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Thread: Hunting at Umlilo Safari's with Francois and Johan Dorfling... Port Elizabeth, SA

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    Hunting at Umlilo Safari's with Francois and Johan Dorfling... Port Elizabeth, SA

    Hello Everyone...

    I have just returned a very happy hunter from Umlilo Safari's near Port Elizabeth, South Africa..... And just wanted to say "BIG THANK YOU" to Francois and Johan Dorfling (Owners of Umlilo Safaris) for a wonderful hunt of a lifetime dream......


    Just a brief history of my trip....

    Always fly South African Airways (loved it).... found them to be very helpful with everything... you are allowed one 23kg checked baggage and around 10kg hand luggage. Along with (under sports equipment) you are allowed one Rifle Case up to 23kg and a separate box/bag for Ammo of 5kg... to be honest that is more than enough luggage weight you will need....


    Flew from T2 Heathrow, flight was at 9pm so went to the Airport at 5:30pm a little early as not sure how long it would've taken (first timer :o)... checked in and the lovely ladies asked me to wait on a side for the security person whom was supposed to take my rifle and ammo box inside...A

    All bags tagged and the security person arrived in about 25min and apologized straight away for being late as he was also helping another person carrying Firearms on the same flight.

    He gave me his mobile number and asked me to call him once through security which only took 15min, so at around 6:30pm i was inside the Terminal and called the SA firearms security person, whom asked me to meet him by the Customs Office (easy to find).

    Went to customs office where he was waiting for me with my rifle case and the Customs officer asked me to open my rifle case and he took a photo copy of my FAC matched the serial number and that was it...

    The SA security person told me that he would take my Rifle case/Ammo to the plane himself and by 6:50 i was all done and dusted and had a well-deserved drink with friends whom also made it inside the terminal by this time and were drunk :o)....

    Landed at Joberg and i opted to get the Meet and Greet service from a company whom also helped me to fast track my SA Permit for a fee around $100... as soon as we stepped outside the plane there was a lady waiting with my name on a piece of paper and escorted us through fast track Immigration and took us outside to get our checked baggage and straight to Customs to get my Permit which was all ready and my rifle/ammo and then to SAPS (South African Police Station), also inside the Airport for them to authorise the permit etc...

    This thing took about 45min and we were then escorted by another person outside who took us on a 5min walk inside the Airport to Terminal B and to check us in for our connecting flight to Port Elizabeth so all in all about 1hr and 15min and we were done... (strongly recommend going through this fast track meet and greet service and its only abour 65 to get the permit all ready and done so dont have to wait at the airport for hours)...

    We arrived at PE, and were greeted by Johan Dorfling (co-owner of Umlilo Safari's himself) from there only about an hours drive to the Umlilo Safari Lodge...

    The rest I will leave to your imagination after looking at just my Trophy Pictures (it was a BIG group) lots of animals taken....




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    I will highly recommend Hunting with Francois and Johan Dorfling at Umlilo Safari's to anyone....

    Amazing place to HUNT, Great PH/Guides, Trackers, Vehicles and Fabulous Food cooked personally by Melissa Dorfling and an Awwsome place to be....


    My sincere Thanks to everyone at Umlilo Safaris... Cois, Johan, Peter, Pierre, Johan, Ricus, Henno and Dion for making our First Trip to South Africa a one to remember for the rest of our lives....



    Please send me a PM if you require any more information.... always happy to help...

    Kind Regards

    Asif
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    Last edited by Asifloveshunting; 29-08-2016 at 18:51.

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    You now have a problem Asif. You will just want more of Africa. It is a wonderful place isn't it. Hospitality , professionalism , quality of animals etc. And value for money. You think that was good you should try Namibia next.
    Tusker

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    Wow Asif, that was some Safari.

    I went hunting with Umlilo Safari last year and I had a great time. Francois and Melissa are great hosts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tusker View Post
    You now have a problem Asif. You will just want more of Africa. It is a wonderful place isn't it. Hospitality , professionalism , quality of animals etc. And value for money. You think that was good you should try Namibia next.
    Tusker
    Many Thanks Tusker...

    I now have the African BUG......

    you are absolutely correct, Umlilo excelled in everything you mentioned above,,,,, Wonderful Place, Great Hospitality, Professionalism and Excellent Quality of Animals and to TOP it all up.... Amazing Value for Money....

    I think I will probably go back to Umlilo Safari's next year and then the following year Namibia.. as there are still a few animals on my hit list that Umlilo have a great Trophy Quality of....

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    Many Thanks Brunel...

    You are absolutely right, Francois and Mellissa are amazing host's, and that women can Cook... WOW...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asifloveshunting View Post
    Many Thanks Tusker...

    I now have the African BUG......

    you are absolutely correct, Umlilo excelled in everything you mentioned above,,,,, Wonderful Place, Great Hospitality, Professionalism and Excellent Quality of Animals and to TOP it all up.... Amazing Value for Money....

    I think I will probably go back to Umlilo Safari's next year and then the following year Namibia.. as there are still a few animals on my hit list that Umlilo have a great Trophy Quality of....
    Good for you mate, do you hunt, stalk with friends or on your own. You can get better bangs for your buck if you go with a group or mate.
    I just love Africa, already planning my next Namibian adventure for 2018.
    Tusker

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    Can I ask what moderator you're using there?

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    Looks like a great time had by all. Well done. Its been a while since I have visited Africa, my choice next time is a hunt for Caracal. Is this something that can be undertaken with Umlilo?

    I would not be interested in Kudu etc as I have been fortunate enough to have hunted and taken most of the plains game species before on several occasions but am interested in taking some of the small species which can be much harder.
    All grades of deer stalkers/hunters in the UK and overseas catered for. Level 2 DMQ signing off available. Over 30 years experience in the stalking/hunting industry. For friendly and professional help go to www.UKOutfitters.co.uk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mungo View Post
    Can I ask what moderator you're using there?

    It's a local Moderator my local gun shop makes/sells, he hasn't given it a name but very good and light...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sikamalc View Post
    Looks like a great time had by all. Well done. Its been a while since I have visited Africa, my choice next time is a hunt for Caracal. Is this something that can be undertaken with Umlilo?

    I would not be interested in Kudu etc as I have been fortunate enough to have hunted and taken most of the plains game species before on several occasions but am interested in taking some of the small species which can be much harder.
    Hello Malcom

    Umlilo has a great Caracal Hunt programme, along with many exciting small species hunts... e.g. Blue Duiker, Klipspringer, excellent quality of Cape Grysbuck, Red Duiker, Grey Duiker and steenbuck etc....

    I have personally seen their Cape Grysbuck only an hours drive from their lodge and plentyful with excellent quality...

    Please PM myself or contact Francois Dorfling directly on umlilosafaris@kirkwood.co.za

    I have spoken to him and he would be greatful in putting a quote etc together for you.... just mention my name in your email and he will know....

    Best of luck...

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