The African hunter traveller books are generally the tales of independent travellers who hunted for themselves or to keep their travelling party in meat. Many were military men who travelled to remote regions as part of their army service and sport hunting was their main leisure activity.
They often became skilled naturalists, keeping meticulous diaries of their hunting expeditions. All the animals would have all their dimensions noted, not just the trophy part, along with habitat details, time of day it was taken and so on, all of which contributed to the wildlife knowledge collected on these previously little known areas of Africa.
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Andrew A Anderson was an explorer, hunter, naturalist and colonial magistrate in the Cape before he embarked upon a 25 year journey through southern Africa, as far north as the Congo. He wanted to 'add another page to the physical geography of Africa'. He was twice believed to be dead - once for 3 years.
Twenty Five Year In A Waggon In The Gold Regions Of Africa by Andrew Anderson (1887).2 Volumes. These books are the account of the author's expeditions in the Drakensberg Mountains in 1863, the Orange Free State and the area later known as Griqualand West, then later Bechuanaland. He then nearly died of thirst crossing the Kalahari Desert to Matabeleland, and later travelled in Namaqualand, Damaraland, and Ovampoland, also "spending considerable time on the Orange River, shooting, boating geologising, and taking notes of everything of interest". There are also sporting encounters with lion, leopard, giraffe and buffalo, as well as the usual hunts for plains antelope for the pot. There is a Free eBook of a second single volume edition of this book, titled 'Twenty Five Year In A Waggon:Sport And Travel In South Africa' 1888.
William John Ansorge (1850 - 1913) was a British traveller and collector of zoological specimens. He was born in Bengal and travelled extensively in Africa doing much big game hunting. There are dozens of African birds and fish named after him.
Under The African Sun: A Description Of The Native Races In Uganda, Sporting Adventures And Other Experiences by W J Ansorge (1899). The author travelled extensively in Uganda, having made the trip from the Indian Ocean six times including to the Unyoro region east of Lake Albert, and the Shiri and Zambesi Rivers. He provides detailed descriptions of the people, nature, hunting and caravan life. He also includes lists of butterflies, moths, beetles and birds that he collected. Free eBook
Alfred Arkell-Hardwick (b.1878) was a seaman and a member of the British South African Police before going to East Africa to become an ivory trader.
An Ivory Trader In North Kenia: The Record Of An Expedition Through Kikuyu To Galla-Land In East Equatorial Africa by A Arkell-Hardwick (1903). The author hunted along the Guaso Nyiro river in Kenya, bagging buffalo and rhinoceros. His party attempted to reach the Lorian Swamp but, having failed, they returned to the Guaso Nyiro where hippopotamus and giraffe were collected. There are numerous additional sporting incidents after rhino, gazelle and other game, including a successful elephant hunt by a member of the party. After encounters with hostile Kikuyus, the expedition headed into western Kenya where more rhino were taken, as well as kongoni. Free eBook
Sport And Service In South Africa: The Diary Of Lieutenant Robert Arkwright 1843-1846 by Robert Arkwright, edited by Edward Tabler (1971) contains descriptions of a time when "elephants and game were thick on the ground".
Henry P Bailey aka Bula N'Zau spent four years in the Congo and kept a detailed record of his travels and sporting adventures. 'Bula N'Zau' which he used as a pen name, was his African name meaning 'the elephant smasher'. He bagged a huge number of elephants using a .577 Express rifle with solids.
Travel And Adventure In The Congo Free State And Its Big Game Shooting by Bula N'Zau (1894) covers his west African hunting exploits from 1884 to 1888. Bailey earned the non de plume of 'Bula N'zau' because of his hunting prowess. He initially hunted gorilla, then proceeded up the Rembo River where hippopotamus and leopard were hunted. In the Massabe Swamp, buffalo and antelope were bagged. He then traveled along the Kwilu River where elephants were taken. At Stanley Pool and later near Brazzaville, hippos and elephants were collected. This book ranks right up there with all the famous elephant hunting titles. Free eBook
Ronald De La Bere Barker or Delabere Barker (1889 - 1965) was a zoologist originally from Canterbury, New Zealand. After extensive world travel, he arrived in Africa and served with Frederick Selous in the World War I campaign against the Germans in Tanganyika. After the war he stayed in the Rufiji region of Tanganyika.
He lived in his grass hut in the depths of Africa where wildlife was daily unfolded before his eyes. He became known as the 'Hermit Hunter of Rufiji' and was occasionally called upon by the local natives to hunt and kill marauding lions or hippos. He was dependent for his livelihood upon his skill in hunting and upon his powers of observation. Barker's sharp-snouted worm lizard, Ancylocranium barkeri was named after him. He wrote several books and gave weekly broadcasts on wildlife, in Swahili over the Tanganyika Broadcasting system.
Rufiji by R De La Bere Barker 'Hermit Hunter Of Africa' (1956) is the author's story of living and hunting along the Rufiji River in Tanzania. He relates hunting elephants, lion, leopards, and hippos in the region, with additional encounters with crocodiles, hyenas, pythons and the like.
The Crowded Life Of A Hermit by 'Rufiji' (R De La Bere Barker) (1941-50) are a series of 5 booklets of short stories about wildlife and native life in Tanganyika, written under his pseudonym 'Rufiji'. The books, which were printed in Dar Es Salaam, were also titled 'Jungle Hermit' on some title pages.
Savage Abyssinia by James E Baum (1927) is an account of the expedition mounted by The Field Museum of Chicago to explore and record the natural history of this ancient land. The author was the expedition's historian and hunted ibex, kudu, zebra and oryx.
Unknown Ethiopia: New Light On Darkest Abyssinia by James E Baum (1935). The hunting caravan trekked through almost 3000 miles of country never before penetrated by white men. This book originally published under the title 'Savage Abyssinia'.
Kalahari Camp Fires by Allan Gordon Bee (1944) "Retold from the Manuscript of A S Poultney, Pioneer". This the story and adventures of A S Poultney who arrived in South Africa in 1899 and proceeded to explore & hunt in the Lake N'Gami & Kalahari areas. Lion, kudu, duiker and a host of other plains game both for sport & while exploring. Very scarce.
Cannibals And Big Game: True Tales Of Cannibals, Big-Game Hunting And Exploration In Portuguese West Africa, 1917-1921 by H Channing Beebe (date unknown). The land is a hunter's dream, with plentiful game, angry elephants, charging lions, terrifying hippo, enraged buffalo and crocodile-infested waters. Beebe's elephant-hunting descriptions are especially riveting and the number of hippos he shot to feed his caravan is staggering by modern standards.
Edward Bennet (b. 1880) was a British big-game hunter. He hunted for 8 years in India while working for the Civil Service. He then went to British East Africa in 1912 on long hunting safaris in what is now Kenya.
Notes On South African Hunting: And Notes On A Ride To The Victoria Falls Of The Zambesi by Alfred J Bethell (1887). Travel and sport in Transvaal, Bechuanaland and Damaraland. This is one of the earliest practical guides to game hunting in Africa. His views on the techniques and the opportunities for big game in southern Africa in the 1880's. He describes the battery a hunter should bring, though his own hunting adventures are rather sparse, consisting of shooting ostrich and giraffe. He also details several of Frederick Selous' exploits. Free eBook
Tales From The Outposts edited by L A Bethell (1932) is a 12 volume collection of articles which appeared in the Blackwood magazine. The titles are: Frontiers Of the Empire; Tales Of The Border; Small Wars Of The Empire; Pioneering; Jobs Of Work; Tales of the Sea; Soldiers Tales; Jungle Tales; Tales Of Africa; Shikar; From Strange Places; In Lighter. Available here as a complete set or as individual volumes.
General Sir John Jarvis Bisset (1819 - 1888) was a British army officer in South Africa. He served throughout the Seventh Frontier War in 1846 and was wounded in the Eighth. For many years he commanded the Cape Mounted Rifles and retired with the rank of Lieutenant General. From 1865-7 he held the post of Lieutenant Governor of Natal.
Sport And War: Or Recollections Of Fighting And Hunting In South Africa From The Years 1834 To 1867 by John Jarvis Bisset (1875) Free eBook
Cecil Ireland Blackburne-Maze (1889 - 1963) legally changed his name to Cecil Ireland Blackburne in 1914. During the war he was an officer in the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment).
Journals Of My African Travels by Cecil Ireland Blackburne-Maze (1913). Blackburne-Maze and a companion, Lydford, travelled up the Nile through Egypt and the Sudan to reach the hunting grounds of Uganda and Kenya, where they pursued oryx, eland, impala and rhinoceros near the Makindu River before crossing the Uaso-Nyero to hunt zebra, lion, buffalo and gazelle. His engaging diary, illustrated with silver gelatin prints, was "for private circulation among friends" and is inevitably rare, with a handful of copies traced. Blackburne-Maze published another account the following year, entitled 'From Oriental To Occidental Africa'.
Sir John Bland Sutton (1855 - 1936) was a distinguished British surgeon, author and big game hunter who travelled to Africa in 1910.
Man And Beast In Eastern Ethiopia: From Observations Made In British East Africa, Uganda And The Sudan by John Bland-Sutton (1911) Free eBook
Men And Creatures In Uganda by John Bland-Sutton (1933) describes the territory and game of the region and recounts the exploits of various big game hunters. He describes his safari to the Lake Nakuru area with note of game bagged such as wild boar, reedbuck and more. This is the popular version of the author's previous book 'Man And Beast In Eastern Ethiopia'. Free eBook
Alnod John Boger (1871 - 1940) was a British lawyer, cricketer and big game hunter.
The Road I Travelled by Alnod Boger (1936) is an autobiography which includes big game hunting in Uganda, India, the Far East and Norway.
Dermot Robert Wyndham Bourke, 7th Earl of Mayo (1851 - 1927) was an Irish peer, novelist, politician and travel writer.
Sport In Abyssinia: Or The Mareb And Tackazzee by Dermot R W Bourke (1876) is an account of the author's hunting party as it travelled through the Mareb River region of Abyssinia and encountered lion, gazelle, hartebeest and elephant. While there are many incidences of sport, much of the narrative is of travel in the area. Free eBook
William Henry Branson (1887 - 1961) was an American Seventh-day Adventist minister and administrator who became a missionary in Africa between 1920 and 1930.
Pioneering In The Lion Country by W H Branson (1938) is an account of the author's travels with Alnod Boger and two others doing missionary work and big game hunting through Angola, Belgian Congo and Zambia.
Missionary Adventures In Africa by W H Branson (1925)
John Ladislav Brom (1908 - 1969) was born in what is now the Czech Republic but since 1945, lived in Paris. He was a filmmaker and photographer-explorer making documentaries, expedition films and travelogues in Africa, particularly of Saharan and Equatorial African cultures.
20,000 Miles In The African Jungle by John L Brom (1958). The author's lone 20,000 mile expedition across Africa to to record by camera African animals, African people and African scenery. He hunts for food and protection when neccesary.
Sidney Spencer Broomfield (1847 - 1930) had a numerous and varied careers which included ivory hunting and trading in East Africa in the 1860s and 1870s.
Kachalola Or The Mighty Hunter by Sidney Spencer Broomfield (1930) is an account of his life in Africa, Ceylon, Sumatra and New Guinea. There are numerous encounters with natives, as well as collecting a variety of big game including leopard, rhinoceros, buffalo and especially elephant. The natives provided him with the name 'Kachalola' meaning 'the mighty hunter'. In Asia he experienced adventures with cannibals and also hunted tiger and elephant in Sumatra.
William Harvey Brown (1862 - 1913) was an American naturalist and big game hunter who was sent to Africa on a US Government expedition.
On The South African Frontier: The Adventures And Observations Of An American In Mashonaland And Matabeleland by William Harvey Brown (1899) is a book that celebrates the early Rhodesian Pioneers - hunting and adventures throughout. The author became a collector, big game hunter, gold seeker, landowner, citizen and soldier during seven years participation in the early settlement of Rhodesia. His sporting adventures included hunting for antelope, hippopotamus, rhinoceros, buffalo and lion. Free eBook
Sir Michael William Selby Bruce (1894 - 1957) was a British baronet, author and adventurer who joined the British South African Police as a trooper at age 19, shot an escaping criminal in South Africa, hunted and captured a double-murderer, waged campaigns against the Germans and was sole survivor of a gold-seeking expedition up the Amazon.
