Zulu King Resurrects Traditional Coming-Out Ceremony for 20,000 Virgins to Help Combat HIV/AIDS

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20,000 certified virgins, each proudly adorned in intricate beadwork, will join the traditional king's reed dance to the royal compound in the heart of the Zulu kingdom. Here, in a ceremony closed to all except the king, his guards and VIP guests, maidens from throughout the kingdom will present their king with reeds symbolizing their purity. This year, included in the king's audience will be fourteen "abelungu" -white people-- invited by the royal praise-singer. The 20-day, 3,200-mile expedition, which begins in Johannesburg on August 30, 2009, will fly in a classic DC-3 airliner to some of the most interesting places in Africa.

While much of Africa wrestles with social disorder and rampant AIDS, King Goodwill Zwelethini kaBhekuzulu has resurrected an ancient and uniquely Zulu solution. The descendant of the great Chaka Zulu has reinstated Africa's most dramatic cultural event, a spectacular coming-out party to celebrate the chastity of Zulu maidens.

This September, 20,000 certified virgins, each proudly adorned in intricate beadwork, will join the traditional king's reed dance to the royal compound in the heart of the Zulu kingdom. Here, in a ceremony closed to all except the king, his guards and VIP guests, maidens from throughout the kingdom will present their king with reeds symbolizing their purity. In exchange, the girls will receive royal congratulations and advice as to selection of a mate and responsibilities to Zulu society.

This year, included in the king's audience will be fourteen "abelungu" -white people-- invited by the royal praise-singer. Led by Zululand native Dr. Loel Fenwick, they will be on an eco-cultural flying safari expedition with the mission to experience the people, wildlife and natural beauty of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique, and to establish a philanthropic foundation to support the renaissance of traditional Zulu culture.

The 20-day, 3,200-mile expedition, which begins in Johannesburg on August 30, 2009, will fly in a classic DC-3 airliner to some of the most interesting places in Africa. Restored and maintained to top airline standards, the DC-3 can fly long distances in the comfort of the golden age of aviation, then land at remote places that tourists never see. From the cosmopolitan cities of the modern South Africa, to living the real Africa of small bush camps, lakes and islands, the expedition will break away from stereotypes to get under the skin of the continent. Staying at some of the best lodges, resorts and tented camps in the world, this is undoubtedly the best possible way to explore Africa, a multi-faceted continent four times the size of the United States.

A few positions are still available from $34,900 on this once in a lifetime expedition operated by luxury travel leader Travcoa. To discover more about this extraordinary expedition, visit the web site at: Travcoa Flying Safari - By Royal Invitation or contact Dr Loel Fenwick, at (208) 610-2589 or Loelf(at)travcoa(dot)com

For more information please contact:

Jayne Lloyd-Jones
Public Relations            
(604) 925-8187
http://www.spectacularink.com

Dr. Loel Fenwick
Travcoa Expedition Leader
(208) 610-2589
http://www.travcoa.com

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