This is the enduring life story of Harry Manners, one of the greatest elephant hunters of all time. Harry Manners was born in Grootfontein, South Africa, on 17 November 1917 to an English father and a German mother. When young Harry was six, his family moved to Lourenço Marques, then the capital of Portuguese East Africa, now Mozambique, where his father worked as a shipping agent. Harry shot his first elephant when still a teenager using an old 10.75mm Mauser rifle, and he was so successful-the elephant had tusks of over eighty pounds per side-that this set him on his course for life.
He began his career in 1937 and continued until 1953 when commercial ivory hunting was closed in Mozambique. With his beloved .375 H&H he hunted buffaloes for meat and elephants for ivory during this period. Thereafter, he was the first professional hunter to be employed by Safarilandia, the company owned by the famous hunter Werner von Alvensleben. During the years Harry was a professional elephant hunter, he shot approximately 1,000 specimens. Among his many magnificent trophies was an incredible pair of tusks that weighed 185 and 183 pounds, the fourth largest African tusks ever recorded.
Some of Harry's extraordinary experiences as a professional ivory hunter in the picturesque and romantic land of Mozambique include "Hoodoo Safari," "Land of the Drum," "Saga of the Swamps," "Shangri-la," and, of course, the story of the monster elephant with tusks of over 180 pounds. This revised and expanded edition with more chapters and more photos is one of the great elephant-hunting classics of the post-World War II era. Foreword by the late Brian Marsh.