Troubador Ulendo

Released: 28/10/2021

ISBN: 9781779208897

Format: Paperback

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Walking Where Vultures Fly


The zest for travel and adventure runs true in our family. Whether it was bringing in powder to the battery from a wagon under heavy fire during the Crimean War, dodging assegais in the Matabele War in Rhodesia, escaping from the Japanese when they invaded China in 1937, or facing off a charging lion in the North Luangwa National Park in Zambia, taking risks is what this book is all about. The first part is autobiographical, which provides the framework from which I developed my passion for walking and my enthusiasm for nature. My work as a safari guide took me off the beaten track to national parks in Malawi and Tanzania, but most of all in Zambia, and in particular the South and North Luangwa National Parks. I had kept a diary, and have recounted some of the most exciting episodes during these foot safaris in search of lion, leopard and elephant. As a keen photographer I also kept meticulous photographic records of my early safaris dating back to the 1970s. Some of these capture VIPs who visited the Luangwa Valley; others capture the contributions of many of the local villagers who played such an important role in the operation of the safaris. Several parts of the book go more deeply into the lore of the wild, tracking, finding your way back, and how to deal with a charging animal – in fact, everything about being a successful safari guide.

The book is primarily about conducting walking safaris in the Luangwa National Park Zambia. I worked as Safari Manager at Chibembe Lodge. Norman Carr trained me to lead walking safarise. Phil Berry who did tremendous work for Save the Rhino Trust was also attached to Chibembe Lodge when I was working there. David Shepherd the well-known elephant artist often came to stay at the lodge. Prince Andrew was a guest at one of our walking safari camps when he was nineteen years of age.

I set up a walking safari operation in the very remote North Luangwa National Park when two American ecologists were tracking lion. They wrote the book Cry of the Kalahari when they were working in Botswana.

I spent a year as Safari Manager in the Selous Game Park in Tanzania.

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Iain Macdonald

I was born in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia. My father was a surgeon in the country from 1930 until 1959. I did all my schooling in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. My paternal Grandfather was Gamekeeper to the Earl of Moray on his Darnaway estate in Scotland. It is not surprising that I got from my father a love of going on safari into the bush and walking among animals. I have a degree in Psychology and Literature. My first novel was Cleopatra's Journey, a story of a relationship between a matriarchal elephant and an ecologist. The human characters are based on real people. The events are also real. The elephant are fiction but based on fact. I paint and sing in a choir.

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