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 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

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...

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...

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 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...