I have wanted to be able to go on a hunt to South Africa for a very long time. After doing my research and discussing the hunting experience that I hoped for with Victor, I was sure that I wanted to go with Karoo Wild Safaris. I explained that I was a novice regarding hunting plains game, having only hunted whitetail deer in the US. I was assured that this is easily accommodated. Was it ever! I gave Victor a list of trophies that I would like before the trip, thinking that I would not get half of them. I was pleasantly wrong! I took ten trophies of a lifetime, including a sable antelope which was at the top of my list. I also had an exciting stalk and took an eland on Victor’s property that I later found out had the largest set of horns that has been taken by Karoo Wild. Victor is an expert professional hunter as well as host. The four different areas that I hunted showcased the natural beauty of South Africa. We hunted rolling hills as well as more mountainous and rocky terrain. Victor and his tracker, Mitchell, were exceptional at spotting game and he can spot an animal and tell you immediately if it is of trophy quality. Victor has access to numerous properties as well as his own and certainly does his homework on where to go for the species that you’re looking for. I also asked Victor for advice on how to have the trophies mounted and I believe that I was able to make some great choices on how to display them with his guidance. Victor and Lindsay made my wife and my stay one of the best experiences that we’ve ever had. They made us feel welcome instantly and their hospitality was beyond outstanding. Their lodge is comfortable and immaculate. The meals were exceptional as well and paired with delicious South African wine. I was initially concerned that my wife wouldn’t enjoy herself, but in addition to going on several hunts with me, Lindsay showed her the rugged beauty of South Africa including Addo National Park as well as a day trip to Graaff-Reinet.Now, she can’t wait to go back, just like myself. I would highly recommend Karoo Wild to any hunting enthusiast.
My father and I researched the best company to spend our first African Safari with. We looked for months but kept coming back to Karoo Wild Safaris. After talking with Victor and various references, we were satisfied with our choice and made the decision.
Upon arriving at Haaspoort Lodge, it was instantly apparent that we chose the right fit for us. The amenities were very comfortable and made us feel right at home. Game was everywhere and the hunting opportunities were spectacular. We hunted multiple properties that all had different terrain and species. Every day was filled with multiple stalks and shooting opportunities on quality trophy game. Victor, Nibbs, and Mitchell constantly went out of their way to ensure our hunting experience was nothing less than spectacular.
Karoo Wild Safaris offers an unforgettable hunting experience during the day, great conversation, food, and drink in the evenings, and a comfortable room at night. When we come back, we’re going with Karoo Wild, because the experience was too fantastic to risk going anywhere else and being let down. Thanks to everyone for the great experience!
After 6 months of planning we arrived in Port Elizabeth, leaving Sao Paulo Brazil. We chose this region after several hunts in the Limpopo zone and also Namibia, the first one characterized by dense forests and the last by open fields and vast areas. We wanted a mountain hunt, something new. Our destination: Karoo Wild Safari. Upon landing in PE we were greeted by Nibbs (sharp guy) and from there to the property, about 2 hours drive.
Can't say enough about how great our trip to Karoo Wild was! Outstanding staff and great food. Accommodations were above and beyond with coffee and tea right in our room.
I simply can't thank you and your whole crew enough for the experience of a lifetime. Having the opportunity to hunt all around the world I have to admit that this was one of my favorite hunts. Getting the chance to see my dear friend Colin finally get his cape buffalo, my son Jordan take a kudu of a lifetime, and to finally get my sable was truly special. The reality is that those were only some of the special moments. Getting to hunt with Nibbs as well as the sharing of stories and laughter by the fire with new friends, old friends, and family is simply awesome. We appreciate the effort you, your wife, and your entire staff made to make this a truly epic hunt. We can't wait to hunt with you again in the future.
I can't write a message to you that is fully adequate to thank you, Lindsay and all of your great staff for making my safari with Karoo Wild Safaris such a wonderful trip. I enjoyed every moment of the days I spent with you. I really appreciate your organizational skills and very personal and professional attention you applied to all of us. We simply could not have had the great opportunities and results without your assistance . I have been on many very nice hunting and fishing trips all over the world. This trip was simply the best. What more can I say?
