M. Heinisch of Austria hunted Selous RU1, LL3, U4 and MS1 with Luke Samaras Safaris (www.samarasafaris.com) from mid-October to early November. His PH was Norbert Reiner, who also arranged the safari (firstname.lastname@example.org). Heinisch reports taking three "good" buffalo, a leopard, hippo, eland and other game, which he says were all fairly abundant. Sable and lion were scarce during his hunt. He gives the operation a mixture of good and excellent ratings.
Rich Papapietro hunted with Danny McCallum Safaris (wwww.dannymccallumsafaris.com) from late October to mid-November in the Piti area. He booked the hunt through Jack Atcheson (www.atcheson.com), and his PH was Mike Fell. Papapietro was hoping to take a lion on this safari but says the cats were scarce. He says Fell had another hunter in camp for three weeks chasing lion but did not connect. "The PHs were concerned about taking lions that were less than six years old due to the fine that would be issued against them and possibly their clients," says Papapietro, referring to the regulation Tanzania has implemented to ensure only mature lions are killed. Papapietro doesn't think this is the area to hunt if lion is your priority, but he says the area is otherwise phenomenal, and he praises McCallum's operation. He points out that there are huge buffalo in the area and that he was able to shoot five, with the largest going 46½ inches. He also took a leopard, sable, Lichtenstein hartebeest, oribi and other game. He says there were no hippo due to drought, but there were plenty of crocodile.
Jan Ombudstvedt from Norway and a friend took their first African safari with Tanzania Bundu Safaris, booking agent Adam Clements Safari Trackers via XXL Adventure AS (www.xxladventure.travel) in Norway. Their PH was Wayne Clark and they hunted Masai Open Area West (aka Loibor Serrit). Ombudstvedt says he killed a 45-inch and 40-inch buffalo. His partner took a 42- and 41-incher.........(continued)