Livingstone is Gearing up for 2013
Update on the David Livingstone Bicentenary and the Livingstone 2013 initiative, plus registration for the International Academic Conference next April.

Livingstone Gearing up for 2013

Motocross Enduro Rally

Motocross Enduro Rally scheduled for March 2013

Livingstone Zambia is gearing up for 2013. In March next year, we will be holding a Motocross Enduro Rally - this will be a family event with bush trails, exciting jumps and spectator viewing. Side events for children and arts & crafts exhibition, stalls, food and drink. This Rally is the first sporting event in a series of exciting, fun, lively and colourful events and festivals planned to commemorate Dr David Livingstone and the bicentenary of his birth.

2013 in Livingstone is all about celebrating Dr David Livingstone's Bicentenary, born 200 years ago on 19 March 1813. Come and participate in our series of events and festivals! 

Lots more information about What's On, Where to Stay, What to do and how to join in can be found on our website

Livingstone 2013 meet HRH The Princess Royal
Livingstone 2013 had the honour of meeting HRH, The Princess Royal, at a Reception held in Livingstone by HE The British High Commissioner to Zambia on Friday 28 September to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Princess Royal is co-Patron of the Scotland-Malawi Partnership, one of the UK organisations with whom Livingstone 2013 is working closely.


Community Projects

Inspired by Livingstone's own commitment to education, we are forging links between schools here in Livingstone Zambia with schools in Livingston Scotland (home to David Livingstone's friend and sponsor James "Paraffin" Young). These links are being developed through Ewan McVicar in Scotland, with the help of The British Council here in Zambia, and the schools will connect through storytelling, musical and cultural exchanges using a digital hub. 

To mark Livingstone's dedication as a missionary and doctor, our plans are progressing well for an Medical Exchange programme between Livingstone Hospital and Scotland to enable a Clinical Officer and a junior doctor to go to Scotland to gain wider experience. In the opposite direction a doctor will come here to share his knowledge and help with local training.

To tie in the 'unsung' people surrounding David Livingstone on his travels, including Sussi & Chuma, Robert Thornton, Thomas Baines and Charles Mellor, who amassed vast collections for scientific institutions in Great Britain, we are working closely with John Zulu, manager at The Falls, to create a Treasure Hunt for school children and visitors alike, so that they can appreciate the amazing ecosystem, geology and ethnicology which has been created by The Victoria Falls.

St Mary's School
St Mary's School Calne, a leading British independent school, is coming to Zambia in October next year to help our the Anglican Street Children's Programme build a school in stages up near Chama - project which will greatly benefit this rural area - one of the most undeveloped regions in Zambia where the plight of orphans and vulnerable children, in particular girls, is worse with very few organisations addressing their needs. 

Calendar of Events

James Paraffin Young

James "Paraffin" Young
Father of the world's oil industry, Young was also friend and sponsor of David Livingstone. He arranged for Sussi & Chuma to visit Great Britain after their arduous journey across Africa to ensure Livingstone's body was returned to London for burial in Westminster Abbey. With their help, he built a mini-Victoria Falls in memory of Livingstone at his home, Limefield House, just outside Livingston in Scotland.
Image courtesy of West Lothian Local History Library

David Livingstone Bicentenary logo

Imperial Obsessions: David Livingstone, Africa and World History : A Life and Legacy Reconsidered, International Academic Conference, 19-21 April 2013, Livingstone Zambia. An international array of academics, students and professionals, including some from Zambia and other African nations, will give papers on a broad spectrum of topics. Keynote speakers: Tim Jeal and John Mackenzie.
Register now          
Livingstone Conference Poster

arts and crafts

Arts & Crafts exhibitions will be held alongside our main events to showcase the wonderful array of artistic talent that we have here in Zambia.

Boat Cruises
Monthly boat cruises along the Zambezi River are taking place in conjunction with Taonga. These very affordable cruises are primarily for residents of our community and their visitors. Contact Laurent Marie for further information.


