ZAMBIA If You Ever Come To … (No. 67)

Posted by Axel Thorer on 10. Dezember 2012

Please, go to the place where Dr. Livingstone's heart is buried!

Livingstone

The original carving of his servants with their names and the date of Livingstone's death ...

Livingstone

... and the monuments which substitutes the vanished mpundu tree under which he died

If you have time to spare and an admiration for the man who trekked across most of Southern Africa in search of the source of the Nile, the detour to the David Livingstone Memorial is worth a visit. The memorial itself is simply a plaque placed upon the spot where he drew his last breath, suffering badly from malaria, exhaustion and dysentery. His servants buried his heart under a nearby tree („…because it belonged to Africa, they said), then wrapped his body and carried it 1500 km over 11 months to the coast where it was shipped back to England. Shortly after his death, an inscription was carved on the mpundu tree under which he died: LIVINGSTONE, MAY 4 1873 and the names of his followers Cuza Mniasere and Vchopere. A cast of this is now preserved at the Livingstone museum, and the original carving in a piece of original wood from the  tree, is in the Museum of the Royal Geographical Society in London. A small monument in his honour, marks the spot where the tree was. It was erected exactly 100 years after his death. How to you find it? Take the left turn after Serenje towards Kasanka National Park, 10 km after the turnoff to the park is a turning to the right. Follow the signposts, 26 km along. It’s a very pleasant drive lined by creatively decorated houses of the Bemba people surrounded by tall miombo woodlands.

 

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