Sails And Saddles by Sir Michael W S Bruce (1929). "The Adventures of a Man Who Had Fled Convention, as a Policeman in Rhodesia, a Soldier in the War, a Sailor Before the Mast, a Cowboy, a Journalist, a Rancher, a Schoolmaster, a Big Game Hunter, an Explorer, an Engineer, a Surveyor, Etc".
Captain Angus Buchanan (1886 - 1954) was a Scottish explorer, hunter, writer, photographer and naturalist who was exploring remote areas of Canada when WW1 broke out. He at once went to England and enlisted in the 25th (Frontiersmen) Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers. He went to Mombasa as a private in that distinguished unit in the following April, earned a commission before the end of 1915, and served with the unit until September 1917, when he was invalided out due to fever. Frederick Selous also served and died with the 25th (Frontiersmen) Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers in East Africa.
In 1919 Buchanan undertook an expedition to Aïr in the Central Sahara on behalf of Lord Rothschild which produced important zoological and scientific data. He brought back over 140 mammals, 18 of which were new to science. In 1922 he set out again with the aim of crossing the Sahara from south to north.
Three Years Of War In East Africa by Angus Buchanan (1920) is an unofficial war diary of the operations in which he took part in East Africa.
Exploration Of Aïr: Out Of The World North Of Nigeria by Angus Buchanan (1921) is the story of his first trip to the Sahara in 1919 - a 1400 mile expedition financed by the Baron Rothschild to find new species of animals in an unexplored area of Nigeria. Free eBook (1921)
Ben Burbridge (1876 - 1936) was an American real estate agent and big game hunter who made 5 trips to Africa. He hunted, took photograhs and made motion films - his film of gorillas in the wild was acclaimed as the best ever made at the time. Burbridge was also the first westerner to capture a live female mountain gorilla and bring it back to the USA. She was called 'Miss Congo' or just 'Congo'.
Gorilla: Tracking And Capturing the Ape-Man Of Africa by Ben Burbridge (1928). Apart from tracking and capturing gorillas, the author trekked through British East Africa, where he bagged rhinoceros, lion, buffalo, elephant and hippo, as well as plains game. After this sporting interlude, he went to Mount Karisimbi and the Ituri Forest in the Congo to find gorillas.
Frederick Russell Burnham (1861 - 1947) was an American scout and world-travelling adventurer known for his service to the British Army in colonial Africa and for teaching woodcraft to Robert Baden-Powell, thus becoming one of the inspirations for the founding of the international Scouting Movement.
Scouting On Two Continents by Major Frederick Russell Burnham (1926) reads like an adventure novel - warring against the Apache Indians in Arizona, gold prospecting in the Southwest, the Northwest and the Klondike, joining Cecil Rhodes in Africa in the war against the Matabele and Chief of Scouts under Lord Roberts in the Boer War.
Taking Chances by Frederick Russell Burnham (1944). The first half of this scarce volume relates Burnham's adventures in East Africa and Matabeleland with details of lion hunting.
Captain William Guy Burrows (1861 - 1912) had an 8 year British military career which took him to India and Eygpt before he retired from the army. Then as an unemployed former army officer, he became the district commander in a remote corner of the Congo for 3 years. After he published 'The Land Of The Pigmies' Burrows was successfully sued for libel in connection with alleged atrocities perpetrated on natives by Captain Henri Keyser and other officers of the Congo Free State. Burrows offered no evidence in defence and was ordered to pay damages to Keyser.
Captain Burrows was involved with yet another strange legal case which was set before Sir Gorell-Barnes to solve. Burrows secretly got married 6 months before he left for the Congo. His wife read in a French newspaper that her husband had died and some years later she remarried. Then a detective reports that her first husband, Burrows, was in fact alive and in England. The second husband arranges a meeting where Burrows confirms the woman is his wife but she says she has never met Burrows in her life. Burrows left England again and the second husband tries to dissolve his marriage legally by serving divorce papers on Captain Burrows. Read more about the mysterious case here
The Land Of Pigmies by Captain Guy Burrows (1898). During his three-year stay in the Congo Free State, Burrows commanded the Welle-Mobanghi division and the Makua (Upper Welle) and Rubi-Welle Zones. He goes on to describe the Mangbetton (Monbuttu), Ababawas, Azande, Maigoes, Mabode, Momvus and Pigmie tribes, among others. The introduction is by Henry Morton Stanley. The book is mainly about his travels and job with one chapter on elephant hunting. Free eBook
The Curse Of Central Africa by Captain Guy Burrows (1903). This book is an exposé written by Burrows after his post as district commissioner of the Aruwimi district of the Congo Free State. It describes the 'scandalous rule' of the Belgian government in the Congo, complete with illustrations of natives submitting to Belgian torture and accounts of their excessive forced labour. One of the chapters is a section by former Congo State Service agent Edgar Canisius entitled 'A Campaign Among Cannibals' in which the author takes a sympathetic stand on the natives with further descriptions of their floggings and mistreatment at the hands of the Belgians. Free eBook
Edward North Buxton (1840 - 1924) was a British conservationist, politician and big game hunter.
Two African Trips: With Notes And Suggestions On Big Game Preservation In Africa by E N Buxton (1902). The first trip was to British East Africa for lion, rhino, buffalo and plains game. His second trip was again through the same country and more into Sudan where he bagged dangerous and plains game and enjoyed excellent sport. Free eBook
Short Stalks Or Hunting Camps North, South, East And West by E N Buxton (1893) is an account of trips in Somaliland, Sinai, the Eastern Desert of Egypt, Crete, the Carpathian Mountains and Daghestan. It covers a wide range of sport after large game. Free eBook
Camp-Fire Tales by E N Buxton (date unknown) is a book of stirring episodes collected from the works of mighty hunters.
Sir Allan Wolsey Cardinall (1887 - 1956) was a District Commissioner in the Gold Coast(now Ghana) and went on to be the British Commissioner of the Cayman Islands and Governor of the Falkland Islands.
In Ashanti And Beyond by Allan Wolsey Cardinall (1927) 'The Record of a Resident Magistrate's many Years in Tropical Africa, his Arduous & Dangerous Treks both in the Course of his Duty & in Pursuit of Big Game, with descriptions of the people, their manner of living & the wonderful ways of beasts & insects.'All other books by Allan Wolsey Cardinall about the Gold Coast and Togoland
Lord Randolph Henry Spencer-Churchill (1849 - 1895) was a British statesman and father of Winston Churchill. He travelled for some months through the Cape Colony, the Transvaal and Rhodesia, making notes on the politics and economics of the countries, shooting lions and recording his impressions in letters to a London newspaper, which were afterwards re-published as 'Men, Mines And Animals In South Africa'.
Men, Mines And Animals In South Africa by Lord Randolph Churchill (1892) is an account of his tour of the gold and diamond fields of South Africa while enjoying considerable sport on his journey. Free eBook
James L Clark (1883 - 1969) was a distinguished explorer and scientist of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. For many years he was with Carl Akeley in Africa. He was an expert taxidermist and sculptor and made some distinguished studies of wild animals.
Good Hunting: Fifty Years Of Collecting And Preparing Habitat Groups For The American Museum by James L Clark (1966) is his autobiography of his experiences collecting and preparing specimens for the museum. He collected animals in Africa and Asia including elephant, Marco Polo sheep and lion.
Trails Of The Hunted by James L Clark (1928) Hunting lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo in East Africa. American big game and then to Central Asia for ibex and marco polo sheep for the American Museum of Natural History. Free eBook
The Giant Eland Of Southern Sudan by James L Clark (1931) is a brochure from the American Museum of Natural History about the Southern Sudan's giant eland. Hunting and natural history. This edition comes with a handwritten note form Clark to Russ Aitken.
The Diary Of Edwin Clarke: A Police Officer In Rhodesia, 1906 by Edwin Clarke (2016) is the journal of a young British colonial police officer in remote southern Africa. Edwin Clarke left behind his life as the son of a bank manager in England to become a mounted trooper in the British South Africa Police in Rhodesia in 1901. When he died in 1955, Clarke bequeathed a handwritten diary of his service, which has been published over 110 years later. It includes his account of horseback safari across miles of rural Matabeleland and hunting big game. There are tales from characters such as gold prospectors, farmers, settlers, African chiefs and Clarke's fellow police officers. There is tragedy too - sickness, brutality and violent death, set against the fascinating account of the daily life of a colonial police officer in a remote African district in 1906.
Francois Coillard (1834 - 1904) was a French missionary and hunter who worked for the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society in Africa.
On The Threshold Of Central Africa: A Record Of Twenty Years' Pioneering Among The Barotsi Of The Upper Zambesi by Francois Coillard (1897) is an account of the experiences and adventures of this well-known missionary, with a description of the social and political status of the natives of Rhodesia and Zambesi at the close of the nineteenth century.
Lance Colam was an intrepid British travel adventure writer who sought out particularly dangerous assignments that read like fiction and he lived to tell the tales. He also wrote 'normal' travel books on how to survive on £25 in various locations.
One Jump Ahead Of Death by Lance Colam (1940) includes all kinds of adventures such as elephant hunting in Uganda and gun-running in Korea.
Death Over My Shoulder by Lance Colam (1947) is the autobiography of an adventurer. Includes elephant hunting, religious rites, voodoo in Brazil, head-hunters of the Amazon and more!
Congo Jake: The Story Of An Adventurous Life by Augustus C Collodon (1932). From the introduction by Edwin C Hill describing the author... "Augustus C Collodon. was a bargee's offspring, son of a bargeman on English rivers. Destiny gripped him when his father sold him for a pound to a skipper of a windjammer trading to Africa. A kind fate brought to him, out of Yorubaland, in Nigeria, the big, bluff 'Rhino King', hunter and trader, who first revealed the mysteries of Africa, the mysteries and terrific perils to body and soul."
Mrs Arthur Colville was born Olivia Spencer-Churchill (1859 - 1943) and married Brigadier-General Arthur Edward William Colville (1857 - 1942) in 1883.
A 1000 Miles In A Machilla: Travel And Sport In Nyasaland, Angoniland, and Rhodesia, With Some Account Of The Resources Of These Countries; And Chapters On Sport By Colonel Colville, C. B. by Mrs Arthur Colville (1911) is an account of her and her husband's travels across Portuguese East Africa to The Zambezi river. Free eBook
Hunting Beasts And Men by P H Combe (1937) is story of the life and adventures of Phillip Harvey Combe. The book describes how he arrived in Cape Town after the Great War to join the Rhodesian Mounted Police. Besides the excitement of a trooper's life and his law enforcement duties he managed to hunt buffalo, rhinoceros, hippopotamus and antelope in the border country between Rhodesia and Portuguese East Africa.
David Charles Edward Ffrench Comyn (1877 - c.1918) was a British army officer who served in the Sudan.
Service And Sport In The Sudan. A Record Of Administration In The Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. With Some Intervals of Sport And Travel by David C Comyn (1911) is an account of the life of a British officer in the Egyptian Army at the end of the 19th Century. The author describes his travels in the country. Free eBook
The East African Sportsman's Handbook by H Copley & R F Mayer (1934) covers big game hunting and bird shooting for the sportsman in Kenya and Uganda with information on rifles, game, habitat and game laws of the era.
William Bensley Cotton (1872 - 1944) was a British barrister born in India who worked for the Indian Civil Service. He was a big game hunter in India and Africa.
