Black Death with a Crossbow

Black Death with a Crossbow

Written by Jon FossilThirty yards in front of me, two huge Cape buffalo were repeatedly goring each other in a battle to the death.   We had been following these two Dagga Boys for several hours and were now only 30 yards from the two combatants with nothing but a...

A Little Namibian Adventure

A Little Namibian Adventure

Written by Alan Tuck   In September 2022, I hunted at Okarumuti Game Lodge, 70km outside Windhoek, Namibia.   The Italian-owned and -run lodge, located almost exactly in the center of the country, has a working cattle ranch that sells hunts.   On my trip, I...

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 10

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 10

Written by Neil Harmse   Chapter 11. An Expedition into Mozambique     The 1980s were a busy time for conducting walking trails and I also got involved with game control operations. By way of something different, I was asked by my good friend Loot...

Elephants and Mega Wildlife

Elephants and Mega Wildlife

Written by Richard Lendrum It was just over 20 years since I last sat down and had dinner with Johan after his life-altering buffalo attack.   Much has changed in Johan Calitz’s life since then; and what a treat to catch up and spend five whole days with this...

Hunting Mozambique with Mashambanzou

Hunting Mozambique with Mashambanzou

Written by Randy Pretzer   I am not much of an author, but my wife and I hunted the Zambezi River area of Mozambique in 2022 and I wanted to share our story.   This trip was purchased at an SCI auction as a crocodile hunt with Mashambanzou Safaris, although I was able...

Sango Wildlife Lodge & Camp

Sango Wildlife Lodge & Camp

As I write this - John Ledger is fighting for his life in an ICU at a leading hospital in Joburg. He is either about to – or has had some big heart operation to try unclogging his arteries. It will be a tough ask for any surgeon as John, by his own admission has done...

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Facing Down Fear John Sharp (Ex Montibus Media, 2021, 336 pages.) Reviewed by Ken Bailey   That bigger-than-life professional hunters are not relegated to a bygone era becomes quickly evident when reading John Sharp’s Facing Down Fear (Ex Montibus Media, 2021,...

Wato – The Book

Wato – The Book

By Brian Watson   Wato - The Book is a beautiful 324 page hard cover compilation of some of Wato's hunting adventures in wild Africa and other wilderness places. The book can be purchased here: https://watosbook.square.site/ To give you a taste of what's in store...

African Conservation Awards 2022

African Conservation Awards 2022

Winners at the Game Rangers Association of Africa 2022 African Conservation Awards © GRAAAfrica’s conservation heroes were celebrated at the prestigious awards ceremony at the African Rangers Congress in Botswana on 17 September. The awards are an annual celebration...

My Hunting Journey

My Hunting Journey

By Valerio Ventriglia   My hunting life began in in Zambia, at a very young age. I used to go for my school holidays to Zambia, spending three months at a time. I used to pester my father to let me go with him when he went hunting, but as I was too small, I used...

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 10

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 9

Written by Neil Harmse   Chapter 10. Bad Luck Safari     There are times when, no matter how carefully things are planned, nothing seems to work out as one hoped. I remember one safari to Botswana years ago which seemed to go wrong from the very...

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Land of the Black Buffalo Paul Smiles (Faber and Faber Limited, 1961, 184 pages.) Reviewed by Ken Bailey   On a comparative basis, there is very little in the way of classic hunting literature focussed on what is today’s Botswana; professional hunting wasn’t...

Ian Wilmot’s Monster Eastern Cape Kudu

Ian Wilmot’s Monster Eastern Cape Kudu

By Ian Wilmot   The biggest kudu we ever shot in the Eastern Cape was a 63-inch kudu, shot 3 or 4 years back. Still the biggest kudu to come out of the Eastern Cape. And it was an interesting hunt, an enjoyable hunt. The terrain is challenging. And this kudu had...

Young and Dumb, but Alive!

Young and Dumb, but Alive!

By Ryan Phelan of Hotfire Safaris In the early 2000s, I was running a private game reserve in the Tuli Block in Botswana. We had one particular elephant bull that was becoming a nuisance, as he was destroying our solar pumps and panels and threatening my fencing...

