About the Livingstone Memorial
The David Livingstone Memorial marks the spot where the 19th century explorer died in his fruitless quest for the source of the Nile River. The monument, located an easy 35 kms drive from Kasanka, is built on the site of the ‘mupundu’ wild fruit tree under which Dr. Livingstone’s heart was buried. The tree later died, was cut down by a British expedition and carried back to the Royal Geographic Society where it is still on display!
Livingstone was weakened by malaria and suffering from chronic dysentery when he entered Bangweulu Swamp at the height of the floods in April 1873. As his sickness worsened his followers carried him out to the first dry land settlement they could reach. He died in Chitambo village on May 1.
Livingstone’s followers removed his heart and viscera and buried them at the foot of the mupundu tree before carrying his body all the way back to England where it is buried in Westminster Abbey. Visitors often have a chance to meet the current Chief Chitambo IV who is a direct descendant of the Chief who received Livingstone on his deathbed.
The local community have constructed some simple chalets to accommodate visitors at the memorial site, although you should contact us first before planning to stay there to make sure they are functioning and available.
Where is the Livingstone Memorial?
The GPRs co-ordinated for the Livngstone Memorial are:
It is situated approximately 90 kilometers west of the Great North Road and can be reached by taking the Mkuku road, 39 km from the Serenje Boma turn-off or 13 km south of Kanona for 62 km, then turn-off to the right - follow the main track here for 1km, turning left at Chalilo School. After 500m, veer right (to avoid the chief's palace) and continue straight on for about a further 25km. The memorial is signposted near Chipundu School.