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A Far From Ordinary Life

By Fred Duckworth

This unique story sweeps through thirty years, from his earliest youthful experience of living and hunting in India during WWII to the last days of the Empire of the Lion of Judah in Ethiopia. We travel to the Terai jungles on the Indo-Nepalese border and the high Himalayas of the Northwest Frontier Province in the last years of the British Raj in pre-independence, pre-partition India. Returning to Kenya and Tanganyika, bent on a professional hunting career, Fred Duckworth’s travels take us to Malawi. We join him, as the Provincial Game Warden, on the hunts for the two notorious man-eating lions of Kasupe and Mandimba, when the hunters become the hunted.
As the Wildlife & National Parks advisor to the government of the last Emporer of Ethiopia, we are given an insight into the little known truths of Ethiopian wildlife conservation in that bewilderingly beautiful country and its often misunderstood, fractious, fiercely independent people.
There is much more, of tiger and markhor, of elephant and crocodile. With the beautifull illustrations by Elise van der Heijden, the production of this book is unlike any other.

Binding and pages: Hardbound with a dustjacket; 244 pages; colour photographs; fine copy

A Hunter's Hunter

By Robin Hurt

Robin Hurt grew up in Kenya and shot his first buffalo and leopard before he was in high school. He was a licensed PH in Tanzania and Kenya by age 18. Once he started hunting professionally, he did not shy from taking risks. He guided clients to where the largest heads were, and that included Zaire when it was wild and dangerous and Sudan when rival tribal factions were at war.  He hunted during the “golden era” of the African safari when Kenya was in its heyday, Zambia was renowned for its hunting fields, and the entire Big Five could be shot in Tanzania on a safari.  And wherever he went, he got exceptional trophies for his clients. The late Tony Dyer, the doyen of East African professional hunters, called Robin Hurt "The Hunter's Hunter," hence the title of this book.

Many years ago a prominent member of the safari scene came to our Safari Press booth and said he really wanted a forest sitatunga (one of Africa’s hardest and most elusive trophies).  He went on to say, “I have spent forty days hunting, have seen nothing, and have failed twice.  I am through messing around; I am going with Robin Hurt to Sudan. The one time I hunted with him he brought an intensity and focus to the hunt, the likes of which I have never seen in any of my more than three dozen African safaris.” Such is the well-deserved reputation of Robin Hurt; a PH par excellence and, as important, a fair-chase-only professional who always keeps wildlife conservation in the forefront of whatever he’s doing. Robin Hurt has been indefatigable with his community wildlife conservation work, which has turned poachers into anti-poachers and has helped previously disadvantaged communities—ensuring healthy game populations and hunting opportunities for the future. This new book includes a chapter by Robin’s wife, Pauline, on her efforts in protecting rhinos in Namibia so these magnificent animals will be preserved for future generations.

Some professional hunters in Africa are known as “buffalo PHs,” having guided their clients to buffaloes with  45- to 47-inch spreads; some PHs have specialized in elephants and, if they are old enough, have taken very heavy tuskers, some possibly approaching  100 pounds.  Then there are the cat specialists who have guided for heavy chuis and large lions with heavy manes. There is only one PH who can genuinely say he has done it all—Robin Hurt.  He has taken 50-inch-spread buffaloes, 100-pound tuskers, 200-pound leopards, 10-foot lions with heavy manes, and 30-inch-plus rhinos back in the day.  His clients have shot numerous, superlative free-range trophies of the entire Big Five with dozens of those heads qualifying for Rowland Ward’s Records of Big Game.  Robin’s record is an unsurpassed accomplishment in the history of African hunting.

Having been in the field for a lifetime—he still hunts today from his home in Namibia—he has enough stories to fill up five books.  In his Hunting the Big Five, which we published, he gave us highlights of his hunts for the Fabled Five of Africa.  In this book, he rounds out the rest of his career:  being savagely and horrifically attacked by a wounded leopard; shooting the world-record bongo; operating in Zaire when it was wild and lawless; hunting a Kenya bongo in an area so remote that it required a fifteen-mile walk in by foot while hacking a trail with machetes.  When a client got injured on this hunt, the crew spent a day cutting a clearing in the forest with axes so a helicopter could land. 

A significant portion of the book is devoted to the trackers and other camp staff without whom an African safari is impossible. He tells the tale of his Kenyan tracker, Joseph Sitiene, who while hunting in the C.A.R. was forced by a local chieftain to marry a young girl.  Then there is the story of a PH who tied the bed of a sleeping, drunken associate PH to a zebra carcass, and hyenas dragged the bed out of the tent while fighting over the meat.  Read the tragic and gripping tale of another PH who was burned in a grass fire during the filming of the famous In the Blood movie. 

In addition, sons Derek and Roger Hurt contributed chapters on near-fatal leopard and buffalo attacks they encountered while hunting.  Robin has always been a passionate international hunter himself and he tells us of his own hunts for Marco Polo and Asian ibex, as well as birds and stags in the British Isles.  

Binding and pages: Hardbound in extra large format, 512 pages, 400-plus photographs in colour and black & white. The outstanding cache of historical photos of giant trophies with Robin’s insightful comments are worth the price of the book.

A Naturalist's Life Study
By Rowland Ward

Rowland Ward was the pre-eminent authority on wildlife of his time. He recorded the history of his life’s work in this book for the interest of sportsmen and natural historians. He was a talented artist, creating dramatic exhibits of taxidermy and also sculptures, artwork and furniture made from animal parts. All these items are highly collectable today.
Rowland Ward died in 1912 and very little is known about his life and the business that bore his name. Pat Morris published a book in 2003 using all the material and photographs he could find. This book is well worth owning along with the autobiography.
This edition is faithfully reproduced from the orginal edition of which only 50 copies were produced in 1913.

Binding and pages: Hardbound; 228 pages; photographs
A Thousand Trails Through Africa

by Isabel de Quintanilla

A Thousand Trails Through Africa is the remarkable story of Isabel de Quintanilla who left a privileged life in Valencia in the 1960s and followed the man of her dreams, Tony Sanchez-Arino, to Africa. Enduring harsh conditions and often extreme discomfort, she became an elephant hunter. In spite of a dangerous bout of malaria and Dengue fever, she remained at her husband’s side and together they formed a hugely successful safari business, hunting in some of the remotest parts of Africa.
Isabel has been on 125 safaris and in this time has accummulated a wide experience in hunting and conservation as well as photography and the knowledge of local tribes.
“I have written the foreword for many books, but never with such deep satisfaction as I feel with A Thousand Trails Through Africa… With this book Isabel de Quintanilla pays tribute to those self-effacing women who accompanied their men on the African adventure, and for this too we should be grateful. Other women have traveled along the paths of Africa, but none have told it so beautifully. I thank her and congratulate her.” Nicholas Franco, Honorary President, C.I.C.

