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Subscriber-Written Trip Report On African Twilight Safaris Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 8561 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 12, 2011 to July 26, 2011
Place of Hunt: Namibia - Khomas Region
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): African Twilight Safaris. P.O.Box 336; Windhoek; Namibia; Tel. 011 264 62 572 040; Email: jaco@africantwilightsafaris.com; Web www.africantwilightsafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Jaco van der Merwe
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Leopard - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Large old male
Steenbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 5.7" longest horn, 15.53" SCI
Hartebeest - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Old Bull
Springbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 36" SCI
Duiker - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 4.1", 11.6" SCI
Varmint - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: (Honey Badger) Huge old male
Kudu - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 54"
Zebra, Hartmann - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Old Stallion
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Tremendous amount of high quality game - 109,000 acres of private land with no high fences


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: South African Airlines Airline Service: Poor
Airline Comments: SAA would not let us carry personal luggage onto flight to Windhoek. This luggage was not locked since it stayed with me - nice camera was stolen after I turned it over to SAA. Same thing happened to hunting partner on same flight next day. Moral: lock even your carry-on luggage!


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: none
Highlights of Hunt: Taking an old male leopard on night 14! Seeing beautiful Namibia with my family, and having each of my sons take nice kudus.
Equipment Recommendations: Take long underwear if you are leopard hunting.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? The van der Merwes are fantastic, and the hunting and scenery exceeded our expectations.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Trey Bloodworth
Contact Information: Tel. 513-398-8620 - 6542 Rosewood Lane | Mason | OH | USA | 45040 E-mail: bloodworth.ct@zoomtown.com
Hunting Experience: 4 African safaris, big game and deer hunting in USA
Physical Condition: Good - in shape 45 year old


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
Jaco and Mare' van der Merwe are brothers who own/operate African Twilight Safaris. We hunted on their private 109,000 acre farm (no game fences.) This was my 4th African safari, and the first with African Twilight Safaris. The hunt exceeded our expectations. Both Jaco and Mare' worked very hard, and they are skilled and personable PHs. We saw tremendous amounts of game and took fantastic trophies (my father and a friend were also hunting, along with my two sons.) I am not a "tape measure hunter", but the van der Merwes are SCI measurers so they measured all the trophies - all but two made the "SCI book" with half gold or silver medals. At one point I could see 40+ hartebeest, 20+ springbok, 12+ gemsbok, 12+ zebra and a few kudus. This is all on open land with no game fences. Another time we had 3 shootable kudu bulls in view at once. If you want a leopard, this is the place to go. We had 4 separate large males feeding (and have the trail cam pix to show it). The largest difficulty was predicting which bait to sit on! If we had only one or two cats to focus on we might have connected with one sooner. (In fact, we briefly saw a leopard at 10:00 one morning while looking for plains game.) They average losing one cow, sheep or goat per week from predators, so the cats have been around for the 90+ years the van der Merwe family has been on the property. Mare's wife Irma supervised the cooking - the food was excellent. They were extremely accommodating for our entire family, and we have made life-long friends. Net - I cannot recommend African Twilight Safaris highly enough - you will not be disappointed!



Subscriber-Written Trip Report On African Twilight Safaris Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 7411 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: March 10, 2009 to March 20, 2009
Place of Hunt: Namibia -
Hunt Area: Borodino Farm - near Naukluft Park


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): African Twilight Safaris. P.O.Box 336; Windhoek; Namibia; Tel. 011 264 62 572 040; Email: jaco@africantwilightsafaris.com; Web www.africantwilightsafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Mare Van Der Merwe
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Zebra - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Hartmann's zebra.
Springbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Gold medal.
Wildcat, African - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Varmint - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Jackal.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Caracal - Availability: Did not find (nocturnal).
Baboon - Availability: Missed.
Game Condition Comments: Also available in good numbers, gemsbok, kudu, klipspringer and blesbok.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Air Namibia Airline Service:
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $370 daily rate. Mounted trophies were shipped six months after the end of the hunt. 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: Large areas impassable to vehicles due to recent heavy rains (extremely rare event, most transportation was by horseback).
Highlights of Hunt:
Equipment Recommendations: Hightlight, Namibia in the rain.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Peter Feuerle
Contact Information: Tel. 301-855-2919 - 4020 - 15th Street, Ches Beach, MD E-mail: pfeuerle@olg.com
Hunting Experience: Third time in Namibia, 10th time in Africa.
Physical Condition: Getting old, getting old.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On African Twilight Safaris Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 7047 Weapon Used: Bow How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: October 15, 2008 to October 25, 2008
Place of Hunt: Namibia -
Hunt Area: Omitara and Borodino


