Old Drift and the Rhino safari

by Amy Caldwell November. 27, 2020 284 views

Two years ago we traveled to Zambia to visit friends who are missionaries. A few days of sightseeing took us to Victoria Falls. On a safari we passed this little cemetary. Because I'm fascinated by geneology and history, I like cemetaries, this intrigued me. This was the original settlement and around 1900 many of the people died of malaria then the town was moved because at the time people believed malaria was caused by breathing bad air. They believed the air was bad so moved the whole town. Huh. (or at least that is the story our guide told us.) There is a good book about this settlement.

These trees look the same, but one is slow growing and over 100 years old, the other is fast growing and only about 20-30 years. Interesting.

These trees look the same, but one is slow growing and over 100 years old, the other is fast growing and only about 20-30 years. Interesting.

We had to stay in the vehicle so I had no way to get those sticks out of the way.

We had to stay in the vehicle so I had no way to get those sticks out of the way.

We were on foot and not too far away, maybe 40-50 feet, (300mm lens) and they stampeded. Baby made the big male mad so momma defended. :O
I didn't get too many photos...haha

End of the day, sunset on the Zambezi R.

End of the day, sunset on the Zambezi R.

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Gethin Thomas 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Fascinating. And the idea of mal aria or bad air causing the disease wasn't so far off the mark and shows that they had made the connection between stagnant water that smells, home of the malaria mosquito, and the disease. They just hadn't progressed the idea at that point to spot the mosquito link as the vector.

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Amy Caldwell Replied to Gethin Thomas 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Yes fascinating. I love history and stories of places.

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Jay Boggess 7 months, 4 weeks ago

Nice series! Great animals shots!
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ps...thanks for "liking" my images and "following" my blog!

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