Majete: in the footsteps of Livingstone

dscf0572 1280x160Mhairi’s recent visit encouraged us to take a day trip down into the Lower Shire to visit the Majete Wildlife Reserve. It was a wonderful opportunity to see the countryside in the wild state of thick bush that Livingstone would have experienced on his first trip up the Shire when the ‘Kapichira Falls‘ – that now lie within the park – forced him and his party out of their boats to continue their epic journey on foot. dscf0417 1280x507 For most of the day (a quiet Monday) we were the only car in the huge reserve, and had an amazing freedom (in our high clearance 4×4) to wander with a simple map wherever we wished on the rough dirt roads. We found a powerfully flowing Shire river full of hippos and crocodiles, acres of bush echoing to the sound of elephant families feeding, warthogs wanting to ‘take on’ the car, and zebras politely disdainful of the interruption we brought to their day. Some close encounters brought home just how dedicated those first westerners must have been as they hid in baobab trees to dodge lions – all with the aim of opening up central Africa to the gospel and to honest commerce that might displace the endemic slave trade. dscf0550 1280x853We were, however, very pleased to find one luxury that Livingstone did not benefit from when, just outside the gates of the reserve, we found a beautiful lodge with a cool swimming pool overlooking the river. The owner’s dog just could not resist a swim with Mhairi 🙂

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