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LEOPARD
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That's bad, Ben. Sorry to hear you had such a bad experience. Some great advice has been given regarding contacting PHASA and SCI.

Hope you get something out of it.

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WTH!!!!! Man oh man, you're a better man than I, Im pretty sure I would have turned that into an international incident. My temper couldn't have handled that total utter BS!!! Ahh!

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WOW, that was painful to even read. I went on my first African safari in June 2012 and it was the best experience of my life. I hope that you give it another shot someday because you deserve to experience the REAL African bush with an excellent outfitter. I went with Infinito Safaris ( website here) and Charl and his crew worked so incredibly hard to make sure my safari was nothing short of incredible. The food was great. Homecooked and fresh. Big breakfasts and we ate wild game for lunch and dinner every day. The hunting was great, we saw tons of game with trophy sized animals being fairly common. Charl's operation is very professional and well organized. All staff were friendly and could speak English, they never drank to excess, and made sure we had everything we needed/wanted. They even remembered what we preferred for breakfast. For example, I like a hot breakfast with meat. Once they learned that, they made sure I had meat with my breakfast every day after that. Also, they had a full bar with local liquors. We never had to drive more than 20 minutes to our hunting spots, and it was often less than that.

If you ever do decide to hunt Africa again (and you absolutely should!!), I can get you some contact information with a friend of mine who goes every year. This friend owns an archery pro shop and you can even choose to go with him on his trip. That's what my husband and I did and it was amazing. I killed 4 animals (two of them made Roland Ward), and had three of them in the salt in the first 4 days of my hunt. My husband killed 3 animals and missed his 4th. The taxidermy should be here by November of this year. We are currently saving for our second trip there and hope to go in two years. If you have any more questions, PM me. Sorry you had to endure such a terrible experience [Frown]

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I have dreamed of an African Safari all my life. I still intend to go. I can't believe the hunt you experienced.

I like being remote but would like to eat at least two meals a day. I would like to experience a remote camp and not a lodge. I would feel just as bad if they promised a remote camp and I wound up in a 5 star lodge.

This thread has cut my search for a reputable PH. I don't have to search further than Spiral Horn Safaris and Louis van Bergen. One day when I have the loot I will be booking with them.

Very sorry to hear this experience you had. I sure wouldn't let one guy ruin my dream. He wins if you do.

Gil

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I would also like to say I admire Louis van Bergen's integrity and generosity. You rarely get to see integrity like that.

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I just got back two weeks ago from my second great hunt in Africa. I had a great trip with another outfitter. I want to go back in two years. It will be with Spiral Horns. I applaud what you did.
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Hey Ben

Sorry to hear about your experience, I feel embarrassed! there are some real nasty folks out there with only their best interest at heart! parasites! I'm only reading this now as I am a newbie to both trad archery and the site. My only request would not to be put off by my beautiful country by your bad experience. I do understand the disappointment but maybe when I am more proficient and ready for a hunt you could join me here in RSA so I can show you a different side.

I'm sure I will get to know the bow hunting scene better as I get into it a bit more and hopefully will be able to provide you with top class info in the future.

Juan Human

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Get references . Just got back from a great hunt with Kudu safaris .


every thing was what they said and more.

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So what happened????

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