Name ID 1355
Boyes, John (ed. Mike Resnick) Company of Adventurers
Page Number: 114
Extract Date: 1903
Along the caravan road the country was not very thickly populated, as most of the Natives lived up in the mountains. About six miles before entering camp I saw five giraffe, about five hundred yards off the road, eating the leaves of some bushes. I crept on hands and knees to within three hundred yards of them, but the wind being in the wrong direction they scented me and made off at a gallop.
The next day we were in a thick bushy country, and thinking I might get some game I went out with two of the Masai boys. I got a glimpse of some hartebeest and managed to get one just before we got into camp. Everything had been soaked by the rain and the difficulties of the journey were increasing with every step of the way. The heavy rains had flooded the caravan road and I was obliged to make a detour, which took me up in the mountains, to get to the next Wasamba village. I had some compensation for the long march in the lovely scenery to be viewed from the higher ground. But what with the rain, the intense heat and being nearly eaten up by mosquitoes, our lot was not a happy one. The country was now opening out and we could see for miles around. Previously we had been going through thick bush and the change was very welcome.
At the Wagogo river the Masai porters showed signs of discontent. Kilimanjaro boma, named after the great mountain, the goal we were aiming for, was not far distant, but, intervening, lay a huge swamp. I managed to get through this with the porters but it was not so easy for the donkeys. X and my brother failed to cross it that night, and spent a very miserable time out in the open. They had off-saddled the donkeys, as the packs would have been in the water in the swamp, and the donkeys were sent through without the loads. X and my brother came in next morning, very tired, wet and hungry. They had not been able to light a fire, and had nothing to eat for nearly twenty-four hours.
We arrived at the boma all thoroughly exhausted and full of fever. A splendid view of the surrounding country was obtained, but it was very hot here during the day and at night very cold.