This time of the year again to meet us at this great hunting exhibition in African Outfitter Magazine massive booth:
Gallagher Convention Centre
19 Richards Drive, Midrand
How to get there THERE
DATES & TIMES
Thursday 27 April | VIPs only 10:00 – 17:00
Friday 28 April: 09:00 – 16:00
Saturday 29 April: 08:00 – 16:00
Sunday 30 April: 09:00 – 16:00
Monday 1 May: 09:00 – 15:00
Grand Safari Cape Buffalo Tanzania Grand Safari Chamois France
Grand Safari Lord Derby Eland Cameroon. We will be delighted to talk about your next Lord Derby safari in Cameroon, your Chamois in France or that big dagga boy hunt in Tanzania…
Same place, same time, see you out there!
The new season has started, with some new young hunters testing their new skills. Action is taking place in the wild mountains of the Stormberg range, Eastern Cape province of South Africa. This is traditional hunting at its best, all on foot in breathtaking sceneries. Here, no fences, no power line and hardly any signs of civilisation. Game is wild and exceptionally adapted to its environment. Hunting is a challenge again, just the way it should be…
Our 14 year old pretty huntress will harvest a common blesbuck high up in the hills, after a long and challenging fair chase in this open area. It is only after a a few hours that she managed to lock her sight on the beast’s shoulder, taking a 150 m shot with a .300WM. Double lungs, well done!
Great hunting like in the good old days, just the way we like to do it, especially with kids sharing our passion and eager to learn our traditions.
As for Peter, he also did very well for his first time, first harvesting a good black wildebeest after a long and challenging stalk. It took us over 2 hours that morning to sneak up to the black wildebeest herd, using a little stream for cover. We walked up to the stream’s spring in the middle of a few Aoudad (Barbary sheep), fallow deer, mountain reedbuck, some mighty vaal rehbok and wide awake blesbuck. Our hunter could take a 70m shot at the bull.
The bigger the challenge, the greater the reward, well done Peter!
The next day, Peter will harvest an old common blesbuck at over 300 m.
Picnic in the mountains at over 2000 m (6500 ft) where the temperatures are now starting to drop as we get into our winter time. Those mountains are always getting a bit of snow in the heart of winter…yes, snow in Africa!
See you out there!
We have just completed an exceptional safari in Tanzania. It took place in the central region (Kizigo), where Claude took a beautiful wild lion. The Big Five we started together a few years ago is now complete, what an achievement! A long article is in preparation for the magazine African Outfitter where his 3 Tanzanian safaris for lion will be presented. A great adventure, a Grand Safari !!
Also some nice buffalo
and antelopes including an old Roosevelt Sable antelope
The camp is very comfortable and in the heart of the action
As always, the landscapes are beautiful and breathtaking
Hunting kept us busy since the last newsletter. First we did some great free roaming lions and got some very good cats.
Then it was my very good friend Ken and his mates coming over for 2 weeks. What a safari with what I would call the MOA Rifles team. Always a big pleasure to have Ken and his mates visiting us in SA. Even better when they all use those amazing MOA rifles, same guns used by Bob & Chris Beck from Extreme Outer Limits. When it comes to ultimate long range rifles, an MOA gun topped with a nightforce scope shooting Berger bullets is hard to beat, especially when ranging with a ballistic rangefinder G7
Ken with some of the great trophies he took with a MOA .300 WSM
Trev and some of his trophies taken with his MOA 6,5 x 284
Dan also took some great animals with his MOA 7mm
And Brian and Tyler used a 300 WSM and a big daddy .338 Lapua
We have the perfect set up for some serious long range shooting here. In fact, we cater for bow hunters with some classic walk and stalk, and for long range enthusiast in big, very big country!
Then we went down to the Indian Ocean coast where we have a second operation, for some more plains game, caracal, bushbuck etc
Look at the size of Tyler’s Nyala, and the beauty of our playground in the background!
Guys wanted to do a bit of fishing, weather wasn’t quite playing the game, but it is always fun to be out there; Caught a few fish and the highlight was that big ragged tooth shark Trev caught on traditional SA rod and reel. Well done big boy, you did so well with that tricky reel!!
Some good time shared…
We will see you guys again next year!
It all started very well in the Congo, with the first hunters harvesting some bongos, yellow backed duiker, river hogs, forest duikers and even sitatunga …
It was now Peter Flack and myself’s turn to have a good time in the rain forest, looking for an elusive forest Sitatunga.
A major crisis between Namibian concession holder and his Congolese partner changed the whole situation. As Peter Flack and myself arrived in camp, all SA PHs had been ordered to leave the country with immediate effect. Peter’s hunting permit was not in camp, we had no vehicle, no more management staff and had to leave on day 2 of the hunt. To cut a long story short, and after a 15 hours taxi ride and 22 road blocks, we finally reached Brazzaville where we could catch a flight back home.
Unfortunately, Grand Safari has stopped all its activities in the Congo until further notice.
Show season is finally over for us, back in the bush where we are looking at a good but tough 2016 season ahead.
It’s got to be good when we look at the great results already obtained from the first 2016 safaris!
However, it seems like when talking to other African outfitters, less of you are traveling to mother Africa this year. Bad economy? Terrorism? Scared of paper work for your guns or repatriation of your trophies? What ever it is, please think again, it is not all that bad. Not one incident, ever, where we are running our safaris.
Remember that all of us, African outfitters and professional hunters, are only here for you. If the time comes where our concessions in Tanzania and elsewhere are not sustainable for lack of hunters, we will have to give them back, meaning poachers will move in, slaughtering what they can and cutting those beautiful trees for timber. No going back then…
Anyway, those of you that have already been with us this year, thank you so much for your support and for sharing some great times.
Our “Sea View Hunting Option” in South Africa is going strong. First family of the season saw a 9 year old little dude taking 8 different species and 12 animals in total. That includes a caracal over hounds! Well done chap, it always feels good to share our passion with young hunters.
Dad also took a few of his own, including some unique shaped horns for his collection
Some of our young hunters discovered surfing with our coach. That was a lot of fun!
Some great memories and good trophies taken during the “Sea View Hunting Safari” option
With an outstanding Waterbuck measuring almost 32″!!!
Various activities and excursions for the whole family
Then it was my long time friend Philippe coming for his annual Grand Safari. Philippe and I have been hunting every year in various african countries for over 13 years now. This is “our” biggest cape buffalo to date, taken last week on a concession bordering the Kruger Park. A solid 43″…
and of course some plains game for fun…
We have started on season in Congo on time, with already a bongo and some other species taken last week. Some pics in the next newsletter…
See you out there!