In February 1994 it made headline news: a young game ranger from the Kruger National Park was attacked by two crocodiles and lost his left arm. For Christiaan Bakkes, recklessness and an insatiable lust for adventure led to tragedy. Writing about his experiences a unique writer’s voice was born. A South African Hemingway.
In addition to two novels, Bakkes has published three collections of wilderness stories of Afrikaans, of which a choice selection is offered here. At 42, Chris Bakkes has led the kind of life that most people can only dream of. After his recovery in 1995 he travelled through Africa for five months, before moving to Namibia, where he worked for the WWF in Kaokoveld for three years. He then joined a safari company conducting ecotours, first along the Skeleton Coast and now also in Damaraland. He and his wife both work for Wilderness Safaris Namibia, where Christiaan is a guide and area manager. Chris is also an Expedition Leader for Natural Habitat Adventures. From time to time, he also leads gorilla safaris in the forests of Uganda.
Author: Christiaan Bakkes