This addition may clarify the situation prior and at the time that the column march up to what became Southern Rhodesia:
[Lobengula's understanding of what he had given away under the Concession (which was in Moffat's keeping) differed widely from Rhodes understanding of what he had got. Lobengula believed he had granted the right to dig 'one hole' and approved of Jameson sending a few prospectors to Ramaquebana, above Tati, where they had found no gold or minerals. 'Well,' said the King to Jameson, 'you had better look for another place.' Could he go east? Jameson asked and the King agreed in an unguarded moment. Thereupon Jameson traced on a map a route into Mashonaland but avoiding going through Matabeleland to which the King assented and gave permission for some of his people to be used to help cut the road. So, Rhodes set in motion the enterprise necessary for settlement. Eventually he arranged with Frank Johnston, aged 23, that he would organise an expedition at a cost of Ninety Four Thousand Pounds. (The ultimate cost to the Chartered Company was nearer Eighty Nine thousand, but with the obligation to grant land and mineral rights). Rhodes wanted Pioneers that were young, fit, good shots and preferably unmarried but with some trade that would be of value to a community. They were offered 3000 acres of farm land, fifteen gold claims and seven-and sixpence per day; there were to be 200 settlers and 100 armed and mounted Bamangwatos for the purpose of cutting the road and five troops of British South African Company's Police, led by Lt. Col. E.G.Pennefather. There was no lack of willing recruits, the issue was oversubscribed and many men had to be turned away.
On the advice of Frederick C. Selous the route preferred was one avoiding Matabeleland as far as possible and this required cutting through about 460 miles of trackless bushveld and swamp, crossing several rivers and endeavouring to reach their goal before the rains came in November. Jameson eventually persuaded Lobangula that they should follow this plan. By April 1890 recruits, which were from a cross section of occupations began assembling in Mafeking, by the middle of June, all was ready at Macloutsie and the High Commissioner gave his consent for the column to enter Mashonaland by the route agreed. Their destination was Mount Hampden and on 27th June the march began]