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Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Ethiopian Rift Valley 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: 9205 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 16, 2013 to June 5, 2013
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area: Omo, Sala, and Biye Bahi


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any):
Booking Agent (if any): Link's Wild Safaris. Tel. 1-800-833-4868; Web www.linkswildsafaris.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Bushbuck - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Abyssinian; SCI Gold
Cat, Serval - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Melanistic (black); Gold/Silver SCI
Dik-Dik - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Guenther; Top Ten SCI
Gazelle, Soemmerring - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Gold SCI "Top Ten"
Dik-Dik - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Harrar; Gold SCI
Gerenuk - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Northern; Silver SCI
Kudu, Lesser - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Gold SCI
Jackal - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Fox - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Bat-eared
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: I filled all 12 licenses I had on quota! In general, very good condition, however human encroachment is a definite threat and problem to the habitat to all species in Ethiopia.


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: Ethiopian Airlines Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Absolutely excellent


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $58000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Business class (included) $5,000 Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Included in above figure Amount: $0
Other Costs: Tips, etc. Amount: $4000
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Zero problems!
Highlights of Hunt: Melanistic (black) male serval cat!
Equipment Recommendations: Typical African safari; bring hiking boots for mountains
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Ethiopia is a very special place! Only place to get many unique species.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Jay E. Link
Contact Information: Tel. 715-466-5333 - PO Box 210, Minong, WI 54859 E-mail: jaylink@link-investments.com
Hunting Experience: Vast - Global - 21st safari to Africa
Physical Condition: Excellent -- mountain hunter


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 Ethiopian Rift Valley 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: 9040 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: February 8, 2013 to February 18, 2013
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area: Omo Camp and Sala Camp


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Nico I'annou
Booking Agent (if any): Safari Outfitters Inc. 410 W. Yellowstone Ave.; Cody; WY; 82414; Tel. 307-587-5596; Fax: 307-587-2265;Email: hunt@safari1.com; Web www.safari1.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Nile - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Hartebeest, Neumann - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Fox - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: (Bat-eared fox)
Game Sought But Not Taken: Hyena - Availability: did not see one
Kudu, Lesser - Availability: Wounded, did not find
Game Condition Comments: The game is all in excellent condition.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $31500
Trophy Fees: All fees paid in advance Amount: $11815
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $8000
Other Costs: Vat, scouts, rifle, concession Amount: $11240
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Lost my kudu, my fault. Never saw a Hyena.
Highlights of Hunt:
Equipment Recommendations: None
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Lee R. Andersen
Contact Information: Tel. 239-250-6177 - 3054 Gordon Dr., Naples, FL 34102 E-mail: leerasr@gmail.com
Hunting Experience: 35 years, over 250 animals
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

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Ethiopian Rift Valley 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: 7676 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: February 1, 2010 to February 18, 2010
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia - Omo and Damaro
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Nassos Roussos
Booking Agent (if any): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127;Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Nyala, Mountain - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 32 inches.
Gazelle, Grant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Northern Gran's. 35 inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Kudu, Lesser - Availability: Wounded a 35 inch lesser kudu and lost it.
Game Condition Comments: Abundant game in very good condition.


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: Delta and KLM Airline Service: Excellent
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: None - however heat in Omo was intense. 108 F or more in daytime.
Highlights of Hunt: Time spent with Nassos. Seeing the abundance and diversity of game in each concession.
Equipment Recommendations: Be prepared to shoot over 300 yards.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? The time spent hunting the mountains were as good or better than any hunt in my life of hunting.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Don Wall
Contact Information: Tel. 864-877-7811 - Greer, SC E-mail: turnowall@aol.com
Hunting Experience: Extensive.
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

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Ethiopian Rift Valley 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: 7554 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: February 1, 2009 to October 26, 2009
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area: Dati and Damaro


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any):
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Nyala, Mountain - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 37 inches.
Bushbuck, Menelik - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Very good.
Hog, Giant Forest - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Excellent.
Buffalo, Nile - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Very good.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: See comments.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: See comments. 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: See comments.
Highlights of Hunt: See comments.
Equipment Recommendations: See comments.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? See comments.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Christopher M Kinsey
Contact Information: Tel. 318-222-7173 - 401 Edwards Street, Suite 1805, Shreveport, LA 71101
Hunting Experience:
Physical Condition:


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 read your recent October column concerning hunting conditions in Ethiopia with great interest and felt compelled to respond.

