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This review is from: A Hunter's Wanderings in Africa: Being a Narrative of Nine Years Spent Amongst the Game of the Far Interior of South Africa (Resnick Library of African Adventure) (Hardcover)
The story of one of Africa's greatest hunter's first few trips to the Dark Continent. Firstly, a warning with this book: at around 500 pages it is no weekend read, however, those that feel they have the time to devote to the book will be justly rewarded.
Very few other people had ventured into the interior when Selous first arrived in Africa. This book details Selous' safaris elephant hunting for ivory, mainly in what he refers to as the "fly" country. The conditions and physical hardships that were endured are unthinkable now, and the distances traveled are astonishing.
Also as extraordinary is the level and amount of game both available and shot. Many animals (especially elephants) are killed - one would find it difficult to imagine that his great man turned out to be such conservationist. Nevertheless, we cannot respectively judge past time with our current views, and this surely had an influence on his later life.
From the deserts of what is now Namibia to Victoria Falls, Selous comes gets into all sorts of scrapes in his quest for ivory, battling hunger and fever and hostile tribes. It is also interesting top hear his progressive views on slavery, especially compared to other settlers such as the Portuguese. This book is however just an account of his travels, and would not satisfy those looking for a greatest understanding of his later life and subsequent work.