similar to that used for the Safari Rally
File:African buffalo, Uganda (15404000788).jpg|thumb|right|He died after being gored by a buffalo.
Muhammad Iqbal Mauladad (1926–1970), nicknamed Bali, was a big game hunter
He was born into a rich and influential family of Kenyan Asian
s but, rather than joining the family engineering business, he became a professional hunter
, leading parties on safari
to hunt large animals, especially elephant. He was the first Muslim to be recognised as a white hunter
and won the Shaw & Hunter
trophy for best professional guide in 1966. He also competed in the Safari Rally
, placing fourth in 1961. He died in 1970, following severe goring by a Cape buffalo
He came from a rich family as his father, Chaudry Mauladad, was a successful civil engineer
in East Africa.
[ He attended the Government Indian School in Nairobi and his father then taught him construction and contracting.] But, from the age of ten, he had learned to shoot a rifle and so, rather than join the family business like his brother Basheer, he chose to be a professional hunter in Kenya where he was born and spent his life.
He joined the well-established business, Safariland, after World War Two and was successful as a big game hunter, leading rich clients on safari and killing many game animals, especially elephant.
[ The hunters he guided included the King and Queen of Nepal and the Governor of Colorado, Teller Ammons.] British shooting-brakes were converted into safari cars for these shooting parties and he designed a lightweight rifle rack for these which was made in Naroibi for him and most of the other hunters by the gunsmiths Wali Mohamed & Co. [
Though he was from a Kenyan Asian background, he was admitted to the East African Professional Hunter's Association which was normally only open to white hunters.] He was the first Muslim to be recognised in this way. [ His closest colleague in the hunting business was another Asian, Ikram Hassan, whose business was African Hunting Safaris, and they hunted elephant together in the coastal regions of Kenya.]
He was a large, powerful man, weighing 250 pounds and standing over six feet in his prime. [ He had a distinctive moustache and a warm, extrovert manner which made him popular with clients and the other hunters.] He liked joking and jazz, racehorses and rifles, fast cars and food, women and whisky – his favourite was Johnny Walker Black Label. [ Besides hunting, he was also an enthusiastic cricket player and rally driver.] [ He took part in the Safari Rally four times.] [ In 1961, he and Californian doctor, Lee Talbot, placed fourth, driving a Humber Super Snipe over 3,000 miles.] He also took part in the 1956 production of the movie ''Bhowani Junction'' on location in Lahore.
He was awarded the prestigious Shaw & Hunter prize for leading a client, Donald Harris, to the finest trophy of the year on October 4, 1966. This was an Oribi antelope whose horns measured 7 inches, beating the previous world record of 6¼ inches. [ The small size of the antelope was incongruous because Bali was himself known for his prowess in hunting elephants with enormous ivory tusks of up to 152 pounds.] [
Hunting was dangerous as he was once mauled by a leopard] [ and finally gored by a buffalo in Kibwezi.] [ The buffalo inflicted injuries which ruptured his liver and, despite treatment and recuperation, complications subsequently led to his death in 1970.] [
* List of famous big game hunters
Bali Mauladad – The Legendary Hunter of the 60's
Category:Kenyan people of Asian descent
Category:Deaths due to buffalo attacks
Category:Kenyan people of Indian descent
Category:Alumni of Jamhuri High School