From Natal to the Upper Zambesi with Continuation Entitled First Year Among the Barotsi, Extr. from Letters and Diaries

From Natal to the Upper Zambesi with Continuation Entitled First Year Among the Barotsi, Extr. from Letters and Diaries

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...One especially speaks of the grandeur and the many things of the "Noka," or "Zambecy" (they call the Chobe the Zambesi). Friday, nth August.--The river now runs in a broad, deep channel close to the banks of the River Zambesi. It is quite a treat to walk along the thickly wooded bank, clad with all sorts of tropical creepers and flowers; the trees are full of monkeys, baboons, and beautiful birds. Every now and then a troop of antelopes scamper past. In the river are all kinds of rare and beautiful waterfowl. To-day I saw an immense hippopotamus rolling about in the river. Everything is the perfection of beauty and symmetry, and the fearful suspicious way that my men creep along declares that "only man is vile." They are in mortal dread of their lives. We sighted a town on the other side of the river which disturbed them greatly. At first they refused to sleep at the place I had chosen for the night, and wanted to hide in the forest; they declared that the Barotse would cross during the night and kill them all. Talk as I like, I.cannot lessen their fears; they refuse to go along the river any further, and say that unless I turn from the river and make for Geshuma across the sand belt, they will desert me there and then. I refused at first, but, when I saw that they really meant it, I gave in. Saturday, 12th August.--After a restless night on the part of the men, we started early this morning along the river for one short march; it was most impressive, yet, I must say, I could not help laughing to see how the men stole along through the long grass, glancing every now and then across the river, fearing that they might be seen by their dreaded enemies. At last we turned from the river inland, or speaking more...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236883276
  • 9781236883278