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.
James Barnes (1866 - 1936) was an American journalist and author.
Through Central Africa From Coast To Coast by James Barnes (1915) is an account of the author's 1914 expedition across Africa from the Indian Ocean to the mouth of the Congo River, under the auspices of the American Museum of Natural History. He travelled with one of the world's earliest wildlife photographers, Cherry Kearton, who also wrote a book about this expedition titled 'Through Central Africa From East To West'. They hunted in the Ituri forest and elsewhere for elephant, rhinoceros, lion and much more. Free eBook
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
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.
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.
Charles Henry Wynne Donovan (b.1860) served with the British Army Service Corps.
With Wilson In Matabeleland, Or Sport And War In Zambesia by Captain C H W Donovan (1894). The author landed at the Cape in 1839 to enjoy a big game hunt near the Limpopo River. Buffalo, eland and sable were collected with hippo bagged on the Umtelique River and additional sport after lion and kudu. The sporting adventure had just come to an end when the First Matabele War started, with the author participating in that action. The title refers to Major Wilson, with whom Donovan served, who lost his life in the war. Free eBook
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
James Frederic Elton (1840 - 1877) served with the British army in India and China and with the staff of the French army in Mexico. In 1868 Elton went to Africa to report on the gold and diamond fields, and was also employed on a diplomatic mission to settle differences with the Portuguese. In 1872 he was appointed government agent on the Zulu frontier and later became assistant political agent and vice-consul in Zanzibar. In 1875 he was promoted to the office of British consul in the Portuguese territory of Mozambique.
His explorations began in 1877 from Mozambique on an expedition to the west and north-west, into the heart of the Makua country, returning to the coast at Mwendazi or Memba Bay - a journey of 450 miles on foot. In July of the same year Elton left Mozambique for the Zambezi and the Shiré rivers, his intention being to visit the British mission stations on Lake Nyassa and to visit various chiefs connected with the slave-trade. The country was devastated by wars among the different tribes, porterage and food wore often unobtainable, and instead of taking a direct route to the east Elton was compelled to travel by a very circuitous one to the north. He died from malaria in December 1877, aged 37, and was buried about two miles from his last camp, under a large baobab tree which overlooks the plains of Usekhe.
Travels And Researches Amoung The Lakes And Mountains Of Eastern & Central Africa by J F Elton (1879) is a posthumous account of the author's journey along the coast between Dar-es-Salaam and Kilwa in 1875 and his 1877 expeditions from Mozambique to the Makua country, and to the Zambesi River and Lake Nyassa in search of a possible route from the north end of the lake to Kilwa. He died of malaria during the course of this last journey. The book was edited and compiled from Elton's journals by H B Cotterill. The introductory chapter on Africa and the slave trade was written by Mr Holmwood, assistant political agent at Zanzibar, while the memoir preface of Elton was written by Horace Waller. Some elephant and other big game hunting expeditions were made. 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.
Reginald Fenton (1840 - 1924) was a British settler in South Africa who became a diamond mine owner. His mines were taken over by de Beers and eventually he emigrated to the USA.
Peculiar People In A Pleasant Land: A South African Narrative by Reginald Fenton (1905) is the story of a young man and his first four years experience in South Africa. Tales of Boers, trading, gun-running, hunting and veldt life. Free eBook
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
Travels In the Coastlands Of British East Africa by William Fitzgerald (1898). The author spent two years exploring and mapping the coastlines of British East Africa, Zanzibar and Pemba to report on their agricultural capabilities for the Imperial British East Africa Company. As well as the detailed study of his findings, the book also contains accounts of his hunting exploits. 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.
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
Captain John Cyril Francis (1856 - 1894) served with the 5th Bombay Infantry. He ran the Deolali Musketry Class and also was an "excellent shot with the rifle, and the best revolver shot in India". He had only just returned to Deolali, India in excellent health from his arduous shooting expedition in Somaliland when he fell a victim to cholera and died at 38 years of age.
