Below I’ll give you my selections for the best African Hunting books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.
1. African Game Trails (2017)
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) was a heroic figure who served as the 26th president of the United States. During his eight years in office, he steered the United States more actively into world politics. Teddy “Rough Riders” Roosevelt was also a military leader, a prosecutor, a naturalist, and a prolific writer….
East Africa affects our imagination like few other places: The sight of a charging rhino goes directly to the heart; the limitless landscape of bony highlands, desert, and mountain is, as Isak Dinesen wrote, of “unequalled nobility.” White Hunters is the story of seventy years of African adventure, danger, and romance. It re-creates the legary big-game safaris led by Selous and Bell and the daring ventures of early hunters into unexplored territories, and brings to life such romantic figures as Cape-to-Cairo Grogan, who walked 4,000 miles for the love of a woman, and Dinesen’s dashing lover, Denys Finch….
In 1898, the British East Africa Company commissioned Col. John H. Patterson to oversee the construction of a railway bridge over the Tsavo River in present-day Kenya. Almost immediately after his arrival, lion attacks started to take place on the workers, with the lions dragging men out of their tents at night and feeding on their victims. Despite taking various measures to curb the attacks, they escalated dramatically, and eventually the bridge construction stopped due to a mass exodus of the workers. The superstitious workers became increasingly hostile and many of them were certain that the lions were evil spirits who came to punish the…
4. African Game Trails (2017)
In 1909, Theodore Roosevelt and his son Kermit embarked on a hunting expedition to East Africa. In this must-read memoir, Roosevelt recalls exciting hunts and kills. More than just an average hunting book, African Game Trails is an account of the ups and down of life on safari, also chronicling the culture of East Africa, its people, animals, and flora. He collected specimens for the Smithsonian Institution and for the American Museum of Natural History in New York, providing thousands of invaluable samples for their collections. Roosevelt’s group was led by famous…
The story of Roosevelt’s trip to collect specimens for the Smithsonian in 1908….
6. Horn of the Hunter (1964)
Non-Fiction, African Studies, Animals…
7. A Hunter’s Wanderings in Africa: Being a Narrative of Nine Years Spent Amongst the Game of the Far Interior of South Africa (Resnick Library of African Adventure) (2001)
First published in 1881, this book tells the story of Frederick Courteney Selous, generally acknowledged as the greatest African hunter of all time. While Selous was first and foremost a hunter, he was also a close personal friend of President Theodore Roosevelt and a naturalist whose careful observations and succinct writings were read by layman and scholar alike. The African wing of the British Museum of Natural History is named after him, and the crack special forces unit in the Zimbabwe War of Independence was named the Selous Scouts….
8. African Rifles and Cartridges: The Experiences and Opinions of a Professional Ivory Hunter (2014)
2014 Reprint of 1948 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. John Howard ‘Pondoro’ Taylor (1904 – 1969) was a big-game hunter of Irish descent. In Africa he experimented extensively using different types of rifles and calibers, which made him an expert in big game rifles. He is credited with developing the ‘Taylor KO Factor’ and wrote several now classic books. As a professional ivory hunter with some thirty years of continuous living in the African bush, John Taylor used and tested all the various calibers of British, American and German rifles, and with them killed many species of…
9. Life of Frederick Courtenay Selous (2017)
WITH but very few exceptions, Captain Frederick Courtenay Selous was the last of a long line of oldfashioned pioneer hunters of African big game. By long odds he was the most famous and conspicuous man of his kind. He lived and hunted from the period of the big-calibre smoothbore elephant gun that he loaded at the muzzle with a handful of powder as he ran at full speed, up through the 577 English express rifle of the 70’s, to the highly finished Mannlicher of small calibre and tremendous power. A stirring and adventurous life of sixty-five years is not to be dismissed with a few perfunctory and…
10. The Lion in South Africa (2017)
In 1894 British-Canadian big game hunter Sir Clive Phillipps-Wolley (1853–1918) published a book of collected works that included chapters by various big game hunters. This book “Big Game Shooting, Vol. 1” contained a chapter by F.C. Selous (1851–1917) the noted African big game hunter. This chapter “The Lion in South Africa” has been excerpted and reprinted here for the convenience of the interested reader who may not have time to read the entire 2 Volume book….
11. Hunting the Devil (2019)
When Dr. Jessica Hemings volunteers for a medical mission in Rwanda, she becomes entrapped in the maelstrom of Rwandan politics and the enmity between Hutus and Tutsis. Her Tutsi features plunge her into the Rwandan Genocide. Dr. Cyprien Gatera, Jess's superior and a Hutu radical, commandeers her clinic, slaughters her patients and her adopted sons, then forces her to treat his wounded. She escapes and survives three weeks in hiding before finding refuge at Benaco refugee camp in Tanzania. There, Jess vows revenge. She searches for Gatera with the help of Michel…
Taken from the years well before and during the Anglo-Boer War, William Finaughty, one of the great, early ivory hunters told his African adventures to a publisher who owned the pioneer paper The Rhodesian Journal. Finaughty was an adventurer, rogue, and hunter extraordinaire, who survived the death that awaited many early elephant hunters, bagging over five hundred tuskers in five years, as well as living through the intrigues with which the early South Africa was fraught. ‘Bill’ Finaughty even shot five elephants with four bullets, a feat that is typical of this book. That he hunted entirely with a muzzle-loading…
13. Africa Mia (2019)
A very personal account of amusing, weird, humorous, and otherwise diverse of experiences in Africa while on safari. IT encompasses more than 35 safaris and more than 25 years. Many photographs and illustrations. The book is written in an easy to red format with short chapters….
This guide offers practical suggestions for black Americans to develop mental awareness, a psychological game plan, and an increased level of business savvy in order to negotiate the minefield of the white work world. Included are commonsense scenarios and real-life solutions that will help every black American evaluate his or her options—from getting hired to getting fired, from adjusting one’s attitude to suing an employer. Tips are offered on how African Americans can fit their styles, mindsets, and history into the workplace, and insight is provided into how best to deal with situations, problems, and issues unique to…
Bandit Mentality captures Lindsay ‘Kiwi’ O’Brien’s Bush War service from 1976–1980 at the coalface of the Rhodesian conflict. Starting in the BSA Police Support Unit, the police professional anti-terrorist battalion, he served across the country as a section leader and a troop commander before joining the UANC political armies as trainer and advisor. Much has been written about the Army’s elite units, but Support Unit’s war record was mainly unknown during the conflict, and has faded into obscurity afterwards. Support Unit started poorly supplied and equipped, but the caliber of the men, mostly…
Best African Hunting Books: The Ultimate Collection
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Hunting Africa: British Sport, African Knowledge and the Nature of Empire
Author(s): Angela Thompsell
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2015, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
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