Updated: Jun 1, 2022
[Proceeds to the Zimbabwe Pensioners' Support Fund]
Anecdotes from the African wilderness . . . Make no mistake, Timot’s world was often fraught with hidden dangers where not everyone returned home in one piece. A colleague was killed by a lion, another mauled by a leopard and yet another gored by a buffalo. And then of course, there was the bush war to contend with. Luck, however, was on Timot’s side. He was the real deal in the world of National Parks and wildlife conservation in Rhodesia. When only 28 and with a young wife and two small sons, Tim Braybrooke became the youngest warden in the country, in a remote, undeveloped game park on the Mozambique border. It was teeming with aggressive elephant and far away from civilisation, but by the time he left, he and his team had done a great job. They all went on to make their mark in the country’s national parks, and some, like Timot, set up their own successful safaris. Timot was born in Salisbury and eventually went to Plumtree School, where he met his friend-for-life, Storm Stenslunde. What they got up to and got away with at such a young age is the stuff of legend.
Please note: The book is larger than A4 size and has both a fairly large font and roughly 150 mostly large format photos. It looks great on the coffee table, and would make an excellent gift for family, friends or clients.
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Review by the San Francisco Book Review
Star Rating: 5 / 5
A life of adventure. An adventure to read. The sheer gritty sweep of this magnificent autobiography both astounds and impresses. And what one is most impressed with is the toughness of body and mind Tim Braybrooke exhibited throughout his life. The resilience necessary to undergo the tasks he details so matter-of-factly is uniquely admirable. Enduring thirst, leg-weary fatigue, and illnesses, life-threatening encounters . . .
. . . Not only are the writer’s recountings full of sensory immediacy, putting his reader into the landscapes traversed, but this volume is full of wonderful illustrations. Multiple series of plates, black and white photos, many sepia-rendered. Maps, firearms, family pictures, wildlife portraits, hunters with trophies, all dramatically presented. Color enhances many of those plates. Reading TIMOT was a rare privilege for me. I sincerely hope you will grant it to yourself.
Reviewed by David Lloyd Sutton
Review by the Online Book Club (onlinebookclub.org)
I absolutely loved this book. Memoirs can easily be hit and miss depending on the subject matter at hand. I’ve always had a sense of adventure, and I absolutely drooled over the descriptions of the African landscapes, the promise of excitement at every turn, and the incredulous tales. Not only were Tim's stories rife with the right level of action to keep me interested, but Bijsterveld’s writing was on point as well. This is the kind of book that has the reader scheduling a safari or filling out his African immigration papers after turning the last page. What I liked the most about this book is how the author was able to put you into the scene with his writing and still maintain a relatively informal/conversational style with the reader.
. . . Review by Scerakor
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The stunning Gonarezhou - a video by Martin Harvey. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0qeGCWQxMg
The Wilderness Leadership School
Tim once worked for the Wilderness Leadership School in South Africa. Here are two excellent videos with ex leading W.L.S. members Sir Laurens van der Post, Dr Ian Player (internationally renowned wildlife conservationist) and the unique and highly impressive Magqubu Ntombela. Well worth watching.
Journey Within Dr Ian Player Part 1 - YouTube
Journey Within Dr Ian Player Part 2 - YouTube
Hannes Wessels interviews Mike Bromwich
Mike, for many years a colleague of Tim Braybrooke, wrote National Parks and Wildlife Management, a concise history of Rhodesia's/early Zimbabwe's national parks. His intimate knowledge and well articulated account make the following videos, each over an hour long, compelling viewing.
Hwange/Wankie - the early years
Game rangers in Rhodesia - Bravery, tragedy and dedication