All my life I have dreamed of going on an South African Plains Game Hunt, and never considered looking into into going, because I assumed the cost would be phenomenally expensive and therefore only for the rich. I was so wrong, it is affordable mor mostly anyone to enjoy a Plains Game Safari, and we chose Karoo Wild Safaris with Victor and Lindsey Watson. They are fantastic people and make you feel part of their family. I had the time of my life with them an it was an experience I will never forget. I'm so very grateful for this opportunity.Victor is an exceptional professional hunter guide and Mitchell, his tracker/skinner is great as well, in my opinion they are the best in the business. Victor and Lindsey's staff are top-rate! We had some of the best meals I have ever tasted, and we were taken care of as well.The areas where we hunted was absolutely beautiful, huge rocky mountain terrain, lots of trees, brush, thickets and animals everywhere you look. It reminded me a lot like the hill country in Texas, with a mix of Rocky Mountains of Colorado.I was honored to be able to take so many different species of true trophy animals. The quality of the hair, hides and horns are very important to me, as a taxidermist you strive for perfection, but you can't achieve that without quality hides, hair and horns. All of the animals I've taken on this trip will be showroom displays in my taxidermy shop. Victor's oustanding guiding skills were paramount in enabling me to not only take some magnificent animals, but he guided me through a 100% trophy animal harvest rate from a list I had made before my trip.I will never use anyone other than Victor and Lindsey Watson at Karoo Wild Safaris, for any future South African hunts and will highly recommend them to everyone I know back in Texas.
Karoo Wild is so wonderful that we came back and brought the kids! Victor and Lindsay are wonderful people and they go above and beyond to give that personal touch.
Thank you again for the wonderful stay we had. The outstanding hunting opportunities and the amazing extras you put into the trip will forever be special to us. Lindsay, what an outstanding effort you gave to make Jake and Lauren's marriage proposal. This will be something they remember for the rest of their lives. I cannot express how much it meant to them, all the little extras just made it more special.Victor, the hunting was oustanding. All the bucket lists and wishlists were made by you and your staff, the effort is very much recognized. This was the hunt of a lifetime. All three of us are amazed by the quality and number of trophies we had the opportunity to take. Each and every day there was top notch plains game to be had with you and with Nibbs (our second PH). The attention to detail made each hunt, one after another, the chance to take trophies we can be proud of and not just settle for a trigger pull. The areas yu hunt are wonders to the eye, soul and mind. Each with stunning views.The side trips to town and Addo were just as special as the hunting. If I can make a recommendation to all who come and hunt with you, it would be GO! To have elephants, lions and other animals just yards outside the vehicle's window is amazing. The knowledge of the local flora and fauna must be recognized - outstanding!Again, what a grand time we had with you, the entire Watson family and Karoo Wild Safaris. We are already making plans for our next trip.
What a great first Safari!The diversity, quality and quantity of animals and vast wild areas was beyond our expectations. We never imagined being able to spot and stalk so many animals. Victor and his tracker Mitchell, worked hard to keep us always spotting and stalking trophies. We love our trophies!The only thing that equaled the hunting was the camp. The spacious chalets, chef prepared meals, scenery and everything was beyond our expectations. Lindsay's tours and walks kept the wives entertained (and she is an expert game spotter too!).It is clear that the work you put into the hunt, attention to detail and pride you and Lindsay put into making sure everyone is having a great time and successful hunt is something you only get when dealing with the owners of an operation.We have put off this trip for years and glad we finally did it. We continue to talk about what a great experience we had and we hope to be able to cme visit and hunt with y'all again.
Our week long stay with Karoo Wild Safaris met all our expectations and more for our first African experience. Every aspect of our stay was amazing from the animals to the food. A week with Victor is more than just a hunt, it is a true learning experience. Victor understands and clearly explain everything from the terrain to the various plants and animals as well as the history and culture. Every day we were excited to get up, explore, hunt and learn something new.
Everything about the experience my wife Magi and I had while at Karoo last December was just outstanding. The food was excellent as well as the accommodations, setting and gracious hospitality. Magi and Lindsay went on day trips to ride elephants at Addo, pet and scratch up cheetah at the reserve, take lots of wildlife photos and shop and dine in Port Elizabeth. I started my days at first light hunting with Victor in a number of different areas depending on the species we were seeking.
