"Anyone who has hunted in South Africa knows that a lot of game there gets shot from motor vehicles, rather than the hunter taking an animal while on foot and a sporting distance from any internal-combustion engine. A PH I just hunted with in the Waterbergs, 300 kilometers north of Johannesburg, does not hunt from vehicles. Yes, he uses them for transportation to the hunting areas he operates on, but once there his actual hunting is on foot.
"In keeping with this philosophy, he has come up with a twist that may make South Africa even more interesting to the first-timer, or could add an extra ingredient for the hunter returning to South Africa and looking for something a little different. The twist Baber has added is hunting on horseback. Although horses would seem to be an ideal means of hunting in Africa, their use has always been problematic. The early elephant hunters who rode north out of more temperate South Africa soon found their horses done in by sleeping sickness, or being chased by something that wished to eat them, with the hunter holding on for dear life.
"While horses do well in the Highveld of South Africa, most PHs, frankly, don't know much about them, and have little desire to learn. Baber, though, comes from a family of Irish and English cattle ranchers who settled in the Waterbergs in the late 1800s. Hunting off them, as he has always done himself, simply seemed a natural progression for his clients.
"From the backs of Baber's horses you can hunt all the major plains game species Baber offers, including kudu, gemsbok and eland. If anything, the game is more tolerant of horses in their midst than they are of vehicles or hunters on foot. On horseback it is possible, as we did, to ride up to a........(continued)