Hunt Stories

  • Bob hunts sable with Karoo Wild Safaris in South Africa

    Bob from Reno, Nevada chose to hunt with Karoo Wild Safaris on his 2nd Africa hunting trip. Bob hunted with my Sako .270 Win using 130 gr Pro Am rounds.

    Saturday, 13th May 2017
  • Idaho Hunters hunt with Karoo Wild Safaris in South Africa

    We were happy to welcome Van and Diane of Artistry Outwest Taxidermy Studio in Weippe, Idaho. They have hunted in Africa several times and on this occasion brought their friends Dave and Rich on a 10 day hunting safari. I hunted with Van and Diane and Nibbs guided Dave and Rich on their hunt. 

    Monday, 1st May 2017
  • 56 Inch Cape Kudu shot with Karoo Wild Safaris

    We're currently hunting with the Burton family (Tim, Deb, Jordan and Brooke) and friend Colin Pietz from Wisconsin. PH Arnold Klaasen and Jordan shot this cape kudu bull a couple of days ago. He measures L=56 3/4, R=55, Bases 9.5 per side. Jordan was looking for something completely different and he certainly got what he bargained for. Although far from a classic kudu bull, once officially measured he's expected to be near the top of the SCI book for Cape Kudu. Like Arnold so humbly says "even a blind chicken can pick up a piece of corn once in awhile". Well done to Jordan on an outstanding hunt and once in a lifetime trophy. 

    Jordan also hunted a blesbuck, springbuck, impala, nyala, bushbuck and blue wildebeest

    After 14 fruitless days in Zimbabwe last year, Colin and PH Craig got a fantastic Cape Buffalo after 4 days of hard hunting. He followed that up with a red lechwe and a kudu. Colin's luck has certainly changed on this trip. 

    Jordan's father Tim, hunted with Nibbs and they began their hunt with a great sable. During the course of the week Tim has hunted hard and taken an eland, springbuck, nyala and bushbuck. He shot a kudu in deepest darkest Africa and it took the whole force of the hunting team to recover it from where it lay precariously on a mountain. 

    Well done guys on a great hunt so far! It’s been a week filled with fun and lots of laughter. Last hunting day today and Colin got a great nyala and Tim a Waterbuck with a beautiful curving set of horns. Jordan, Brooke, Deb and Linday spent the day in Port Elizabeth at the beach shopping.

    Wednesday, 5th April 2017
  • Rob Russell returns for his fourth hunt with Karoo Wild in South Africa

    Robert Russell from Solihull, Birmingham returned to hunt with Karoo Wild Safaris for a fourth consecutive time. Rob brought his trusted 6.5x55 Swedish Mauser with him and a brand new .375 H&H that had never been fired in the field before.

    Saturday, 25th March 2017
  • Howard and Magi from Colorado return to hunt with Karoo Wild in South Africa

    Howard and Magi hunted with us in December 2015 and returned for their 2nd hunt with Karoo Wild Safaris. They've become close friends and it was great to welcome them back to the Karoo. Howard does all his own taxidermy and it was superb to see pictures of the last hunt's trophies being mounted. 

    Friday, 10th March 2017
  • William and Sinead hunt with Karoo Wild Safaris in South Africa

    We were excited to welcome William and Sinead from Northern Ireland. This was their first trip to Africa. They were combining their hunt with a wine tour of Stellenbosch and some time in Cape Town.

    Friday, 17th February 2017
  • New Years Hunt

    Ferdinando and Eleonora, from Italy, joined us early in the New Year for a short summer hunt. Ferdinando has hunted many times in Africa before and we were happy to welcome him on his first hunting trip to South Africa.

    Saturday, 7th January 2017
  • Texan hunting group hunts with Karoo Wild Safaris in the Eastern Cape

    We were honoured to welcome three first time African hunters on a hunting safari that our friend and 2015 client Don had organized. Steve is from Abilene, Jay resides near Austin and Buddy own Rustic Oaks Taxidermy Studio, near Anson, Texas.

