We had, however, a slight problem looming ahead. Laughter in the Mountains. Return to Book Page. Peter Capstick's Africa, however, is a very different breed of book: it is the enthralling tale of an entirely new safari, an exciting first-person adventure in which Peter Capstick returns to the long grass for his own dangerous and very personal excursion. Lists with This Book. Brian Herne.
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This sort of photo journal of Capstick's journey through the long grass is absolutely outstanding! I read it as a boy and still appreciate the immense quality of story today as an adult. Jan 11, Alex Kennedy rated it it was amazing. For me this was an amazing trip into another world, into hunting on safari. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. About Peter Hathaway Capstick. Peter Hathaway Capstick. Peter Hathaway Capstick was an American hunter and author. Born in New Jersey and educated at although did not graduate from the University of Virginia, he walked away from a successful Wall Street career shortly before his thirtieth birthday to become a professional hunter, first in Central and South America and later and most famously in Africa.
Peter Capstick's Africa: A Return To The Long Grass and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Peter Capstick's Africa: A Return To The Long Grass Hardcover – July 15, For the readers of hunting literature, the name of Peter Capstick is becoming synonymous. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Peter Hathaway Capstick is the author of many books on hunting, including Safari: The Last Adventure. Excerpt.
Capstick spent much of his life in Africa, a l Peter Hathaway Capstick was an American hunter and author. If one loads directly from the action, however, there is always the risk of breaking the extractor, which is precisely what you don't need in the middle of a safari, let alone a lion charge.
I therefore carry four rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber with the hammer down. My last shot was in the chamber of the barrel.
The lion finished his spin and resumed his charge. Gordon was off to my left and Karonda just to my right. As the beast whirled around, I stuck the last round in the rifle into his shoulder and aimed for his spine. It was the only lousy shot I made, just an inch high. It could have cost us our lives. No two ways: I blew it. My rifle was now empty. Gordon's insurance gun, his dinosaur-stopping. It very much appeared that my career at the typewriter and the Mauser would both be coming to rather dramatic ends in the next few seconds The tarmac of Jan Smuts Airport turned from coarse pavement to flowing black velvet as our plane gathered speed.
I was sitting on the aisle, my wife Fiona in the middle, and Paul Kimble next to the window. One of the better-known South African photographers, I had "engaged" him for the trip. There would be others to follow. Paul, Fiona, and I were met on the dot by Keith Essen, representing Hunters Africa, who whisked us through Customs despite our guns and the other paraphernalia sometimes queried by authorities in any country.
Our final destination was not Zimbabwe, however--where I had spent time in the Matetsi region as a professional hunter during the bush war in the bloody days of the seventies--but Botswana, and this was the easiest route. He had, as Fate would have it, acquired the rights to Matetsi Unit 4, precisely my old stamping ground, and promptly invited our party down for a stay, provided the lion Gordon and I were about to assault did not do me first.
Fair enough. I accepted, especially when I discovered that Eric had employed Stuart Campbell, my friend of some seventeen years, as his general manager. We drove from Victoria Falls Airport which I could barely leave with a dry eye, having met so many wonderful friends and clients there in the past and turned off onto the old hunters' road to Pandamatenga. Our destination was Kasane, in Botswana, where we would take a flight by light aircraft to Saile airfield, only a few hundred yards from Saile Camp.
It seemed as if nothing had changed on the old Pandamatenga Road I had traveled so many times before. As Keith Essen expertly maneuvered us along, I even recognized individual trees. We had, however, a slight problem looming ahead. Not many hours before, the South African Defence Force had carried out a preemptive strike against several strongholds harboring African National Congress terrorists in the capital city of Gaberone, way to the south.
Now two of my party were holding South African passports, and I was wondering if there would be an international incident at Kasane that could possibly sabotage my safari plans.
I think that what is about to come is technically called a digression, but I shall do my best to deliver it accurately. Should you be going on safari, I hope you will take it as gospel.
Africa today is not that of Robert Ruark in the early days. To highly but not inaccurately simplify matters, it seems there is now just one element that matters, especially in so-called emerging nations: power! Individually or on any other basis, it is the cornerstone of all black African society. When you enter Customs, as I shall vividly demonstrate later in this book, you may or may not understand precisely what I am saying but you will soon catch on. My observations are not intended as racial slurs but, as I have said in previous works, are a function of culture and of my personal experience.
The immense majority of Customs and Immigration officials are charmingly helpful in most emerging black African countries, especially those I visited for the purposes of this book. One does, however, run across the "new man" who is most anxious to obtain promotion byputting somebody in jail. That was bloody nearly me, and I have a low threshold for incarceration, especially in countries where the man on the street doesn't do very well feeding himself, let alone the poor bugger in the slammer. Spare me Third World slammers With all this chasing through my mind.
I was sweating blood as well as more urgent juices as we approached the tiny concrete-and-corrugated-steel hut that housed the formalities of Customs. No problem. My American passport as well as the South African documents were hardly glanced at. Honestly, in retrospect, I don't think that word of the strike on parts of Gaberone had reached Kasane yet.
After a brief stop at the Hunters Africa office in Kasane, we were then driven to the airstrip, accompanied by Peter Hepburn, Hunters Africa's manager there. Our pilot, a Frenchman called Luc, was already on hand, and it was less than an hour later that we landed as smoothly as pancake batter at the airstrip close to Saile Camp after a delightful flight in perfect weather.
Gordon was there in person to meet us, along with his entire African safari staff --the damndest collection of charm and talent I've ever run across. Well, that's Gordon. If you're not the best, you don't work for him. Not for long you don't. If you have spent any time in Africa, you may flatter yourself that you have a feeling for the people of the more remote tribes.
In my case, considering the years I have spent in several African countries, my self-flattery is probably accurate. I have always had a rather indefinable affinity for the men I worked with, especial Convert currency. Add to Basket. Compare all 8 new copies. Book Description St. Martin's Press. Condition: new. Seller Inventory think More information about this seller Contact this seller. Martin's Press, Condition: New. Never used!.
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