Fred Everett was born and grew up in the northern territories of what was then known as the Bechuanaland Protectorate, a place renowned even today for its game. His backyard was the Chobe and the Okavango Swamps, where Everett was free to roam and where he learned to hunt with an old 7x57mm Mauser.
As Fred says, “So I began my career as a hunter in November 1932. Unable to adjust to the world among my own people or even a life at home, I shed the trappings of civilization like a python sloughing its skin. I moved into the bush among the animals that accepted me in my role of predator. Elephants were the only lucrative animals to hunt. As I would be poaching, I would have to be selective and take on the largest ivory, for I could not afford to draw attention to my activities by leaving too many carcasses strewn around.” During his long hunting career, Fred hunted in Bechuanaland, Southern Rhodesia and the Wankie Game Reserve, Mozambique, and Sudan, shooting scores of elephants.
In over seven decades spent in the African bush, Fred’s adventures rival those of Allan Quartermain, “the rifle-toting, native-befriending, treasure-seeking hero of King Solomon’s Mines.” Fred’s writing and his stories are so good, in fact, that we’ve had customers call us to say that Heat, Thirst, & Ivory is the best safari book they have ever read. And, unlike Quartermain, all of Fred’s stories are true.
Frederick William Everett was one of the last great professional ivory hunters. Peter Capstick once said of Fred Everett, “He is truly one of the last grand characters of the African bush.” Heat, Thirst, & Ivory is the story of an unusual life and a magnificent adventure.
Illustrations by J. Enrique Lacuesta Bonet.