President Maga of Dahomey spent his long Easter weekend on safari, with friends from France.?
GV Safari village (2 shots)
CU Sign "National Park"
LV President Maga and party arrive in village and are greeted (2 shots)
SV President Maga & party carrying rifles along road and into bush for elephant shoot (2 shots)
LV Beaters in tree
SV President Maga with gun
GV Cars in the National Park
GV Antelopes and wild boar (4 shots)
LV A lion
GV PAN FROM River to President Maga and party looking at hippopotami in river (2 shots)
LV President Maga and party walking towards camera.
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Background: President Maga of Dahomey spent his long Easter weekend on safari, with friends from France. The party went to a safari village in the north of the country, armed with rifles and cameras. There they followed elephants, lions, wild boar and hippopotami.
SYNOPSIS: In the northern part of Dahomey, one of the many Safari villages of the small African state prepares for the arrival of President Hubert Maga. The W.C. National Park was also the setting over the long Easter weekend for some relaxation and sport for the President, and a party of his friends from France. PAUSE FIVE SECONDS. The President, a veteran sportsman and hunter, was the first President of Dahomey after the country got independence in 1960, and became President again in May 1970. On safari, he's a welcome guest.
The President and his party lost little time in setting out into the bush in search of the elephants.
One of the main attractions in the reserve, President Maga and friends didn't have to search for long. Elephants abound here.
The President is by no means one of a privileged few who enjoy safaris in Dahomey. The government is making a concerted effort to encourage tourism in the country, mainly under the auspices of the Five-Year-Plan. There's no lack of raw material.
In the National Park, cars drive through the bush and along set trails getting as close a look as possible at the many animals, especially antelopes and wild boar. PAUSE FIVE SECONDS. The more impressive animals are also there. In Dahomey, there are two National Parks, and there are also many hunting reserves, where tourists are attracted by big game. But Dahomey, with a population of two million, hasn't yet attained the reputation in Europe for safaris enjoyed by East Africa. But there's enough here.
Following the week's sport, President Maga will pick up the job of administration....and encouraging tourism in Dahomey.