The Africana books are a great mixture of works on African topics that may be of interest to any Africanophile. There are many safari tales and travelogues which, though they may not include hunting stories, are fascinating reads.
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Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales Of A Botswana Safari Guide by Peter Allison (2007). The author works as a photographic safari guide in the Okavango Delta. In this oasis of wetland in the middle of the Kalahari desert, he caters to the whims of his wealthy clients. This work is filled with true tales of the people and animals he has encountered.
Africa's White Magic by Joseph H Appel (1928) The white magic is replacing the worn out black magic of Africa. The magic of railroads, of motors, of aeroplanes; of growing cities, of widespread educational facilities, of stable government; of comfortable homes and efficient public buildings; of great farms reclaimed from jungle and swamp; of irrigation and sanitation; of the conquest of disease. It is the white magic of the new spirit of Africa, building a new continent on the indomitable spirit of the early pioneers. Photographs by Herman and Gretchen Cron
Botswana: A Brush With The Wild by Paul Augustinus (1987) is an autobiographical account of life as an artist in the wilds of 1970's Botswana. The book has an extensive text that describes his travels in the context of similar journeys through the same areas in the late 1800's by Livingstone, Baines, Chapman and others. The book is fully illustrated with many Paul Augustinus paintings, sketches and photographs as well as photography and engravings by the earlier travellers.
Desert Adventure: In Search Of Wilderness In Namibia And Botswana by Paul Augustinus (1997) is another autobiographical account of journeys undertaken by Paul Augustinus in 1990 through Namibia and Botswana returning to areas he had lived in in the late 1970s and also to new areas to him in search of desert rhino, elephant and lion. The book's extensive text is fully illustrated with many Paul Augustinus paintings, sketches and photographs.
Alice Blanche Balfour (c.1847 - 1936) was the sister of Arthur James Balfour, later Prime Minister of England.
Twelve Hundred Miles In A Waggon by Alice B Balfour (1895) is the account of a leisurely journey from Kimberley to Umtali by the author and three companions. They sailed to the Cape and equipped themselves for a trip to Matabeleland and Mashonaland by wagon. Whilst waiting for the wagons to be built, they travelled around the Cape, Orange Free State, Basutoland, Johannesburg and Kimberley, finally joining their wagons near Mafeking. Visits to Great Zimbabwe, Victoria, Salisbury, Bulawayo and Umtali are described. Free eBook
A South African Trek by Alice B Balfour (1898) is a copy of a magazine account of the author's journey through South Africa.
Erwin Adam Bauer (1919 - 2004) and his wife Peggy Bauer (1932 - 2004) were distinguished American wildlife photographers and authors. Erwin Bauer was also a big game hunter. Besides the books on African wildlife, they produced numerous other books on wildlife from all over the world.
The Treasury Of Big Game Animals by Erwin A Bauer (1972). The famous photographer-author presents the great game animals of North America, Africa, Asia, South America and Europe.
Hunting With A Camera: A World Guide To Wildlife Photography by Erwin A Bauer (1974). "Illustrated with Bauer's incomparable photographs, both color and black-and-white, but it is far more than a picture book. Its intent is to help you take good wildlife photographs on your own.The book is divided into three parts: a straightforward explanation os what photographic expeditions involve; a region-by-region discussion of the photographic opportunities in Noth America; and a similar discussion of opportunities abroad - Africa, the Indian Ocean, Antarctica and elsewhere."
My Adventures With African Animals by Erwin A Bauer (1968)
The Last Big Cats: An Untamed Spirit by Erwin & Peggy Bauer (2003) presents the big cat's natural history and includes Erwin A. Bauer's engaging first-person narrative, bringing you right into the action. Besides highlighting all of the major species, the text has a strong focus on the status of the endangered or threatened big cats, efforts to save them, and chances for their survival. Kindle Version
Wildlife Adventures With A Camera by Erwin & Peggy Bauer (1984)
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Surgeon-Lieutenant-Colonel Dugald Blair Brown (1847 - 1896) was a surgeon in the British army. He served in the Zulu Wars, the early Boer Wars and in India and Burma. He died in service in the Punjab.
Surgical Experiences In The Zulu And Transvaal Wars 1879 And 1881 by Dugald Blair-Brown (1883) Free eBook
Newell Bent Jr (d.1936) graduated from Harvard in 1933 and joined the Department of Anthropology at Trinity College, Cambridge in order to study the highest regions of the world and the people who exist in them. In the following year he arrived in Cape Town and undertook a journey through Northern Rhodesia, Tanganyika and Uganda. This expedition was not intended for Africa at all. Bent had planned to go to Western Tibet but the death of the Dalai Lama led to a strict embargo placed on foreign visitors.
Jungle Giants by Newell Bent (1936) is the narrative of his one-man expedition to Africa. En route, Bent met the South African cricketer Robert Crisp and the two climbed to the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro. Bent records the ascent in words and images taken from his own photographs. The book was completed on the author's return to Harvard in 1935 but not published until after his death that year while attempting an ascent of Aconcagua in the Andes.
Felice Benuzzi (1910 - 1988) was an Italian diplomat, climber and international swimmer who served with the Italian Colonial Service in Italian-occupied Abyssinia, where he was captured by Allied forces when the country was liberated in 1941. He was imprisoned in Kenya during which time he broke out to make a remarkable attempt to climb Mount Kenya. The col between Point Dutton and the Petit Gendarme on Mount Kenya has been named Benuzzi Col in his honour.
No Picnic On Mount Kenya by Felice Benuzzi (1952). The author was in a prisoner-of-war camp in East Africa, when due to boredom, he broke out with two companions to make a remarkable attempt to climb Mount Kenya, with only makeshift equipment and hoarded rations. They left a note telling their British captors "not to worry, we'll be right back as soon as we climb the mountain".
Hugo Adolf Bernatzik (1897 - 1953) was an Austrian freelance ethnologist, photographer and travel journalist.
Gari Gari: The Call Of The African Wilderness by Hugo Adolf Bernatzik (1936) describes author's 1927 expedition down the Nile to Khartoum, and from there onward to the Kenyan border. He travelled among the Dinka, Neur and Shilluk tribes of Africa.
Dark Continent: Africa. The Landscape And The People by Hugo Adolf Bernatzik (1931) is primarily a visual look at Africa and the various cultures, people and landscapes of the continent. With many photos documenting different tribes and cultures, from individual portraits, to shots of villages, etc., as well as modern encroachments such as mines. Free eBook
Jean-Claude Berrier (b.1927) was a French traveller, travel writer and novelist. His travels included the Sahara desert and Tibesti in 1951, Congo in 1953, an Ethiopian expedition and in 1955-1956, Siam and Cambodia.
High Places Of Africa by Jean-Claude Berrier & Raymond Denizet (1956) is the account of an African expedition of six young men in two Renault cars on an enthralling exploration. They won awards and a film was made of their adventures. Their route took them through many areas, some with great difficulty, including Tasili, Tibesti, Zouar, Bilma, Ethiopia, Toubbou, Ounianga, Rwanda, Kenya, etc.
The Horn of Africa: Travels in British Somaliland by John Buchholzer (1959). British Somaliland is now Eritrea. Then, as now, it was a lawless desert land whose people were caught up in endless blood feuds and arms smuggling. Critics of the day praised the book for being "a most instructive and entertaining travel book."
John C Cairns (d. 2014) was born of Scottish parents who emigrated to Canada in 1913. He served in the Canadian Airforce and after gaining a MA in English, he moved to Tangayika as a District Officer. His wife, Beverley J Cairns, illustrated this book.
Bush & Boma by J C Cairns (1959) is an account of East-African life by the author who worked for six and a half years as a District Officer at Kilwa, Mikindani and Dar es Salaam in Tanganyika. Tales of events at the Boma (the office) which is the focus of ceasless complaints and disputes. Cairns job included being a magistrate, prison officer, head of police, tax collector, issue of game licence, forestry permits and vermin destruction.
Leopard On A Razor Wire by Michael Callender (2011) is the story of an adventurer, Michael Callender, who is of Scots/Irish descent and who lived for 40 years in the Republic of South Africa. His title is an apt description of an extraordinary land that is made up of a brilliant scenery, charismatic peoples and an inheritance of savagery. The leopard is a creation of beauty, razor wire a symbol of harshness. The author believes this summarises South Africa - a country of raw contradiction. Michael Callender presents a collection of rousing stories as a British immigrant who witnessed the peak of apartheid in the late 1960s to the 'New South Africa' as termed today.