Nine Nights in the Selous – Authentic East Africa

Nine Nights in the Selous – Authentic East Africa

By Richard Lendrum Named after the famous African hunter whose life ended here, the reserve in this East African wilderness is difficult to describe in a few hundred words, let alone do justice to. But I will try.        In the heart of, and largely surrounded by the...

Silhouettes in the Mist at Lake Mburo

Silhouettes in the Mist at Lake Mburo

Abdullah in position next to the sitatunga and screaming in the mist.By Ricardo Leone   I had met my friend Peter “Bwana” Chipman of Kwalata Safaris in Zambia at the Safari Show in early 2020 and made his booth my home for the three days that I explored the exhibition...

Dugga Boy! A Zambian Adventure

Dugga Boy! A Zambian Adventure

 By Stuart Ward, February 2022  Hello and welcome to Africa. Jeannette and I are greeted warmly with smiles. Zambia is a very pleasant breezy cool in early June.  The air is rich with earthy mopane smoke aromas. It’s that back woods campfire smell, only different...

Springbok Slam on a Short Timeline

Springbok Slam on a Short Timeline

By Michael W. Mills, Maricopa, AZ, USA   Africa is a place that grows on you. The more I experience Africa, the more I want to return. Planning for my Africa 2022 trip started before I completed a hunt in 2021.   Fast forward a year, I’m in South Africa with my...

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 10

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 8

Written by Neil Harmse   Chapter 9. Concerning Snakes   One of the most frequent questions I am asked by people venturing into the bush on a trail or hunt is: ‘Do we have to worry about snakes?’ To be honest, there are snakes all over, even in suburban...

Hurry up and “Wag n Bietjie”

Hurry up and “Wag n Bietjie”

A Kalahari Leopard  By Ryan Phelan of Hotfire Safaris     Max was back! Back on his fourth adventure with Hotfire Safaris, this time in the vast Kalahari of Botswana. The quarry, a leopard.   We had ten days booked to search over a million acres of Kalahari in...

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Bringing Back the Lions Mike Arnold (Mike Arnold Outdoors, 2022, 241 pages.) Reviewed by Ken Bailey   Bringing Back the Lions: International Hunters, Local Tribespeople, and the Miraculous Rescue of a Doomed Ecosystem in Mozambique is a classic tale of...

Hunting buffalo in the Eastern Cape

Hunting buffalo in the Eastern Cape

By Ronald Blymire   After having to cancel our 2020 trip we were finally headed back to South Africa. The flight from Washington DC to Johannesburg was uneventful and, as he always is, Mr X was waiting for us as we exited the baggage collection area. We collected our...

The Magical, Mystical Karoo

The Magical, Mystical Karoo

By Johan van Wyk     I suppose we all have a favorite hunting ground, a place where the days are longer, the sun always shines, and the hills are not too steep. I grew up in what I known as Bushveld country, generally flat terrain with the odd kopje covered...

The Enduring Mauser

The Enduring Mauser

This take-down Rigby Mauser is bored for the .350 Rigby, once a popular cartridge, now upstagedThirty years after their first failure, Wilhelm was dead. Paul was 60 and might have quit the task.   By Wayne van Zwoll Deeply pocked by the great hooves, the path narrowed...

Africa’s Forgotten Wilderness

Africa’s Forgotten Wilderness

Camp overlooking the Vovodo RiverHunting in the Central African Republic Today By Andrew Gooden “No, it’s not the Congo – it’s just a bit further north… no, rebel militia doesn’t jump out from behind every bush… yes, hunting is open there.”   I find that the questions...

A Vintage Flight for Doves

A Vintage Flight for Doves

By Simon K Barr Photography credit: Tweed Media   South Africa is a sportsman’s dream: not only is it bursting with some of the most exciting hunting in the world, but when flying from Europe, there’s no jetlag. Less well-known are the fantastic opportunities for...

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 10

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 7

Written by Neil Harmse   Chapter 8. Concerning Rhino   At one stage, when I was doing wilderness trails for the Wilderness Leadership School, I was asked to do a promotional walking trail with a group of journalists and dignitaries to help raise funds for...

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

In the Salt  Lou Hallamore (Trophy Room Books, 1999, 218 pages) Reviewed by Ken Bailey   It’s been said that Lou Hallamore, one of Zimbabwe’s most revered PHs, has spent more time in leopard blinds than most of us have spent in movie theaters. His knowledge about...