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From the Niger to the Nile – An Armchair Safari with Boyd Alexander


Every explorer looks upon the map of that part of the world which particularly calls him, and endeavors to find a spot that still affords opportunity for the special powers he may possess….” It was Lake Chad that originally interested Alexander, but his fellow officer, Captain Gosling, an avid hunter, joined his expedition and the men expanded their horizon and traveled from the Niger to the Nile, of course hunting along the way. Their first chance to hunt big game was lion. Continue reading From the Niger to the Nile – An Armchair Safari with Boyd Alexander

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Hunting Big Game With Dogs In Africa – An Armchair Safari with Er M. Shelley


Almost 100 years ago, Er Shelley was invited to join a group headed to Africa with Paul Rainey to trying training and hunting with dogs in Africa. The noted Newland & Tarlton organized the safari; George Outram was one of the professional hunters. The trip was a resounding success although there were many trials and tribulations at the start…the least of which was that, once on the trail, the dogs reached the lion or leopard first, the natives second and, well, the phrase, “Hurry, white man, here is the lion!” was often shouted excitedly as the white men came in third. The story that follows is about hunting man-eaters in Africa around the time of Col. Patterson’s Tsavo adventures. Continue reading Hunting Big Game With Dogs In Africa – An Armchair Safari with Er M. Shelley

A Rhino Interrupts a Lion Hunt – An Armchair Safari with John McCutcheon


As chief cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune, John McCutcheon provides not only insight but a sense of humor to the description of his African hunt – by the way, sometimes hunting with Carl Akeley and meeting Theodore Roosevelt. His only big game hunting book, In Africa Adventures in Big Game Hunting Country, is one to be cherished. It is dedicated to “those adventurous souls who resent the restraint of the beaten path” and prefer to go “where the roar of the lion and crack of the rifle are part of everyday life and where in a few months you can store up enough memories to last a lifetime.” This he did on his very first lion hunt. Continue reading A Rhino Interrupts a Lion Hunt – An Armchair Safari with John McCutcheon

Armchair Safari – Hunting White Rhino And Elephant In Uganda


armchair-safari-kittenberger-cover-012017Kalman Kittenberger was an adventure-loving Hungarian who came to East Africa in 1903 to collect big game for the Hungarian Museum, and he continued hunting there until 1926. His book, Big Game Hunting and Collecting in East Africa, 1903-1926 is a classic, and still very much appreciated today. In this article, he hunts for white rhino and elephant in the West Nile Province. Continue reading Armchair Safari – Hunting White Rhino And Elephant In Uganda