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Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Big Five 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: 5511 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 4, 2006 to July 13, 2006
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Big Five Safaris. 54 Edinburgh Road; Borrowdale; Harare; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-2634-883245; Email: bigfivesafaris@gmail.com;
Personal Guide (if any): Ian Gibson
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 38 inches.
Sable - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: 36 inches, old, 10 inch bases.
Zebra - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Male.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Kudu - Availability: Only saw one trophy size and missed it.
Game Condition Comments: This year was very thick bush due to a little cold weather. Trees were still green and foilage had yet to fall off. Hunting was tough with long daily tracking. But saw lots of game. Many elephants, impala, waterbuck, buffalo and more.


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: Good
Airline Comments: Stuffed and completely full.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $0
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $1480
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Beautiful camp on Zambezi River. Heard lions, leopards, hippos everyday. Great food and fishing. The wives loved it.
Equipment Recommendations: Good soft boots for quiet tracking (use ritepermit.com for South Africa permits).
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Excellent in everyway.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Lee McKenzie
Contact Information: Tel. 775-425-0666 - 340 Descanto Lane, Sparks, NV E-mail: leemac@gbs.com
Hunting Experience: Extensive in North America. First time in Africa.
Physical Condition: Good for 66 (better after my hunt) 10 to 20 kl a day.


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 Big Five 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: 4143 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 18, 2004 to June 1, 2004
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Big Five Safaris. 54 Edinburgh Road; Borrowdale; Harare; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-2634-883245; Email: bigfivesafaris@gmail.com;
Personal Guide (if any): Mitch Bunce
Booking Agent (if any): Wade Derby; Cross Hair Consulting. PO Box 864; Oakley; CA; 94561; Tel. 925-679-9232; Fax: Same;Email: wade@crosshairconsulting.com; Web www.crosshairconsulting.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Hippopotamus - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 18 inches.
Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 39 inches.
Impala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 23 inches.
Varmint - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Baboon.
Klipspringer - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 4.5 inches.
Waterbuck - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 30 inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Bushbuck - Availability: Blown stalks.
Zebra - Availability:
Sable - Availability:
Game Condition Comments: Excellent area lots of game. Rough terrain and the jess is very thick but the camp and the staff is well prepared and eager to hunt. Game was plentiful and in good condition. Excellent area to hunt in but not for a beginner.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: South African Airlines Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: Really no problems, staff was helpful and courteous.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: 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: No real problems to speak of. Hippo hunting is difficult given they mostly live is the river and current in very swift so trophy recovery is hard.
Highlights of Hunt: Long stalks on buffalo in very close quarters. Lions in easy position for excellent photos. Seeing a magnificent sable bull.
Equipment Recommendations: Be in good physical shape as days are long and the terrain is hilly and mountainous. Bring a big gun that you can shoot well. Low power scope.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Good safe PH who knows the ropes in Zimbabwe, no worries.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Sean J. Lancaster
Contact Information: Tel. 540-877-3525 - 1069 Back Mountain Road, Winchester, VA 22602 E-mail: bristolgv@earthlink.net
Hunting Experience: Extensive North America and this was my second trip to Africa but my first for dangerous game.
Physical Condition: 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
I had no problems with Zimbabwe at all. The airport and customs people were all helpful and very anxious to please. I go through customs and out in under 5 minutes. Harare is a mess with many people on the streets but everyone seems to be adapting and getting on with life. The Chewore area is simply full of game. We saw leopard, lion, buffalo and several 40 pound plus bull elephant. Crocodiles are very common. Tiger fishing is also available when you are done hunting. I will go there again without hesitation. Mitch Bunce and his crew worked very hard to please. The camp was five star with private chalets with shower and toilets. The food was excellent as was all the camp staff. The skinning shed was modern and very organized. Simply an excellent hunt I personally was very pleased.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Big Five 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: 2363 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 21, 2001 to September 4, 2001
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Chewore North


