This early 1960s color travelogue film about hunting in French West Africa is part of the Air France “Flying Holidays” series and directed by Jack Sanger. It opens with an Air France Boeing B707 taxing (:53-1:15). Two men get out of a 1957 Chevy Station Wagon at the hotel (1:16-1:20), where they enjoy a whiskey on the terrace (1:49-2:07). A river moves through gnarled trees before a long canoe of African rowers appears. Crocodiles slide into the water and an elephant is seen (2:09-3:40). An Air France 727 flight takes them to meet their safari guide. They leave in a British Jeep and a Dodge truck (3:41-4:39). Tribal members wear lower lip plates; one smokes a pipe (4:44-4:55). A woman retrieves a bucket of water from a deep well (4:55-5:04). An open market is shown (5:05-5:40), where a woman has a plate in her top and bottom lips (5:41). The safari trucks drive past tall ant hills as they cross the savannah (6:05-6:25). They drive onto a ferry, which is hand-pulled across the river (6:26-6:56). They arrive at a traveler’s shelter for the night. A man is shown getting out of bed by emerging from under mosquito netting (7:10-7:30). A worker prepares the bread for the day in a pan he drops into an indentation in the ground, puts a lid over it, and dumps live coals on top to bake it (7:31-7:55). The hunters check their double-barrel 13mm sporting rifle and repeating carbine (7:58-8:20). They discover antelope tracks and move through the tall weeds where they leave alone a herd of giraffes shown eating leaves (8:21-9:29). They find the antelopes and kill one (9:30-10:42). They return to the truck for a drink of water (10:43-10:58). Antelope bound through the weeds ahead of a brush fire (10:59-11:31). A refrigerator, tables, and chairs are loaded back into the Dodge and they move further into the bush. They pass on a group of gazelles (11:32-12:30). The hunter kills an African buffalo (12:31-13:08). The truck passes a group of guinea fowl (13:09-13:28) and rhinos, which are forbidden to hunt (13:29-13:50). The laundry is washed in the river at the overnight camp. A hunter takes an outdoor shower and shaves while his clothes are ironed with a hot sad iron (14:00-14:30). The guide finds hair from a lion’s mane in the grass. A lion with his mate yawn and get up from the grass but are left alone (14:31-15:19). The men have drinks back at camp (15:20-15:47). They find a group of elephants with long tusks who often stare directly at the camera. The family is shown, including babies, and again are not shot except with a camera (15:50-16:30). A local man asks them to kill a leopard, which they do. The village celebrates and dance by shaking the leopard now stretched out on a pole. Drummers and dancers are shown, including jiggling male and female body parts (16:31-18:22). They return to their first stop (18:23-18:50). The Air France plane takes off (18:51).
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