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#6964087 - 11/17/17 03:23 PM Has anyone Hunted Africa
surfcowboy Offline

Registered: 11/16/09
Posts: 112
Hey Guys

Has anyone hunted the South Africa area. I'm looking to make a trip next year looking for outfit recommendations. My big three that I want to hunt are Kudu, Gemsbok, and Impala not sure of anything else.


#6964109 - 11/17/17 03:47 PM Re: Has anyone Hunted Africa [Re: surfcowboy]
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I can get ya set up with a Kudu, Gemsbok, Impala, Warthog and Blesbok in Limpopo province

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#6964130 - 11/17/17 04:10 PM Re: Has anyone Hunted Africa [Re: surfcowboy]
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Registered: 12/01/08
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Loc: Dallas, TX
I've hunted both SA and Namibia. I can personally recommend eZulu (SA) and Africa Awaits (Namibia). That said, there are plenty of very good outfitters in both countries. It's my personal opinion that hunting in southern Africa is the best value in hunting today. I've also fished but not hunted with N'Dumo (SA and Namibia) and can recommend them without reservation. The US booking agent for Africa Awaits is High Mountain Hunts, here in Dallas.
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#6964149 - 11/17/17 04:26 PM Re: Has anyone Hunted Africa [Re: surfcowboy]
Gillettehunter Offline
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Registered: 12/28/14
Posts: 10
Loc: Wyoming
I have been to Africa 4 times and hunted with 6 different outfitters among those trips. Likely going back in 18. There are a lot of VERY good outfitters as well as some not so good. I can make a number of suggestions should you want to PM me. My first thought is for you to join 2 other forums with lots of African hunting info. The first is Great friendly environment with a lot of active users. Look at the hunt reports and the hunts offered for deals. The second is the forums. This one is a bit rougher. Still some great hunt reports to look through as well as deals that come up regularly. It will not take you long to read some hunt reports and find some of the companies that are really GOOD. Congrats on the decision to go to Africa.

#6964162 - 11/17/17 04:42 PM Re: Has anyone Hunted Africa [Re: surfcowboy]
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I have been 4 times to South Africa and Namibia. The three animals you want are common an you should be able to find a great package deal on those three. If you can attend the Dallas Safari Club convention in early January. You will be shocked at how many safari companies there are and just how many different African hunts there are. I have done the tented wilderness hunts as well as the 5 star game farm/lodge hunts. Itís going to boil down to what you want. I think looking for the safari is half the fun. Be forewarned hunting in Africa is very addictive...

Edited by Erny (11/17/17 04:43 PM)

#6964317 - 11/17/17 07:31 PM Re: Has anyone Hunted Africa [Re: surfcowboy]
traviselmore Offline

Registered: 04/21/11
Posts: 675
Loc: Vale, NC
I just posted a thread the other day on my first safari. It is a couple threads down from this one. It has a lot of info in it.

#6964426 - 11/17/17 09:08 PM Re: Has anyone Hunted Africa [Re: surfcowboy]
surfcowboy Offline

Registered: 11/16/09
Posts: 112
I wish i could go to the shows. The thing is I'm out of the country working. that's why I asked on here. to get the opinions of the guys that have done it.

Edited by surfcowboy (11/17/17 09:22 PM)

#6964995 - 11/18/17 02:44 PM Re: Has anyone Hunted Africa [Re: surfcowboy]
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Loc: West Texas
Been there 4 times, once to SA, 3 times to Namibia. I'll take Namibia any day over the generally small (except for E Cape) high fence places in SA. Kowas Safaris is second to none.

#6965142 - 11/18/17 05:13 PM Re: Has anyone Hunted Africa [Re: surfcowboy]
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Registered: 10/06/11
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Loc: Houston
I've been a couple of times for archery hunts. I can recommend Matlabas Game Hunters, It's an archery hunting reserve though. No guns. But they really know about archery hunting and are set up for it in every way. Great experience. I would go back.

#6965315 - 11/18/17 08:27 PM Re: Has anyone Hunted Africa [Re: surfcowboy]
NTO Offline
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Registered: 05/14/12
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For your first safari I would say South Africa. I have hunted all parts and the eastern cape is the best imho.
Remember you get what you pay for cheaper is not always better especially in SA. Any outfit will get you those species but quality varies.

