Brian Nicholson

Name ID 1319

See also

Herne, Brian White Hunters: The golden age of African Safaris
Page Number: 375
Extract Date: 1965

Safari hunting in East Africa was forever changed

Safari Hunting in East Africa was forever changed by the masterly blueprint of Brian Nicholson, a former white hunter turned game warden. The disciple and successor of C.I. P. Ionides, the "Father of the Selous game reserve," Nicholson conceived a plan for administering Tanzania's expansive wildlife regions. In 1965 he changed most of the vast former controlled Hunting areas, or CHAs, into Hunting concessions that could be leased by outfitters from the government for two or more years at a time. Nicholson also demarcated the Selous game reserve's 20,000 square miles of uninhabited country into 47 separate concessions. Concessions were given a limited quota of each game species, and outfitters were expected to utilize quotas as fully as possible, but not exceed them.

Nicholson's plan gave outfitters exclusive rights over Hunting lands, providing powerful incentives for concession holders to police their areas, develop tracks, airfields, and camps, and, most importantly, preserve the wild game. When the system was put into effect, it was the larger outfitting organizations - safari outfitters who could muster the resources to bid and who had a clientele sufficient to fulfill the trophy quotas Nicholson had set (done in order to provide government revenue by way of fees for anti-poaching operations, development, and research) - that moved quickly to buy up the leases on the most desirable blocks of land. Smaller safari companies who could not compete on their own banded together and formed alliances so that they, too, could obtain Hunting territories.

Extract ID: 3846

See also

Herne, Brian White Hunters: The golden age of African Safaris
Page Number: 381b
Extract Date: 1973

Afriventures Manager

In 1973 Brian Nicholson resigned as principal game warden of Tanzania to manage the Afriventures group based in Nairobi. By then Afriventures was ranging far beyond East Africa and the demand grew for first-class pilots willing to fly into regions where only the most basic airfields had been carved out of the bush, and navigational beacons were unknown. The hunters found soul mates in a Nairobi firm called Kenya Air Charters, whose pilots were household names in the safari world: John Falconer-Taylor, Heather and Jim Stewart, Giles Remnant, and Pat Dale. All were outstanding in emergency situations and willing to fly anywhere at short notice. Pilots had become an integral part of safaris, and in the dangerous business of bush flying, each hunter had his favored pilot.

Extract ID: 3849

See also

Matthiessen, Peter and van Lawick, Hugo Sand Rivers
Page Number: 011

Ionides: a precocious conservationist

Ionides - or "Iodine", as he came to be known throughout East Africa - has been called "the father of the Selous" by no less an authority then Brian Nicholson. A former British Army officer turned ivory hunter, he was briefly a white hunter working out of Arusha in the 1930, then joined the game department in southeastern Tanganyika in 1933. Although he continued his avid hunting, collecting rare species as far away as the Sudan and Abyssinia, Ionides was a precocious conservationist.

Extract ID: 3539