Jens Hessel

Name ID 1479

See also

Herne, Brian White Hunters: The golden age of African Safaris
Page Number: 380
Extract Date: 1970

Afriventures

To meet the challenge, Kenya hunters Glen Cottar, Alfredo Pelizzoli, and Reggie Destro founded an alliance known as Afriventures in 1970. The group, all of whom headed their own established safari firms, eventually managed the largest number of concessions in Tanzania's unsurpassed big game country. Reggie Destro's calm and decisive personality combined well with Glen Cottar's exuberant enthusiasm and Alfredo Pelizzoli's shrewd business acumen. The Afriventures trio grew to include a diverse set of characters. Prince Alfi von Auersperg of Austria was invited to join the group, as was the Danish hunter Jens Hessel and the Frenchman Rene Babault. Completing the partnership were Englishman Derrick Dunn, Kenya-born brothers, David and Anton Allen, and Brian Herne.

Extract ID: 3847

See also

Herne, Brian White Hunters: The golden age of African Safaris
Page Number: 381a
Extract Date: 1970

Afriventures people

A Dane named Jens Hessel settled with his wife at Mweiga, on the foothills of the Aberdare Mountains, not far from the Allens' safari headquarters at Nanyuki. He had been a freelance white hunter for several years as well as a bush pilot before he joined Afriventures. Specializing in flying safaris Hessel has appeared in movie productions, including Out of Africa, in which he was the pilot flying as Finch Hatton in the yellow biplane.

The only Tanzania-based hunter invited to join the group was Derrick Dunn from Arusha. Red-haired and powerfully built. Derrick was affectionately known to the Africans as Bwana Siagizi (Mr. Sleepy) because of the shape of his drooping eyelids. Dunn had taken up elephant hunting as a youth in Nyasaland (now Malawi), then moved to Tanganyika in 1956, and turned professional with Lawrence-Brown Safaris, before going into the safari business for himself. Derrick was awarded the Shaw and Hunter Trophy twice, in 1971 and 1972, the only man apart from Syd Downey to be so honored. On the first occasion Derrick's client, R. M. Zimmerman, obtained a 47 1/2 -inch East African sable antelope at Rungwa, Tanganyika. On the second Paul Deutz obtained the outright world record Cape buffalo (a bull), which measured 59 5/16 inches, taken at Maswa, south of the Serengeti. The record still stands.

Extract ID: 3848
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