Ambrose hunted in Maasailand along the eastern boundary of Tarangire and reports having to swim across a flooded river three times to get his leopard. "The rains were a blessing and a curse, making it difficult to get around," he says. "But the animals were coming out of Tarangire." He reports turning down six 60-pound elephant in search of a 70-pounder, but he did take a 45-inch Cape buffalo, as well as a 40- and 41-incher. His leopard weighed in at 190 pounds, and he also took a 26-inch East African impala and other game. He turned down a shot at a lion. I checked in with Brar, who told me, "Clients have taken exceptional lion, leopard, buff and elephant, plus East African plains game this past extended season. I plan to hunt it again in 2012."
Vining hunted Lunda South near Iringa, bordering the southern end of Ruaha National Park in central Tanzania, with Hilary Daffi Safaris (www.daffisafaris.com). He says the savannah and bush were thick and green, making spotting difficult. The upside, of course, was that lions and elephant were plentiful, migrating in and out of Ruaha. He reports having a leopard on bait the first day, taking a lion the third day on a chance encounter and a 52-pound elephant on the seventh day. While he enthusiastically recommends the hunt, he warns other hunters, "get in the best physical shape possible, develop a good........(continued)