A Dummy Goes To Africa by Rod Cameron (1962) is an account of a missionary who travelled to Rhodesia and Nyasaland with his family and his ventriloquist dummy.
Roderick William Cameron (1913 - 1985) was an American history and travel author.
Equator Farm by Roderick Cameron (1955) is based on an extended visit to a family farm in near Lake Baringo, in the White Highlands during the Mau Mau Emergency. The author evokes many aspects of settler life in Kenya at this period. Other chapters deal with Mau Mau, the coast, Lamu, Zanzibar, the Masai & Uganda in the early 1950s.
Philip Caputo (b. 1941) is an American author and journalist. Research for 'Ghosts Of Tsavo' entailed spending a few weeks in the Tsavo National Park in Kenya on two separate trips. One trip was a safari led by a professional game guide and the other a scientific mission led by Craig Packer of the University of Minnesota, whom Caputo says is the world's foremost expert on the Serengeti lion.
Ghosts Of Tsavo: Tracking The Mythic Lions Of East Africa by Philip Caputo (2002). Accompanied by a photographer, two scientists and a few armed rangers, Philip Caputo set out through the forbidding plains Tsavo in search of Africa's most feared and efficient killers - massive maneless lions with a man-eating reputation. Over the past century, speculation about the ghostlike killers has gone unanswered, although recent studies suggest that the maneless lions may constitute a feline missing link between modern lions and their prehistoric ancestors. Therein lies the quest driving the expedition to find a scientific explanation for these fierce creatures and why they occasionally prey on humans. This vivid narrative of a scientific journey is a riveting work from one of America's finest writers. Kindle Version
John Bairstow Carson (1913 - 1997) was born in England. After a spell in Canada, he spent 9 years as a District Officer and 10 years as District Commissioner in Kenya.
Sun, Sand And Safari: Some Leaves From A Kenya Notebook by J B Carson (1957) is about the experiences of a newly appointed District Officer's in Kenya. The author served for over twenty years in numerous locations in Kenya including the Rift Valley, Nyanza, the coast and Central Province. Includes much on big game, birds, scenery, climbing Kilimanjaro, tribal life and Kenya's history
Life Story Of A Kenya Chief by J B Carson (1958) is the story Chief Kasina Ndoo as told by J B Carson, a former District Officer of Kitui district, Kenya
Percy Missen Clark (1874 - 1937) was the first permanent white resident at Victoria Falls. He and his companions there were known as 'old drifters'. He set up a curio shop which he ran for 33 years, operated canoes, dugouts, a motor launch and a rickshaw service, in all, a very entrepreneurial character. With the advance of the railway, Percy Clark saw the tourist business potential and started creating photographic postcards, guide books and souvenir albums of the Falls.
The Autobiography Of An Old Drifter: The Life Story Of Percy M Clark Of Victoria Falls by Percy M Clark (1936). Percy Clarke lived at the Victoria Falls between 1903 and 1937 and his autobiography is full of fascinating reminiscences and anecdotes on the 'frontier' life in Rhodesia.
Victoria Falls: An Album by Percy M Clark & Rev Alban Heath (c.1907). A lovely old guide to the Victoria Falls full of photographs, Zambezi River history, Livingstone, wildlife, how to see the Falls and much more. Free eBook
Souvenir Of The Victoria Falls by Percy M Clark (c.1920) is collection of 12 sepia-toned photographs of the Victoria Falls which was produced as an early keepsake of a visit to this natural wonder.
Rehna 'Tiny' Mildred Cloete (d.1993) was an author, illustrator and second wife of author, Stuart Cloete.
The Nylon Safari by Rehna Cloete (1956) is a humorous account of a ten-month trans-Africa with her author-husband Stuart Cloete who was researching his book, 'The African Giant'.
Sir Alan John Cobham (1894 - 1973) was an English aviation pioneer. In 1928 he flew a Short Singapore flying boat around the continent of Africa landing only in British territories.
Twenty-Thousand Miles In A Flying Boat: My Flight Round Africa by Sir Alan J Cobham (1930) is the tale of a journey in a hydroplane from London, around Africa along the coastline and back. Lady Cobham accompanied her husband throughout the long journey and in so doing, established a record for air travel by a woman.
To The Ends Of The Earth: Memoirs Of A Pioneering Aviator by Sir Alan J Cobham (2007) combines accounts of two of the author's most memorable journeys, round the Cape and to Australia and back. Undertaken in the 1920s, these memoirs of the fantastic adventures reveal the trials and tribulations of travelling to the farthest corners of the globe in a de Havilland type 50 and a seaplane.
A Time To Fly: The Memoirs Of Sir Alan Cobham by Sir Alan J Cobham (1978) Edited by Christopher Derrick. The early life of the pioneer aviator and aviation engineer Sir Alan Cobham who founded Berkshire Aviation Company which operated pleasure flights in the 1920's and 30's. He also made a significant contribution to the British war effort through research and development of flight refuelling.
Sir Albert Ruskin Cook (1870 - 1951) was a British born medical missionary in Uganda and founder of Mulago Hospital and Mengo Hospital. Together with his wife, Katharine Cook (1863 - 1938), he established a maternity training school in Uganda. In 1899 he was joined at Mengo Hospital by his elder brother, John Howard Cook, also a medical doctor and they were the first to describe sleeping sickness in East Africa.
Uganda Memories 1897 - 1940 by Sir Albert R Cook (1945) covers the history and development of the colony, with a chapter on safari life in 1897. The author was Consultant Physician to the Kampala Hospital and to the C M S Mango Hospital in Uganda.
One White Man In Black Africa: From Kilimanjaro To The Kalahari 1951-91 by John Cooke (1991) is an account of the author's work as district officer in Tanganyika in the closing years of the British Empire. He spent forty years in Africa and his tale is told with self-effacing humour and evident understanding and love for Africa and its people.
Lewis Cotlow (1898 - 1987) was an American explorer, author, filmmaker, insurance broker and amateur ethnographer who made photographic expeditions to Africa, South America, New Guinea and the Arctic from the 1930s to the 1950s.
In Search Of The Primitive by Lewis Cotlow (1966) is an account of an independent explorer`s life with the last of the exotic peoples of Africa, the Arctic, New Guinea and the Upper Amazon. He visits headhunters and cannibals, 7 foot tall tribesmen and pygmies, was chased by a rhino and had many other adventures.
Amazon Head-Hunters by Lewis Cotlow (1953) is about the author's quite perilous expeditions in the wilds of South America to find the head-hunters.
The Twilight Of The Primitive by Lewis Cotlow (1971) is about civilization's impact on the primitive way of life and the resulting extinction of the tribal societies.
And Miles To Go Before I Sleep: A British Vet In Africa by Hugh Cran (2007). "After three years working as a young vet in rural Aberdeenshire, Hugh Cran decided that it was time for a change. He got it. He took a post in Kenya and, forty years later, he's still there, still working, still loving every exasperating, challenging, unexpected moment".
Daniel Crawford (1870 - 1926) was a Scottish missionary who spent 33 years in the Katanga region of Central Africa. Unlike many missionaries, he tried to see things from the side of the 'unsaved' African population. He coined the phrase 'thinking black' as the way for outsiders to learn the native population's logic and ways of expressing themselves if they wanted to understand them. He also believed Africans had the right to be spoken to in their own languages, so he learnt at least a dozen of the languages of the regions he travelled.
Thinking Black: 22 Years Without A Break In The Long Grass Of Central Africa by Daniel Crawford (1913) covers an area from Angola, Congo, Rhodesia and Mozambique where the author travels as a missionary. Free eBook
Back To The Long Grass: My Link With Livingstone by Daniel Crawford (1923) where he retraces David Livingstone's last journey to the Luapula River, sharing a wealth of information about the land and the people.
Samuel Daniell (1775 - 1811) was an English painter, best known as an artist of African animals.
African Scenery And Animals by Samuel Daniell (1976) is a Balkema facsimile of the classic Samuel Daniell 1804 folio with African animals, portrait studies, figures and landscapes.