Binding and pages: Hardbound with a dust jacket, 192 pages; photographs; very good used copy

African Epic

By Richard Harland

Spanning an extraordinary man’s life which began in the days of the ox wagon era, reveled in the excitement of pioneering in colonial Africa with unlimited big game hunting, and continued into the modern times of turbulent African independence, safari hunting and endless adventure. Paul Grobler’s day has gone, never to be repeated.
Paul’s reputation was built on his early prowess as an elephant hunter, an activity which not only contributed the finance, via ivory sales, for his early farming ventures, but also provided the grounding for his later involvement in the first major elephant culling operations in the Game Parks of Southern Africa.
A lifetime of adventurous exploits in the African wilds is, by definition, loaded with potential dangers but Paul’s powers of survival varied from the uncanny to the bizarre. Did the mystique of Africa, the stuff of fate and fable, envelop and protect him when the old witch cast her spell? Who knows?

Binding and pages: Hardbound with a dustjacket; 268 pages; photographs; fine copy

African Hunter II

Edited by: Craig Boddington and Peter Flack

The original African Hunter was written by James Mellon, who spent five years in Africa during the late 1960s and early 1970s and spent several more years producing his masterpiece. This is an updated version for the modern era.
Twenty-five countries are covered, with thorough in-depth overviews of their hunting areas, background information, and best times to hunt. Then there are the game animals: the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, and elephant); the nine spiral-horn antelope; game indigenous to only one region; game indigenous to most regions; the rarities; the plains game, and so on.
There are hunting stories from each country that highlight the game found in that particular area; these are thrilling stories written by people who have hunted and lived in the area for long periods of time. Moreover, you will read exciting stories of giant tuskers in Tanzania, huge leopards, obnoxious buffalo, large lions, and a surprisingly nimble giant rhino. But the book goes beyond that with chapters on medical preparations, booking a safari, the rules and the rifles for Africa; there is even a detailed checklist of game animals, country by country. You will also find detailed maps and numerous sidebars packed with information.

Binding and pages: Hardbound with a dustjacket; 606 pages; colour photographs.

African Sunsets
By Giorgio Grasselli

Giorgio Grasselli is a well-known professional hunter. But, as the author emphasises, this is not purely a hunting book. It is also the story of his life in Africa, written with honesty, humour and often with irony. The threads that bind his story, include his love of nature, its big wild animals in particular, his interest in the indigenous people among whom he has lived and the close bond of affection he feels towards the old white people of Africa. The author is a connoisseur of Africa (he hates the word expert, so often used and abused of these days) and some of these “expert” problems emerge forcibly from the pages of this book. Some of the countries he lived and hunted in were Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Zambia, CAR and Sudan.

Binding and pages: Hardbound with a dustjacket; 336 pages; colour photographs
Africa's Greatest Tuskers

By Tony Sanchez-Arino

Nothing in Africa fascinates like big-tusked elephants. And nobody in the world knows big tuskers better than Tony Sanchez-Ariño. This book lists every known elephant with at least one tusk of 130 pounds or more and tells the stories of who hunted them, who owns them, or how they were found. It is based upon three years of research, utilizing information unearthed from the archives of countless libraries, museums, professional hunting organizations, and private collections.

Amazingly, Sanchez-Ariño uncovered dozens of elephants not listed in Rowland Ward, some on public display, some hidden in private collections, and all of them massive. The stories are all here, often in great detail, accompanied by photos. For example, who actually shot the huge elephant entered twice in Rowland Ward with slightly different measurements that was shot in the same place and in the same year? Did you know it was an American adventurer in the C.A.R who shot what is likely one of the ten biggest bulls ever recorded? This happened in the early 1890s and it was never entered in any record book. Many of the stories Sanchez-Ariño found involve hunters who did not want to follow a track because it was too small, but when they did, they discovered small feet do not always indicate small tusks. Many of these elephants were so famous that they had names given to them by the locals, which added to their legendary status and lore.

Tony Sanchez-Ariño and his research team followed up every “elephant track,” whether small or large, and recorded every elephant they could find that had at least one tusk over 130 pounds. Huge tuskers like these are now a thing of the past, but they march through the pages of this book in all their glory, brought back to life through entertaining text and stunning images.

Binding and pages: Hardbound with a dustjacket, 308 pages, color and B&W photographs.

Africa's Most Dangerous
By Kevin Robertson

Doctari has produced the most comprehensive guide to shot placement for the African buffalo. He talks about his favourite calibres, what constitutes a good trophy, and when a buffalo should not be shot. He talks of hunting cows, equally as dangerous as bulls, and he gives us his views and insights into various rifle types and bullets.
This book, his first since he wrote his best seller, The Perfect Shot, has it all: the African tracker, bow hunting, calibre choices, picking the right bullet (a very interesting subject and well covered), selecting rifle sights, trophy evaluation, anatomical features, differences between bulls and cows in the field, distribution and natural history, hunting accessories, and more. All of it has been illustrated with some of the most magnificent Cape buffalo photographs ever seen by world-class wildlife photographer Catherine Robertson.

Binding and pages: Hardbound with a dustjacket; 243 pages; colour photographs
An African Game Ranger on Safari

By Don Cowie

Don Cowie is a knowledgeable naturalist who began his working life as an officer with the Southern Rhodesian Department of Customs and Excise. Stationed at Beitbridge, which lay in the heart of the country's lowveld game lands and already an experienced hunter, his name soon got around amongst the surrounding cattle ranchers who sought his assistance with problem animal control, where Don gained considerable experience in the hunting down of dangerous big game. These were the cattle killing big cats, elephant damaged water installations, and thirsty buffalo that created right of ownership problems at the drinking troughs.
Although the cropping and marketing of the game products like meat and skins for profit from the rigid quotas set was perfectly legal in Southern Rhodesia, sport hunting for profit was not, which naturally excluded safari hunting and which prompted the Henderson brothers to start their own safari company in Botswana. Don went with them as their professional hunter during the six month safari seasons, returning to the ranch to continue his game cropping and marketing when the season ended. This changed in 1967 when sport hunting on a game ranching permit finally became legal after a long fight with government, when the Hendersons moved their safari operation to Southern Rhodesia. Brian Marsh was also in the safari business by this time and they teamed up to become Henderson and Marsh Safaris, the largest safari company in the country, and Don became one of the professional hunters.
Readers of this excellent book will not only be entertained by Don's hunting stories but will also learn a good deal about game management in Africa's national parks and on the privately owned game ranches of Southern Rhodesia, where he was a game ranch manager for practically all his adult life.

