I agree with Shakari, please do your homework when booking a hunt to any country. In any business you do get honest and not so honest people...I always say even for local hunters in South Africa, if you only going to hunt once a year, go for an expensive worthwhile hunt. As all hunters know; to look for that only budgeted animal can take a long time in the field, but if your budget has a variety of animal the hunt gets better and easier...So always think it... Dream it... then Experience it...
If it were me making my first trip to "Africa" I'd wish someone would give me this advice:
You aren't going to the local game farm,so don't expect to book 7 or 8 days and assume you are going to kill 10 great trophies. It happens but so does killing a 7x7 bull elk on a 5 day guided hunt here in the states..possible but not likely unless you are planning on going on one of those RSA Cape over stocked game farms ..It is fair to assume you will get 1 good trophy for every day or 2 you hunt hard. And they aren't going to come in any certain order either...if you truly must have a 50+" kudu bull say so and concentrate on that from day 1 then fill in the others AFTER you have your kudu in the salt.
Another thing about hunting in Africa is you may have every intention of starting the day out chasing kudu an while doing so you cross the path of a great oryx or red heartbeast,etc..be prepared to either stick to the kudu if you must have one or chase the trophy at hand...just let your PH know what you want.
Along that line remember you've come a long way and spent a big chunk of cash to get there...it's YOUR hunt if something upsets you or is not to your liking then TELL THE PH if it doesn't change go to the owner of the company...they can't fix it if they don't know it is broke........I know on my first trip I was hesitant to tell the owner/PH that I wasn't happy with him taking a nap from 11:30 -2:00 every day..so on day 3 of the 10 day trip I spoke up and the PH told me he normally does that cause game doesn't move well during those hot hours....I told him I'd rather keep hunting and see nothing than lie in the shade and swat at Mopane bees...the very next day I killed a 12" warthog @ 12 noon as he came to a waterhole to get his mid day drink...we hunted hard from breakfast until deep dusk the remainder of the trip. An at the end of the trip the PH told me "not many Americans come prepared to hunt as hard as you did and your trophies are proof that you did. " To this day those hard hunted days with sweat running into my glasses remain some of my best days afield!
Money is tight for everyone except those so filthy rich a 21 day safari to Tanzania is so common place they make it every year with a cabinet full of fancy double guns to show off at the trade shows. But make certain you tuck enough folding money into your wallet to visit the wood carvers tent city....they're in evrey corner of Africa...tell your PH you want to make a visit to one off the beaten path of toursit traps...let him do the bartering for you and you'll have a few quality momentos to bring home that will remind you of your trip...you can usually have the taxidermist hold your bigger items and crate them up with the trophies for shipping if you must...otherwise pack some extra bubble wrap in a good hardsided suitcase as the luggage gorillas can break those wooden carvings easily!
Another thing...any caliber rifle over .270 that kills whitetails will kill any PG that ever walked! You don't need to run out and buy some super mag for the trip...spend that money on trophy fees. Traveling with guns today isn't like it was pre 9-11...think about renting a gun from the safari company it makes the entire travel thing much easier! BUT be specific when you inquire about doing so...MOST companies have several quality rifles..BUT I've seen some real "beaters" as well.
I agree to some stage on all the statements of Single Malt, but
No. 1 - If you concentrate only on one specie animal your hunting rate or success should be better for a specie, but hunting a variety of species will take longer and can be classed as a difficult hunt if your quota / or hunting days become less. South Africa is still seen as the hunting "MECCA" of all hunting area's, because we do have a more variety of animals to hunt...The first thing any client must do is to determine what animals he wants to hunt and decide what will be the best package to accommodate him.
No. 2 - Is "the client always right?" The PH must always be in charge of a hunt and safari, after all he is the proffesional in his field, but yes; the "client is always right"...
No. 3 - On the "Siesta" issue, i agree that the paying client should have the last say, and if he wants to hunt @ 12 noon that's his choice, but in the heat of the day the result can be exhaustion and later to be "classed" as a difficult hunt...My experience suggest depending what animal is going to be hunted and the time of day will determine to go out and hunt or rather take the nap - Blesbuck, Oryx and Warthog do like to roam during midday, but Impala and Kudu seek the shade of the trees.
No. 4 - On the rifle situation i agree that any calibre rifle over .270 can kill any plains game animal, but remember to always use the best possible projectile available on the market or the hunt in Africa can become expensive if you loose your $1 600 Kudu or $1 000 Bluewildebeast trophy because you were cheap on bullets...
I started this long and interesting string, and want to say thanks for all of the advice. I plan to hunt Africa, but probably after braces, college, wrecked vehicles, weddings etc...
Thanks again to everyone who tried to help me do it on a budget (I'm still trying). For now, I'll just keep hunting and fishing Alaska with mine and a neighboorhood full of kids. Heck, watching a kid being sucessful is as fun as doing it yourself! Enjoy the pics from my area. Hope to get to Africa soon.
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