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Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Dirk de Bod 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: 9353 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 14, 2013 to June 25, 2013
Place of Hunt: Namibia -
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dirk de Bod Safaris. PO Box 90079; Windhoek; Namibia; Tel. 011-264-61-221038; Email: kudu@africaonline.com.na; Web www.safarisnamibia.com
Personal Guide (if any): Dirk de Bod
Booking Agent (if any): Global Hunting Network. PO Box 1345; Dripping Springs; TX; Tel. 512-829-4881; Email: info@ghnhunts.com; Web www.theglobalhuntingnetwork.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Kudu - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 54"
Wildebeest, Blue - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Big
Zebra, Hartmann - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 14-year stallion
Eland - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Mature
Warthog - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Huge
Springbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 15"
Duiker - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Nice
Gemsbok/Oryx - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 37"
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Game was in good shape, but there are severe drought conditions.


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 Air Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments:


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:
Highlights of Hunt:
Equipment Recommendations: Kayleigh shooting a monster kudu at the end of the hunt.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Kayleigh Wright
Contact Information: 4885 FM 1102, New Braunfels, TX 78132
Hunting Experience: Amazing
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
As I sit here in room 208 at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital in our hometown of New Braunfels, Texas, memories of our recent safaris begin to fill my mind.

Kayleigh Wright, my teenaged daughter, was booked for two back to back safaris after graduating from Canyon High School this year. We had practiced shooting several times per week from all types of positions: sitting, standing, and off shooting sticks. Plains game and several species of dangerous game would be hunted. We talked about the importance of making the first shot count.

The first safari was booked in northwest Namibia's semi-desert arid mountainous region. With elevations over 6,500 feet, the mountain zebra would be the first sought after animal. A group had been spotted after many long hours of glassing the mountains. Kayleigh and her guide, Dirk de Bod, had crawled and stalked step-by-step, slowly sneaking behind brush to get into position for the shot at a huge stallion, guarding his harem. Shooting in the prone position from a rock outcropping at over 200 yards, the stallion was hit hard with Kayleigh's grandfather's pre-64 Winchester 30.06 in the shoulder. A follow up shot and this what seemed to be a 14 year old stallion was down. His teeth were heavily worn, but his gorgeous hide was in excellent condition. Most of the meat from this animal and others was donated to an orphanage in a nearby settlement. Many cold crisp nights and mornings were perfect for us to spend around the raging fire pit. Many excellent game dishes were enjoyed daily. From gemsbok medallions to eland backstrap seared over an open flame and paired with a South African cabernet was mouth watering.

One morning, a blue wildebeest hit a little far back and kept us busy tracking for countless miles through heavily thorned vegetation and mountains. The tracking terrier finally bayed the "blue" and Kayleigh put in the finishing frontal shot. We were so far from any roads that we had to skin and quarter the animal. All of us carried one piece or another back to the truck.

After 10 days of intense up before dawn, hunt hard all day, glass, spot and stalk; Kayleigh shot very well and managed to take zebra, blue wildebeest, eland, gemsbok, duiker, warthog, kudu, guinea fowl and duck.


Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Dirk de Bod 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: 9045 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: October 2, 2012 to October 23, 2012
Place of Hunt: Namibia - Okahandja District
Hunt Area: Engadin


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dirk de Bod Safaris. PO Box 90079; Windhoek; Namibia; Tel. 011-264-61-221038; Email: kudu@africaonline.com.na; Web www.safarisnamibia.com
Personal Guide (if any): Dirk De Bod
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Leopard - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 15 & 5/16"
Kudu - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 55 & 1/4 "
Waterbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 28"
Impala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 25 & 2/8"
Eland, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 36"
Zebra, Hartmann - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: not scored
Warthog - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: not scored
Oryx - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 216 cm points
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Game was abundant and of high quality. Shot the leopard on the second hour of the first day!


