‘ Dr Livingstone, I presume’
Dr David Livingstone may have spent a large portion of his life in Zambia and Central Africa but his travels and legacies are known world over. Here are some places sharing his name
Livingstone is the capital of Southern province of Zambia. It was also, at one time, the capital of the Nation. This famed explorer was the first European to visit this part of the world due to his missionary work in the 19th century. The city became the capital of the territory in 1907 as part of what would become an entire Livingstone District on Zambia’s southern border. Nonetheless Zambia, then part of Northern Rhodesia, inevitable shifted its capital to Lusaka.
The Zambian monument was erected in 2005 at the point where Livingstone first took a look at the falls and exclaimed ‘ scenes so lovely, must have ben gazed upon by the angels in their flight’. a status was placed on the Zimbabwe side too in 1934. The Livingstone museum is in the city of Livingstone, while the Livingstone memorial is on the edge of Bangweulu Swamp where he died in 1873.
Livingstonia, Malawi is a small town was founded by Free Church of Scotland’s Missionary representatives in 1894. Located only a short distance from Lake Malawi in the country’s northern stretch and is adjacent to the verdant grasslands of Nyika National Park which stretches into Zambia to the West.
Kipengere Range also known as Livingstone Mountain Range lies in South West Tanzania. It is a plateau like ridge of mountains close to the small city of Mbeya. The range is protected by the Tanzanian Government as part of its National Park system as it a home to number of endangered species and primates like the kipunji.
The Livingstone Falls, sits on the Congo river in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Traditionally it is not a water falls but a set of large rapids on the Congo River. Dr Livingstone himself never visited this part of Africa.
Livingstone House, built in the 1850s, originally owned by Sultan Majid Bin Said, the first Sultan of Zanzibar Tanzania. It is located in Stone Town which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was given to Dr Livingstone just before his final expedition.
Dr Livingstone was a graduate of The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and this University created the David Livingstone Centre for Sustainability to house a number of its engineering courses. Livingstone Towers was, likewise was erected on the University grounds as a high rise administrative structure.
The Livingstone Range is a sub range of the Canadian Rockies in Alberta. There is also a small river to the west called Livingstone River.