The Moon By Night Author:Packer, Joy Author's Note: — Many thousands of square miles of well-watered bush and grasslands have been set aside in various parts of Africa for the preservation of wild life. In these sanctuaries it is intended that wild creatures should live in their natural state, secure from the guns and snares of men, with their water and grazing, as far as possible, ... more »assured.
I have spent many happy and fascinating holidays in the famous game reserves of southern Africa, and have enjoyed the hospitality of game wardens, rangers and their wives and families.
Velaba, where Alice Lang learns to know herself and her lover, is no particular sanctuary, It is a territory in the Union of South Africa which exists only in my imagination. Its Bantu people belong to no specific tribe, and the native words and names they use may come from one dialect or another - or none at all. Their superstitions and temptations, however, are those of every native living in lion and elephant country and surrounded by edible but protected game.
Of all my characters, white, black or animal, only Dumela, the rogue elephant, is not fictitious.« less