Although I don't pretend to be an expert, I have successfully hunted mountain nyala on three separate occasions as well as numerous other indigenous Ethiopian game during the course of several safaris to that unique and exotic country.

Of particular concern was Mr. Leon Munyan's report that was referenced in the article. Although I don't know the gentlemen, I accept his report as an accurate description of the conditions he encountered while hunting on the Swanepoel and Scandrol concessions.

This past spring (February/March), I hunted many of the same animals that Mr. Munyan did (less kudu and Soemmerings gazelle) at virtually the same time with a vastly different result.

I was hunting on the Ethiopian Rift Valley Safari's Dati and Damaro concessions where I found the game very abundant. When it came to mountain nyala, we saw several shootable bulls each day while in camp and I took a 37-inch bull at sunrise on the second day. I have always enjoyed wildlife photography and was delighted to get ample footage as well as 35 mm shots of bulls and cows while glassing for game and even filmed three bulls on separate occasions as they walked in front of the truck or stood on the shoulder of the public roads. Clearly, these animals are very relaxed and not experiencing pressure from the locals.

There were so many Menelick's bushbuck sighted each day that it was merely a selection process to pick out the one with the horn shape you liked. Interestingly enough on several occasions, we encountered groups of rams feeding together. One morning, I took a lovely trophy out of a group of three males and the next day took some footage of another group of six bushbuck feeding together. (There were four rams and one female with your young fawn).

The giant forest hog was the most difficult and we always kept on the lookout for them as we hunted the other game. I took a huge boar on our fourth day in camp, which should be the new number five in the record book. I also filmed leopards on two separate occasions as they walked past us in broad daylight. All the game in the Damaro concession seemed to be unafraid and easy to film from the vehicle or on foot.

I also took a Nile buffalo on the Dati Concession after only two days of hunting and filmed hippos grazing in the open after sunrise. It would be hard to believe that hippos would do this if they felt harassed.

Ultimately, we were so successful that I collected all seven animals on my license in only eight hunting days and I ended up taking a car and driver up to Lake Tana and Gondar for a weeks worth of sight seeing before my international flight departed.

I attribute the abundance of game on the ERVS concession to the fact that the proprietors, Jason and Nassos Roussos, maintain permanent camps in each one and their employees keep an eye on the concessions during the off season. By working with the locals to gain their support and monitoring the situation year round, they have been very successful in preventing poaching, woodcutting and cattle grazing.

I felt genuinely sorry for Mr. Munyan and can easily understand his frustration, but I urge The Hunting Report to also keep his report in perspective and let people know that his experience was unique to his outfitter and the concessions he hunted on. It would be unfair to tar all the concession holders with the same brush when some of the operators have gone to great lengths to preserve the game and protect their areas. Hard work can pay off in the long run, and I was very pleased with my result.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Ethiopian Rift Valley 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: 7085 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 10, 2008 to May 24, 2008
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area: Bale Mountains (Odo Bulu and Omo River


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Nassos Roussos
Booking Agent (if any): Tommy Morrison; Sporting International, Inc.. 15608 South Brentwood; Channelview; TX; 77530; Tel. 800-231-6352; Fax: 281-457-5412;Email: sport@sportinginternational.com; Web www.sportinginternational.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Nyala, Mountain - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: SCI top ten #6. Score 100 7/8.
Bushbuck, Menelik - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: SCI Gold. Score 38 3/8.
Gerenuk - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: SCI Silver. Score 38 7/8.
Kudu, Lesser - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: SCI Gold. Score 73 6/8.
Gazelle, Grant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Northern Grant Gazelle. SCI Silver. Score 61 2/8.
Dik-Dik - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Guenther's Dik-Dik. SCI Bronze. Score 8 4/16.
Wildcat, African - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: SCI Silver. Score 6 12/16.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments:


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: Ethiopian Airlines Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Flights on time and no issues with baggage or handling of rifle.