Three Months Leave In Somali Land by Captain John C Francis (1894) is a rare account of the author's diaries of a shooting trip in Somaliland in 1894. He and his companions went into previously little or unknown hunting areas and once they found water and the game lands they hunted lion, gazelle, kudu, oryx and more. Francis died after the trip so this book was published privately only for a few friends. 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.
John Baldwin Smithson Greathead (1854-1910) was a medical practitioner and district surgeon based in Grahamstown, South Africa.
African Hunting And Travel Journals Of J B S Greathead 1884-1910 edited by D W Gess (2003) record not only his hunting journeys, but also his observation of the people and natural history he encountered in the course of his trips. Comments on medical matters of the time also appear. A skilled photographer, he kept an extensive and meticulously recorded visual account of his travels. Among the trips described are a journey of six months in 1893 in what is now the Kruger National Park and a journey through the then Nyasaland and Northern Rhodesia in 1910. The editor is a great-grandson of JBS Greathead.
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.
Georges-Marie Haardt (1884 - 1932) was a Belgian-born French industrialist and explorer. He was the first general manager and vice president of Citroen automobile company. He was appointed leader of the three Citroen expeditions - first across the Sahara (Touggourt to Timbuktu 1922-1923), then across Africa (1924-1925), then Asia (1931-1932). He died of flu and pneumonia in Hong Kong during the third expedition.
Louis Audouin-Dubreuil (1887 - 1960) was a French military officer and explorer. He was recruited by Andre Citroen (President & Founder of Citroen) as the deputy for Georges -Marie Haardt for the three Citroen expeditions.
The Black Journey: Across Central Africa With The Citroen Expedition by Georges-Marie Haardt & Louis Audouin-Dubreuil (1927) is about the 1924-1925 journey with 8 Citroen by half-track trucks from Algeria, to the Sahara, west and central Africa, east coast of Africa and to Madagascar in the years. With some hunting of antelope, lion, hippopotamus, rhinoceros, elephantand buffalo on the way.
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
Oriental Zigzags: Or Wanderings In Syria, Moab, Abyssinia, and Egypt by Charles Hamilton (1875) is an account of the author's travels in the Middle East and North Africa which includes an episode when he was brutally attacked and nearly killed in Egypt on the return leg of his journey. Free eBook
Briton, Boer And Black: Or Ten Years' Hunting, Trading And Propecting In South Africa by Clement Handley (1906) is a "narrative of travel, trade, and adventure in South Africa may serve the purpose for which the Author has written it, viz., to let the English people understand some of the dangers and difficulties faced by the pioneer in South Africa". Free eBook
Maurice Assheton Harbord (1874 - 1954) served in the Boer War between 1899 and 1902, gaining the rank of Captain in the 1st Imperial Light Horse. He then became an inspector in the Johannesburg Town Police between 1902 and 1908, after which he decamped to East Africa to hunt big game.
Froth & Bubble by M A Harbord (1915) recounts the author's early life in England, with numerous adventures working in a mill in Sibley, Iowa, a Montana cattle ranch and with travels in Rhodesia and South Africa, particularly during the Boer War and with the Transvaal Town Police. By 1908, he was in British East Africa hunting big game in the Kedong Valley. He bagged buffalo, lion and rhinoceros, though he usually found himself armed with a shotgun rather than a rifle at most inopportune times.
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.
As a Major, Colin Harding was first commander of the Barotse Native Police force from 1900 to 1901. He selected a site for a new fort (to be known as Fort Harding) at Monze to replace the old fort which was at an unhealthy site. He later became an administrator in Barotseland. Colonel Harding was then appointed to Northern Nigeria before serving in World War I in France. He was invalided out after the Somme and then went back to the Gold Coast.
