This is the third installment in the buffalo-hunting DVD series by Tanzanian PH Rainer Josch. About four years ago he set out to create a series of DVDs on hunting one variety of buffalo at the time, and so far he has done one film on East African Cape buffalo and one on the water buffalo of Australia. In this film Josch has undertaken what must surely be the most challenging environment in which to film (and hunt) buffalo: the dense rain forest of the Congo basin.
Here, in the Cameroon, we follow the hunting couple of Cordelia and Rudolf Kraeling, both active hunters. Cordelia uses a double .500 Nitro Express, which is considerably bigger than the .375 H&H her husband is using. Now, for those who have seen rain forest hunting films with a few fleeting specks of brown that represent "animals," get ready for something better. Quite a bit better as it turns out: The company filmed various live forest buffaloes and the result is some decent footage that gives the viewers a good idea of what the animals look like.
Once in the rain forest (after an entire day's driving), the film crew got "lucky." Cordelia, who is the buffalo hunter, goes on two stalks that ultimately fail, but while no shots are fired, the film crew obtains good buffalo footage. On the third stalk Cordelia shoots a very good-quality bull. Once in the rain forest (after an entire day's driving), the film crew got "lucky." Cordelia, who is the buffalo hunter, goes on two stalks that ultimately fail, but while no shots are fired, the film crew obtains good buffalo footage. On the third stalk Cordelia shoots a very good-quality bull. In addition there are film sequences of a yellow-backed duiker and giant forest hog, and forest sitatunga and red river hog are shot off camera.
What inspires us is how the cameramen capture the true essence of these dark and hard-to-film dense forests. Two well-filmed encounters with silverback gorillas help to accentuate a film that has better captured the "green hell" of the African rain forest than any we have ever seen. No, the footage is not like that of an East African buffalo hunt, but, yes, this is one darn good rain forest movie and in addition an excellent hunting film.
Also included are good maps as well as footage of the atmosphere of the capital of the Cameroon, Yaoundé, both of which complement the film.