- Sunday, 24th October 2021
- Tuesday, 7th September 2021
Eastern Cape Plains Game with Karoo Wild Safaris
By: Tom Leoni
- Sunday, 8th August 2021
We were pleased to welcome Chris and Keith on their first African hunting safari. They purchased our donated hunt at the Anna's House Foundation dinner in Oklahoma City in 2019. Anna's House Foundation supports foster kids in the Oklahoma area. Thank you Chris and Keith for supporting a terrific cause!
- Saturday, 24th July 2021
Twin brothers, Jamie and Jason from Kentucky, joined us on their bucket list African hunt. We first met Jamie at the NWTF Convention in Nashville in February 2020 and have been planning their African hunting adventure since. Super excited to hunt with Jamie and Jason.
- Wednesday, 7th July 2021
Redgie returned for his 3rd South Africa hunting package. We'd meticulously planned a special hunting trip for 2020 but Covid 19 pulled the handbrake up on ours plans. We were keen to hunt again! I've shared some memorable hunts with Redgie but this would turn out to be the greatest of them all.
- Tuesday, 20th April 2021
- Tuesday, 23rd March 2021
It was at first light on the 5th day that our kudu hunting fortunes changed. We'd heard talk of a large kudu bull that liked to graze in a particular spot at the river in the early morning. We spotted him ambling away towards the thicker bush above the river edge and knew right away that he was a spectacular bull. He never saw the danger from behind until the last instant. Greg's first bullet him hit hard and the follow up shots sent him crumbling into the undergrowth. He truly was a magnificent beast with a large mane, thickset body and beautifully shaped horns. BANG - in an instant we'd made good on all our previous kudu hunting efforts.
- Monday, 23rd November 2020
Great News !
- Monday, 26th October 2020
- Monday, 20th January 2020
The Sommer family hunted with us this summer as part of an extended vacation with some friends in Cape Town. Gunther has hunted extensively throughout Africa and has taken numerous species throughout the continent. It was an opportunity for them to hunt some species that they've never hunted before and to get some hunting time on some management animals. Alex, Gunther's son, was successful on a cape bushbuck, common duiker, aardwolf and black springbuck. Gunther hunted a cape kudu cull, a cull impala and also took a rare bontebok when the opportunity presented itself. With the help of a formidable pack of dogs they were able to hunt a large caracal in the coastal riverine thickets.
- Monday, 13th January 2020
Come talk hunting with in Nashville. Karoo Wild Safaris will be exhibiting at the NWTF Convention in Nashville from 13 to 16 Februray 2020
- Tuesday, 17th December 2019
Carsten, Jon and Michael hunted with us on their maiden South African plains game hunt. Carsten and Jon's wives, Nina and Amber joined them on their 5 day hunting adventure. It was a summer hunt and at times the midday temperatures soared above 100 F but the early mornings and late evenings offered windows of cooler weather. We put in some well planned stalks which the hunters took full advantage of with some excellent markmanship.
- Thursday, 10th October 2019
George returned for his 2nd plains game hunting safari with Karoo Wild Safaris. George has hunted throughout Africa on numerous occasions and this safari was as much about experiencing the natural beauty of the Karoo as it was about the hunting.
- 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.
- Saturday, 28th September 2019
Geoff and Kerry from Brisbane, Australia, returned to hunt some additional plains game with us this year. Our 2018 hunt was for some of the more common species. Geoff intended hunt some of the rarer plains game this year and to hunt another kudu if the opportunity presented itself.
- Thursday, 8th August 2019
We spotted them on the morning of the third day. The three dugga boys filed into the acacia lined riverbed to bed down for the remainder of the day. There was little point in following them. Such was their habits that they'd bed down until sundown when they'd emerge again to graze the grassland. After a late lunch we drove to a spot approximately 1000 yards "upriver" from them. We began our stalk from there. Mynaard, myself, Forest the hunter and Kosie, the tracker. Tom, Forest's daughter and Mitchell stayed at the truck. Not knowing exactly where they had bedded down we had to approach carefully. The acacia surrounding the riverbed was thick and visibility was limited to twenty yards. A little further down we elected to de-boot. Hearing is a buffalo's best defence and the fine riversand was making a squelching sound as our boots compressed it. From previous experience barefoot buffalo experiences I knew there was little point in keeping my socks on. Acacia thorns burst through them and they get filled with grass seed to the point that it's not worth the amount of time it takes to pick them out. I value a good pair of hunting socks. Bootless now, it was slow going but totally inaudible. The fine riversand massaged our hunt weary feet and it was surprisingly soothing. We were closer now. We thought perhaps three hundred yards but we didn't know for sure. Could be thirty yards. We left the comfort of the riverbed and climbed the left bank, treading much more carefully now as we moved along a path strewn with acacia thorns. Every 10 yards we stopped, Mynaard and I glassing the bush ahead and across the riverbed to the opposite side. There they were, the glint of a horn betraying the buffalo's position on the opposite side of the riverbed. We could make out the shape of only one bull lying in a thicket. The other must be close. We crouched down and leopard crawled to a position almost opposite them. I ranged it at 42 yards. It was only 3pm and we knew a long wait lay ahead.
