book is fiction, but is based on real issues and places.
of endangered wildlife is an ever more critical issue in wildlife
conservation. All over Africa, wildlife is being slaughtered for
various reasons: some just to feed hungry people, elephants for their
ivory, rhinos for their horns. Various solutions have been proposed,
from harsher punishments for poachers to simply farming with the
animals. I do not pretend to have a solution, and this book is an
adventure story, not a political pamphlet, so I leave it to the
reader to make up his or her own mind.
The game farm and private game reserve
mentioned in the story are fictitious, but such private wilderness
areas are common in South Africa, and are popular with tourists and
hunters from all over the world.
The animals described are real animals
found in the area where the book is set, and the tracking techniques
described in Episode 4 are based on techniques used by real expert
This book is written in South African
English, and readers from other countries may notice some words are
spelled somewhat differently from what they are used to (e.g.
'behaviour' instead of 'behavior.') There are also some words that
may be completely unfamiliar, and these are explained in the word
list below for those readers who are interested. However, this story
is supposed to be a fun adventure, so don't take it too seriously!
- dried, salted and spiced meat, similar to American beef jerky.
- a type of medium sized antelope.
- a type of small antelope.
- the higher lying, inland areas of South Africa; these have warm,
wet summers and cool, dry winters with frosty nights. Also see
- a type of large antelope; the males have majestic, spiraled horns.
- an outside structure similar to a gazebo, often with thatched roof,
used for social gatherings and barbecues.
- the eastern, lower lying areas of South Africa; these have a
subtropical climate with hot, wet summers and somewhat cooler, dry
winters. Also see highveld.
tree - a type of large tree producing fruit popular with both humans
bees - a type of small, stingless bee that is attracted to the
moisture in people's eyes and mouth, as well as sweat. For this
reason they are also known as sweat bees, and they can be very
- same thing as kerosene; a fuel for oil lamps.
- a Westernised version of an African-style hut, usually with a round
or oval floor and thatched roof.