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: Spectacular country with unique indigenous game. Hunting with Nassos was everything I hoped for and more. Great passion for hunting the mountain nyala. Also had the opportunity to share the Omo Camp with Jason Roussos and his client, Lodovico Caldesi. Greatly enjoyed the experience.
Equipment Recommendations: Bale Mountains were rainy, foggy and muddy. Need good rain gear and appropriate boots. Good optics and be prepared for long shots.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Nassos introduced me to a country with great history and unique wildlife. The hunting was challenging and very rewarding.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Michael Lambert
Contact Information: Tel. 847-989-7293 - 925 Green Bay Road #1, Winnetka, IL 60093 E-mail: michaeljaylambert@yahoo.com
Hunting Experience: Five African safaris. Asia, multiple Alaska hunts, and extensive hunting throughout Rocky Mountains and Midwest.
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
Can't say enough good things about how the hunt was handled and executed. Tommy Morrison at Sporting International and Rich Elliott of ERVS provided great help with all of the arrangements for the hunt. I knew of Nassos' great reputation in the hunting community and it's richly deserved. Camps and equipment were in good shape and there have been extensive updates to the Omo Camp. Good populations of game and animals were healthy and in great shape. I had a couple of extra days after I finished hunting and enjoyed fishing for Nile perch/sightseeing with Nassos. He's a great host. mountain nyala was the main focus of my hunt and is a spectacular animal to pursue. Saw 9 bulls over 6 days of mountain nyala hunting. Terrain, weather, and altitude made the hunting very challenging.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Ethiopian Rift Valley 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: 1516 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 16, 2007 to August 29, 2007
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia - Omo Valley, Munessa Forest
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Nassos Roussos
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Kudu - Availability: - Trophy Size: 32 inches.
Bushbuck - Availability: - Trophy Size: 10 inches.
Gazelle, Grant - Availability: - Trophy Size: 26 1/2 inches.
Tiang - Availability: - Trophy Size: 22 inches.
Gemsbok/Oryx - Availability: - Trophy Size: 27 inches.
Dik-Dik - Availability: - Trophy Size: 3 1/2 inches.
Nyala - Availability: - Trophy Size: 30 inches.
Bushbuck - Availability: - Trophy Size: 14 1/2 inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: See comments.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: See comments. 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: See comments.
Highlights of Hunt:
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Peter Flack
Contact Information: Tel. 011-27-11-728-8910 - 20 African Street, Oaklands 2192 South Africa E-mail: Fax: 011-27-11-728-6993
Hunting Experience:
Physical Condition:


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 was aghast to read about the allegations of corruption at Johannesburg International Airport in your October report. As a proud South African and confident that corruption was no more widespread in our country than in any other western democracy, the allegations of corruption at the airport gave me real pause for thought. Were we becoming yet another African basket case where shakedown artists start at immigration and customs control and never let up until you leave the country?

I was delighted to read in the November report of the response, both by the airport and the security company. Having said that, however, it was the uncompromising approach of the subscriber concerned and the follow up by The Hunting Report which triggered the reaction by the two companies. I would like to commend both you and the subscriber, as I believe this is the only response to corruption. To give in is the thin end of the edge.

On another matter completely, I returned four days ago from a three-week hunt with Nassos Roussos of Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. I spent nine days in the Omo Valley, where I shot lesser kudu (32 inches), Abyssinian bushbuck (10 inches), northern Grant's gazelle (26 1/2 inches), tiang (22 inches), Beisa oryx (27 inches) and Guenther's dik-dik (3 1/2 inches). I then spent the rest of the time in the Munessa Forest (south-east of Addis Ababa - five hours by car) and shot mountain nyala (30 inches) and Menelik's bushbuck (14 1/2 inches).

I hunted for four weeks in Ethiopia two years ago with another safari outfitter for mountain nyala and Menelik's bushbuck and, after three weeks, of extremely hard and diligent hunting, did not see an adult male of either species. This was, without doubt, my worst safari experience in Africa. As such, it was with fear and trepidation that I followed the recommendations of an experienced Mexican, Alejandra Cuellar and booked with Roussos. To date, I have had the privilege and pleasure of hunting with exactly 31 different professional hunters in Africa. Of these, I have hunted with nine on more than one occasion, Nassos Roussos is, in my opinion, one of the best, if not the best, of all these professionals.

