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.
Edward A Alpers is a professor of Eastern African and Indian Ocean history. He has published numerous books and articles on this subject.
On God's Mountain: The Story Of Mount Kenya by Mohamed Amin, Brian Tetley & Duncan Willetts (1991) is a splendid photographic history of Mount Kenya.
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
Michael C Atkinson (b.1917) entered the Colonial Administrative Service as a cadet in 1939. He was posted to Nigeria where he later held various posts as Administrative Officer in Nigeria until 1959.
An African Life: Tales Of A Colonial Officer by M C Atkinson (1992) is an account of the work of the Nigerian Administrative Service from the 1930s to the transfer of power. The author served in the Western Region from 1938 to 1959, rising from assistant district officer to Minister of Education. The book deals with various aspects of a colonial officer's life, from dealing with witchcraft to setting up a television service, and provides some insights into the role and aims of colonists.
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.
In The Land Of Sheba by Captain E J Bartlett (1934) tells of the trials, dangers and adventures of a mining engineer and his companion in Abyssinia and the search for for the legendary treasure mines of the Queen of Sheba. Captain Bartlett knew Abyssinia well, having been Chief Engineer to the Emperor Ras Tafari.
An Affair With Africa by Donald Barton (2004) is an account of a latter-day District Officer in the Colonial Administrative Service in rural Tanganyika during the last years before independence. There are descriptions of foot safaris, poaching, murder, anti-famine measures, smuggling, witchcraft, a school riot, a locust invasion and the threat of civil unrest.
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)
All the other Erwin Bauer Books
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
Under An African Sun: Memoirs Of A Colonial Officer In Northern Rhodesia by Frank Bennett (2005) is a gentle and humorous portrait of colonial government and the lifestyles of its officers. Frank Bennett made a spontaneous decision to reply to an advertisement for the Colonial Service. Knowing little about the Service and where he might be sent, he found himself as a junior clerk in the Ministry of Finance in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). He worked in the 'Passages' office approving travel vouchers for his other members of the service. This gave him the opportunity for plenty of adventures, travelling around East Africa from the Victoria Falls to Mozambique.
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.
Cicely Kate Bertram (1912 - 1999) was a British biologist specialising in fish at Cambridge University. She contributed to two seminal reports on freshwater fish in eastern Africa.
Letters From The Swamps: East Africa 1936-1937 by Cecily Kate Bertram & Janet Trant (1991) is a a collection of quotations from the letters the authors wrote to their families during a visit with the Gore-Brownes at Shiwa Ngandu in Northern Rhodesia, while investigating the fish of Lake Shiwa and Lake Bangweulu in Northern Rhodesia, Lake Rukwa in Tanganyika and Lake Tanganyika before returning home via the Belgian Congo, Uganda and down the Nile.
'Ben Assher' was the pseudonym of Colin Henry Alfred Borradaile (b.1893) who served in the First World War on the Western Front, mainly with the Royal Garrison Artillery and the Royal Flying Corps. Wounded several times, he was able to continue his military career in the Egyptian army as 'Bimbashi' or lieutenant-colonel. He left the army in 1923 and joined the diplomatic service.
A Nomad In The South Sudan: The Travels Of A Political Officer Among The Gaweir Nuers by 'Ben Assher' (1928) is the memoir of the author's two years as a political officer "in the employ of the Sudan Government".
Sir Kenneth Granville Bradley (1904 - 1977) entered the Colonial Service in 1925 and was posted to Northern Rhodesia. He served as district officer in the bush and in the Secretariat at Lusaka. During the early years of World War II he was information officer in Lusaka before taking up the post of colonial and financial secretary in the Falkland Islands. In 1945 he left Stanley for the Gold Coast, now Ghana, to become under-secretary as that colony was in the run-up to independence.
Diary Of A District Officer by Kenneth Bradley (1947) is a very readable account of a District Officer's life in Portuguese East Africa and Northern Rhodesia in the 1930's.
Once A District Officer by Kenneth Bradley (1966) is the memoir of a District Officer in Northern Rhodesia, Gold Coast and the Falkland Islands
The Thirsty Land by John Brown (1954) is an account of a journey across the great Thirstland of Southern Africa in 1952-1953 in order to investigate underground water resources in the Namib Desert and Kalahari. Once water could be found they visualized new towns and great cattle ranches similar to those in Texas.
John Buchholzer (1917 - 2004) was a Danish writer who worked as an agronomist in Ethiopia from 1948 to 1952, managing farms and building roads for Haile Selassie. In addition, he worked as a journalist and film-maker - he made a number of films about Ethiopia and Sudan in the 1950s. Karen Blixen mentioned him and his work on collecting Somali legend and poetry in her book 'Shadows On The Grass'.
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."
The Land Of Burnt Faces: A Journey To Ethiopia by John Buchholzer (1956) includes observations about the history, culture and religion of the inhabitants Of the Ethiopian hinterland.
Alexander Ksaverievich Bulatovich (1870 - 1919) was a Russian cavalry officer who served as Lieutenant of His Majesty’s Life-Guard Hussar Regiment. Bulatovich made his first trip to Ethiopia as a volunteer with the Medical Detachment of the Russian Red Cross at the Italo-Abyssinian military actions in 1896, when Menelik soundly beat the Italians in their attempt to take over his domain from the north. Bulatovich then stayed on to explore the western part of Ethiopia. Bulatovich was so successful in his relationship with the Abyssinians that Russia sent an Extraordinary Diplomatic Mission to the court of Menelik. When he arrived in Addis, Menelik invited him to accompany one of his armies heading off on conquest expeditions.
At the end of this long journey of conquest with Ras Wolda Giyorgis's army, Bulatovich returned to Russia, wrote his second book 'With The Armies Of Menelik II' and then became a monk at Mount Athos in Greece. He eventually retired to the family farm, where he was murdered by robbers in 1919.
Ethiopia Through Russian Eyes: Country In Transition 1896-1898 by Alexander Bulatovich & translated by Richard Seltzer (2000). This book is a translation of two books in Russian by Alexander Bultovich - 'From Enttoto To The River Baro (1897) and 'With The Armies Of Menelik II (1900). This extraordinary book is set against the backdrop of the ‘Scramble for Africa’, when various colonial powers were carving the continent up amongst themselves. There was, in addition, to these nations, an African 'scrambler' - Menelik II, the king of Shoa of Ethiopia, who was looking to expand his power base. As Russia was not among the 'scrambling' nations, they decided to frustrate those who were and were sympathetic to Menelik's explansion plans. The book includes the diary entries during the author's journey with one of Menelik's armies, plus an extraordinary account of an elephant hunt.
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.
Ronald Norcott Callander (b.1933) was born in Australia and served in the Australian Regular Army as a lieutenant during the Korean War before he became a colonial police officer in Tanganyika in the lead-up to that country's independence. He is now an author, playwright, poet and journalist.
One Beat Of A Butterfly's Heart: A Tanganyika Police Notebook by R N Callander (2014) is the tale of how an Australian veteran, fresh from the Korean War, became a colonial police officer in Tanganyika Territory in the 1950s. It is about the country itself, its animals and its people at close range, including villagers, criminals, hunters, witch doctors and colonial officials, but most of all, the African askari policemen who were the author’s close companions.
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.
Sir Donald Charles Cameron (1872 – 1948) was the British colonial governor of Tanganyika and later the governor of Nigeria.
My Tanganyika Service, And Some Nigeria by Donald Cameron (1939) is a biographical sketch of Sir Donald Cameron, Governor of Tanganyika 1925-31 and of Nigeria 1931-35. When he arrived in Tanganyika Cameron immediately set about attempting to win the support of the settlers. He also made it clear from the start that this was not just another British Colony: "We are here on behalf of the League of Nations to teach Africans to stand by themselves. When they can do that, we must get out".
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.
William Wallace Campbell was a member of the British civilian army during World War I, who travelled in German and Portuguese East Africa by motor vehicle.
