National Geographic : 1955 May
698 + Camped in Mid-Africa, Explorers Make Ready to Run the Fabled Nile Belgian officials called it "triple suicide by kayak" when John Goddard, Jean Laporte, and Andre Davy, newly ar rived in Ruanda Urundi, an nounced plans to paddle the length of the Nile. On embarkation eve the ex pedition bedded down by the Kagera River, headstream of the Nile. Barking baboons, screaming hyenas, and snort ing hippos made sleep impos sible. Disaster struck quickly the next day. Boiling rapids capsized one boat, smashed an other, and forced a two-week delay. John M. Goddard +Petting Wild Rhinos, Author Wins a Wager In jest, the custodian of this Kenya animal compound bet Mr. Goddard he could not stroke these rare white rhinos, newly captured in the Sudan. Seconds later the larger beast attacked the keeper, injuring him slightly.