It's been 150 years since David Livingstone discovered a waterfall which the local natives called "the smoke that thunders" and christened it "Victoria Falls" after his queen. But the first ever map of the great falls was drawn by a Czech explorer, Dr Emil Holub who arrived at Victoria Falls twenty years later. To commemorate the event, a bust of Emil Holub has been unveiled in Livingstone, the Zambian city bearing the name of Holub's predecessor and role model.
In the nineteenth and early twentieth century, much that was known about Africa in the Czech lands and the rest of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was introduced by Bohemia's greatest traveller Emil Holub. A doctor of medicine and natural historian, Holub had a passion for ethnography and exotic animals. He travelled around South and Central Africa in the late nineteenth century, bringing back travelogues, paintings, maps and other important documents. Europeans are well informed about his life and work from numerous exhibitions and lectures given