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Page 20-THE HERALD, Provo, Utah, Sunday, April 13, 1975 Lee Roderick Safari in South Africa Editor's Note: I>ee Roderick, Washington writer for this newspaper, is on a fact-finding tour of Africa and the Middle East. This is another in his series of reports. MALA MALA. SOUTH AFRICA — An African safari can be a rather soft affair, especially if you are staying at this well-appointed compound, tucked on 186,000 acres of open bush against the western side of the famous Kruger National Park. Since being privately purchased and opened to the public (maximum capacity: 30 persons), ten years ago, Mala Mala itself has become world famous among the rich and powerful who want to experience a genuine safari without sacrificing such comforts as air conditioning, a beautiful swimming pool, and gourmet meals. Israel's Moshe Dayan, Prince Bemhardt of the Netherlands, English race car driver Jackie Stewart, and Gina Lollabrigida are among the VIP alumni of Mala Mala. The main attraction of Mala Mala, though, is its abundant wild life. Unlike some other parks, including Kruger, where a growing density of human traffic has driven game deeper and deeper into the bush, Mala Mala remains pristine, secluded, and brimming with wild animals, some of which drink at a waterhole within sight of the camp. (A guide relates that one evening several lions chased a bushbuck into camp, and killed it on the spot, as guests scurried for cover). . African Huts Vicitors to Mala Mala stay in ; individual thatched roof cabins • patterned after local African huts. They are summoned to meals — which often include venison from freshly killed impala - by a native blowing on a kudu hom. I came to Mala Mala in a small airplane from Johannesburg, landing at an airstrip about 15 miles from the compound. Meeting our planes was a young South African named Struan Murless who is my guide at Mala Mala. Struan is right out of a ; Hollywood African script, quiet, rugged, deeply tanned, full bearded. He also has a thorough knowledge of the flora and fauna of the bush as well as a degree in zoology. The promise of a thrilling two days was emphasized as we left the airstrip. Within five minutes, a pack of baboons crossed the dirt road in front of our van. Then several curious giraffes meandered in front of us, stopping like quizzical light poles long enough for us to shoot them —with cameras, of course. (Only the guides are allowed firearms). After refreshing at the compound, five of us piled into an open Land Rover for our first trip into the bush. Also aboard were Struan, in the driver's seat with a .375 magnum rifle and snake bite kit within easy reach, and a sharp-eyed African "spotter" who brought up the rear perched on a jumper seat attacked to the vehicle. Multiple Species Mala Mala boasts over 200 species of animals and, with some 400 types of birds, is also an ornitholoist's paradise. We began seeing game about 10 minutes out of the camp. Our "score" that afternoon included zebras, wildebeests, warthogs, kudu, hundreds of impala, a hippopotamus, and various smaller animals. We also spotted a huge white rhino, which Struan estimated at 4-Vfe tons, and followed it at a respectable distance for about a quarter of a mile (the white rhino, which actually is as dark as the more conventional black rhino, is relatively rare in Africa.) It, in fact, was recently in danger of becoming extinct before a number of the gigantic beasts were captured in a sister South African reserve called Wuhluew, and transferred to other parks. The heart stopper of the day, however, came with no warning. We had driven for about a mile without seeing game and were comfortably relaxed, drinking in the hot African sun. Then, as we passed beneath a tree, suddenly there was a loud thump against its trunk, just a few feet from my side of the open vehicle. We turned in time to see a deadly black mamba snake fall to the ground and slither into the long grass. Since the mamba is known to be aggressive as well as extremely venemous, we voted unanimously not to pursue this 10 foot specimen for a photograph. The awful thought that it might have dropped into the Land Rover instead of the grass was memory enough. Python, Too Our safari into the bush the following day netted us, in addition, a rare