East Africa By Motor Lorry: Recollections Of An Ex-Motor Transport Driver by W W Campbell (1928) recalls the daily challenges that East Africa posed for the motorist alongside details of the country and the customs of its people, on his way from Dar es Salaam into the interior of Portuguese East Africa. There are interesting references to General von Lettow-Vorbeck and others throughout the work.
"My object in writing these reminiscences is to place on record a true account of work undertaken in a strange and savage country by inexperienced city men, called out from the comfort of their own homes and from the blessings of civilised surroundings, by the exigencies of war, to a new and little-dreamt-of exploratory campaign the like of which, inasmuch as the motor car played such a unique part, will probably never happen again - at least not as we knew it."
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
Frank George Carpenter (1855 - 1924) was an American journalist, photographer, lecturer and author of geography textbooks. His series of books called 'Carpenter's World Travels' were extremely popular between 1915 and 1930.
Uganda To The Cape by Frank G Carpenter (1924) documents the author's journey from Lake Victoria in Uganda to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa in the early 1920s.
Cairo To Kisumu: Egypt-Sudan-Kenya Colony by Frank G Carpenter (1923)is not an account of a single journey, but a composite based on the notes Carpenter made on several trips to Africa over many years. Included are chapters on Egypt, Sudan, the Suez Canal, transport on the Red Sea, Aden, the port of Mombasa, the Uganda Railway, Nairobi, big game hunting, the British role in East Africa, and the African peoples, including the Kikuyu and the Masai.
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
Joe Ceurvorst was a Belgian comic strip illustrator, translator and journalist who appears to have used several pseudonyms for his magazine artwork. In his early life, he worked on a ranch in the Canadian Rockies before he returned to Europe for military service in World War II.
Africa In A Jeep by Joe Ceurvorst (1956) is the account of Joe Ceurvorst's round-trip journey through Africa in his Willys MB jeep, which he nicknamed 'Mosquito'. He was accompanied by his young relative Jane Barbier and a dog called Pelish. He travelled 22000 miles from Belgium to Algiers, Lagos, Congo, Nairobi, Sudan, Egypt then back to Belgium. Ceurvorst chronicled his experiences in the 1952 book L'Afrique En Jeep: Sahara-Niger-Congo-Nil-35000 Km. The English translation was by Mervyn Savill, published in 1956.
Frederick Spencer Chapman 1907 - 1971) was a British Army officer and World War II veteran, known for his exploits behind enemy lines in Japanese occupied Malaya. He was a keen explorer and took part in expeditions to the Arctic, Greenland and in the Himalayas. He was also the author of several books about his life and journeys.
Lightest Africa by F Spencer Chapman (1955) is the tale the author's 8 month, 17000 mile journey across Africa with his wife, three young children (the eldest being six years old) and their nanny in a small van. Th 1953 they started in Cape Town and travelled through Basutoland, Swaziland, Belgian Congo, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanganyika, Nyasaland, Portuguese East Africa, the Zambesi, Southern Rhodesia, Ruanda and Burundi.
Hedley Arthur Chilvers (1897 - 1941) was an English writer who emigrated to South Africa for health reasons in 1901. He became a journalist at the Rand Daily Mail and wrote several books about South African issues, including the gold mines, the story of DeBeers and the famous wandering hippo, Huberta.
The Seven Lost Trails Of Africa: A Record Of Sundry Expeditions, New And Old, In Search Of Buried Treasure by Hedley A Chilvers (1930) is about the exploits of African treasure-hunters. The seven lost treasure trails include: the way to the great valley of precious stones said to be in the wild hills to the north of the bend of the Orange River, the old diamond craters, the source of the diamonds scattered over South Africa; the diamonds and gold bars said to have been buried by a murderer in the banks of the Blyde River; the precise site of the shipwreck of the Grosvenor which sank with a great Indian treasure on the Pondo Coast in 1782; the Rhodesian treasure, in diamonds, gold and ivory buried by Lobengula, King of the Matabele, in 1893; the old silver mines of Chicova or Chicoa, on the North side of the Zambezi; the whereabouts of the second & larger half of the Cullinan diamond. Also, the missing Kruger millions and the lost goldfield of Madagascar.
More books by Hedley A Chilvers
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.
Thurston Clarke (b.1946) is an American historian, author and journalist.
Equator A Journey by Thurston Clarke (1988) is an account of a three-year trip around the world, crisscrossing the equator over three continents, from South America east to Africa, Asia and back to South America via the Pacific equatorial islands.
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.
Major-General Sir Henry Edward Colvile (1852 – 1907) was an British soldier serving in many campaigns and battles in the Sudan, Uganda and South Africa. In 1893 he succeeded the late Sir Gerald Portal as Commissioner for Uganda, commanded the Unyoro Expedition, which resulted in the inclusion of that country into the Protectorate for which he received the Central Africa Medal. His second wife was Zélie Isabelle Richaud de Préville who wrote 2 books about her journeys in Africa.
The Land Of The Nile Springs by Colonel Henry Edward Colvile (1895) "Being chiefly an account of how we fought Kabarega". Kabarega was the ruler of Bunyoro in Uganda from 1870 to 1899. The book is written in a no-nonsense, dry and ironic style which makes it interesting and very readable.
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".
Dorothy Beall Cunningham was a British author who is very likely to be the author of 'Wood And Iron', written in memory of her son, known as H U C, who was killed in World War I.
Wood And Iron: A Story Of Africa by Dorothy Beall Cunningham (1934) is the anonymous story of a planter's life in Uganda, written in memory of H U C, by his mother, who it is assumed was Dorothy Beall Cunningham. The title is listed as 'by the same author' in another book which was definitely written by Dorothy Beall Cunningham.
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.
Hassoldt Davis (1907 - 1959) was an eccentric American adventurer and travel writer and film-maker.
Sorcerers' Village by Hassoldt Davis (1955) is a humorous account of the author's experiences, with his wife Ruth, searching for a secret school of magicians and witch doctors in the Ivory Coast. They spent a year filming, sound recording and making notes about cannibalism, tribal dances, fetishes and undergoing some of the rituals themselves.
More books by Hassoldt Davis
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.
Frank Debenham, OBE (1883 - 1965) was an Australian-born professor of geography at Cambridge University and first director of the Scott Polar Research Institute. He retired from the Polar Institute in 1946 and from his chair in 1949 and travelled extensively in Africa, publishing on such subjects as the water resources of arid regions, the construction of small earthen dams, the ecology of the Kalahari and on David Livingstone.
Kalahari Sand by Frank Debenham (1953) is an account of two expeditions in the Kalahari Desert, which occupied most of the Bechuanaland Protectorate (now Botswana) in southern Africa. The author's primary reasons for going there was to assess the water resources, the people, the animals, the birds and the plant life. Free eBook
Nyasaland: The Land Of The Lake by Frank Debenham (1955) is a vivid and readable account of the author's journey in Nyasaland, now Malawi.
The Way To Ilala: David Livingstone's Pilgrimage by Frank Debenham (1955) is a biography of David Livingstone which concentrates on the geographical aspects of David Livingstone's travels in Africa. Livingstone spent about 30 years journeying through unexplored Africa before he died at Ilala.
Joseph Delmont (1873 - 1935) was an Austrian film director and author. In his early life he became a trapeze artist in a travelling circus. He was under 16 years old when he embarked on his global animal capturing adventures.
Catching Wild Beasts Alive by Joseph Delmont (1931) describes his life, traveling around the globe, trapping live animals for zoos and circuses in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He gives descriptions of trapping techniques, as well as offering his notes on unusual behaviour in species he studied. Free eBook
Alberto Denti di Pirajno (1886 - 1968) was an Italian author, medical doctor and the governor of Tripoli, Libya, from 1941 until 1943, when he surrendered the city to British forces.
