CENTRAL AFRICA: A Better Mousetrap

The Batonga tribe, some 50,000 strong, has survived for more than 500 years on the banks of the Zambesi where it flows through the steaming, fertile Gwembe Valley between Southern and Northern Rhodesia. Nature has guarded them, for their valley lies between the foaming splendor of the 350-ft.-high Victoria Falls, over whose sheer cliff pours 75 million gallons of water per minute, and a narrow, rock-walled gorge called the Kariba by the tribesmen because of its resemblance to the funnel-shaped traps they set for mice, rats and other small animals.

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