In Remotest Barotseland: Being An Account Of A Journey Of Over 8,000 Miles Through The Wildest And Remotest Parts Of Lewanika's Empire by Colin Harding (1904) is an account of Harding's expedition to explore and report on the extent of Lewanika's territory. Harding had accompanied King Lewanika to London for the 1902 coronation of King Edward VII. While in London, Lewanika sought the protection of the British Government, under the administration of the British South Africa Company. Free eBook
Far Bugles by Colin Harding (1933) is an autobiography describing Harding's early years in Bulawayo earning a precarious living as a bricklayer, miner or solicitor's clerk before some mining speculations turned out well. It includes his experiences in the Mounted Infantry, becoming an administrator in Barotseland and Nigeria and his service in the War in France. Harding also describes his encounter with a lion who mauled him and left him for dead.
Frontier Patrols: A History Of The British South Africa Police And Other Rhodesian Forces by Colin Harding (1937) is the history of the mounted forces recruited during the 'scramble for Africa' to help guard Britain’s imperial possessions in South Africa and Rhodesia. The British South Africa Police had a vast territory to patrol and Colonel Harding took part in the campaigns against risings by Rhodesia’s two major tribes, the Mashona and the Matabele.
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.
James Jonathan Harrison (1857 - 1923) was a British part-time soldier and keen, if indiscriminate, big game hunter in Africa. Amongst others, he lead a hunting expedition through Abyssinnia, travelling further on to Lake Rudolph. On this trip he was accompanied by P H G Powell-Cotton, Archibald Edward Butter, William Fitzhugh Whitehouse and Donald Clarke. Powell-Cotton was unhappy by Harrison's indiscriminate shooting of young elephants and left the expedition to hunt ibex in the Simien Mountains while the others proceeded to Lake Rudolph.
Life Among The Pygmies In The Ituri Forest, Congo Free State by James J Harrison (1905) is a short book about James J Harrison's visit to the Congo Free State. He has two main goals - to hunt an okapi and to bring some pygmies back to England. He failed to get an okapi and did bring 6 pygmy people which he set up as an entertainment group. Free eBook
A Sporting Trip Through India by James J Harrison (1892) is a scarce account of the author's hunting trips for tiger in India, stag and pig sticking and elephant in Ceylon.
Frank Edward Hayter (b.1902) had dreamed of being a hunter in Africa so got a job as a taxidermist at London Zoo. He was then sent on an expedition to collect 100 baboons in the Ethiopian highlands in 1924. He had a hard time getting from Dire Dawa to the baboon location - stuck in a marsh, ambushed by Danakil warriors etc. He collected the 100 baboons but was cursed by a monk for stealing sacred animals. On the ship home, the baboons broke free from their crates and ran wild on the deck during a storm.
Hayter was so attracted to Ethiopia, returning many times doing anything for a living there - rat and rare butterfly catching, mule driving and debt collecting until he made his name as a gold prospector. He spent years digging and panning for gold, convinced he would find the Queen of Sheba's mines. During this time he believed the monk's curse was taking effect on him - he became very weak, going from an athletic young man to a physical wreck. He allegedly found a cave full of gold treasure in a mountain called Tullu Wallel which was flooded before he could collect the gold. More contemporary authors dismiss Hayter as unreliable and rather too influenced by the Rider Haggard novels.
Gold Of Ethiopia by Frank E Hayter (1936) is an account of Hayter's second expedition through Ethiopia, sometimes hunting elephants, sometimes travelling with native tribes in the most remote regions. In ths book Hayter claims to have found a shaft full of gold in the mountains of west Ethiopia which he claims was the source of the wealth of the Queen of Sheba.
In Quest Of Sheba's Mines by Frank E Hayter (1935) is another account of an adventurous expedition in search for the legendary mines of the Queen Sheba. During most hazardous trek lasting some twelve mounths the author actually discovered ancient caves and gold workings which he claims to be the site of Sheba's Mines. Apart from the story of the expedition itself Hayter describes the native customs and habits such as the method of calling or frightening off lions with a bamboo trumpet.
