Well, another year gone, it seems like they speed up as you get older - time waits for no man!
This year was as slow as we have seen in several years, but thankfully there are still people out there like yourselves who are prepared to spend time and money on preserving what is left of the African wildlife.
April saw the arrival of Steve and Lisa , together with Todd and Denise, to hunt the elusive Leopard, and elusive it proved to be!! We had a big cat on bait but never got a good shot at him, so it will have to be next time. Lisa managed to get a very nice Zebra stallion, which eluded her on her last trip, as well as a Wildebeest. Todd managed to get a very nice Tom with PH Shaun Buffee. Happy Days!!!
Shortly after this was long-time friend and college buddy, Patrick, on a short but enjoyable Bow hunt on the Limpopo River.
June brought Texan Tom to Uganda for a very short hunt, taking a very nice East African Impala in the Lake Mburo area.
June also saw a family arrive from the US. Dad Mark had previously been out on a Plains Game hunt, but now brought most of the family for the big old Buffalo. Old, gnarly and tough he proved to be, taking multiple rounds before dying a valiant death. Mum Kati and sons, Robert and Steven, were close at hand to catch all the action and join in the fun. Between them they took a bunch of critters from Buffalo to Duiker and lots in between - some great stories of the Eland, Warthog and Hyena hunts. Don't forget to load your weapon, lads!!!!
Next up also on Leopard were Steve and Diane, accompanied by their friends, Curtis and Christine hunting with PH Brent Hein. This was Steve’s fifth safari for Leopard and Diane's first visit to the Dark Continent. It was a great trip, not without highs and lows, especially when the Tom headed into a thicket after taking the shot. All turned out good, so Happy Days all around, Steve also taking Nyala, a bunch of Zebra and a nice old Eland Bull.
Maria from Maine arrived in July for an interesting Historical and Photographic trip, the highlight being the tracking of Rhino and enjoying the wonderful vistas of the Matobo.
August brought Captain George sailing in from the West to the now dry and dusty Savannas. A 21-day trip armed with his trusty 470, and into the wilderness we trekked. George took an old Dagga boy at 10 paces, and we had fun and games up in the high kopjes of the Malanganis chasing the elusive Klipspringer. Excellent trip, George, we look forward to doing all again, and next time for Ele.
We also enjoyed some excellent bird shooting for Doves and Sandgrouse.
Next up were Dick and Barbara - from Ohio to hunt Tuskless Elephant on the Limpopo. Dick and Barbara hunted with us last 10 years ago, so great to see them back. After some hard hunting and passing up plenty, Dick finally got the perfect frontal brain shot at less than 20 paces, one shot down and dusted. Perfect Dick - well done! Barbara followed suit with an equally good shot on a nice Zebra Stallion.
We will leave the Warthog hunt for another telling.
Lots of stories and great times with good friends.
Well done, Dick, on a great Safari!
Go well my friends, and God Speed.
Scott and Carolyn
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