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Bookshelf Latest Additions

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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DECEMBER 2022

F W H Migeod

Frederick William Hugh Migeod (1872 - 1952) was a British author, linguist and ethnologist who started service with the Colonial Civil Service from 1900. He was stationed in the Gold Coast until 1919. He then began a series of expeditions to Lake Chad, Cameroon, Sierra Leone and twice crossed equatorial Africa. From 1925-1927 and again in 1929 and 1931 he led a British Museum East Africa expedition to excavate dinosaur bones. He was the author of several books about the natural history, botany and languages in west and central Africa.

Across Equatorial Africa by F W H Migeod (1923) is the account of the author's two journeys across Africa - the first from the Cameroons, Gabon and following the equator to Lake Victoria to Mombasa, the second further south through Tanganyika to the mouth of the River Congo on the Atlantic.

Through Nigeria To Lake Chad

Through Nigeria To Lake Chad by F W H Migeod (1924) is an account of the author's travels to Lake Chad by way of the Benue river, with a return journey along the northern frontier of Nigeria to Kano through semi-desert and by railway to Lagos. He studied ethnology, especially the movements of tribes caused by the desiccation of the country.


A View Of Sierra Leone

A View Of Sierra Leone by F W H Migeod (1926). The first part of the book is an account of the author's six months of travelling through Sierra Leone from 1924 to 1925. The second part is an account of the Mende people and includes much on witchcraft, superstitions, secret societies, games, songs, etc.


Through British Cameroons by F W H Migeod (1925) is an account of the author's journey to the British Cameroons which was a British mandate territory in British West Africa at the time.

Jan & Annette Oelofse

Capture To Be Free

Capture To Be Free by Jan & Annette Oelofse (2010) is a memoir told by Jan Oelofse and complied and written by his wife, Annette. This book is essentially an African story of wild adventures in then Tanganyika, of Hollywood movies with John Wayne, of life and work in the Natal Parks Board and of the 'Oelofse Method' of game capture which Jan Oelofse developed in 1968, and which is still the recognised method used for mass game capture. This book can be ordered by contacting Jan Oelofse Safaris. There is also a 1967 film of Jan Oelofse developing his method of game capture.


Ian Parker

Jua Kali's Voyage On The Jade Sea

Jua Kali's Voyage On The Jade Sea by Ian Parker (2004) is the former game warden's attempt to circumnavigate Kenya's Lake Turkana (formerly Lake Rudolf. A not inconsiderable challenge given his lack of sailing experience, the size of the lake, its location in a remote desert and unpredictable weather conditions. Ian Parker and his wife chose to undertake this challenge in a nineteen-foot boat, the Jua Kali, equipped with an outboard motor and a mini-sail mast.
More books by Ian Parker


Mike Arnold

Bringing Back The Lions

Bringing Back The Lions: International Hunters, Local Tribespeople, And The Miraculous Rescue Of A Doomed Ecosystem In Mozambique by Mike Arnold (2022) is the story of a vast African wasteland and returning it to its former wilderness glory. It is the account of Coutada 11, in Mozambique's Zambeze Delta which was poached-out during the days of civil war, through to the early 1990s when hunting outfitter Mark Haldane and his partners worked to restore the area. Due to Haldane's crew of scientists, guides, poaching patrols and with the local villagers, the apex predators, birds and game animals returned and thrived.


Sue Tidwell

Cries Of The Savanna

Cries Of The Savanna by Sue Tidwell (2021) is the author's account as the initially reluctant spouse who joined her husband on an African big game hunt and how the experience changed her whole perspective. Her initial animosity turning into curiosity while going hunting with her husband. She became entranced by the hunting staff safari tales and the people who relied on hunting safaris for their livlihoods. Supplementing her own experiences on the with local insights and research into conservation efforts, the author humorously explores how her preconceived beliefs about hunting were replaced by reality.


Herbert Probert

Rev Herbert Elijah Probert (1856 - 1913) was a British-born American Baptist Missionary who was their first member who went to the Congo.

Life And Scenes In Congo

Life And Scenes In Congo by Herbert Probert (1889) is an account of his life in the Congo with observations about hunting and taking part in an elephant hunt. Free eBook



Margaret Baker Wente

Margaret Baker Wente grew up in a jungle mission station in the Belgian Congo. In 1932 her parents, Donald and Lelia Baker arrive a mission station far up a tributary of the Congo River, where Dr Baker was the only doctor for an area the size of Indiana.

And We Ate The Leopard

And We Ate The Leopard: Serving In The Belgian Congo by Margaret Baker Wente (2007) describes the unusual story of the author's family's life in the Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) catching marauding leopards, surviving malarial attacks and living in the jungle without electricity or neighborhood grocery stores. With Congo's independence in 1960 and the associated violence, the Bakers were evacuated by the United States Air Force after serving twenty-eight years there.



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