African Adventurer by Frank E Hayter (1939) autobiographical account of exploration in the mountains and jungles of Ethiopia.
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
Ludwig George Heinrich Heck (1892 - 1983) was a German zoologist and became the director of the Berlin Zoo in 1932. As well as collecting animals, one of his projects was the reconstruction of extinct animals such as the aurochs through the cross-breeding of various modern breeds which he thought had parts of the original genetic heritage.
Animals: My Adventure by Lutz Heck (1954) tells the stories about Heck's adventures in Africa, Europe and Canada, capturing animals for the Berlin Zoo. He first went to Ethiopia where the Galla and the Somali people brought in live specimens of birds and animals, including leopards and cheetah. He went on expeditions to get a gerenek, Hamadryas and Gelada baboons and various birds. Before returning home Heck was presented with a lioness by Emperor Haile Selassie. In Tanganyika he captured rhino, wildebeest, giraffe and more. In 1938 Heck and his wife successfully captured 3 gorillas in Cameroon which eventually died - the one survivor was killed when the zoo was bombed during the war.
Animal Safari: Big Game Hunting In South-West Africa by Lutz Heck (1956) is an account of the author's safari with is wife to photograph and collect animals in South West Africa, now Namibia. His trip took him down the coast to Walvis Bay and Cape Cross and then to the game regions of the Kalahari, Etoshaland and the Kaokoveld.
William Brindley Helean (b.1917) was a New Zealand born soldier from 1939 to 1945. He was appointed to a cadetship in the Colonial Service in Tanganyika in 1948, became a District Officer in 1950 and Senior District Officer in 1958. Since 1961 he was an Administrative Officer and at independence in 1962, he was transferred to the Vice-President's office.
Bed In The Bush by William Helean (1991) is an account of the varied problems which District Commissioners had to handle in the remote areas of Africa. The frustrations of trying to introduce and maintain profitable work projects such as growing cotton, the establishment of a pond and stocking it with fish which disappeared overnight, solving leopard man murders and killing man-eating lions.
Robert David Quixano Henriques (1905 - 1967) was a British writer, broadcaster and farmer. He joined the Royal Artillery in 1926 and served in Egypt and the Sudan, retiring in 1933.
Death By Moonlight: An Account Of A Darfur Journey by Robert Henriques (1938) is the account of big game hunting and exploration journey in the Dafur desert of Sudan.
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
Major James Willes Jennings (1899 - 1954) was a surgeon in the Royal Army Medical Corps and served in South Africa and East Africa before being selected for service with the Abyssinian Army in the campaign against the so-called Mad Mullah of Somaliland.
With The Abyssinians In Somaliland by Major J Willes Jennings (1905) is the author's memoir as a British medical officer who participated with the Somaliland Expeditionary Force in the campaign against the Mullah in 1904. He travelled with another medical officer, Captain H N Dunn, along with Captain A Duff, Mr J L Baird of the Diplomatic Service and Lieutenant Ogilvy. There were hunting expeditions for lion, gerenuk and rhinoceros and also for the pot. 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
Charles Johnston (1810 - 1872) was a British Naval surgeon who was serving on a ship which was on a secret mission to Africa or India, when he decided to become an adventurer. He resigned his post and left the ship at the end of the outbound voyage. He intended to travel back to Britain on foot across Africa.
Travels In Southern Abyssinia: Through The Country Of Adal To The Kingdom Of Shoa by Charles Johnston (1844) is a 2 volume account of Dr Johnston's journey in Abyssinia (present-day Ethiopia and Somalia) to the court of Shoa, describing many customs and characteristics of local tribes. It also describes the geography of the land and traces the flow of the most important river and lakes in the region. Free eBook Vol I Free eBook Vol II
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
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
Captain Lionel Alastair David Leslie (1900 - 1987) was was a sculptor, author and explorer. He was the son of Leonie Leslie, sister of Winston Churchill's mother, making him Churchill's cousin. Winston was also Lionel's godfather.
