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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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.
Last Safari: A Season Of Discovery In Zimbabwe by Bruce VanBuskirk (2006) is the true story of an American hunter who spent the 2001 season working on safari in Zimbabwe. Lots of adventure and excitement but also deals with the hard lessons learned about the future of hunting in Africa. This is a day by day description of the events, places and people who make the safari industry work in Zimbabwe. The book goes behind the scenes to reveal how a hunting safari works - the professional hunters and clients, company employees, local villagers and learn just how much work it takes to run a safari operation in Africa.
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.
Craig Doria is a South African professional hunter who, after some years working on conservation projects in KwaZulu Natal, moved to Luangwa Valley, Zambia. He worked as a professional guide and professional hunter under the guidance of Norman Carr. In 2001 he continued as a professional guide and professional hunter in Tanzania.
Following The Dust: A Collection Of Safari Tales by Craig Texeira Doria (2012) is an unusual collection of stories on hunting and discussions on mans evolution as a hunter gatherer, the nature of mans relationship with the wild and the relationship between hunting and conservation.
Safari 101 Hunting Africa: The Ultimate Adventure: Getting There And Back by David L Brown (2012) is written for the hunter that has always considered Africa out of reach - being too expensive or too difficult. When Brown took his first safari, he had to rely on word of mouth for information, as all of the books he found were for photo safaris. This book takes his experiences, what he learned from professional hunters and outfitters, and puts the information in a logical progression that is entertaining as well as informative.
Gary Joll is a New Zealand professional hunter, guide and author.
Fifty Years Of Trophy Hunting by Gary Joll (2014). Recollections of deer stalking and big game hunting in New Zealand, Australia, New Caledonia, the USA, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The book is the story of the hunt for each trophy now hanging on the walls of his trophy room, each trophy a continuing memory of so many special and sometimes remarkable days of hunting.
To Alaska To Hunt by Gary Joll (1978) is the story of the author's trip to Alaska to assist with Johnny Luster's horse trekking business, with hunting a down-time sideline. Joll and his companion hunted two moose, two black bears, a caribou, grizzly bear and a dall ram, plus a prong-horned antelope and a mule deer when they travelled to Wyoming.
Big Game Hunting In New Zealand by Gary Joll (1968) takes the form of a complete guide to the beginner-stalker or beginner trophy-hunter, explaining what trophies are worth going after and where to look for them, and what and what not to do when out hunting each of the 13 species of New Zealand big game.
Bulls, Bucks And Bureaucrats: The Lilybank Safari Lodge Story by Gary Joll (2010) is the story of the author's guided hunting operation based around Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.
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.
Heart Of The Hunter: Stories From Alaska, Africa, Asia and Places Of the Heart by Mark Tutor (2014). Tales of the hunting adventures that have taken the author from the wilds of Alaska to Africa and the roof of the world for Marco Polo sheep.
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.
Charles Shuttleworth (1923 - 2014) was a British police reservist who commanded a remote jungle fort during the Communist guerrilla war on the Malayan peninsula. His mission was to safeguard the local aboriginal tribes which prompted him later to write about them. Charles continued to spend long periods in the Malayan rainforest, both as an independent naturalist and as a professional safari guide.
Hutan Rimba: Safaris In The Malayan Jungle by Charles Shuttleworth (1963) is a very interesting account which includes the author's experiences as a police reservist in charge of a Jungle Squad fighting Chinese Communists during the Malayan emergency."Safari is, in the minds of most people, synonymous with Africa in general and Kenya in particular. Safaris are almost never connected with other countries, yet it is a fact that they are conducted in India, South America, Cambodia, Thailand and by myself here in Malaya, and adjacent territories. Whilst I do cater for the big game hunter, most of my clients are men of science such as zoologists, botanists, ethnologists and others like amateur photographers and professional film men."
Malayan Safari by Charles Shuttleworth (1967) describes numerous animal encounters in the jungle with brief mention of stalking tiger and rogue elephant.
Big Game Hunting In South Africa edited by Brooke Chilvers (1995) with photography by Sherman Hines & PH Ken du Plessis. This is a comprehensive guide to will provide every answer for first time or experienced hunter wishing to hunt in the RSA.
Earlier accounts of the 1860 - 1863 Nile Expedition have assumed James Augustus Grant to have been no more than the loyal second-in-command to John Hanning Speke, the leader. Now, Grant emerges as a much more impressive and important figure than has previously been recognised. He was a trained scientist and his narrative is a well-organised perspective on the expedition and its activities. His own growing understanding of Africa and of Africans becomes apparent and helps to explain his later activities.The editor provides a context to the expedition and its results and this includes a new approach to the understanding of the Nile source problem.
A Walk Across Africa: J A Grant's Account Of The Nile Expedition Of 1860 - 1863 edited by Roy Bridges (2018) provides the opportunity to re-examine the role of James Augustus Grant in this Nile expedition with Speke. The original text of Grant's book 'A Walk Across Africa' has been fully annotated with explanatory notes and also supplemented by extracts from Grant's very detailed day-to-day journal and extensive collection of his papers. This edition also includes reproductions of the whole visual record which Grant made consisting of 147 watercolours and sketches - these would be the first ever visual records of large parts of East Africa and the Upper Nile Valley region.
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.