Sand Rivers (Magill's Literary Annual 1982)
Writer and naturalist Peter Matthiessen and wildlife photographer Hugo van Lawick joined a safari in late 1979 into the Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania, East Africa.
The Selous is not a park and has no facilities for visitors. It is the largest wildlife sanctuary on the continent of Africa and is second in size only to the Wood Buffalo Park in Alberta, Canada. Its area of twenty-two thousand square miles makes it larger than Wales or Maryland, and it claims it to be the home of thirty-six species of large mammals. Of all the great parks and game reserves in East Africa, it remains the least accessible and the least known.
Britisher Tom Arnold, a theatrical producer and Member of Parliament, had organized the expedition. He had been traveling to Africa for several years and had spent a great deal of time with Brian Nicholson, the former warden of the Selous. In 1976, Nicholson, also a charter pilot, flew him down to the Selous. Arnold was fascinated, saying that there was an enigma about it and that it was a vast wild place that scarcely anyone knew.
Arnold found that almost nothing had been written about the Selous, and he hit upon the idea of an ultimate safari, with Peter Matthiessen writing the book, Baron van Lawick as photographer, and Brian Nicholson as leader. Lawick was working with Louis and Mary Leakey, the...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1982)
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