Here's a story I just found today about a dinosaur type monster that lived near a swamp in Africa. An explorer in the early 20th century claimed the
natives believed that it lived in a giant sinkhole and they were forbidden to visit it. It lived in a pit but would come out to the swampland near by
as well. With all the clues offered in a story that I can actually believe, I think I know just about where this "lost" pit actually was.
Here is a quote form the website . . .
In the early 1920s, several news publications of the time shed light on a curious location in Africa, . . . It was reported that in what was
referred to as North Rhodesia, there was a mysterious pit in the ground measuring at least a hundred feet wide that the native Mashona and Matabele
people of the area shunned, a place only known as The Forbidden Pit.
It was said that the pit was home to some horrific, reptilian beast that would emerge to terrify the local tribes. Apparently somewhat like a
dinosaur in appearance, the creature’s appetite was said to be ravenous, and that it would ferociously hunt and kill whatever it could catch,
including human beings.
The story was covered by a newspaper called the "New Zealand Guardian" in their October 17, 1925, issue. You can find the original source article
called, "Mystery of Big Hole" "Pit in Darkest Africa" at this link.
Now where is this mysterious place in Africa with the forbidden pit? Here are all the clues I have found.
Firstly, the country said to have this pit was referred to as North Rhodesia, now present day Zambia.
The tribes in the area stated in the article were, The Mashona or Shona of Zimbabwe and Matabele of Rhodesia, and the Ila, who seemed to live the
closest to this pit and the monster that lived there.
One tribe, the Ila, had allegedly become so distressed by the horror from the pit that a group of tribesmen were tied together and flung into the
craggy black hole as a sacrifice in an attempt to appease the monster that lurked within.
The Ba-Ila tribe, inhabited the Kafue river valley in Zambia during the 1920s. The Kafue river is feed by the huge Lukanga Swamp, a primordial area
The following quote is from wikipedia . . .
The Lukanga Swamp . . . It then again develops intricate meanders and a maze of channels in a swampy floodplain, with oxbow lakes and lagoons. It
flows 20 km west of the permanent part of the Lukanga Swamp which fills a circular depression, and which drains through a channel into the Kafue.
Also, the upper reaches of the Kafure river is a limestone karst area with numerous caves, under ground rivers and sinkholes. So many sinkholes that
to this day they have a big problem with them.
So if some cave divers in Zambia, diving a sinkhole near the Kafue, fed by an underground river, find the bound bodies of human sacrifice victims,
then they had better keep an eye out for the monster they were meant to feed.
This all leaves one to wonder, just what in the world was the Forbidden Pit of Africa? If these reports are to be believed, then is it still out
there hidden away from the world in some remote place in Africa? We may never know. It seems that whatever these reports were describing, this monster
infested pit is a place that has faded into a mere forgotten historical news curiosity.
I think it is still there, I know where the area is, and this sinkhole is probably known by both tourists and guides who may have even heard the
story. IMO, if the author of this article would have dug just a little harder he never would have made that final statement at the end.
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