David Livingstone 1855 – 1856

David Livingstone is now on his journey to the east coast.  He leaves Linyanti, accompanied by Sekeletu, king of the Kololo and they walk along the river to the Zambezi. 

The Barotse believe that at a certain part of the river a tremendous monster lies hid, that will catch a canoe and hold it motionless in spite of the efforts of the paddlers.  They believe that some of them possess the knowledge of the proper prayer to lay the monster. 

As they neared the Victoria Falls:

The next evening we slept opposite the island of Chondo, and, then crossing the Lekone or Lekwine, early the following morning, were at the island of Sekote, called Kalai.  This Sekote was the last of the Batoka chiefs whom Sebituane rooted out.  This island is surrounded by a rocky shore and deep channels, through which the river rushes with great force.  Sekote, feeling secure in his island home, ventured­­­ to ferry over the Matabele enemies of Sebituane.  When they had retired, Sebituane made one of those rapid marches which he always adopted in every enterprise.  He came down the Leeambye from Naliele, sailing by day along the banks, and during the night in the middle of the stream, to avoid the hippopotami.  When he reached Kalai Sekote took advantage of the larger canoes they employ in the rapids, and fled during the night to the opposite bank.  Most of his people were slain or taken captive, and the island has ever since been under the Makololo. It is large enough to contain a considerable town.  On the northern side I found the kotla of the elder Sekote, garnished with numbers of human skulls mounted on poles: a large heap of the crania of hippopotami, the tusks untouched except by time, stood on one side.  At a short distance, under some trees, we saw the grave of Sekote, ornamented with seventy large elephants’ tusks planted round it with the points turned inward, and there were thirty more placed over the resting-places of his relatives.  … The Batoka believe that Sekote had a pot of medicine buried here, which, when opened, would cause an epidemic in the country. 

Chondo is Chundu Island.  The Lekone, I assume is Sinde River.  Sekote is Chief Sekute.

During this part of his journey he mentions:

Kololo.  Barotse (Lozi).  Tonga.  Bashukalumpo (Ila).  Bisa.  Bapimpe.  Nyai.  Chief Mburuma (Nsenga)

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