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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 10516 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: April 2, 2016 to April 12, 2016
Place of Hunt: South Africa -
Hunt Area: Limpopo area


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Mangwa Hunting Safaris. Tel. 011 +27 7676 80412; Email: mangwahunting@gmail.com; info@mangwahuntingsafaris.com; Web www.mangwahuntingsafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Jacques Brits
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Serval - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Big
Bushbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Big
Bushpig - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Big
Genet - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Big
Jackal - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Average
Badger, Honey - Availability: - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Hyena - Availability: leopard killing bush pigs
Cat - Availability:
Game Condition Comments:


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Fair Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Air France Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: After registering fire arms in advance, the process of getting the guns on board was seamless


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $0
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Temperature changes in tented camp
Highlights of Hunt: Serval, bush pig, honey badger
Equipment Recommendations: None
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Very capable guide. Really embedded in the area. Knows everybody. Knows all the hunting hot spots in the neighborhood. Has an excellent network of capable people.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Manfred Kets de Vries
Contact Information: Tel. +33 160724368 - 3 Rue Seguier, Paris, France, 75006 E-mail: manfred.ketsdevries@insead.edu
Hunting Experience: Very good
Physical Condition: Average


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? no Notified Personal Guide? no Notified Booking Agent? no
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide? no
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought? NA


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
One of my acquaintances has two farms in the Limpopo Province area. For a number of years, he kept insisting that I hunt on one of his properties. As I am an old Africa hand (having hunted in many of the African countries for over twenty times) South Africa, it is not my hunting country of choice. Its "too civilised" for me. But after much prompting by my friend, I decided to take a ten-day hunting break with my wife. As I have obtained most species available in Southern Africa, I decided to give myself a handicap and hunt for animals that are very difficult to obtain. I put on my wish list in order of importance: serval (I had tried to hunt this species before with dogs without success), honey badger, brown hyena, bush pig, large spotted genet, and the African wild cat. For good measure, I also threw in bushbuck and warthog. In addition, I booked a day of bird hunting. Although my friend had told me that his farm had an oversupply of nyala (which was true), I was not interested to add yet another one to my collection.

Personally, I thought my wish list was really mission impossible. But you can always hope... However, on the first day (having just arrived at the camp) my PH (Jacques Brits) received a phone call from a local farmer that a serval (the person described it as a small leopard) was hanging around his farm trying to get at his chickens. So off we went, and late in the day I obtained a large serval before the hunt really had started. Our next challenge was the brown hyena and the honey badger. Jacques had found an ideal spot where these animals seemed to hang around (confirmed by pictures taken with a trail camera). There was only one small "catch": the place was also frequented by bush pigs, animals attractive to leopards. Thus twice, while waiting for the hyena and honey badger, a leopard made a kill just behind our blind. Given the screaming of the bush pig, there went the neighborhood...No self-respecting hyena was going to show itself. Fortunately, during one of the sittings at this place (I guess the leopard must have had still some bush pig meat to chew on) produced a "doublet": a very large male bush pig and a honey badger. We also hunted twice at the Limpopo River, which turned out to be a very productive area for bushbuck. I harvested two nice specimens. And another evening, not far from the camp, I got a jackals and a large genet.

Unfortunately, our bird hunt was somewhat (literally) washed out. Although there were lots of birds, and the dogs (and handler) were excellent, it was raining and all of us got very wet. As we didn't expect this kind of weather (very unusual for this time of the year), and didn't have the clothes, we finally gave up.

The only negative comment I have to make--and that was not due to our PH (Jacques)--was our tented camp. As it belonged to my friend, he had suggested that we use it. Although it had all the conveniences, because of the temperature changes this time of the year, it ended up to be not very comfortable. Jacques told us, if he had had a choice, he would never have used this camp. He made quite clear that he had excellent ones available...but we were a little bit stuck because of the previous arrangement with my friend...

All in all, if you want to hunt the more unusual animals, or hunt the more traditional ones, Jacques (and I speak from a lengthy experience) is an excellent bet to be successful. As a very hard working and knowledgeable PH (and I have had many), I would recommend him any time.



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