Sketches Representing The Native Tribes, Animals, And Scenery Of Southern Africa by Samuel Daniell (1820) These sketches were engraved by William Daniell from drawings made by the late Samuel Daniell in South Africa.
John Gordon Davis (1936 - 2014) was a prolific author and lawyer, born in southern Rhodesia and educated in South Africa. His first book, 'Hold My Hand I'm Dying' became an instant best-seller with other bestselling novels following. He retired to Spain and ran writing courses for both aspiring and published authors, until his death at the age of 78.
Taller Than Trees by John Gordon Davis (1975) is a novel about the epic struggle to the death between the elephant Dhlolamiti and the hunter Jumbo McGuire.
Operation Rhino by John Gordon Davis (1972) is the true story of an attempt to save the black rhino from poachers by capturing them and translocating them to Gonarezhou wildlife preserve. The author, a novelist, took part in the operation, tells the tales of the close-calls, unexpected problems and pitfalls of the project.
Hold My Hand I'm Dying by John Gordon Davis (1967) is the author's first novel about the two loves in the life of Joseph Mahoney - his native land, Rhodesia and a woman. Author has been compared to Robert Ruark and his writings about Kenya.
Ralph Deakin (1888 - 1952) was the Foreign News Editor of 'The Times' newspaper.
The Tour of The Prince Of Wales To Africa And South America by Ralph Deakin (1926). In March 1925 the Prince of Wales set out with the battle-cruiser Repulse for a journey to British West Africa and to the three republics in South Africa which were 'well disposed'. Most of this book is a travelogue.
Major Eric Aldhelm Torlough Dutton (1895 - 1973) was a colonial administrator Kenya, Rhodesia and later, Acting Governor of Bermuda. He climbed Mount Kenya in 1926.
Kenya Mountain by E A T Dutton (1929) was the first full account of any expedition to the mountain, despite the fact that its summit had been conquered several years previously. Public interest had already been aroused so much that Dutton foresaw a day when "the mountain will be invaded by tourists. Already an attempt is being made to drive a motor road through the forests". This record serves as an account of the mountain when it was still necessary to go on foot. The work is enhanced considerably by magnificent photographs and by Hillaire Belloc's humorous introduction.
The Basuto Of Basutoland by E A T Dutton (1923) is based on the author's travels in South Africa. He describes the country, history, the people, their lives, superstition and folk-tales. There are appendices on the battle of Berea, administration and statistics. Free eBook
Lillibullero Or The Golden Road by E A T Dutton (1944) recounts the author's experiences in Kenya, as well as his travels north to Ethiopia. Clearly written from the biased viewpoint of a colonialist, the author describes the nomadic tribes as quarrelsome and odd in their loyalties. Overall a captivating read, which provides great insight into the customs of the local people and their attitudes towards the English colonialists.
Charles Jesse Jones, known as Buffalo Jones (1844 - 1919) was an American frontiersman, farmer, rancher, hunter and conservationist. In 1909 Jones persuaded the Massachusetts industrialist Charles S Bird to finance a game-catching expedition to Kenya. Along with two cowboys (Marshall Loveless and Ambrose Mearns), white hunter Ray Ulyate, several expert horsemen with their own American cow ponies and many porters, Jones travelled to Nairobi. They roped warthogs, elands, zebras, rhinoceros and a lioness, which lived at a zoo in New York until 1921. Jones also employed two filmographers who documented his activities. He then showed his films across the United States, including a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City, in which he narrated the highlights of his hunting trip. In 1914, Jones organized a second but unsuccessful African hunting trip for a gorilla.
Lord Of Beasts: The Saga Of Buffalo Jones by Robert Easton & Mackenzie Brown (1961) is the tale of an extraordinary man - frontiersman, buffalo hunter (who later turned to their conservation and cross breeding them with domestic cattle), Indian fighter and more. He was an expert with the lasso and in his time lassooed rhino, lion, gorillas among many other exotic species in the wild. A most entertaining read about an extraordinary man.
Zambezi Odyssey: A Record Of Adventure On A Great River Of Africa by Stephen John Edwards (1974) is an account of the author's exploits during his canoe trip along the Zambezi Rver.
Alfred Burdon Ellis (1852 - 1894) first travelled out to West Africa in the early 1870s as a Captain in the First West India Regiment. Subsequently he was civil commandant of Sekondi and Chamer on the Gold Coast in 1874, district commander of Quittah in 1878 and of Accra in 1879, commander of the Haussa Constabulary 1878 and chief officer of the troops on the Gold Coast in 1882 and in 1886. He received the medal for the Third Ashanti War and was employed in the Intelligence Department during the Zulu War. He died of fever in Tenerife in 1894, just 42 years old.
The Land Of Fetish by Alfred Burdon Ellis (1883) is a rare account of service in West Africa.
Dorothea Fairbridge (1862 - 1931) was a South African author and historian.
The Pilgrim's Way In South Africa by Dorothea Fairbridge (1928). The book discusses the early development of South Africa and provides interesting glimpses of what the traveller of the 1920s saw in South Africa.
A History Of South Africa by Dorothea Fairbridge (1918) is a scholarly study, vividly written, about the Cape Colony, dating back to ancient Egyptian visits, through early European explorers and European settlers, ending with the establishment of the Union of South Africa. Free eBook
Marius Fortie was an Italian-born American who worked in a European trading company in German East Africa before and during the First World War. He was highly critical of the European, particularly the British, colonial powers in Africa.
Black And Beautiful: A Life In Safari Land by Marius Fortie (1938). This is an autobiographical work for the years 1901-1909, 1917-1920 and 1932-1935 of time spent in Tanganyika Territory, formerly German East Africa. He noted there is accuracy in events, but not always in names, chronology or topography, to protect friends from reprisal either by "petty white administrators" or native chiefs looking to "curry the white man's favor and rewards."
White Mischief by James Fox (1982). Just before 3am on January 24th 1941, the body of Josslyn Hay, Earl of Erroll, was discovered lying on the floor of his Buick, at a road intersection some miles outside Nairobi, with a bullet in his head. A leading figure in Kenya's colonial community, he had recently been appointed Military Secretary, but he was primarily a seducer of other men's wives. Sir Henry Delves Broughton, whose second wife was Erroll's current conquest, had an obvious motive for the murder, but no one was ever convicted and the question of who killed him became a classic mystery, a scandel and cause celebre. Among those who became fascinated with the Erroll case was Cyril Connolly. He joined up with James Fox for a major investigation of the case in 1969 for the Sunday Times magazine. After his death James Fox inherited the obsession and a commitment to continue in pursuit of the story both in England and Kenya in the late 1970s. One day, on a veranda overlooking the Indian Ocean, Fox came across a piece of evidence that seemed to bring all the fragments and pieces together and convinced him that he saw a complete picture.
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The Man-Eaters of Eden: Life And Death In Kruger National Park by Robert Frump (2006). An alarming problem is taking place in South Africa's Kruger National Park, where Mozambican refugees are being eaten alive by lions as they attempt to enter South Africa by walking across the Park. This deftly written study examines the park's two thousand lions, the refugees and the result of their crossed paths. Kindle Version Buy The Man-Eaters of Eden: Life and Death in Kruger National Park Audio Book
Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin (1936 - 2006) was Poet Laureate of Ethiopia, as well as a poet, playwright, essayist and art director.
Ethiopia: A Footprint In Time by Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin and Alberto Tessore (1985) is a magnificent series of photos by Alberto Tessore, one of Italy's finest artists of the camera and written by one of the leading Ethiopian playwrights and poets.
Travels With A Son by John Gale (1973) is an account of a trip across parts of Africa by Jeep in 1970 by British journalist John Gale (1925 - 1974), his son James and photojournalist friend Ian Berry. Starting in Morocco, they crossed the Spanish Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast and Ghana.
William Edgar Geil (1865 - 1925) was an American author, traveller and orator.
A Yankee In Pigmyland by William Edgar Geil (1905) is an account of a journey from Bombay to Mombasa, and via the Uganda railway into Uganda and finally the Belgian Congo. Nairobi scarcely rates a mention - in 1903 it had barely a hundred European inhabitants. Interesting and readable account of an East and Central African journey and its traditional inhabitants in the earliest days of European penetration of the continent. Free eBook
Ivory Knights: Man, Magic And Elephants by Nicholas Gordon (1991) is the story of the slaughter of Africa's elephants. Against a background of crisis and corruption, Nicholas Gordon criss-crossed Tanzania's ivory trail, meeting embattled conservationists, travelled with askaris and most significantly tracked down the ivory poachers, poor and illiterate, living out in the bush.
