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Author: W.D.M. Bell
Publisher: SAFARI PRESS, Nov 2010
The tale of Walter Bell?s epic journey into Karamojo (now Uganda & Kenya) some 100 years ago when it was still completely unknown to Western man. Bell?s safari lasted 14 months, & during that time he shot 180 tuskers and brought back 18,762 pounds of ivory! Maps; 6x9 inches, 288 pgs.
Karamojo Safari is the tale of Walter Bell?s epic journey into Karamojo (now Uganda & Kenya) some 100 years ago when it was still completely unknown to Western man. Bell?s safari lasted 14 months, and during that time he shot 180 tuskers and brought back 18,762 pounds of ivory!!! Of these, 31 tusks weighed over 100 pounds each, and the largest pair weighed in at 145 and 148 pounds! Nobody has ever accomplished a feat like this, especially amazing considering the logistics of his day.
Karamojo Safari is one of the finest stories ever written on hunting the African elephant. Starting out from the coast of Kenya, Bell takes a long safari into the interior of what was then the darkest of Darkest Africa. In this tale, Bell leads us through the entire safari, beginning with assembling a huge retinue of porters and climaxing when he returns laden with a staggering amount of ivory.
Not only is this a superb hunting story, but Karamojo Safari also offers true insight into the lives of African natives before colonization. Because Bell approached his crew and the tribes he met as equals, we get an unbiased account of what life in Africa really was like in precolonial days. The descriptive quality of Bell?s writings is some of the finest ever recorded, and this high-quality, facsimile reprint brings Bell?s beloved tale to life once again.