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Sport On The Blue Nile – An Armchair Safari with Isaac Johnson


Johnson, more than 115 years ago, set off on an African big game hunt through the Sudan. He trekked along the banks of the River Dinder (a place where many great elephant hunters took their great tuskers). Although his most famous quote is about discovering a lion right next to him (“To say that the pulsations of my heart at this moment were normal, would be described as a falsehood. But I lay perfectly still and contemplated the magnificent creature lying there beside me in all quiet dignity of leonine repose.”), he spent much time hunting elephant. And that is what his little known, but highly rated by those lucky enough to have obtained a copy, book is known for. Continue reading Sport On The Blue Nile – An Armchair Safari with Isaac Johnson

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Sport In Somaliland – An Armchair Safari with Count Joseph Potocki


A wealthy Polish hunter, Potocki spared no expense on producing his book and hunting in Somaliland. It garnered such attention that the noted Rowland Ward produced a very limited edition English language edition. To this day, it is considered one of the rarities of big game hunting collections.

When hunting with a partner, Continue reading Sport In Somaliland – An Armchair Safari with Count Joseph Potocki

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

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