Never a Dull Moment
This is my first book about my experiences in the African bush.
Paddy Hagelthorn’s unmistakeable touch is evident wherever his path takes him – with his associates in the Sabi Sand, with his guests, and with the animals he comes in contact with. How many people can share their seat in a Land Rover with a leopard and find no sign of aggression? Just curiosity. All seem to understand that Paddy is a man of the earth. He is without malice, without arrogance and without aggression.
Paddy was one of the founders of the Savanna Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand where he has worked for the past 18 years. Before that he had spent seven years living in the Zimbabwean bush and then a decade working with Dave Varty at Londolozi and CCAfrica. He loves the bushveld and everything that creeps, crawls, runs, jumps or flies and enjoys every moment he spends showing guests his magical world. His second ambition has always been to record both the stories of his experiences in the bushveld and the amazing pictures he has captured.
“In this book you will will meet Paddy Hagelthorn, the ultimate African story teller and one of the last whose roots come from hunting and true bush lore learnt, not from books, but from practical experience in the wilds of Africa. It is these deep roots in the African soil, that give Paddy his unmistakable authenticity and make him a safari guide with few equals. You will also discover Paddy’s genius with his camera. He has captured the charm, the unusual and often spectacular events in the wilderness – a leopard hunting a leguaan, undeterred by the waves whipped up by gale-force winds, the matriach helping her herd which slipped and fell on the muddy banks of the Sand River, a jackal which tried to stop a python from entering his den and swallowing all the pups. These are just a few of Paddy’s fascinating subjects. Anyone who is lucky enough to spend time with Paddy in the bush will relish the unforgettable experience. And so is it as you turn the pages of this book “- Dave Varty