Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Facing Down Fear John Sharp (Ex Montibus Media, 2021, 336 pages.) Reviewed by Ken Bailey   That bigger-than-life professional hunters are not relegated to a bygone era becomes quickly evident when reading John Sharp’s Facing Down Fear (Ex Montibus Media, 2021,...

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 9

Written by Neil Harmse   Chapter 10. Bad Luck Safari     There are times when, no matter how carefully things are planned, nothing seems to work out as one hoped. I remember one safari to Botswana years ago which seemed to go wrong from the very...

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Land of the Black Buffalo Paul Smiles (Faber and Faber Limited, 1961, 184 pages.) Reviewed by Ken Bailey   On a comparative basis, there is very little in the way of classic hunting literature focussed on what is today’s Botswana; professional hunting wasn’t...

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 8

Written by Neil Harmse   Chapter 9. Concerning Snakes   One of the most frequent questions I am asked by people venturing into the bush on a trail or hunt is: ‘Do we have to worry about snakes?’ To be honest, there are snakes all over, even in suburban...

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Bringing Back the Lions Mike Arnold (Mike Arnold Outdoors, 2022, 241 pages.) Reviewed by Ken Bailey   Bringing Back the Lions: International Hunters, Local Tribespeople, and the Miraculous Rescue of a Doomed Ecosystem in Mozambique is a classic tale of...

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 7

Written by Neil Harmse   Chapter 8. Concerning Rhino   At one stage, when I was doing wilderness trails for the Wilderness Leadership School, I was asked to do a promotional walking trail with a group of journalists and dignitaries to help raise funds for...