The books listed here are the latest additions to the Shakari Connection Bookshelf. In no particular order, there are books on African hunting, African exploration, hunting firearms and more. All the books newly added to the website will be listed on this page before going into their various categories and into the author index.
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Stories Of Botswana by Dennis Blackbeard (1992) was published in Botswana by the professional hunter author, mainly for his friends. It includes early stories about the Blackbeard family hunting lion, elephant and buffalo with snake encounters.
Read more about the Blackbeard family in 'The Hunting Blackbeards Of Botswana' by Brian Marsh.
Wild Africa Adventures And Explorations by Robert Brown (1904) is the tale of African explorations, the wildlife, the people, history, development, Cecil Rhodes, diamond mining, big game hunting, the Boer War, and much more.
Tales From The King's African Rifles by John Nunneley (1998) is an account of the author's experiences during the Second World War as an officer in the King's African Rifles serving first in Abyssinia and Somaliland and later in Burma.
Shoe-String Safari: Travels, Adventures And Experiences In Africa by John Whittingham (1978) is a self-published account of the author's trip to East, Central and South Africa.
The Search For The Niger by Christopher Lloyd (1973) tells the story of the search for the River Niger. Its source was well known but nobody knew where it flowed or if it simply disappeared in the Sahara desert. He explains how the river shown to flow first north-east, then east and finally south-east to the Bight of Biafra.
Tudor Gruffydd Trevor (1865 - 1958) was a Welsh-born South African geologist and mining inspector for the Pretoria District of South Africa. A rare nickel iron oxide mineral was first found near Barbeton, which was subsequently named Trevorite after him.
Forty Years In Africa by Tudor G Trevor (1932) are the highly observant tales of the author's forty years in Africa.
Our Journey Through Africa by Harry C Baldwin et al (1953) is the very scarce private publication about the author's eight-week trip through the Belgian Congo, Uganda, Tanganyika and Kenya. He travelled with 3 companions - David Howe, John D Howe and Albert R Miller who are also credited as co-authors of this book. The hunting started in Tanganyika and Kenya. They took elephant, buffalo (including one stopped at 12 feet), rhino, lion and plenty of plains game. Hunting was mainly in Tanganyika and Kenya.
Edward C Tabler (1863 - 1977) was a well-known historian and author who primarily researched and published writings on the early history of South Africa and Rhodesia. He was also interested in collecting Africana, antiquarian and big game hunting books.
Frederick "Freddy" Hugh Barber (1847 - 1919) was a big game hunter, trader and artist. He spent years in an ox-wagon, hunting, travelling and prospecting in nearly every country south of the Zambezi. He became a great friend of Chief Khama III of the Bamangwato people of Botswana and spent three months on a friendly visit to Lobengula, King of the Ndebele in 1877-1878. Read more about Frederick Hugh Barber
Richard Frewen (1852 - 1896) was an aristocratic English traveller and adventurer who stirred up much trouble in Matabeleland and was responsible for worsening British-Matabele relations. Read more Richard Frewen
Zambezia And Matabeleland In The Seventies: The Narrative Of Frederick Hugh Barber (1875 & 1877-8) And The Journal Of Richard Frewen (1877-8) by Frederick Hugh Barber, Richard Frewen, edited by Edward C Tabler (1960) describes Frederick Barber's 1875 trip towards the Zambesi River when he hunted elephant, buffalo, rhino, giraffe and numerous antelope. In 1877 he travelled into Matabeleland after more elephant and met King Lobengula. Richard Frewen is described as the man who annoyed Lobengula and so caused the consequent deaths of the Colonial government emissaries on their way to the Victoria Falls.
Game Trails: Memoirs Of A Thousand Sportsmen by Jonas Brothers (1939) is their 1939 annual magazine which explains their mission, items for sale, taxidermy services, samples of an care of trophies, use of trophies, museum examples, recipes and hunting tips. Jonas Brothers Taxidermy was a family business founded in 1909.
Safari Today: The Modern Safari Handbook by Robert M Lee (1960) gives detailed information on planning a safari such as, selecting a professional hunter, cost of safari, the climate, country and game found there, methods of hunting, etc...in the 1950s of course.
Sir John Kirk (1832 – 1922) was a Scottish physician, naturalist and British administrator in Zanzibar, where he was instrumental in ending the slave trade in that country.
From 1858 to 1864 Kirk accompanied the explorer David Livingstone on the Second Zambezi Expedition as a botanist in what is Malawi today. He found Livingstone an inept leader and in 1862 wrote "I can come to no other conclusion than that Dr Livingstone is out of his mind and a most unsafe leader".
