The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

‘Kenya: 1957. When I turned 15, my par­ents made ar­range­ments to hon­our a cus­tom­ary African rit­ual to mark my pas­sage out of boy­hood, when a young man demon­strates his ca­pa­bil­ity to pro­tect and en­sure the safety of his loved ones. To do this, they send me off on an ele­phant hunt­ing sa­fari with none other than Ma­jor Lynn Tem­ple-Bore­ham, the sun­tanned, hard, ac­tive game war­den of the Ma­sai Mara … Af­ter hours of stalk­ing in the scorch­ing July sun, Lynn’s track­ers spot an ele­phant through the tall grass drink­ing from a river … “Re­mem­ber what I’ve told you, Ge­off …” I’m in hor­ror … I’ve just killed the most beau­teous and mag­nif­i­cent beast I’ve ever seen. I lower the gun, heart­sick. Lynn takes off to­wards the kill and calls over his shoul­der, “Well done. Ge­off!” Right then I make a vow to my­self and to Africa: If I ever shoot an ele­phant again, it will be with a cam­era — not a gun.’


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