Stories from the Veld

Stories from the Veld

After writing more than 20 books on subjects ranging from mountaineering and hiking to safaris and even a wildlife encyclopedia, the “walking enviropedia” of Africa has turned his talents to writing paperbacks. “I never felt like I was a real writer until I had my first paperback published,” he admits.

The first was Running Wild: The Story of Zulu, an African Stallion (Jacana Media, 2017). It relates that the amazing story of a real horse, a black Boerperd stallion that went runabout from a horse safari camp located at Mashatu Private Game Reserve in the Limpopo Valley of southeastern Botswana.

Several years later he was discovered running as the alpha stallion at the head of a wild zebra herd. He was recaptured and returned to the safari fold, he was a very different horse – wise in the ways of the bush and survival –from the one who first went AWOL.

Thus was born the series “Stories from the Veld”. The second in the series is The Game Ranger, the Knife, the Lion and the Sheep, a collection of stories about 20 curious characters from southern Africa present and past. This book was published in 2018 and selected for the Exclusive Books as one of their Christmas List.

Currently (2018/2019) in the works is 20 Amazing Places in South Africa. More “stories from the veld” are in the planning stages.

 

Running Wild Reading & Signing at Kay and Monty Vineyards

This past weekend saw Plett bathed in soaking rain. Word on the streets was that the weather would dampen the crowd for a reading and signing of Running Wild to be kindly hosted by Kay and Monty Vineyards.

Pete Wallington and Patty Butterworth of Plett Tourism, which organised the event on my behalf, reckoned Plettenbergers were worse, or better depending, than Capetonians when it comes to social engagements: when the weather is either too bad or too good, they do not pitch. They also don’t pitch if there is something better happening, or there’s a full moon.

Well, who knew, pitch they did. Some even drove across from Knysna to the Crags and back (thanks Chris [du Plessis]) in the wet.

A good time was had by all. The Rare Earth wine was excellent, calamari delicious, and I eventually had to be dragged away so they could close the place.

I reckon that is the hallmark of a good night out.

Images courtesy of Timothy Twiddle.