Sport In Eastern Sudan: From Souakin To The Blue Nile by W B Cotton (1912). This work details the author's 1910-1911 expedition on which he bagged gazelle, leopard and hippopotamus near the Atbara River. Continuing on to the Setit, he shot lion, buffalo, kudu and other plains game, some from a machan near a watering hole. Cotton then trekked to the Rahad and Dinder Rivers where he collected lion, buffalo, hippopotamus and a variety of plains game. The nine-month safari cost Cotton £750. Free eBook
Albert D'Amico (1936 - 2017) was an adventurer whose travels took him to the sub-Arctic, the Amazon and the Northern Frontier District in Kenya. In the far reaches of the NFD he hunted game for famine relief, initiated fund raising projects and delivered food/medical aid.
A Touch Of Africa by Bert D'Amico (2005) chronicles Bert D'Amico's adventures, first in Africa, then in the Amazon rainforest. But the book is more than simply an interesting memoir, as D'Amico blends in discussions of mythology, anthropology and even theories of animal behaviour into his storytelling.
Major Henry Algernon Cholmley Darley (1870 - 1945) was a British explorer, ivory hunter and formerly British Frontier Agent at Maji in Abyssinia.
Slaves And Ivory: A Record Of Adventure And Exploration In The Unknown Sudan And Among The Abyssinian Slave-Raiders by Major Henry Darley (1926) recounts his travels from Mount Elgon in Uganda and through the Karamojo district to reach Abyssinia. There is much on elephant hunting with his first elephant bagged from his sickbed. He collected more elephant near the Lokulan River and in the Abyssinian hinterland. After leaving Addis Ababa, there was continued hunting for the big ivory in the region between the Sobat River and the White Nile. Darley says "I potted elephants until I was tired". Besides his sporting adventures, Darley adds his observations of the Ethiopian slave trade in the early 1920s.
Sport In War by Captain Lionel Dawson (1937). The sports of the field have always appealed to the British Army, in peace and at war. Adventures in sport during war are vividly brought to life in this assembly of anecdotal descriptions of hunts, horse races, pig-sticking and polo games.
Hunting Without Tears by Captain Lionel Dawson (1938) is a collection of hunting stories and articles.
Lionel Decle (1859 - 1907) was a French traveller, journalist, explorer, hunter and scientist. He completed a world 'grand tour' in 1881 to 1885 before being sent to south and east Africa by the French Government in 1890 to study anthropology.
Three Years In Savage Africa by Lionel Decle (1898) is an account of his epic journey which took him through South Africa, Bechuanaland, British Central Africa, Mozambique, Nyasaland, German East Africa (Tanganyika), Uganda and Kenya to Zanzibar. He was also the first man to travel from the extreme south of Africa to above the Equator. The introduction was written by Henry Morton Stanley. Free eBook
Trooper 3809: A Private Soldier Of The Third Republic by Lionel Decle (1899) is the story of the Dreyfus Affair, which divided France into two hostile camps, those who believed in the condemned man's innocence, and those who believed he was guilty. Decle tells the story of this conspiracy and gives a faithful account of the hardships he endured when he served in the ranks of the French Army. Free eBook
Eugene (de) Horthy was a Hungarian big game hunter and a brother of Miklos Horthy de Nagybanya, Admiral and Regent of Hungary. In 1905 he made the first of several hunting safaris to East Africa.
The Sport Of A Lifetime by Eugene De Horthy (1939) is about hunting and shooting mainly in Africa but also earlier experiences in Europe and others in Indo-China. Includes the hunting of wild geese, wild-boar, stag, big game in Africa and tiger in Indo-China.
Marcus Roberts Phipps Dorman was a British big game hunter and traveller who was hired with others to conduct 'independent' investigations into European brutality in the Congo.
A Journal Of A Tour In The Congo Free State by Marcus Dorman (1905). The author went to the Congo with the hope of shooting big game and had a negative opinion of the Congo government. After a lengthy trip, where he did shoot some game but did not see munch, he returned with a favourable opinion of the government. More travel than hunting but with many interesting observations about some really remote country. He went to the Upper Ugangui regions where game was abundant but hunting was most difficult. Does not appear that he shot much game. Free eBook
Sir Hector Livingston Duff (1872 - 1954) became an Assistant Resident in the British Central Africa Protectorate in 1897 when Sir Alfred Sharpe became the Commissioner of the country. He was promoted to be Resident and First Grade Residentship, frequently acting as Deputy Governor of Nyasaland.
African Small Chop by Sir Hector Duff (1932). Duff talks about elephant hunters like Sutherland, Sharpe and Selous in Nyasaland. He also includes accounts of his own hunting for buffalo and crocodile.
Dr James Dunbar-Brunton (1863 - 1910) was a Scottish medical doctor who was sent to NE Rhodesia, appointed by the Government as a district surgeon. It was in Africa that he investigated sleeping sickness and became known as a big game hunter. In 1912 he set up in practice in Heliopolis, near Cairo and then went to France to undertake duties at a base hospital. There he was taken ill and died.
Big Game Hunting In Central Africa by James Dunbar-Brunton (1912). The author hunted near Lake Bangweulu in North-Eastern Rhodesia. It includes excellent descriptions of hunting elephant, buffalo, hippo and rhinoceros, as well as bagging lion near Lake Mweru. The book is dedicated to the African big game huntress, the Duchesse D'Aosta and contains a photograph of her with her elephant. This occurred because Dunbar-Brunton had no photographs of his own so used those of others to illustrate his book. Free eBook
Guillermo Antonio Farini aka William Leonard Hunt (1838 - 1929) was born in the US and raised in Canada. He was a showman known as The Great Farini for his Niagara Falls tightrope walking performances. He took his tightrope act to Africa in 1866 and went on to do his Kalahari expedition.
Through The Kalahari Desert: A Narrative Of A Journey With Gun, Camera, And Notebook To Lake N'Gami And Back by G Antonio Farini (William Leonard Hunt) (1866) is a scarce exploration report by 'The Great Farini' describing his journey (the first by a white man) across the Kalahari Desert in which he recounts finding the legendary Lost City of the Kalahari. Farini was already a legendary showman, acrobat, hire-wire artist and inventor when he turned his attention to this exploration, which he hoped would lead him to a fortune in diamonds. Although Farini did not get rich from his exploration, his reports of the region to include its flora, fauna and geology were exceptional. Farini's claim to have found the Lost City is still controversial as no other explorations have been able to verify its existence.
Henry Faulkner was a British cavalry officer who joined the Royal Geographical Society search for David Livingstone in 1867.
Captain Vere Henry Fergusson (1891 - 1927) was a British soldier who served in the First World War in Africa. In 1919 he joined the Civil Service in Sudan becoming the District Commissioner in the Bahr-el-Ghazal, where he was murdered by a Nuer tribesman in 1927.
The Story Of Fergie Bey (Awaraquay) by Captain V H Fergusson & Others (1930) is based on the author's journals and published by his friends after his death at the hands of Nuer tribesman. It details his life as a commissioner in the Sudan and his big game hunting exploits.
Charles Edward Finlason (1860 - 1917) was a British-born journalist who also played first-class cricket for South Africa. He played a single match of Test cricket for the South African national side, against England in March 1889.
A Nobody In Mashonaland: Or The Trials And Adventures Of A Tenderfoot by C E Finlason (1893) describes an expedition to Salisbury, Rhodesia by ox-drawn cart, with near-disastrous but very entertaining results. The hardships, dangers and privations encountered in the early days of the settlement are depicted in a most graphic style with exciting lion stories and the lucky escape from a crocodile. Free eBook
Blue Is the Sky by G D Fleming (1945) As an RAF and airline pilot, the author's tales of flying over 1,250,000 miles in thirty two countries including his efforts at big game hunting and wandering in Africa.
Edward Fothergill was a British civil servant who worked on the Government steamers in the waterways of southern Sudan from 1900 to 1905. He was a very keen sportsman and spent most of his time big game hunting. He took every animal species to be found in the area except lion, including a record elephant trophy.
Read more about Edward Fothergill in the 1912 NY Times article 'Seeing Africa In Many Ways'
Five Years In The Sudan by Edward Fothergill (1910) is an account of his travels through Taufikier, Bahr-el-Abyad and the Bahr-el-Ghazal which was unexplored at that point, following the Blue Nile. He describes the peoples, wildlife and big game hunting. Free eBook
Douglas Clifford Fraser has become popularly known for the quotation "Delay here means nothing, for is not Africa herself a delay?" from his book 'Through The Congo Basin'.
Impressions: Nigeria 1925 by Douglas C Fraser (1926). Big game hunting memoir when the British Empire still ruled Nigeria. The author writes about hunting hippos, crocodiles and other big game.
Through The Congo Basin by Douglas Fraser (1927) is a personal record of adventure and observation as the author travelled throughout the Congo Basin. He describes the terrain, the natives and his hunting adventures with elephant and buffalo.
Edward James Glave (1863 - 1895) was an English adventurer, author and journalist. In 1883, he was appointed to the management of a station on the Congo as one of Henry Morton Stanley's pioneer officers. When his contract with the Congo Free State expired he returned to England. Glave then offered his services to US diplomat and businessman Henry Shelton Sanford and went back to the Congo for another 2 years.
He then went on a lecture tour in America and joined 2 expeditions to Alaska, crossing the Chilkoot Pass without native guides in 1890. Glave then returned to Africa to report on the slave trade and the cruel conditions under Belgian rule. However, this was not published until after his death in 1895 in Matadi, Congo.
In Savage Africa: Or, Six Years Of Adventure In Congo-Land by E J Glave (1892) describes his long journey in the Congo with observations and adventures. Of sporting interest are his hunts after hippo and buffalo near Stanley Pool and elephant near the Congo River. Free eBook
Beyond The River Bend: Life In The West African Bush by Heinrich Gortz (1979) includes a period in which this planter, big game hunter and adventurer spent in the Cameroon.
Captain Claude Henry Baxter Grant (1878 - 1958) was a British big game hunter, ornithologist and collector. Grant's rock rat, Grant's bushbaby and Grant's golden mole are named after him. He co-authored many African bird books with Cyril W Mackworth-Praed
Lawrence (Laurie) George Green (1900 - 1972) was a South African journalist and prolific non-fiction and fiction author.
Strange Africa By Lawrence G Green (1938). The author was an experienced hunter and includes tales of hunting elephant and lion by local sportsmen and pioneers. Free eBook
More books by Lawrence G Green
The Great Land Of The Elephants by Rene Guillot (1971). A hunter's memories of French West Africa. Translated by Gwen Marsh. Contents include chapters headed... M'Bam and M'Bil, Wart-hog and Antelope, the Great Rain Forests, Buffaloes, the Frontiers of Thirst, Firearms and Traps, Hippos, A Fine Captive, More Elephants, Whistle and Mask and Down the Niger in a Pirogue.
Wilfrid Dyson Hambly (1886 - 1962)) was a British, Oxford educated anthropologist and author, who became the Curator of African Ethnology at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. Hambly led the 1929 expedition to Africa sponsored by Frederick H Rawson.
With A Motor Truck In West Africa by Wilfrid Dyson Hambly (1931) a rare book about a "trophy hunter's adventures in Angola and Nigeria".
Sketches Of Life And Sport In South-Eastern Africa by Charles Edward Hamilton (1870). Hamilton travelled throughout Natal in 1864, mainly in the Pietermaritzburg, Drakensberg and south coast areas, hunting buffalo and leopard near the lower Umlazi River and crossing into Basutoland to hunt lion, wildebeest and giraffe. Free eBook
Edward William Vernon Harcourt (1825 - 1891) was an English naturalist hunter and politician.
Sporting In Algeria by Edward Vernon Harcourt (1859) is about hunting in Algeria with some account of Moorish culture.
Richard Harding Davis (1864 - 1916) was an American journalist and prolific author of fiction and drama. He was the first American war correspondent to cover the Spanish-American War, the Second Boer War and the First World War.
The Congo And Coasts Of Africa by Richard Harding Davis (1907) recounts his journey through the Congo to the east coast of Africa, with his wife Cecil Clark Davis. One chapter describes hunting hippopotamus and crocodile on the Kasai River. Free eBook
Charles Reginald Quintin Von Donop Hardinge (1905 - 1990) was born in India and educated in England. He farmed in South Africa before returning to England in 1929 to become a full-time freelance writer. He served in the Observer Corps at the start of WWII, later in the Royal Armoured Corps, then transferred to the Indian Army, then posted to China for undercover activities. He returned to England after the war and resumed full-time writing. Rex Hardinge was one of the Sexton Blake detective story authors. He was renowned for his stories set in India and Africa which he knew from first-hand experience.