bushbuck, a pride of three lions — including a handsome young male perched atop a large rock like the lord of the jungle he is — and a five foot python, which Struan caught and let wrap around his arm for our cameras. Unfortunately, although there are a few older bull elephants, there are no breeding herds in the reserve. The closest we got to the bulls was an occasional dung heap. We also had to settle for dropping in place of a herd of about 450 buffalo which had decided to temporarily take a powder a few days before our arrival. Mala Mala is perhaps best known for its nightly feeding of a wild pride of lions, watched from behind a sturdy wooden "hide" by guests, drinks in hand. The "hide" is several miles from the compound. Each day the guides shoot and dress out two impala, which are to be placed about 30 yards in front of the "hide." Guests are driven into the "hide" shortly after dusk and quietly peer through a four inch separation to see if the lions will show. Although the pride sometimes makes it own kill during the day and doesn't always come for its free meal, on this night we aren't to be disappointed. After a wait of about 20 minutes, the rustling of grass to our right signals that something is moving through the bush. Then eight lions — including six relatively young ones and two older females — bound past us. Dinner is served! Cubs to Raise The manager of Mala Mala (who also doubles as a game warden on occasion), Adriaan Erasmus, explains that feeding the lions doesn't upset their vital killing ability. "The young ones, which are about 15 months old, already are hunting some," he said. "Any day now their mothers will take them away for good, but we've been fortunate; in three and one-half years of doing this, we've always had lions come to feed and during that time three lots of cubs have been raised." Disney Film Makes Hit By PHYLLIS PHILLIPS Walt Disney Productions has come up with a movie which adults should find as interesting as children with "Escape to Witch Mountain," now playing at University Mai! Theater. Naturally this is a "G" picture, but unlike many of Disney's, the fantastic scenes are still believeable because of the background of the two children, played by Kirn Richards and Ike Eisenmann. Ray Mi II and makes a believable villain, and Eddie Albert portrays one of his better parts in recent years as the children's friend. An interesting sidelight is that the mansion in the movie was actually owned at one time by Milland. For the children, there are also several Donald Duck cartoons shown along with the main film. Maybe I am sticking my neck out, but I predict this will be one of the most popular movies produced by Disney Studios in recent years. FISHING Scoff's World: Million-Dollar Pilot ByVERNONSCOTT HOLLYWOOD (UPI) - The man who produced "The Poseidon Adventure" and "The Towering Inferno" now has made a different sort of disaster film for television, "The Swiss Family Robinson." "It's the first million-dollar television pilot ever made," Irwin Allen claimed on the eve of the show's debut. Should "The Swiss Family Robinson" gamer an impressive rating and favorable reviews Tuesday night, it will become a series next fall starring Martin Milner and Cameron Mitchell. Allen, who does everything on a lavish scale, is king of movie producers today and needs television not at all. But he made a deal with 20th Century-Fox last year to produce three television pilot films for $1 million each: "The Swiss Family Robinson" for ABC, "Time Traveler" for NBC and "Adventures of the Queen" for CBS. "There is no logic to my doing television," said Allen, a man of enormous energy and considerable charm. "But I'm thinking of satisfaction, not logic. "A TV show can go from idea to finished product in two months. A movie takes two years from the time you say go until it's ready for the screen. "I need excitement all the time, a sense of immediacy. So I agreed to personally produce all three series if they are sold." No newcomer to television, Allen once had four series on the air: "Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea,""Lost In Space,""The Time Tunnel" and "Land of the Giants." As in the case of the others, "Swiss Family Robinson" is family fare, based on the classic novel by Johann David Wyss. "When most producers attempt a classic they ask