Our experience at karoo was unbelievable. First Victor and his family were very kind to all of us. The quality of the lodge was amazing, it has an amazing and lovely views, the kitchen staff cooked really good for us. But first our hunting days were really excited, because it is a real wild experience, it was hard but at the end we got our trophies. It was the best trip ever that we as a family have made, we sincerely recommend all the people to visit karoo to live the best moments of their lives, are memories that you can't forget. We congrats all the camp staff for all their services and we also thank all of you for taking the time to make this trip the best one - Liliana 6 Aug 2015
Great hunt! Great food! Great accommodations! Bruce and Tamela Wooderson and Michael Blunk hunted with Karoo Wild in July 2015. From the time we arrived till the we were taken back to the airport (10days later), Victor and Lindsay and their crew were amazing. We will be back! - 30 July 2015
Karoo Wild runs a first rate hunting operation. I'm a hunting outfitter myself in the US and I know what it takes to run a successful hunting business. From the trophy quality to the accommodation and meals, it was a dream hunt for me and Debbie.
I thoroughly enjoyed my hunt along with my son. It's important to me that a guide/hunting service follows through on promises as Victor, his wife and staff did. The accommodations were tremendous. The food was absolutely delicious and we really enjoyed tasting the different venison meals. I had a difficult time spotting game on my own but I'm still marvelling at how Victor and his tracker, Mitchell, would spot game on the slopes among thick bush. I was able to connect on a trophy kudu because of Mitchell's "6th sense". I was able to shoot all the animals that I came intending to shoot. Can't wait to come again. - 19 July 2015
This was my twentieth safari to Africa, but my first time to the Eastern Cape. I was surprised by the ruggedness of the area and soon realized that this wasn’t one of those “easy” game ranch hunts some areas of the RSA are known for. The quality and numbers of game are impressive, but you will have to work for your trophies. The rocky hills and thick bush make stalking difficult and the animals, especially the Kudu are well educated. You should be prepared to take longer shots as the average distance for my kudu; mountain reedbuck, Vaal reedbuck, and bushbuck were about 260 yards. The Chalets are some of the most elegant and comfortable I have ever stayed in. The surrounding bush was quiet, isolated and tranquil. It is an excellent location for hunting and also makes for a nice romantic get a way. Victor’s better half, Lindsey is a superb chef as the meals and wines were all delicious and presented with five star quality. The Lapa was simple, comfortable and beautiful.
Thank you karoo wild safaris for another fantastic hunting holiday. Yet again you have given me super trophies and amazing memories. I just can't comment enough on how great an experience you provided. Everything from the hunting to the accommodations is always top notch and continues to exceed my expectations. I have truly found friends in South Africa. I can't wait to see everyone again next year! - 22 Apr 2015
This has been my first visit to Africa and it is a place I have dreamed of coming to since I was a kid. Myself and Steve had booked with Karoo Wild Safaris about 18 months previous and finally the day arrived when we were standing in Port Elizabeth shaking hands with Victor. Victor, Lindsay and the camp staff were perfect hosts and made our visit most enjoyable. The accommodation and meals were first class. The hunting was everything I had dreamed off and more. Besides his own property, Victor has access to an excellent selection of concessions and will strive to get you the trophy of a lifetime. I walked away with a very satisfying number of trophies and memories for a lifetime. Thank you Victor and Lindsay and all the staff at Karoo Wild Safaris - Neale
This is my second hunting trip with Victor and Lindsay and their team at Karoo Wild Safaris and just like the first it was fantastic, fantastic, fantastic! Victor and Lindsay thank you again. See you next year for more great hunting at Karoo Wild Safaris. What a great place you have. - 30 Apr 2015
We just returned from a fantastic hunting trip with Karoo Wild Safaris. Victor meets you at the airport in Port Elizabeth and takes you to the camp. Vern shot his impala the afternoon that we arrived. Victor and his tracker, Mitchell located all the animals on Vern's list in the beautiful and challenging terrain of the karoo. Lindsay with her staff member, Francis, provided us with delicious meals and comfortable surroundings. Lindsay took Joyce on an overnight trip to Graaff Reinet and Nieu Bethesda. A trip to Schotia Game Reserve was also made. Thank you very much to the Watson family for making us feel part of your family! It meant a lot to us. This was truly the hunt of a lifetime that we will never forget. We wish you all the best - 11 April 2015
What a wonderful time I had! The scenery was spectacular, the food was spectacular, the company was spectacular and the hunting was spectacular!!
