From the Cape to the Zambesi

Paperback | January 10, 2012

byGeorge Thomas Hutchinson

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1905. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX ON THE VELD IT is with very mixed sensations that one wakes at 6.30 in the morning to slowly realise that one is in the heart of Africa, in a big game country, and that one's immediate duty is to swallow the cup of boiling coffee which the boy has just brought, and take the field. With a heroic effort the warm rugs are deserted--for that hard trek yesterday deserved a long rest--dressing is soon over, and a reconnaissance made outside the tent. It is a still clear morning, though some mist hangs above the river; in the east the arc of the rising sun is just appearing, but there is an undeniable bite in the air that suggests a frosty night. In front of the tent the camp fire has been rekindled, and one of the party is pulling on his boots in its friendly warmth; further off the boys are huddling in their blankets, looking cold and half stupefied by the chill morning air; the ponies are just being led up--and there is no time to waste. Half an hour later we all feel much better: thanks to this early start, there should be a better chance of seeing game, which in the midday heat will be lying down, or in the thick bush. The little Basuto pony steps out briskly, and the boys behind no longer seem to be walking in their sleep. The path leads up a long, winding valley, varying in width from a few hundred yards to the best part of a mile; its flanks are clad with dense scrub--tall grass, bushes of the thorniest kind, and stunted trees--which stretches away on either side to an unknown distance. The valley itself is fairly open, and the tall grass has all been burnt by a veld fire; already patches of young green grass are replacing it, offering most attractive feed for game. Their tracks are to be seen by the river, which flows down the valley, and it is more...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1905. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX ON THE VELD IT is with very mixed sensations that one wakes at 6.30 in the morning to slowly realise that one is in the he...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217839878

ISBN - 13:9780217839877

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