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Bushnews: September 2016

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 !!

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Also some nice buffalo

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and antelopes including an old Roosevelt Sable antelope

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The camp is very comfortable and in the heart of the action

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As always, the landscapes are beautiful and breathtaking

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Grand Safari Bush News July 2016

Hunting kept us busy since the last newsletter. First we did some great free roaming lions and got some very good cats.

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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

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Trev and some of his trophies taken with his MOA 6,5 x 284

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Dan also took some great animals with his MOA 7mm

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And Brian and Tyler used a 300 WSM and a big daddy .338 Lapua

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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

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Look at the size of Tyler’s Nyala, and the beauty of our playground in the background!

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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!!

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Some good time shared…

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We will see you guys again next year!

Grand Safari Bushnews – June 2016

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 …

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It was now Peter Flack and myself’s turn to have a good time in the rain forest, looking for an elusive forest Sitatunga.

Vian Roux seating left of Peter Flack and myself with his team before leaving camp

Vian Roux seating left of Peter Flack and myself with his team before leaving camp

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.

Grand Safari Bushnews – May 2016

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.

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Dad also took a few of his own, including some unique shaped horns for his collection

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Some of our young hunters discovered surfing with our coach. That was a lot of fun!

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Some great memories and good trophies taken during the “Sea View Hunting Safari” option

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With an outstanding Waterbuck measuring almost 32″!!!

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Various activities and excursions for the whole family

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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″…

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and of course some plains game for fun…

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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!

Christophe Beau

HuntEx show in Johannesburg

It was good to see you all again this year at HuntEx. Thank you for your great interest in our various safari options from the rain forest in the Congo (Brazzaville), to Hemingways’ green hills in Tanzania and the savannah in Cameroon. Would it be for Bongo, Lord Derby Eland or Lesser Kudu, we have you covered!
Thank you Neels and your team at African Outfitter’s magazine for having us on your impressive booth.

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Hunting Fishing Shooting show in Bern Switzerland

It was a great pleasure meeting you or seeing you again at the show in Bern. Thanks to all our friends and clients for visiting our Grand Safari booth. It was our first time as exhibitors in Bern, big thank you to our local gunsmith friend and partner André Dubois for his help !
If we don’t see you under warm african sun before then, we’ll see you in Bern again in 2018!! (the show is only every second year).

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Grand Safari News – January 2016

GrandSafariDSC2016Already a month into the new year…and still hardly any rain in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Yes, I am now back home after a great show in Dallas. DSC knows how to put a show together, that is for sure. It was great seing all known faces at the show, pretty much the only place where I get to yearly meet some friends and colleagues from the international hunting fraternity.

Congratulations to Peter Flack for the Bateleur Award he received from SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SAHGCA) as well as for the Selous Award given to him by The African Professional Hunters Association. Well done Peter!
We will have the great pleasure to first meet up with Peter and his lovely wife Jane at Huntex  in Johannesburg in April where we will spend quality time on our friends’ booth Yolande and Neels from African Outfitter magazine. Peter and myself will then head up to the Congolese Rain Forest in May in search of an elusive Forest Sitatunga.

It was good catching up with some of you, and always nice to meet new dedicated hunters. Thanks for the big interest shown on our unique Sea View Hunting Safari options in South Africa, not to forget our 4 blocks in Tanzania, Congo, Cameroon, France…

Breaking news, as we speak, there is a zero quota on leopard in SA this year (2016). For those of you planning to chase Mister spotty in 2016 in SA, please contact your outfitter ASAP as there is no leopard tags available. We have some on quota on all our Tanzanian concessions. First come first serve, contact me for conditions and dates.

See you out there!

Christophe Beau

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