The Outfitter. The PH. The Hunter. My Thoughts…

This article is not intended to offend anyone, but is merely an offer to inform - and possibly improve - the safari experience for clients, outfitters and professional hunters. I’ll begin by admitting that I am not an expert on anything other than my likes and dislikes...

Hunter’s profile – Conrad Miller

Tell us about your background… I was a 30-year-old cop when I went to Zimbabwe in 1998, leaving a wife, five year old daughter and a one year old son at home. I spent about half of my yearly cop salary on that 12-day buffalo/plains game hunt with the late great...

Hunting bushbuck in Africa

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The African bushbuck is divided into two species, the kewel (Tragelaphus scriptus) and the imbabala (Tragelaphus sylvaticus) The kewel’s distribution includes Senegal Ethiopia,Eritrea, and south to Angola and the Democratic Republic...

Taxidermist profile: Moredou Taxidermy

Contact: (Owner/Manage) Hilgard Kotze Physical Address: Farm Moredou , Schweizer – Reneke, North West Tel Office: 053 963 1444 Mobile: 082 784 5269 Contact Email: mortax@mailbox.co.za Website: moredoutaxidermy.com It is…

Taxidermist profile: Moredou Taxidermy

Contact: (Owner/Manage) Hilgard Kotze Physical Address: Farm Moredou , Schweizer – Reneke, North West Tel Office: 053 963 1444 Mobile: 082 784 5269 Contact Email: mortax@mailbox.co.za Website: moredoutaxidermy.com It is always a treat to be given a real surprise and...

African Parks keep moving steadily forward

Non-governmental organisation (NGO) African Parks has just released its 2020 Annual Report. By the close of 2020, AP had 19 parks under management in 11 countries, over 14.7 million hectares (56,757 square miles, covering ten of the 13 ecological biomes on mainland...

The Hunt Is On

As the world knows, 2020 was unlike any year ever before experienced—and that was true for life at Eastern Cape Bowhunting. When the government implemented the lockdown, we refocused our efforts on our hunting grounds, staff, facilities and animals to elevate every...

May 2021 Newsletter

I wanted to showcase the common eland (as opposed to the Giant, or Lord Derby) this month. When I sent the message to the African Dawn Outfitters asking them to send in pictures for this month’s issue, there was some push back. Isn’t the Lord Derby an eland said some?...

Taxidermist profile: Nico Van Rooyen Taxidermy

As second owner of Nico van Rooyen Taxidermy, from 1994, my beginnings in this artistic trade were based on a childhood in hunting and conservation, both in Tanzania and Germany, as well as a family background in art. A profession in taxidermy offered itself as a...

Hunt eland in Africa

The Livingstone eland, Taurotragus oryx livingstonei, is found in Angola, the northwest tip of Namibia, the Caprivi Strip (now Zambezi Region), Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. It has been introduced into South Africa where it’s not unusual to see it grazing alongside the common, or Cape eland. There are some visual differences between…

April 2021 Newsletter

Getting your trophies back home This headline may prompt one of one the following responses: Can’t recall anything about it really. Was seamless and reasonable. Was more expensive than I thought, but I got my trophies and it worked well. Was way more expensive than I...

The Weird World of Parasites

Great fleas have little fleas Upon their backs to bite ‘em, And little fleas have lesser fleas, And so ad infinitum [This little verse is often attributed to Ogden Nash, but other sources say the culprit was one Augustus De Morgan (1806-1871), and the poem appears in...

On safari with Jaco Oosthuizen

African Hunting Gazette: When and where were you born? Jaco Oosterhuizen: I was born in northern Namibia back in 1973, in the town of Tsumeb, though I spent my early years on a cattle ranch just east of Etosha National Park. Later on we lived in town because of the...

Hunting hyena in Africa

Brown Hyena The brown hyena, Hyaena brunnea, is a species found in Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. It is currently the rarest species of hyena. Brown hyenas average 34 to 55 inches in head and body length. They run 28 to 31 inches at the...

Taxidermist Feature: Umlindi Taxidermy

Company Name: Umlindi Taxidermy Contact: (Owner/Manager) Cecil Henning Physical Address: Braemore Farm, Cradock, 5880 Tel + 27 72 335 1358 Contact Email: Bernie@umtaxidermy.co.za Website: www.umlinditaxidermy.co.za Current processes offered Pick up & collect...

Book Review – Drums of the Morning

Drums of the Morning, by respected and highly experienced Zimbabwean professional hunter Wayne Grant, is a must read. In fact, I would go so far as to say that any sport hunter interested in classical fair-chase lion hunting, should consider this book as required...

March newsletter

As the 2021 season kicks off, I thought some insights from someone who understands big game could be interesting. Stretch Ferreira, a professional hunter and now full-time guide, based in arguably one of the most wonderful areas of southern Africa – Mana Pools – has...

News from Eastern Cape Bowhunting

The Hunt Is On With new hunting blinds, record animal births and thriving populations of South Africa’s most prized game, 2021 is poised to be an unforgettable year at Eastern Cape Bowhunting. As the world knows, 2020 was unlike any year ever before experienced—and...

The Real Story Behind the Namibia Elephant Auction

The publication of a tender document for the auction of four groups of elephants in Namibia triggered howls of protest from the animal rights lobby all around the world. As often happens in these cases, the mainstream media published sensational and misleading...

Man in the Middle

This is a cautionary tale for those of you that hunt internationally and wire large sums of money for deposits, trophy fee pre-payments for after safari final payments for extras. In August of 2020 I booked several dangerous-game hunts in Zimbabwe for international...

On safari with Grant Taylor

AHG: When and where were you born? Grant Taylor: I was born in 1980 in Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare. AHG: How did you get into hunting – what was it that influenced you? GT: I was raised on a farm and started hunting at a very young age like most farm kids. My...

Hunting Waterbuck in Africa – the common and the defassa

The waterbuck Kobus ellipsiprymnus is a large antelope found widely in sub-Saharan Africa in Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, and other countries. Males are larger than females, weighing between 430 and...

Taxidermist profile: DonClaire Taxidermy

Company Name: DonClaire Taxidermy Contact: Owner, Linus van Heerden Physical Address: Kareeboomlaan, 8752, Orania, Northern Cape, South Africa Tel Office/Mobile: +27 82 796 350 225 Contact Email: donclaire@talkomsa.net Tell us a little about your operation, how it...

Farewell to Brigadier General Chuck Yeager

America Greatest Legend of all times We had the absolute privilege and honour to have the Late Brigadier General Chuck Yeager and his wife Victoria visit us twice in South Africa. During their visit in 2010 they spent two weeks with us hunting and touring. This was...

On Safari with Chris Troskie

I was born in 1968 in the small farming community of Bedford in the Eastern Cape where my grandparents farmed apricots and peaches on our family farm, so I was privileged to have been exposed to, and to get to love, the great outdoors from a very young age. Other than...

On safari with Steph Marais

My name is Stephen (Steph) Marais. I was born on 19 January 1989 in the small town of Grootfontein, Namibia, as a third generation Marais in Namibia. From the early age of only fifteen months, I was constantly travelling around Namibia with my father, him being the...

Hunting Crocodile in Africa

African crocodiles are large aquatic reptiles that have been on the planet for more than 150 million years, living in the warmer bodies of water like the Okavango Delta in Botswana. There are four main types of African crocodile: the big one – the Nile crocodile...

The Rise of the Eco-Greenshirts

On the 15th of January, The Guardian, hardly noted for being a hotbed of right wing hubris, ran an article about scientists’ concerns that UK celebrity power is undermining global conservation efforts. In the article, reference is made to a meeting in parliament...