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Armchair Safari – African Hunting Among the Thonga (in Portuguese East Africa)

From the very inception of our trip, lion rumors, lion stories, lion lore and lion alarms had enlivened our days and nights. Upon reviewing the graduated steps that led to a successful encounter with the King of Beasts, it is amazing to find how much of the thrill of shooting dangerous game lies in the process of cumulative anticipation. I Continue reading Armchair Safari – African Hunting Among the Thonga (in Portuguese East Africa)

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Armchair Safari – The African Buffalo by F. Jackson

The Badminton Library, whose volumes were printed in 1894, was one of the first anthologies on big game hunting. The African Cape buffalo section was authored by well known East Africa resident, hunter and government officer, F. Jackson. The following account of a buffalo hunt he once had in the Arusha-wa-chini district in March 1887 will serve as an illustration of the buffalo’s cunning, ferocity and vitality. Continue reading Armchair Safari – The African Buffalo by F. Jackson

Armchair Safari – Uganda to Khartoum: Life and Adventure on the Upper Nile

Arriving at my second camp in the Lake Albert area I found my good friend Fowler, Sub-Commissioner in Uganda, then acting as Superintendent of Marine. He had come to Albert Lake to inspect the government craft at that time plying the blue waters of the Nile between the lake and Nimule. We had lunch and went fishing for a relaxing afternoon. Continue reading Armchair Safari – Uganda to Khartoum: Life and Adventure on the Upper Nile

Armchair Safari – Lion Hunting in South Africa with John Charles Andersson

John Charles Anderson wrote three books about hunting in Africa, all of them now considered classics. His final book, The Lion and the Elephant is one of the hardest to locate in original condition. To this day, it is considered one of the best on hunting both of those game animals. The story that follows is recalled by one of Andersson’s friends about lion hunting with the locals, or colonists, as they were then called. Continue reading Armchair Safari – Lion Hunting in South Africa with John Charles Andersson