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): African Twilight Safaris. P.O.Box 336; Windhoek; Namibia; Tel. 011 264 62 572 040; Email: jaco@africantwilightsafaris.com; Web www.africantwilightsafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Mare Van Der Merwe
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Warthog - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Kudu - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Two.
Hartebeest, Red - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Springbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Zebra - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Hartmanm's zebra.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Oryx, Kalahari - Availability: Abundant but ethical spot and stalk bowshot on trophy never occurred.
Game Condition Comments: Abundant game, all animals take with bow except Hartmann's zebra.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: United and South African Airlines Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: United was awful, planes were cramped and late, and worst of all they didn't transfer my luggage to SAA in Dullas even though they're affiliated, which cost me a day of hunting. SAA did everything they could to get my bags to me ASAP. The seats were larger and the staff much more helpfull. I'd rate United a D and SAA an A.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $375 a day. Amount: $1375
Trophy Fees: Amount: $4330
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1680
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $950
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Luggage was a day late (curse United) Bowstring cable got cut with a broadhead and my backup bowstring was no good, lost 1/2 day getting a new string. Wounded a kudu that we never recovered - bowsights were off and he jumped the string. I got sick, which cost another 1/2 day. None of these were anything to do with ATS, in fact they did everything they could to help me fix them ASAP.
Highlights of Hunt: 5 1-shot bowkills. The kudu bull was the largest animal I'd ever taken with stick and string, downright spiritual. We captured most of the kills on camera.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? They do everything they advertise, no hidden costs, gracious hosts, very nice accommodations, huge ranches with abundant game, vehicles in good shape, and work very hard to get you the trophies. Everthing was much better than I expected.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Allen Hansen
Contact Information: Tel. 512-260-5106 - 355 County Road 264, Leander, TX 78641 E-mail: ahansen@nvidia.com
Hunting Experience: Six years bowhunting in Texas, first trip to Africa.
Physical Condition: Excellent.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
ATS's main concession is in the heart of leopard and Hartmann's zebra country on 109K acres. They take a lot of huge leopard and the Hartmann's zebra I shot was close to 1000lbs. This is 100% free-range fair chase hunting. No farm-raised animals released in a high-fenced pen here... Most of their clients are gun hunters but Mare' and Jaco are avid bowhunters and took me to their favorite ambush sites. They both crave hunting so much that I think Mare' was more excited than I was after every animal I killed. I asked Mare' not to tell me the measurements on the animals I took but he said most scored Namibian gold. My point is they've got trophy animals and he'll put you on them.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On African Twilight Safaris Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 6166 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 19, 2007 to July 1, 2007
Place of Hunt: Namibia -
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): African Twilight Safaris. P.O.Box 336; Windhoek; Namibia; Tel. 011 264 62 572 040; Email: jaco@africantwilightsafaris.com; Web www.africantwilightsafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Mare Van Der Merwe
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Zebra - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Hartman zebra. Nice.
Klipspringer - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 4 1/2 inches.
Caracal - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 18 kilos.
Blesbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Springbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Very large.
Duiker - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 5 1/2 inches.
Steenbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 5 inches.
Oryx, Kalahari - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 39 inches.
Hartebeest - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 24 inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Hyena - Availability: These species were in different areas and not enough time was devoted to cheetah. Hyena had left the area.
Cheetah - Availability: These species were in different areas and not enough time was devoted to cheetah. Hyena had left the area.
Game Condition Comments: Game of most sought after species were very abundant and good trophy quality. Nice kudu seen daily.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care: Good
Name of Airline: South African Airlines Airline Service: Fair
Airline Comments: They appear to be making some efforts at improvement but still lost luggage on return flight at Dulles.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: 2X1 at $500 a day. Amount: $6500
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $2100
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Seeing PH (Mare) take my 12 year old son on long stalks for zebra, hartebeest, gemsbok and blesbok.
Equipment Recommendations: Solids in 375 for small species.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? PH worked hard to get quality animals and worked well with my 12 year old son. General quality of animals very high.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Talmadge Brenner
Contact Information: Tel. 217-231-3955 - 3320 E Tower Rd., Quincy, IL 62305 E-mail: tbrenner@staffbrennerstaff.com
Hunting Experience: Fourth trip to Africa.
Physical Condition: Very good.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On African Twilight Safaris Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 6118 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 19, 2007 to May 27, 2007
Place of Hunt: Namibia -
Hunt Area: Private Ranches