The Zambesi Journal And Letters Of Dr John Kirk, 1858-63 by Dr John Kirk & Reginald Foskett (editor) (1965). 2 Volumes. This is the day to day account of Livingstone's government expedition to the Zambesi by the chief medical officer and botanist, Dr John Kirk.
General Sir Bindon Blood (1842 – 1940) was a British Army commander who served in Egypt, Afghanistan, India and Southern Africa. Bindon Blood was also an important character in Churchill’s early military, sports and writing careers. Blood and Churchill remained friends for life and Blood lived long enough to see his protégé become Prime Minister.
Rosanna 'Rose' Aimée Blennerhassett (1843 - 1907) or 'Sister Aimée' and Lucy Anna Louisa Sleeman (1865 - 1907) or 'Sister Lucy' met on board the ship to Africa and became close friends. They worked together in hospitals in South Africa before volunteering to establish at a hospital at Umtali for the Bishop of Mashonaland's new mission, with a third nurse, Bertha Welby, known as 'Sister Beryl'.
The nurses became acquainted with Cecil Rhodes, with Frank Johnson, leader of the Pioneer Corps and with Frederick Courteney Selous, the legendary big game hunter, explorer and scout. It was Selous, who as Chief of Intelligence, led Frank Johnson and the Pioneer Corps into Mashonaland in 1890. Read more about Rose Blennerhassett & Lucy Sleeman
Adventures In Mashonaland: By Two Hospital Nurses by Rose Blennerhassett & Lucy Sleeman (1893) is the fascinating account by two pioneering nursing sisters of their experiences in South Africa and Mashonaland in the 1890's. They were two of the three nurses who established the hospital at Umtali in 1891. Free eBook
Wonderful Africa: Being The 7,000 Miles Travel In South And South Central Africa by Fred A Donnithorne (1924) is an account of the author's holiday journey in Africa. He was an architect by profession and so is at his best when describing the ruins of Great Zimbabwe and the bridge over the Victoria Falls.
African Trilogy by Alan Moorehead (1944) is an eye-witness account of the African campaign in World War II. It includes the three books that were originally published separately. Book One - Mediterranean Front, Wavell 1940-41. Book Two - A Year Of Battle, Auchinleck 1941-42. Book Three - The End In Africa, Alexander and Montgomery 1942-43.
More books by Alan Moorehead
The Work Of A Scout by Arnold Wienholt (1923) was written to show the how scouting was valuable for survival and victory in a military conflict. He includes his own scouting stories as well as those of other wellknown soldiers and explorers in Africa, such as Selous.
More books by Arnold Wienholt
Three Years in the Libyan Desert: Travels, Discoveries, And Excavations Of The Menas Expedition by J C Edwald Falls (1913) is the journal of the 1905 expedition, led by the German archaeologist, Karl Maria Kaufmann (1872 - 1951), to explore the Christian sites in Cyrenaica on the eastern coastal region of Libya. Despite difficulties, many important finds were made including the site dedicated to the 4th century Christian martyr, Menas.
The Frozen Leopard: Hunting My Dark Heart In Africa by Aaron Latham (1991) is a book about travelling to a distant land, in this case to East Africa, to find a 'self' never known apparently, a cure for writer's block and grief about the long-ago death of his only sister. Latham and his family go on a safari to Kenya and to see Diane Fossey's gorillas. He didn't like the gorillas much as he felt suffocated in the dense jungle indergrowth - he preferred the plains of Kenya which reminded him of his home state of Texas.
George Alexander Hoskins (1802 - 1863) was a British lawyer, traveller and artist. In the 1830s he traveled to Egypt, Nubia and Ethiopia. He worked on several archaelogical sites but like many of his contemporary travellers in Egypt and Sudan, he was not an Egyptologist or archaelogist.
Travels In Ethiopia: Above The Second Cataract Of The Nile by G A Hoskins (1835) contains observations by the author during his 1833 journey into the higher parts of Ethiopia including the metropolis of the ancient kingdom Meroe, which had been explored by very few Europeans and yet it "abounds with monuments rivalling those of Egypt in grandeur and beauty." Free eBook
A Winter In Upper And Lower Egypt by G A Hoskins (1863) is the account of Hoskins' second trip to Egypt which was made for health reasons. His narrative includes commentary on Cairo, bazaars, mosques, convents, Suez, the pyramids, Memphis, ancient ruins and temples, sculpture and architecture, a voyage up the Nile and Egyptian mythology. Free eBook
Visit To The Great Oasis Of The Libyan Desert by G A Hoskins (1837) is an account of his journey to the Great Oasis to the west of Thebes and other oases in the Libyan Desert. Hoskins was living in Luxor in 1836 and travelled to the Libyan oases with Robert Hay and Frederick Catherwood. Free eBook