Murders In The Mist: Who Killed Dian Fossey by Nicholas Gordon (1993) is an investigation into the infamous Dian Fossey murder, for which no one has yet been brought to justice.
Kwa Heri by V Jane Gordon & Elizabeth Salmon (1996) is a mother and daughter account about a Turkana warrior hunter and George Adamson, set in Kenya. The authors lived in Kenya in the 1940s and 1950s.
Flight Path: Son Of Africa To Warrior-Diplomat by Scott Gration (2016) is the life story of Scott Gration who was the son of missionaries in Congo and Kenya. He joined the US Air Force and spent much of his military career as a fighter pilot. After retiring as a Major General from the US Air Force, the author served as a chief executive officer, the President's Special Envoy to Sudan and the US Ambassador to Kenya.
Pearl Zane Grey (1872 - 1939) was an American dentist and author best known for his popular adventure novels and stories of the American frontier.
The Last Of The Plainsmen by Zane Grey (1908) is a biography of Charles Jesse 'Buffalo' Jones, frontiersman, Indian fighter and hunter. It includes his adventures and escapades in Africa included the roping of African wild animals. Free eBook
John Gunther (1901 - 1970) was an American journalist and author who is best known for his series of popular sociopolitical "Inside" books.
Inside Africa by John Gunther (1955) is a country-by-country account of Africia in the 1950's when Africa was still under colonial rule. Contains explicit detail obtained while travelling the continent during the 1920s to 1950s. Starting in French Morocco and continuing through every part of the continent, the reader will make astonishing discoveries - for instance, where the uranium came from that went into the first atomic bombs, the tyranny of the veil in Arab countries, the great market of Marrakesh and many more.
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Emily Hahn (1905 - 1997) was an American mining engineer, journalist and prolific author of books and articles. After living in Florence and London in the mid-1920s, she travelled to the Belgian Congo where she worked in a hospital for the Red Cross and lived with a pygmy tribe in the Ituri Forest for two years. She then hiked across Central Africa in the 1930s. Later she spent 9 years living in Shanghai, teaching English. Read more about her extraordinary life here.
Congo Solo: Misadventures Two Degrees North by Emily Hahn (1933) is a very scarce and early book by a woman adventurer/hunter. After living in Florence and London in the mid-1920s, she traveled to the Belgian Congo and hiked across Central Africa in the 1930s. The book includes some hunting. Her book 'With Naked Foot' is the fictional account of her time in Africa.
Africa To Me: Person To Person by Emily Hahn (1964) brings together her experiences in Africa based on from numerous trips between the 1930s and the 1960s, to produce a book full of the flavour of Africa. The bulk of the book concerns the Africanization of the former British dependencies in Nigeria, Kenya, Tanganyika, the Rhodesias, Nyasaland, South Africa and Zanzibar.
The Iron Snake: The Story Of The Uganda Railway by Ronald Hardy (1965). "The two iron streaks of rail that wind away among the hills and foliage of Mombasa Island do not break their smooth monotony until, after piercing Equatorial forests, stretching across immense prairies, and climbing almost to the level of the European snow-line, they pause upon the edges of the Great Lake." Winston Churchill from 'My African Journey'
No Man's Land: The Last Of White Africa by John Heminway (1983) is the story of expatriates who are Africa's adventurers, eccentrics, outcasts, dreamers, white hunters and gentlemen farmers of Happy Valley. With the likes of Richard Leakey, Gavin Lamont a prospector for DeBeers, Terry Mathews the white hunter, Alan Moorehead and his affection for gorillas and a host of other outcasts and dreamers.
Richard Owen Hennings went to Kenya in 1935 as a cadet District Officer and rose to be Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture in Kenya.
African Morning by R O Hennings (1951) is the story of his experiences as a District Officer in the Lake Baringo region, a little-known corner of Kenya some two hundred miles from Nairobi.
King Leopolds Ghost: A Story Of Greed, Terror And Heroism In Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild (1999). In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted it's rubber, brutalized its people and ultimately slashed its population by ten million - all the while shrewdly cultivating his reputation as a great humanitarian.
Sir Alfred Claud Hollis (1874 - 1961) was a British administrator who served as British Resident to the Sultan of Zanzibar between 1923 and 1929.
The Masai: Their Language And Folklore by Sir Alfred Claud Hollis (1905) "Mr Hollis' previous contributions to anthropology, his opportunities for studying the daily conversing with the Masai, and his linguistic talents, which are well known to every one in East Africa, are a sufficient guarantee for the thoroughness and excellence of his work." Free eBook
Masai Myths, Tales And Riddles by Sir Alfred Claud Hollis (2003) is a new version of 'The Masai: Their Language And Folklore'. The Masai language samples have been omitted, the English has been Americanized, the proverbs have been re-worked 'to make them understandable' and one passage the author wrote in Latin has translated into English.
The Nandi: Their Language And Folklore by Sir Alfred Claud Hollis (1909) is a most comprehensive and pioneering study of the Nandi Tribe of East Africa detailing their way of life, their unique language, customs and folk tales. Free eBook
Frederick William Ratcliffe Holmes (1878 - 1952) was a British naturalist, film producer and author.
Interviewing Wild Animals: An Account Of Travel And Adventure Incidental To The Pursuit Of African Fauna With A Cine-Camera by F Ratcliffe Holmes (1929) is an intriguing and idiosyncratic little book about filming wild animals in what were then remote corners of the world.
Through Wildest Africa: A Story Of Travel by F Ratcliffe Holmes (1925) is the account of his photographic safari through Uganda, Kenya and Tanganyika. It describes the terrain and the author's attempts to get within camera range of wild game. There are also hunts for wildebeest, buffalo and rhinoceros near Lake Natron.
The Secret People: Adventure In Africa by F Ratcliffe Holmes (1928) is an adventure novel about a lost race of people set in Africa.
Africa Of The Heart: A Personal Journey by Joseph Hone (1986).The author had always dreamed of crossing the African continent from coast to coast. As travel correspondent for the BBC, he finally embarked on this long-awaited journey through a world of limitless adventure.
Lieutenant-Colonel Hilary Hook (1917 - 1990) served as a British army soldier in India and later in Africa.
Home From The Hill: The Autobiography Of A Hunter In The Last Days Of The Empire by Hilary Hook (1987) is the life story of an army officer through World War II, afterwards in the Camel Corps in Sudan and then his own safari company in Kenya. In 1984 he was forced to leave his beloved home near Mount Kenya and became the subject of a BBC2 programme as he tried to come to terms with life in Britain.
Zimbabwe by Lincoln Hughes (2005) is an adventure novel of big game hunting in Africa set against the background of African revolutionary activity.
Sir Julian Sorell Huxley (1887 - 1975) was an English evolutionary biologist, brother of Aldous Huxley and cousin of Gervas Huxley, who was the husband of Elspeth Huxley. In 1929 Huxley visited East Africa to advise the Colonial Office on education in British East Africa. He discovered that the wildlife on the Serengeti plain was almost undisturbed because the tsetse fly (the vector for the trypanosome parasite which causes sleeping sickness in humans) prevented human settlement there. In the 1930s Huxley visited Kenya and other East African countries to see the conservation work, including the creation of national parks, which was happening in the few areas that remained uninhabited due to malaria.
Africa View by Julian Huxley (1931) is a tale of a trip around east Africa. The journey took in conservation work and the formation of the first national parks, and the book contains commentary on malaria, the effects of tsetse flies, racial politics, tribal culture and early man, among many other subjects.
The Key To South Africa: Delagoa Bay by Montague George Jessett (1899) makes the case that southeast African port of Delagoa Bay, which Great Britain was considering acquiring at the time, was of strategic importance for the Empire. Jessett sets out to give an account of its history, trade, inhabitants, flora and fauna, its harbour, the town of Lourenco Marques which lies on the bay and the Delagoa Bay railway. Free eBook
Thomas Broadwood Johnson (1870 - 1909) was a British missionary in Uganda and the first white man to complete the Ruwenzori circuit. He died in Uganda of blackwater fever aged 39.