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): African Twilight Safaris. P.O.Box 336; Windhoek; Namibia; Tel. 011 264 62 572 040; Email: jaco@africantwilightsafaris.com; Web www.africantwilightsafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any):
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Kudu - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Average 50 inches.
Springbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good 12 inches.
Oryx, Kalahari - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good 35 inches.
Impala - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Average 21 inches.
Blesbok - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Good 15 inches.
Warthog - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Very good.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Well ran, lots of game. Leopard, zebra, red hartebeest, steenbok, klipspringer all in good amounts.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Namibian Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $6205
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:
Highlights of Hunt: Plenty of jackals and baboons for extra hunting.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: William B Watson
Contact Information: Tel. 615-459-3105 - 1013 Old Jefferson Pike, Smyrna, TN 37167 E-mail: william_watson@comcast.net
Hunting Experience:
Physical Condition: Fair for 67.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On African Twilight Safaris Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 5689 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 16, 2006 to August 3, 2006
Place of Hunt: Namibia -
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): African Twilight Safaris. P.O.Box 336; Windhoek; Namibia; Tel. 011 264 62 572 040; Email: jaco@africantwilightsafaris.com; Web www.africantwilightsafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Jaco Van Der Merwe
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Zebra - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Hartmann's zebra.
Eland, Cape - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Hartebeest, Red - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Oryx - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Springbok - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Warthog - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Baboon - Availability: Didn't see any.
Hyena - Availability: Baited but ran out of time.
Game Condition Comments: Many good quality oryx. Ground too hard, rocky for good warthog and too many leopard. Average kudu and scarce.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care:
Name of Airline: Air Namibia - very good. Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Delta from Baltimore to London and Air Namibia from London to Windhoek - no problems.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Daily rate 1 X 1 $320. Amount: $6080
Trophy Fees: Eland $1,600, oryx $580, springbok $350, warthog $350. Amount: $2880
Permits/Licenses: Observers $115 daily. Amount: $2185
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Very good klipspringer - partner took probably #3 or 4 Namibia - Great hosts, good oryx, good sightseeing/photography.
Equipment Recommendations: Long shots - 200 yards and need high quality optics and good boots - very rocky.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Great for couples - went to Etosha, Windhoek, Coast, Namibia Desert, etc. Stayed in eight different camps and all were good.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: John M Sholes
Contact Information: Tel. 301-948-1462 - 12113 McDonald Chapel Dr., Gaithersburg, MD 20878 E-mail: john_sholes@yahoo.com
Hunting Experience: Over 40 years - third trip to Africa.
Physical Condition: Fair.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On African Twilight Safaris Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 5693 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 16, 2006 to August 4, 2006
Place of Hunt: Namibia -
Hunt Area: Gobabis, Omitara, Guisis


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): African Twilight Safaris. P.O.Box 336; Windhoek; Namibia; Tel. 011 264 62 572 040; Email: jaco@africantwilightsafaris.com; Web www.africantwilightsafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Mare Van Der Merwe
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Wildebeest, Blue - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: SCI Silver 76.38.
Kudu - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: SCI Bronze 121.25.
Eland, Cape - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: SCI Bronze 79.53.
Steenbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: SCI Gold 13.78.
Duiker - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Grey duiker. SCI Silver 13.38.
Klipspringer - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: SCI Gold 13.58.
Zebra - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Outstanding.
Blesbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Oryx, Kalahari - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Hartebeest, Red - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Impala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Caracal - Availability: Cold, late season, not seen.
Hyena - Availability: Cold, late season, not seen.
Game Condition Comments: All species excellent to good conditions, one antelope lame, one black-backed jackal with mange - otherwise excellent. Excellent value for novice - intermediate hunter. Some world class trophies possible. Springbok is new Namibia #3 or #4 near SCI Top Ten (probably 15).


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability:
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment:
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care:
Name of Airline: Delta and Air Namibia. Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Guns checked straight through.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Daily rate 1 X 1 $320 and 1 X 2 $250. Observer/non-hunter $115 all inclusive. Amount: $0
Trophy Fees: 17 animals, 14 species. Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Included skinning and hide treatment. Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Colder than expected but superior accommodation and vehicles.
Highlights of Hunt: Several outstanding long shots at "book" animals, superior PH stalking and tracking, excellent new vehicles, excellent photo safari.
Equipment Recommendations: Need excellent binoculars, skill with shooting sticks, some 200 shot.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Superior accommodations, equipment, value for money, interesting activity for non-hunting wife, skilled PH and above average animals.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Dr. Dalton A West
Contact Information: Tel. 410-280-1390 - 2651 Ogleton Rd., Annapolis, MD 21403 E-mail: d.s.west@comcast.net
Hunting Experience: 50 years Canada, US, New Zealand, Asia, Africa and Europe.
Physical Condition: Excellent - who knows.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On African Twilight Safaris Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 5904 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: April 27, 2006 to May 12, 2006
Place of Hunt: Namibia -
Hunt Area: 125 miles south west of Windhoek