Edited by NTO (11/18/17 08:30 PM)
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#6965392 - 11/18/17 10:00 PM Re: Has anyone Hunted Africa [Re: surfcowboy]
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Registered: 02/13/15
Posts: 852
Loc: Waxahachie, TX
Can't go wrong with Limcroma. I took all three of the species you want and several more. Wonderful people made the trip what it was!

#6965489 - 11/19/17 06:03 AM Re: Has anyone Hunted Africa [Re: surfcowboy]
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Registered: 01/04/15
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I went last year to Limpopo and am looking to go back in 2019. I chose to book with a US based outfitter that handled everything and went also. It was nice having someone in the states help walk me through everything but I would be fine handling it all next time. I plan to go back with the same outfitter but would like to hunt the Eastern Cape eventually. As mentioned, is a great resource. You need to figure what is important to you besides the species. Budget, accommodations, trophy quality, size of hunting area, game fencing, and extra flights, distance from airports, and vaccines are things to consider. There's no way around it, it's a long trip to Johannesburg. Many places will require another flight after an overnight stay, which takes more time and money. I would plan on hunting at least 7 days.

#6965696 - 11/19/17 10:49 AM Re: Has anyone Hunted Africa [Re: surfcowboy]
EddieWalker Offline
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Registered: 08/06/14
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The main two countries for those animals are South Africa and Namibia. While you can get monsters in each country, Namibia is going to have a lot more really good kudu and gemsbok then South Africa. I know that some guys will disagree with me on this, but having been to both countries, meeting dozens of outfitters from both countries, hanging out as SCI with dozens of outfitters from there, I feel that I'm on pretty solid ground recommending Namibia over South Africa.

When I went, I went with Peter Clausen of Okosongoro

They had around 30,000 acres high fenced, and another 45,000 acres low fenced. I shot my 52 inch kudu on the low fence land on the 4th or 5th day and saw a 56 inch bull a couple days later on more of the low fenced land. I shot my 35 inch gemsbok on the last day after working really hard on a 42 inch bull that was just unbelievable to see, even if we only saw him for seconds at a time. My buddy shot a 38 inch bull on the first day, and we saw dozens that would be right at or just under 40 inches.

Since going, I know of 4 friends who also went there and did really well. One went back every other year until he passed away last year.

At SCI, we would all go out to dinner together with half a dozen other Namibia outfitters. They all know each other, and they all seem to be good friends. Most of them do not own the land they hunt on, but Peter does. His grandfather started the ranch and it's been handed down to him from his father. From what I've seen and those I've gotten to know, they are all great guys and you probably wouldn't have a bad hunt with any of them. If you chose somebody other then Peter, just be sure that they have been around awhile and it's not some new startup. I think that's where people get into trouble.

Edited by EddieWalker (11/19/17 10:49 AM)

#6965788 - 11/19/17 01:27 PM Re: Has anyone Hunted Africa [Re: surfcowboy]
doggit Offline
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Registered: 01/29/10
Posts: 268
Loc: tx san marcos
Just DONT go with or use BARRY BURCHELL (Fronteir Safaris). Wont go into details (too long) but google his name if you want to know why I'm saying NOT to use him! I'm one that got burned by him. Get's my blood pumping every year at DSC when I STILL see his booth after knowing how he has screwed so many hunters! And now I see he has Craig Boddington supporting him. Guess ol' Boddington just needs a FREE hunt and he'll do or say anything for you.

#6965818 - 11/19/17 02:04 PM Re: Has anyone Hunted Africa [Re: surfcowboy]
SpiralHorn Offline
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Registered: 07/12/17
Posts: 6
Have been on at least a dozen African Safaris - taken just about all of Southern African Plainsgame and quite a few DG. But there is nothing like the excitement of a first safari - everything is on the menu. Youíre already doing few things right. First, decide on the highly desired species. It always worked best for me to the choose the hunting method, and the area that offer the best trophy quality for those species. Finally get advise on Safari Operators from folks who have been a bunch of times with different outfitters. For the game you listed Iíd recommend either Namibia or the Limpopo Province (biggest Kudu and Impala in RSA). There are many quality outfitters with their own land and camps, but others who just buy quota from others.
I can recommend Dumukwa Safaris in South Africa and Namibia Safari Company without hesitation.

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