My first African Hunting Safari, the stories of vast lands and the variety of many animals. In 2019 my friends invited me on a trip to South Africa.
A trip I am glad to have been a part of. Nick Bowker runs a quality operation. Laid back, easy-going, friendly accommodation, and great food.
From Day 1, it was Hakuna Matata. Morning coffee, to scanning the ever-changing landscape for trophies.
After a grand brunch, a good nap, and great company, back to surveying the countryside for more trophies on my first hunting safari.
My firsts African Hunting Safari
A Bless Buck at 550yards to a Wart Hog at 40 yards. Sneaking on a trophy Nyala only to be busted at 50 yards, only to get a bigger one later. Stalking a springbuck to be spooked by pigs that came out of nowhere.
Wide-open spaces, areas with thousands of termite mounds, rolling hills, brushy valleys, rocky cliffs, and every bush has stickers.
Nick and his PHs are knowledgeable about every animal and the country; not only are they working hard to find a good trophy, but they are also great teachers.
I learned a lot about the rich history of South Africa, and the different qualities of each animal.
To top it off with stories and tall tales of the daily adventures, wine and dine and start all over the next day.
For having a routine, each day brought new adventures on my first hunting safari.
The trackers worked extremely hard to raise the success level and make my first hunting safari more enjoyable.
I ended up with one more trophy than stated, for a total of eight incredible animals. A lot of self-preservation, for I would have broken the bank with the variety of available animals. I figure all for another trip.