This was because of the tsetse fly that made it impossible to keep domestic cattle.
Herdsmen and their cattle cover the steppes and highlands, save where the tsetse fly prevents.
Two other difficulties likely to meet travelers in this part of the country are scarcity of water and the tsetse fly.
The tsetse fly is no less a torment to cattle than the devil of the road is to the woe-begone traveler.
The tsetse fly (Glossina morsitans) infests several districts; the sand-flea has been imported from the west coast.
The lion—the boasted king of animals—makes a poor figure beside the tsetse fly in travellers records.
It was to the effect that lions fat515 was a cure for the bite of the tsetse fly.
Livingstones mules were bitten by the tsetse fly on Nyassa and died a miserable death from ulcers.
Besides, the tsetse fly, that destroyer of cattle, has appeared.
There are certain wide belts of land in Africa called the "tsetse fly belts," where horses, mules and cattle can not live.
1849, probably via South African Dutch, from a Bantu language (cf. Setswana tsetse. Luyia tsiisi "flies").
tsetse fly tset·se fly or tzet·ze fly (tsět'sē, tsē'tsē)
Any of several two-winged bloodsucking African flies of the genus Glossina, often carrying and transmitting pathogenic trypanosomes to humans and livestock.