History of the Falls
Spend a day or a half day with our friend and specialist guide in African history, culture and most particularly the life and times of Dr David Livingstone.
During his career Russell has built an outstanding reputation as a Guide and Master Story Teller and his presentations on The Life of David Livingstone and the History of Africa are highly acclaimed. His "Mists of Time" tour is a tour de force of the heroes and villians that have shaped the destiny of a continent which is both fascinating and highly entertaining.
Russell Gammon traces his ancestry in Zimbabwe back three generations to John Meikle, a Scot who entered the country as a transport rider for the first time in 1893.
His passion for natural science combined with his love of the outdoors led him into a career as a professional guide in Zimbabwe and the last 17yrs have seen him leading canoeing safaris and walking safaris throughout Southern Africa.
His family's prominent position in the formative years of the country inspired him to research this period, which broadened to an interest in African history. Since moving to Victoria Falls 7 years ago, he has made a detailed study of the life of David Livingstone, a distant relative by marriage, and was recently a member of an Expedition with the British Explorer Sir Ranulf Feinnes that retraced a portion of Livingstone's journey to Victoria Falls.
Russell lives in Victoria Falls with his wife, Leanne and two children, Tana and Ross.
Back to Victoria Falls
Half day tours operate every day from Livingstone. Private tours are available on request and can be run in a half day or full day format and customised to suite special interest groups.
Half day tour: includes a tour of the Falls, village visits and refreshments which form a backdrop to the tale of the spirit of the people of Africa, who make up the rich tapestry of life on the continent.
Full day tour: includes options to pursue special interests such as archeology, the Jewish Heritage of the area, the history of Livingstone Town and the Life of David Livingstone. These tours are inclusive of parks fees and drinks but exclude Visa's when crossing the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
"It is only the story that can continue beyond the war and the warrior. It is the story that outlives the sound of war-drums and the exploits of brave fighters.
It is the story ... that saves our progeny from
blundering like blind beggars
into the spikes of the cactus fence
The story is our escort; without it, we are blind.
Does the blind man own his escort?
No, neither do we the story;
rather it is the story that owns us and directs us."
--Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah (1987)
Traditionally, Africans have revered good stories and storytellers as have most past and present peoples around the world who are rooted in oral cultures and traditions. Ancient writing traditions do exist on the African continent but most Africans today, as in the past, are primarily oral peoples, and their art forms are oral rather than literary."
The Oral Histories of Africa are rich and varied, developing with the beginnings of African cultures, and they remain living traditions that continue to evolve and flourish today. Our "Mists of Time" tours are structured as half or full day story tellings that cover the whole scope of Africa's Past Present and Future, they are a tour de force of the lives of the heroes and villains that have shaped the destiny of this great continent.
We begin the tour with the story of the early history of Africa, mans evolution, the Diaspora from Africa, the impact of the Iron Age and the Bantu Migrations. We then visit a traditional African Homestead to meet our hosts who will show us around their home and describe the culture and traditions of the indigenous people of Africa. After visiting the village we will break for lunch during which we will discuss the early contact between Africa and Europe and hear that dark tale of the impact of the slave trade on Africa and her people.