A Cure For Serpents: A Doctor In Africa by Alberto Denti di Pirajno (1955) recounts the author's life in Italy's former North African colonies, both as a doctor and an administrator - colonial governor of Tripoli. Set in Libya, Ethiopia and Somaliland, the book is a collection of anecdotes about various places he visited in his work as a physician in North Africa in the 1920s and the people he met, which includes tribal chieftains, Berber princes, courtesans and Tuareg tribesmen and a lioness, which became part pet and part guard.
From Cape To Cairo: An African Odyssey by David Ewing Duncan (1989) is an account of the author's bicycle trek from Cape Town to Cairo in 1986-1987. Duncan's travelogue portrays a continent in deep trouble. Against a background of escalating violence, a Boer farmer told the bicyclist that apartheid was immoral and was ruining South Africa. In an interview in Zambia, president Kenneth Kaunda confessed his belief that centralized socialism breeds corruption. War-torn, debt-ridden Sudan, where Arabs and blacks fought each other with US jets and Russian missiles, struck Duncan as "an utter disaster". In Egypt he found crushing overpopulation, omnipresent dust, but also a knack for urban living.
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.
The Twilight Of The Bwanas by Gordon Dyus (2003) is both a light hearted and serious history of the bwanas and memsahibs of East Africa. The book includes the personal experiences and favourite anecdotes of a wide circle of former East Africans.
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
Mimi And Toutou Go Forth: The Bizzare Battle Of Lake Tanganyika by Giles Foden (2004). At the start of WWI, German warships controlled Lake Tanganyika which was of great strategic value in Central Africa. In June 1915, a force of 28 men was despatched from Britain to take control of the lake. To reach it, under the eccentric naval officer called Geoffrey Spicer-Simson, they had to haul 2 small motor gunboats with the unlikely names of Mimi and Toutou through the wilds of the Congo.
To Hear The Lion Roar: Adventures In Africa by Steven James Foreman (2015) is a memoir covering 21 years of Foreman's life from late 1992 to early 2014. It relates how, at the age of 40, he gave up all he had and went to Tanzania, to seek work with wildlife and find a life of adventure in Africa. After many years he became a safari guide and wildlife expert. However, in order to make ends meet, he reverted to his previous job and became a security contractor and adviser, working in armed security and counter-terrorism roles in remote and often hostile regions of South Sudan, the wilderness of Turkana, northern Kenya and the desert of eastern Ethiopia.
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."
"You Have Been Allocated Uganda": Letters From A District Officer by Alan Forward (1999) is a memoir of a career in the British Colonial Service as a young District Officer who became Private Secretary to the last Governor of Uganda, Sir Walter Coutts. The book is written as a series of retrospective letters to a friend in England and describes the social, economic and political development of Uganda leading to independence in 1962. He also writes about a trek around the Mountains of the Moon (Ruwenzori), a climb up Mount Elgon and visits to the Murchison Falls and the Queen Elizabeth National Park.
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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Angel In A Thorn Bush by Rob Fynn (2012) is the tale of the author's life and struggles building a big safari lodge in Zimbabwe, Fothergill Island on Lake Kariba, and raising a family of there.
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.
Pierre-Dominique Gaisseau (1923 - 1997) was a French explorer and documentary filmmaker. His lifelong interest in ethnography and man's origins led him to explore in Africa, South America and New Guinea. In 1951 he travelled to Guinea, Africa, where he spent time among the Nalou, the Bassari and the Toma, whose secret initiation rites he was permitted to film, after himself submitting to a tribal initiation. The resulting documentary, 'Forêt Sacrée' (1952) won first prize at the 1953 Basle film festival. Gaisseau's book of the same name was translated into eight languages. Read more about the life of Pierre-Dominique Gaisseau
The Sacred Forest: Magic And Secret Rites In French Guinea by P-D Gaisseau (1954) is the account a French photographer-author who nearly got himself and his three photographer companions killed when trying to photograph the sacred practices of the African Toma tribe in the wilds of Guinea. The Toma's sacred rites included fetishism, savage male and female initiations and other practices.
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.
Gorilla by Henry Geddes (1955) is a film cameraman's account of filming wild western gorillas in the Congo near the Gabon border. He teamed up with an American film director and stuntman, Yakima Canutt. With hundreds of local helpers, Geddes planned to surround a gorilla family with a wire mesh net, then lure them into a clearing and into a cage. After this plan failed, Canutt lassoed a young male which was sent to Brazzaville zoo. However much gorilla film footage was obtained finally without any gorillas being harmed. Some of the footage was used in the 1953 film, 'Mogambo'.
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
André Paul Guillaume Gide (1869 – 1951) was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature. In 1926 he traveled through the French Equatorial Africa colony, to Middle Congo (now the Republic of the Congo), Ubangi-Shari (now the Central African Republic), briefly to Chad and then to Cameroon before returning to France.
Travels In The Congo by André Gide (1929) is an account of the author's long trip in the French tropical colony, made by boat, car, tipoye (armchair suspended between poles which is carried by porters), horse and foot. Gide was horrified by his findings and presented a challenging indictment of the callous exploitation of the Africans which exerted a strong influence on French opinion regarding colonial policy.
Turn Left - The Riffs Have Risen by A Cameron Gilg (1981) is the author's account of driving from Liverpool, England to Cape Town in a 8hp Morris Minor tourer in 1933. Cameron Gilg travelled with Walter Kay and they became the drivers of the first light car to achieve such an epic journey of 13370 miles, including crossing the Sahara. It includes details of the route taken, road surfaces, petrol prices and accommodation which reveals the true scale of the journey.
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James Stirling Gillespie (1908 - 1993) was a Scottish artist, journalist, photographer and film-maker. After a stint as a journalist, Gillespie met J Blake Dalrymple and joined his film production company. In 1937 they travelled through Africa and Gillespie recorded the expedition in a book 'Celluloid Safari' and with the film 'Land Of The White Rhino' (mostly made in KZN, South Africa) released in 1939.
Celluloid Safari: Filming Big Game From Cape To Cairo by Stirling Gillespie (1939) is an account of the author's 1937-1939 overland expedition from Cape Town to Cairo taking wildlife photographs and making films.
Dr Denis Parsons Burkitt (1911 â 1993) was a Northern Irish-born surgeon who made significant advances in health, such as the etiology of a paediatric cancer, now called Burkitt's lymphoma and the merits of dietary fibre. During World War II, Burkitt served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in England and later in Kenya and Somaliland. After the war, Burkitt decided his future lay in medical service in the developing world and he moved to Uganda. He eventually settled in Kampala and remained there until 1964.
The Long Safari: A British Surgeon In Africa Tracks Down And Successfully Combats A Dangerous Form Of Cancer by Bernard Glemser (1971) is the remarkable story of Denis Burkitt, a British surgeon who with two missionary friends set off in an old Ford stationwagon on an 10000 mile safari to visit hospitals between Kampala and Johannesburg. They returned with information that startled the medical world. Dr Burkitt showed that the geographical incidence of the tumours correlated with the same temperature and rainfall zones of malaria and is linked to the presence of a virus in people whose immune system is weakened by chronic malaria. Burkitt's Lymphoma appeared to be the first form of cancer to be 'cracked'.
The First Safari: Searching For François Levaillant by Ian Glenn (2018) is the about the author's quest to find François Levaillant’s notebooks and the fate of his collection and to solve puzzles and mysteries of Levaillant’s life and times. François Levaillant (1753 – 1824) was a French author, explorer, naturalist, zoological collector and noted ornithologist. He went to the Cape of Good Hope in 1780, at the age of 27, where he decided to study the African bird and animal life in their natural habitat. Levaillant's eventual fame as collector was based on bringing back the first giraffe skeleton to France. He also sold a collection to the Paris Natural History Museum, which included a Bluebuck specimen and a large number of African birds and insects.
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.
