I am lucky enough to have managed to broker a couple of days hunting while we're in Cape Town for Christmas and New Year. What I would say is that it is not easy to find people with whom to hunt in this part of that Cape and most are further North, anyway I found Joe da Silva of Capetown Hunting Safaris and Tours and he has done me proud.
I am lucky to have hunted a bit in Africa and as I don't want to repeat certain species at the moment what I could hunt was a bit limited so I decided upon Klipspringer, Cape Grysbuck and either a Duiker or a decent Sprigbuck depending on what we saw.
Joe collected me late on Boxing Day and we headed north to the Lesser Karoo, spend the night and then hunt on a privately owned farm. I will cut a long story short but we had a wonderful meal of South African filet beef (why is it so tender?!) and then got up at the crack of dawn to look for a Klippie. We were at it for 11.5 hrs before we saw a male that we were able to get close enough to a take a proper look at, let alone shoot.
Tired but very happy we headed back to Dunbanville where Joe is based for the night.
We planned to hunt for Springbuck or Duiker the following day and I was hoping for a good Duiker to replace the rather mediocre one I already have. Anyway a half decent Springbuck so bagged him instead.
My last day was set was set aside to try for the Grysbuck, I has been warned that normally they would suggest three days to try for these little chaps as they tend to come out only just before dark and as they are small are hard to find and nigh on nocturnal. At this point I am going to go out on limb as I am sure I will be hugely criticised for this but you have to be prepared to lamp these little guys. We started at 6pm and saw lots a animals which was to be expected as we were on a mixed arable and beef farm of about 2,500ha. I have never seen so many Duikers, big ones at that but didn't take one as what I really wanted was the Grysbuck.
We looked all over and when we did find one it was either young or a female...... Finally at 10.30 Joe said times up, we are 2.5 hrs from home we we have to call it a night so we started to head towards the farm road and there in a field with loads of beef cattle was what we wanted..
He he isn't the biggest but is a very good example of his species and for clarification might make the Rowland Ward book.
So there it is, three super days hunting. If you are in Cape Town and can't get further afield or are short of time give Joe a call, he is a great chap and good company Home - Cape Town Hunting
Happy New Year