Binding and pages: Hardbound wit a dustjacket; 252 pages; photographs; almost new

Between the Sunlight and the Thunder

By Keith Meadows

Few countries have felt the tumult of change more than Kenya, the Congo and the country once known as Rhodesia. And long before Harold Macmillan made those words famous in Cape Town in February 1960 when he addressed the South African government, Gil Freeman had already felt the full force of their violence. On a farm at the foot of the Aberdare Mountains in Kenya, his parents and his sister were slaughtered by the anti-government disciples of Mau Mau in February 1953. He was seventeen years old. From a volunteer in the government security forces responding to the brutality of the Mau Mau offensive, to professional hunter, to game warden, Gil remains in Kenya for the next decade, moving on in due course to the Congo and then Rhodesia.
Following his mixed fortunes, this is a major novel of a fast changing Africa that covers 25 years of colonial history when those winds wreaked havoc on people and wildlife alike. In a blend of fact and fiction, of real life, disguised and invented characters in three countries, this historical novel, whilst harrowing, is also insightful and hauntingly beautiful, written by a person whose knowledge and love of Africa bleeds through every page. Woven into the story is the external triangle, the consequences of which evolve against a background of one of the most explosive periods of African history.
“Anyone who has experienced war, terrorism or insurgency set in the grandeur of the African bush, the Africa of then and now, will feel a pang of nostalgia and recollection which can only be conveyed by a talented author such as Keith Meadows, who has been there, seen it and done it!” Capt. John H Brandt – author of Hunter of Man; Soul of the Hunter, Horned Giants etc

Binding and pages: Softcover; 506 pages; fine copy

Between Two Fires

By Fiona Claire Capstick

One of the most memorable chapters in the history of early 20th century Africa is now being shared with the Anglophone world for the first time. German East Africa and the subsequent British Mandate of Tanganyika are the backdrop to the astounding life and times of Margarete Trappe, who came out to settle in the German colony in 1907 where she died half a century later. “This book is both a literary landmark and tour de force.” Dr Jim Casada, Editor at Large, Sporting Classics
This young woman and her husband, Ulrich, trekked on foot over several weeks with their retinue from near Tanga on the coast to the foothills of Mount Meru, overlooking Mount Kilimanjaro. This pioneering couple went on to develop an estate of great renown for its livestock, dairy herds, horse stud and agricultural achievements. Margarete had a special affinity with the tribal peoples of her new world who embraced this young woman of translucent goodwill from a distant country and who remained by her side to the very end of her often tortuous life. Such were her riding, hunting, tracking and bush craft skills that Margarete Trappe became the only female intelligence operative in the East African theatre of the First World War. She would raise four children, survive two world wars, internment, deportation and sequestration as she fought to remain in the wild magnificence of her African home. By 1928, Margarete Trappe had become the first full-time professional huntress in Africa and the preferred guide of the aristocracy of Europe during lengthy big game hunting expeditions. Farmer, ethical huntress, skilled naturalist, formidable equestrienne, amateur veterinary surgeon and healer of humans, Margarete Trappe had few if any peers. Her courage in the face of adversity, endurance in the face of loss, unfailing empathy for others and her fortitude to rise up and rebuild became the stuff of legend in her own lifetime.


Binding and pages: Hardcover with dustjacket; 208 pages; photographs; fine copy

Big Game Hunting

by: Sacha de Montbel

Sacha de Montbel was born in 1926. After the Second World Ward at the age of 23 he went to Africa where he spent the next 20 years. This was the beginning of his big game hunting career, which took him to all territories of the African continent, Asia, Oceania, North & South America, Central and Eastern Europe. With its many beautiful photographs, and chapter on hunting on every continent, there is no book like it.

Binding and pages: Bound in black bonded leather; signed and limited 25/250; 254 pages; colour photographs; slipcase damaged

Comprehensive Guide to Tracking

By Cleve Cheney

Tracking is an art form as well as a skill. But it is an art that can be taught and a skill that can be acquired. All mammals, including humans, have behavior patterns that can be learned and even anticipated. Cleve Cheney, a master at tracking both animals and humans, defines tracking as “learning to use all your senses to monitor your surroundings and to make logical and realistic deductions from what you have observed.”

But how do you learn how to monitor the right elements in your surroundings and make the right deductions? The author will show you how, by using hundreds of photos and drawings to describe and depict the numerous variables. He has brought together a massive amount of information on the how, when, and where of tracking. For example, a track that is canting to the left indicates where to look for the next track, and the conditions of the track (such as erosion, insect marks, etc.) indicate how long ago it was made.

Binding and pages: Softcover; 350 pages; colour photographs

Fishing Book

Personal register

100 ruled pages for recording your days spent in the field, bound in green bonded leather.

Weather, Conditions, Rod, Pool, Fly, Fish, Weight, Length, Sex and Comments

Size: 15 x 12 cm (6 x 5 inches)

Game Book

Personal register

100 ruled pages for recording your days spent in the field, bound in green bonded leather.

Date, Place, Game, Measurements, Rifle, Bullet, Remarks

Size: 15 x 12 cm (6 x 5 inches)

Horn of the Hunter
By Robert Ruark

This is Ruark's most sought-after book. In the early 1950s famous newspaper columnist Robert Ruark and his wife, Virginia, went to British East Africa (now Kenya and Tanzania) for a nine-week safari with their professional hunter Harry Selby. The three of them, along with a group of native runners, a Jeep, and an old lorry, ventured into the bush for an adventure none of them forgot
In this book Ruark shares with you the ferocity of the wounded buffalo and the acid sweat of fear. He was a journalist, author and big-game hunter who wrote from the late 40s until his death in the mid 60s. He was hugely popular during his lifetime. This book contains Ruark’s own tale of his first safari in Africa in the early 1950s and is an incredibly entertaining and detailed account. He discusses the regular comings and goings of the safari, but he talks about a wide range of other topics including his experiences in WWII in the merchant marine, Hollywood safari movies, the habits of various game animals in Africa, a bit about the diverse natives, and a host of other topics. It reads as if you are sitting with him around the campfire.

Binding and pages: Hardbound with a dustjacket; 315 pages; photographs
Hunter

By: JA Hunter

This is John Hunter's best-known book and the one that set him on the path to becoming an internationally recognized name in the post-World War II African big-game hunting scene. Written in the 1950s, Hunter recounts the career of a professional big-game hunter from before WW I till after WW II. Perhaps the most astonishing tale in this book is John Hunter’s incredible rhino-hunting adventures. As Game Ranger, he was charged by the Tanganyika government to clear out dozens of rogue rhinos from Makueni.

John Hunter's career took him throughout East Africa: for bongo in the Ituri rain forest (former Zaire), lion in Masailand (Kenya), and man-killing buffalo near Thomson's Falls with his favourite dog (Kenya). His descriptions of the early safaris to the most pristine of African wildernesses, such as the Ngorongoro Crater, are lively and of such a quality that the reader gets transported back in time to the heyday of African hunting.

