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David Livingstone and Victoria Falls

David Livingstone discovered the majestic Victoria Falls on the 23rd of November 1855.

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Victoria Falls, the largest
‘curtain of water’ in the world.

He recorded in his journal “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” The Falls are just as amazing today as the great wall of water plumits into the great gorge. The area is a designated by Unesco, as a World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

David Livingstone’s style of travel was a far cry from today – He left for the Cape in December 1840 and arrived in March 1841, (today’s overnight flights will take a total of 13 hours in comparison! ). The Missionary first settled in Kuruman (the modern day Botswana) before heading north. He was a poor preacher and it’s thought that he didn’t have many converts in the Africans he met on his travels!

In 1844 he was attacked by a lion and one of his arms was shattered and his injuries forced him to head back to Kuruman to recuperate where he was nursed back to health by Mary Moffat who became his wife in 1845. They set up home in Kolobeng on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. He died in Zambia of Malaria on the 1st of May 1, 1873, after 32 years in the bush.

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