Tracking lions in South Africa with Buks Kruiper was a thrilling experience. We were in an area so remote that it was highly probable some of these lions had never seen humans before. It was so neat to watch him work. He never wanted to get off a lions track. He had incredible stamina and wouldnt quit until he found the lion. Sometimes it took only hours, other times it was days. He was so proud of his tracking. It was great to see how skillful and passionate he was about his work.
My Bushman friend Klaus Kruiperwho was reputed to be the finest tracker in all of southern Africawas murdered while I was on assignment. He was a wonderful guy and a great father. His death was a terrible loss and an example of the sad plight of the Bushmen. They live in such a violent world.
My assistant, Dave Hamman, and I were out with some Bushmen in Namibia while they were gathering grubs. After digging about three feet (one meter) in the sand, they pulled out these very small grubs. Then the next day around a fire they began making poison arrows from a concoction of crushed grub pupae and liquid from acacia leaves.
A few days later we joined them again as they went out hunting with the poisoned arrows. Dave and I were pretty skeptical about how lethal these arrows really were, but with only five of the arrows they killed a huge male giraffe. It died in about 45 minutes. I was amazed at the skill they possessed in stalking such a difficult prey.