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    Recommend a safari outfitter?

    So I was wanting to pick the brains of folk on here of who is best to book a safari with? I've been looking into this for years and am almost at the stage of saying "stuff it" and just getting it booked.

    Do most folk go for package deals? I've got a rough idea of what I want:kudu, Impala, zebra,(is that weird?) and possibly something else . Generally these deals never seem to tick all the boxes.

    I would probably get the taxidermy done here. Am I correct in saying your about the same again to get the animal to the uk as you are to shoot it even if it's just caped,(or packed).

    Also I've seen videos of folk using a .270 to good effect but am I realistically going to need something bigger? I'm good to about 250 yards but I feel like practicing beyond this would be essential too?


    so many variables but I'd like to try and get the ball rolling. Realistically I'd like to have whatever I shot shoulder mounted or on a pedestal because a bleached skull doesn't quite do it for me. Costs will be the biggest issue. The trophy prices on paper seem okay but I imagine everything doubles of not triples by the time it gets to your wall.


    cheers!

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    Bos En Dal safaris and Wild Horizon both Advertise on here and Ive only heard good reviews about them both. I would contact them. Knowing from experience however, packages are never fixed and you can always create your own to suit your taste and budget. A couple of trophies and a few culls is what I did and will be doing next May.

    I took my .270 and had no issues at all. Its all about placement and using something your comfortable with.

    If you just have capes and skulls dip and packed back to this country then no, it won't be as expensive as the hunt but worth researching who to use and costs before hand. If you get then shipped back to this country you can have them mounted as and when the funds are available.

    You should expect shooting distances between 50-200 yards, much like the UK, if you can get closer then do.

    Feel free to drop a PM for more info. I would also advise doing research into where you might want to go, terrain varies all over SA.

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    Take a look at:
    shakariconnection.com
    Lots of info you might find useful.
    Peter

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    Wildfowler, there are a squillion outfitters in Africa, but Bos en dal, on here (along with others) do a damn good job.
    Plenty guys on here been plenty places so no doubt by the end you'll have a good list to look through.
    Bos en dal do a good job.

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    What ever you do, keep in mind that safari prices are negotiable. Look for a real cancellation hunt, one that someone booked but backed out of. At the very least, tell the guy you will book with him if he throws in a partial day of baboon shooting. Package hunts can be a very good deal, you just have to shop it. I have not hunted with him but Jewels of the Karoo looks like a pretty good outfit. I like the family run outfits. A .270 with good bullets is fine for everything up to Kudu. Get something bigger for the eland. Shoot where your PH tells you and all will be fine. Good hunting.

    Another thing, build a relationship with the PH, bring him stuff he can't get there, send him a Christmas card. You may make a friend and you just might be surprised one day.
    Last edited by A Guy Out West; 07-07-2016 at 00:55. Reason: Another thing

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    I would recommend umlilio safaris, they are very good at what they do in every way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A Guy Out West View Post
    What ever you do, keep in mind that safari prices are negotiable. Look for a real cancellation hunt, one that someone booked but backed out of. At the very least, tell the guy you will book with him if he throws in a partial day of baboon shooting. Package hunts can be a very good deal, you just have to shop it. I have not hunted with him but Jewels of the Karoo looks like a pretty good outfit. I like the family run outfits. A .270 with good bullets is fine for everything up to Kudu. Get something bigger for the eland. Shoot where your PH tells you and all will be fine. Good hunting.

    Another thing, build a relationship with the PH, bring him stuff he can't get there, send him a Christmas card. You may make a friend and you just might be surprised one day.
    Agreed with A guy out west,(lots of sweets for the back of the truck goes down well too) .270 is fine for Kudu bit you will need something bigger for Zebra IMO, I have shot hartmans and burchells and they are tough animals as are wildebeest.For good bang for your buck and a true Africa experience I recommend Tholo safaris in Botswana as cheap as some of the operations in SA but you hunt with Tswana bushman, some of the best trackers in Africa, hit the kudu rut for a chance of a monster.
    Freight is getting really expensive too but I would certainly get the tanning done out there and taxidermy done here especially if you want a pedestal kudu ...they are huge lol

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    PM sent.
    Patrick Reynecke (Bushwack Safaris)
    Web: http://www.bushwacksafaris.co.za
    Mobile:+27 82 773 4099
    Mail: bushwacksafaris@vodamail.co.za

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildfowler.250 View Post
    So I was wanting to pick the brains of folk on here of who is best to book a safari with? I've been looking into this for years and am almost at the stage of saying "stuff it" and just getting it booked.

    Do most folk go for package deals? I've got a rough idea of what I want:kudu, Impala, zebra,(is that weird?) and possibly something else . Generally these deals never seem to tick all the boxes.

    I would probably get the taxidermy done here. Am I correct in saying your about the same again to get the animal to the uk as you are to shoot it even if it's just caped,(or packed).

    Also I've seen videos of folk using a .270 to good effect but am I realistically going to need something bigger? I'm good to about 250 yards but I feel like practicing beyond this would be essential too?


    so many variables but I'd like to try and get the ball rolling. Realistically I'd like to have whatever I shot shoulder mounted or on a pedestal because a bleached skull doesn't quite do it for me. Costs will be the biggest issue. The trophy prices on paper seem okay but I imagine everything doubles of not triples by the time it gets to your wall.


    cheers!

    Package deals works out much cheaper as from the trophy list because you can negotiate better deals with the concession holders / farmers. It just makes it much more attractive for them...

    On your .270 question...I have shot mostly all my animals wit a .270 and it will work on all the species that you have indicated above successfully. Hunting in dense bush like the Limpopo or NW and Mpumalanga Provinces shot taken will be far less than 250 yards and roughly under 100 yards...

    Taxidermy can be done in the country where the safari took place with great success and references, but hunters have the choice to dip and pack their stuff to their country of origin to be done there.
    Patrick Reynecke (Bushwack Safaris)
    Web: http://www.bushwacksafaris.co.za
    Mobile:+27 82 773 4099
    Mail: bushwacksafaris@vodamail.co.za

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