My first 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 part of. Nick Bowker runs a quality operation, laid back, easy-going, nice accommodations, and great food.
From Day 1 it was Hakuna Matata. Morning coffee, to scanning the ever-changing landscape for trophies. A grand brunch, a good nap, great company, back to surveying the countryside for more trophies. 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.
White Blesbok Trophy
African Hunting Safari
A Bless Buck at 550yards to a Wart Hog at 40yards, sneaking on a trophy Nyala to be busted at 50yards, 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, to rolling hills, brushy valleys, rocky cliffs, and every bush has stickers.
Nick and his PH’s are knowledgeable of every animal and the country, not only are they working hard to find a respectable trophy, they are great teachers. I learned a lot, the rich history of South Africa, the different qualities of each animal. The trackers worked extremely hard to raise the success level and make the hunt more enjoyable. I cannot forget the resort help in keeping my stay first class.
I cannot thank Nick, his PH’s, and staff enough for the incredible experience and memories.
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 all the different variety of animals that were available. I figure all for another trip.