Tramps Around The Mountains Of The Moon: And Through The Back Gate Of The Congo State by Thomas Broadwood Johnson (1909) Free eBook
Shepherds Of The Desert: Nomads Of Kenya by David K Jones (1984) is a visually stunning book which takes you deep into the lives of the nomadic peoples of northern Kenya.
Faces Of Kenya by David K Jones (1977) is superb volume of photographs capturing the whole spectrum of Kenya's natural attractions, from deserts to the lakes and mountains to the animals and most of all, the people.
Clyde Nelson King (1876 - 1969) was the vice chairman of International Harvester Export Company. He sponsored and was part of the expedition to cross Africa and the truck was dubbed 'the truck that crossed the Sahara'. His son Weldon King (1911 - 2005) was the official photographer on many African expeditions led by Attilio Gatti including Gatti-Hallicrafters Expedition in 1947-1948 and 12th, 13th and 14th Gatti expeditions in the 1950s.
African Adventures Of An American Truck by Clyde King (1929) is an account of a trip by International Harvester Special Delivery truck from Nairobi Kenya, east through the Congo to Nigeria and then across the Sahara to Algiers. Bror Blixen accompanied the expedition.
Sunrise To Evening Star: My Seventy Years In South Africa by Marina King (1935). Adventurous early pioneer days in South Africa. The story ends with an overland journey from the Cape to Mombasa in a six-seater saloon car carried out at the age of 74 in 1930. They don't make them like that any more!
Cannibal: The History Of The People Eaters by Daniel Korn (2001) examines evidence ranging from protein analysis to studies of human bones that suggests that people-eating is a pervasive human signiature, running through our species since the dawn of time.
Richard Erskine Frere Leakey (b.1944) is a politician, paleoanthropologist and conservationist. He is second of the three sons of the archaeologists Louis Leakey and Mary Leakey.
Wildlife Wars: My Battle To Save Kenya's Elephants by Richard Leakey (2001) is the story of Leakey's battle to save Kenya's wilflife , fighting against corrupt officials and bringing millions of dollars from international donors to help enforce a ban on the ivory trade.
Wildlife Wars: My Fight To Save Africa's Natural Treasures by Richard Leakey with Virginia Morell (2001) are further stories of Leakey's battle to save Kenya's wildlife, especially elephants.
Dr Henry Martin Heinrich Karl Lichtenstein (1780 - 1857) was a German doctor of medicine who had a great longing to travel, especially in South Africa so offered his services as tutor to the Governor's son. After his travels in 1811, Lichtenstein became Professor of Zoology at Berlin and in 1844 was the founder of the Berlin Zoologischen Garten. Lichtenstein's hartebeest, Alcelaphus lichtensteinii was one of several species named after him.
Travels In Southern Africa, In The Years 1803, 1804, 1805 And 1806 by Dr Henry Lichtenstein (1811). 2 Volumes. These volumes contain accounts of the author's journeys in the Cape Colony, commenting on the landscape, economy and people he encountered. Vol I Free eBook Vol II Free eBook
David Wilson MacArthur (1903 - 1981) was a Scottish writer who travelled extensively in Africa and elsewhere. He travelled across the Sahara in a car with his wife, served in the Royal Navy during WW2 and settled on a farm in Rhodesia in 1947. He wrote over 40 books - non-fiction about his travels, adventure novels for boys, sometimes under the pseudonym, David Wilson.
The Road To The Nile: A Story Of Travel In The Western Desert And The Army Of The Nile by Wilson MacArthur (1941) is a cheerfully written story of a trip in an un-modified 1938 Standard Twelve (which the author named 'The Black Beetle') through Northern Africa, starting at Benghazi, at the time of the rise of Mussolini & his Fascists, and culminating in the author witnessing the Italian Army's march on the Nile. It was also published under the title 'The Road To Benghazi'.
Auto Nomad In Barbary by Wilson MacArthur (1950) is the account account of author's 3000 mile car journey across North Africa from Tangier to Cairo.
Auto Nomad Through Africa by Wilson MacArthur (1951) is the story of the author and his wife's journey from Aexandria to Durban in their car.
The Desert Watches by Wilson MacArthur (1954) is story of the hazardous crossing of the great Sahara Desert. The author and his wife started from Algiers and bound for their home in Rhodesia, made the entire journey of more than two thousand miles in a new and highly unreliable car, resulting in a breath-taking adventure.
Mzee Ali: The Biography Of An African Slave-Raider Turned Askari And Scout by Bror MacDonell (2008) Mzee Ali Kalikilima was born near Tabora in western Tanzania, probably in the 1870s. At age 14, he led his first slaving safari to the shores of Lake Tanganyika and with his caravan of captured slaves and ivory, to the markets of Dar es Salaam, some 1,200 kilometers away. With the arrival of the German colonizers, Ali joined the German East African forces as an askari. He saw action at the Battle of Salaita Hill near Mombasa and was with General von Lettow-Vorbeck to the end, fighting a guerrilla campaign through southern Tanganyika, Portuguese East Africa, Nyasaland, Northern Rhodesia until the final surrender. After the war, he joined the British Colonial Service as a game scout.
Albert Mahuzier (1907 - 1980) was a French adventurer, film-maker and writer.
Tragic Safari by Albert Mahuzier (1956) is about an ill-fated hunting & photographic safari to Chad and French West Africa. Albert Mahuzier went to Africa to take colour photographs of dangerous wild animals, but the journey ended in tragedy when his guide, Marcel Vincent, was killed by a lion.Albert Mahuzier's many adventure books in French
Frederick Marryat (1792 - 1848) was an English Royal Navy officer, novelist and contemporary and acquaintance of Charles Dickens. He also developed a widely used system of maritime flag signalling, known as Marryat's Code.
The Mission: Or Scenes In Africa by Frederick Marryat (1845) is arguably the first significant novel written about Africa. It is a book of African adventures written for 'young people'. They are fictional accounts founded on real experiences and adventures in South Africa in the early nineteenth century. Free eBook
Henno Martin (1910 - 1998) was a German professor of geology who, with Hermann Korn, lived for two years in the Namib Desert to avoid internment during the Second World War. After the war he worked as a consulting geologist, specialising in exploration for underground water resources. He selected the locations of boreholes throughout South-West Africa and particularly in the capital Windhoek, where he provided the city with its first large-scale, reliable source of water.
The Sheltering Desert by Henno Martin (1958). At the start of WWII, two German field geologists working in South West Africa, (Namibia) faced internment. They decided to take their chances living rough in the desert of the Kuiseb River Gorges - one of the world's harshest environments. They managed for two and a half years before beri-beri illness required them to turn themselves in.
Marius Maxwell (1887 - 1936) started out in the sugar cane business in India before becoming a coffee grower in Kenya. He was a keen big game sportsman but gave it up in favour of the camera. He was a photography pioneer in taking wildlife close-ups and photographing from a moving car.
Stalking Big Game With A Camera In Equatorial Africa by Marius Maxwell (1924). In this book Maxwell pays his respects to C G Schillings and A Radclyffe Dugmore, pioneers in the field of big game photography. However neither of them were able to capture animals with enough detail to satisfy the naturalists. In order to accomplish this Maxwell tried to use a telephoto lens as little as possible and relied primarily on an ordinary lens, which necessitated close proximity to the animals in order to obtain the best shot. The results are stunning.
Colonel Marcuswell Maxwell (1891 -1938) was another wildlife photographer much in the vein of Marius Maxwell - a photographic artist.
Elephants And Other Big Game Studies by Marcuswell Maxwell (1930) are camera studies of elephants from two expeditions to Kenya and the Serengeti Plains in the 1920s.
Big Game Photographs From The Times by Marcuswell Maxwell (1927) are 28 plates of old black and white photographs of a pride of lions, warthogs, buffalo, giraffes and rhinoceros taken in Kenya and Tanganyika.
Charles Mayer (1862 - 1927) was an American animal capture expert.
Jungle Beasts I Have Captured by Charles Mayer (1924) are tales of his exploits capturing animals (rhinos, orangutans, elephants and tigers), mostly on the Malay peninsula which he traded with zoos and circuses.