Binding and pages: Hardbound with a dustjacket; 263 pages

Hunting Icons of Africa

By Peter Flack
Hunting Icons of Africa represents the culmination of Peter Flack’s five decades of hunting on the African continent. Having experienced hundreds of safaris in 15 African countries, he is uniquely able to choose the top 25 game icons in Africa and provide the reader with well reasoned and insightful comments as to why each of these animals merits selection. Of course subjectivity plays a significant part in these choices and each chapter is divided into two sections – the first setting out the reasons for his choice and the second being one of his well-written, warts-and-all, evocative and exciting stories about the hunt for each icon.
Follow Peter Flack in his search for the dwarf forest buffalo which almost killed him and other denizens of the rain forest such as forest elephant, giant forest hog, forest sitatunga and the new world record bongo. Move to the Sahara desert of Chad and live through his attack by four AK-47 toting nomads as he shoots the new number three Barbary sheep and northern kudu. Live through his disappointments as he takes 33 days to find a mountain nyala in Ethiopia and travel the width of Africa from east to west – through Tanzania for lion and Roosevelt sable, Mozambique for leopard, Zimbabwe for kudu, Botswana for red lechwe and South Africa for grey rhebuck amongst others.
This is not only an exciting and highly interesting book but it will help the reader draw up his own wish list and, in so doing, avoid many of the pitfalls into which Peter sometimes fell.
“No one in modern times, perhaps not ever, has hunted Africa as widely as Peter Flack, and few among us are as astute in our observations. This book is Peter's tribute to his own list of Africa's top twenty-five game animals, his icons of African hunting.” Craig Boddington.
Binding and pages: Hardbound with dustjacket; 320 pages; colour photographs; very good used copy

Hunting the Spiral Horns - ELAND
Edited by: Peter Flack

Written by some of the top professional and amateur African hunters, the object of this book has been to produce the definitive work on hunting four of the five eland subspecies available on licence. The fifth subspecies, the Western giant eland, is highly endangered and is not available on licence although the current circumstances of the animal are referenced. To this end, a number of experienced eland hunters – some 20 in all – have contributed brand new chapters to the book. They read like the Who’s Who of eland hunting and include such icons as Don Cowie, Anthony Dyer, Robin Hurt, Craig Boddington, Ivan Carter and Kevin Robertson, to name but a few.
Apart from in-depth research on eland themselves, there are chapters on “How To” hunt these incredible animals, Rifles, Calibres, Cartridges and Bullets, and Clothing and Equipment. Exciting accounts of successes and failures in the hunt for the huge, grey, “Blue Bulls” are included as well as further lessons sourced from hunters of yesteryear such as Cornwallis Harris, Maydon, Millais, Selous, Roosevelt and others. The book is complemented by outstanding photographs provided by the contributors as well as professional and amateur photographers and friends. Altogether, this 336 page book hosts some 350 colour photographs and 40 black and white ones. In brief, after reading this book you will know as much as it is possible to learn from a book about hunting eland – everyman’s elephant – these, at times, not so gentle giants of the African bush. This is the second in the five book series covering the hunting of all members of the spiral horn family.
It will make a welcome addition to any collection of hunting books and not only provide a worthwhile reference source but also top quality entertainment for many seasons to come.

Binding and pages: Hardbound with a dustjacket; 336 pages; colour photographs
Hunting the Spiral Horns - KUDU

Edited by: Peter Flack
Written by some of the top professional and amateur African hunters, the object of this book has been to produce the definitive work on hunting the six kudu species and subspecies and, to this end, a number of experts – some 16 in all – have contributed brand new chapters to the book. They read like the Who’s Who of kudu hunting and include such icons as Anthony Dyer, Brian Herne, Robin Hurt, Alain Lefol, James Mellon and Tony Tomkinson, to name but a few.
Apart from in-depth research on kudu themselves, there are chapters on “How To” hunt these incredible animals, Rifles and Ammunition, and Clothing and Equipment. Exciting accounts of successes and failures in the hunt for the plus 60 inch super bulls are included as well as further lessons sourced from hunters of yesteryear such as Selous, Swayne, Percival, Capstick and others. The book is complemented by outstanding photographs provided by some of the contributors as well as professional photographers and friends. In brief, after reading this book you will know as much as it is possible to glean from a book about hunting kudu – the glorious, great, grey ghost of the African bush, the top African antelope. This is the first in a five book series covering the hunting of all members of the spiral horn family.
“Think again if you reckon you know all about kudu. I foolishly thought I did and I have been humbled. This book opened my eyes to my inadequacies. Beautifully written and masterfully assembled, this new work is a treasure trove of valuable information, useful hunting tips, tried and tested techniques and interesting anecdotes. So much so that I will never again look at kudu with the same eyes. Peter Flack's latest effort is destined to become a classic. This is the definitive work on these magnificent antelopes.” Kevin “Doctari” Robertson – author of The Perfect Shot
Binding and pages: Hardbound with dustjacket; 292 pages; colour photographs; used copy

Hunting the Spiral Horns - Nyala/Bongo

Edited by Peter Flack

Written by some of the top professional and amateur African hunters, the object of this book has been to produce the definitive work on hunting the bongo and nyala species. A number of experienced hunters – some 30 in all – have contributed brand new chapters to the book. They read like the Who’s Who of hunting and include such icons as Gary Kelly, Rudy Lubin, Mike Prettejohn, Jason Roussos, Tony Seth-Smith, Robin Hurt and Coenraad Vermaak.  
Apart from in depth research on the bongo and nyala themselves, there are chapters on “How To” hunt these incredible animals, Rifles and Cartridges and Clothing and Equipment. Exciting accounts of successes and failures in the hunt are included as well as further lessons sourced from hunters of yesteryear such as Maydon, James Mellon, Powell-Cotton, Drummond and Christy to mention but a few. The book is complemented by outstanding photographs provided by the contributors as well as professional and amateur photographers and friends.
In brief, after reading this book you will know as much as it is possible to learn from a book about hunting bongo and nyala – the elite African trophies. This is the fifth in the five book series covering the hunting of all members of the spiral horn family, some 30 animals in total, if animals recognized by both the Rowland Ward and SCI record books are taken into account.

Binding and pages: Hardbound with a dustjacket; 432 pages; colour photographs

Kambaku

By Harry Manners

When young Harry was six, his family moved to Lourenço Marques, then the capital of Portuguese East Africa, now Mozambique, where his father worked as a shipping agent. Harry shot his first elephant when still a teenager using an old 10.75mm Mauser rifle, and he was so successful-the elephant had tusks of over eighty pounds per side-that this set him on his course for life.

He began his career in 1937 and continued until 1953 when commercial ivory hunting was closed in Mozambique. With his beloved .375 H&H he hunted buffaloes for meat and elephants for ivory during this period. Thereafter, he was the first professional hunter to be employed by Safarilandia, the company owned by the famous hunter Werner von Alvensleben. During the years Harry was a professional elephant hunter, he shot approximately 1,000 specimens. Among his many magnificent trophies was an incredible pair of tusks that weighed 185 and 183 pounds, the fourth largest African tusks ever recorded.

Binding and pages: Hardbound with a dustjacket; 389 pages; photographs Used copy/fine condition

Men For All Seasons

By Anthony Dyer

The word ‘safari’ is full of excitement. It makes you think of adventure and romance, of strange new places and excitingly different people. This book is the story of the people who are the principal actors on the great stage of the safari scene: the professional hunters. During the 20th century they were the first amateurs - pioneer farmers or army officers on leave. They came into the job more by chance than deliberation and many of them evolved into specialist professionals. From the very beginning they demonstrated qualities of enterprise and leadership far in excess of their duties as stewards to their safaris.
The princpal events in this history occur within the fifty years between 1900 and 1950. Tony was born and brought up in the centre of it all and it is therefore possible for him to use firsthand accounts by some of the people who were actual participants in the events in this exciting period. Some of the hunters include Philip Percival, Bill Judd, Bror von Blixen, Andy Anderson, Bill Ryan, the Cottars, Myles Turner, David Sheldrick and Don Bousfield.

