He bases his hunts from a five-hectare property where he keeps his main camp about 60 kilometers upstream of Caia on the Zambezi River. This location basically gives him access to 100 kilometers of the Zambezi and to any place in the Sofala Province that he can hunt. His hippo and croc hunts take only two to three days, and he says a 13-footer is very achievable in that time. Hunts are conducted among the papyrus islands using a boat for access and then walking and stalking the shorelines. Taylor says the best time for these hunts is in June and July when the water is cold. Under those conditions the crocodiles do not stay in the water long, even after spooking, so a hunter is apt to get good opportunities. Hippo, he says, is not difficult either, and 24- to 25-inch tuskers are very doable. Taylor says he's taken a couple just shy of 30 inches.
As for hunting at the game farms he has established, Taylor is offering buffalo, cats and plains game. Buffalo hunts are for seven days and while 38- to 48-inch bulls are possible, he says clients should expect 35 to 36 inches. Although his area neighbors Marromeu Game Reserve, he says it is not swampy, so clients don't have to deal with wet and muddy conditions. Grant Taylor of Mashambanzou Safaris (www.mashambanzousafaris.com; firstname.lastname@example.org;)