    Wednesday, 7th September 2016
  • Alaskan hunter hunts with Karoo Wild Safaris

    We were excited to welcome Jim and Setsko from Anchorage Alaska to South Africa for their plains game hunt. Jim had booked an 8 day hunt with us. Directly therefafter they were to fly to Zambia to hunt buffalo and sable and visit Victoria Falls. Jim and I had exchanged numerous emails by the time we finally met in person at the Beach Hotel in Port Elizabeth.

    Monday, 13th June 2016
  • Dan and Celine return to Karoo Wild Safaris with family

    We were thrilled to welcome Dan and Celine from Ohio back to the Karoo. They visited us in 2013 and hunted a kudu, gemsbok, impala and cape springbok. . They'd promised to bring their three girls next time they returned to South Africa and it was great to meet Morgan, Abby and Natalie.

    Sunday, 5th June 2016
  • It's a good day to be a De Haan in South Africa!

    It was the fourth day of our hunt with Keith when it happened. We'd spent the day viewing game in the Addo Elephant National Park and had returned to the lodge at mid afternoon. The collusion and conniving had begun the evening before and plans had been set in motion. Jake, his girlfriend, Lauren and I set out in search of "a monster kudu'' Mitchell and Nibbs had seen on a far mountain. We drove up the steep jeep track and at a pre-determined spot we stopped the vehicle and continued on foot. If Jake was nervous, he wasn't showing it and went about the whole business in his normal calm way.

    Wednesday, 25th May 2016
  • Blake and Patti, Mike and Bev hunt plains game in South Africa with Karoo Wild Safaris

    Blake and Pati from Fort Worth, Texas and Mike and Bev from Colorado Springs decided to pull the trigger on an African hunt and holiday. They are long time friends from when both couples lived in Alaska and for Blake and Mike it was a renewal of a hunting friendship that extended back to bear hunting in the Alaskan wilderness in the 1990's. Lindsay and I were humbled that they chose Karoo Wild Safaris as their outfitter to hunt with in South Africa.

    Friday, 13th May 2016
  • Robert returns for his 3rd hunt with Karoo Wild Safaris

    It was terrific to welcome Rob back to the Karoo on his third African safari with us. Rob has been coming every year since 2014 and has become part of the Karoo Wild Safari family.

    Thursday, 12th May 2016
  • Cull Hunters from France hunt plains game with Karoo Wild Safaris

    In April Karoo Wild Safaris welcomed Maximillien and Ludovic to the Karoo. Maximillien is originally from France and him and his family live and work in Acra, Ghana. Ludovic lives and works in Paris.

    Saturday, 9th April 2016
  • First Hunt of the 2016 season begins with a bang

    We were super excited to welcome Buddy and Lori from Minnesota to the Karoo. In terms of geography and climate the Karoo and Minnesota are poles apart but we soon discovered that we share a very similar culture and sense of humour (even though we spell it differently!).

    Sunday, 20th March 2016
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    Screaming Hot Summer Hunt, Howard and Maggie

    The crickets are screaming now. They lost their tune about 20 degrees ago. I've decided that whoever attached the adjective "screaming" to the word "hot" had to have experienced the Karoo on a day like this. It's 41 Degrees Celsius / 105 Fahrenheit today. I'm sitting on my chalet deck writing this hunt story. It's the second last day of our 2015 season and my boots are almost hung up for the year. Hopefully there's a bushbuck in my short term future to make a fitting end to the season.

    Saturday, 19th December 2015
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    Genaro Snr and family hunt and vacation with Karoo Wild in South Africa

    We were privileged to welcome Genaro Snr and his wife Liliana, son Genaro Jnr and daughers Valeria and Andrea to hunt and vacation with us. Genaro Snr has hunted in Africa numerous times and has hunted dangerous and plains game in Tanzania and South Africa. The family were on a month long holiday in South Africa and Victoria Falls and spent five days with us in the Karoo for Genaro Jnr, Valeria and Liliana to be introduced to plains game hunting. Graham (PH) guided Valeria and Liliana and I was guide to Genaro Jnr with Genaro Snr accompanying us as an observer.