My recent safari in Ethiopia was a mirror image of my previous efforts in that country. Right from the start things were different. Roussos was at the airport at 6:00 in the morning to meet me, personally, and on his knowledge of the hunting areas, knowledge of the animals and their habitat, his equipment, camp facilities, well trained staff and good food -- to name but a few of the major topics upon which I base my assessment of a professional hunter and a safari outfitter--Nassos scored extremely high. However, what I liked most was how hard he worked to obtain really good trophies for me and, unlike the "whack `em and stack `em" older, jaded and cynical professional hunters one meets occasionally in Africa, Nassos seems to have as much energy and enthusiasm for hunting as a young man fresh out of college. I will always remember the whoop of delight and the excitement on his face as he held up the head of the old and battered Abyssinian bushbuck ram which I shot on my last morning in the Omo Valley (we had to catch a charter flight at mid-day). I had been tempted to call hunting a day, the night before (if that doesn't sound too confusing) and take the following morning off! Many pros would have welcomed the break. Nassos merely looked down his nose at me and said, `fat chance!'

Yes, I did have my disappointments I bought a license for Neumann's hartebeest and never saw one, as they had not migrated from the Mago National Park. Nassos, however, has promised me one on the house should I return. I wanted an eastern bush duiker to complete my collection of African bush duikers and we saw only two and, fleetingly, at that. However, they were low on my list of priorities. Finally, I shot a mediocre Beisa oryx but this was the best I could do given time pressure and I shot the animal because I had enjoyed the hunt and stalk and it seemed a logical and fitting conclusion despite the size. Having said that, the quality of the rest of the animals was outstanding and the tiang, dik-dik and Menelik's bushbuck should make the SCI top 10 based on our careful field measurements.

On my first full day in the Munessa Forest, I saw three Menelik's bushbuck rams and two females as well as two mountain nyala bulls and eight females. If I had been prepared to gamble, I am sure that I could have shot a larger mountain nyala. As it was, I shot the smallest of the five mountain nyala that Nassos has taken this year. My decision to take the mountain nyala in question was strongly influenced by my lack of success on my previous hunt and my reluctance to risk returning home empty handed yet again. In addition, the bull was a magnificent, mature with very heavy (10 1/2 inch circumference) bases to his horns. He also offered me a classic three quarter pose as he looked at me from the opposite side of the ravine a mere 120 meters away. I could just not resist. The only disappointment here was that, despite repeated promises and assurances, the Ethiopian Wildlife Department failed to issue me with a license for Abyssinian greater kudu in the Aluta Mountains. I had paid for this license a full month before my arrival in Ethiopia and Nassos refunded me the cost of the license.

There is talk that Ethiopia might open Nile lechwe and white-eared kob and the regional authorities have expressed their keenness, in writing, to the Ethiopian Wildlife Authorities. It is really difficult to understand the attitude of this department. Unfortunately, the only words I can find to describe them are lazy, ineffective, inefficient and corrupt. They do not seem to care about the fate or future of wildlife in Ethiopia, nor seem to understand the tremendously positive effect that carefully controlled hunting could bring to the wildlife and people in the more remote regions of Ethiopia. If I look at the improvements that Roussos has produced for the people and wildlife in the Omo Valley (where he has been operating for 17 years), it should be plain for even the blind to see. He employs 25 people and the results of his conservation and anti-poaching efforts can be clearly seen in the abundant and tranquil wildlife as well as the improving trophy standards. Roussos employs his own game guards, all year round, in each of his concessions and, for example, despite the relatively small 250 square kilometer Munessa Forest concession employs six full time game guards in this region along. You have only to see the enthusiasm of these people for hunting and their relative prosperity to their neighbors, to realize how important the knock on effect of hunting is in these regions.