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: Delta and South African Air Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: We flew business class on both Delta and South African Air. Both were quite comfortable. The Delta flight was non-stop from Atlanta to Joberg. No problems encountered.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Hunt was $30K inclusive of dailies and trophy fees, but exclusive of airfare and tips. Amount: $30000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Approximately $8,000 (business class) per person. Amount: $8000
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Absolutely none.
Highlights of Hunt: Shooting the leopard and completing my Big Five. Going on a week-long tour of Namibia with my wife and Dirk as the guide, upon conclusion of the hunt. Having the opportunity to hunt with Dirk, who is a gentleman and a sportsman, in addition to being a consummate PH.
Equipment Recommendations: I used a custom .338 Winchester for everything and it worked quite well. Good binos are helpful, and you will appreciate a warm jacket at night. Be prepared for 200 yard plus shots.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? First class camp in every way, abundant, high quality trophy animals, beautiful countryside, excellent PH.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Mark Seiden
Contact Information: Tel. (305) 577-4981 - Miami | Florida | United States | 33131 E-mail: mseiden@markseidenlaw.com
Hunting Experience: Extensive
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
I had gone on two (2) previous 21-day leopard hunts in another country and never got a shot at a cat. All I needed was a leopard to complete the Big Five. I decided to book with Dirk, whom I knew, but had never previously hunted with. it was the correct decision. Dirk put me on a leopard two hours into the first day in broad daylight. The cat was standing atop a koppe 191 yards away and I killed it with one shot. The rest of the hunt, after the leopard was down was pure relaxation. My wife was visiting with friends in South Africa whilst I was hunting in Namibia. Once the hunt was concluded, she flew to Windhoek and Dirk took us on a week long tour of Namibia, including Etosha National Park, Windhoek, Walvis Bay, the Skeleton Coast and the Namib Desert. We had a fantastic time. He is not only a superb hunter, but a great host as well. I've booked a trophy bull elephant/hippo/croc/cape buff hunt with him in the Caprivi for 2014.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Dirk de Bod 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: 8018 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 5, 2010 to September 23, 2010
Place of Hunt: Namibia -
Hunt Area: Northeast Camp


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dirk de Bod Safaris. PO Box 90079; Windhoek; Namibia; Tel. 011-264-61-221038; Email: kudu@africaonline.com.na; Web www.safarisnamibia.com
Personal Guide (if any): Dirk De Bod
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Roan - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 28 inches.
Kudu - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Over 54 inches.
Gemsbok/Oryx - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent.
Hartebeest - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent.
Springbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent.
Zebra - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent.
Baboon - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Outstanding variety of game species. Passed on 57 inch kudu, looking for over 60 inch. Outstanding - coming off 3 years of excellent rainfall and professional game management.


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 and Delta Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: On time, no problems with firearms, baggage arrived with flights.


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:
Highlights of Hunt: Superb hunting, comfortable camp, superb food, attentive staff, top-notch PH.
Equipment Recommendations: Be prepared for 200-300 yard shots.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Outfitter able to personalize hunt and provided interesting side trips to Etosha National Park - Skeleton Coast.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Tim Norris
Contact Information: Tel. 208-734-7362 - PO Box 2341, Twin Falls, ID 83303 E-mail: tjnk80@yahoo.com
Hunting Experience: Worldwide - 8 African safaris.
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

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Dirk de Bod 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: 7362 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 16, 2009 to May 24, 2009
Place of Hunt: Namibia -
Hunt Area: Engadin


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dirk de Bod Safaris. PO Box 90079; Windhoek; Namibia; Tel. 011-264-61-221038; Email: kudu@africaonline.com.na; Web www.safarisnamibia.com
Personal Guide (if any): Dirk de Bod, SCI PH of the year 2008
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Waterbuck - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: 196 cm.
Wildebeest, Blue - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 219 cm.
Oryx - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 220 cm.
Hartebeest - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 176 cm.
Warthog - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 41 cm.
Impala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 146 cm.
Zebra - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Hartmann's zebra. Two. Large.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
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: Air Namibia Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Great


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:
Highlights of Hunt: Shooting world class blue wildebeest, a large waterbuck and shooting all gold mdeal animals with my girlfriend, Huntress Marcia Silvers.
Equipment Recommendations: Bring bonded bullets, not partitions.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Excellent staff, accommodations, meals and quality of animals.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Paul Isenbergh
Contact Information: Tel. 305-632-0744 - 6050 SW 81 Street, Miami, FL 33143 E-mail: paulisen@aol.com
Hunting Experience: Fabulous, exceeded our expectations exponentially. I learned so much more about hunting through the experience. All gold trophies.
Physical Condition: Great.


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 Dirk de Bod 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: 6667 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: April 11, 2008 to April 21, 2008
Place of Hunt: Namibia - Okahandja District
Hunt Area: Swakoptal Conservancy


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dirk de Bod Safaris. PO Box 90079; Windhoek; Namibia; Tel. 011-264-61-221038; Email: kudu@africaonline.com.na; Web www.safarisnamibia.com
Personal Guide (if any): Dirk de Bod
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Kudu - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 51 inches.
Gemsbok/Oryx - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 39 inches.
Zebra - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Hartmann's mountain zebra.
Springbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 16 inches.
Impala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 24 inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Excellent condition due to abundant water and cover.