    Thursday, 6th August 2015
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    Karoo Wild Safaris welcomes Bruce, Michael and Tamela to the Eastern Cape.

    We were delighted to welcome Bruce and his wife, Tamela and friend Michael to the Eastern Cape again on their second hunt in our area. Bruce and I had been communicating about this hunt for a few years and were excited to finally welcome them to Karoo Wild Safaris. Tamela encountered some passport problems at Atlanta and left the US a few days after the guys. 

    Thursday, 30th July 2015
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    Rick and Son hunt plains game with Karoo Wild

    We were excited to welcome Rick and his son, Mike, to South Africa on their first ever African hunt. Their hunt unfortunately coincided with the start of an unusually cold and wet weather spell. We were however determined to make the most of their time with us and were soon onto a group of impala. Mike's first shot at an impala was a tricky one and the shot missed it's mark. Later that morning we stalked another herd and Mike's shot hit him a little far back. We followed the blood trail until it dried up. Mitchell and I decided to follow in he direction in which the ram was moving and walked right past the spot where he was bedded down. He stood up and Mike promptly gave him the kill shot. 

    Monday, 20th July 2015
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    Texas hunting outfitter hunts with Karoo Wild Safaris in South Africa

    We felt very priviledged to welcome Texan hunting outfitter Don and his wife Debbie to the Eastern Cape for a 15 day hunt. Being an avid hunter of varmints, Don was interested in hunting the small cats and animals as well as plains game. 

    Wednesday, 17th June 2015
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    Mike from California, USA hunts and shark cage dives with Karoo Wild Safaris

    Mike from California, USA joined us for an eight day hunt and shark cage diving trip. Mike has hunted and visited Africa many times before and we were happy to welcome him to the Eastern Cape for the first time. He combined his hunt with a trip to Zimbabwe where he did a canoe safari in Mana Pools National Park. 

    Monday, 1st June 2015
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    Steve and Neale, an african hunt to remember

    Steve and Neale from Queensland, Australia, hunted with us on their first African hunting safari. They first contacted us in 2013 to plan their safari and it was great to finally meet them in person. Unsurprisingly, they had a lot to say about the cricket. Luckily for me, I'm strictly a rugby fan and it was water off a ducks back!

    Saturday, 23rd May 2015
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    Scott from Houston, Texas returns to hunt with Karoo Wild in 2015

    We were excited to welcome Scott back in camp this year for an 8 day hunt. We had a lot of fun hunting with Scott last year and this year's hunt promised to hold more hunting adventures. Scott used my .375 Ruger caliber Howa with 200 grain GS Custom rounds.

    Thursday, 30th April 2015
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    The kudu, the jackal and the waterbuck

    Rob from, Birmingham visited us again this year for a hunt which included kudu, gemsbok, blue wildebeest, waterbuck, bushbuck and eland on the wishlist. Rob had a magnificent hunt last year and we were hoping for a repeat of 2014's fortunes.

    Wednesday, 22nd April 2015
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    Two kudu bulls in two days

    James and Dorothy returned to hunt with us on their annual hunting safari. This is their 3rd visit to Karoo Wild and they've become good friends. James has hunted most of the species and has become a bit of a kudu connoisseur. He just loves the thrill of hunting kudu.

    Wednesday, 15th April 2015
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    Vern and Joyce from Portland, Oregon are our first guests for 2015

    Vern and Joyce from Portland, Oregon are Karoo Wild's first hunting guests for the 2015 season. Their friends back home, Phil and Pat, visited us last March and they recommended Karoo Wild to them. 

    Sunday, 5th April 2015
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    Phil from Lincolnshire, UK enjoys a cull hunting experience in South Africa

    Phil and Elle, from Lincolnshire UK, joined us for a 14 day cull hunting and vacation experiece in the Karoo. This was their fourth visit to South Africa and Lindsay and I felt honoured that they chose to hunt with us.

    Saturday, 8th November 2014
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    Steve from Surrey, UK enjoys a cull hunt in South Africa

    Steve, a veteran of many African hunts, including dangerous game, joined us for a week of fun-filled cull hunting. We have a number of old female animals and male animals with little trophy potential that need to be culled.

