We stayed in Livingstone for a few days. It was a nice campsite called Jolly Boys. It had a really good swimming pool. We also met lots of friends that we had seen on the road there! Daddy cooked a curry for everyone. It was very tasty.
The next day we went to the Livingstone museum. We weren’t allowed to take photos though. The museum had lots of sections. The first section had early humans with different skulls. We are Homo Sapiens. They also had skulls of Homo Habilis, Homo Erectus, Neaderthal and Australopithecus Afarensis. Our skull is the smallest!
There were two rooms set up with scenes. One was called ‘Our Village’ and had traditional huts. The other was called ‘Their Town’. Lots of people are moving to cities and some of the traditions are being lost.
My favourite section was the animal section. There were lots of stuffed animals – all the animals that you can find in Africa. I liked the leopard – that is one of the big five animals that we haven’t seen.
There was also a section on Dr. Livingstone. He was one of the first white men to go into the middle of Africa. Livingstone is named after him. He was born in Scotland and was a missionary. He did lots of expeditions to Africa. This was before cars were invented and he had to walk everywhere! He followed the Zambezi River, and discovered the Victoria Falls. He was also the first European to cross from East Africa (Mozambique) to West Africa (Angola). He was trying to discover the source of the Nile River, when he got ill and had no medicine. He was helped by the slave traders – even though he didn’t agree with slavery – and the rest of the world thought that he was lost. He was found by a man called Henry Morton Stanley. Stanley found Livingstone on Lake Tanganyika and said: Dr. Livingstone, I presume. Livingstone died in Zambia. His heart was buried under a tree and his body was shipped to London and he was buried in Westminster Abbey. There were lots of his letters in the museum, but I couldn’t read his writing! When Livingstone was at school, he got a prize for hard work and was given the book Robinson Crusoe – which we read in the car!
After lots of swimming in the pool we left Zambia to go to Zimbabwe.
Great blog, Eleanor! Isn’t the Livingstone story interesting? The watermelon looks delicious. X
Do you know what the local people call the Victoria falls? Livingstone must have been very fit to walk everywhere!!