Trailing the Hunter’s Moon follows veteran outdoor writer, wildlife biologist and television personality Larry Weishuhn in exciting destinations both close to home and around the globe!
Today’s blog features Larry Weishuhn sharing his experience in the third of the three episode series on hunting Uganda beginning Saturday July 25th, 9:30AM ET.
“Masindi Hotel, we’ll stop there on our way to our camp close to Murchison Falls. It’s where Hemingway, Bogart, Hepburn and a lot of the celebrities of the 1950’s and 1960’s stayed when they were making movies such as “The African Queen”, “King Soloman’s Mine” and others.
We’ll have a beer at the Hemingway Bar there as well. It was one of Hemingway’s favorite African places. The hotel hasn’t changed a bit since then. Interesting place. Rumors have it on a still, quiet night you can faintly hear “Papa” holding court.” said Christian Weth our primary physician on our Uganda safari.
“We’ll be hunting once we get to camp right next to a national park that is filled with Uganda kob, Jackson hartebeest, East African Defassa waterbuck, along with a substantial number of Nile buffalo, elephants and various other plains game. Quite a few leopards in the area as well. If time permits we should also make a quick run up the Nile to Murchison Falls to fish for Nile perch, along the way can show you where Hemingway and his wife lived at the time, Mary crashed their plane and were reported as having died.”
“While we’re stalking kob and hartebeest, we’ll have to be on the look out for buffalo and the occasional elephant. Both in the area can get a bit cheeky!” he continued. “Pesky mosquitos in the area so be sure you spray down, and don’t forget to take you malaria pills. Odd venomous snake as well, but a fabulous area of Uganda!”
I’ll have to admit the beer at the Hemingway Bar at the Masindi Hotel indeed was cold and good, and I’m not a beer drinker. And in hunting the area we did I can see why Hemingway titled his book, ‘The Green Hills of Africa”, which he could have easily subtitled, “The Day I saw 1000 Uganda Kob”!
I’ve hunted numerous areas of Africa. A long time ago I fell in love with Namibia, but have to admit Uganda has it’s claws in me…..