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Big Five Safaris. 54 Edinburgh Road; Borrowdale; Harare; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-2634-883245; Email: bigfivesafaris@gmail.com;
Personal Guide (if any): Tim Danklef
Booking Agent (if any): Timbuctoo Sporting Adventures. 3741 Purdue Ave; Dallas; TX; 75225; Tel. 214-360-9599;
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Elephant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Tuskless cow.
Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 39 inches deep curl, big bosses.
Hippopotamus - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Average (forgot to measure).
Crocodile - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 11 feet.
Zebra - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Waterbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 29 inches.
Impala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 23 inches.
Bushbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 13 1/2 inches.
Hyena - Availability: - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Kudu - Availability: Saw but failed to successfully stalk trophy animal. Lots of sub-trophy kudu.
Warthog - Availability: Same as above.
Game Condition Comments: Excellent. Buffalo are more abundant than noted above at Chewore, but 95-degree days and worst tsetse flies in 15 years made them difficult to locate and very skittish.


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: SAA and Delta Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: No problems with guns. First class is worth every penny.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: For 14 days. Amount: $12000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $11500
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: A gift from a friend. Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: $1,400 divided by the number of hunters to and from camp. Amount: $0
Other Costs: Tips, eventual shipping of trophies, professional videographer $4,170 for 14 days. Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Taking elephant and buffalo with my new Chapuis double 470 NE. First hunt with a double.
Equipment Recommendations: Bug-proof clothing. Tsetse were biting through shirt.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Superb, unspoiled, unpopulated area, abundant game, excellent trackers, PH, camp. Hot showers, flush toilets very welcome in 95-degree days. Superb tigerfish on Zambezi.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Peter Taylor
Contact Information: Tel. 303-393-7948 - 405 Monroe St., Denver, CO 80206 E-mail: mariandenver@yahoo.com
Hunting Experience: Second African safari.
Physical Condition: Good for 54. (You can hunt as hard as you like here and there is some country tours if you want it.)


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 am enclosing my hunt report for a recent 14-day safari with Big Five Safaris, in Chewore, Zimbabwe.

As you will see, the hunt was excellent. We went ahead with our hunt with Big Five because I knew from a previous visit to Chewore that this concession is very remote, far from any towns (it is a million acres, with no population other than the camp), and is definitely not a ranch hunt subject to the problems prevalent throughout Zimbabwe over the past year.

We opted to spend no time in Harare, stepping off our commercial flight and straight on to Big Five

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Big Five 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: 1452 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 23, 1999 to August 1, 1999
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Chewore


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Big Five Safaris. 54 Edinburgh Road; Borrowdale; Harare; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-2634-883245; Email: bigfivesafaris@gmail.com;
Personal Guide (if any): Buzz Charlton
Booking Agent (if any): Scott Van Pelt; Van Pelt, Scott. P.O. Box 600280; Dallas; TX; 75360;
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 40 inches.
Leopard - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Six feet six inches.
Kudu - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 53 1/2 inches.
Waterbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 23 inches.
Impala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 19 inches and 20 inches.
Zebra - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Bushbuck - Availability: Inexperience of PH hunting from river.
Game Condition Comments: Plentiful, many elephants, hippopatumus, crocodiles and plains game. Most leopards were female. Thirteen feeding at end of the hunt. Males were hard to find.


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 Airways Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $10450
Trophy Fees: Amount: $7250
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1875
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Dip and pack. Amount: $450
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Booking agent didn't confirm with safari company. No real problem however, potentially it could have been better.
Highlights of Hunt: Excellent tracking, elephant charge and abundant game viewed.
Equipment Recommendations: None. Bring your own rifles and clothes, they have the rest. Pack light. Excellent daily laundry service.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Excellent service and accomodations.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Mike McKinney
Contact Information: Tel. 972-381-8784 - 6008 Fieldstone, Dallas, TX 75252
Hunting Experience: I've hunted many years for whitetail deer, elk and mule deer in Texas and Colorado. I have also hunted duck, goose and upland bird. More big game in the future.
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



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