Binding and pages: Hardbound with a dustjacket; 300 pages; photographs; very good used copy

Months Of The Sun

By Ian Nyschens

Ian’s career as an elephant hunter began in 1947 in Southern Rhodesia when he found a companion - Faanie Joosten - and the pair of them started hunting for ivory for a living. They roamed far and wide, often outside of the law, as far north as southern Tanzania and as far east as the coast of Mozambique. But Ian's stronghold was the thick jess bush of the Zambezi Valley, a place he loved more than any other. There, visibility was so poor that sometimes a hunter could be close enough to touch an elephant with the barrel of his rifle before he could see it.
Ian’s life was one fantastic epic adventure after another. He once faced a stampede of seventeen furious elephants in reeds over twelve feet tall and had to shoot a “wall” of elephants to prevent him and his companions from being overrun. On another occasion Ian and Faanie developed a method of hunting crocodiles for their skins that entailed walking chest-deep into the Zambezi River at night. They would stand next to an anchored hippo leg and "brain" the crocs. In the end that got a bit too much even for Ian, and he gave it up as being too hazardous.

Binding and pages: Hardbound with a dustjacket; 410 pages; illustrations

Records of Big Game 30th

For more than two-and-a-half years the production team at Rowland Ward Ltd. has been hard at work preparing the 30th edition of its iconic Records of Big Game.  In order to create an “entirely new” record book, this one on African game animals, we decided to implement the following: We have included photos of the highest scoring heads, based upon a strict policy of ethics and aesthetics; we have made the book “user friendly” by completely reorganizing the layout of the book according to traditional methods used by naturalists and hunters as well as by biological kinship; we have created—with particular pride we might add—83 new maps featuring over 200 varieties of African game animals that illustrate accurate, current game distributions in great detail and full color; and, finally, we have completely reshaped the table of contents and index to make the search for a specific species easy to do. 

Records of Big Game 30th ed

For more than two-and-a-half years the production team at Rowland Ward Ltd. has been hard at work preparing the 30th edition of its iconic Records of Big Game.  In order to create an “entirely new” record book, this one on African game animals, we decided to implement the following: We have included photos of the highest scoring heads, based upon a strict policy of ethics and aesthetics; we have made the book “user friendly” by completely reorganizing the layout of the book according to traditional methods used by naturalists and hunters as well as by biological kinship; we have created—with particular pride we might add—83 new maps featuring over 200 varieties of African game animals that illustrate accurate, current game distributions in great detail and full color; and, finally, we have completely reshaped the table of contents and index to make the search for a specific species easy to do. 

Shooting Book

Personal register

100 ruled pages for recording your days spent in the field, bound in burgundy bonded leather.

Date, Place, Species, Number, Observations, Guns, Conditions, Notes

Size: 15 x 12 cm (6 x 5 inches)

Some Lions I Have Met
By Gordon Cundill

Come suddenly upon a lion and you will note that he will almost not deign to recognize your presence. He will seem to look right past you or, if he does look at you it feels as though he is focussed on an object standing some distance behind you. If you are foolish enough to provoke him, it is his eyes that you will remember if you are among those fortunate enough to survive the experience. You have there at least part of the fascination of hunting a lion.
In this book, the readers will be enthralled in, for the most part, all action, walk and stalk hunt stories taking place in Botswana. This is an exciting, specialist book on lion hunting for the lion hunter by an expert lion hunter. It contains many thought provoking and valuable lessons, for example, on calibres, cartridges and why not to use an over-and-under double rifle. These are not carefully edited stories where the PH and the client never put a foot wrong. No, these are graphic, here, now and in your face stories where you can almost feel the rumbles of the lion's roar in your chest and smell his paint-stripping breath at the end of a close encounter.

Binding and pages: Hardbound with a dustjacket; 250 pages; colour photographs
Tall Tales

By Buzz Charlton

Few people need an introduction to Buzz Charlton, made famous over the last decade with a series of elephant hunting DVDs set in Zimbabwe.  If you haven’t seen them, you should—they have the power to raise the hackles on an 800-pound dead gorilla.  Buzz is also known for shooting crop-raiding Problem Animal Control (PAC) elephants and ornery, cranky tuskless cows in the thick jesse bush of the Zambezi Valley.  This sort of hunting quickly distinguishes the men from the boys—it is definitely not for the faint of heart.   In fact, at a recent safari convention Buzz admitted to us that he was doing less of that type of hunting because he wanted to see his girls grow up.  This does not mean he has stopped going after elephants, but rather he is now concentrating his hunts along the Mozambique border for trophy bull elephants . . . as if that is a tame way to spend one’s professional career!

While the book has a good deal of elephant hunting, it is really a celebration of a brash safari PH who hunts all kinds of dangerous and devious critters and gets into scrapes in the bush with all of them . He is refreshingly honest about his own mistakes and shortcomings and is not afraid to point out clients who could do with some modesty, more skill, or better behavior!  However, in his twenty-five years as a PH he has formed close bonds with many clients who keep coming back to hunt again and again with Buzz. This attests not only to his skills as a PH but also to his character. 

Even though his father, who was a PH with Kerr & Downey Safaris, died when Buzz was very young, Buzz seemed destined to fulfill his father’s ambition to make a lifelong career out of hunting big game. As soon he was old enough, he became an apprentice hunter, eventually landing up with Zambezi Hunters to complete his training. It was there he a found a man who would not only mentor him but would also help him achieve his dream.  Dengesi was the man’s name, and he was the first black professional hunter in Zimbabwe.  It was under Dengesi’s tutelage that Buzz completed his three-year training to become a professional hunter.  Some of Buzz’s funniest escapades come from that time.

Ian Piercy ran Zambezi Hunters, and one of Buzz’s first tasks as an apprentice was to shoot a buffalo cow for lion bait. Buzz jumped at the chance. He was to find a buffalo cow, cut it into two pieces, and hang the pieces in separate places for lion bait. The problem was that Buzz was given the order late in the day, and he was in an area where there were few buffaloes. What did he decide to do?  He shot a pathetic, ugly dagga boy instead. Figuring that if he cut away all the incriminating parts, no one would be the wiser. What happened to him was straight out of a Laurel and Hardy movie.  Then there was the time when Buzz realized that he needed to revise his strategy of “shouting an elephant down” if he were to stay alive to hunt another day.  Read the chilling tale of how he came to revise his long-held strategy. Finally, Buzz had deadly encounters with more than just the local fauna. Discover how even an innocuous tree limb can turn menacing . . . for one very nearly did him in!  

