George Rushby

Name ID 1565

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Extract Author: Mike Paterson
Extract Date: 29 June 2001

Mike Paterson - remember many of the people on your site

Brilliant site which I constantly refer to.

I was brought up in Tanganyika and remember many of the people on your site not to mention the places.

I collect books about Tanganyika and thanks to digitalsafaris i now have John Millard's book and John Cooke's.

One book which might interest you is called 'The hunter is death' by TV Bulpin which is about George Rushby, hunter,goldminer,and deputy game warden of Tanganyika. He mentions staying at Ray Ulyate's hotel in Arusha.

In follow up I found this page cached in Google


The most astonishing and audacious activity of man-eating lions, and the mysterious black magic of lycanthropy, took place in Tanzania in the years during, and just after, the Second World War. Lions and lion men (watuSimba) were inextricably mixed.

Over one thousand five hundred human beings were killed and eaten in the Njombe and Singida districts and a witchdoctor named Matamula Mangera was reputed to be the lord of the lions, controlling their ferocity and directing attacks against people and areas of his choice. The deputy-game warden of what was then Tanganyika, the famous George Rushby, was sent to the area to deal with the lions after the war.

His adventures in a setting of witchcraft, terror and the twenty-two most evil lions ever known to man combined to provide a hunting experience without parallel in history.

His book, The Hunter is Death, records the details of a weird sequence of quite unexplainable events.

Extract ID: 4104

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BBC Television
Extract Date: 9 Dec 2005

The Lions of Njombe

9:00 pm - 9:50 pm 50mins

In the Tanzanian bush a pride of man-eating lions have terrorised the people for 13 bloody years, already 1500 victims have been killed and nothing has been done about it. In this true story from post-war Africa, George Rushby, legendary hunter, vows to rid the land of these man-eaters, but he soon discovers they are unlike any lions he has ever encountered. He gets no help in his fight from the villagers who believe the killings to be the work of the local witchdoctor, a man they fear to cross - when a child Rushby loves is killed, the battle becomes personal.

From the Mirror



SLIGHTLY more action-packed than last week's story about a man-eating leopard, this features an entire pride of lions who scoffed 1,500 villagers in Tanzania (or Tanganyika as it was then).

Based on the memoirs on game-keeper George Rushby, it stars Adrian Rawlins (Harry Potter's dad) as the lion-killing hero, with Tamzin Malleson, from Teachers and Bodies, as his wife.

When they arrive in Njombe after the war they discover the lions' killing spree has gone unchecked for 13 years because the villagers believe the animals are actually men in lion form and are under the control of the local witch-doctor.

Produced by the Beeb's Natural History Unit, it's a plodding affair with maddening camera work and not really the kind of thing they do best.

Blood, guts and a hint of envy

Sam Wollaston

Saturday December 10, 2005

The Guardian

The Man-Eating Lions of Njombe (BBC1)

The lions of Njombe look like any other lions. During the day they sit around scratching and yawning lionishly amid the usual African cliches - huge skies, punishing midday sun, all that stuff. Sir David, where are you? He'll be around here somewhere, gasping in his safari outfit, talking us through the hardships of the dry season.

These are Jekyll and Hyde lions though, and at night they turn into something quite different and far less cute. They go hunting - but not for zebras, antelopes or whatever it is lions have for dinner. Because these are The Man-Eating Lions of Njombe (BBC1). They hunt in a pack, or a pride, sneaking up on some poor village until they're within striking distance. Then bam, in they go. It's a nightmare - screaming children, limbs being ripped off, chests being torn open, blood and bits flying everywhere. I'm beginning to think quite differently about Aslan.

This is drama, thank Christ, which explains Sir David's absence. But it did really happen, back in the 1930s when Sir David was still a young man. Some 1,500 people were eaten by the maneaters of Njombe.

Luckily though there was a plucky Brit in a safari suit in the Njombe area at the time. He could explain to the locals that it wasn't all magic mumbo jumbo. They were just lions, he said, and he proved it by shooting all the lions of Njombe dead. Jolly good show, old chap. And that was the end of the man-eating lions of Njombe.

It's interesting that this Manhunters series is on the BBC. Sure, it's done very nicely - a half-decent script, reasonable actors, all done on location. But the whole thing has just a whiff of Five about it. Has the BBC been looking over enviously at all those sharks they've got? Maybe Africa's Death Lions would have been a better title, or Killers in the Bush. Or even When Big Cats Attack! Next thing we know they'll be dumping Sir David - or using him for their Celebrity Lion Bait show. Then, in the middle of the night, they'll sneak over there, just like the Lions of Njombe, and poach ... Donal MacIntyre.

Extract ID: 5114