- Monday, 29th July 2019
Michael, Bruce and his wife Tamela returned to hunt with Karoo Wild Safaris this past July for a 10 day safari. They last hunted with us in 2015 and had a terrific time, hunting multiple plains game species. For Bruce, this year's hunt was primarily for a cape buffalo and sable with some other smaller plains game species. Michael was keen on hunting a giraffe, waterbuck and more plains game species. We enjoyed our hunt in 2015 and everyone at Karoo Wild was excited to see them again.
- Monday, 1st July 2019
Hunt story to follow...
- Sunday, 23rd June 2019
Pete and Peg returned to hunt with Karoo Wild Safaris. Last year Pete and I had a memorable cape buffalo hunt and also hunted several plains game species; kudu, burchells zebra, nyala, bushbuck, impala, black wildebeest, eland and impala. We missed out on a gemsbuck last year and passed on a sable to focus on buffalo so those two species were high on Pete's list for his 2019 hunt.
- Tuesday, 11th June 2019
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.
- Sunday, 2nd June 2019
The Oplotnik family from Oklahoma, USA, joined us on an action packed 7 day hunt and adrenalin filled vacation. The trip was a surprise 50th birthday present to Greg from his family.
- Thursday, 23rd May 2019
Everyone at Karoo Wild was eagerly awaiting Keith's 2019 buffalo hunt. Keith and his son, Jake, first hunted with us in 2014. In 2016 Jake's girlfriend, Lauren, accompanied them and Jake took the meticulously planned opportunity to propose to her on a mountain side overlooking the African plains. The De Haan family has a special connection with our extended famly at Karoo Wild Safaris and we were happy to see our friend Keith back in South Africa, a country he has developed a love for. Top of the hunt list was a cape buffalo and the rest of the spiral horn family, an eland and bushbuck. Keith hunted plains game with my CZ 7x64 loaded with 160 gr Nosler Accubonds and for the cape buffalo he was to use my 375 Ruger loaded with 265gr GS Custom rounds. Paul, a professional cameraman, joined us for seven of our nine hunting days
- Monday, 22nd April 2019
Howard and Magi from Breckenridge, Colorado returned for their 4th annual trip with Karoo Wild Safaris. The Smith's annual Easter visit has become a fixture in our season and one which we always look forward to. After last year's trip Howard had shot 41 African antelope with us. Howard, Mitchell and myself have always clicked as a hunting trio and although Howards hunts have spanned 4 years, the time seems to have flown by at a rapid pace. I can remember each of those animals as if it was yesterday and am proud to say that we've never lost an animal hunting with Howard.
- Thursday, 28th March 2019
Greg returned to hunt and vacation with Karoo Wild Safaris. This time, he planned to hunt a mountain reedbuck, black springbuck, impala and most importantly the gemsbuck which he missed out on last year. He shot with my 7x64 loaded with 160 grain Nosler Accubond bullets.
- Sunday, 10th March 2019
Brothers Aaron and Zach and their father Jo along with their wives Lindamarie, Jessica and Tina joined us from New York on their first trip to Africa. Zach and Jessica's two year old daughter also travelled with. It was to be a week of hunting fun with a few actvities planned for the ladies.
- Thursday, 11th October 2018
Mark and Lezlie from Iowa, USA visited us on their first ever African hunting safari. Nibbs guided them on their 8 day hunt and holiday. They booked the shark cage diving package and enjoyed a shark dive with great white sharks in the Indian Ocean, visiting several coastal attractions along the way.
