2012 Africa Safari Season Report by the PH

It is time to reflect on the 2012 Safari season, and it was a good one.

This year we hunted some new areas as well as our established concessions throughout South Africa and Mozambique.

In South Africa, we had the highest rainfall in over sixty years. Game has done well, and we had regular opportunities on world-class trophies.

Mozambique proved again why it’s becoming the most popular cape buffalo destination in Africa. We have seen a remarkable growth in game numbers. A Buffalo census done in our Mozambican area in 1994, which counted approx. 1400 cape buffalo. Compare that with this years’ census of just over 18,000 cape buffalo!

After hours of debate, the PH’s have selected a few favorites from the past season. We hope you enjoy.

We’ll start with the all time favorite… East Cape Kudu
This year saw two main contenders for bull of the season.

Elizabeth Stout with her 54" Kudu bull

Elizabeth Stout with her 54″ Kudu bull

Steve Barry’s bull measured 55’’

Steve Barry’s bull measured 55’’

Vaal Rhebuck are one of the toughest trophies in Africa
It takes many hunters several safaris to get one of these mountain dwellers.

Johnny Posey finally took this great Vaal Rhebuck on his third safari.

Johnny Posey finally took this great Vaal Rhebuck on his third safari.

Caracal hunting with hounds continues to be very popular with our hunters

On the last safari of the year David Combs took this huge tom.

On the last safari of the year David Combs took this huge tom.

    Springbuck Slams are VERY popular
    The Springbuck slam consists of the Common, Black, White, and Copper Springbuck. Many hunters try for all four on the same safari.

    A ridiculous Common Springbuck ram taken by Steve Travis

    A ridiculous Common Springbuck ram taken by Steve Travis

    Shelley Arnette took one of the most beautiful Black Springbuck rams we've ever seen.

    Shelley Arnette took one of the most beautiful Black Springbuck rams we’ve ever seen.

    Hunter Thorpe hunted his superb White Springbuck

    Hunter Thorpe hunted his superb White Springbuck

    Tom Hoffman hunted this great Coppery Springbuck

    Tom Hoffman hunted this great Coppery Springbuck

    Our Nyala only seem to be getting better and better each season

    This superb 29" Nyala bull was hunted by Paul Majeroni

    This superb 29″ Nyala bull was hunted by Paul Majeroni

    Hunter Arnette took the biggest Cape Hartebeest in over 5 years

    Hunter Arnette took the biggest Cape Hartebeest in over 5 years

    Waterbuck populations continue to increase throughout our areas

    Dave Sinclair with his 32” monster Waterbuck!

    Dave Sinclair with his 32” monster Waterbuck!

    For more information on these plains game hunts click here.

    The Hippo of the year was Lennart Packendorff's humongous 26” bull

    The Hippo of the year was Lennart Packendorff’s humongous 26” bull

    What a beautiful giraffe bull taken by the "partying Swedes"

    What a beautiful giraffe bull taken by the “partying Swedes”

    Our Bushpig hunting has become legendary

    Steve Robinson shot this  monster of  a bush pig at four in the afternoon!

    Steve Robinson shot this monster of a bush pig at four in the afternoon!

    Dave Kjelstrup earned the Lechwe of the season.

    Dave Kjelstrup earned the Lechwe of the season.

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    Without a doubt this eland was one of the monsters of the season.

    This old warrior possessed the steel-blue tinge that few carry, a heavy dewlap, protruding horns blunt as daggers, and the dark mop of hair forming a dominant fringe on its forehead. Most impressive of all was his sheer size. This insane Eland weighed in at more than a ton and even broke the land cruiser, literally in half while loading, and made a winch an. Without a doubt one of the monsters of the season.

    Hunter Robinson and his Cape Bushbuck of a lifetime

    Hunter Robinson and his Cape Bushbuck of a lifetime

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