Lionel Leslie served with the Cameron Highlanders in India and Burma from where he set off on the first of his expeditions to China. After leaving the army in 1926, he attempted to walk across Africa accompanied by a Masai warrior.
Wilderness Trails In Three Continents: An Account Of Travel Big Game Hunting And Exploration In India, Burma, China, East Africa And Labrador by Lionel A D Leslie (1931). Winston Churchill wrote the foreword of this book and says that it "tells a plain tale in a lively and agreeable fashion, and should be welcomed most of all by those who will envy the author his enjoyable, though sometimes dangerous, roamings." The big game hunting included bear, Indian elephant, cheetal, blackbuck and bison in India, tsaine (banteng) in Burma and lion and rhino in Africa. There was no hunting in Labrador.
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
Augustus Frederick Lindley (1840 - 1873) was a British adventurer and writer. He served a short time in the Royal Navy before becoming an officer of a trading steamer in China. In 1868, Lindley and a group of friends landed at Durban to undertake a gold-hunting expedition in the Transvaal. No gold was found so they travelled and hunted extensively in southern Africa.
After Ophir: Or A Search For The South African Gold Fields by Captain Augustus Lindley (1870) includes adventurous accounts of hunting leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and other game almost 150 years ago. The author and his fellow gold hunters visited Zululand and Matabeleland, and had an interview with a young Cetywayo, then king of the Zulus. ('Ophir' refers to region mentioned in the Bible, famous for its wealth). 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.
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 lifeLittle Birds And Elephants: A Diary In Portuguese East Africa & Nyasaland 1928-1929 by David W K Macpherson & edited by Isabel Macpherson (2005) is an account of a hunting expedition into the Mozambican Tete Province. From 22nd September, 1928 to 13th October, 1929 he maintained a diary recording in detail his thoughts, hardships, hunting successes and failures, minute descriptions of bird life and accurate observation of the human and natural environment. His daughter, Isabel, edited this book, enriched with photos, maps, drawings and watercolours.
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
Willim James Makin (1893-1944) was a British journalist and author of popular adventure fiction. However, he also wrote about the real adventures that occurred in his life. He served in the British Army during the First World War, until he was gassed in the Somme in 1916. His journalistic career took him to India, Burma, Malaya, China and South Africa where he covered uprisings and rebellions for his newspapers. After the safari with the then Prince of Wales, Makin toured the Red Sea region before returning to Britain and becoming a fiction writer.
African Parade by William J Makin (1934) is Makin's account of Edward, Prince of Wales's big-game safari in Central Africa, which he accompanied in 1924. Subsequently he toured Africa from Cairo to the Cape and journeyed into Abyssinia with the Duke of Gloucester (brother of Edward). It is full of extraordinary anecdotes and observations of the Prince and his brother on safari. He said... "There is nothing so interesting to the civilised man as a beast in the jungle. It was this truism which decided me to write this book".
South Of Suez by Willim J Makin (c.1931) is a fascinating acount of Makin's travels in Africa.
Across The Kalahari Desert by William J Makin (1929) is the account of an expedition across the Kalahari using Morris motor lorries led by Captain Clifford. Makin was there as a South African press representative. Captain Bede Edmund Hugh Clifford was the Imperial Secretary/assistant to the High Commissioner but was not well liked by his boss, Sir Charles Rey, describing him as "bumptious, conceited and a cad" in his book 'Monarch Of All I Survey'. Captain Clifford and his party set out from Mahalapye, Bechuanaland, travelled by night and rested by day, and after a hazardous and adventurous Journey, reached Victoria Falls in 21 days.
Red Sea Nights by William J Makin (1932) is an account of the author's travels in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen.
Swinging The Equator by William J Makin (1936) is the account of Makin's travel from Cairo to Capetown interspersed with tales of war, politics, big-game hunting, treasure hunting and gold mining that reads like an adventure story.