South African Cinderella: A Trek Through Ex-German West Africa by Rex Hardinge (1937) is the tale of the author's bicycle trek through what now is Namibia. Includes stories about the Orange River, Hottentots, Nazi activity in SWA, evidence relative to the treatment of natives by the Germans after 1906 and up to 1914, and extracts from the report of the SWA commission. Free eBook
Gambia And Beyond by Rex Hardinge (1934). The author made a bet that his trek from Dakar, the main port of French West Africa, through Senegal into the little-known colony of British Gambia, into Portuguese Guinea would cost no more than £50 including fares, kit and all expenses. He won the bet after recouping his costs by writing this book about his journey.
Austin Hubert Wightwick Haywood (b.1878) served in India and Africa with the Royal Artillery.
Sport And Service In Africa by Lt Col A H W Haywood (1926)..."A record of big game shooting, campaigning & adventure in the hinterland of Nigeria, the Cameroons, Togoland, etc, with an account of the ways of native soldiers & inhabitants & a description of their villages & customs as well as the fauna & flora". Includes lion hunts near the Niger River, elephant hunting near Timbuctu, interspersed with military campaigns.
Through Timbuctu And Across the Great Sahara: An Account Of An Adventurous Journey Of Exploration From Sierra Leone To The Source Of The Niger, Following Its Course To The Bend At Gao And Thence Across The Great Sahara To Algiers. by Captain A H W Haywood (1912). By the time of Haywood's journey, this route was no longer "exploration" and the are was administered by the French, though it still took 75 days to travel from Gao to Biskra. An entertaining account of this trip. Free eBook
Emil Holub (1847 - 1902) was a Czech doctor, explorer, cartographer and ethnographer in Africa. He settled near Kimberley to practise medicine and soon set out in a convoy of local hunters on a two-month scientific safari where he began to assemble a large natural history collection. On his third expedition in 1875, he went all the way to the Zambezi river and made the first detailed map of the region surrounding Victoria Falls. In 1883, Holub set out to do what no one had done before - explore the entire length of Africa from Cape Town to Egypt. However the expedition was forced to turn back in 1886.
Seven Years In South Africa: Travels, Researches And Hunting Adventures Between The Diamond Fields And The Zambesi (1872-79) by Emil Holub (1881). 2 Volumes. Includes much on the upper Zambesi regions where hunting has always been enjoyed but this is not primarily a hunting book. Free eBook Vol I Free eBook Vol II
A Hunter's Camp-Fires by Edward J House (1909) is the author's memoirs of big-game hunting on both Canadian Coasts, cariboo hunting in Newfoundland, mountain goat hunting in the Rockies, moose hunting, giraffe hunting in East Africa, elephant hunting around Meru and bagging rhinos near Mt Kenya
On Safari: East African Big Game Hunting On The Veldt, Mount Kenia, And Guaso Maru by Edward J House (1909) (Kindle only) The author says "From the standpoint of the hunter, I have endeavored to furnish a plain and unvarnished description of some of the more successful hunts in which I have participated. After experience in hunting with a rifle, and with a camera to a lesser degree. I am frank to confess that I have found an element of excitement in the former totally lacking in the latter."
Joseph E Hughes (b.1876) was born in England and became the assistant native commissioner in north-east Rhodesia. He resigned in favour of becoming a full-time hunter and trader and spent the years from 1901 to 1919 organising hunting expeditions at Lake Bangweulu. He is noted for his information about the existence of a large prehistoric animal known as 'Chipekwe'.
Eighteen Years On Lake Bangweulu by J E Hughes (1920) is a scarce work of hunting and adventure with great detail of the area, which is today, Zambia. Hughes explored and hunted around Lake Bangweulu and the rivers Chambesi and Luapula. There are numerous hunting incidents, particularly after elephant, lion, buffalo, hippopotamus and rhinoceros, with cheetah bagged near the Luena River. In addition, eland, sable, puku, sitatunga, warthog and other game was collected.
Major E M Jack was a Royal Engineer who commanded the Anglo-Congolese Boundary Commission and later, the Anglo-Belgian-German Boundary Commission of Uganda.
On the Congo Frontier: Exploration And Sport by Major E M Jack (1914). Near Lake Edward, the author surveyed huge herds of antelope and he hunted buffalo and lion there, before proceeding to the Somali Valley after elephant. After surveying the 30th Meridian, he bagged additional elephants and buffalo, then headed into Rwanda after lion and more buffalo.
Frank Linsly James (1851 - 1890) was an English traveller and hunter in Sudan, India and Mexico. He was killed in San Benito on the west coast Africa by a wounded elephant. A bird of East Africa, the Three-Streaked Tchagra, Tchagra jamesi, was named after him.
The Wild Tribes Of The Soudan by F L James (1883) is an account of the personal experiences and adventures during three winters spent in that country chiefly among the Base tribe. It includes an account of the routes from Wady Halfah to Berber by the author and a chapter on Khartoum and The Soudan by Sir Samuel Baker. Free eBook
The Unknown Horn Of Africa: An Exploration From Berbera To The Leopard River by F L James (1888). The author hunts for kudu, lion, rhino and other assorted antelope near the river Webbe. This work is actually more important as a work of exploration rather than big game hunting. Free eBook
Burchart Heinrich Jessen was a Norwegian explorer who accompanied the American big game hunter William Northrup MacMillan on an expedition through Sudan and Ethiopia in 1904.
Lord William Northrop Macmillan (1872-1925) was an American soldier, knighted by the King of England, even though he was not British. He was a Scot raised in St Louis, USA. He arrived in Kenya in 1901 for big game hunting with John Boyes and later with William Judd and to explore the Blue Nile river. He bought a vast ranch in Kenya and hosted Theodore Roosevelt during his safari.
W N Mcmillan's Expeditions And Big Game Hunting In Sudan, Abyssinia & British East Africa by B H Jessen (1906) is an extremely scarce hunting and exploration classic. Jessen was an ardent hunter who made many trips through the African gamelands. He was a friend of many of the famous hunters of his day.
South Western Abyssinia by B H Jessen (1905) is an article in the Geographical Journal 25.
Sport On The Blue Nile: Or Six Months Of Sportsman's Life In Central Africa by Isaac Charles Johnson (1903) is one of the scarcest African big game books which is an account of Isaac Johnson's travels through the Sudan. Free eBook
Dr James Johnston (1851 - 1921) was a British missionary, photographer, doctor and explorer. He created his own mission in Jamaica and took six Jamaicans to help him on his journey across central Africa from west to east to cross the continent and rediscover David Livingstone's mission. Johnston's book and photographs record the journey and his observations on many things but particularly overly ambitious missionaries.
Reality Versus Romance In South Central Africa by James Johnston (1893) is an account of a journey across the continent from Benguella on the West through the Bike, Ganguella, Barotse, the Kalahari Desert, Mashonaland, Manica, Gorgonza, Nyasa, the Shire Highlands, to the mouth of the Zambesi on the east coast. The author himself fitted out his expedition at his own cost which left him free to relate the truth as he saw it. His 4500 mile journey, mostly on foot, took 20 months. Free eBook
Boa: The Memoirs Of A Banana Planter In Remote West Africa by Barrie Kaye (2000). An extremely funny and well-written book about the life of a banana planter in remote west Africa. An entertaining account of the trials and tribulations of a young man on a remote plantation, which includes much on bananas, gold prospecting and hunting.
The Far Interior: A Narrative Of Travel And Adventure From The Cape Of Good Hope Across The Zambesi To The Lake Regions Of Central Africa by Walter Montagu Kerr (1886). The author travelled to the South African diamond fields to seek his fortune. He met Frederick Selous, the pair venturing into the interior of Matabeleland. A classic African adventure book.
Kalman Kittenberger (1881 - 1958) was a Hungarian traveller, natural historian, biologist, collector and big game hunter. He made six journeys to Africa from 1902 onwards and spent altogether ten and a half years in Africa. He hunted on the Athi Plains of Kenya, the region north of Lake Victoria in Uganda and the Ruvana Plains in Northern Tanganyika.
Big Game Hunting And Collecting in East Africa (1903-1926) by Kalman Kittenberger (1929) is an account of his hunting adventures particularly those describing the elephant and buffalo.
Thomas Wallace Knox (1835 - 1896) was an American journalist for the New York Herald during the American Civil War. After the war, he made 2 trips around the world and wrote numerous books for boys as a result.
Hunters Three: Sport And Adventure In South Africa by Thomas Wallace Knox (1895) is the account of the author's hunting expedition with his friends in South Africa. They clubbed together to buy an outfit and being successful the sale of the ivory and skins would cover all the expenses and leave a good profit to be divided at the end of the hunt.
A similar hunting expedition of two British women, went out from Walvisch Bay to South Africa. The two expeditions went in the same direction and it led to their meeting. This ended with the two women getting proposals of marriage from two of the 'hunters three'. Free eBook
Conyers Frederick Woodroffe Lang (1891 - 1969) changed his name from Laing and was a British army captain. Lang hunted buffalo near Narok in Kenya, and was badly gored by a bull buffalo which he eventually manages to shoot dead. His planned drive from the Cape to Cairo had to be abandoned, and he spent four months in hospital in Nairobi recovering from his injuries.
Big game hunter, Count Zsigmond Szechenyi was in the hospital with dystentry and malaria, at the same time as Lang. He wrote in his book 'Land Of Elephants' of Lang, "A wounded buffalo tossed him, played the devil with him altogether, breaking his pelvis, several ribs, one leg and both arms. There were not many bones in him unbroken. The doctors consider him a miracle, for he survived against all the rules of the game. Now he is whistling cheerfully too, even shuffling about on crutches, impatient to be let loose again on the buffaloes."
Buffalo: The Lone Trail Of A Big Game Hunter by Captain Conyers Lang (1934). The author's intention was "to buy a car in Capetown and drive it up through Africa on a long shooting trip with Cairo as the eventual goal". A very well written and most interesting account of overland travel and big game hunting in Africa in the late 1920s or early 1930s.
Harry Baldwin Hermon-Hodge (1885 - 1947) was a British Political Officer in Nigeria for 10 years. 'Langa Langa' was his name given by local Nigerians and may mean 'marvelous' or 'almighty'.
Up Against It In Nigeria by 'Langa Langa' (1922) is a collection of memoirs from the author's experiences in Nigeria from 1908 until the end of the First World War, which he fought with the Nigerian Frontier Force. Includes much big game hunting. Free eBook
Soldiering And Sport In Uganda 1909-1910 by Captain E G Dion Lardner (1912) is the tale of a year's attachment to the King's African Rifles in Uganda which included extensive travel, big game hunting and a frontier expedition. Free eBook
Tony W Lawman was a British colonial officer and journalist in the 1950s in Zambia, formerly Northern Rhodesia.
The Long Grass by Tony Lawman (1958) is the memoir of a Northern Rhodesian colonial officer with many accounts of big game hunting and discussion about the formation of the Rhodesian colonies. It describes John Harrison Clark's establishment of a private empire in formerly Portuguese territory. The author also describes Sir Roy Welensky's political career as prime minister of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.
From The Hands Of The Wicked by Tony Lawman (1960) is a meticulously researched account of Frederick Stanley Arnot's missionary journey in 1881 to 1888. It is a gripping story of a lone missionary's adventures and his ideals of service. Events include the death of Livingstone, the race for conquest between Rhodes' men from the south and King Leopold's mercenaries from the north; the rise and fall of Mushidi and the raising of the Congo Free State flag over Katanga; the 'scramble' for the rest of the Congo, the horror of slave raids, the blood-lust of African kings, the inter-tribal wars and witchcraft. From the existing records, Mr Lawman has pieced together this amazing account of Arnot, the almost unknown hero who, in his own way, was as much part of Central Africa's destiny as David Livingstone himself.
