A good bit of info thanx everyone...
Probably the best book I have read on South African history talking about everything from the early hunters and explorers to the Boer War to how Kruger Park cam into being is called 'Spoor of Blood' by Alan Catrick (not sure of surname spelling). Its Fascinating if the subject of South African history and wildlife interest you and the last chapter has in depth information on Steinacker's Horse and the control of Southern Kruger as well and great info on the Selati Railway etc...
I have that book! First edition it seems, paperback - November 1959! Bought second-hand some time ago. Will have to make an effort to read it then - as have to do with many wonderful books here on the shelves.
Chapter 1 starts off with Kai, the Hunter:
The year is A.D. 1200... King John has just succeeded Richard on the throne of Britain. The barons of Normandy and Brittany are about to rise in revolt against him. The Holy Roman Empire rules Europe. The Saracens hold the Middle East and the northern shores of Africa.
Six thousand miles to the south a little yellow man is climbing a hill that stands on the great central plateau of Southern Africa. It is a hill that is later to be the scene of a sharp skirmish in the South African war but at the moment Kai, the Bushman, has it to himself. His family, aunts, uncles, cousins and children and hangers-on, are camped near a spring at the foot of the hill. Their homes are primitive huts of grass, reeds and sticks built together rather like a duck gunner's hide. Piles of bones and the skulls of animals are scattered round the escarpment. Strips of flesh hang from the thorn bushes nearby. There is an all-pervading smell of putrefying meat, mingled with wood smoke and the acrid odour of human sweat.
He ends the last chapter, talking about Stevenson-Hamilton's death, with the following paragraph:
But to most South Africans his death meant nothing. He was the man with the double-barrelled name who "had something to do with the Game Reserve". They did not know what he had done for them. They still do not know.
Then there's an epilogue which he calls Envoi, which ends with this:
There are pressing problems, for the world has begun to beat a path to our door and the lions of Sabie and Shingwidzi are now "big business".
As I study the figures - 117,00 visitors, 30,000 cars, gross revenue of (can't remember how to make the pound sign here) 600,00 - I seem to hear the voice of Stevenson-Hamilton saying: "A game reserve is a sanctuary for wild animals, not for men. In whatever plans are made the animals must have first place. The Spirit of The Wild must be preserved. We must guard our heritage."
They are words to be remembered... We must guard our heritage as he did.
Spoor of Blood
Howards Timmins Publishers
First Edition - November 1959
I finished the book I was reading this afternoon. I shall now read this. Thanks o-dog for putting this on my radar.