Book Reviews

Tracks Across Africa, Craig Boddington | Deluxe Edition

Craig Boddington is one of my favorite writers. I know when I read his books that he has been there, and has done what he writes about. There are no fancy frills to his writing: it is straight-forward, to-the-point, and he speaks from many years of roaming Africa and hunting its wide variety of big game.

This book accounts for his African safaris from 1997 through 2006, and although he travels more than most people could ever hope to, and hunts more than we do on the Dark Continent, this book is well worth the price. It is filled with valuable information for anyone who plans an African hunting trip, and as is true with all Safari Press books, the book and dust jacket is a lovely piece of work.

Boddington, in this his newest book, pulls out all the stops. He hunted the

  • C.A.R.
  • Chad
  • Camer
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania

This book has 325 quality glossy pages, and it is filled with superb color photographs that include many hunting scenes and many of the game animals taken during these hunts.

This widely acclaimed author-photographer takes a variety of game including

  • African wildcat
  • Aoudad
  • Black Bushbuck
  • Blue Duiker
  • Bongo
  • Bontebok
  • Buffalo
  • Caracal
  • Cheetah
  • Civet
  • Crocodile
  • Dik-Dik
  • Elephant
  • Gemsbok
  • Giraffe
  • Greater Kudu
  • Hartebeest
  • Jackal
  • Klipspringer
  • Kob
  • Leopard
  • Mountain Nyala
  • Sable
  • Sahara Dorcas Gazelle
  • Sand Grouse
  • Sharpe Grysbok
  • Sing-Sing Waterbuck
  • Southern Reedbuck
  • Roan
  • Warthog
  • and other game species

This is a book to get lost in. Few of us can ever hope to take as many African safaris as Boddington, but to spend time with this or any other of his books, is to capture the spirit of Africa and gain greater insights into African game animals, and the cartridges and rifles used to successfully hunt these animals.

I’ve known Boddington for many years, and have a deep respect for his 31 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and his great attention to detail in his writing and photography. This is one of his finest books, and I heartily endorse it.


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