Wheels Across The Desert: Exploration Of The Libyan Desert By Motorcar 1916-1942 by Andrew Goudie (2008) is about the exploration of the Sahara by explorers and travellers using motor cars.
Great Desert Explorers by Andrew Goudie (2017) contains the illustrated biographies of around 60 of the most interesting, intrepid and important explorers of the world's greatest deserts. The author wanted to shine a light on some of the great desert explorers of the last three hundred years and who are now rarely remembered - unlike those who explored the poles, climbed Everest or sought the source of the Nile.
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.
Dr Roland Wilks Burkitt (1872 - 1946) was an Irish doctor who went to British East Africa in 1911. There were no health services and he was for years the only private practitioner in Nairobi. On leaving Ireland, he first went to Assam in India, where it rained a lot "even the fish learnt how to climb trees" and also he could not stand the heat, so he went to Kenya Colony and stayed for 28 years. Such was Dr Burkitt's eccentric reputation for cold water treatment regimes, he became rather an iconic figure of the time in Kenya and features in many books written by the then inhabitants. Elspeth Huxley writes about "Nairobi's best known, best loved and at times, the most dreaded doctor" in her book 'Nine Faces Of Kenya'. Dr Roland Burkitt was the uncle of Dr Denis Burkitt (1911 - 1993) of Burkitt's lymphoma fame.
Under The Sun: A Memoir Of Dr R W Burkitt Of Kenya by J R Gregory (1951). Dr Gregory recounts the life of his dedicated but eccentric friend and colleague 'Kill or Cure Burkitt' who was at one time the only doctor in Nairobi. His treatments or 'cures' were considered so uncomfortable that many people preferred to carry on unwell rather than call him in. It includes a chapter on a month long safari..."The safari proved a great success: I got three lions, a buffalo and many antelope". He also mentions a later camera safari with Sidney Downey.
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.
Clifford Hallé was a friend and shared a house with Bede John Francis Bentley. As they were both were in bad health and not capable of more than chatting in the evenings, Hallé was able to extract the whole story of Bentley's journey to Abyssinia and write it down.
Bede John Francis Bentley (1878 - 1939) was a British motor transport enthusiast who claimed to have invented the military tank on Kitchener's instructions and latterly, sifter caps for powder containers. He also served with Royal Army Service Corps from 1914 to 1922. He was promised by Kitchener that his interests as an inventor of the tank would be safeguarded but his claim against the Crown of £300,000 for the invention of the tank was dismissed in the High Court in 1925. Bede J F Bentley was not related in any way to Walter Owen Bentley, the founder of Bentley Motors Limited.
To Menelek In A Motor Car by Clifford Hallé (1913) is a record of Bede J F Bentley's epic journey in a Wolseley-Siddeley to Abyssinia. In 1908 he was the first person to take a motor car to Abyssinia, driving it over difficult country from Djibouti to Addis Ababa in 10 months. Bentley travelled with his friend and mechanic, Reginald G Wells, and his dog, Bully. He taught the Emperor Menelek to drive and afterwards presented him with the car. There is some hunting of leopard and kudu. Free eBook
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'
William Hale Harkness (1900 – 1954) was an American financier, philanthropist, lawyer and heir to the Standard Oil Company.
Hold That Lion by William Hale Harkness (1953) is a scarce, privately published collection of letters written to the author's daughter about his safari to Egypt, Kenya & Tanganyika in 1952. Includes photos of wildlife, the Sphinx, Masai warriors and others. No hunting.
Sir Arthur Geoffrey Annesley Harmsworth, 3rd Baronet (1904 – 1980) usually went by his middle name of Geoffrey. He was a war correspondent between 1939 and 1940.1 He became a director of the Daily Mail newspaper and chairman of Harmsworth Press.
Abyssinian Adventure by Geoffrey Harmsworth (1935) is a light-hearted, witty and sympathetic account of the people and places he saw in Abyssinia and the Italian colonies between the two world wars.
Africa's Big Five And Other Wildlife Filmmakers: A Centenary of Wildlife Filming In Kenya by Jean Hartley (2010) traces the roots of wildlife film back a hundred years, drawing on accounts of the original film makers and the professional hunters who guided those early safaris. She tracks the changes from those grainy, speeded up, silent films through to the technologically perfect High Definition and 3D films that are being made today.
Paul Adam Ludwig Hartlmaier (1893 - 1967) was a German writer, photographer and film-maker who undertook expeditions to India and Africa.
Golden Lion: An Expedition To Abyssinia by Paul Hartlmaier (1956). After landing in Massaua on the Red Sea in Eritrea, the 10 man journey began - covering 8000 km in 5 months. They travelled along the Sudanese border, then into the Abyssinian highlands, with a detour to the source of the Blue Nile at Lake Tana. Then it was on to Addis Ababa and via Harar to Mogadishu. The purpose of the trip was primarily the exploration of Abyssinia (now, Ethiopia), its people, its landscapes, its fauna and flora, as well as its geology. Secondarily, it was also an advertisement for the durability and resilience of the 5 BMW motor vehicles that were used.
Archibald Charles Gardiner Hastings (1878 - 1937) served as a British administrator in northern Nigeria for 18 years, from 1906 to 1924.
Nigerian Days by A C G Hastings (1925) is an account of his 18 years as a colonial officer in Nigeria.
The Voyage Of The Dayspring: Being The Journal Of The Late Sir John Hawley-Glover by A C G Hastings (1926) is an account based on the journal kept by Hawley-Glover, when he was a young Lieutenant with the Baikie Expedition in 1857. The aim of the expedition was to establish trading posts and to encourage missionary endeavours as well as to chart and navigate the Niger and its tributaries, establish anti-slavery treaties and promote British interests. The 'Dayspring' was a steamship used to explore the Niger and she was wrecked on rocks near Boussa, stranding the expedition.
Sir John Hawley Glover GCMG (1829 – 1885) was a Royal Navy officer who served as Governor of Lagos Colony for the best part of 14 years. He took part in the expedition of Dr William Balfour Baikie (1825 - 1864) up the Niger river. Baikie, a medical doctor, only assumed the expedition roles of surgeon, naturalist, ship’s captain and director of the mission when the original head the expedition died prior to the voyage, the original expedition surgeon was transferred to the Crimean War and a few days into the voyage it became clear that the captain of the ship was inept.
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.
'H W' or Ernest Leslie Howard-Williams (1895 - 1969) served in the British Army during the First World War during which he was awarded the Military Cross before joining the Royal Flying Corps (later the RAF). He became Commander of 47 Sqn, a transport squadron in Sudan. In 1930 he led a flight of Fairey IIID aircraft from Khartoum to West Africa and back, which took about a week. He attained the rank of Air Commodore in 1941. Howard-Williams later emigrated to Kenya and entered politics, ending up as the leader of the opposition in the Kenyan Government. He retired back to UK in the 1960’s where he died in 1969.
Something New Out Of Africa by 'HW' (1934) is an account of the author's adventurous three years service with the RAF in the Sudan during the 1930s. Part of his responsibilites was to find a route for a planned commercial Cairo-to-the-Cape air service. H W was to see Africa from the air and on the ground, not only from north to south but also the vast areas lying to the East and West with territories visited including Kenya, Abyssinia, Egypt, the French colonies of Equatorial Africa and West Africa, the Belgian Congo and other British Colonies throughout the continent. His flights involved meeting prominant people like Britain's Prince of Wales and the King of Belgium, also with many African notables, expats and natives. The author 'H W' shows reluctance to acknowledge ownership, even to the extent of not being identified in photographs. His identity as E Howard-Williams was established after the publication of the book. There are four fold-out maps showing the Cairo to Cape Air Route, Port Sudan to Fort Bathurst Air Route, The Red Sea Air Route and The Air Routes in Africa.
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.
Janheinz Jahn (1918 - 1973) was a German writer and scholar of literature from sub-Saharan Africa.
