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Tom and Jose, both professionals in the firearms industry, joined us for an African hunting adventure to remember. Tom hunted with a truly classic rifle. a single shot Holland and Holland 375 flanged, custom made in 1921. Jose alternated between his Marlin 45/70 Government and 308 Winchester. Jose hunted an impala on the first morning, we stalked in close to enable the 45/70 to do its work. He also hunted a waterbuck with the 45/70, an exceptional shot at a long distance. Tom’s first animal was a target of opportunity, a magnificent nyala bull. A cold front had rolled in and we had to work hard for the two gemsbok. Some patient stalking allowed us to hunt two kudu on the same day and we finished the hunt with a blesbok ram on the last afternoon. We had a spectacular safari and we look forward to seeing our new friends in 2022.
Bob returned for his 3rd hunt with Karoo Wild Safaris. His friend, Richard, accompanied him as an observer. Bob has hunted almost all the species of South African plains game and this hunt was for some of the rarer game. Having hunted a steenbok and klipspringer in 2018, Bob was keen also keen to add to his collection of the Tiny Ten species of antelope. We were successful on an oribi on the coastline around Port Alfred on the first afternoon. We were exceptionally lucky to get a terrific vaal rhebuck on the 2nd afternoon. We travelled to the Northern Cape were Bob bagged a world class roan and golden wildebeest. He also hunted a Hartmann Mountain Zebra, unique to the drier parts of South Africa. Later on in his hunting safari, we connected with a red lechwe and cape grysbok.
Kurt and Henrik from Sweden hunted with us in late November. Although seasoned African hunters, this was their first South African hunt. Henrik and Arnold (PH) hunted a trophy impala and 10 cull animals consisting of kudu, impala and springbok. Kurt and myself focused on some of the more elusive animals and connected with an impala, steenbok and old bushbuck ram. We hope to welcome them back to the Karoo again
Terry and Anne, son Gary and daughter Claire, returned to hunt Africa on their 2nd trip with Karoo Wild Safaris. Arnold and myself guided them and pro videographer, Paul Ruschenbaum captured their 10 day African hunting safari in the Kalahari and Eastern Cape. We hunted - burchells zebra, bushbuck, red hartebeest, kudu, duiker, springbok, aardwolf and a variety of small predators. Thanks for trusting us with your dream African hunt.
2021 marks 10 years since Mitchell (tracker) and Francis (lodge staff) first joined the Karoo Wild team. In this time, they’ve become an integral part of our success. Their enthusiasm for what they do remains undiminished and we thank them for their continued service.
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The 2022 hunting season holds much promise. International travel to South Africa is remains open to US and UK citizens and will hopefully open soon to a number of other countries.
Pablo Neruda, the Chilean poet wrote “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming”. Much like spring, life after Covid holds hope for us all. I pray you all live your lives to the fullest and accomplish all you set out to achieve.
Thank you all. May you have a blessed Christmas and a prosperous new year.