At The End Of June, 1869, Livingstone Quitted Ujiji And Crossed
Over To Uguhha, On The Western Shore, For His
Last and greatest
series of explorations; the result of which was the further
discovery of a lake of considerable magnitude
Connected with Moero
by the large river called the Lualaba, and which was a
continuation of the chain of lakes he had previously discovered.
From the port of Uguhha he set off, in company with a body of
traders, in an almost direct westerly course, for the country of
Urua. Fifteen days' march brought them to Bambarre, the first
important ivory depot in Manyema, or, as the natives pronounce it,
Manyuema. For nearly six months he was detained at Bambarre from
ulcers in the feet, which discharged bloody ichor as soon as he
set them on the ground. When recovered, he set off in a northerly
direction, and after several days came to a broad lacustrine river,
called the Lualaba, flowing northward and westward, and in some
places southward, in a most confusing way. The river was from one
to three miles broad. By exceeding pertinacity he contrived to
follow its erratic course, until he saw the Lualaba enter the narrow,
long lake of Kamolondo, in about latitude 6 degrees 30 minutes.
Retracing this to the south, he came to the point where he had
seen the Luapula enter Lake Moero.
One feels quite enthusiastic when listening to Livingstone's
description of the beauties of Moero scenery. Pent in on all sides
by high mountains, clothed to the edges with the rich vegetation
of the tropics, the Moero discharges its superfluous waters through
a deep rent in the bosom of the mountains.
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