Through African Doors: Experiences And Encounters In West Africa by Janheinz Jahn (1962) is an an account of the author's experience of the culture of Nigeria and Togo, as he ate, slept and travelled as the local Africans do themselves. Free eBook
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
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.
Dr Schuyler Jones (b.1930) was born in Kansas but spent most of his life exploring Africa and Asia, ending up teaching Anthropology at Oxford University as well as being the Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum there. He took part in anthropological expeditions in the early 1950s to North Africa, the Sahara, West Africa, French Equatorial Africa, Belgian Congo, East Africa, South Africa, the Zambezi and Congo rivers and French West Africa.
Under The African Sun by Schuyler Jones (1956) is a collection of stories from the author's time spent in Africa as a whole, covering the forest, desert and mountain regions of Africa.
Émile Jonveaux (1819 - 1871) was a known as French 'traveller', author and translator. It has since been discovered that Jonveaux was an 'armchair traveller' and did not in fact spend 2 years having adventures in Abyssinia and Nubia. From an article by H B Thomas OBE in the Uganda Journal 1946, Volume 10 Page 152, it was discovered that the original French language edition of 'Two Years In East Africa', Jonveaux had written in the preface..."Je ne les ai vus, que par le pensee: mais une longue etude m'a identifie avec eux". which translates to, "I only saw them by thought, but a long study identified me with them". This disclaimer was omitted by the publishers of the English edition.
It transpired that for his 'journey', Jonveaux used Samuel Baker's 'The Nile Tributaries of Abyssinia' for the section on Eygpt to Abyssinia, French explorer Guillaume Lejean work was used for the Abyssinian section and he reversed Baker's journey fron Khartom to Bunyoro in 'Albert Nyanza'. Speke's 'Journal of the Discovery Of The Source Of The Nile' also contributed to Jonveaux's 'adventures' in Buganda and Karagwe. The illustrations in the book were cunningly adapted from the illustrations in the books by Speke and Baker.
Two Years In East Africa: Adventures In Abyssinia and Nubia, With A Journey To The Sources Of The Nile by Émile Jonveaux (1875) is an interesting literary hoax seemingly perpetrated by the English version publishers rather than the author himself. Free eBook
In Lightest Africa by H T Kenny (1935) is a travelogue of the years an English couple lived in Algiers. They hunted with falcons, visited oases, survived sand storms and much more.
Safari by Geoffrey Kent (2016) is the tale of author's life - arriving in Kenya with nothing but an old Land Rover and launching a safari business in 1962 with his parents in Nairobi. Today he is the chairman and CEO of Abercrombie & Kent, an international luxury travel company.
Dictatorland: The Men Who Stole Africa by Paul Kenyon (2018) are the stories of violence and excess of various African dictators after their countries gained independence. It also exposes the secrets of Western greed and complicity, the insatiable taste for chocolate, oil, diamonds and gold that have encouraged dictators to rule with an iron hand.
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.
George Frederick Kunz (1856 – 1932) was an American mineralogist and mineral collector whose expertise in gemstones lead to him becoming the vice president of Tiffany & Co at the age of 23. He later became a special agent for the US Geological Survey, a research curator at the Museum of Natural History in New York and the leading advocate in the establishment of the international carat as a unit of measure for precious gems.
George Kunz also became interested in the art of ivory carving and wrote a book about the sources of ivory and it's physical characteristics. In doing so, he acknowledges the arduous and dangerous task of the elephant hunters who supplied 'the beautiful pearl of the forest'.
Ivory And The Elephant In Art, In Archaeology And In Science by George Frederick Kunz (1916) is the author's classic study of the procuring and working of ivory, from the ancient period to modern times. It includes chapters on the evolution and development of the elephant, elephant hunting and the art and commerce of ivory carving. There is much on the tuskers hunted by the sportsmen and travellers of the time. Free eBook
Archive Of Correspondence Concerning Elephant Hunting And Trophy Ivory Hunted In Africa is addressed to George Frederick Kunz (1915). In response to a request for information about hunting elephant in Africa sent by Kunz to elephant hunters as research for his book 'Ivory And The Elephant In Art, In Archaeology And In Science', this archive contains letters from several elephant hunters from 1899 to 1913, including...
Christina Lamb is a leading British foreign correspondent and author.
Lieutenant Colonel Sir Stewart Gore-Browne (1883 - 1967) was a British soldier, pioneer white settler, politician and supporter of independence in Northern Rhodesia.
The Africa House: The True Story Of An English Gentleman And His African Dream by Christina Lamb (1999) is the true story of Stewart Gore-Browne and the magnificent house he built at Shiwa Ngandu (the Lake of the Royal Crocodiles) in Northern Rhodesia. Stewart Gore Browne built himself a sprawling country estate modeled on the finest homes in England, complete with uniformed servants, daily muster parades, rose gardens and lavish dinners finished off with vintage port in the library. He wanted to share it with the love of his life, the unconventional Ethel Locke King, one of the first women to drive and to fly. However, she was nearly twenty years his senior, married and his aunt.
Gwynneth Latham (1899 - 1972) was newly married to Dr Donald Victor Latham (d.1953) when they left Britain in 1925 to join the Tanganyika Medical Service. One of her sons, Michael Latham edited his mother's extensive journal to produce her book.
Kilimanjaro Tales: The Saga Of A Medical Family In Africa by Gwynneth & Michael Latham (1995)is the tale of an English woman who took on the important role of medical assistant to her bush doctor husband, Donald, in Tanganyika in the 1920s and 30s. Includes insights into the connection between traditional medical practice and Western medicine and descriptions of friendships with a wide range of colleagues, staff, locals, settlers and government officials. This is above all, the story of a European family settling in Africa, confronted with new and exciting surroundings and life-changing experiences.
Feather On The 'Wind Of Change': Safaris, Surgery And Stentgrafts by Michael Lawrence-Brown (2018) is an autobiography which starts with the author's early life in Kenya as the son of renowned professional hunter and outfitter, Stan Lawrence-Brown. He accompanied his father on safari with some of the most famous Hollywood clients such as Stewart Granger, John Wayne and Ava Gardner on their location film shoots. The 'wind of change' uprooted the author who went to Australia and became a world-leading aortic surgeon who developed the internal stent to treat aortic aneurysm.
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
Forgotten Mandate: A British District Officer In Tanganyika by Edward Kenneth Lumley (1976) is an interesting account of the author's 23 year service (1923 -1944) as a District Officer and Commissioner in the most remote and undeveloped areas of Tanganyika.
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
Guiseppe Maniscalco (1910 - 1974) was a Sicilian who was sent to Africa to fight as a soldier in the war between Eritrea and Ethiopia.The war ended when the South Africans and the English liberated the area. He was then interned with other Italian soldiers from the Sudan near Asmara. In order not to be kept captive, he found work trading in livestock in Ethiopia. However he and his friend were attacked by bandits in Ethiopia and as the only survivor, he decided to walk to the Sudan, while avoiding walking into British controlled areas. He reached the Congo where he became ill with malaria. He then crossed into Northern Rhodesia which he was told was a British territory so he quickly crossed the Zambezi river to get into Mozambique. On hearing that the government would not allow any former prisoners of war to remain in their territory, he crossed into South Africa.He was arrested and imprisoned there until one immigration official finally believed his story and helped him to recover his health on a farm. He eventually was allowed to permanently stay in South Africa, returning to Italy once to see his son, 33 years after he left.
Miles And Miles And Miles: The Story Of A Man's Lone Hike From Ethiopia To South Africa by Guiseppe Maniscalco (1968) is the account by the this long adventurous journey through Africa on foot, taking on the hazardous environment and the dangers from man and beast. The 1969 English edition of this book is titled 'The Longest Walk'.
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.
Africa Alone: Odyssey Of An American Traveler by Sandy McMath (1983) is the tale of the author's journey alone, in his old Toyota Landcruiser, from the tip of north of Africa, in Morocco to the tip of South Africa.
