Southern Africa – Your Adventurous Guide to Southern & Central Africa

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Date 9 May 2022

Hi there!

I’m David Livingstone.

Originally from Blantyre, Scotland, I’m now making my way round Sub-Saharan Africa. It’s just one adventure after another!

David Livingstone Adventurer
David Livingstone Adventurer

Travelling is part of the adventure… I guess?

I sailed to Southern Africa from London on The George – a great wooden ship. The voyage was long and rough. The boat lacked comfort and even the most basic standards of customer service. The only positive? The navigational lessons held with Captain Donaldson.

He was very obliging to me … frequently sitting up till twelve o’clock … taking lunar observations with me.

I would recommend flying.

It’s a wild life!

Scotland has little in terms of vicious wildlife. You might meet the odd Haggis or Midge, but they just enjoy a wee nibble of your skin. Southern Africa, however, has many animals that can cause you serious harm. Listen to your guides and stay safe.

I encountered a ferocious beast – a lion, no less! Luckily, I managed to get a quick selfie (for the ‘gram, of course) before it sunk it’s teeth into my arm, shattering my bone. The men who were accompanying me saved my life.

It was nearly enough to send me home to Mammy!

David Livingstone Adventurer
David Livingstone Adventurer

Mosi oa Tunya


These waterfalls are huge and cannot be missed. The name means ‘smoke does sound there’. The Zambezi river plunges 885m over the edge, disappearing into the mist and spray, creating a stunning display of rainbows.

The whole scene was extremely beautiful… scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.

They’re so beautiful in fact, I was thinking of nicknaming them after our gorgeous Queen Victoria…

David Livingstone Adventurer
David Livingstone Adventurer

Final Thoughts

One might imagine himself in Scotland were there not a hot sun overhead.

The mere animal pleasure of travelling in a wild unexplored country is very great. When on lands of a couple of thousand feet elevation, bisk exercise imparts elasticity to the muscles, fresh and healthy blood circulate through the brain, the mind works well, the eye is clear, the step is firm… the mind is make more self reliant: it becomes more confident of its own resources – there is greater presence of mind. The body is soon well-knit; the muscles of the limbs grow as hard as a board, and seem to have no fat; the countenance is bronzed, and there is no dyspepsia.

David Livingstone Adventurer
David Livingstone Adventurer

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