Eliot hunts with Karoo Wild Safaris on his first ever African hunting safari
Sunday, 29th September 2019
Eliot joined us for a 10 day hunting safari, his first hunting trip to Africa. He hunted with Arnold as his PH using my 7x64 Brenneke and 375 Ruger.
The guys hunted hard the first few days having some exceptional luck with nyala, springbuck and burchells zebra. On the afternoon of the third day they spotted a large kudu bull from afar and put in a long, tricky stalk. The bull was surrounded by a herd of younger bulls and cows and it was a difficult stalk. Eliot made a good 180 yard shot shortly after sunset to bag a world class kudu bull. No doubt the highlight in an already successful hunting trip.
I guided Eliot on his eland bull. We were hunting plum in the middle of the eland rut and all the eland were off the surrounding mountains and in the plains chasing after the cows. in the short time before we were began our stalk we spotted a 170 eland in a 25 square mile plain. We identified a old, exceptionally long horned bull and waited patiently for him to emerge from behind some cows. Our firing line was briefly impeded by some brush for several heartstopping moments. We knew we were too close and were within a whisper from being spotted when Eliot grabbed his opportunity, the 375 bullet knocking the bull over. Two follow up shots later we could approach and admire the magnificent eland.
Over the course of the next 5 days, Eliot and Arnold successfully hunted a cull blue wildebeest cow, a blesbok and two impala. He completed his spiral slam with a thrilling stalk on a lone bushbuck ram emerging into the open form the thick bush.
It was a fantastic 10 days of hunting with Eliot and we throughly enjoyed his company, excellent hunting and many laughs. We hope our paths will cross again someday soon.
Guest Comments -
Hunting with Karoo Wild Safaris marked my first African hunt, a lifelong goal. The hunting areas in the Eastern Cape are beautiful, rugged and majestic. I couldn’t have asked for better hunting country. The quality of the game was superb, exceeding my wildest expectations. Victor and Lindsay run a first rate operation, with first class food and wine, fantastic service, and better accommodations than I deserve.
Arnold, my PH, was absolutely top notch! I’d hunt anywhere in the world with Arnold. Patient, personable, and experienced, he repeatedly guided me to trophy class animals and had the highest possible standards on which animals to harvest, never settling for anything but the best. Victor’s experience, and great instincts, led him to hire such a phenomenal PH as Arnold.
I was fortunate to harvest some absolutely monster trophies, and when I wasn’t shooting, I was enjoying the wonderful terrain, mountain views and the pleasant company of Victor’s staff and fellow hunters. You cannot go wrong with Karoo Wild Safaris, they have my strongest possible recommendation for your next hunt! I will be booking my next African adventure with Karoo Wild Safaris.