    Wednesday, 20th August 2014
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    Robert from Birmingham, UK fulfills dream of hunting plains game in Africa

    Robert, from Solihull UK, but originally from California hunted with us on an 8 day hunting safari. This was Robert's first trip to South Africa and we'd planned to split his wish list over two hunts in 2015 and 2015. 

    Saturday, 9th August 2014
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    Rob and his family hunt South Africa with Karoo Wild Safaris

    We were excited to meet Rob and his wife, Suszette; son Robbie and daughter Molly at the airport. Rob had been planning a hunting trip to Africa his entire life and planned to make the most of his trip by hunting a lot of animals. It promised to be an exciting hunt and holiday...

    Saturday, 19th July 2014
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    Keith and Jake hunt with Karoo Wild Safaris in South Africa

    We were very honoured when Keith and his son Jake chose to hunt with us on their much anticipated African hunt. Keith had been planning for a long time to visit Africa and had waited for the opportunity for him and his son to hunt together. Keith's owns a taxidermy studio and has been outfitting and guiding hunts on his own property and concessions in Indiana for many years. Jake is a history major and a talented musician. 

    Saturday, 24th May 2014
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    Scott from Houston, Texas hunts a nyala and kudu in South Africa

    Scott from Houston, Texas joined us for a 6 day hunt. Scott contracts in West Africa and although he's no stranger to Africa, this was his first hunting trip on the continent. Scott had been planning this trip for some time and it was great to finally meet him. We were both eager for what was to prove a very interesting hunt.

    Friday, 18th April 2014
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    Belgian family enjoy a hunting vacation in South Africa

    Benoit and Carmen brought their family out to South Africa. They have family who live in Port Elizabeth and have hunted here on a number of occasions. Benoit was particularly interested in taking a mountain reedbuck and kudu. His sons Sergei and Dimitri were very excited at the opportunity of taking their first cull antelope. Nibbs, an experienced PH from Graaff Reinet, did a great job of guiding them throughout their hunt.

    Thursday, 17th April 2014
  • Colorado couple hunt plains game in the Eastern Cape

    Kevin and Heidi joined us for a short 4 day hunt from Denver, Colorado. They'd planned a sight-seeing trip to Victoria Falls, Chobe and Okavango Delta with some friends and Kevin, being the avid hunter he is, couldn't bear the thought of coming to Africa without doing some hunting. 

    Tuesday, 8th April 2014
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    Oregan couple visit South Africa for a hunting holiday

    Phil and Pat from Corvallis, Oregon chose to hunt with Karoo Wild Safaris on their first African hunting trip. Phil is a professor of geography and climatology and Pat is a travel consultant. Phil and Pat had been planning this trip for over a year and included a 3 night stopover in Amsterdam and Cape Town on the way to South Africa and a 2 night stay in Paris on their return. 

    Tuesday, 4th March 2014
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    Summer Eastern Cape Hunt

    Dan, from Spokane, Washington joined us for a 5 night hunt in the Eastern Cape. Dan had a business conference in Cape Town and took some time before to fulfill his dream of hunting in Africa. 

    Sunday, 2nd March 2014
  • Cheetah at Haaspoort / Karoo Wild Safaris night

    Rogue Cheetah photographed on the reserve

    Shortly before Christmas, Mitchell our chief tracker at Karoo Wild Safaris, saw a large spotted cat climbing a mountain away from him in the Boschfontein area of the reserve. Thinking it to be a leopard he radioed it in and I came to investigate. We found tracks consistent with that of a leopard or cheetah but it was unclear whether the tracks were showing claws or not. Leopard are able to retract their claws and don't under normal circumstances show claws in their tracks. More closely related to the dog family, cheetah are unable to retract their claws. Leopard are common to our mountains and because of their secretive nature are able to live in relative harmony with the community. Cheetah on the other hand are generally docile towards humans but because of their preference for open areas can cause massive losses amongst livestock. 