We have lined up so far  The Motocross Enduro Rally - a family event, with bush trails, exciting jumps and spectator viewing, side evetns for children and arts and crafts exhibition, stalls, food and drink. This will be followed on 19 March by a Fireworks and Champagne Reception to kickstart to the main Bicentenary Celebrations here in Zambia. 


In late June The Put Foot Rally will again be coming through Livingstone during its epic, mad, crazy 18-day dash around southern Africa. Over the long weekend of 29 June to 2 July we have a Fishing Competition on the Zambezi..

Loads more...

If that is not enough, we still have the following events to confirm, including The Zambezi Football Team coming to Livingstone to play an international friendly match and afterwards meet with school children. Treasure Hunt Quiz for school children and visitors alike around The Falls


Dr Friday Mufuzi, Senior Keeper of History at The Livingstone Museum, is travelling to Edinburgh in November for the Official Opening of The National Museum of Scotland's major Livingstone exhibition entitled Dr Livingstone, I presume?  Dr Mufuzi has contributed a paper to the exhibition catalogue and will also be taking part in workshops in the Scottish capital.

From 24-29 August, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly will held at The Victoria Falls, co-hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Livingstone businesses will have a great opportunity to mix and mingle socially beyond the workplace and how better to do this than through the national sport of football... The Livingstone Inter-Business Footbal Tournament will take place on Saturday, 13 April 2013.  We are also hosting an International Academic Conference from 19-21 April, in Livingstone.

Barefoot Theatre Company


Agricultural Weekend in Zambia, 2-5 August, promises to be lively with Barefeet Theatre bringing dance, drumming, street theatre and acrobatics to town as well as their acclaimed play Tajuka must Die.

And... for music lovers, Zambia's best female artiste, Maureen Lilanda, will be performing with her band Ashilile. Lots more to be cofirmed as we as a 4WD rally.

David Livingstone's tombstone, Westminster Abbey

David Livingstone's Tomb in Westminster Abbey. Livingstone died at Chitambo Village, Zambia, in 1873. His remains were then carried on a very arduous journey to the African coast by Sussi and Chuma, his loyal and faithful attendants, and given into the care of The Royal Navy, so that he could be taken home to Great Britain and be buried there in Westminster Abbey. 



Our  fun, vibrant and musical International Cultural Festival is moving from March to later in the year, as there is now going to be a Memorial Service for Dr David Livingstone in Westminster Abbey, London, on 19 March  - new date for festival to be announced soon.



May 2013 is going to start with The David Livingstone Bicentenary Golf Tournament, a high profile event on Saturday 4 May 2013, and then on African Freedom Day Weekend in Zambia, we have Namvula Rennie lined up for a riverside performance under the full Moon on 25 May.

September to November

The 5th Zambezi International Rowing Regatta will be held again at the Livingstone Boat Club on the Zambezi River in Setpember 2013, with teams from Oxord, Cambridge and Southern African universities taking part.
Bicentenary celebrations will end with a 2-day K1 Canoe Race on the upper Zambezi and a Grande Finale on 16 November 2013, with events focused on Livingstone Island on the date that Livingstone first viewed the Victoria Falls back in 1855.

Participants & Visitors Welcome...

We will be updating our website regularly and adding to the provisional Events Calendar online. For further information, please contact

We are most grateful to British Airways for supporting this initiative.
British Airways logo

We also very much appreciate Safari Par Excellence and The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa for sponsoring our inaugural Official Launch in February 2012. Wildside Tours through their online booking system and WHL.

The Bicentenary Initiative is supporting The Anglican Street Children's Project Zambia. For further information please visit

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We would like to acknowledge the following for use of their images: the Barefeet Theatre, Maureen Lilanda, Ruslan Dashinsky for jogging shoes image, Chanyut Sribua-rawd for motocross image, Heinrich Volschenk for the image of the statue of Livingstone,  the  Zambian Tourism Board for permission to use the Chipolopolo image, and The West Lothian Local History Library Scotland for the James Young image.