Gilles Nicolet

Sambo the python hunter

Sambo was from the Gbaya #ribe and hunted the vast expanses of the remote Adamawa plateau. His specialty was hunting pythons down aardvark burrows, using techniques that are exclusive to the Gbaya people. Sambo could spend up to 45 minutes down into a burrow, where he would eventually grab these giant snakes and bring them back to the surface. I spent 2 years documenting Sambo’s hunting and that of a few of his friends. The story eventually ran in Nat Geo Magazine, albeit in colour. Recently i heard that Sambo had passed away. He was an amazing hunter.

Enquire Now