Adventures in Africa
The Legacy of Lobengula
Back home on their parents’ farm outside
Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, the Wallace boys team up with their best friend Muyunda
Munalula, of the Lozi tribe in Zambia. For nearly as long as he can
remember, Muyunda has worn a pendant round his neck. When it gets
tampered with, Muyunda relates how it came into his possession.
His great-grandfather was dying and had told
him how as a little boy he had joined the retinue of Lobengula,
the last of the Matabele kings, who was reputed to have amassed a fortune
in diamonds and gold.
After being defeated by the forces of Cecil
John Rhodes, the founder of the country that bore his name - Rhodesia
(now Zimbabwe), Lobengula is forced to flee his capital of Gu-bulawayo to
the north where he dies. His faithful followers, including Muyunda’s
great-grandfather, continue to the banks of the Zambezi River where, in a
cave in the Batoka Gorges, they hide the treasure.
The Wallace Boys and Muyunda set off to find
this treasure on horseback, making their starting point the magnificent Victoria
Falls, visited and named by David Livingstone in 1855. The boys visit
Scottie, a family friend, who proudly shows them the fantastic sights in
his Fox Moth biplane. Muyunda for the first time
encounters the Wallace Boys’ nemesis, the unholy pair of Isaacs and
Lambert. Captured and tortured to reveal what he knows about Lobengula's
treasure, Muyunda is left for dead when he falls over the gorge beside
Eventually, the boys reach the long-lost cave
tucked behind a small waterfall that tumbles into the Batoka Gorge many
kilometres from the Victoria Falls. Their attempt to find the treasure is
nearly thwarted by Isaacs but for the arrival of Scottie in his vintage
Killers against Kariba
Wallace brothers and Muyunda plan a quiet camping trip on Lake Kariba on
the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, but things turn a little hairy.
While photographing hippos one night, Bruce sees a mysterious boat loaded
with uniformed men and an assortment of weapons crossing the lake, and
the boys decide to investigate.
Their curiosity leads to both Bruce and Muyunda being captured by
guerrilla fighters intent on overthrowing the Zimbabwean government. It
is up to Nigel to rescue them which he does by setting fire to the
surrounding bush, nearly incinerating his brother and friend in the
Together again, the three boys have to race
against time to reach the immense Kariba Dam Wall before a bomb explodes set to bring
the wall down.
The cover picture shows
Nigel leading his brother and Muyunda out of the blazing inferno!
Kidnapped in the Kafue
Winner of the Highly Commended Award by the
National Book Development Council of Singapore, this adventure takes
place in the Kafue National Park of Zambia. Here the Wallace Boys
and Muyunda visit Muyunda’s uncle, the Chief Game Warden in the park.
Apart from the uncle acting weirdly, the boys
discover very soon that they are on the trail of a vicious gang of poachers who have teamed up with
a group of terrorists. Set against the exciting backdrop of Africa’s
magnificent wildlife, including a cantankerous elephant that chases cars
and buffaloes used as a decoy, the story leads the three boys in an
ancient Land Rover, named by the boys ‘Lazarus’ for obvious reasons, to
track down the poachers, the terrorists and what is upsetting Muyunda’s
(Note: some of Duncan Watt’s
royalties from the sale of this book have gone to the Kafue National
Crash in the Caprivi
invites his two friends, the Wallace Boys, to Mongu in Western Zambia to
witness the colourful annual Kuomboka Ceremony in which the Lozi people
move from their homes on the Barotse Plain flooded by the rising Zambezi
River to their winter quarters. Muyunda himself is a paddler in the
ceremony during which he sees someone behaving very strangely; when this
same person takes the same aeroplane flight the boys are on, Muyunda realizes
that something very strange is going on.
is confirmed when the man orders the pilot of the Beaver aircraft to fly
along the narrow corridor of land known as the Caprivi Strip to the Etosha Pan
a hair-raising landing on the flat surface of the salt pan, the boys find
themselves up against Isaacs and Lambert once again!
The return flight, now with a hoard of diamonds, crashes. The pilot is
out of action with a broken leg and Bruce is taken hostage, to ensure
Isaacs and Lambert’s safety after they cross
the Kalahari. However, Bruce is spat in the eyes by a spitting cobra, and
the men abandon their now blind hostage.
boy of their own age leads Nigel and Muyunda across the Kalahari to the Okavango Delta in Botswana where a dramatic
chase ends the flight of Isaacs and Lambert who have commandeered a swamp
buggy. Once again, Scottie and his Fox Moth biplane, this time with
floats, have got in on the act!
(Note: Some of Duncan Watt’s royalties from the sale of this
book have gone to Survival International.)