Family Hunting Safari

Chad and family - first African hunting safari

Chad and wife Natalie, dad Archie and Maria joined us from Idaho for their first African hunt. Chad and I had spent some time planning their african trip and it was a pleasure to finally meet him and welcome them to the Karoo...

Hunting Nyala

Nibbs guided them on their adventure. It was foggy the next morning which made locating animals hard. Despite missing their first shots at impala both Archie and Chad made amends by making one shot kills on good impala rams later on the first day.

They got onto a gemsbok herd early the next morning and Archie made an excellent shot to get his dream gemsbuck trophy.

The hunting party left for Graaff Reinet area the next day for two days of hunting and game viewing. They spotted a good warthoog boar moving into some bush and returned later in the day to the same spot. He was in the open this time and Chad managed to bag an excellent warthog boar. The party had excellent sighting of elephant, rhini, giraffe and buffalo throughout the days hunting. Natalie, Maria and myself did a tour of the Graaff Reinet museums and shops the next day and visited the famed Valley of Desolation. Chad's good hunting continued that day with him getting a blue wildebeest bull.

The kudu had proved elusive up to this point living up to their reputation as the "grey ghost". Chad and Nibbs had a stroke of good fortune coming across a big bull relatively close to camp. Chad's shot was true and he'd bagged his dream african animal.

The party visited the Addo Elephant National Park the next day and had good sightings of elephant, buffalo and plains game.


Archie and I had some good fortune of our own the next morning bumping into a herd of kudu on a mountain path. Archie's shot hit and the bull stumbled a few yards expiring on the mountain slope. It was a diifcult retrieval but well worth the effort.

Chad, Nibbs and Natalie stalked in on a nice nyala ram the next afternoon.

We hope to welcome Chad, Natalie and their family back to South Africa in the future.

Guest Comments -

In researching hunting options for my dad and I to hunt in South Africa for our first African Safari, I looked at several companies. It was a lengthy process, but a few thing set Victor and Karoo Wild Safaris apart. First, I noticed how many repeat customers they had. Also, they catered to small groups, so they were able to personalize the experience, not pushing to lots of clients to get the most animals possible. They also offered a true fair chase hunting experience. After speaking to former clients I decided this was the place for us.

Upon or arrival, we found that Victor, Lindsay and their staff were very welcoming and the accommodations exceeded our expectations! We truly wanted to experience South Africa, and my wife had a list of authentic foods that she hoped to try during our visit. To her excitement, every single food on her list was covered in the fabulous meals we were served throughout our stay. We also enjoyed learning about the culture in South Africa. Victor was able to answer our questions and it was so interesting learning about the economics and history of the area.

We were able to hunt on several different large properties that offered a variety of game. It was very apparent that our professional hunter, Nibbs, and tracker, Mitchell, were exceptional in ensuring that we had every opportunity to obtain the animals we desired. I truly felt that Nibbs had my best interests in mind in trying to get the best trophy animals possible. He had strict expectations of quality and was very selective to ensure my display of animals will look fantastic in my home!  In addition, Nibbs and Mitchell went out of their way to help my 70 year old father, with limited mobility, have the hunt of a lifetime.

I plan on returning to hunt with Karoo Wild Safaris and would recommend them to anyone who is looking for an amazing experience hunting in South Africa.

Chad and Natalie Houghton