- Monday, 24th September 2018
Longtime friends, Geoff and Chris and their wives, Kerry and Mary Ellen, from Queensland, Australia hunted with Karoo Wild Safaris on their first African hunting trip. Geoff, Chris and myself had been planning the trip for a couple of years and we were excited to finally meet everyone in person.
- Wednesday, 22nd August 2018
We were delighted to host George on his first hunt in the Eastern Cape. He's a hunting veteran with several trips to Limpopo and other African countries under his belt. George brought his custom Christensen Arms 6.5 Creedmoor with him. Top of his list were several rarer species within the tiny ten group of antelope and the three springbok colour variants. With its well documented accuracy, George had brought the perfect weapon for the hunt at hand.
- Wednesday, 8th August 2018
Pete and Peg joined us from Oregon, USA for a 10 day hunt in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. This was Pete's first African hunt and their first trip to Africa. Cape Buffalo was the substance of Pete's hunting dreams and fittingly at the top of his list. Being a first time African hunter, all other plains game was in our sights. Pete brought along his Kimber 7mm Rem Magnum for plains game and a Ruger 416 for the buffalo hunting.
- Sunday, 29th July 2018
We were priviledged to welcome Mark and Deborah from North Carolina to South Africa on their first plains game hunting safari in South Africa. Mark had previously hunted in Namibia and hadn't managed to connect with a trophy kudu. Kudu was at the top of his wish list along with eland, nyala and bushbuck. It promised to be an exciting hunt! He shot with my Sako .270 and used my .375 Ruger to hunt eland.
- Wednesday, 4th July 2018
- Friday, 8th June 2018
Redgie returned to hunt with us on his 2nd African hunting trip. On his wish list this trip were nyala. kudu, eland, gemsbuck and zebra. Redgie hunted with his new Sauer 300 Win Mag.
- Friday, 18th May 2018
Terry and family from Alaska joined Karoo Wild for a terrific 9 day plains game hunt. Nibbs and Arnold guided sons Robert, Gary, Jim and James (son in law) and daughters Laura and Claire on their hunt for a multitude of different species.
- Tuesday, 8th May 2018
Bob, from Nevada, returned to hunt with Karoo Wild on his second hunting trip. This time, his friend Joe, from Oregon, joined him. Myself and tracker, Bankies hunted with Bob on his hunt for tsetsebe, mountain reedbuck, bushbuck, klipspringer and steenbok. Arnold hunted with Joe and tracker, Mitchell. They were after kudu, zebra, gemsbok, springbuck, bushbuck and impala.
- Monday, 7th May 2018
Rob returned this year for a cape buffalo hunt. This is Rob's 5th year hunting with us and to hunt a cape buffalo was a culmination of years of african plains game hunting. Nibbs, along with Northern Cape PH, Maynaard, guided Rob on his 6 day buffalo hunt. Cameraman, Paul, accompanied them. Rob hunted with his Sako .375 Ruger with Barnes TSX .300 grain bullets.
- Tuesday, 24th April 2018
Howard and Magi returned to hunt with Karoo Wild Safaris for their 3rd trip in 3 years. We're always excited to welcome them back and their annual trip has become a highight of our early season. Howard is an avid outdoorsman and taxidermist and Magi is a keen explorer and collector.
- Thursday, 29th March 2018
We hunted with Andrew and his 12 year old son, Alexander in the Graaff-Reinet area. Andrew is originally from South Africa but now lives in the US. Alexander had shot before with an air rifle but had never hunted with a hunting rifle. Andrew used my CZ 7x64 with 170 grain rounds. Alexander shot with my Brno .243 loaded with 100 grain rounds. We fitted a suppressor to the .243 to reduce the felt recoil even further.
- Saturday, 24th March 2018
Buddy and Lori, returned to South Africa for their second trip and hunt with us. This time, they were on their honeymoon and after a 7 day hunt with us had planned a shark cage dive in Mossel Bay and some time in Betty's Bay. After Betty's they planned on driving further down the coast to spend some time in Cape Town, visiting the winelands at Franschoek and over-nighting in Oudtshoorn on their return to Port Elizabeth.
- Friday, 16th March 2018
It's the start of our 2018 season and we were all excited to welcome Jason and Greg from California. Jason and Greg are long-time friends and this was an African hunt they'd been dreaming of since childhood.