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
Charles John McGuinness (1893 - 1947) was an Irish adventurer, author and sailor. His history is rather shrouded in mystery, making many of it's details questionable. His military career came when he fought for the English in Africa. He was initially in the Cameroon region, but deserted in 1916 when he heard about the rebellion for independence taking place in Ireland. He then joined the Afrikaners against the British. It was shortly after this that he is rumoured to have been captured by the Germans. He convinced them that he was on their side and fought with them for a time in their East African Campaign. McGuinness claims to have been the sole survivor of a ship-wreck in Delagoa Bay near Mozambique in 1917. As the story goes, he was aboard the S S Vasco de Gama, a Portuguese steamer, when the ship wrecked and sank at the mouth of shark infested waters.
McGuinness took part in the first Byrd Antarctic expedition as chief officer, and two chapters in this memoir are devoted to his experiences then. He drowned in a ship-wreck off Ireland when bound for the Caribbean.
Nomad: Memoirs Of An Irish Sailor, Soldier, Pearl-Fisher, Pirate, Gun-runner, Rum-runner, Rebel And Antarctic Explorer by C J McGuinness (1934) relates the author's colourful life as an adventurer, with chapters on pearl-fishing in the South Seas, lion-hunting in East Africa, profiteering in Ireland, piracy in China, and much more.
Teaching And Hunting In East Africa by Dan McNickle (2004) The author was selected as one of the teachers on the Teachers of East Africa Program, run by Columbia University in the 1960s. This book is the story of his four years spent in Tanzania, teaching, hunting and touring. In the process he had many experiences with the people, some close calls with the elephants, climbed an active volcano and presided over a polling station in the first presidential election in Tanzania.
Charles 'Kim' Meek (1920 - 1999) entered service in Tanganyika as a District Officer in 1941. By 1959 he had risen to become Permanent Secretary in the office of the Chief Secretary and from 1960 to 1962 he served as Permanent Secretary to the Prime Minister Nyerere and Secretary to the Cabinet.
Brief Authority: A Memoir Of Colonial Administration In Tanganyika By Charles Meek (2010) edited by Innes Meek, his son. This is an account of the author's twenty years in Tanganyika. He arrived in the former German colony during World War II and describes the challenges of living in a remote colony in war-time and of life among remarkable frontier characters and colleagues. There is a chapter devoted to elephant hunting.
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.
Lt Col Edward D Miller (1865 - joined the 17th Lancers at Lucknow, India in 1887. He served in the South African war and World War I and he ended up as Master of the Horse in the XV Corps (a British infantry corps). He was a lifelong polo player and big game hunter.
Fifty Years Of Sport by Lt Col E D Miller (1925) is sporting memoir of polo in India, England, Egypt and the USA, pigsticking in India, foxhunting in England and Ireland and big hunting in East Africa. He hunted in Kashmir and Nepal and was well known as a pig-sticker at Cawnpore and in Behar. Among his other Indian adventures are hunting tiger, cheetal and leopard. Free eBook
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.
Tales Of A Nomad: Or, Sport And Strife by Charles Montague (1894) relates both military and sporting experiences in South Africa with hunting for buffalo, hippopotamus, elephant, lion and antelope species. There are also encounters with elephants in Borneo. Free eBook
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.
Book sellers are confusing Thorburn Muirhead with J T Muirhead (possibly, James Thorburn) who wrote 'Ivory Poaching And Cannibals In Africa'. Research shows Thorburn Muirhead was born in 1899, the same year J T Muirhead, who came from New Zealand, was fighting in the South African Wars (1899 - 1902).
Strange To Relate by Thorburn Muirhead (1937) is an account of travels and big game hunting for elephant, buffalo in Africa and hunting bear, leopard and elephant in Asia. Also with some hunting in North America.
Arthur Bowen Richard Myers (1838 - 1921) served as Brigade-Surgeon-Lieutenant-Colonel in the Coldstream Guards.