Sport In Five Continents by A E Leatham (1912). The author hunted throughout the world, including Africa where he travelled to Somaliland in 1896 and collected lion. In 1900, he was in British East Africa hunting lion near Lucania Hill, hippopotamus on the Athi River and buffalo near the heights of the Donio Sabuk. He also includes a chapter on hunting and identifying various types of antelope including oryx. He also includes stalking gaur in the Neilgherry Hills and tiger in the Philibeet District of India as well as hunting goral and tufted deer near Ichang along the Yangtze River in China. Of North American interest are his hunts in British Columbia, Manitoba, and Rocky Mountains for grizzly bear, elk, mountain sheep and goat. Additionally, he describes hunting for red stags and fishing for trout in New Zealand. Free eBook
Sidney Jennings Legendre (1903 - 1948) was an American big game hunter and traveller. His wife Gertrude (Sanford) was a keen big game hunter herself. They married after she invited Sidney to hunt in Abyssinia for the American Museum of Natural History in 1929.
Okovango Desert River by Sidney J Legendre (1939). The author's adventurous safari hunting big game and exploring, following the Okovango River through South West Africa.
Land Of The White Parasol And The Million Elephants: A Journey Through The Jungles Of Indo-China by Sidney J Legendre (1936). Illustrated with photographs by Gertrude Legendre.
Land Of The Niamoo: Travels In The Forests Of Equatorial Africa by Marcel Le Roy (1954). The author was a prospector in the Upper Guinea, Liberia and the Ivory Coast and this book is about his travels and observations, primarily anthropological. Includes two chapters on big-game hunting.
David Leslie (c.1838 - 1872) was a Scotsman who arrived in Durban in 1849 at the age of 11 years. He learnt to speak the Zulu language so proficiently that he became an interpreter in the law courts. However he badly wanted to hunt big game, so as an impecunious 19 year old, he walked to Zululand and traded and hunted enough with the Zulus to buy an ox wagon. In 1871 he wanted to explore the gamelands of northern Zululand and Mozambique, so he and his men rowed 35 mile up river from Lorenco Marques into Tongaland. In poor health with fever, he then returned to Britain via Durban and later in 1872 died from a severe lung condition aged 35.
W H Drummond was assisted by David Leslie when he made his expeditions which resulted in his book The Large Game and Natural History of South and South-East Africa. He paid tribute to David Leslie..."to his kindly placing at my disposal, during my expeditions, the large number of hunters and natives in his service, I owe many of my opportunities for observation. Nay, I must add, that it is chiefly to his skill, attention, and kindness in illness, and to his assistance in many of the dangers and difficulties incident to travel and hunting among the natives in the interior, that I attribute my having ultimately returned alive to this country."
Among The Zulus And Amatongas: With Sketches Of The Natives, Their Language And Customs; And The Country, Products, Climate, Wild Animals, Etc by David Leslie & edited by W H Drummond (1875) was published posthumously. It is about the life of David Leslie who lived among the Zulus as a trader and hunter for most of his short life. "His acquaintance with the languages, politics, customs and feelings of the natives of Natal, and of the important semi-independent States lying between the British and Portuguese possessions on the East Coast, was probably greater than that of any other man." Free eBook
Sport, Travel And Adventure edited by A G Lewis (1915) is an excellent anthology of hunting and exploration stories culled from the finest works of the early 20th century. Elephant and lion hunting in Africa, adventures in the Polar regions, mountaineering in Tibet, bear hunting in the American West and travels in Siberia.
Adventures In The Far Interior Of South Africa: Including A Journey To Lake Ngami by J Leyland (1866). Leyland made three trips into the interior of south Africa between 1848 and 1852, trading with the native people whilst hunting big game en route to Lake Ngami and Bechuanaland. The book includes an account of a meeting with Dr. Livingstone in 1850. Free eBook
Those Days Before Yesterday by Jack F Lipscomb (1978) is an account of a settler's hunting and farming life in Kenya in the 1920s.
Albert Bushnell Lloyd (1871 - 1946) was a British missionary in Uganda, Church of England clergyman, explorer and keen big game hunter. He arrived in Uganda in 1894, and was sent to Kabarole in 1896. In 1897 he visited Kampala and was detained there by the Sudanese Mutiny and by illness. He returned to Toro in 1898 and was shortly afterwards sent on leave for health reasons. He travelled by the Congo route, and published an account of his journeys in a book 'In Dwarf Land And Cannibal Country'. His unflattering account of Belgian rule drew angry comments. On his return he went to Bunyoro and in 1903 undertook a safari to Acoli. In 1904 he opened the mission at Keyo, Acoli. The following year he left for England, this time travelling by the Nile route. His experiences in Acoli, Bunyoro and on this journey are recounted in 'Uganda To Khartoum'.
In Dwarf Land And Cannibal Country: A Record Of Travel And Discovery In Central Africa by Albert B Lloyd (1899) is the account of the author's journey from Zanzibar to the heart of the Belgian Congo. Lloyd was originally posted to Africa as a missionary, after his post was finished he decided to travel to the Western coast through the Congo, rather than return directly to England. Free eBook
Uganda To Khartoum: Life And Adventure On The Upper Nile by Albert B Lloyd (1906) is a fascinating and well written account of a missionary's travels and adventures in Africa. The work is especially well illustrated with many photographs. It depicts many of his most interesting experiences during a long residency in northern Uganda. "For ten years he has laboured as a missionary in the western parts of the Uganda Protectorate; and last year he returned for the second time on furlough to this country. The natural way of coming home, whether from Toro or Unyoro, would have been by the Victoria Nyanza and Mombasa on the east coast; but with his missionary zeal Mr. Lloyd combines a large measure of that spirit of adventure which is the heritage of Englishmen." Includes plenty of hunting. Free eBook
Havash! Frontier Adventures In Kenya by William Lloyd-Jones (1925). Early hunting (lion, elephant and rhino) and military memoirs in Northern British East Africa, Somaliland and southern Abyssinia in the years before World War I.
K.A.R: Being An Unofficial Account Of The Origin And Activities Of The King's African Rifles by William Lloyd-Jones (1926) is a history of this East African British Army Regiment including its activities in the Great War African Campaign. Includes all its active service from 1893 with a roll of honour of its British Officers and NCOs.
Frederick William Alfred Herbert Lort-Phillips (1872 - 1944) was a British banker who was also known as 'Frederick Gillet'. Gillett was his father's name but he wrote his book under his mother's maiden name.
The Wander Years: Hunting And Travel In Four Continents by Frederick Lort-Phillips (1931). The author was given five hundred pounds by his father to study fruit growing in America. He went travelling and big game hunting instead, travelling round the world to Norway, Persia, Somaliland, Newfoundland and Canada and Tian Shan.
Sir Henry Cecil Lowther (1869-1940) was an officer in the Scots Guards during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
From Pillar To Post by Lt Col Henry Cecil Lowther (1911) is the author's memoirs of travelling to Somaliland where he hunted lion in the Haud region, encountered Teddy Roosevelt in British East Africa and hunted elephant. There are stories about working on a Montana cattle ranch, travelling to Ceylon and serving in South Africa during the Boer War.
Bulkeley Garbutt Lynn-Allen (b. 1899) served with the Welch Regiment (an archaic spelling of 'Welsh') and was an East African ornithologist and sportsman.
Shot-Gun And Sunlight: The Game Birds Of East Africa by Lieutenant Colonel B G Lynn-Allen (1951) is about all the game birds of East Africa described from a sportman's point of view.
Crocodile Trader by Rory Macaulay (1960) gives a graphic account of the hazards which go with such an occupation in the wilds of the upper Zambesi in Northern Rhodesia. That the story is a true one - both in Africa and in the United States, where the reptiles are taken to a crocodile farm - makes it all the more readable.
David William Kinloch Macpherson (1900 - 1982) was born in India to Scottish parents. After training at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst he was commissioned in the Highland Light Infantry and served in Africa with the King's African Rifles where he acquired the skills and knowledge needed to track big game in Tanganyika. In 1926 he left the army to settle in Nyasaland and became a farmer, big game hunter and African ornithologist. Read more about David Macpherson's extraordinary life
The Diary Of Edwin Clarke: A Police Officer In Rhodesia, 1906 by Edwin Clarke (2016) is the journal of a young British colonial police officer in remote southern Africa. Edwin Clarke left behind his life as the son of a bank manager in England to become a mounted trooper in the British South Africa Police in Rhodesia in 1901. When he died in 1955, Clarke bequeathed a handwritten diary of his service, which has been published over 110 years later. It includes his account of horseback safari across miles of rural Matabeleland and hunting big game. There are tales from characters such as gold prospectors, farmers, settlers, African chiefs and Clarke's fellow police officers. There is tragedy too - sickness, brutality and violent death, set against the fascinating account of the daily life of a colonial police officer in a remote African district in 1906.
Peter MacQueen (1865 - 1924) was an American big game hunter and adventurer who attempted to scale the summit of Mount Kibu in 1909.
In Wildest Africa: The Record Of A Hunting And Exploration Trip Through Uganda, Victoria Nyansa, The Kilimanjaro Region And British East Africa, With An Account Of An Ascent Of The Snowfields Of Mount Kibo, In East Central Africa, And A Description Of The Various Tribes by Peter MacQueen (1909) Free eBook
Brigadier-General Henry Germain Mainwaring (1862 - 1922) was born in India to a British military family. He went on to command the 24th Regiment South Wales Borderers and served in the African colonial wars. Whilst on his big game shooting expedition in Somaliland, he surveyed some hitherto unexplored terrain on the southern boundary of Abyssinia.
A Soldier's Shikar Trips by Henry Germain Mainwaring (1920). An extremely uncommon sporting book containing both African and Asian hunting expeditions. A safari to Somaliland in 1894 where rhinoceros, gerenuk, lion, kudu, elephant, oryx and other plains game were bagged. Also contains tiger hunting in India, and hartebeest in South Africa. Free eBook
Isaac Frederick Marcosson (1876 - 1961) was an American journalist, magazine editor and author.
An African Adventure by Isaac F Marcosson (1921) is an account of the author's post-World War I journey from Capetown through Rhodesia and the Congo. Having been a correspondent in Europe during the war, Marcosson knew General Smuts and King Leopold of Belgium which allowed exceptional access to remote areas. It includes details on early diamond mining, river transport, rail travel and both native and European African life. Free eBook
Hans-Otto Meissner (1909 - 1992) was a German diplomat and writer.
One-Man Safari by Hans-Otto Meissner (1957). The author was a prolific purveyor of elephant meat and big tusks. He recounts his hunting exploits in pursuit of buffalo, lion, the coveted bongo, elephants, hippopotamus and more. He tracks his quarry down in regions as different as the Sahara and the depths of the central African forest.
Life In The Wilderness: Or Wanderings In South Africa by Henry H Methuen (1846) is an account of early exploration of the Marikwa and Limpopo rivers with much on big game shooting. He hunted elephant, rhinoceros, hippo, buffalo and plains game.
Hunting Big Game In The Wilds Of Africa With Thrilling Adventures Of The Famous Roosevelt Expedition by James Martin Miller (1909) tells of the expedition in search of lions, rhinoceri, elephants, hippopotami and other ferocious beasts of the jungle and plain, including journeys in unknown lands, miraculous escapes, curious customs of savage races, and marvellous discoveries in the dark continent, together with graphic descriptions of beautiful scenery, fertile valleys, vast forests, mighty rivers. A vast treasury of all that is marvellous and wonderful in darkest Africa. Free eBook
After Livingstone: An African Trade Romance by Fred L M Moir (1923) is the story of the Moir brothers, Fred and John William who in the 1880s set out to penetrate the the heart of Africa to open up trade routes between the East coast and the Great Lakes of Nyaja and Tanganyika. Includes some hunting with chapters on his first elephant, taming young elephants and small game hunting. The Moir brothers were also responsible for the abolition of the slave trade in those parts.
Captain Arthur Henry Eyre Mosse (b.1877) was in the Indian Army and while stationed at Aden, he went on two hunting trips to the Haud region of Somaliland.
