening on March 19th (David Livingstone’s birthday) that kicks off the Livingstone 2013 celebrations. 

From 19-21 April an International Academic Conference takes place. “Imperial Obsessions: David Livingstone, Africa and world history: a life and legacy reconsidered” is jointly hosted by The London School of Economics, UK; The Livingstone Museum, Zambia and The David Livingstone Bicentenary. 

On 27 April runners get their sporting chance with the 60km Zambezi Gorge Ultra Marathon Trail Run. An Ultra Marathon trail run with a spectacular finish in view of the Falls. Perfect timing for training for The Comrades. 

May sees the Livingstone Memorial Day on 1st, a Mountain Bike Cross Country Race on 4 and 5th May as well as a performance by the amazingly talented Zambian-Scottish songstress Namvula Rennie with her lyrical sounds of jazz, folk and African music. The concert takes place on the banks of theZambezi, under the full moon… 

June and July bring traditional cultural and contemporary dancing and music performances as well as a Fishing Competition from 29 June to 2 July.   

A feast of music takes place during the first weekend in August, featuring artists such as Maureen Lilanda and the Barefoot Theatre and a host of others.

Maureen Lilanda, one of Zambia’s best female artistes

A challenging 4×4 Rally will also take place in August.  

A 2-day K1 Canoe Challenge takes place on upperZambezi on 15 and 16 November.  

Finally, on the day Dr Livingstone first viewed the Falls, the Livingstone 2013 Grand Finale takes place on 16th November to round off the festivities. It will be an unforgettable day of river events on the Zambezi as well as a memorial on Livingstone Island. 

So, whatever your interest, plan your stay in Livingstone around the event you’d most enjoy. For accommodation options and enquiries go to


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