LIVINGSTONE & STANLEY SAFARI EXPEDITION - 2017
"Dr Livingstone I presume" - a tale of possibly the most famous of all the African explorers in the heart of hostile slaving country which turned the obsession and pursuit for the source of the river Nile into one of human endeavor and will to end the most gruesome period of events in modern history - the slave trade.
n a small village on the shores of lake Tanganyika in Tanzania, two white men met in the most unusual of circumstances, one fresh and spirited, the other horrified and defeated . David Livingstone had witnessed the gruesome slaying of 500 women and children by the Arab slavers, had seen his belongings stolen and sold off and was living as a beggar in Ujiji when Henry Morton Stanley found him. Stanleys timely arrival and subsequent companionship with Livingstone raised his spirits and hope resulting in the letter which held the account of the slave slaying at Manyema, an impetus for the abolishon of slavery.I
Expedition journals show Stanley gifting Dr Livingstone with an 1860 style repeater carbine in .44 rimfire - while he carried an 1876 Winchester in 45-75. Stanleys favor for these 15 round repeaters probably came from his time in the American civil war and his experience with the Henry 1860 Iron framed repeating carbines. It is believed that Dr Livingstone received a HENRY 1860 RIFLE IN .44 RIMFIRE along with 1500 cartridges from Stanley.
Henry Repeating Arms
The Henry 1860 repeating rifle is considered the grandfather of all modern day lever actions, being incorporated under the Winchester brand into the famous 1866 repeating rifle.
Having gained a name in the American civil war as the rifle which could be loaded on Sunday and fired all week long, the 15 round Henry repeater in .44 rimfire was taken across to Africa by no other than Henry Morton Stanley on his now infamous journey to find Dr David Livingstone. Records show his arsenal for the expedition included 2 repeating Carbines, an 1866 15 round carbine in .44 rimfire and a 1876 carbine in 45-75.
After a few months exploring lake Tanganyika together, the two men parted ways with Henry M. Stanley leaving behind with Dr Livingstone, a repeating rifle along with 1500 cartridges in .44 rimfire. From this point the use and whereabouts of the rifle fades as Livingstone made his way south into Zambian territory and eventually befallen by fever and exhaustion, succumbed to the continent at the village of Chitambo in Northern Zambia.
After 143 years, the HENRY REPEATING RIFLE in 1860 form is set to return to the place where Dr Livingstones heart lies buried in Chief Chitambo's realm. The territory is still remote and untraveled by most, a small sign pointing to the memorial, the palace of the incumbent chief and the tree under which his remains lie.
THE HENRY RIFLE LIVINGSTONE & STANLEY EXPEDITION 2017
Purpose: Henry Repeating Arms has kindly agreed to donate an original 1860 rifle in 45 Long Colt, the original replica of the rifle given to Livingstone which will end the journey in the southern town of Livingstone at the Livingstone Museum as an exhibit. This rifle will be along for the ride, so to speak, possibly seeing some use on smaller game such as Warthog and Bushpig - however primarily it is there for the journey from Livingstones grave at Chief Chitambos village, through the hunting country of the Luangwa escarpment, then west to the waters of the clear Kafue river and the vast Miombo country which eventually opens up to the floodplains of Barotseland and the great Zambezi river. Here the journey will follow the great river as it winds southwards, along the Angolan, Namibian and Botswanan borders, through cataracts and islands ending up at the 'Mosi-o-Tunya' the marvel Dr David Livingstone first named the Victoria Falls.
Chitambos - I travel this road often, it is the gateway to one of Zambia's greatest and most under appreciated wilderness areas - the great Bangweulu Swamps with all its inhabitants. Livingstone no doubt encountered many of the great beasts - swamp dwelling Elephants, Hippos, Buffaloes and the entourage of species which make up the tapestry of Zambias wildlife. Sadly today they are few and weary of man as they have been harassed and poached for their ivory and meat, yet the abundance of the elusive Sitatunga and the great herds of Black Lechwe still remain.
Wild Country to the East - To the east, a few hundred miles as the crow flies the Miombo drops down into the southern extension of Africas great rift valley, the Luangwa, considered Zambia's last true remaining wilderness paradise with a very large part dedicated as hunting zones around the north and south Luangwa National parks. It is here that the great herds of Buffalo wander in peace, the Lions follow and the Leopards prowl - intersected by the magnificent Luangwa river holding the largest concentration of Hippo and Crocodile per kilometer of river than anywhere else in Africa. The journey travels through the heart of big game country and opportunities to hunt Buffalo and other species does exist.
Miombo and the Kafue - Livingstone traveled a great many miles and one of the rivers he did explore was the Kafue, a tributary of the Zambezi. Our journey takes in days in the magnificent Kafue wilderness in one of Zambia's prime safari hunting concessions and without a doubt one of the most scenic areas of the country.
Barotseland and the mighty Zambezi - further west before the floodplains hit the Angolan border the Zambezi flows strong and deep, a haven for large Tigerfish and bream. The area is the realm of the Litunga, the Royal ruler of this part of Zambia, still recognised as a monarch by the British Royal family. Our journey follows the course of the river west and southwards to the town of Livingstone where we finally lay the rifle to rest in the Museum.
You can join the journey for a small sum of farthings - email me for more details!