"Ernst D. Moore was 23 when his uncle brought him into the family ivory business. From 1907 to 1911, Moore was based primarily in Zanzibar, buying elephant tusks in the market and traveling to the interior of Africa, where he bought directly from great hunters of the day for Arnold Cheney & Co., which supplied both Pratt, Read and Comstock, Cheney. He lived in a house with carved teakwood gates, entertained Teddy Roosevelt at the Mombasa Club, bought hundreds of tons of ivory, & then came home to marry a woman in Chester and work for Pratt, Read as an executive in the company's player piano division. Fluent in Swahili and the argot that grew out of African and Arab trade, Moore interviewed former slaves to build his story about the ivory trade, which he called "a terrible vocation." During the second half of the 19th century, the height of the ivory trade, Moore wrote, "the dhows that lay at anchor off the town were packed with slaves awaiting transport to Arabia and the Gulf. Slaves lay on the sloping beach, dead slaves, not worth the burying, thrown there to rot until the tide carried their bloated bodies out to sea." Moore described the ivory gathering of the 19th century as carnage." Excerpt from the Hartford Courant
Ivory: Scourge Of Africa by Ernst D Moore (1931). The scarce and still harrowing personal account of an ivory trader who conducted business shortly after the turn of the century when Africa's people and natural resources were being plundered by Arab and European nations.
The Washing Of The Spears: The Rise And Fall Of The Great Zulu Nation by Donald R Morris (1965) is the definitive account of the bloody and tragic story of the rise of the Zulu nation under the great ruler Shaka, and its fall under Cetshwayo in the Zulu War of 1879. For over a century after the European landing at Capetown in the 17th century, the Boers advanced unopposed into the vast interior of Africa. It was not until 1824 that Europeans came face to face with another expanding and imperial power, the Zulus - the most formidable nation in black Africa. That confrontation ignited a prolonged struggle, which culminated in a bitter war, the last despairing effort of Africans to stem the tide of white civilization. The result was a dramatic, legendary and bloody defeat at Isandhlwana for the British; the aftermath was the defeat and fall of the remarkable Zulu nation. The Zulus challenged the might of Victorian England, and armed only with their spears, their rawhide shields and their incredible courage, they inflicted upon the British the worst defeat a modern army has ever suffered. Read Review
The Forgotten Path by David Newman (1965) is about a 1959 motoring expedition without back-up from London to Lagos via the Sahara Desert in a Ford Zephyr car to visit a friend.
Heinrich Oberjohann was a German animal collector who set out in the 1930s to capture young elephants for zoos in the Lake Chad region.
Wild Elephant Chase: Adventure In The Lake Chad Region by Heinrich Oberjohann (1953). The author spent four years amongst the elephants of Lake Chad. He tracks them to their most remote retreats and discussing their behavior, system of communication, herd life and more.
My Friend The Chimpanzee by Heinrich Oberjohann (1957) is a travel memoir of the author's experiences with three chimpanzees in West Africa.
Komoon: Capturing The Chad Elephant by Heinrich Oberjohann (1952) is more on capturing elephants near Lake Chad in Central Africa.
My Best Friends Are Apes by Heinrich Oberjohann (1957). He studied the language of chimpanzees for years and finally mastered the ability to communicate with them.
Black Rhino Rescue by Bryan O'Donoghue (1976)
Lions Of Tsavo: Exploring The Legacy Of Africa's Notorious Man-Eaters by Bruce D Patterson (2004) presents forensic evidence that the man-eating behaviour of the lions exhibited in 1898 was likely due to pathology. The author has demystified the tale of two male lions who began to hunt, kill and devour railway workers for more than 9 months and thought to have claimed the lives of 135 people. Kindle Version
Empty Highways: Ten Thousand Miles By Road And Lake Through East And Central Africa by R O Pearse (1935) is the story of Reg and Edith Pearse on the road to Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and the Ruwenzori in 1934, travelling in a Model T Ford. The journey covered ten thousand miles without the vehicle giving any trouble.
Treetops: Story Of A World Famous Hotel by R J Prickett (1987) is the story of a unique safari lodge in the Aberdare Mountains north of Nairobi, told by one of its most colourful and experienced hunter/escorts. The stories of the many people who have been there, including the Queen, who made a nostalgic visit in 1983, of the wildlife itself and all kinds of special happenings are vividly recorded. Treetops began as a hut in a tree somewhere in Kenya, but this was the tree where Princess Elizabeth actually became Queen Elizabeth II. The book is full of poignant and amusing anecdotes and evokes all the magic and excitement of the life of a real life hunter-escort in the Kenyan wilderness.
David William Lister Read (1922 - 2015) was born in Kenya to British parents and became an author of autobiographical books which reveal a profound knowledge of Maasai history. He was also a farmer, cattle dealer, hunter, aviator, fisherman and boat builder. Read more about David Read's life
Barefoot Over The Serengeti by David Read (1979) covers the author's adventures between the ages of seven and fourteen years in the Serengeti, homeland of the Maasai, whose customs and lifestyle he reports, as seen through the eyes of a child.
Beating About The Bush: Tales From Tanganyika by David Read (2000) is the follow-up book after 'Barefoot Over The Serengeti' and charts the life of David Read from the period of 1936 to 1952 in Tanganyika (modern day Tanzania), as he comes to grips with his first schooling, his move to the Lupa Goldfields and the onset of adult life. During World War II, he marched his regiment of Masai and Samburu warriors from Eritrea to Kenya before leading them via Madagascar to the jungles of India and Burma. After the war he became a veterinary officer and roamed the African bush, gazetting East Africa's game parks and investigating ritual tribal murder.
Another Load Of Bull by David Read (2000) continues his story after working for the Veterinary Department. The Read family settled as wheat farmers on the western slopes of Kilimanjaro. With no formal farm training, Read survived largely on his local knowledge and language skills, supplemented by buying cattle.
Waters Of The Sanjan: A Tale Of Hardship, Heroism And Passion Under The Shadow Of Mount Kilimanjaro by David Read (2011) is fiction based on fact, woven around the life of a known Masai warrior who lived at the turn of the century. It is an historical novel and the events portrayed were not unusual in the life of a warrior of those times. The customs and traditions are accurate, the places where events took place are real places and to date still go by the same name.
Joseph Hankinson Reading (1849 - 1920) was the secretary and treasurer of the Gabon and Corisco Mission and acting commercial agent for the USA.
The Ogowe Band: A Narrative Of African Travel by Joseph H Reading (1890) includes accounts of visits to Liverpool and the Canary Islands. It gives light-hearted accounts of steamer travel, African Christmas dinners and monkeys pulling down telegraph wires. On a more serious note are the missionary experiences on the gold and slave coasts, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Gabon and an account of drunkenness among the natives with a reprimand to America for sending rum to Africa. Free eBook
A Voyage Along The Western Coast Of Newest Africa: A Description Of Newest Africa, Or The Africa Of To-day And The Immediate Future by Joseph H Reading (1901) describes his travels in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Gold Coast, the Niger Delta and Soudan, Old Calabar, the Congo Valley and the Congo River to Gabon. His primary interest is the potential for commercial development and much attention is given to natural resources and factors that might influence their exploitation in the future. Free eBook
A Blonde In Africa by Laura Resnick (1997) is an account of her trek across Africa - live mine fields in Sahara, bandits in Tanzania, an arrest in Nigeria and playing with wild gorillas in Zaire.
Sir Charles Fernand Rey (1877 - 1968) was a British civil servant who became the Resident Commissioner of the Bechuanaland Protectorate from 1930 to 1937. In 1919 he went to Abyssinia as the general manager of the Abyssinian Corporation to promote British commercial interests there. He resigned from the Corporation in 1920 following it's bankruptcy but continued to visit Abyssinia on many occasions.
Unconquered Abyssinia As It Is Today by C F Rey (1923) is an account of Abyssinia, its peoples and their customs, its resources and possibilities and its extraordinary history as a hitherto unconquered nation.
The Real Abyssinia by C F Rey (1935) is a revision of his first book on Abyssinia. It is a study of the culture and history of Abyssinia with the author's personal observations of habits, customs, land features, religion, industrial development and more.
In The Country Of The Blue Nile by C F Rey (1927) is an in-depth study of the culture, landscapes, present, future and history of Abyssinia.
