What are some little known facts about zambia?

Answer by Rory Young:

Dr. David Livingstone died in Zambia heart is buried in there!

He died Chief Chitambo's village at Ilala southeast of Lake Bangweulu on 4th May 1873 from malaria and dysentary.

His two loyal followers, Chuma and Susi  who had loyally accompanied him thorugh his explorations and battles against slavery, removed his heart from his body and buried it under a Mvula tree.


They then smoked his body and set off to take it England! They carried it through 1000 miles of incredibly wild and dangerous terrain to the Mozambique coast. They then accompanied the body to England where it was interred at Westminster Abbey.

The First World War "ended" in Zambia!

On the 11th November 1918 the armistice was signed with Germany was signed on Marshal Foch's train carriage in the forest of Compiegne. According to the terms, hostilities would end at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

While this was happening, General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, commander of the Imperial German forces in the East African Campaign, was busy raiding Zambia (then called Northern-Rhodesia) and of course knew nothing about it.

Von Lettow-Vorbeck

Two days after the armistice took effect, von Lettow-Vorbeck captured the town of Kasama.

On the 14th November 1918 a British magistrate approached his collumn under a white flag. He handed a telegram to von Lettow-Vorbeck informing him of the armistice.

Von Lettow-Vorbeck agreed to a cease-fire on the spot, thus ending WW1 and then marched to Abercorn (Mbala) where he and his men surrendered undefeated.

Zambia has the world's largest artificial lake and reservoir by volume! (shared with Zimbabwe)

Lake Kariba is 220km long, up to 40km wide and up to 97m deep.

Construction of the dam wall was begun in 1955 and completed in 1958. The lake took until 1963 to fill up.

86 men died during construction.

The entire tribe the Tonga Zambezi, were relocated. They are still suffering the effects. To this day they are considered "development refugees".

The first ever large-scale relocation of wild animals was undertaken during Operation Noah during which over 6000 animals were saved and relocated to the mainland.

Operation Noah: Rupert Fothergill saving a porcupine.

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