From Hemingway to the Bloodless Hunt: A Safari History


We’re traveling back in time, to the days of Roosevelt and Hemingway, when East Africa was still under British rule, and the Safari was the thing to do if you wanted to show off your elite status as well as add to the display cabinets of renowned museums. Also, read on to find out about what the Safari has become, today.

Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, and the British Royal Family

The likes of presidents, renowned writers, and royalty engaged in big game hunting because they saw it as an adventure, but also because it was mark of prestige that only themselves and others in ‘high-society’ would engage in.

Smithsonian Roosevelt African Expedition, 1909. Image via Smithsonian Institution

It’s no coincidence Roosevelt is popularly depicted in his Safari, khaki, gear as the former president loved all things about the big game hunt. Not only did he enjoy the exhilaration from being in the open, African plain, and engaging in a ‘sport’ that required physical prowess, which the robust Roosevelt had, but also the important role he played, in the name of science, in collecting specimens for the Smithsonian Institution. There are a lot of writings by the ironically nicknamed ‘Teddy’ (as images of the cuddly Teddy bear, to which he gave his name, arise) documented his experiences.

Hemingway penning Green Hills of Africa. Image via Wordpress

Since we are on the trail of writing, let’s talk about a famous author who also went on safari with the same safari guide Roosevelt had gone with over 20 years before him. We’re talking about Hemingway, who wrote the nonfiction book Green Hills of Africa and some short stories as well. Unlike Roosevelt, Hemingway contracted a disease owing to the intake of contaminated food and water and wasn’t as active in the hunt. He was with his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, while in Africa.

With East Africa under the British rule from 1895–1963, it’s no surprise The British Royal Family were among the trophy hunters.

Eco Safaris and the Bloodless Hunt

An Eco Safari entails walking tours of the beautiful, lush, natural surroundings that comprise East Africa. They are know as ‘luxury’ trips for the large sums participants pay to stay in top-notch resorts and also go towards helping protect wildlife. These safaris usually visit animal reserves that are definitely no-kill zones where tourists often engage in a Bloodless Hunt, capturing exotic and endangered animals only on film.

Puchalski in action. Image via chojnice24

While the bloodless, or photo-safari wasn’t popular back in the early 20th century, it was first coined and practiced by photographer Włodzimierz Puchalski during the heyday of big game hunting.

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written by soundfoodaround on 2012-01-27 #lifestyle #history #safari #hunting #timeline #big-game #ecotourism

One Comment

  1. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    I wish I could afford one of those safaris

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