Suffice it to say, that despite having now completed successful hunts for all nine spiral horned species, I will, God willing, return to Ethiopia to hunt with Nassos Roussos, for the experience of hunting in this most extraordinary country and for the sheer pleasure of hunting with a true professional.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Ethiopian Rift Valley 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: 6048 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: March 17, 2007 to March 31, 2007
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia - Odo B Ula
Hunt Area: Bole Mountain


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Nassos Roussos
Booking Agent (if any): Robert Kern; Hunting Consortium, The. Blue Ridge Estates; 45 Spring House Lane; Berryville; VA; 22611; Tel. 540-955-0090; Fax: 540-955-0091;Email: hunt@huntcon.com; Web www.huntcon.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Nyala, Mountain - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Representative 30 inches.
Bushbuck, Menelik - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 15 inch horn.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Bale Mountains provides plenty cover and ideal conditions for both species, no signs of poaching or deforesting, few locals in back country. All game observed in healthy condition.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Guide/PH Ability:
Condition of Camp: Condition of Equipment:
Quality of Food: Trophy Care:
Name of Airline: Lufthansa Airline Service:
Airline Comments: No problem with Lufthansa through Frankfurt, Addis Adaba and return.


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: Spotting a large male leopard at 9am, taking nyala on 12 day of hunt. Panoramic mountain scenery, congeniality of Ethiopian people, rich history of country.
Equipment Recommendations: Waterproof sturdy climbing boots, waterproof scope covers, sleeping caps (cold nights).
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Mountain hunting in Ethiopia is completely different from any of my previous 16 safaris in Southern and West Africa a vertical bongo hunt in a mountain rain forest is the perfect description.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Eugene Giscombe
Contact Information: Tel. 212-410-4545 - 1825 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10035 E-mail: egiscombe@giscombehenderson.net
Hunting Experience: Global - 45 years - continents.
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?


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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 6010 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: January 3, 2007 to January 24, 2007
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Alex Harmanis and Nassos Roussos
Booking Agent (if any): Robert Kern; Hunting Consortium, The. Blue Ridge Estates; 45 Spring House Lane; Berryville; VA; 22611; Tel. 540-955-0090; Fax: 540-955-0091;Email: hunt@huntcon.com; Web www.huntcon.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Bushbuck, Menelik - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent.
Nyala, Mountain - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Hog, Giant Forest - Availability: Saw only two briefly on first day of hunt.
Game Condition Comments: Bushbuck everywhere, lots of nyala seen but no big males until last several days. We hunted very hard. Everybody worked their butts off.


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: United and Luthansa Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: No problems for once.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $25200
Trophy Fees: mountain nyala $5,000 and bushbuck $2,000. Amount: $7000
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $2200
Charter Airfares: Amount: $3000
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None - walked 1-3 miles one way each day at 8,500 feet.
Highlights of Hunt: Shot 38 inch mountain nyala on sixteen day of 15 day hunt. Should be #11 in SCI. Bushbuck 14 1/2 inches.
Equipment Recommendations: Lead light flashlight - good for walking in dark.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Bradford Black
Contact Information: Tel. 330-823-1112 - 2777 Carrington St NW, N Canton, OH 44720 E-mail: doc3girls@aol.com
Hunting Experience: Big game for 10 years. Shot SCI Africa 29.
Physical Condition: Good.


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


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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 5607 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 28, 2006 to August 10, 2006
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area: Lake Chamo


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Jason Roussos
Booking Agent (if any): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127;Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Crocodile - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Eighteen feet, five inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Highly recommend this hunt for someone who wants to see Ethiopia without hunting Mount Nyala - Great experience.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Ethiopian Airlines. Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: First class cheap. 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: $20000
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Taking eighteen foot, five inch giant, old Crocodile the third day.
Equipment Recommendations: Rangefinder.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Like hunting in Jurassic Park. Huge Crocodile.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Fred Fortier
Contact Information: Tel. 662-587-0480 - P.O. Box 505, Ripley, MS 38663 E-mail: ffor328227@aol.com
Hunting Experience: Woldwide.
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

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 5500 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 4, 2006 to June 27, 2006
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area: Munessa, Omo Valley and Odo Bula


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Nassos Roussos (Rich Elliott)
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Nyala, Mountain - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 32 inches.
Cat, Genet - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Tiang - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: 18 inches.
Gazelle, Grant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 27 1/2 inch. Top ten SCI.
Dik-Dik - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 3 1/4 inches.
Crocodile - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 10 foot larger ones are there.
Reedbuck - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Abyssinian bohor reedbuck. 10 1/2 inch. Top Ten SCI.
Bushbuck, Menelik - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 14 1/2 inches. Top ten SCI.
Hog, Giant Forest - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 10 1/2 inches. Top ten SCI.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: All three concession areas had abundant game in excellent condition. No poaching.


