|About the Book|
Synopsis:Title: Drilling Where Leopards CoughA true story of Africa, wild and remote – under extreme conditions where there’s nothing to depend on other than wits, and an ability to improvise.Trevor Frost provides a valuable historical account ofMoreSynopsis:Title: Drilling Where Leopards CoughA true story of Africa, wild and remote – under extreme conditions where there’s nothing to depend on other than wits, and an ability to improvise.Trevor Frost provides a valuable historical account of his experience of the early history of exploration diamond drilling in Africa. A 21-year-old white man, his dog, and a small group of black men, trucked across rough, mountainous terrain, laden with drilling equipment, and everything they would need to survive in isolation. for months. Under pressure to produce rapid results, always seeking ways to use what raw nature provided, they drilled into the earth, hoping to reveal her treasures, giving impetus to the opening a new mine.They survived in the wild, beyond other human contact, with a bare minimum of home comforts, and reachable from the outside world only after days and days of rough riding. The abundant wild life of the pristine wilderness of Ruangwa Valley in north-east Rhodesia was a source of food, of wonder, and was also sometimes life threatening.With no one but each other to depend on, they navigated dangerous mountain passes, finding food by hunting game and fishing from the rivers.The author also provides his readers with a slice of colonial life in the 1960s. He describes his progress through a childhood in the bush, later discovering the pleasures of the opposite sex, enduring army training, exploring career options, and finally settling into what became a long career in exploration diamond drilling.This is also a story of love. Soon after the contract in Ruangwa Valley was completed the author’s isolated and lonely life changed dramatically. He married a beautiful city girl, raised in a comfortable home. She had never experienced camping, let alone the tough life in remote areas in the bush. While living under these conditions, their two sons were born.The book ends when the young family left Rhodesia, ultimately settling in Botswana. The sequel to this book will tell the story of their adventures in Botswana.About the author:After completing his training in the Rhodesian Army, Trevor Frost found himself in the right place at the right time. A stroke of luck catapulted him into what became his life work - exploration diamond drilling. This book is the first part of his story in this little known but adventurous career.A few years later, with his wife and two young sons, he moved to Selebi-Phikwe, Botswana to take up the position of MD for R.A. Longstaff (Botswana) (Pty) Ltd. There they experienced the transformation of Botswana when diamonds were discovered.In 2000 he experienced a serious heart attack, followed by major heart surgery. The damage to his heart forced him to retire, and he and his wife packed up and moved to Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape. Their two sons remain in Botswana. Darrin manages a drilling company in Selebi-Phikwe and Dion manages his own construction company in Francistown.Trevor is working on the sequel to this book.