Still in Mozambique, subscriber Harry Whitehead sent a report about his hunt in the Sabie Game Reserve with McDonald Safaris. He hunted at the same time as Kendall Kilbourne, who we told you last month, had taken a Rowland Ward lion in the Sabie. Whitehead reports taking a 42-inch buffalo with 16-inch bosses. (See photo in Trophy Gallery.) "The game at Sabie is well above average quality," he writes in his report. "The buffalo are very nice with good hard bosses. It seemed that the buffalo as a rule were all heavy-bossed. My PH and I were in the middle of about 200 of them, and after making several moves to get in close and take our bull, the herd changed directions slightly and we found ourselves a mere 10 yards away from several bulls that had separated from the big herd. Even though we decided to pass on these bulls, having a standoff at 10 yards with a full-grown Cape buffalo had my complete attention."
He confirms Kilbourne's report that "cats were everywhere, with excellent trophy quality." He goes on to say, "This hunt was without a flaw. Between the three of us we took three buffalo, three hippo, one lion, one hyena and various plains game. Based upon trophy quality and the way the land lays, this is a great concession to hunt. McDonald Safaris also operates very smoothly."
As a side-note, I warned you in a previous issue that there are a number of unscrupulous operators booking hunts in concessions in Mozambique that belong to other operators. I have word of someone booking such hunts in the Sabie Game Reserve. Sabie is operated solely by McDonald Safaris. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. I hope to have more information on who this particular person is in a future issue.