African Hunting Season 2021 Wrap - Part 1

African Hunting Season 2021 Wrap – Part 1

We’ve come to the end of our season.

Karoo Wild Lodge - Lapa

We’ll always remember 2021 as the year after Covid…the year after almost everything in our everyday lives came to an abrupt halt. Despite the disruptions of last year, 2021 has been an immensely successful season for Karoo Wild Safaris. Our previous commitment to be a personable, family run, African hunting outfit has stood us in good stead. Our focus remains on offering our clients a hunting adventure and experience they will remember forever.

Our 2021 season began in early March with the hunt of Greg, a first time African hunter from Michigan, USA. Greg was our first guest since the Covid disruptions in travel and we thank him for his commitment to re-schedule his hunt. We had a remarkable stalk on a nyala on the first day and our good hunting fortune continued from there. Kudu hunting proved a challenge initially but we got a terrific bull on the 4th day, one of the heaviest kudu ever shot with us. Greg finished his hunt with 9 trophy animals – a nyala, burchells zebra, black wildebeest, black springbok, gemsbok, blesbok, kudu, steenbok and a common springbok. 

 

 

Howard and Magi returned for their 5th hunt with Karoo Wild Safaris. It’s always a pleasure to welcome our friends from Colorado back to the Karoo. A cape buffalo hunt was the main goal of Howard’s hunt. It was a physically tough hunt for all involved. We experienced unseasonably hot weather and tracking and stalking buffalo was exceptionally challenging but ultimately very rewarding. Howard made an incredible shot on the 3rd day of stalking buffalo to take an old dugga boy. He also hunted a sable, golden gemsbok, kudu, two springbok, two impala and a baboon. Lindsay and Magi spent a night in the magnificent Mount Camdeboo Game Reserve and had sightings of lion and other big five animals.

 

 

We were excited to welcome Redgie back for his 3rd South African hunt with us. Videographer, Paul Ruschenbaum joined us for the 10-day adventure. A hunt with Redgie and Paul is always a fun affair. We hunted out of our home base in the Karoo and also spent 3 days in the Free State Province. Redgie continued his love of eland hunting by shooting his best one yet. He also hunted a world class sable, a 2nd eland, waterbuck and kudu. Paul took some outstanding pictures and hunting video which can be viewed here. 

South African hunting Trip.

 

 

 

Jamie and brother Jason from Kentucky hunted with us in July on their first African hunting trip. We had a dream start to the hunt with both brothers getting a burchells zebra, impala and kudu early in the hunting safari. Jason made a classic stalk on a gemsbok bull to get within 100 yards. A large cold front hit in the latter part of the hunt and the higher ground of the Eastern Cape experienced a light snowfall. Jamie hunted a gemsbok in sub-zero temperature and we had unique sighting of elephant, rhino and giraffe in the snow. It was a classic African hunt with our new friends and hope to hunt with them again one day soon. 

 

 

Chris and Keith, long time friends from Oklahoma City hunted with us in early August. They bid on our donated hunt at the Anna’s House Foundation gala dinner and raised some much-needed funds for foster kids in the process. We had a truly epic hunt! We got two impala on one stalk on the first morning. We split up for kudu; Mitchell and Keith earned bragging rights by getting a beautiful kudu first. Later on, we were successful on eland, gemsbok and two burchells zebra. The zebra hunt was a morning to remember, we drove up a hair-raising mountain road to access a grassy plateau where the zebra were grazing. We were unlucky to miss several opportunities on kudu with Chris early in the hunt. The suspense continued into the final day of the hunt with Chris bagging a beast of a kudu bull.

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African Hunting Safari News – Part 2