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: Delta Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Fabulous, on time. Comfortable, top notch service.


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:
Highlights of Hunt: My first hunting experience was terrific. Plenty of game. Beautiful country, patient PH and husband for guidance.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? First class camp and staff. Breathtaking scenery. Extraordinary PH.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Carol Wooley
Contact Information: Tel. 940-427-4061 - 230 PR 2412, Alvord, TX 76225 E-mail: cawooley@embarqmail.com
Hunting Experience: None of my own, but accompanied my husband on his hunts.
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

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Dirk de Bod 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: 4390 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 24, 2004 to September 11, 2004
Place of Hunt: Namibia - Omaruru and Windhoek Districts
Hunt Area: North and South of Windhoek


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dirk de Bod Safaris. PO Box 90079; Windhoek; Namibia; Tel. 011-264-61-221038; Email: kudu@africaonline.com.na; Web www.safarisnamibia.com
Personal Guide (if any): Dirk de Bod
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Zebra - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Mountain. Good.
Eland - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Livingstone. Average.
Wildebeest, Black - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Exceptional.
Wildebeest, Blue - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Exceptional.
Waterbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Exceptional.
Nyala - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Average.
Roan - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Excellent.
Steenbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Leopard - Availability: Did not concentrate on this species.
Gemsbok/Oryx - Availability: Hunting only top 10 SCI - passed on many.
Game Condition Comments: Excellent. I was impressed with the fact that I saw an abundance of mature wildlife.


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 Air Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: No problems except airbus requires fueling stop both ways and seats are cramped.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $400. Per day Amount: $7600
Trophy Fees: Competitive. PH works to get fair prices. Amount: $9400
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: $2,000. Amount: $2000
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Tips. Amount: $1000
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None.
Highlights of Hunt: Two pending top ten SCI animals, a black wildebeest and a waterbuck.
Equipment Recommendations: None.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Quality wildife and quality PH.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: John Hoestenbach
Contact Information: Tel. 432-352-5001 - PO Box 70982, NO, LA 70172 E-mail: eyrepuppy@yahoo.com
Hunting Experience: Thirty years worldwide.
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
Anticipation exceeds reality. If one lives by this rule many a disappointments is averted and yes, oh yes, sometimes like a snowstorm in New Orleans, the surprise of the actual overwhelms all expected hopes.

Namibia in the late winter months of 2004 provided the proverbial "better than expected." Halfway through an eighteen-day hunt my PH, Dirk de Bod and I are motoring in his Landcruiser searching for an exceptional black wildebeest. The landowner had advised us upon our arrival that we should be patient in our quest for this animal because his resident herd contained some really great bulls. Our patience was getting as worn as the elbows on my grandpa's sweater when Dirk, who was looking for solo bulls, (solo equals titanic), suddenly brakes, glasses, exits and grabs for the shooting sticks. Interpretation - the stalk was on! Some three quarters of a mile and one hour later we find ourselves hiding behind a rock outcropping head high some 200 yards from our target. First shot is a miss, but the animal is confused and cannot figure out our whereabouts. Finally after another missed effort the "beest" broadsides at 360 yards and I finish him with a fourth shot. We had never left our original position and the animal still had not seen us. His death run was approximately 200 yards from were we found him with nary a spark of life left in him. Tough bugers, this African game! The prior nine days of hard hunting had brought a small bounty of a stallion mountain zebra, a warthog, and a magnificent steenbok that went nearly 6 inches. The warthog went to a good cause - its skull and tusk were to adorn Dirk's "Safari Namibia" game lodge. A new structure with all the amenities, it was spawned from the fertile mind and experience of Dirk, a 20 year veteran PH who has built many hunting camps. The zebra and steenbok were destined for a pedestal mount and life-size depiction, respectively, for my trophy room.

To shorten my tale, suffice to say, I was hunting trophy quality game, and my research lead me to Namibia and de Bod's company. This hunt was my second with him, and I was not disappointed. He has concessions the length and breadth of his country, all of which he had earmarked for the wildlife specialty you are seeking, from 55" plus kudu to heavy based eland. You can book a longer stay, as I did, and travel to these areas or choose to remain at one concession on a shorter stay and have excellent success either way.