Buzz has had a wealth of experience, and that has resulted in a lifetime of great stories. Added to the fact that Buzz can write a good story and present it in a highly entertaining way, and you have the basis for a great book.  What you will find here are the absolute best, most exciting, hilarious, and hair-raising stories from an experienced individual who has literally spent tens of thousands of hours hunting in Africa’s wilderness.  Whether it is a broken nose received from a late night bar encounter, a terrifying elephant or buffalo charge, or a difficult safari client who desperately needs a lesson from the bush, you will be thrilled to read one good adventure-laden chapter after another.   Foreword by renowned Zimbabwe PH Richard Harland.

Binding and pages: Hardbound with a dustjacket, 332 pages, colour photographs.

Tanzania Safari

By Robert De Pole

After surviving Russian concentration camps, Robert De Pole decided to come to Africa. His hunting journeys are chronicled in such a manner that the readers can learn and be excited by his adventures. Robert De Pole is the pen name for the well-known and respected professional hunter, Robert Kotowicz. During 25 years and well over 100 professionally conducted safaris, Bob carved out a life few have been privileged to live. His writing style is forthright and truthful. There are excellent descriptions of the hunting areas as well as details as to why certain areas are selected for certain parties at certain times of year. Bob has a great writing ability and the reader will "see" the trophies on the pages long enough to remember them.

page index of people and places. 32 pages of b/w photographs and a Tanzania game distribution map. Tanzania Safari records the story of one amazing individual who, after surviving Russian concentration camps, came to Africa. His hunting journeys are chronicled in such a manner as the readers can learn, benefit from and be excited by his adventures. Robert DePole is the pen name for the well-known and respected professional hunter, Robert Kotowicz.. Some men came to Africa to make a living. Bob Kotowicz came to Africa to live life to the fullest on her gamefields. During 25 years and well over 100 professionally conducted safaris Bob proved he was a made who broke out of the mold and carved out a life few have been priviledged to live. His writing style is forthright and truthful. There are excellent descriptions of the hunting areas as well as details as to why certain areas are selected for certain parties at certain times of year. Bob has a great writing ability and the reader will "see" the trophies on the pages long enough to remember them. In short, the stuff of which classics are made. If you are not lucky enough to have a professional hunter for a father, uncle or friend, then co - See more at: http://www.trophyroombooks.com/pages/books/2881/r-depole/tanzania-safari#sthash.56uKUzSp.dpuf
records the story of one amazing individual who, after surviving Russian concentration camps, came to Africa. His hunting journeys are chronicled in such a manner as the readers can learn, benefit from and be excited by his adventures. Robert DePole is the pen name for the well-known and respected professional hunter, Robert Kotowicz.. Some men came to Africa to make a living. Bob Kotowicz came to Africa to live life to the fullest on her gamefields. During 25 years and well over 100 professionally conducted safaris Bob proved he was a made who broke out of the mold and carved out a life few have been priviledged to live. His writing style is forthright and truthful. There are excellent descriptions of the hunting areas as well as details as to why certain areas are selected for certain parties at certain times of year. Bob has a great writing ability and the reader will "see" the trophies on the pages long enough to remember them. In short, the stuff of which classics are made. If you are not lucky enough to have a profess - See more at: http://www.trophyroombooks.com/pages/books/2881/r-depole/tanzania-safari#sthash.56uKUzSp.dpuf
records the story of one amazing individual who, after surviving Russian concentration camps, came to Africa. His hunting journeys are chronicled in such a manner as the readers can learn, benefit from and be excited by his adventures. Robert DePole is the pen name for the well-known and respected professional hunter, Robert Kotowicz.. Some men came to Africa to make a living. Bob Kotowicz came to Africa to live life to the fullest on her gamefields. During 25 years and well over 100 professionally conducted safaris Bob proved he was a made who broke out of the mold and carved out a life few have been priviledged to live. His writing style is forthright and truthful. There are excellent descriptions of the hunting areas as well as details as to why certain areas are selected for certain parties at certain times of year. Bob has a great writing ability and the reader will "see" the trophies on the pages long enough to remember them. In short, the stuff of which classics are made. If you are not lucky enough to have a profess - See more at: http://www.trophyroombooks.com/pages/books/2881/r-depole/tanzania-safari#sthash.56uKUzSp.dpuf
records the story of one amazing individual who, after surviving Russian concentration camps, came to Africa. His hunting journeys are chronicled in such a manner as the readers can learn, benefit from and be excited by his adventures. Robert DePole is the pen name for the well-known and respected professional hunter, Robert Kotowicz.. Some men came to Africa to make a living. Bob Kotowicz came to Africa to live life to the fullest on her gamefields. During 25 years and well over 100 professionally conducted safaris Bob proved he was a made who broke out of the mold and carved out a life few have been priviledged to live. His writing style is forthright and truthful. There are excellent descriptions of the hunting areas as well as details as to why certain areas are selected for certain parties at certain times of year. Bob has a great writing ability and the reader will "see" the trophies on the pages long enough to remember them. In short, the stuff of which classics are made. If you are not lucky enough to have a profess - See more at: http://www.trophyroombooks.com/pages/books/2881/r-depole/tanzania-safari#sthash.56uKUzSp.dpuf
records the story of one amazing individual who, after surviving Russian concentration camps, came to Africa. His hunting journeys are chronicled in such a manner as the readers can learn, benefit from and be excited by his adventures. Robert DePole is the pen name for the well-known and respected professional hunter, Robert Kotowicz.. Some men came to Africa to make a living. Bob Kotowicz came to Africa to live life to the fullest on her gamefields. During 25 years and well over 100 professionally conducted safaris Bob proved he was a made who broke out of the mold and carved out a life few have been priviledged to live. His writing style is forthright and truthful. There are excellent descriptions of the hunting areas as well as details as to why certain areas are selected for certain parties at certain times of year. Bob has a great writing ability and the reader will "see" the trophies on the pages long enough to remember them. In short, the stuff of which classics are made. If you are not lucky enough to have a profess - See more at: http://www.trophyroombooks.com/pages/books/2881/r-depole/tanzania-safari#sthash.56uKUzSp.dpuf
records the story of one amazing individual who, after surviving Russian concentration camps, came to Africa. His hunting journeys are chronicled in such a manner as the readers can learn, benefit from and be excited by his adventures. Robert DePole is the pen name for the well-known and respected professional hunter, Robert Kotowicz.. Some men came to Africa to make a living. Bob Kotowicz came to Africa to live life to the fullest on her gamefields. During 25 years and well over 100 professionally conducted safaris Bob proved he was a made who broke out of the mold and carved out a life few have been priviledged to live. His writing style is forthright and truthful. There are excellent descriptions of the hunting areas as well as details as to why certain areas are selected for certain parties at certain times of year. Bob has a great writing ability and the reader will "see" the trophies on the pages long enough to remember them - See more at: http://www.trophyroombooks.com/pages/books/2881/r-depole/tanzania-safari#sthash.56uKUzSp.dpuf
records the story of one amazing individual who, after surviving Russian concentration camps, came to Africa. His hunting journeys are chronicled in such a manner as the readers can learn, benefit from and be excited by his adventures. Robert DePole is the pen name for the well-known and respected professional hunter, Robert Kotowicz.. Some men came to Africa to make a living. Bob Kotowicz came to Africa to live life to the fullest on her gamefields. During 25 years and well over 100 professionally conducted safaris Bob proved he was a made who broke out of the mold and carved out a life few have been priviledged to live. His writing style is forthright and truthful. There are excellent descriptions of the hunting areas as well as details as to why certain areas are selected for certain parties at certain times of year. Bob has a great writing ability and the reader will "see" the trophies on the pages long enough to remember them - See more at: http://www.trophyroombooks.com/pages/books/2881/r-depole/tanzania-safari#sthash.56uKUzSp.dpuf
records the story of one amazing individual who, after surviving Russian concentration camps, came to Africa. His hunting journeys are chronicled in such a manner as the readers can learn, benefit from and be excited by his adventures. Robert DePole is the pen name for the well-known and respected professional hunter, Robert Kotowicz.. Some men came to Africa to make a living. Bob Kotowicz came to Africa to live life to the fullest on her gamefields. During 25 years and well over 100 professionally conducted safaris Bob proved he was a made who broke out of the mold and carved out a life few have been priviledged to live. His writing style is forthright and truthful. There are excellent descriptions of the hunting areas as well as details as to why certain areas are selected for certain parties at certain times of year. Bob has a great writing ability and the reader will "see" the trophies on the pages long enough to remember them - See more at: http://www.trophyroombooks.com/pages/books/2881/r-depole/tanzania-safari#sthash.56uKUzSp.dpuf