themselves how they can lick the material," Allen said. "I stay with the original concept, keeping intact the elements that made it a classic to begin with. "That's how I made 'The Story of Mankind' and "The Sea Around Us,' which I consider modem classics. "I've made 'Swiss Family' an adult show because I believe parents and kids can enjoy the same programs just as all generations enjoyed "The Poseidon Adventure.' "Anyway, every adult is a child grown up. Most things which appeal to kids attract adults too." Allen applies this theory to his motion pictures. In addition to his three television projects, he has four movies in the works. "The Swarm" is a science fiction story of enormous swarms of bees destroying mankind. "The Day the World Ended" is a tale of the 1902 Mt. Pelee volcanic eruption which killed 64,000 souls in 11 minutes. "Poseidon II" is the further misadventures of the survivors of the ill-fated ship. And "Circus" is described by Allen as the definitive story of the bigtop. All four will include monumental natural disasters, the Irwin Allen hallmark. Even "The Swiss Family Robinson" opens with an Allen favorite, a shipwreck. "The only violence in this show involves nature," Allen said. "Men against the sea. Men against the elements. But there won't be any bloodshed involving man against man." Not unless "The Swiss Family Robinson" doesn't make it as a series. Bit Parts: Glenda Jackson signed to star in "HeddaGabler" at 20th Century-Fox ... Bobby Riggs will act as commentator for "Celebrity Tennis" next season ... CBS-TV renewed "The Waltons" for a fourth season... Birds have the keenest vision of all living things; a soaring eagle can spot its prey a mile away. Mayor Notes Demand For Old Parking Meters WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (UPI) - "It's amazing," Mayor John Bowling said Thursday, "there's such a demand for old parking meters." The mayor said it took less than a day to sell the city's 75 downtown meters, some 30 years old. Bowling had announced Wednesday the meters were being removed and that parking henceforth would be free. He said "tell anyone interested in buying them to call us." He said he had calls from as far away as Los Angeles from persons wanting the meters and that a man in Leesburg, Va., told him he'd buy all those not already sold. White Sulphur Springs, a resort town in the southern West Virginia mountains, instituted free downtown parking on a trial basis last year and the idea was so popular officials decided to remove the meters permanently. LAKE POWELL UTAH Weather like Summer • A fisherman's paradise rated among the best areas In the U.S.A. The Lake Is stocked with bass, walleyes, craple, trout, catfish. • Bass boats • Houseboats • Accommodations • Grocery, tackle and store. ball Depi. FOB RESERVATIONS ' PHONE OR WRITE: BUUFROG RESORT & MARINA HANKSVIUE. UTAH 84734 PHONE (801) 684-2233 HAMBURGERS MON, TUE, WED, at all £>£££. Drive Ins FIRST OF THE WEEK SPECIAL 10 INCH PIZZA HAM $1.30 CHEESE $1.30 HAMBURGER $1.30 PEPPERONI $1.30 MUSHROOM $1.40 15 INCH PIZZA HAM $2.25 CHEESE $2,25 HAMBURGER $2.25 PEPPERONI $2.25 MUSHROOM $2.55 COMBINATION $1.60 COMBINATION $2.80 MON.-TUES.-WED, HOME OF QUALITY. VARIETY. VALUE DRIVE INNS PROVO 290 WEST 1230 NORTH 618 EAST 300 SOUTH 197 NORTH 500 WEST SPRINGVILLE AMERICAN FORK 380 SOUTH MAIN 211 EAST STATE ROAD OREM 106 NORTH STATE 1391 SOUTH STATE NO MOTION PICTURE HAS EVER TAKEN YOU SO FAR INTO NATURE'S WILDEST, MOST BREATHTAKING WORLD. 1RIJMSJL THESOCICTV I'OK THE PRESERVATION AND ENCOURACKKFtj-r np BARBER SHOP QUARTET SINGING IN AMLmCA PRESENTS THOSE WONDERFUL SONGS YESTERDAY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY APRIL 25 AND 26 8:08 P.M. PROVO HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUIV M. C. — J. CARL HANCUFF FEATURING: ((M QUARTETS: BOB BROCK — DIRECTOR THE SALT FLATS SPECIAL EATURE: THE PROVOKERS BOB WEENIG — RAG TIME PIANO For tickets send check to: Spebsqsa Utah Valley Chapter 666 East 500 North Provo, Utah 84601. For Information Phone J/5-4633 or P.O. Box 745, Provo. Admission! $2.50 and 3.00. Pinmounl Pictures presents A MARTIN R ANSOHOFF PRODUCTION JAMIJHQWTON MUSK HENRYMAN<INI by MARTIN RANJOHQFF Produced by MARTIN RANtOHOFF D T) ri]P«ltinJUCUIDAN JrUr| ?."•."•.;.,"• . s ,. 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