John Perry Moffett (1909 - 1972) was the Commissioner for Social Development in Tanganyika. He accompanied an excavation expedition to Kilwa to find ruins of a previously unknown city which was led by the historian and archaeologist Anthony Gervase Mathew.
Handbook Of Tanganyika edited by J P Moffett & Published by Government of Tanganyika (1958) contains information of the history of Tanganyika, from the earliest times to the published date just before independence. There is a full account of the local government system and the flora, fauna, reptiles, birds, amphibians and vegetation are described by experts in these fields.
Ronald Austin Monson (1905 - 1973) was a Australian journalist and war correspondent. After his walk across Africa and as an Australian war correspondent, he covered many of the key World War II battles and events such as the evacuation of Dunkirk, the Blitz on London, Normandy landings on D-Day and many more conflicts after WWII.
Across Africa On Foot by Ronald A Monson (1931) is the narrative of the journey from Cape Town to Cairo, plus an attempt to climb Kilimanjaro, undertaken in September 1928 by Ronald A Monson and another Australian, Edward Alexander Robert Cooke. Cooke only got as far as Johannesburg before he decided to quit the journey. The journey was then completed in December 1929 by Ronald A Monson and James Hunter Wilson, Monson's friend and an accountant from Johannesburg. Wilson could not allow a pal to go footslogging over "Darkest Africa" alone. Free eBook
"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
Nicholas Mosley (1923 - 2017) was a British author and a son of the British fascist leader of the 1930s, Sir Oswald Mosley.
African Switchback by Nicholas Mosley (1958) is an account of the author's journey by car from Dakar to Lagos across West Africa, with his friend Hugo Charteris (1922 - 1970) (a Scottish novelist and screenwriter).
Wild Africa: Three Centuries Of Nature Writing From Africa edited by John A Murray (1993) is a diverse collection of African nature and travel writing with traditional myths and stories. The literature from the African continent includes the writings of Isak Dinesen, Joseph Conrad, John Barrow, Teddy Roosevelt, David Livingstone and J H Patterson to more contemporary contributions from Peter Matthiessen, Cynthia Moss and biologist Delia Owens.
Thomas Arthur Manly Nash (1905 - 1993) was a British entomologist known for his work on tsetse flies. In 1927 he was employed by the Colonial Office to investigate aspects of the biology of tsetse flies, the vectors of the trypanosomes which cause sleeping sickness in humans, and a related disease of domestic livestock in much of tropical Africa. In 1962 Nash founded the Tsetse Research Laboratory of the University of Bristol. He was a research fellow of the university and director of the laboratory.
A Zoo Without Bars by T A M Nash (1984) is a lighthearted look at the author's life in the East African wilderness from 1927 to 1932, researching the tsetse fly and methods to control it.
Ludovico Marcello Mariano Nesbitt (1891 - 1935 ) had British father and Italian mother and qualified in engineering in England. He worked in the gold mines of South Africa and was later hired as an oil researcher in Venezuela. In 1928 he accomplished the most significant feat of crossing the Ethiopian Danakil depression from south to north with two companions. Danakil was a land that had been largely unexplored until then and never before entirely crossed by a European. Other explorers before him had tried, including Gustavo Bianchi and Giuseppe Maria Giulietti but no one had come out alive. In 1935 while he was preparing for another major journey, the crossing of Africa from north to south by car, he died in an aircraft crash on the Swiss Alps.
Desert And Forest: The Exploration Of Abyssinian Danakil by L M Nesbitt (1934) is the account of his journey, by donkey and on foot, with two companions, across the Danakil depression which is a vast plain between the Abyssinian Plateau and Eritrea on the Red Sea. It is credited to be the hottest, driest and lowest place on the planet, so this journey was no mean feat. This title is the British publication. Other publications of the same book have different titles, such as 'Abyssinia Unveiled: Desert And Forest' and 'Hell-Hole Of Creation: The Exploration of Abyssinian Danakil'. Free eBook
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.
A Toy For The Lion by T R Nicholson (1965) is a later amusing account of Bede Bentley, his mechanic and a dog delivering a Siddeley car to King Menelek after a 3000 mile road trip in 1907-08. This author tells the tale from a different perspective from the book by Clifford Hallé, who knew Bede Bentley well.
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)
Zambezi Valley: The Lost Stronghold: An Account Of Zimbabwe's Rhino War by Silvana Olivo (2018) is a testament to the dedication of those who fought to protect Zimbabwe’s Zambezi Valley, considered in the 1980s as the last stronghold for the greatest concentration of wild black rhinos in Africa. The war against poachers by game scouts and rangers was lead in Zimbabwe by the founder of Operation Stronghold, Glenn Tatham. The author was personally involved in Operation Stronghold run by Zimbabwe’s National Parks Department when she became its official Italian chapter for 5 years. The pace of the emergency unfolds in this book, through the direct reporting of experiences in the field – the aftermath of shoot-outs with poachers and the translocation and dehorning of rhinos.
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.
Major Roland Raven-Hart (1889 - 1971) was born in Ireland and trained as a radio/wireless engineer. He served in both World Wars on the General Staff of the British Army. After the WWI he worked in South America and Europe as a wireless engineer before retiring from the field in 1932. He then travelled to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) to start canoeing the rivers of the world and writing books about his journeys.
Canoe Errant On The Nile by Major R Raven-Hart (1936) is an account of the author's canoe journey on the Nile from Wadi Halfa in Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, north to Aswan and Upper Egypt.
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.
The Besieged Desert by Mitch Reardon (1986) looks at the 1980s problems of war, drought and poaching in the Namib desert of North West Namibia where elephants, rhino and giraffe live in an envrironment unlike any other in Africa.
Across Africa In A Lorry by W B Redmayne (1937) is the tale of a 5000 mile journey to visit mission stations and promote mission activity. The route taken was from Egypt through the Sudan, French Equatorial Africa, French Cameroons, Nigeria. Two 5 ton six-wheel lorries were involved, each carrying six people.
Alan Reeve (1910 - 1962) was a New Zealand-born Australian cartoonist, illustrator and journalist. As an itinerant caricaturist his work was exhibited in Australia and appeared in American magazines, including Fortune, Town & Country and Vogue.
Africa, I Presume? by Alan Reeve (1947) is a Cairo to Cape travelogue by a journalist which covers (largely by air) some 20000 miles for two London publications. The author sketches and writes of what he saw through Eygpt, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Zanzibar, Tanganyika, Portuguese East Africa and South Africa.
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.
W James Riddell (1909 – 2000) was a British champion skier and author. During the World War II, Riddell was based in Jerusalem and Syria. In 1942, he was seconded to the 9th Army to set up the Middle East Ski and Mountaineering School near Beirut where he taught over 20,000 soldiers the techniques of mountain mobility and survival.
In The Forests Of The Night by James Riddell (1946) is the tale of two amateur Englishmen armed with twenty Leica cameras who ventured into the strange, dark world of the Central African forest to take pictures of animals. The book is dedicated to his travelling companion Kenneth Cecil Gander Dower, known simply as Gander, who Riddell says should have written this book. Gander was killed, with many others, in 1944 when the ship in which he was travelling, SS Khedive Ismail, was torpedoed off Ceylon. Free eBook
African Wonderland by James Riddell (1956) is an account of Riddell's lone journey through East Africa, Nyasaland and northern Transvaal in a quest to take photographs of big game at night by flashlight. He travelled down the Zambezi to the Indian Ocean on an old river boat, flew in an aeroplane over a flooded game reserve and climbed the Mlanje Mountain.
Herbert Rittlinger (1909 - 1978) was a German writer, photographer, explorer and pioneer of folding boats and canoes. He made several paddle boat river journeys including down the Amazon and rivers in China, Japan, Australia, Greece, South America and Africa.
