Frederick Selous was a hunter who travelled widely in south-central Africa. In 1877, at the age of 26, he crossed the Zambezi River in the hopes of reaching Katanga (home then of the Yeke people of Chief Msidi) where Frederick Arnot, the missionary, was stationed. Frederick Arnot had written to Frederick Selous telling him of the large number of elephants around his station. Frederick Selous thought the area would prove to be a good hunting destination.
Frederick Selous did not reach Katanga but he left us with an account of his trip along the Zambezi River then up past present-day Lusaka. He tells us of the people he met on the way.