My Somali Book: A Record Of Two Shooting Trips by Captain A H E Mosse (1913) is the account of two long and mostly productive shooting trips to Somaliland. Much on the famed lions of the areas as well as elephants, plains game and a chapter on rifles suitable for the area. Free eBook
Ivory Poaching And Cannibals In Africa by J T Muirhead (1933) is an account of the author's experiences in Africa over a period of thirty years. J T Muirhead earned a living by hunting elephants throughout the Belgian Congo. He relates big game hunting in a sprightly manner and he is always hunting. Also he hunts lion and buffalo.
Robert Hamill Nassau (1835 - 1921) was an American Presbyterian missionary to the Ogowe region of West Africa, which later became Gabon.
In An Elephant Corral And Other Tales Of West African Experiences by Robert Hamill Nassau (1912). Tales and experiences of West Africa, includes gorilla hunting, native life, vampires and psychic mystery. Free eBook
The Sportsman In South Africa: The Haunts, Habits, Description, And The Pursuit Of All Game, Both Fur And Feather, Found South Of The Zambesi (Including The Cape Colony, Transvaal, Bechuanaland, Natal, And Damaraland), At The Present Day, With Brief Notices Of The Best Known Fresh And Salt-Water Fish by James A Nicolls & William Eglington (1892) Free eBook
With Rifle In Five Continents by Paul Niedieck (1908). A German explorer and sportsman, Niedieck hunted in Portuguese East Africa, bagging hippopotamus, lion, buffalo, eland and a variety of antelope and zebra. While hunting in the Sudan in 1902, he collected buffalo, roan and other plains game but was severely mauled by an elephant. Later the same year, he travelled along the White Nile, bagging rhinoceros, lion and numerous antelope. Free eBook
Cruises In The Bering Sea: Being Records Of Further Sport And Travel by Paul Niedieck (1909) is an account of a big game hunting cruise from Japan to Kamchatka, then across Bering Strait to Nome, Kodiak and the Inside Passage. Free eBook
Felix Oswald (1866 - 1958 ) was a geologist. in 1911 he went to the Victoria Nyanza to investigate the geology of some Miocene deposits for the British Museum that were found in the area earlier that year. Upon his return, he followed the vogue of the times and wrote his own African travel memoir describing his adventures with the Kavirondo tribe.
Alone In Sleeping-Sickness Country by Felix Oswald (1915) discusses sleeping sickness, an epidemic disease carried by the tsetse fly that wiped out native and settler populations alike in the early days of European exploration of Africa. An interesting and detailed account of this East African journey, with some intriguing sections on fossil collecting. Free eBook
Thomas Richard Hornby Owen (1903 - 1982) was a colonial administrator in the Sudan and Uganda and very keen big game hunter.
Hunting Big Game With Gun And Camera by T R H Owen (1960) describes his African bush adventures where he hunts big game to shoot - with camera and gun.
Mansfield Parkyns (1823 - 1894) was a British traveller who made a journey of exploration into Abyssinia where he stayed among the Abyssinians for more than three years and not only observed their lives but also adopted their dress and customs.
Life In Abyssinia: Being Notes Collected During Three Years' Residence And Travel In That Country by Mansfield Parkyns (1853). The author is considered an important early traveller in what is now Ethiopia. He describes everything he saw and was always ready to participate in a good big game hunt for buffalo, boar and plains game. Vol I Free eBook Vol II Free eBook
Francis Barrow Pearce (1866 - 1926) was the Commissioner and later, Governor of British Central Africa (now Nyasaland) then became a resident of Zanzibar from 1913 to 1922.
Rambles In Lion Land: Three Months' Leave Passed In Somaliland by Francis B Pearce (1898) is about his sporting adventures in the Haud region of Somaliland. After travelling by camel caravan, he and his hunting party bagged oryx and aoul, plus records of numerous encounters with lion. Continuing into the interior, elephants were collected. Near the Ethiopian border and the Tyuli Hills, rhinoceros, kudu and leopard were hunted.
Zanzibar: The Island Metropolis Of Eastern Africa by Francis B Pearce (1908). As a British resident in Zanzibar at the height of colonialism the author knows his history and culture. The volume is a definitive study of Zanzibar.
Charles Victor Alexander Peel (1869 - 1931) was a prolific British big game hunter and collector. He collected for the Royal Albert Museum in Devon and had his own private museum at his home in Oxford.
Through The Length Of Africa: Being An Account Of A Journey From Cape Town To Alexandria And Sport In Kenya Colony by C V A Peel (1927) is an account of Peel's travels through Africa from south to north and his elephant hunting in Kenya.
Somaliland: Being An Account Of Two Expeditions Into The Far Interior, Together With A Complete List Of Every Animal And Bird Known To Inhabit That Country And List Of The Reptiles by C V A Peel (1900) details the author's two expeditions to the interior part of Somaliland in search of big game. An excellent sporting title, this features all manner of big game hunting in the regions southwest of Hargeisa on Peel's first expedition, then through the Haud and Ogaden on his second. Free eBook
On A Collection Of Insects And Arachnids Made In 1895 and 1897 In Somaliland by C V A Peel (1900) are lithographic plates.
The Polar Bear Hunt by C V A Peel (1928)
John Petherick (1813 - 1882) & Katherine Harriet Edlman (1827-1877) were Welsh travellers in East Central Africa where Mr Petherick became a mining engineer. In 1845 he was employed searching for coal in Upper Egypt, Nubia, the Red Sea coast and Kordofan. In 1848 he established himself as a trader and was, at the same time made British Consul for the Sudan. In 1853 he removed to Khartoum and became an ivory trader. He travelled extensively in the Bahr-el-Ghazal region, then almost unknown.
Petherick's additions to the knowledge of natural history were considerable, being responsible for the discovery of a number of new species. In 1859 he returned to England where he became acquainted with John Speke, then arranging for an expedition to discover the source of the Nile. He returned to Sudan as consul in 1861 with his new wife and was entrusted with a mission by the Royal Geographic Society to convey relief stores for Speke and James Grant. With Mrs Petherick, he undertook another journey in the Bahr-el-Ghazal, making important collections of plants and fish and returned in February 1863, four days after the arrival of Speke and Grant.
Travels In Central Africa And Explorations Of The Western Nile Tributaries by Mr & Mrs John Petherick (1869) 2 Volumes. These volumes describe the author's important expedition exploring the Nile Tributaries and describe the Speke controversy in detail. Free eBook Vol II
Egypt, The Soudan, And Central Africa, With Explorations From Khartoum On The White Nile To The Regions Of The Equator: Being Sketches From Sixteen Years' Travel by John Petherick (1861). Petherick, a contemporary of Baker, Burton and Speke, travelled along the Nile Valley through Kordofan and into the unknown region beyond. Contains some big game hunting incidents. Free eBook
Captain Ernest Plewman De Kock (1876 - 1962) was a South African born naturalist and hunter.
Various Outspans by E Plewman De Kock (1949) is a rare title describing 40 years of frontier life from 1904 in Rhodesia. Includes tales of hunting lions, sable, and roan with encounters with rhino, elephants, crocodile and buffalo.
Bundu Briefs by E Plewman De Kock (1958) is a collection of nature notes about the Rhodesian 'bundu' - essays of animals, reptiles, insects, birds, legends and tales of the Lowveld.
Count Jozef Nicolas Xaver Maria Alfred Jacob Potocki (1862 - 1922) was a Polish aristocrat, landowner, politician, railway builder, sportsman, big-game hunter, collector and Arabian horse breeder. He created a 12,000 hectare deer park known as Pilawin (visited and written about by Richard Lydekker) with it's own 88 mile railway service. Potocki kept game birds, elk herds, roebuck and wapiti along with both European and North American bison. In 1895 he took a hunting safari to Somaliland's Haud region and then into the Ogaden.
Sport In Somaliland: Being An Account Of A Hunting Trip To That Region by Count Joseph Potocki (1900) is one of the rarest of all African big game hunting books. There were 200 copies printed, apparently most or all signed by Rowland Ward. It is an account of his Somaliland hunt where the party bagged elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros, aoul, gazelle, hartebeest and beisa oryx. Potocki spared no expense with the original publication of his book and the excellent artwork in the book is from the talented Polish illustrator Piotr Stachiewicz.
Rhinoceros Prints are available taken from the book 'Sport In Somaliland' by Joseph Potocki.
Frank Lavallin Puxley served in the Boer War after which he embarked on a number of shooting expeditions into the interior of Africa. He was convinced of the existence of a giant elephant known as the 'Crown Prince' which was claimed to have ivory of 300lb a side and he, himself had seen the 29 1/2" spoor.
In African Game Tracks: Wanderings With A Rifle Through Eastern Africa by Frank Lavallin Puxley (1929). In Mozambique, he hunted lion and eland and trophy buffalo with further eland in Nyasaland. There are chapters on hunting lion, elephant, hippopotamus and giraffe as well. The author writes, "There were two, and only two things, of which he was afraid, Women and elephant; but you can shoot elephants!" The hunt for elephants extends from the Sudan to the Cape Colony.
Wild Sanctuary: The Astonishing Animals Of Gorongosa And Safaris In Mozambique by Jose Maria D'Eca De Queiroz (1964) is a very scarce title on Mozambique - and one of the few mid-20th century worthwhile books on hunting in that country. Text in Portuguese and English.
Game, Glory And Bitter Blood by Maurice Randall (1990). Memoirs of an African hunter. The author was brought to Kenya as an infant and his career included game catching, action during World War II and against the Mau Mau terrorists.
Major Henry A Rayne was a New Zealander who settled in East Africa after gaining an impressive Boer War record. He made a living growing cotton and shooting big game, became District Commissioner in Somaliland and was an honourary member of the Camel Corps. Harry Rayne was one of the very few people to have hunted elephant with W D M Bell.
The Ivory Raiders by Major Harry Rayne (1923) are tales of the Northern Frontier District and Lake Rudolf (Turkana) before and after the First World War, hunting, police and KAR operations.
Sun, Sand And Somals: Leaves From The Note-Book Of A District Commissioner In British Somaliland by Major Harry Rayne (1921)
Rhodesian Rancher by Wilfred Robertson (1935) is an interesting account of ranching and big game hunting in Zimbabwe back when it was Rhodesia. The author carved a farm out of virgin bush in the Zambezi valley north of Sinoia (Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe) in the 1920s and 1930s.
Zambezi Days by Wilfred Robertson (1936) includes hunting lion, buffalo. leopard and elephant in the remote Zambezi regions, along the Zambezi and Chewore Rivers. The author spent a lot of time hunting leopard and elephant with a chapter devoted to each of: elephant, rhino, buffalo, hippo, crocodile and a variety of antelopes. There additional notes on selecting rifles. Vividly written portrait of the African wilds and dangerous big game. Very scarce book.
Wilfred Robertson was also a hugely prolific author of fiction with many novels set in Africa.
More Wilfred Robertson books
My Way Of Hunting: The Adventurous Life Of a Taxidermist by Robert H Rockwell (1956) The author's life as a taxidermist from his apprenticeship with Wards of Rochester to expeditions collecting big game specimens for the Akeley African Hall at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
Walking With Legends In Old Africa by Percy Rowe (2016) is a memoir, recounting tales from the author's days in the wild African bush during the 1940-1950's. These tales chronicle Percy's early days growing up in the Andrade Valley of Portuguese East Africa (Mozambique), his elephant hunting adventures with Wally Johnson and other notable characters from that era and his crocodile hunting escapades in Nyasaland (Malawi).
The Wildest Game by Peter Ryhiner (1958) as told to Dan Mannix. The author began as a hunter but then became an animal collector who captured animals from around the world for zoos. Includes accounts of the transport of animals mostly by ship and mishaps that occurred.
Edward Fraser Sandeman (c.1856 - 1894) served as an officer in the Royal Perthshire Militia.