    Friday, 7th February 2014
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    Big gun safari - Californians hunting in South Africa

    Frank and Tom, brothers from California joined Karoo Wild Safaris for a 7 day plains game hunt in the Eastern Cape South Africa. Frank has hunted in Namibia and Zimbabwe before but this was his and Tom's first visit to South Africa. They brought with them a .375 H&H and .338 Win Mag, rifles that one doesn't see to often on plains game hunts in South Africa but performed excellently under all conditions. Earplugs were required as I was to find out later...

    Thursday, 19th September 2013
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    Florida couple visit South Africa for a plains game hunting safari

    Ted and Jill visited the Karoo for a hunting safari. Ted and I have been planning their hunt and vacation since mid 2012 and it was great to finally meet and and welcome him and Jill to South Africa. Ted had spent some time with the US airforce in North Africa and it was there that the seed for an African hunting safari was first planted. It was to be many years before he found the time but the opportunity was finally here to hunt in Africa.

    Saturday, 7th September 2013
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    Ivan joins us from Hungary for an Eastern Cape plains game safari

    Ivan, a medical doctor now living with his family in Chester UK, joined us for a seven day plains game hunt. Hungarian hunter/writers have a fine African hunting tradition and Ivan followed his dream by hunting in Africa.

    Monday, 1st July 2013
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    Dan and Celina have a successful Eastern Cape hunting safari

    Dan and Celina joined us for a 5 day hunting safari whilst on holiday in South Africa. After spending a couple of nights in Port Elizabeth enjoying the various game parks and beaches, I met them in Port Elizabeth and we travelled 130 kilometres to our lodge in the Karoo. We had a few shots at the range that afternoon and settled in for the night at the lodge for a hearty dinner. It was Dan and Celine's first time in Africa and they had a wishlist of four species, two of which were to be hunted by Celina. She had never taken a deer or antelope before and we were hopeful of giving her an opportunity to hunt her first ever animal with us at Karoo Wild. Throughout our time together I enjoyed their good easy going nature and desire to learn and experience everything new.

    Saturday, 8th June 2013
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    Gordon and Denis enjoy a plains game hunting safari in the karoo

    Gordon and Denis hunted with us on a 10 day hunt. It was Gordon's third time hunting in South Africa and has hunted in Africa many times. Having hunted many of Africa's animals including four of the big five we were honoured that Gordon chose to hunt with us in the hope of taking some species unique to our region. It was Denis's first trip to Africa and we hoped to show him the best that Africa has to offer. Gordon and Denis are cousins and the best of friends. 

    Saturday, 11th May 2013
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    Engin fulfills his South African plains game hunting wishlist

    We've welcomed many hunters from Turkey over the past decade so it was a pleasure that Engin chose to hunt with us on his second South African plains game safari. He had a specific wishlist that he formulated whilst on safari in South Africa in 2011 and it was our challenge to help him fulfill this dream. 

    Wednesday, 24th April 2013
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    James and Dorothy hunt a trophy kudu

    James and Dorothy joined us from London on a short 3 day hunt whilst on holiday in South Africa. Having hunted in South Africa many times before but never in the Eastern Cape, it was a honour for us to host them on their first karoo safari.

    Friday, 5th April 2013
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    Gerald and Jim - Plains Game Safari

    Gerald and Jim, father and son, from Cincinnati and Chicago joined us for a seven day safari. It was a pleasure to welcome them to Karoo Wild Safaris on their first African Safari. We were sincerely impressed by Gerald and Jim's hunting ethos of enjoying the walk and stalk and spending time out in the bush. Their experience of Africa, its animals and its people was to be the true yardstick of their safari.

    Thursday, 20th September 2012
  • Bushpig Tracking

    We've set up trail cameras to monitor the bushpig population at Pinelands and Haaspoort.

    Friday, 11th November 2011
  • Kerim and Bulent fulfill their Eastern Cape hunting dreams

    Kerim and Bulent joined us from Istanbul for a 8 day safari. It was a pleasure inviting Kerim back to South Africa. His character and good humour always make for a fun safari and this time was no exception. It was Bulent's first time in South Africa and we enjoyed his company immensely.

    Sunday, 14th August 2011

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