Wildness and wilderness

2008-08-20 00:00

AS a young game ranger working in the Kruger National Park, Christiaan Bakkes achieved a degree of local notoriety when he lost an arm to a crocodile as a result of a foolish dare. While this encounter may have taught him the value of caution (but not enough to prevent him from later throwing himself in front of a charging rhino to protect his clients) it did nothing to dampen his passion for the great outdoors and despite his physical handicap he has managed to be one of those fortunate people whose childhood delights have turned out to become his professional concerns.

His writing is evocative and informative and he has produced a highly readable, honest and humorous account of a life spent beyond the fringes of civilisation.

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