This was my twentieth safari to Africa, but my first time to the Eastern Cape. I was surprised by the ruggedness of the area and soon realized that this wasn’t one of those “easy” game ranch hunts some areas of the RSA are known for. The quality and numbers of game are impressive, but you will have to work for your trophies. The rocky hills and thick bush make stalking difficult and the animals, especially the Kudu are well educated. You should be prepared to take longer shots as the average distance for my kudu; mountain reedbuck, Vaal reedbuck, and bushbuck were about 260 yards. The Chalets are some of the most elegant and comfortable I have ever stayed in. The surrounding bush was quiet, isolated and tranquil. It is an excellent location for hunting and also makes for a nice romantic get a way. Victor’s better half, Lindsey is a superb chef as the meals and wines were all delicious and presented with five star quality. The Lapa was simple, comfortable and beautiful.
Victor and I also took a side trip to Mossel Bay for great white shark cage diving. I was shocked on how easy it was as it was only a ten minute boat ride in a calm bay to where we put the anchor down. The crew had the cage in the water secured to the side of the boat in a few minutes and then we were ready to jump in. No scuba tanks are necessary as you just sit in the cage as the crew entices the sharks to come to you with chum and a fish head on a line thrown out in the front of you. The Great Whites cooperated and were soon circling about, sticking their snouts up against us, baring their teeth while chomping at the bait and thrashing their huge bodies up against our hopefully secure cage. It is a thrilling experience not to be missed.
I heartily recommend the whole Wild Karoo Safaris experience