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Old June 11, 2000, 02:10 PM   #1
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The following is the text of an email I received from Aubrey, the Mad South African I will be hunting/fishing in Namibia with.
I had asked him for a bit of info about what to expect on the drive from Jo'Burg, RSA to Namibia.
(I lightly edited it for clarity)

Aubrey Wrote:
Namibia of sand and game.


Capital ... Windhoek
Okahandja .... 100 miles north of Windhoek
Otjiwarongo ... 100 miles north of Okahandja
Hunting location ... in between the last two mentioned with a random heading just for fun.
Settled by Germans, administered for 50 years by RSA ... culture is a mix of
Afrikaans & German... They drink lots of beer.
Population density ... 2 people per million hectares.
National bird fly.
Best known feature .......Namib desert ..oldest desert on earth.
How far from Jo'burg ..... If you travel until your butt has died and you feel your spine sinking into the seat are 3 hours away from the RSA/Namibia border
and less than half way there. By the time that your butt has changed into a stone
object that fits the cushion like a cement filled glove .....your muscles have shrunk away from non use .... you are there.
Fall out of the 4x4 and enjoy the fresh sea air. By the time that life has returned to your bottom half and you have regained full use of your legs will be on pension.

Though we could save all the driving and hunt in my back yard, in memory of a great American hunter we will drive ... and drive ...and drive .... and drive ... get the picture?

You have been confirmed for a Gemsbok (Oryx) and a Kudu ...I am taking a Gemsbok.... With all that meat, we will be fat from excess ;-)

Your friend


I can't wait. This will really be a trip to remember.

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Old June 12, 2000, 03:52 AM   #2
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OK Mad Dog! I'm really jealous!

Have a great trip, and don't let your lower half get too sore!

P.S. If you could e-mail me some info or a web site, etc. I'd really appreciate it! I'd be really interested. I'm young and poor, but I've always wanted to hunt in Africa! Maybe sometime in the future!

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Old June 12, 2000, 05:51 AM   #3
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Hi Bill,

Try reading some Capstick for the feel of Africa. Check your local library for other writings..

I'll post some URLs this evening.

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Old June 14, 2000, 01:23 AM   #4
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Robert Ruark is also a great African author.
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Old June 14, 2000, 01:59 AM   #5
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Thanks! I'll check 'em out.
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Old June 14, 2000, 11:24 AM   #6
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Ruark is my absolute favorite. I collect first editions of all of his works.
Suggested reading includes, but is certainly not limited to the following Ruark titles.

Something of Value
Uhuru (sequel to Something of Value)
The Horn Of The Hunter (all African Hunting stories)
The Old Man and the Boy
I Didn't Know It Was Loaded... (satire)
Poor No More
The Honey Badger
Grenadine Etching... (satire)

There is another title called "Use Enough Gun". It was published posthumously, and is an anthology of articles and excerpts from his other works. It is badly edited, and not recommended.

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Old June 14, 2000, 11:44 AM   #7
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I particularly liked a quote from "Horn of the Hunter" about trophy hunting: "Better I should have him than the hyenas, because my memory is longer."
Old June 14, 2000, 03:14 PM   #8
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On the subject of Aferka stories, I like Haggard. Gory as hell (how about when the guide in King Solomon's Mines gets in the way of a wounded elephant ), funny, and well-written.
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