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Strange Tales from the African Bush [Kindle Edition]

Hannes Wessels
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Book Description

Hannes Wessels is one of the most talented writers that we at Safari Press have read in a long time. This former PH in Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe writes tales of hapless figures and derring-do gone wrong that will make you laugh out loud—a rarity in the cut-and-dry genre of big-game hunting. There is the story about a PH who wanted to impress the beautiful daughter of a client and landed up in the emergency room with a rifle barrel stuck up his posterior, and the story of a game warden who fell into a hollowed-out baobab tree on top of a sleeping leopard. This same unfortunate warden in a further misadventure is deprived of some of his very sensitive private parts during an elephant cull—probably just to prove that a run of bad luck does not necessarily have to end. Wessels also weighs in on his own experience when he tells of being seriously gored by a buffalo. Whether telling the story of rafting down an uncharted river to set up a new safari camp or highlighting the experiences of a PH such as Lew Games, you will find Wessels’s stories so entertaining that you’ll be sorry when the book ends. All of Hannes Wessels’s stories are great reading, as attested by the number of his articles published in Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, and other major magazines.One of our readers wrote: “Thanks for recommending Strange Tales . . . . I chortled and laughed and cried and had to stop reading while on the flight from Reno to Chicago—not because the flights were messed up, which they were—but because the book was so funny.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 1607 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Safari Press (January 1, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,063 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read February 14, 2014
By rafter7
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This book is a good read but is somewhat repetitive. The stories are gripping, but some of the tales get to sounding the same. I would have liked to see a little more variety in the species covered, but overall I would recommend it to anyone fascinated by the dark continent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great rollicking yarn August 30, 2013
By keith
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This a great read with wonderful anecdotes and plenty of humour. Laughed out loud. Would have liked a couple of more stories from the author's own experiences. Very evocative of an Africa that is sadly disappearing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet wilderness May 10, 2013
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A hunter with a true passion for Africa, the bush and the political situation of his country and fellow Zimbabweans. The text is fluid and elegant. The sense of humor always in the right place. Hannes Wessels succeeds to make the reader smell the bush, see the light, listen the wilderness as if he were there.
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Hannes Wessels has described some of the Rhodesian and other African characters perfectly. A good read but a bit long winded and the description of some of the injuries to hunters will put the faint hearted off hunting for life.
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An interesting combination of stories that portrays the life of a Guide/Hunter in Africa Written with a sense of humor and flare
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