Life With Hamran Arabs: An Account Of A Sporting Tour Of Some Officers Of The Guards In The Soudan During The Winter Of 1874-5 by Arthur B R Myers (1876) is a very scarce book about a 2 year hunting tour of the Sudan with Hamran Arab guides who were renowned elephant hunters. In the remote regions beyond the town of Kassala, his hunting party encountered lion and elephant with Myers trying to bag the latter by moonlight. Crossing the Setit River, they enjoyed considerable sport after rhinoceros, buffalo, hippopotamus and numerous engagements with lions. They also bagged bushbuck, kudu, dik dik and other plains game. 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.
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
Captain Richard Roberts Oakley joined the British colonial service in 1921 in northern Nigeria to fulfil his desire "to see a leopard and a giraffe in their natural setting". He was a keen big game hunter and it was one of his greatest joys to go out after work and shoot for the larder.
Treks And Palavers by Richard Oakley (1938) is an account of a political officer's life (including hunting) in the administration of Northern Nigeria in the 1920's and 1930's.
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.
Sir William Villier Leonard Prescott-Westcar (1882 - 1959) was a baronet who served with the Rifle Brigade and was decorated for conspicuous gallantry in action during WWI.
Big Game, Boers And Boches by Lt Col V L Prescott-Westcar (1937). The author arrived in the Sudan in 1912 and embarked on a shooting trip along the White Nile hunting elephant, hippo, lion and more, with later excursions along the Blue Nile. It also covers his hunting in India and Burma for bear, leopard, bison and some pig sticking. It also includes tales of his military exploits.
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)
Claude Lestock Reid (1888 - 1954) was born in India to British parents. He served as a Major in the Indian Cavalry before becoming a writer, film-maker and lecturer while travelling in in Africa and the Far East. He wrote mostly fictional thrillers and romances which were said to have been similar to Rider Haggard. His non-fiction books include 'An Amateur In Africa' and other historical works. He was a keen big game hunter, swimmer and tennis player.
An Amateur In Africa by C Lestock Reid (1925) by C Lestock Reid (1925). The author's adventures in British East Africa hunting rhinos, buffalo, elephants and more.
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.
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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."
Donald Farquharson Seth-Smith (1884 - 1959) first went to British East Africa in 1904 to visit his older brother Martin, who had come to Kenya a year earlier. In 1908 Donald bought a farm near Thika together with Lord Cranworth and others. As well farming, Seth-Smith was a pioneer big game hunter with his son Antony Seth-Smith (b.1937) following in his footsteps to become a renowned professional hunter.
Julia Seth-Smith is the wife of Tony Seth-Smith's son, Martin.
Donald's War: The Diary Of A Settler In The East Africa Campaign by Julia Seth-Smith & Antony Seth-Smith (2018) records Donald Seth-Smith's war experiences from January 1916 in Tsavo until he was invalided back to Kenya in February 1917. In 1914, Donald Seth-Smith joined the Supply Corps and later enlisted in Logan's Battery for the push into German East Africa. Donald received the Military Cross in January 1917 for bravery in the battle for Kibata in southern Tanganyika.
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.
Jack Stodel (1899 - 1979) was a South African theatre personality and entrepreneur who tried his hand at many projects the world in theatre, movies and acting. He was also a big game hunter and a game fisherman but shifted from hunting to take up the cause of wildlife conservation before the end of his life. He fought for South Africa and allies in three theatres of war - in German South West Africa (now, Namibia), German East Africa and in France. After surviving malaria and injuries, he returned to South Africa, still only aged 19 with the rank of Captain, to later serve in World War II and become the branch manager of the African Theatres in Cape Town.
The Jackpot Story by Jack Stodel (1965)is an entertaining account of hunting with the San people in Namibia and includes chapters on sport after steenbok, duiker, crocodiles and leopards, with big game fishing off the African coast. Most of the remaining content involves his experiences travelling in America and as as soldier during the Great War.