Hunting at Karoo Wild Safaris is first rate. It is walk and stalk at its best. Some of the stalks can be demanding because of the terrain and a level of fitness is required. However, this adds to the experience and every animal taken is certainly earned. Victor is an excellent guide, very calm and skillful. Together with tracker, Mitchell, they make a great team. - Phil
Fantastic! Victor and Lindsay, it was wonderfully more than I expected. Thank you very much for a great African hunting experience. The accommodation, food and your staff are outstanding, you could not ask for more. Can't wait to come back to Karoo Wild Safaris next year - 10 August 2014
From being picked up at the airportVictor made me and my family welcome. Over the last 16 days, Victor, Lindsay and staff took care of our every need. It is rare in life when something turns out to be better than you imagined it. I have waited a lifetime to get to Africa and it was so much more than I ever dreamed. The animals, mountains, plants and people are amazing. Am am sad to leave this place and my new friends.
Hunting was first rate. I come from the hunting industry in the US (own and run my own hunt club in Indiana) and have a good understanding of what it takes to have a hunting operation. Victor and Lindsay work very hard to provide first rate services.
Heidi and I had a superb time hunting with you and it was an absolute pleasure to meet Lindsey and the rest of the crew who made our stay and hunt there very memorable. I am hopeful that we can make it back over to visit and hunt with you again! - 9 April 2014
WOW - What an amazing adventure. I had the pleasure to hunt with Karoo Wild Safaris and the dream hunt they delivered surpassed all my expectations. From the accommodations to the staff and the hunting this was a fabulous adventure. Not only was I lucky enough to bag amazing trophies I feel I made new friends in Victor and Lindsay. I really can't say enough about my time in the Eastern Cape. I am already looking forward to next year's hunt. I highly recommend Karoo Wild and think every hunter should go to South Africa at least once. Thanks for everything Karoo! - 17 April 2014
Highly personable owners, excellent accommodation, superb food, excpetional game hunting experience. Overall, an exceptional vacation and hunting adventure - 4 April 2014
Thank you Karoo Wild for the greatest hunt of my life. Victor and his team work as hard as I like to hunt. And for those U.S. hunters with concerns about hunting on private concessions in Africa, let me assure, hunting kudu on the vast and rugged landscape of the Karoo is as challenging (and rewarding) as any of my Rocky Mountain elk hunts. Victor is a great PH with high integrity and work ethic, yet what you'll like most is that he's also the kind of guy you'd like to have a pint with down at the pub after work. Challenging hunts, beautiful country and gracious hosts - Karoo Wild is a win-win-win - 2 March 2014
Vic and Lindsay are fantastic hosts and we had a great time, taking fantastic trophies! We couldn't have had a better time. Frank - 19 Sep 2014
What an incredible hunt and overall vacation. The hunting and terrain could not have been more of what we had imagined as our ideal safari, wild and rugged and absolutely full of life evrywhere you looked. I couldn;t recommend it highly enough to anyone considering such a hunt. Victor and his staff worked so hard to provide us with a quality hunt, it was almost beyond belief. Victor and Lindsay, thanks for the hospitality and vacation of a lifetime. - 11 Sep 2012
What a great hunt. I will be back someday soon!
The African hunting experience is a must. Don't leave it too late, just go and enjoy it while you still can. Thank you Victor and Lindsey for sharing your world with us. We will be back soon!
"My wife and I hunted with Karoo Wild Safaris in June 2013 and had an amazing time. The scenery was picturesque to say the least. We were greeted by Victor, his wife Lindsay, and the entire staff and were treated like family. The hunting blew away my expectations with regards to trophy quality and thrilling spot and stalk action. We arrived with high expectations of the trip being a once in a life time experience and now we are wondering when we can go back and spend time with our new friends" - 7 June 2013
"As a first time visitor and hunter to Africa I fulfilled my childhooddream. I would like to thank Victor and his team for their support and help throughout this incredible week. I have to come back!" - 1 July 2013