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Armchair Safari – Far Away Up The Nile

John G Millais came from an artistic and hunting family. He traveled throughout Africa studying the people, the country and the wildlife. He was an ardent hunter. His Nile book was the result of a trip to the Sudan and many of the remote districts in which there was tremendous plains game hunting for the less common species.  This chapter is about his hunting on the Swamps and Nam plains. Continue reading Armchair Safari – Far Away Up The Nile

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The Family That Hunts Together….

A huge old baobab tree provides a perch for the whole family.

As parents and grandparents, one of our collective responsibilities is to leave a legacy of passion for the outdoors, hunting Continue reading The Family That Hunts Together….

From the Greatest to the Least–Antelope at the Extremes

Stephanus has eyes that never fail. At the far end of a long open valley, he spotted the herd of eland lying in the shade of the trees on the edge of the hills. The valley is wide and gentle but the slopes that surround it are steep and rocky and covered in thorns with a few marula and fever berry trees. Continue reading From the Greatest to the Least–Antelope at the Extremes

Species of the Week – African Sable

F112 mapHippotragus niger niger

DESCRIPTION Larger than the other subspecies of sable. Adult males are glossy black, with a face that is largely white except for a wide black blaze from forehead to nose and a black stripe from eye to muzzle. Adult females south of the Zambezi River also turn blackish, though they tend to be lighter than males. Females north of the Zambezi tend to be reddish brown rather than black.

DISTRIBUTION Southeastern Angola; Zambia except in the far west; southeastern Katanga Province in Congo (K); Malawi; western and central Tanzania; Mozambique; the Caprivi Strip in Namibia; northern Botswana, Zimbabwe, and the northern Transvaal in South Africa.

TAXONOMIC NOTES Includes niger (the so-called black sable from south of the Zambezi River) and kirki (north of the Zambezi and west of the range of the Roosevelt sable). The name niger Harris, 1838 has priority.