Eight Months In An Ox-Waggon by E F Sandeman (1880) is an account of the author's tour throughout South Africa in 1878. He started from Pietermaritzburg and hunted en route to places such as Spitzkop, Lydenberg and the goldfields. The game he hunted included springbok, blesbok, klipspringer, reedbuck, wildebeest, lion, buffalo and giraffe.
The High Grass Trail: Being Difficulties And The Diversions Of Two: Trekking And Shooting For Sustenance In Dense Bush Across British Central Africa by Frank Savile (1924) is an account of hunting in Nyasaland and Northern Rhodesia and along the Zambezi River.
The River Of The Giraffe: A Chronicle Of Desert, Stream And Forest Shooting In The Southern Sudan by Frank Savile (1925) is an account of hunting along a tributary of the White Nile for tiang, buffalo, roan, oribi, waterbuck and more.
Dr Julius Antonius Aurelius Schulz (1858 - 1918), of German parentage, was born in South Africa. He was a medical doctor, naturalist, big game hunter and explorer.
August Hammar (1856 - 1931) was a Swedish mining engineer and surveyor in South Africa. He created all the sketches and maps during their expedition.
The New Africa: A Journey Up The Chobe And Down The Okovanga Rivers: A Record Of Exploration and Sport by Aurel Schulz & August Hammar (1897). Details the authors' expedition to the Victoria Falls and regions further west, with the aim the full exploration of the Chobe River. When they reached the Victoria Falls, they followed the Zambezi upstream, travelled up the Linyanti River then cut across to the Okavango River above the Popa Falls. They then went down the river to Lake Ngami, completing the mapping of the course of the Okavango-Taoghe Rivers from the Popa Falls in Namibia into Botswana. They also demonstrated the connection between the Okavango and the Chobe Rivers.
Henry Seaton served in the East African Protectorate Administration Service after leaving Oxford University, from 1914 to 1934.
Lion In The Morning by Henry Seaton (1963) "Henry Seaton presents his own particular vision of East Africa as it was from 1913 to 1926, the unsophisticated Africa with its peoples and wild life, before the golden age came to an end. In early 1914 the spirit of the White Highlands in the East Africa Protectorate was one of unbounded optimism, of faith and a great love. The pioneers were out of the ruck, all set for the making of a new heaven on a new earth. In the Native Reserves, by which white settlement was immediately surrounded, peace, trust and goodwill prevailed. The scents, the sights, the heat and the wind of Africa pervade the story."
Sport In Portuguese East Africa by Arthur Henry Sharp (1900) is an original article from the Badminton Magazine 1900. The author accompanied Ewart Grogan on part of his Cape to Cairo walk and wrote part of 'From The Cape To Cairo: The First Traverse Of Africa From South To North'.
Robert R Sharp was a British traveller who ended up big game hunting, prospecting and mining in the Congo after finishing at Oxford University. In 1915 he was credited with finding an important vein of pitchblende and other uranium minerals at Shincolobwe, Katanga which the Belgians started mining in 1921.
Early Days In Katanga by R R Sharp (1956) is a scarce title published by the author. Sharp arrived in East Africa in 1904 and proceeded to the Katanga region of the Belgian Congo to work at the tin and copper mines. He hunted elephant, lion, rhino and a variety of antelope species on the way.
Spade And Sport In Paganland: Being The Narrative Of A Rolling Stone In Nigeria by William T Shorthose (1934) is one of the very few books on prospecting in Nigeria together with big game hunting.
Sport And Adventure In Africa: A Record Of Twelve Years Of Big Game Hunting, Campaigning And Travel In The Wilds Of Tropical Africa by William T Shorthose (1923). The author recalls meeting Andersson and Sutherland. Much on hunting elephant, buffalo, sable and eland in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Arthur James Siggins (1880-1970) was a New Zealand born author and commentator, who became a member of the Rhodesian police, a hunter and wild animal wrangler for movies.
Man-Killers I Have Known by A J Siggins (1933) was reproduced as a replica by Trophy Room Books in 1999. The author narrates stories of African man-killing animals including lions, leopards, hyena, crocodiles, elephants, buffalo, snakes and mosquitoes during his time in Rhodesia and Portuguese East Africa.
Shooting With Rifle And Camera: Filming The Four Feathers - A Big-Game Thriller by A J Siggins (1933) includes the author's memories of hunting elephant, hippos, and buffalo along the Rovuma River of Portugese East Africa. It is mostly concerned with capturing a herd of hippos for a film, 'The Four Feathers'.
Lt Colonel Sir James Lewis Sleeman (1880 - 1963) served in the 6th Battalion Welsh Regiment and became "a man who believed it is much more satisfying to have a photograph of an animal than to have its head on a wall."
From Rifle To Camera: The Reformation Of A Big Game Hunter by Sir James Lewis Sleeman (1947) with illustrations and an introduction by Arthur Radclyffe Dugmore. "The Author writes with engaging modesty, and possesses a great ability to present his many notable big game hunting adventures in a forthright, graphic manner." Much on hunting in Asia particularly tigers and in Africa and around the world. It also tells how the author changed his philosophy from predator to environmentalist and conservator of the beasts he used to hunt.
Alone In An African Swamp by J Granville Squiers (1938) is a memoir of the author's experience in the First World War campaign against German East Africa and his safari expeditions. He was experienced hunter and trader and was hired to examine the mangrove forests of East Africa for possible harvesting. He travelled down the Rufiji River spending time examining the wrecked German warship Koenigsberg, with several incidents of hunting hippopotamus and crocodile.
Elephant Hunting In West Africa by William B Stanley & Courtenay Hodgson (1919) is not only an interesting account of hunting elephant in Sierra Leone and the Gambia but also provides details on other west African game. Elephant hunting throughout the west African coast. Also lion and Cape buffalo hunting. Ranks with the best of the better known African elephant hunting titles and is one of the few on hunting these animals in western Africa. Also good photos of west African antelope.
Colonel John Charles Baron Statham (1872 - 1933) was an English surgeon, sportsman and hunter. He served in The RAMC and was killed by wild bees while on an archaelogical investigation in India.
With My Wife Across Africa By Canoe And Caravan by J C B Statham (1924). Colonel Statham knew Africa from previous hunting trips. His wife suggested that for their wedding trip they cross Africa. They decided to make the crossing from Mossamedes to the Kubango river, and down it and the Zambezi river system to the Indian Ocean. This part of the trip had never been done by white people and there were very few accounts of the region. So this was to be a wedding trip, a hunting trip and an exploratory trip of a life time. The trip was in fact not completed as originally thought out because of unforeseen dangers from the hippopotami and crocodiles.
Adventures On The Great Rivers: Romantic Incidents And Perils Of Travel, Sport And Exploration Throughout The World by Richard Stead (1907) is a fascinating book of travel, sport and exploration throughout the world. With chapters on elephant hunting, the river Nile, elk hunting, rough times on the Amazon, big game in South Africa and much more on the world's great rivers. Free eBook
Major Percy Marlborough Stewart (1871 - 1962) was a British traveller, big game hunter and angler. He made seven round the world sporting trips over a period of twenty years.
Round The World With Rod And Rifle by Major P M Stewart (1924) covers shark and tarpon fishing in Mexico, black buck shooting in India, rhino hunting in Rhodesia, trout and salmon fishing in Norway, lechwe shooting in the swamps of Bangweulu and sword-fish angling in Florida.
Tales Of Travel And Sport by Major P M Stewart (1930) is an entertaining work, with hunting in both Africa and Canada.
Travel And Sport In Many Lands by Major P M Stewart (1928) covers shark fishing, caribou hunting in British Columbia, bear hunting in Alberta and angling in England.
Robert Briggs Struthers (1822 - 1892) was a Scotsman who emigrated to the Colony of Natal in 1849. Between 1852 and 1856 he hunted on foot in the Zulu kingdom and in the regions known as Tsongaland and southern Mozambique. Thereafter he served in the Natal colonial service until his retirement in 1882.
Hunting Journal 1852-1856 In The Zulu Kingdom And The Tsonga Regions by Robert Briggs Struthers (1991) is a transcript of his hunting, ivory trading and exploration diaries of travel in the Zulu Kingdom & the Tsonga regions.
Alfred James Swann was a mariner, lay missionary in the Lake Tanganyika and later, Senior Resident Magistrate of the Nyasaland Protectorate.
Fighting The Slave Hunters In Central Africa by Alfred J Swann (1910) "A Record Of Twenty-Six Years Of Travel And Adventure Round The Great Lakes And Of The Overthrow Of Tip-Pu-Tib, Rumaliza And Other Great Slave-Traders." With some tales of big game hunting. Free eBook
Colonel Harald George Carless Swayne (1860 - 1940) was a British army officer who served in Somaliland. Swayne's hartebeest, Alcelaphus buselaphus swaynei and Swayne's dik dik, Madaqua swaynei were named after him in 1892 and 1894 respectively. Colonel Swayne still holds the Rowland Ward record for Swayne's hartebeest which is now extinct in Somalia but still to be found in Ethiopia.
Seventeen Trips Through Somaliland: A Record Of Exploration And Big Game Shooting 1885 To 1893 by Colonel Harald G Swayne (1895) is the narrative of several journeys in the hinterland of the Somali Coast Protectorate, dating from 1884 up to 1893. At that period Somalia was under British Protectorate. Swayne considered himself the first traveller to cross the country with the object of exploration. In his account he presents the different phases of life in nomadic Galla tribes who inhabit the land between the Gulf of Aden and the great African lakes. Most of the illustrations in this work are direct reproductions from the authors own drawings. The book covers wide variety of subjects including, the ethnology of the country, the nomadic life, camel and horse breeding, the government exploration surveys, and visits to the Abyssinian border and Ras Nakunan of Harar in 1893. Free eBook
Through The Highlands Of Siberia by Major H G C Swayne (1904). Swayne and his shooting companion, noted sportsman H W Seton-Karr, travelled from Moscow, across the Urals and into the mountainous regions of Mongolia and the Altai Shan. Near the Chagan-Burgaza Pass, Ovis ammon were bagged. In the Laki Valley, ibex and more Ovis ammon were collected. There are excellent descriptions of the terrain throughout. The author used Elim Demidoff's 'After Wild Sheep in the Altai and Mongolia' as a guide. Free eBook
Clement Arthur Sykes (1871 - 1938) was a British army officier and big game hunter.
Service And Sport On The Tropical Nile by Clement A Sykes (1903). 'Some records of the duties and diversions of an officer among natives and big game during the re-occupation of the Nilotic province'. Sykes relates his military duties in the Sudan along the Nile, but also mixes in some exciting elements of big game hunting. Free eBook
Major Patrick Millington Synge (1910 - 1982) was a famous British plant collector and horticulturalist. In 1934 he made an important expedition to Ruwenzori mountain region in East Africa to study and collect the flora and fauna for the British Museum. Synge also travelled to Mount Kenya, Mount Elgon, the Virunga volcanoes and the Aberdare Mountains.
Mountains Of The Moon: An Expedition To The Equatorial Mountains Of Africa by Patrick M Synge (1937) is his account of the natural history expedition by the British Museum in East Africa. Synge describes the Ruwenzori Mountains as "The most monstrous and unearthly landscape I have ever seen".
Sir Harold Lincoln Tangye (1866 - 1935) was a British engineer involved with the development of gas and oil engines within his father's company, later becoming deputy chairman. In addition to his travels on the firm's business, he toured widely and wrote two books describing trips to South Africa and the Sudan.
In The Torrid Sudan by H Lincoln Tangye (1910) "...is to show the Sudan, or some portions of it, as it appears to the present-day observer, to the student of mankind and the lover of Nature, living and still; to describe the amenities of sport and travel in widely separated districts amongst varied peoples..." Free eBook
In New South Africa: Travels In The Transvaal And Rhodesia by H Lincoln Tangye (1896) is an account of the author's times in South Africa at the end of the 19th century. He addresses the issues of years of colonization and settlement and the the conflict between settlers and various of the indigenous tribes or war making leaders. He also gives a description of the land and peoples and resources of the region. Free eBook
Ivory Poacher by Derek Temple (1930) is an autobiographical book which 'covers but a brief period of time in the life of the writer, and deals with but one phase of his activities as a hunter of big game. The book is dedicated to Temple's four gun bearers.
