"This was a one-animal hunt for trophy buffalo," Tuppen writes. "And it was exceptional. We looked at approximately 3,000 buffalo. Timbavati personnel were very helpful and friendly."
A photo of Tuppen's buffalo has been uploaded to our Trophy Gallery. To get a look at it (and you must, to understand just how magnificent this animal is!) go to: www.huntingreport.com. Click on "Trophy Gallery."
The second report we have received is from subscriber Robert H. Hanson, who gives a rave review to the small-cat hunts with dogs offered by Johan Strydom of Johan Strydom Safaris. He writes, in part:
"Veteran African hunters looking for a unique and different hunting experience should consider hunting in South Africa with Johan Strydom Safaris. Described (justifiably) as `Africa's Best Houndsman,' Johan specializes in hunting Africa's small cats.
"Operating from Bethlehem in the Free State, Johan maintains a kennel of close to 60 dogs - a mix of foxhounds, blueticks, Plotts, Walkers, greyhounds and foxhound/Walker crosses. The daily hunting procedure involves transporting a pack of 10 dogs to neighboring ranches known to be the home of the three small cats which Johan pursues - namely, caracal, serval and African wildcat.
I took my first cat, a caracal, on a nearby sheep ranch, where the rancher had lost numerous lambs to what he calls a `problem caracal.' He was happy to have us on the property. On that morning we dispatched the dogs, and their two handlers, just after daybreak, when tracking conditions are at their best. Within 30 minutes of their planned sweep of the ranch, the handlers radioed that the dogs had........(continued)