In his report, 10289, LoPresto writes, "I have hunted with Derick van Staden since 1998. On this trip we took a magnificent sable, as well buffalo. I also greatly enjoyed hunting klipspringer. I am in very good shape at 75, but it was extremely hot in August and the terrain at Nyamvu is rough, with a lot of rocks. After the safari, van Staden and I spent three great days fishing for tigerfish on the Zambezi River." We also heard from LoPresto in a follow-up email.
"This was my 4th safari with van Staden, and he is a great PH. He is very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of Zambia and readily shares his knowledge. We get along very well, and I have been with him during mock elephant charges and a real lion charge. I trust him implicitly.
"The private reserve Nyamvu, where we hunted, is just across the Luangwa from the West Petauke GMA. The concession is unique in that the owner has made a number of bulldozed ponds to hold water, which were still wet in late August. The terrain was everything from dense Mopani and vines, tall grass to more open brush to significant hills. Good sturdy boots are a must for the very rocky terrain. We spent six days tracking buff for hours with temps into the mid-90s, being thwarted by fickle winds that would flush the warthogs. This was a real Cape buffalo hunt, as opposed to my first one with Derick (48-incher) that we tracked for only about 50 yards. I got the sable on the second day while driving around looking for buffalo tracks. We saw the cows and Derick spotted the 45-inch bull bedded down. We made the stalk and got him. On day eight, after several attempts to harvest a pygmy antelope we finally had a chance in the........(continued)