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): African Twilight Safaris. P.O.Box 336; Windhoek; Namibia; Tel. 011 264 62 572 040; Email: jaco@africantwilightsafaris.com; Web www.africantwilightsafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Jaco Van Der Merwe
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Zebra - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Mountain zebra. Very good.
Springbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Many top 50 SCI.
Leopard - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Hyena - Availability: Just hard to hunt.
Game Condition Comments: Excellent.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: South African Airlines Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Very good.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $250 to 350 Amount: $0
Trophy Fees: Normal. Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: $2045 Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Tips and trophy fees. Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Wild country, a true hunt.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Honest people, excellent camps, excellent equipment and great hunting.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Robert Hughes
Contact Information: Tel. 512-388-0149 - 901 Powderhorn Dr., Round Rock, TX 78681 E-mail: ttss19@sbcglobal.net
Hunting Experience: Africa, Zimbabwe - two times, South Africa, Namibia - three times, Canada - several times, Texas, Missouri and Michigan.
Physical Condition: Not too bad for 64.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
I have hunted with this outfitter two times and will be taking my granddaughter in 2008. This is a family operation two brothers and wives and one other PH. I have had nothing but good hunting, wild country, and truly good and honest folks, that will be your friends when you return home. I have also done much sightseeing with this outfitter after my safaris. Wonderful and very interesting, no problems ever. I like to talk about Africa, so if you have any question call me.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On African Twilight Safaris Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 4424 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 16, 2004 to June 30, 2004
Place of Hunt: Namibia -
Hunt Area: Private land


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): African Twilight Safaris. P.O.Box 336; Windhoek; Namibia; Tel. 011 264 62 572 040; Email: jaco@africantwilightsafaris.com; Web www.africantwilightsafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Mare' von der Merwe
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Leopard - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 140 lbs.
Oryx, Kalahari - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Gold medal.
Kudu - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: A typical.
Springbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Gold medal.
Blesbok - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size:
Zebra - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Mountain.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Klipspringer - Availability: Abundant but not sought.
Game Condition Comments: See below.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Lufthansa and Air Namibia Airline Service:
Airline Comments: Lufthansa to Frankfurt, Germany and Air Namibia to Windhoek


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $280. Per day, $100. For observer Amount: $3920
Trophy Fees: Per outfitters schedule. Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: None. Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: None. Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None.
Highlights of Hunt: Leopard with hounds; successful after nine days.
Equipment Recommendations: Good glass (binoculars and simple scope).
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? See below.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Peter Feuerle
Contact Information: Tel. 301-855-2919 - 4020 - 15th Floor, Chesapeak Beach, MD 20732 E-mail: pfeuerle@olg.com
Hunting Experience: This was 5th African hunt.
Physical Condition: Good for age 64.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
I would (and did) recommend this hunt to a friend for a great hunting experience, smooth organization, and fine hospitality. However, for a first time American hunter, there may be better choices, since terrain is not typical of the African savannah bushveld. Nor would this hunt be attractive to the hunter who wants a comfortable way to collect some trophies.

The hunt is on a 10,000+ acre private ranch owned by the von der Merwe family, and the hunter is guided by one of the owners personally. Accommodations are in a guesthouse (all amenities) and catering is done by one of the wives. They take only one hunting party at a time and make great efforts to assure their clients' enjoyment. For example, they took us on a full day excursion (non-hunting) into the nearby Namib Desert and national park. Daily rates and trophy fees are comparatively low, even within Namibia, since the owner/outfitter does not have to pay a concession fee to a landowner or third party.

The ranch is on a high plateau rising to broken mountainous terrain. Only the area near the main road contains cattle fences, while backcountry where most hunting takes place is unfenced. It is arid open country with little vegetation, so the game, while there is plenty of it, is not thick on the ground. A fair amount of traveling and glassing is required, and the hunter must expect to be spotted by some game as soon as he has seen it himself. This necessitates good shooting (all my shots were beyond 200 yards), following a sometimes difficult and lengthy stalk that may not be successful. For example, we stalked my gold medal oryx (the same animal identified by a distinct marking) for several hours over three days. The man who enjoys this kind of hunting will have a good time.

The available game includes oryx (plentiful), springbok (plentiful), Hartmann's (mountain) zebra (plentiful), kudu, blesbok, steenbok, common duiker, and Klipspringer (plentiful). The hills contain a good number of leopards (we identified at least 5 different animals). There are also spotted hyenas (not seen), baboons, and jackals. Shooting jackals is encouraged as means of predator control. Additional species (e.g. eland) are available on an adjacent ranch (not visited). Leopard can be hunted over bait. My hunt was with hounds, and it was a joy to see the dogs work. The hounds' man (a professional hunter himself who was brought in from South Africa) was professionally competent and personally engaging. His basic charge was $2,000, plus a success fee that was credited against the outfitters trophy fee.

Skinning and field preparation of trophies was done meticulously, and trophy preparation for shipment itself was arranged quickly and professionally.



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