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978-0-312-09241-2 / 9780312092412

African Nature Notes and Reminiscences (The Library of African Adventure)

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Publisher:St Martins Pr

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1908. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVIII THE LAST OF SOUTH AFRICAS GAME HAUNTS Decrease of game in South Africa--Journey from Mashunaland to the East African coast--Find country full of game--Elephants --Great herds of buffaloes--Five old bulls--Bushbucks--Other antelopes and zebras--Curiosity of the latter animals--Warthogs, bush-pigs, and hippopotamuses--Numbers of carnivorous animals--Three lions seen--Fine male wounded, and subsequently killed. During the twenty years succeeding my first arrival in South Africa in 1871, I had constantly wandered and hunted over vast areas of country, from the Cape Colony to far away north of the Zambesi, and in that time had seen game of all kinds--from the elephants, rhinoceroses, and buffaloes of the forest regions north of the Limpopo river to the wildebeests, blesboks, and springbucks of the southern plains--gradually decrease and dwindle in numbers to such an extent that I thought that nowhere south of the great lakes could there be a corner of Africa left where the wild animals had not been very much thinned out, either as a result of the opening up and settlement of the country by Europeans or owing to the extensive acquisition of firearms by the native tribes. In the year 1891, however, when attempting, on behalf of the British South Africa Company, to discover a route free from the tse-tse fly between Ch. Xviii COUNTRY TEEMING WITH GAME 303 Mashunaland and the East African coast, I walked into a country still teeming with big game, for no white man, as far as I am aware, had ever hunted there before the time of my visit,1 and the fell plague of rinderpest, more potent for mischief than many legions of human game-destroyers, had only recently commenced its ravages, thousands of miles away on the plains of Masailand. Moreover, the natives living in this low-lying, ...

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