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.
John Tatchell Studley (1863 - 1916) was a British big game hunter and angler. Newspaper reports of his rather lurid divorce court case has him stating to have been in Africa just over a year, returning to Britain in 1895. He said he went firstly as the private secretary to Sir Claude MacDonald, then left for his East African hunt. At this time, MacDonald was Commissioner and Consul-General in the West African Oil Rivers Protectorate.
Journal Of A Sporting Nomad by J T Studley (1912) is about the author's hunting trips - he hunted lion near the Pungwe River in South Africa, then proceeded on an extended hunting trip to British East Africa where he successfully hunted buffalo, lion and eland. He also hunted whales near Spitsbergen, fished for salmon in Iceland, pursued tarpon off the Florida coast and hunted Dall sheep and moose on the Kenai in Alaska and in British Columbia.
Zambesi Camp Fires by Robert Sutherland (1935) is a scarce book about hunting in the Zambesi Valley of Rhodesia for leopard, lion, buffalo and elephant, etc.
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
Emil Torday (1875 - 1931) was a Hungarian anthropologist. Previously a bank employee, his interest in anthropology started when he accepted a colonial post in the Congo Free State in 1900. In 1907, he undertook an expedition on behalf of the British Museum in the Kwango River Basin in Belgian Congo, when he amassed a collection of 3000 objects for the museum.
Camp And Tramp In African Wilds by E Torday (1913) is "A Record of Adventure, Impressions, and Experiences During Many Years Spent Among the Savage Tribes Round Lake Tanganyika and in Central Africa, with a Description of Native Life, Character, and Customs". Torday describes his extensive travels in the Congo between 1900 and 1907, offering detailed observations on the folklore and customs of the tribes he encountered. There are incidents of hunting lion, leopard, hippopotamus and buffalo. Free eBook
On The Trail Of The Bushongo by E Torday (1925) is "An Account of a Remarkable & Hitherto Unknown African People, Their Origin, Art, High Social & Political Organization & Culture, Derived from the Author;s Personal Experience Amongst Them". Includes a hunting expedition with pygmies. Free eBook
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
Major Charles Claude Wallace (b.1872) served with the 14th Hussars, Lancashire Fusiliers as the only British officer at the 1916 naval Battle of Jutland. His observations during the action differ greatly from the official report. As a civilian he was in the colonial service conducting surveys in unknown areas of Liberia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Congo and Angola.
From Jungle To Jutland by Major Claude Wallace (1932) tells of the author's arrival in Liberia and subsequent encounters with a cannibal king, with doctors, a trek through the Devil's forest and a brush with the Lepoard Society. He also worked on a survey in the Congo and the survey for the Pointe Noire-Loudima railroad. There is also a chapter on his exploits in Angola.
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.
Carl Wiese (d.1912) was a German adventurer, trader and ivory hunter in Portuguese east Africa from about 1883. He established extensive mining rights and other commercial concessions for himself with the local native chiefs, including the Ngoni King Mpezeni, much of whose territory fell within what was the British Central Africa Protectorate. Weise was courted by both the British and Portuguese to sway Mpezeni to their sides - he eventually convinced Mpezeni to place his allegiance with the Portuguese, incurring the wrath of Harry Johnson, the Governor of British Central Africa Protectorate.
He became a notable local figure due to his political and commercial acumen. He also married an Afro-Portuguese woman of high local status. He returned to Germany in 1909.
Expedition in East-Central Africa, 1888-1891: A Report by Carl Wiese (1983) is the first complete English translation of "Expediçao Portugueza a M'Pesene", published 1889-1892, by Carl Wiese. Wiese was a German hunter and trader who led an unofficial Portuguese mission to the court of the Ngoni king, Mpezeni. His journal is the only contemporary description of the culture and politics of early Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. Translated from Portuguese by Ramos Donald. Edited with an introduction and comments by Harry W Langworthy.
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