Christopher James Thornhill (1893 - 1974) was a British-born gold miner, hunter and ivory trader, hobo, intelligence officer and king of the Fang tribe who were reputed to be cannibals by slave traders and missionaries at the time. He was born Christopher James Brown, changed his name to Charles Brown then changed it again by deed poll to Christopher James Thornhill in 1921.
From Hobo To Cannibal King by C J Thornhill (1928) the author recalls years of wandering from Rhodesia to Portuguese East Africa and on to South Africa. He also describes numerous sporting activities after lion, buffalo, hippo, roan, impala and elephant near Broken Hill and the Victoria Falls.
Taking Tanganyika: Experiences Of An Intelligence Officer 1914-1918 by Chistopher J Thornhill (1937) are his reminiscences of the German East African campaign when he served with the Intelligence Force and the East African Mounted Rifles. The book casts new light upon the campaign, since Thornhill, unlike many of the officers, was an old east Africa hand and knew the terrain where the war was fought. His breezy and charming account, does not seek to gloss over the many difficulties and frustrations of the campaign, nor to glamourise his own role in it.
Mobree Of The Black Coast: A Tale Of Kenya Before The White Man Came by Christopher Thornhill (1955) is a novel in the form of a narrative by a slave raider, Mobree.
John Bensley Thornhill (1875 - 1932) was a British explorer in Africa and Canada. He was particularly interested in the actual and potential resources of south central Africa, in the region of the Congo/Zambezi watershed.
Adventures In Africa: Under The British, Belgian And Portuguese Flags by J B Thornhill (1915) is an account of his travels in the Congo, Angola and South Africa with lots of hunting on the way. He also relates the story of his friend, George Grey, who was killed by a lion while 'riding' lions with Sir Alfred Pease in 1911. This unfortunate event hit the headlines because George Grey was the brother of Sir Edward Grey, who was the British minister of foreign affairs. Another brother, Charles Grey was killed by a buffalo in Tanganyika in 1928. Free eBook
Richard Tjader (1869 - 1919) was a Swedish American big game hunter and later, a self-styled chaffeur-driven missionary in Africa. In 1907 he collected over 500 African trophy specimens for the Museum of Natural History , plus one live rhino for the Bronx Zoo.
Major Chaplin Court Treatt (1888 - 1954) was a British motoring pioneer and film-maker. With his wife Stella, he made a film in Africa about his motoring expedition from the Cape to Cairo and another in the Sudan.
Out Of The Beaten Track: A Narrative Of Travel In Little Known Africa by C Court Treatt (1931) describes hunting elephant with a spear, journey down the Bahr-el-Arab, the Dinkas, witchcraft and superstition, night photography, lions, Habbania, big game and smaller animals, with several chapters on the African elephant. Court Treatt spent over 20 years in Africa and travelled through Sudan, Abyssinia, Congo, Uganda and Kenya.
Stella Maud Court Treatt (1895 - 1976) was the South African born wife of Chaplin Court Treatt. She was an author and co-director of the films they made in Africa.
Cape To Cairo: The Record Of A Historic Motor Journey by Stella Court Treatt (1927) is the fascinating account of a group of six British citizens who crossed Africa in a Crossley automobile, a feat which took 17 months. Illustrated with 64 photos by a member of the team. The entire trip was through British territory.
Sudan Sand: Filming The Baggara Arabs by Stella Court Treatt (1930) is an account of an expedition which initially planned to film game in southern Sudan but which eventually expanded its theme to include the Baggara Arabs. The film was titled 'Stark Nature'.
Three Years' Sport In Mozambique by William Vasse (1909) Translated from French by R & H M Lydekker. Guillaume Vasse (even his name was translated) sailed to Mozambique in 1904 to enjoy an extended hunting trip. In the foothills of the Drakensburg, he collected klipspringer and bushbuck, then travelled to the Zombi River where he bagged sable. Near the Pungwi River, Vasse hunted eland, hartebeest, waterbuck and buffalo. Numerous leopard were bagged in the region, as well as elephant. Continuing on to the Sungwi River, he also collected a number of lion. Entering the Zambezi, hippopotamus and kudu were hunted. Free eBook
Hermann Wilhelm Leopold Ludwig Wissmann (1853 - 1905) (later known as Hermann von Wissmann) was a German explorer and administrator in Africa. He was the first of the 19th century explorers of Africa to traverse the continent from west to east.
My Second Journey Through Equatorial Africa From The Congo To The Zambesi In The Years 1886 And 1887 by Hermann Von Wissmann (1891). A noted German explorer, von Wissman travelled through the Belgian Congo, then on through both British and German East Africa. His narrative recounts the difficulties of his expeditions, being somewhat reminiscent of Henry Stanley's experiences. He tries his hand, unsuccessfully, in the Belgian Congo for elephant, but does bag buffalo and hippopotamus at Stanley Pool. There are additional episodes on hunting leopard and crocodile. Free eBook
Harold Frank Wallace (1881 - 1962) was a British naval officer, acclaimed artist of Scottish red deer and Fellow of the Zoological Society. He travelled the world, writing and illustrating his books.
Stalks Abroad: Being Some Account Of The Sport Obtained During A Two Years' Tour Of The World by Harold Frank Wallace (1908) is an account of his turn-of-the-century world tour. Yellowstone and the Tetons for American mountain game, BC Canada for sheep and goat, deer in New Zealand and then East Africa and India. Free eBook
The Big Game Of Central And Western China: Being An Account Of A Journey From Shanghai To London Overland Across The Gobi Desert by Harold Wallace (1913) is a heavily photo-illustrated account of hunting, taking wild sheep, white-maned serow, roe deer and wapiti in Northern China and the southern reaches of the Gobi. Free eBook
Big Game: Wanderings In Many Lands by Harold Frank Wallace (1934) includes hunting Austrian chamois, Belgian deer and wild boar, Scottish and New Zealand stalking, big game hunting in China, Australia and the Sudan, plus a chapter on ouananiche fishing in Canada.
A Wanderer In The Wind: The Odyssey Of An Animal Collector by Cecil S Webb (1953) is the story of thirty years of animal collecting all over the world. The author was a noted animal collector, ultimately becoming Superintendnant of the Dublin Zoo. Free eBook
Colonel William Hermann Frank Weber (1875 - 1936) was a British army officer and big game hunter.
A Novice On The Nile: Big Game Hunting In The Sudan by Frank Weber (1929) is an true account of the author's first hunting trip along the White Nile in the Upper Sudan. Equipped with double .470's, light magazine rifles, a 10 bore and shotguns, they seek to take a number of specimens from the area's big game population. Their list of quarry include elephant, buffalo, eland, ibex, waterbuck, various gazelle, kob, crocodiles and hippos. Exciting anecdotes of their often dangerous attempts to bag specimens of each of these.
Captain Montagu Sinclair Wellby (1866 - 1900) was a British army officer who made expeditions to Abyssinia and Tibet before being killed in the Boer War.
Through Unknown Tibet by Montagu S Wellby (1898) is a narrative of Wellby and Lt. Malcolm's journey across Tibet and nothern China in 1896. They found a more northerly route to Peking than that of Bower. The journey started at Lucknow, continued to Simla and finished in the wilds of Waziristan. They traversed the entire breadth of Tibet, beginning at Ladakh in the west and finishing in Peking. They crossed the inhospitable Chang-Tang plateau of northern Tibet. Free eBook
In Coldest Africa: Adventures On The Mountains Of The Moon by Carveth Wells (1929) is an account of the Cudahy-Massee-Milwaukee Museum African Expedition (1928 - 1929) to Tanganyika, debunking the myth of Africa as just jungles. Includes big game hunting of lion and eland, collecting specimens and a trip to the Montains of the Moon in East Africa covered with snow and ice. To collect specimens for the Milwaukee museum, a Buick automobile was used to place the hunters in shooting range for lion and eland. There is reference to Osa and Martin Johnson and 'Samaki' Salmon.
Arnold Wienholt (1877 - 1940) was born in Australia and had careers as an army officer, adventurer, big game hunter, politician and author. In 1913 while hunting in German South-West Africa, now Namibia, he was mauled by a wounded lion and he lost the use of his right hand. Between 1923 and 1929 he went lion hunting four times.
In The Sand Forest: Lion-Hunting With The Maquengo Bushmen by Arnold Wienholt (1939)
The Story Of A Lion Hunt: With Some Of The Hunter's Military Adventures During The War by Arnold Wienholt (1922). Lion hunting and fighting rebels and Germans in British East Africa and southern Africa during the First World War. The author served throughout the campaign in the Intelligence Corps, winning the DSO and MC with bar and the respect of the enemy, Major-General von Lettow in particular. Free eBook
Australian And A Hero: The Story Of An Extraordinary Adventurer, Arnold Wienholt by Cyril G Grabs (1987) is the biography of Queensland pioneer Arnold Wienholt, who served in the Boer War and First World War, was a big game hunter and served in the defence of Khartoum in 1936 where he perished.
The Eccentric Mr Wienholt by Rosamond Siemon (2005) is the story of Arnold Wienholt, MP, lion hunter, intelligence agent, Queensland pastoralist and eccentric.
Brigadier-General Sir James Willcocks (1857 - 1926) was a British Army officer who spent most of his career in India and Africa.
From Kabul To Kumassi: Twenty-Four Years Of Soldiering And Sport by Sir James Willcocks (1903) is a memoir recording his soldiering and big game hunting before his posting to the South African War, the Great War and latterly, his time as Governor of Bermuda. Free eBook
The Romance Of Soldiering And Sport by General Sir James Willcocks (1925) is a memoir of a professional soldier and his hunting experiences in India in the 1870s, Sudan in the 1880s, The North West Frontier in 1890s, Nigeria and the Ashanti expedition in 1900 culminating in France 1915-17.
Sir John Christopher Willoughby (1859 - 1918) was a soldier and big game hunter. After Joseph Thomson published his work about the abundance of game in the Masai region, Willoughby and his friend Robert Harvey set off on a big game hunting campaign.
East Africa And It's Big Game by John C Willoughby (1989) is the narrative of a sporting trip from Zanzibar to the borders of the Masai. Hunting big game in Africa in the late 1800s, the author and Sir Robert Harvey, bagged rhinoceros, lion, buffalo, hippopotamus, eland, elephant and other game. Kindle Version
Captain Henry Allen Wilson (b.1879) served with the Prince of Wales's Own, West Yorkshire Regiment in India before joining the King's African Rifles in East Africa.
A British Borderland: Service And Sport In Equatoria by Captain H A Wilson (1913). An officer in the King's African Rifles, Wilson mixed military activities with sport. En route to an assignment on the Nile, he bagged his first elephant. Along the Mara River he collected roan antelope, eland and lion and hunted buffalo from a machan. His best chapters recount his elephant hunting adventures near Nimule on the White Nile where he meets Major Powell-Cotton. Wilson commanded the military escort to the Anglo-German East African Boundaries Commission in 1904, and served in the Nandi Expedition of 1905-6 alongside Meinertzhagen. He joined forces with Captain Francis Arthur Dickinson at Guaso Nyiro River to hunt buffalo.Free eBook
Lord Frederick Glyn Wolverton (1864 - 1932) was a British banker and Conservative politician.
Five Months' Sport in Somali Land by Lord Frederick Glyn Wolverton (1894) is an account of five months' shooting with Colonel Arthur Paget, mainly for lions, in Somaliland in the days when lions were plentiful and this was one of the best places to bag a big and big maned lion. They also took gazelles, crocodiles and a variety of other animals.
Augustus Blandy Wylde (c.1849 - 1909) was a British civil servant and trader in wild animals. He became vice consul at Suakin in Sudan during the early years of the Mahdist revolt.
Modern Abyssinia by Augustus B Wylde (1901). Wylde returned to Ethiopia after the battle of Adwa in 1896 to report on it for the Manchester Guardian. This is one of the few books of the period written from an essentially pro-Ethiopian standpoint. Free eBook