Binding and pages: Hardbound; 355 pages; limited and signed copy 254/1000; no dj

That's Africa

By Anno Hecker

In the 1980s when a friend had wounded an elephant, he asked the professional hunter, a Maasai, whether he would allow Anno to finish off the wounded beast which had gone into the thick stuff. The Maasai handed over his .458 FN Mauser for the coup de grâce. As he was about to enter the thicket, Mfupa, the withered old tracker, wanted to guide him, an offer he kindly declined as he preferred to go alone on his last elephant hunt. Whereupon Mfupa, with a respectful look in his eyes, remarked, “Ah! This one is still one of the old hunters from very long ago.”
For a long time Anno Hecker resisted requests from both family and friends to publish some of his African experiences to give them an idea of what the African wilderness, its people and game were like. At last he has done so. Although he was not one of the lucky fellows who was born and bred in Kenya, with the opportunity to hunt big game from his childhood onwards, Anno's stories are all that more exciting and interesting as he had to teach himself how to hunt as he went along.
""A day with Mr Hecker is equal to a whole year in Africa."" (Christopher Borthen, Editor of British Stalking magazine)

Binding and pages: Hardbound with a dustjacket; 184 pages; photographs; fine copy

The Diana Files

By Fiona Claire Capstick
For close on two centuries books have been written about the hunting feats of men but very little has been published concerning the many women who hunted during this period. Fiona has spent years delving into diaries, journals, articles and books written by or about the world's many unsung huntresses, tracing their role in hunting from the early gatherer-hunter societies, to the incredible accounts of the sportswomen who made their mark in the world's hunting fields in the late 19th century.
The huntresses are legion, and include Florence Baker (who saved her husband’s life), Agnes and Cecily Herbert (who hunted three continents), Isabel Savory (a real sportswoman), Minna Jenkins (who hunted Tibet) and Margarette Trappe (the first female professional hunter). They proved that they could hunt dangerous game as skillfully as any man and ventured into the depths of the wilds accompanied only by their local porters and guides.
WINNER OF THE 2005 CIC LITERARY AWARD.
Binding and pages: Hardbound with a dustjacket; 384 pages; colour photographs; dj damaged

The Hunting Blackbeards of Botswana

Edited by: Brian Marsh

Botswana was one of the top hunting destinations in Africa. It has two of the greatest hunting habitats on earth - the Okavango Swamps and the Kalahari. The Okavango is a vast swampland of clear water interspersed with islands which plays home to lions, elephant, red lechwe and sitatunga amongst others. Here hunting is done on foot in the open flood plain or from a dugout canoe on the water. The Okavango is a world of its own and it is sheer heaven to spend time there. The Kalahari is famed for its black-maned lions, leopards and plains game such as the gemsbuck. This is a semi-desert area where new techniques in trophy-size judgement have to be learned as the distance magnifies everything. Brian mentions that even his tracker was fooled into thinking a caracal (standing about 20 inches at the shoulder) was a lioness.
This book is about a family with a passion for hunting, the Bushmen of the Kalahari and the fascinating environments of the Kalahari and Okavango Delta. It offers an insight to Botswana over a period of 75 years and also passes on lessons learned from the Bushmen companions. There is no better book on the subject.

Binding and pages: Hardbound with a dustjacket; 272 pages; colour photographs; fine copy

The Hunting Imperative

By Richard Harland

Richard Harland’s extraordinary story is most unusual in that he began his big game hunting at a very young age, shooting his first buffalo at 14 years old accompanied only by a tracker. He became an elephant hunter a year later under the direction of Paul Grobler. By the following year Paul was sending him solo on elephant control and recommended he become appointed as an honorary officer.
Richard realised the days of making a living by ivory hunting were over, and he joined the game department in Rhodesia. He was posted to Gonarezhou in the south-eastern lowveld to control elephant and buffalo in the tsetse fly corridors. Years of incredible hunting followed which is wonderfully described along with many fascinating observations about people and the environment of those times.
Richard condensed a lifetime of hunting into two decades. He undoubtedly had an instinct and a passion for hunting.

Binding and pages: Hardbound with a dustjacket; 250 pages; photographs; very good copy

The Land of the Black Buffalo

By: Paul Smiles

Paul Smiles was a game ranger in Bechuanaland. These are his stories – of bushmen and buffaloes, of lions and elephants, giraffes and interfering officials. This was a wonderful period to hunt in what is now called Botswana.

Binding and pages: First ed 1961; dustjacket torn around edges

The Perfect Shot
By Kevin Robertson

This best-selling book on shot placement for African game has been completely revised and updated with extensive additions to the text, 300 new photos of the animals, and revised anatomical drawings. The Perfect Shot II also has shot-placement details for a number of species not covered in the original edition, including blesbok, bongo, black wildebeest, grysbok, nyala, reedbuck, roan, and steenbok.
The chapters on bullet construction and performance have also been substantially revised to cover the advances in bullet development that have occurred in the twelve years since the publication of the original edition.
The book covers just about every animal you might hunt in Africa, from the big, dangerous species (elephant, buffalo, rhino, and hippo) to the large cats (lion and leopard) and from the largest antelopes (eland and bongo) to the smallest (duiker, grysbok, and klipspringer). Even Africa's more unusual species (giraffe, crocodile, zebra, and hyena) are covered in detail. Each animal is shown in at least one color field picture as well as a color ""ghost view"" that illustrates the shoulder bones, heart, lungs, brain, and spinal column. These views allow you to see precisely where to place your shot in relation to how the animal may be standing. Most species now have multiple illustrations from different angles for easier understanding of the different shot-placement options.
The invaluable natural history section on each animal contains trophy-assessment hints as well as how to determine the sex of an animal. Other chapters include calibre and bullet selection, trophy handling, basic animal anatomy, and practical tips on how to make that ""perfect shot.""

