Press Release

Write-On Publishing is proud to announce the release of “Firty Free Helephants, Oom!” – a collection of 33 stories and reflections by Mike Nunan, based primarily on his experiences in the game lodge management business over the past 20 years.

Firty Free Helephants

Mike is the brother of Write-On Publishing’s Frank Nunan, and has been involved in game lodge management all over Southern Africa – from small 8-bed lodges in the Waterberg to multi-camp lodges in and near the Kruger Park, from KwaZulu-Natal to Chobe in Botswana, as well as a side trip to manage lodges in Tanzania!

Prior to becoming involved in game lodge management, Mike was a maths teacher, bank manager, athletics administrator and Green Number Comrades runner (11 runs completed). He grew up in the frontier bush environment of Northern Botswana, which instilled in him a deep love and respect for nature, wildlife and conservation.

Mike currently livies in Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay.

With “Firty Free Helephants, Oom!” Mike has combined his skills as a keen observer, both of his natural surroundings and his fellow man, and as a fireside raconteur of note, to produce this wonderful collection of reflections, stories (both humourous and tragic) and reminiscences of his life in the bush, both as a child and later as a Lodge manager and safari guide.

He is obviously a deep thinker, and many of his stories reflect the philosophising that must have taken place at dawn, while sipping on his gallon mug of tea, on many a lodge and cottage veranda across the southern part of our continent.

As you read the book, you can picture Mike holding forth to guests from all over the world around the fire in the boma!

The book’s title is derived from the excited exclamation of a young ranger after one of his game drives.

The book is available online from Write-On Publishing at at R200, plus postage.