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ARTIST: Paul Augustinus
TITLE: The Tsavo River
SIZE: 117cm x 180cm
Oil on Canvas

Tsavo riverine forest
A lesser kudu in the dense bush of Tsavo River valley in Kenya
'One can camp here if you have the inclination'

'This is one of a series of paintings that I have done depicting the very varied 'look' of the Tsavo River in Eastern Africa as it runs through the truly vast expanses of Tsavo West National Park. This exact location is a very seldom visited part of Tsavo West which over the years has had it's share of problems ranging from rinderpest epidemics, intensive poaching and incursions by pastoralists and their cattle. One can camp here if you have the inclination, the equipment and the experience. I camped here overnight several times in the 1960s and have never forgotten how much this exact place influenced the rest of my life. I was enthralled by the spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife. Although back then tsetse-fly belts made this part of Tsavo almost unbearable when out on game drives, the fever trees, palm trees and the spectacular river had an almost spiritual effect on me. In more recent times I always revisit this exact place and am always surprised how this old and seldom used campsite is as atmospheric and iconic as I remember it to have been back then.'

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A Paul Augustinus painting of a herd of elephant drinking from a wide palm-fringed river with mountain scenery in the background