Binding and pages: Hardbound with a dustjacket; 378 pages; colour photographs
The Perfect Shot Africa - Mini Edition

By Kevin Robertson

The Perfect Shot: Mini Edition for Africa II has been completely revised and expanded! Take this mini reference afield as you hunt elephant, buffalo, hippopotamus, rhinoceros, lion, leopard, Nile crocodile, spotted hyena, giraffe, eland, greater kudu, zebra, sable, roan, waterbuck, blue wildebeest, bongo, oryx/gemsbok, hartebeest, black wildebeest, nyala, reedbuck, blesbok/bontebok, impala, bushbuck, springbok, warthog, duiker, klipspringer, steenbok, and grysbok. As in the big book, the mini edition features animal tracks as well as ghost views of vital areas and point of aim for each animal. A brief essay on natural history, trophy assessment, and subspecies is included. In addition, the updated tables in the back list the minimum requirements for inclusion in the Rowland Ward and SCI record books. While nothing can replace the "big" book, this is a super handy item to throw in your backpack or place in your pocket for your next safari.

Binding and pages: Pocket size, softcover; 160 pages; colour photographs

The Wanderers

By Hoffman van Zijl

This is the story of the wanderings of two lifelong friends who had the courage to live their dreams in some of the last remaining wilderness areas left in southern Africa. South Africans Hoffman van Zyl and Gerhard Bolt set out on a series of adventures in the 1970s and 1980s to hunt dangerous game.
There is the trip to the Zambezi Valley in Mozambique in 1989 where they explored on their own with on the trackers as guides. Here they meet elephant, buffalo and lion. The friends are driven by a fascination they have of the life lived by the great hunter-explorers and enjoy the untouched African bush as much as the hunting.
The Mozambique trip is liberally spiced with flashbacks, in the form of stories told around campfires and during tea breaks, from other adventures the friends experienced both together and on their own. These range from rescuing a fishing village from a marauding hippo to a hilarious attempt to call in a lion with an electronic call, to an encounter with a mysterious medicine man who may or may not have transformed himself into an elephant.
This wonderful book will lead you to wish you could have joined the two friends in their adventurous wanderings.

Binding and pages: Hardbound; 226 pages; colour photographs

The Winds of Havoc

By Adelino Serras Pires with Fiona Capstick

A frightening look at a continent under siege. As Adelino moved through sub-Saharan Africa, he repeatedly witnessed the violence and horror of armed conflict. REVISED and UPDATED!
When eight-year-old Adelino Serras Pires first arrived on a boat from Portugal in 1936, Mozambique was a tropical paradise, where native tribes and Portuguese colonists lived in harmony and where vast wilderness areas held the promise of endless excitement. A few weeks into Adelino’s new life, his father took him along on a successful hunt for man-eating lions that had been terrorizing the countryside. From that point on, Adelino’s destiny was sealed – he would spend his days in the African bush, hunting for a living and living for adventure. After a childhood replete with thrilling episodes, Adelino became a major safari organizer with a client list comprising African royalty, European aristocracy and dignitaries, American astronauts and adventurers from around the world. Life in Mozambique, however, came under increasing threat to all its inhabitants as a foreign-incubated mood of violence began to take root. The Frelimo guerrilla movement, bent on ousting the Portuguese and on crushing all internal dissent, began launching attacks throughout the land. Such attacks resulted, amongst other things, in injury and death involving safari clients. This forced Adelino into a war of his own as he fought back to the end in a country that had long since become his permanent home. What follows is a frightening look at a continent under siege. As Adelino moved through sub-Saharan Africa – each time resuming his life’s ambition – he repeatedly witnessed the violence and horror of armed conflict. Like a hunter stalking its prey, it was only a matter of time before the forces of revolution brought him down too. That day came when Adelino, his son, his nephew and a fellow hunter were abducted in Tanzania and turned over to the secret police in Frelimo-controlled Mozambique. In hair-raising detail, Adelino recounts months of torture and interrogation in Mozambique and in Tanzania, which almost cost him his life, and the treacherous circumstances that landed him in that hell. The Winds of Havoc is a story of Adelino’s steady disillusionment, as the beauty of Africa slowly gave way to political turmoil corruption and decline. But more than that, this book is a moving portrait of a life and time that are now gone forever. “In June 1973, a little over a year after my Apollo 16 landing on the moon, my wife and I arrived in Mozambique for a two-week safari with Safrique. Adelino guided us on an adventure that was almost as exciting as my walk on the moon. We were one of the last parties to hunt in a “hot zone” infested with terrorists. We were constantly on alert and the potential danger merely heightened our adventure. Adelino became one of my dearest friends. He is world class! The Winds of Havoc is a riveting account of his life.” Charlie Duke, Lunar Module Pilot

Binding and pages: Hardbound with a dustjacket; 206 pages; photographs; very good copy

Under The African Sun

By: Frank Hibben

The late Dr. Frank Hibben was a legend in the field of hunting. From his first safari in 1949 to his last one in 1997, he travelled to every African country and hunted every major and minor game animal. From his early safaris with Andrew Holmberg until his last hunts in Botswana, there have been very few animals he did not take. Before Chad, Somalia and Kenya banned hunting, he huntered such unusual animals as the eastern bongo, dibatag gazelle and addax. In addition, he had an impressive collection of ivory, which he donated to the University of New Mexico, and what is generally regarded as the biggest leopard to ever come from Kenya. These were truly impressive trophies.

Binding and pages: Hardbound with a dustjacket; 305 pages; photographs; almost new

Visitors Book

200 ruled pages on beautiful marbled paper. Bound in leather like material and embossed with the name.

Wild Heart of Africa

Edited by: Rolf Baldus
The orignal Selous Game Reserve, in southern Tanzania, was established in 1896, named after the world famous hunter FC Selous in the 1920s and expanded to measure 50 000 square kilometres today. There are no people living within its boundaries and it has some of the greatest wildlife concentrations on the continent, including 70 000 elephant, over 120 000 buffalo, more than half a million antelope and a couple of thousand large carnivores roaming freely in its forests, riverine thickets, steppes and mountain ranges.
The Selous has gone through periods of deep crisis when its existence was at stake and the book describes these years, the causes, remedies taken and the necessary conservation policies. Possible future scenarios are spelt out in a thought-provoking way.
The contributors to this book share over a century of work in the reserve. They also share the belief that the Selous is not only the largest and oldest protected area in Africa but its also one of the finest in the world. They hope that this book will make the public aware of how important it is to conserve this World Heritage Site.
Binding and pages: Hardbound with dust jacket; 288 pages; colour photographs; almost new