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the wife and I just got back from our first south African safari booked through EAI outdoors at Kubusi safaris and all I can say is WOW!
the wife wanted me to shoot first so the first two days we looked for impala, saw many and got on the sticks several times but never had a shot till the second evening. my ph Cody and I spotted some bachelor rams just hanging out on edge of the bush and the stalk was on. got to about 200 yards from them sitting and on sticks waiting for my ram to clear the others. once he cleared I took the shot and down he went. the ice was broken!
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wife's turn for impala, we had time for a couple of stalks the second night but no shots.
next day around noon after being on and off the sticks a lone impala ram was grazing on the edge of the bush at a good place for a stalk. at about 150 yards she made the shot and her impala was down.
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next was springbok and we moved to tuskers lodge. the ph's decided to do a driven hunt since there was 5 of us that had springbok on our list. my wife went with our ph and I went with another and went they came to us we both got our springbok with one shot each.

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now to kudu, off to yet another farm our ph got permission to hunt on. within 10 minutes we was into kudu but Cody said they was too small. after seeing 7 or 8 different bulls and walking in horizontal rain our tracker spotted a kudu and after looking him over for a few seconds my ph said get on the sticks. talk about an adrenaline rush. ph said he was @ 320 and after first shot he took off, ph said shoot again and after third shot and seeing he was hit he went over the mountain. we drove around to the next road and spotted what I thought was a tremendous amount of blood, Cody looked concerned and didn't say a word. tracked him for about 50 yards and saw him try to get up, Cody had me shoot him again and down he went. we waited for a few minutes and then walked up to him and he proceeded to jump up again. another shot and he fell over.
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my list was done and only a blesbok left for my wife, after a couple of stalks she got a shot but missed. next day we put on a stalk to some blesbok that we saw from across the valley, I stayed back and they got to within 40 yards of them.
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list filled and a half day left to look for other animals and we decided i would try for a blesbok. a couple of failed stalks and time was up.
cant wait to go back! our ph Cody did more than we could have ever imagined and was very calming to both my wife and I before the shots, even though he said he was as nervous/excited as us before the shots. :)
we saw 15 different species of animals (buffalo, nyala, impala, blue wildebeest, giraffe, red hartebeest, water buck, kudu, blesbok, duiker, steenbok, gemsbok, vervet monkeys, baboons, and dassies and a bunch of different birds and insects, beautiful country and great people at both Glen Boyd and tuskers lodge.

had my wife's impala and springbok scored and they both make sci bronze,(55" for impala, 32 5/8" for springbok) so once we get them back we will be seeing about getting them recorded and getting her name in the sci record books. :)
 

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Very nice. So, when you do these kinds of hunts do you get to eat any of the meat? I know there is no way you could eat all of it in such a short time and I assume you can't have it sent into the U.S. but do you get a chance to, maybe, have some of it for dinner one night or something?

I am wondering because the biggest reason for me, personally, to go on a safari (if I ever have the chance) would be more from the angle of, for instance, "Hmmm...I wonder what springbok tastes like. I'd like to go and hunt one to find out." I am not much for trophy hunting (not criticizing those who are, just isn't my thing) so getting to hunt them for meat would be more exciting, to me.
 

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yes. we ate some sort of wild game every night. the springbok sausage we had for lunch one day was probably the best tasting to me, kind of like a sweet breakfast sausage, would love to have tried a nice piece of springbok backstrap :yum:. the last night we had ostrich and it looked and tasted like a good tender beef steak (looked nothing like bird meat), warthog burgers were ok but not as good as beef IMO, kudu didn't do it for me either but that may have been the way it was cooked. most of the meat goes to either feed the workers on the farms we hunted or they sell it to increase profits for the farm so they can keep or increase the amount of game they have.
 

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What caliber rifles?
 

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I used my .308 with 165gr. nosler accubonds, and the wife used her .270 with 130gr. accubonds.

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this guy and his harem of cows was hanging out in the road when we came out of the bush. don't think he liked us trying to scare him away. first time I ever felt under gunned. :eek: needless to say we went back into the bush and went around the herd.

this bull giraffe was walking down the road we was driving up. he just walked off into the bush as we drove by.:cool:
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looking for kudu with Cody our ph and the tracker with the great fish river in the background.
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How long was the travel? Did you transfer in Amsterdam?
 

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A great adventure!
I grew up on gun magazines and Herter's catalogs in the 60's - I remember an adv in Outdoor Life around 1966 for an African safari- it was around $2800-$3000. = the price of a new Chevrolet with A/C.
 

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from DC to Johannesburg with a stop for fuel in Dakar was about 17 hours. long time to be sitting on a plane. took about a day and a half total travel time.
prices haven't changed much since then. we got the family package with 5 animals and added 1 animal for $4500 total, plane tickets were about $1600 each. taxidermy is a cheaper over there but you need to ship them home so they end up about what they would cost you here.
if you guys ever thought about going over, don't put it off, just do it! best vacation/hunt I ever had. hopefully we can go over again in 2-3 years.
 
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