Ethiopian Adventure: From The Red Sea To The Blue Nile by Herbert Rittlinger (1959) is an account of the author's 1954 paddle boat journey with his wife and friends. They paddled in the Red Sea, then on Lake Tana, the origin of the Blue Nile. They put the canoes into the Blue Nile water at the Abai Bridge and had gone 35 miles before pulling out because his wife was upset when a crocodile damaged her boat.
When Rivers Meet: The Story Of The First Trans-African Waterway Expedition by Mirabel Rogers (1960) is an account of the 1958 First Trans-African Waterways Expedition, led by Dr Daan Marais. They set out from the Port of Chinde in the Zambezi estuary on the Indian Ocean and travelled 5792 km via four lakes and seven major rivers to meet the Atlantic ocean at Banana Point at the Congo River estuary. The primary purpose of the expedition was to survey the route to determine the possible development of an equatorial water highway between the two oceans. The secondary purpose was to collect scientific specimens for study in parasitology, ornithology and anthropology. They used 3 15ft fibreglass boats and were supported by an overland crew in 2 vehicles with equipment and fuel.
Read more about The First Trans-African Waterway Expedition 1958 and the book by Lynne Ras, the daughter of Dr Daan Marais
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.'
Dangerous Beauty: Life And Death In Africa: True Stories From A Safari Guide by Mark C Ross (2001) is an account by an American safari guide working in Africa. He writes about deadly charges by elephants, encounters with lions, cheetahs and Cape buffalo and the excitement of witnessing the mass migrations of wildebeest. In 1999 he was camping with four clients in Uganda, searching for mountain gorillas, when Rwandan rebels crossed the border from the Congo and killed 2 of his clients and 6 other tourists.
Kay Stevens (1910 - 2007) was born in Salt Lake City. From the age of six years she lived in Australia and from the age of 12 she lived in Northern Rhodesia. She married Baron Tasilo Karlo Mario Jerko Dujo Rukavina (1808 -1961), a Croatian who worked on the Copperbelt during late 1920's. Later in her life she returned to live in Maine and at some point married a Mr Foote. In addition to her books set in Africa, she wrote about Australia in 'Walkabout Down Under'.
John Edward 'Chirupula' Stephenson (c.1874 - 1957) was a British-born telegraph operator in Kimberley when he first arrived in South Africa. Looking for greener pastures further north, he travelled to Bulawayo then to Blantyre where he started his explorations on unopened country. After about two years he had the opportunity to join Rhodes and the march into Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, under Robert Codrington.
Jungle Pathfinder: The Biography Of Chirupula Stephenson by Kathaleen Stevens Rukavina (1951) is the story of John Edward 'Chirupula' Stephenson who worked for Cecil Rhodes as one of his earliest administrators spearheading the drive to develop and settle Northern Rhodesia at the turn of the century. This is an account of Chirupula Stephenson's treks and adventures between 1896 and 1950. The author first heard about Stephenson as a 13 year old and later they became trusted friends, enabling her to write his biography.
Beyond The Zambesi by Kathaleen Rukavina (1956) is possibly a book written for children.
Africana: A Distant Journey Into Unknown Lands (2014) is the Paolo Bianchi collection of works on the exploration of Africa up to the year 1900. It offers a fascinating insight into the rich and diverse history of the African continent as seen through western eyes. The emphasis of the collection is on illustrated books and is a valuable addition to works on the subject. Paolo Bianchi began as a collector of stamps which then led to the research of the history of Italian colonisation of Africa. This then inspired him to become a passionate bibliophile and start a collection of antiquarian books. He soon expanded his collection to cover the whole of Africa and the history of African exploration. This book includes nearly 400 items.
William Charles Scully (1855 – 1943) was an Irish born, South African author. He emigrated to southern Africa with his parents in 1867, later becoming a diamond prospector with Cecil Rhodes. While writing his numerous books he worked as a magistrate. His books are mostly fiction based on real characters and events.
Between Sun And Sand: A Tale Of An African Desert by William Charles Scully (1898) reflects "the hardships suffered by nomadic farmers in Namaqualand and Bushmanland", and is "an episodic novel, notable for the creation of some memorable bushveld characters". Free eBook
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.
Riding The Desert Trail: By Bicycle Up The Nile by Bettina Selby (1988). The author travelled the length of the Nile Valley, 4500 miles on a bicycle of her own design. She followed the course of the Nile from the delta on Egyptâs Mediterranean coast, through the length of Egypt and Sudan to the Mountains of the Moon in Uganda.
Frail Dream Of Timbuktu by Bettina Selby (1991) is an account of the author's journey to explore the land of ancient African empires along the southern fringes of the Sahara. She followed the course of the Niger river, which flows deep into the Sahara Desert before turning back on itself through some of the poorest countries in West Africa.
The Imperial African Cookery Book: Recipes From English-Speaking Africa by Will Sellick (2010) provides the first comprehensive overview of the extraordinary cookery traditions of British Africa which includes spices, Indian and Malaysian gastronomy, Khoesan preservation techniques, Victorian gentlemen’s club dinners and Boer survival rations.
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.
Sir Bryan Evers Sharwood-Smith (1899 - 1983) first served in Northern Nigeria as Assistant District Officer and spent over thirty years there and it was after being the Governor of the Northern Region that he retired in 1957.
But Always Friends: Northern Nigeria and the Cameroons, 1921-57 by Sir Bryan Sharwood-Smith (1969) is his autobiographical account of his life and work as a colonial officer in the English Cameroons and northern Nigeria between 1921 and 1957. It includes details of his professional relationships and friendships with some prominent figures of pre- and post-independence northern Nigerian politics, long before they rose to regional and national prominence. Shwarwood-Smith was also responsible for hosting the Queen during her visit to northern Nigeria in 1956.
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.
Major Eric George Sherbrooke Walker, MC (1887 - 1976) was a British military officer, hotelier and founder of the Outspan Hotel and Treetops Hotel in Kenya. Walker served on military duties during the Mau Mau Uprising in the early 1950s. Treetops was offered as a lookout point for the King's African Rifles, but in 1954 it was burned down by Mau Mau fighters.
Treetops Hotel by Eric Sherbrooke Walker (1963). Treetops, in forest about 100 miles from Nairobi, Kenya, acquired world fame in February 1952, when Princess Elizabeth became Queen on her father's death, while staying there. This a frank and amusing account of how Eric Sherbrooke Walker and his wife, Lady Bettie Walker, built the hotel in the trees and re-built it after it was burned down by the Mau Mau. The famous hunter Jim Corbett moved to Kenya after the independence of India, took up residence at the nearby Outspan Hotel and became the resident hunter at Treetops.
Beachcombers Of The African Jungle by Jack Sholomir (1958) is the tale of the author's walk from Johannesburg to Egypt. On a stopover in South Africa he met Joy Koch who had decided to join him. Incidents encountered included travelling with a caravan, staying in a 'haunted castle', camping with with cannibals and pygmies and being deported from Uganda. They smuggled themselves across the border into Sudan, went by boat on the Nile and eventually escaped by ship from Alexandria.
Alexander "Alex" Shoumatoff (b.1946) is an American journalist known for his nature and environmental writing.
African Madness by Alex Shoumatoff (1988) tells the stories of Dian Fossey, the murdered gorilla researcher, the Emperor Bokassa, life in modern Madagascar, and the search for the source of the AIDS virus.
In Southern Light: Trekking Through Zaire And The Amazon by Alex Shoumatoff (1986) is an account of the author's journeys in the Brazilian jungle searching for a legendary tribe of Amazon women and in the African rainforest with pygmies. Includes details about local flora and fauna, native people and the calamities that befall the intrepid author.
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
Stuart Stevens (b.1953) is an American travel writer and political consultant.
Malaria Dreams: An African Adventure by Stuart Stevens (1989) is a humorous tale about returning a friend's Landrover from the Central Africa Republic to Europe with close encounters with killer ants in Cameroon, revolutionary soldiers in the middle of Lake Chad and strangely frenzied Peace Corps parties in Niger. There's a long search for a functional set of springs in Timbuktu and near disastrous bouts with sickness and automotive malfunctions in the middle of the Sahara.
