Holly Morris travels to the heart of Central Africa to explore two countries which were forever changed by the legendary Scottish explorer Dr. David Livingstone and retraces two epic journeys that led to his most celebrated discoveries: Lake Malawi and the Victoria Falls.
Holly’s journey begins in Blantyre, named in honour of Livingstone's birth place in Scotland. She travels by bus to Liwonde town and by bicycle-taxi to Liwonde National Park, the most beautiful park in Malawi and prime wildlife viewing destination in Africa. Following in his footsteps, Holly explores the Shire River in Liwonde National Park by boat, and encounters the same wildlife noted by Livingstone in his diaries: elephants, hippos, crocodiles and antelopes and the very same ancient baobab tree, mentioned in his journal, which to this day is still alive.
Guided by his books Holly reaches one of Africa’s secret wonders: Lake Malawi, where she dives along with Professor Mackay and learns more about the lake-s 600 - 1,000 endemic species.
After hitchhiking to Monkey Bay, our globe trekker takes the Ilala ferry across the lake to the beautiful and remote Likoma Island. Once there she visits the local witch doctor, before heading off to Mfuwe in Zambia.
Heading north she explores the bustling and fast growing Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city, for a stroll around its vibrant market and a visit to the Wanga Manga Environmental Park to learn about conservation and release programmes of the wildlife brought to the centre having been rescued from the bush meat trade. She then visits Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage, one of the largest and oldest sanctuaries in Africa, a safe haven for the highly endangered chimpanzees.
Finally Holly lands at Livingstone town near the Victoria Falls and visits the Livingstone Museum, gaining privileged access to its most treasured exhibits: some of Livingstone's personal letters and belongings as well as original notebooks and artefacts.
She then heads to the spectacular Victoria Falls, which are the largest waterfalls in the world and are listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Holly braves the dangerous currents to take a dip in the Devil’s Pool right on the lip of the falls. Her feelings of wonder and exhilaration recall the words that Livingstone wrote in his journal inspired by the awe he felt in front of the extraordinary magnificence of the falls:
"Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight…"
For Holly too, the Victoria Falls, framed by spectacular rainbow, are a glimpse of heavenly splendour, providing a truly fitting climax to an amazing journey.