The Luvale people are thought to have originated in Sudan, migrating south to Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo before settling in Angola and Northern Zambia. Their festival, which honours this rich cultural heritage, was first held in Zambia’s Zambezi District in 1956 and is considered to be among Zambia’s oldest ceremonies. It is connected to the Mukanda initiation period for young Luvale boys who, for a six month to one year period, undergo several rites of passage including circumcision which symbolize their development into manhood.
Today, the Likumbi Lya Mize is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage event because of its unique, masked dancers known as Makishi.
The Likumbi is typically held on the last Saturday in August and the three days preceding it. However, in 2024 the festival dates are 21 – 24 August.
This tour is open to 8 people.