Getting back to the black wildebeest... it measured large enough to score number one Namibian and should make up 5 SCI. Dirk knew it was going to book high but waited to tell me until we walked up to the dead animal. His purpose was to avoid making me more nervous on the shot than I already was. Good thinking, for any more pressure and that wildebeest may still be grazing in Namibia! This right place at the right time scenario seemed to kick start the balance of my hunt. Of the ten animals ultimately taken, I'll mention a southern roan that fell just short of the 30" mark and a waterbuck that scored number four Namibian and will hopefully score top ten SCI. But that is a story for another day.

Tired of shooting animals before their time? Maybe a cure has been found with "Safari Namibia" and its owner Dirk de Bod. Concurrent with Dirk's emphasis on mature animals, the Namibian game department has a program named "Namibian Game Fields" that awards a gold certificate and gold medal for mature trophy quality animals. The medal is awesome and is worth the hunting effort. I will definitely try for more with Dirk. He specializes in quality game... when you hunt with his outfit, he is your man with no substitutes, In short, you hunt with the "one that brung you." No excuses... just excellent hunting! Contact Safaris Namibia - Dirk de Bod - you won't be sorry!

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Dirk de Bod 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: 4542 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 29, 2004 to June 13, 2004
Place of Hunt: Namibia -
Hunt Area: North, west and South of Windhoek; all within 120-mile radius; our hunting partners went to the Kalahari for the Gemsbok.


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dirk de Bod Safaris. PO Box 90079; Windhoek; Namibia; Tel. 011-264-61-221038; Email: kudu@africaonline.com.na; Web www.safarisnamibia.com
Personal Guide (if any): Dirk de Bod
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Waterbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 29 7/8 X 29 1/2.
Kudu - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 54.
Blesbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 15 7/8 X 15 5/8.
Springbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 14 7/8 X 15 1/4.
Impala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 25 X 25.
Wildebeest, Blue - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 52 I think.
Wildebeest, Black - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 58 3/8.
Hartebeest, Red - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 25 X 24 7/8
Game Sought But Not Taken: Leopard - Availability: Hunter (me) wasn't focused enough. Going back for leopard.
Game Condition Comments: Game in excellent condition.


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: No headphones during flights coming or going; poor attitude on part of attendants.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $400/day 1X1, 14 days; and observer fees: $7700.00 Amount: $7700
Trophy Fees: $7,700.00 Amount: $7700
Permits/Licenses: ? Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: $1,830 X 2 Amount: $3660
Charter Airfares: None. Amount: $0
Other Costs: Vat Tax; $1,155.00 Amount: $2310
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: It had to end.
Highlights of Hunt: Taking the new # 3 Namibian Impala, 25 inch Red Hartebeest, quality of all trophies taken. Sharing Africa with my wife. Having a claw-foot bathtub with hot water in the middle of no-where for my wife. Watching my Warthog chase the trackers through the brush (I shot it poorly). The trackers did not enjoy the experience as much as I did. The quantity of game, including Roan and Sable.
Equipment Recommendations: No special equipment required; as with any hunt the quality of your trophies will have a lot to do with your ability to shoot.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? I have been in business for over 25 years and have simply never met a professional more dedicated to his craft than Dirk de Bod. This is the second time I have hunted with him. His camps are unmatched and if size matters (which it does) this is the PH to hunt with. I've done my homework and believe this PH's trophy quality in unsurpassed.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Kirt Fredericks
Contact Information: Tel. 509-111-1111 - S. 18510 Nevada, Spangle, WA, 99031 E-mail: kfreder@dadco.com
Hunting Experience: 30 plus years; North America, Mexico, Canada and 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?
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ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
This PH really goes the extra mile. Many Safari operations only hunt on their own concessions to keep from having to split the trophy fees with another concession owner resulting in very poor trophy quality. On our hunt we hunted 5 separate concessions to optimize our chances at exceptional animals of each species. While this required some traveling it was well worth it. An added bonus is getting to see more of the country. "Safari's Namibia" is not the cheapest option in a Namibian Safari nor are they trying to be. They were worth every penny I paid them. Most hunting was low fence with one exception. My Waterbuck was taken on a 70,000-acre concession with a perimeter fence. My trophy shipment reached my taxidermist in a little less than 4 months in excellent condition. I have talked to many hunters that have come back from Africa and been disappointed because the Safari Company/PH promised a lot of things that weren't delivered. Mostly surprise expenses, lack of game and/or poor trophy quality. Dirk exceeded all my expectations.



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