- Monday, 11th September 2017
Paul from the UK joined us for a 10 day hunt for some lesser hunted species and some plains game not taken on previous trips. He had hunted before in Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia and Kenya (pre-ban) and we were excited to welcome him to the Eastern Cape. He alternated between shooting with my 270 and 243 Win Winchester using Pro Am ammunituion in both.
- Monday, 28th August 2017
We’re hunting with Tim and Teri from Louisianna, US. They currently live in Nigeria and booked a 10 day plains game hunt with us. Tim and I discussed his wish list prior to him booking and the idea was that he would book two hunts across a 10 month period in 2017 and 2018. That would enable him to get excellent trophies and have a relaxing hunt spread over two years. On his initial list is eland, kudu, gemsbok, nyala, sable, red lechwe, impala, blue wildebeest, waterbuck and red hartebeest.
- Monday, 21st August 2017
Ferdinando and Eleanora, from Italy, returned for an second hunt with us this year. They last hunted with Karoo Wild in the heat of January. In our wildest dreams did we think they'd be hunting in snow which is how it came to be on their vaal rhebuck hunt. Ferdinando is surely one of the few hunters in the world who can claim to have hunted the same area in 40 and 0 degrees Celsius!
- Saturday, 29th July 2017
We welcomed Garland and his son, Brady, from Wyoming on their first African hunt. Nibbs guided them n their 8 day plains game hunt.
- Saturday, 17th June 2017
We were privileged to welcome Hadrian and Barbara from Austria to South Africa on their first plains game safari to Africa. Austria has a strong hunting tradition and we hoped that Hadrian and Barbara would have an excellent hunt with us in the Karoo. We set out initially to hunt a few cull/management animals and once they were acclimatised to the local conditions, to then focus on hunting some good trophies. They hunted with my Sako .270 Winchester using 130gr Pro Am rounds.
- Monday, 29th May 2017
Brazilian Hunters Danilo, Neto and Marcelo hunted with Karoo Wild Safaris on a 7 day cull/management package. They had hunted several times before in South Africa but this was their first trip to the Eastern Cape. Danilo and Marcelo hunted each shot with 30-06's and Neto shot with a 7mm-08. I hunted with Marcelo and Danilo and Neto hunted with Nibbs.
- Tuesday, 16th May 2017
Redgie joined us from San Antonio, Texas on a 7 day cull / management hunt for female animals. This was Redgie first hunting trip in South Africa and he brought his 300 Win Mag Sauer rifle with him.
- Saturday, 13th May 2017
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.
- Monday, 1st May 2017
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.
- Wednesday, 5th April 2017
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.
- Saturday, 25th March 2017
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.
- Friday, 10th March 2017
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, 17th February 2017
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.
- Saturday, 7th January 2017
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.
- Wednesday, 7th September 2016
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.
- Monday, 13th June 2016
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.
- Sunday, 5th June 2016
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.
- Wednesday, 25th May 2016
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.
- Friday, 13th May 2016
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.
- Thursday, 12th May 2016
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.
- Saturday, 9th April 2016
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.
- Sunday, 20th March 2016
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!).
- Saturday, 19th December 2015
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.
- Thursday, 6th August 2015
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, 30th July 2015
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.
- Monday, 20th July 2015
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.
- Wednesday, 17th June 2015
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.
- Monday, 1st June 2015
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.
- Saturday, 23rd May 2015
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!
- Thursday, 30th April 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.
- Wednesday, 22nd April 2015
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, 15th April 2015
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.
- Sunday, 5th April 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.
- Saturday, 8th November 2014
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.
- Wednesday, 20th August 2014
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.
- Saturday, 9th August 2014
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, 19th July 2014
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, 24th May 2014
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.
- Friday, 18th April 2014
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.
- Thursday, 17th April 2014
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.
- Tuesday, 8th April 2014
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, 4th March 2014
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.
- Sunday, 2nd March 2014
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.
- Friday, 7th February 2014
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.
- Thursday, 19th September 2013
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...
- Saturday, 7th September 2013
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.
- Monday, 1st July 2013
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.
- Saturday, 8th June 2013
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, 11th May 2013
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.
- Wednesday, 24th April 2013
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.
- Friday, 5th April 2013
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.
- Thursday, 20th September 2012
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.
- Friday, 11th November 2011
We've set up trail cameras to monitor the bushpig population at Pinelands and Haaspoort.
- Sunday, 14th August 2011
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.