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.
Flying, Farming And Fencing: A Memoir Of A Kenya Life by Brian Stutchbury (2016) is the author's life story mostly in Africa when his father became secretary of the Muthaiga Club. He served as a pilot the RAF during World War II and when the war was over joined Ferguson tractors based in Nairobi. He then married and spent 10 years farming near Mount Elgon.After periods in Rhodesia, UAE and England, Stutchbury returned to Kenya to run a business in electric fencing solutions.
Humfrey Ewan Symons (1899 - 1940) was a British motoring journalist who made 3 motor expeditions across Africa. During WW2 he served as a flight lieutenant in the RAF and was killed aboard the SS Abukir which was torpedoed and sunk while rescuing evacuees from Ostend in May 1940.
Two Roads To Africa by H E Symons (1939) is about the first attempt, in 1939, at driving non-stop across Africa from London to Cape Town. Humfrey Symons and his friend, Bertie Browning (Herbert Brooks Browning (1884 - 1959), borrowed a Wolseley 18/85 car and completed the run in 31 days and 22 hours despite crashing through the railings of a bridge in the Congo. The waterlogged car was retrieved, fixed up, and went on to claim the first world record. This book also includes Symons' 2 other car expeditions across Africa, one of which was in a Rolls-Royce.
Percy Amaury Talbot (1877 - 1945) was a British anthropologist, botanist and researcher as well as a serving colonial district officer in Nigeria.
In The Shadow Of The Bush by P Amaury Talbot (1912) recounts his travels, with his wife Dorothy Amaury Talbot (1871 - 1916), in southern Nigeria and the Cameroons to study the Ekoi people as well as the natural history of the area. Included are details about religion, position of women, birth customs, witchcraft, funeral ceremonies, war, government, folklore and more. Free eBook
For more anthropological books on Nigeria by Percy Amaury Talbot
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
Owen Meredith Tweedy (1888 - 1960) served in the British army in the Middle East during World War I. After the war, he became an official in the British administration in Cairo. In 1924, he became a freelance journalism, specializing in Middle Eastern affairs.
By Way Of The Sahara: The African Odyssey Of Three Men And A Grocer's Van by Owen Tweedy (1930) is the account of an adventurous journey from the Nile to the Niger and across the Sahara. It includes descriptions of the native people encountered in remote villages throughout the Belgian Congo, French Equatoria, the Lake Chad region, Northern Nigeria, the French Niger Province, and the Sahara and Algeria. He travelled across Africa with his friend, Captain Richard Crofton and a Swahili cook in a 10 cwt lorry which was a grocer's van.
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.
Iris Emily Henrietta Niland (nee Vaughan) (1890 - 1977) started writing as a young girl during the time of the Anglo-Boer War, in the Eastern Cape. Because she was very outspoken and often embarrassed her magistrate father, he gave her a diary so that she could write her thoughts down instead of speaking them. Later she also wrote novels, but it is her diary that is best known today.
The Diary Of Iris Vaughan by Iris Vaughan (1958) is a South African classic - the true diary of a young girl between the ages of about eight and twelve years at the beginning of the twentieth century. It is unintentionally hilarious and retains all the spelling errors of the original. Iris's father was a magistrate stationed in various small towns in the Eastern Cape and the diary gives an enchanting view of small-town life in the Cape Colony through the eyes of a perceptive young girl.
These Were My Yesterdays by Iris Vaughan (1966) is the author's autobiography. It is the story of South Africa and Rhodesia in the times not so long ago when life was not quite so hurried as it is today.
Bernard Venables (1907 - 2001) was a British angler, artist and writer. He travelled the world relating his angling experiences on TV and in many books.
Coming Down The Zambezi by Bernard Venables (1974) is an account of the author's 1966 trip on behalf of the Zambian government to explore tourism possibilities. His expedition took him down the Zambezi from the border of Angola and Congo, through Zambia, along Rhodesia's northern border, Lake Kariba and ending at Feira on the frontier with Mozambique. He makes sharp observations of the countryside and people, shooting for the pot and quite a bit of fishing along the way.
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.
George Waddington (1793 - 1869) was an English traveller, church historian and ordained vicar. He was responsible for the authorship and for the seventeen drawings the book describing a journey from Wadi Halfa to Meroe and back.
Rev Barnard Hanbury (1793 – 1833) originally planned the journey to Egypt. It was after meeting Waddington in Venice (who was en route to Greece) that Waddington decided to go with Hanbury to Egypt.
Journal Of A Visit To Some Parts Of Ethiopia by George Waddington & Rev Barnard Hanbury (1822) the authors decided to embark on an antiquarian tour of Egypt and Nubia. They were given permission to travel into Upper Egypt by the Governor. They were dressed as Turks and accompanied by an Irishman, James H Curtin as interpreter, two Maltese servants and a setter dog named Anubis. They ascended the Nile as far as Meroe. Whilst there they encountered the American traveller George English, and at Wadi Haifa met the French mineralogist Frederic Cailliaud. Free eBook
Doctor Henry Francis Bell Walker (1876 - 1948) was a British medical doctor, who emigrated to Bedford in the Cape Province where he served as a GP until 1931. During the South West African campaign of 1915 he served with the SAMC and recorded his experiences in this book. In 1920 he bought some land and became a citrus tree farmer while still practising medicine. Still a very fit man at the age of 65, he served with the SAMC in Natal during World War II, becoming a physician specialist at the military hospital in Durban.
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 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.
I'd Do It Again by Arthur 'Sikereri' Whitfield (1954) is a rare book about the author's life in Rhodesia.
Colin Frederick George Wills (1906 - 1965) was an Australian journalist, broadcaster, war correspondent, scriptwriter and travel writer.
White Traveller In Black Africa by Colin Wills (1951) is an account of a journey made through Nigeria, Gold Coast, Sierra Leone and Gambia.
Who Killed Kenya? by Colin Wills (1953). The author's observations about Kenya's past and the events leading up to the Mau Mau rising.
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 .
A Visit To Abyssinia: An Account Of Travel In Modern Ethiopia by William Winstanley (1881) 2 Volumes. The author's account of travel in Abyssinia in 1880 with observations on Emperor Yohannes IV and his court, churches, markets and customs. Free eBook Vol I Free eBook Vol II
James Leslie John Woodhead is an award-winning British documentary filmmaker. He made several films about the Mursi, a nomadic cattle herding people in South West Ethiopia.
A Boxful Of Spirits: Adventures Of A Film-Maker In Africa by Leslie Woodhead (1987) is an account of making a series of films about the Mursi people living in the lower the Omo Valley of south-western Ethiopia.
Charles Brooke Worth (1908 – 1984) was an American naturalist and virology professor.
Mosquito Safari: A Naturalist In Southern Africa by C Brooke Worth (1971) is about an entomologist who for two years worked for an Arbovirus Research Unit doing lab and field work in South Africa, Portuguese East Africa and Uganda. The project was to investigate the existence, characteristics and range of arthropod-borne viruses. His extracurricular explorations lead to interesting excursions in swamps and forests and even onto a golf course, with observations of birds, reptiles, crabs and insect life.
John Henry Reginald Yardley, DSO (1881 - 1938) served as a captain in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Special Reserve.
Parergon: Or Eddies In Equatoria by Captain John Yardley (1931) is an account of the author's experiences in what he describes as one of the many side-shows connected with the First World War. 1917 found him on his way to Khartoum, and then southwards. It includes a vivid description of the campaign against the Turkana and Abyssinian raiders. He writes..."Parergon is primarily an eye-witness's story of that adventurous and arduous, though small-scale, campaign in Equatorial Africa; but I believe that it is also not without importance in the present fight against slavery." The word 'parergon' means or refers to a piece of work that is supplementary to or a by-product of a larger work.
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.