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Location: Northern California
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Greetings folks,

I signed up since this seemed to be an active site for discussions on African hunting. I look forward to an african hunting trip sometime in my life. As of now, daily finances and a list of North American destinations has priority.

These Days I focus on Western hunting for species such as blacktail deer, mule deer, and elk. Black Bear and Pronghorn are on my to-Do list. I hunt here with a Ruger M77 .300 win mag or a Hoyt bow.

My only exposure to african Hunting has been Books like Something of Value by Robert Ruark, and of course Hemingway, and the movies, Out of Africa, and The Ghost and the Darkness. So I have a romanticized image of Early 20th century Africa.

Are there still hunting operations in Africa which are mobile and change locations? Much of what I have seen on modern hunting shows is ranch hunts over waterholes based in a nice lodge.

Could some of you fill me in on what the range of hunting styles is in the modern day Africa?

CVC
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Welcome to the site. It's a great place to get information.

I've never been to Africa so I can't help you there, but I would reccomend Death in the Longgrass by Peter Capstick. It is about his experiences as a PH in Africa.

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welcome to this forum. the days of the old walking safari with unlimited bag limits is a thing of the past. much depends on the country in which you will hunt and the game desired. for example, if you were to go to namibia for plains game, you might have to go from one place to another to hunt eland, giraffe, or lion as all species are not available in one area or due to tag limits, might not be available even if there. in zimbabwe, you may do a lot of walking, especially if after buffalo or elephant. in tanzania, most of the time is spent cruising around in the truck, looking for sign or spotting game, then making a stalk, as there are not herds of wildebeest and zebra running around as seen on tv, where most films are from the serengeti park areas. much also depends on you and getting together with your PH before you go and setting the rules for how you will hunt. if you never want to see a truck, then you will have to accept lower success rates due to time limits and access limitations. most clients, especially americans, want to come back to a hot shower and comfortable accomodations every night, with a drink on the rocks. there is not enough demand for a more primitive hunt to let someone stay in business, given their high costs of doing business. i go back for my third trip in two weeks so i recommend you find the time to go, you will not regret it.

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Welcome to BGH!

I too am somewhat of a romantic about Africa. But I think I could live even with the new Africa.Maybe someday. The biggest mistake I made was not putting it at the top of the list, while I still had my youth and was still highly mobile. Large fininancial set backs were easier to absord as a young man, so was foolish spending!

We have been talking about this on another site and many people go just to kill the animals. That I don't get! If you do finally get to go, look at the ground where your about to set your foot. In that exact spot might have stepped Rouark. Chapstick or Hemmingway! Yet, I'm a romantic!!

Loved "The Ghost and The Darkness"! Lost it in a house fire. Cry

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Welcome to the forum!!

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Welcome to the forum!

Unfortunately the type of African hunting you've read about is something of the past and most hunts nowadays are conducted from lodges or permanent tented camps as opposed to the fly camps of the old days.

This does not mean that you can't still have an enjoyable and satisfying African hunting experience though. Just be sure that your PH offers hunts in line with what you expect from an African hunt along the lines of hunting ethics etc.

Good hunting!

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Buffalo and Leopard in Zimbabwe

Just got back on August 1 from 3 weeks in Zimbabwe hunting Cape Buffalo and Leopard. Harvested a nice 40 inch 2200 pound Buffalo and a 180 pound leopard. Did the leopard with hounds and WOW what a rush. Two seconds from a charge at 30 feet. This was my second trip and not my last. Back in two years for crop damage elephants. Somewhat like our deer damage situation here in Maryland. The local herds destroy an entire tribal corn field overnight and there is no corn for a year. There are four times the elephants in Zimbabwe than the forest can support. I saw hundreds of acres of destroyed forest by over populated elephant herds. A very reasonably priced hunt. My first hunt in Africa was in Namibia for plains game. Again, a very reasonably priced hunt and very successful.

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Location: Chestertown, Md
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Africa Education

This is my second post to you. I am 62 years old and walked 12 miles for my buffalo. When you pay, a good PH guages your abilities with his expectations.
No, I cannot walk four miles an hour in the bush. Yes, I walked 12 miles in the bush but it took two days. As far as a trip to Africa, save half and borrow the rest. I waited too long to take my first trip and now I will be going back for my third. The plane ride gets longer and longer. A young man has more patience. Believe me, I wish I could say,"Scottie, beam me to Africa". Should you like to discuss the dark continent in person, send me a private message and I will contact you. I do hope you can find some way to visit the Dark Continent. You will not regret it.

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African Safari on foot.

You had mentioned the traditional safari on foot with bearers on foot with the associated gear. One of my PH's says it can still be done in Tanzania. Now the lump. A 30 day safari costs in excess of $100,000 plus trophy fees,and yes, there are still some folks that do them. Tent camps are a close second and priced much, much more reasonable. Don't think I will be doing a safari on foot. Would be nice, but, my long distance walking days are behind me. My physical abilities and my hunting budget specify the tent camps and lodges are intended for this old boy.

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