The Romance Of The Portuguese In Abyssinia: An Account Of The Adventurous Journeys Of The Portuguese To The Empire Of Prester John; Their Assistance To Ethiopia In Its Struggle Against Islam And Their Subsequent Efforts To Impose Their Own Influence And Religion, 1490-1633 by C F Rey (1929)
Monarch Of All I Survey - Bechuanaland Diaries 1929-37 by C F Rey (1988). Edited by Neil Parsons and Michael Crowder. Rey's diaries are a great record of the actions and thoughts of a colonial administrator in this period. He was a great natural raconteur but his recorded thoughts, life and career should be seen in the colonial, imperial context, for he shows many of the prejudices and the arrogance of an Englishman abroad. Neil Parsons is specialist in Botswana history. Michael Crowder is a historian of Nigeria and colonial west Africa.
Francis Rolt-Wheeler (1876 - 1960) was born Francis William Wheeler in England, later becoming a US citizen in 1903. He became a prolific writer, mostly of books for boys and later an occultist and episcopalian preacher.
The Tusk-Hunters by Francis Rolt-Wheeler (1927) "The lure of the wild will call to men so long as red blood flows in human veins, whether that call come from the frozen tundra of Siberia or the sweltering jungle of Equatorial Africa. In later days, a deeper spell has been given both to the 'call of the wild' and to big-game hunting, in the desire to learn the inmost secrets of the lives of animals, a spell which is shared by the scientific naturalist and the photographer alike. To try to give some measure of the life of the Elephant, how he came to be, how he lived and lives, the part that he plays in the semi-explored wilds, and to arouse a deeper appreciation of that mighty Lord of the Forest is the aim and purpose of The Author."
Eric Rosenthal (1905 - 1983) was a South African historian and author of many books on South African history.
Stars And Stripes In Africa by Eric Rosenthal (1938) 'Being a History of American Achievements in Africa by Explorers, Missionaries, Pirates, Adventurers, Hunters, Miners, Merchants, Scientists, Soldiers, Showmen, Engineers and others.'
Rudd: The Search For A Cape Merchant by John Cormac Seekings (2009). During his life-time Charles Rudd was a well-known and controversial figure in Britain and in South Africa. His involvement in the creation and development of De Beers, of Gold Fields of South Africa and its successor Consolidated Goldfields, and of the British South Africa Company, brought great personal wealth and power. But since his death in 1916 he has been forgotten. During his life-time he was overshadowed by his close friend and business partner, Cecil John Rhodes. Unlike Rhodes, Rudd shunned publicity. Unlike Rhodes, Rudd left few personal records. Although remembered by historians, Charles Dunell Rudd has been ignored by biographers. His interests ranged from the collecting of exotic ferns to the hunting of big game. In retirement he played major but forgotten roles as a kindly Scottish laird and as a generous benefactor.
One Man's Africa by John Seymour (1955) tells of the author's years in Africa which began in 1934 when he went as a trainee on a sheep farm. Subsequent jobs and experiences included another ranch job, some seasons as a pilchard fisherman at Walvis Bay, copper mining and the war in Abyssinia.
A Man Of The Field by Frank Sheardown (1988) is the story of Sheardown's life in Kenya in the years following World War II, farming and some unorthodox hunting.
Anthony Smith (b.1926) is British author and former television presenter. In 1962, he led 'The Sunday Telegraph Balloon Safari' expedition, flying a helium balloon from Zanzibar to East Africa, and then across the Ngorongoro Crater.
Throw Out Two Hands: Balloon Safari Over Africa by Anthony Smith (1963). The goal in this particular adventure was to prove that the observation of animals in the wild without frightening and sending them running for miles was best done from a balloon. However, what seemed simple in concept became a complicated and major effort of organisation. By 1962, the expedition was eventually ready for Anthony Smith and his colleagues Douglas Botting and Alan Root to take their place in their tiny basket. Apart from many other things the plan, executed despite all the dangers and complexities of pursuing any plan in the gigantic world of Africa, was to make a number of captive and free flights from Zanzibar in the east to the Serengeti plains of Tanganyika in the west. Reading a book like this, it is difficult not to want to become a balloonist immediately.
Charles Spencer Smith (1852 - 1923) was an African American Methodist preacher who founded the Sunday School Union in Tennessee and later became a bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, travelling through Africa and the rest of the world.
In 'Glimpses Of Africa' Smith says he wanted to see how the African-American might 'help' his African brother. He admits later in the book that there was really no need for help in any capacity. On the contrary, he comments, "I confess to a feeling of pleasurable disappointment when the fact dawned on me that West Africa could supply a greater number of skilled craftsmen than for whom places could be obtained."
Glimpses Of Africa: West And Southwest Coast by C S Smith (1895) containing the author's impressions and observations during a voyage of six thousand miles from Sierra Leone to St Paul de Loanda and return. Including the Rio del Ray and Cameroon Rivers, and the Congo River from its mouth to Matadi. Free eBook
Anders Erikson Sparrman (1748 - 1820) was a Swedish physician and naturalist who arrived in the Cape in 1772. When the English exploring expedition under Captain Cook visited the Cape, Sparrman was invited to join and in 1772 he sailed on the 'Resolution'. In 1775 he was back at the Cape and with a friend he went on an expedition into the interior for almost a year.
A Voyage To The Cape Of Good Hope, Towards The Antarctic Polar Circle, And Round the World by Andrew Sparrman (1786). Sparrman's account of Cook's voyage, as well as his exploration in Africa, are described in this book. Free eBook
Cape To Cairo: Rape Of A Continent by Mark Strage (1973). "In 1870 nine-tenths of Africa still belonged to Africans. Thirty years later this proportion was reversed. Except for a few undesirable enclaves, the continent had been divided among the powers of Europe. That it could happen so quickly is testament to the white man's enterprise, his skill at organizing resources, his determination in the face of awesome adversity and his greed."
Jet Safari To Africa by Robert P L Straughan (1973) offers a glimpse of the African continent - Dakar, West Africa, South Africa, Rhodesia, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya.
Bayard Taylor (1825 - 1878) was an American poet, diplomat and prolific travel author.
Journey To Central Africa: Or, Life And Landscapes From Egypt To The Negro Kingdoms Of The White Nile by Bayard Taylor (1854) records the author's travels in Egypt, Ethiopia and the Sudan during 1851 and early 1852. The book is filled with fascinating details of locales and peoples. Several years before the source of the White Nile had been established, Taylor travelled well south of Khartoum, as reflected in his account and its accompanying map. His objective, however, was to collect experiences rather than to help unravel what Harry Johnston called "the greatest geographical secret after the discovery of America". Free eBook
George Thompson (1796 - 1889) was a Cape Town merchant who resided in South Africa for many years and travelled throughout the greater part of the Cape Colony and a considerable part of Bechuanaland. In 1823 and 1824 he proceeded to the Orange River and Bechuanaland and his account of these regions is recognized as the most important description of this part of the continent published in the early part of the nineteenth century.
Travels And Adventures In Southern Africa: Comprising A View Of The Present State Of The Cape Colony With Observations On The Progress And Prospects Of British Emigrants by George Thompson (1827) Vol I Free eBook Vol II Free eBook
Harold William Tilman CBE, DSO, MC and Bar (1898 - 1977) was an English mountaineer and explorer, renowned for his Himalayan climbs and sailing voyages.
Snow On The Equator by Harold William Tilman (1937). The author, after surviving in the Great War, found himself as a soldier-settler establishing a farm in Kenya. He later climbed Kilimanjaro, Mt. Kenya and Ruwenzori in the early 1930s. He finished off his 14 years in Africa by cycling from Kenya to Uganda, then to Stanleyville in the Belgian Congo, thence to Bangassa and Bangui in French Equatorial Africa and via the Cameroons, to the Atlantic Coast and a boat back to England. A great read!
Safari: East Africa And Its National Parks by Derek Townsend (1973)
Wild Africa's Silent Call by Derek Townsend (1969) 'Here, after months of travel and research, is a powerful and thrilling story: Encounters with big game, intriguing animal observations, among spear carrying warriors, the facts behind Zanzibars revolution.'
Major Arthur John Newman Tremearne (1877 - 1915) was born in Melbourne and served as an officer in the British army. He was an African ethnologist and credited with the invention of a head-measuring gadget.
