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The Golden Jubilee 1952-2002

Commonwealth Beacons

The Victoria Falls


The Victoria Falls on the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe will provide a site for a beacon to be lit on the spot where Victorian explorer David Livingstone first saw the breathtaking waterfalls.

The second highest peak in Africa, Mt Kenya, will be crowned with a beacon. And in Malawi, Mpopoti Peak will be the site of a bonfire which should also be visible in nearby Tanzania and Zambia.

Boy scouts in Banjul in Gambia have promised the “biggest bonfire ever” while in Lesotho celebrations will be held at the Malealwea Lodge, which was visited by the Royal Family in 1947.

In South Africa beacons will burn in Northern Natal’s Coastal Forest Reserve, and in game reserves and safari camps in Garonga and Fugitives’ Drift.

Sierra Leone will mark the jubilee with a party for soldiers from both Britain and Sierra Leone itself.

President Kabbah was due to attend the celebrations which will be rounded off with a beacon lighting.

In Zambia a beacon will be lit by the Lower Zambezi River “to light up the eyes of ever curious crocodiles”.

Other events are taking place in Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Uganda.

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