March 19, 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of David Livingstone. The writer, missionary, medic and anti-slavery campaigner is perhaps best known as one of the greatest explorers of Africa.
For 30 years, Dr Livingstone travelled more than 46,000kms and was the first European to make the daunting trans-continental journey across southern Africa. His expeditions crossed the Kalahari and he trekked through dense jungle to explore the great lakes and rivers of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Malawi.
When Dr Livingstone saw 'the Smoke that Thunders' waterfall on the Zambezi River, he wrote:
“It had never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight." He named the natural phenomenon Victoria Falls in honour of his Queen.
During the Zambezi Expedition, Livingstone discovered Lake Malawi and described it as “The Lake of Stars” reflecting the light from fishermen's lanterns. It is now a paradise for snorkellers who can swim with the freshwater tropical fish and see incredible wildlife.
Today, Saga passengers can celebrate the great explorer's bicentenary, visiting some of the sights he discovered, on an exhilarating tour the of 'real Africa' with prices from £2,799:
In the Footsteps of Livingstone- Zambia and Botswana
This 12-night tour of Zambia and Botswana includes a 3-night stay at Victoria Falls and 7 nights in Botswana at Chobe National Park.
June 2013 from £2799 - includes flights, accommodation, transfers, travel insurance, all breakfasts and dinners, three game drives, excursions and two river cruises. Other departure dates are available.
A Last Great Wilderness- Malawi and Zambia
On this 12-night holiday, guests experience the unspoilt wilderness of Zambia's South Luangwa National Park, home to one of the most intense concentrations of wildlife in Africa and stay on Lake Malawi. Stay 7 nights at the Sanctuary Chicele Presidential Lodge, all-inclusive and with 7 games drives, and 3-nights all-inclusive at Makokola Retreat, Lake Malawi.
April 2013 from £2999 - includes flights, accommodation, transfers, travel insurance, full board and free bar, seven game drives. Other departure dates are available.
Botswana and the Jewel of the Kalahari - Botswana and Zambia
David Livingstone undertook a number of short expeditions in Botswana and travelled the Chobe River to find new trading routes. Today guests travel in 4X4s on cloying sand tracks to Chobe to access the Okavango Delta which is a vast oasis for African wiildlife. This 11-night overland journey includes daily game viewing led by experts staying in comfortable tented camps for 6 nights in the Moremi Game Reserve and Savute Chobe National Park. Stay for 2 nights in the Chobe Safari Lodge, exploring the Chobe River.
May 2013 from £2899 - includes flights, accommodation, transfers, travel insurance, full board and free bar, game drives. Other departure dates are available.
All the above holidays include Saga’s VIP door-to-door service where customers will be picked up from home and transferred to London Heathrow at no additional cost
To book visit www.saga.co.uk/africa or call 0800 414 383