The Tailed Head-Hunters Of Nigeria by A J N Tremearne (1912) is an account of his 7 years experiences in the northern Nigerian pagan belt with a description of the manners, habits and customs of the native tribes. Free eBook
The Ban Of The Bori: Demons And Demon Dancing In West And North Africa by A J N Tremearne (1914) is a study of popular religion and folklore in North Africa, particularly the regions around Tunis and Tripoli in the pre-First World War period. Free eBook
Hausa Superstitions And Customs: An Introduction To The Folk-lore And The Folk by A J N Tremearne (1913) Free eBook
Some Austral-African Notes And Anecdotes by A J N Tremearne (1913). The first three chapters deal with the Boer War and in particular the Australian contingents. The remainder of the book is about the author's experiences in West Africa.
Sir Frederick Treves (1853 - 1923) was a prominent British surgeon and friend of Joseph Merrick, 'the Elephant Man'.
Uganda For A Holiday by Sir Frederick Treves (1910) chronicles his tourist travels throughout Uganda, camping in the Great Rift Valley and one of the first accounts of a circumnavigation of Victoria Nyanza. Free eBook
Henry Francis Varian (1876 - 1924) was a pioneer of the African railways. He spent 50 years on railway construction projects in Mozambique, Rhodesia, Angola and in East Africa.
Some African Milestones by Henry Francis Varian (1953) is a personal description of day-to-day business of building railways. It is a very readable tale of adventure and epic achievement. The foreword is by Ewart Grogan. Free eBook
Nine Lives: Memoirs Of A Maverick Conservationist by John Varty (2010) is the tale of of the author's progression from hunter to filmmaker to conservationist. Varty narrates the adventures, trials, mishaps and triumphs of his extraordinary life, from hunting lions at the age of twelve and teaching the orphaned lion cub Shingalana how to hunt for food, to spending last moments with the badly mauled female leopard, whom he had been following and filming for years. He reveals the secrets behind his close relationships with certain big cats and invokes the terror of his own narrow escapes from death, including a dangerous encounter with crocodiles and a near-fatal helicopter crash.
Gunship Ace: The Wars Of Neall Ellis, Helicopter Pilot And Mercenary by Al J Venter (2011) is about a former South African Air Force pilot who saw action throughout the region from the 1970s. Neall Ellis is the best-known mercenary combat aviator alive. Apart from flying Alouette helicopter gunships in Angola, he has fought in the Balkan War, flew Mi-8s for Executive Outcomes, and thereafter an Mi-8 for Colonel Tim Spicer in Sierra Leone. For the past two years, as a civilian contractor, Ellis has been flying helicopter support missions in Afghanistan, where, he reckons, he has had more close shaves than in his entire previous four-decade career.
Ivory: An International History And Illustrated Survey With A Guide For Collectors by Michael Vickers (1987) showcases the production of ivory wares from a full spectrum of countries through the ages. There is a focus on the rarity of ivory and the resulting social and political implications of its circulation. With a large array of contributors, this survey covers ivory production in the earliest civilizations, Rome and Eastern Europe, Africa, the far and near East, North and South America through to contemporary carvers. Further, there is attention paid to the collecting and care of ivory items.
A Certain Curve Of Horn: The Hundred-Year Quest For The Giant Sable Antelope Of Angola by John Frederick Walker (2004) tells the story of one of the most revered and endangered of the regal beasts of Africa - the giant sable antelope of Angola, a majestic, coal-black quadruped with breathtaking curved horns more than five feet long. It is an enthralling and tragic tale of exploration and adventure, politics and war, the brutal realities of life in Africa today, and the bitter choices of conflicting conservation strategies. 'A Certain Curve of Horn' traces the sable's emergence as a highly sought-after natural history prize before the First World War and follows its struggle to survive in a war zone fought over by the troops of half a dozen nations and its transformation into a political symbol and conservation icon. As he follows the trail of this mysterious animal, Walker interweaves the stories of the adventurers, scientists, and warriors who have come under the thrall of the beast, and how their actions would shape the fate of the giant sable antelope and the history of the war-torn nation that is its only home. Kindle Version
Ivory's Ghosts: The White Gold Of History And The Fate Of Elephants by John Frederick Walker (2009) tells the astonishing story of the human lust for ivory and its cataclysmic implications for elephants. Kindle Version
Leo Walmsley (1892 - 1966) was an English writer and sportsman. During World War I he served as an observer with the Royal Flying Corps in East Africa, was mentioned in dispatches four times and was awarded the Military Cross. After a plane crash he was sent home and eventually pursued a literary career.
So Many Loves: An Autobiography By Leo Walmsley (1944) The author was born in the town of Shipley in West Yorkshire, England, and his family moved to the village of Robin Hood's Bay on the North Yorkshire coast when he was two years old. He was awarded the Military Cross whilst serving with the Royal Flying Corps in East Africa during the First World War and later travelled widely in search of adventure. With his family he lived in various parts of the British Isles before finally settling in Fowey, Cornwall, where he died in 1966.
The Silver Blimp: A Story Of Adventure In the Tropics by Leo Walmsley (1921) is the author's uncommon first novel. British and natives with an unstoppable silver blimp versus the Germans in Africa.
Leo Weinthal (1865 - 1930) was editor in chief of the Pretoria Press, and, along with Sir Roderick Jones, served as Reuters' chief correspondent in the Transvaal at the time of the outbreak of the Boer War, their impartial coverage doing much to enhance the reputation of the agency, Weinthal produced this encyclopaedic work as a belated but substantial tribute to Rhodes's idea.
The Story of the Cape to Cairo Railway And River Route, From 1887 To 1922 by Leo Weinthal (1923) is a lavish 5 volume tribute to one of the most glorious failures of the empire, the project conceived by Cecil Rhodes as 'The Iron Spine and Ribs of Africa'. Weinthal recruited every possible person with a connection to Rhodes and to colonial Africa, every likely expert on the continent, and every amenable viceroy, sirdar and colonial governor. Prominent contributors were Sir Percy Fitzgerald on Cecil Rhodes and Dr Jameson, Sir Harry Johnston on the native languages along the route, Captain Selous on big game and Flinders Petrie on "The Trail of the Ancients on the Route". There is also an extract from Churchill's 'My African Journey', accompanied by a portrait.
African Adventure by Charles Weston (1960) is a privately published account of the author's 24 day photographic (no hunting) safari through Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
William Webb Wheeler (1845 - 1925) was born in Ohio and worked his way up to become president of the Wheeler-Motter Mercantile Company in St Joseph, Missouri.
Our Holiday In Africa by W W Wheeler (1912) is a travel book about the author and his wife's tour of Africa, from Egypt to Cape Town and everywhere in between. Though Mr & Mrs Wheeler are rather disdainful of hunting, the book is littered with big game hunting anecdotes that they heard on their journey. The book is full of great photographs of Africa in 1912. Free eBook
The Call Of The Bushveld by A C White (1949) are personal recollections of hunting and wildlife in the Transvaal lowveld.
In 1927 James C Wilson (1901- 1995) and his friend, Francis Flood left their homes in Nebraska to ride their motorcycles and sidecars across Africa from Lagos, Nigeria to the Red Sea.
Three Wheeling Through Africa: Two Adventurers Cross The So-Called Dark Continent North of Lake Chad On Motorcycles & Sidecars by James C Wilson (1936) is a delightful and very readable account of motorcycle travel from Lagos on the West Coast, up into the desert at Kano, east across what is now Chad and the Sudan to the Red Sea at Eritrea. They packed every concievable spare part imaginable, plus cameras & a banjo on their Triumph 5HP 3 speed motorcycles with sidecars .
Cheating Death by John Young (1937) are the autobiographical reminiscences and yarns by 'adventurer' John Young, mainly set in the Kenya of the mid-1920s where he worked up-country. Evokes something of the feel and atmosphere of the colony at this time even if the 'adventures' have something of the 'Boys' Own' feel to them.
Lieutenant Colonel Sir Francis Edward Younghusband (1863 - 1942) was a British Army officer, explorer and writer. He is remembered chiefly for his travels in the Far East and Central Asia, especially the 1904 British expedition to Tibet, which he led, during which a massacre of Tibetans occurred.
South Africa Of Today by Francis E Younghusband (1898) was written when he was a special correspondent for 'The Times' newspaper and visited South Africa in 1896. It is a fascinating look at the politics and upheaval in South Africa at the end of the nineteenth century, the time leading up to the Boer War and wild days of prospecting for gold and diamonds by South Africa's early settlers.