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The Kuomboka water trek – the magical ceremony of Barotseland, Western Zambia

The king of the Lozi (the people from Barotseland) resides during the summer in his island palace, but after the summer rains, when the water table in the Zambezi rises too high and encroaches the island, he retreats to his winter palace on the mainland. This ceremony, or Kuomboka (“getting out of the the water”), has been happening for centuries and is one of Africa’s most majestic events. Nobody but the king knows the exact date when it will happen, but Gerry Rautenbach happened to be in the right place at the right time. With a little bid of help […]