African Hunting Gazette

Oct 31st

2020

CategoryPosted in African Hunting Gazette

The common warthog

Description The common warthog has an overall skin colour of grey with a sparse covering of bristle-like hairs and a mane of long, erectile hairs along neck and back. The colour of mane hairs varies from straw-brown to black and is raised when an animal is under stress. Tufts of pale to white coloured whiskers […]

Oct 23rd

2020

CategoryPosted in African Hunting Gazette

On safari with… Axel Engman

Q: Tell us how you came to be in Africa. A: I am the first generation of the Engman clan to have settled in South Africa – and I arrived on an airplane. Q: So where were you born? A: I was born in Sweden in a little village named Dalstorp in 1969, and moved […]

Oct 13th

2020

CategoryPosted in African Hunting Gazette

On Safari in Africa with… Hannes du Plessis

Q: Tell us about your family, how they originally got to Africa. A: My ancestors arrived in Africa during the 17th century. Q: When and where were you born? A: I was born in Windhoek, Namibia on 6 February, 1963. Q: How did you get into hunting – what was it that influenced you? A: […]

Oct 3rd

2020

CategoryPosted in African Hunting Gazette

On safari with… Jaco Oosthuizen

Q: When and where were you born?   A: I was born in northern Namibia back in 1973, in the town of Tsumeb, though I spent my early years on a cattle ranch just east of Etosha National Park. Later on we lived in town because of the high security risk in the middle of […]

Sep 25th

2020

CategoryPosted in African Hunting Gazette

On safari with… Gary Duckworth

Q: Tell us about your family, how they originally got to Africa. A: My great-great grandfather came to South Africa around 1850. He was a doctor, and he married an Afrikaans Boer woman. My great-grandfather also married an Afrikaans Boer woman and they fought against the English during the Boer war. Their family farm was […]

Sep 13th

2020

CategoryPosted in African Hunting Gazette

The striking southern oryx

The southern oryx, or gemsbok (O. g. gazella) is a large antelope with a stocky build and a short, thick neck. Both sexes carry long, almost straight, transversely ridged, rapier-like horns with those of bull shorter and more robust. The body is greyish-fawn in colour, with black-and-white marked faces; a black stripe extends down throat […]

Sep 3rd

2020

CategoryPosted in African Hunting Gazette

The common eland

The common eland is ox-like in appearance, especially in the case of bulls. Older bulls develop a large dewlap on the throat and most have distinctive mat of fairly long, coarse dark hair on the forehead. A short dark mane runs down the back of the neck of both bull and cow. Both carry shallowly […]

Aug 10th

2020

CategoryPosted in African Hunting Gazette

Botswana mysterious elephant deaths – the mystery continues…

In my July column I discussed the mysterious deaths of numbers of elephants in the Okavango Delta region of Botswana. The authorities in that country have been rather reticent about releasing any results of the tests conducted on tissue samples from the dead elephants by a number of laboratories in several different countries, which in […]

Jul 29th

2020

CategoryPosted in African Hunting Gazette

Wander through western Tanzania

Mike Angelides of McCallum Safaris Tanzania, offers an alluring introduction to western Tanzania. The west of Tanzania is predominately covered with miombo woodland made up of trees in the sub-family Caesalpinoideae, especially species in the genera Brachystegia and Julbernardia. Interspersed within the woodlands are broad, grassy depressions called “mbugas”. These seasonally waterlogged bottomlands can cover […]

Jul 15th

2020

CategoryPosted in African Hunting Gazette

The many faces of the bushbuck

The bushbuck is a medium-sized antelope with variable coat colouration and markings, and as many as 29 subspecies being recognised on this basis. Many of these subspecies and races are seen by some as being geographical variations that do not warrant subspecific status. They have short, bushy tails that are dark above and white below, […]

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