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 Lufthansa Airline Service: Fair
Airline Comments: Lufthansa 747s allow very little leg room in coach. Luthanza did not transfer our rifles in Frankfurt which meant we did not get our rifles until the third day of our safari. Nassos said that rarely happens. In the mean time Nassos had a Remington 700 in .300wm with a 2.5 X 8 Leopold scope in as new condition, which he let me use at no cost.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $28,800 plus $2,304 VAT. Amount: $31104
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: $200 firearm permit, $2,400 concession fees. Amount: $2600
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $4000
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Observer $2,400, Gov scout $240, hotel $300, dip and pack $1,350, tips and gifts $3,300. Amount: $7590
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None.
Highlights of Hunt: Taking Rowland Ward and SCI mountian nyala on first morning of our hunt. Taking four probable top ten animals. Hunting giant forest hog for four days. Using horses to move around in the mountaineous (9000') areas for GFH. Seeing GFH every one of the four days and finally taking a beautifully, old, big, ugly boar. Seeing such a beautiful country with Nassos Roussos, a trememdous hunter and companion who never stops working for his clients.
Equipment Recommendations: Rain gear and layered clothing for the mountain nyala hunt and hot weather clothing for the Omo Valley.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? This is our ninth African safari and the organization of Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris is second to none. Nassos and his son Jason go to every effort to insure their areas are protected year round and there by improved for the animals and people living there. Their camps and equipment are excellent.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Steven Leinberger
Contact Information: Tel. 989-695-2562 - 12225 W Freeland Rd., Freeland, MI 48623 E-mail: leinbergebuilders@juno.com
Hunting Experience: Nine African safaris, Colorado, Michigan, Alaska, Canada.
Physical Condition: 50 years old. Excellent 6 foot 2 inches and 180 pounds.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
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This is a tremendous hunting experience and I would recommend it to any one serious about African hunting, especially to be able to hunt the mountain nyala. Ethiopia is a beautiful country with many mountains and fertile valleys. Her people are very friendly and much of her wildlife is unique to the country.

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 5279 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: February 10, 2006 to March 10, 2006
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area: Oao Bolo, Ommo, Sala


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Jasson Roussos
Booking Agent (if any): Jeff C. Neal; Jeff C. Neal, Inc.. 2651 E 21st St; Suite 304; Tulsa; OK; 74114; Tel. 918-299-3580; Fax: 918-299-3582;Email: Nealhunts@aol.com; Web www.jeffcnealinc.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Nyala, Mountain - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 38 inches. Potential Top Ten.
Buffalo, Nile - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Bronze SCI.
Hartebeest, Neumann - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Gold SCI. Top Ten.
Kudu, Greater - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Abyssinian greater kudu. 49.5 inches. Gold. Top Ten.
Gazelle, Grant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Northern grants gazelle. Gold SCI.
Tiang - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Gold SCI.
Bushbuck, Menelik - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Gold SCI. Top Ten.
Reedbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Abyssinian Bohor reedbuck. Gold SCI. Top Ten.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Bushbuck - Availability: Abyssiaian bushbuck. Low numbers of males - missed on day 10.
Reedbuck, Mountain - Availability: Chanler's mountain reedbuck. Low numbers of males - passed three.
Kudu, Lesser - Availability: looking for something over 32 inches, missed two 31 inches on last two days at long distance.
Game Condition Comments: Game conditions were well managed considering the human/cattle stress being inflicted on the habitat and game areas.


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: KLM and Northwest. Airline Service: Fair
Airline Comments: Lost my gun box - it cost me three days of hunting.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $43200
Trophy Fees: Amount: $16665
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $5000
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $6300
Other Costs: $3,456 (VAT), hotel $1,500, Dip and pack $1,480, Tips $4,000. Amount: $10436
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Zero.
Highlights of Hunt: Totally experiencing Ethiopia. The culture and vastness of the country was awesome. I took five top ten animals on this very exclusive hunt.
Equipment Recommendations: Raingear, excellent light weight mountain boots "rocky".
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? You need to hunt Ethiopia for these species, it's the only place where they are available, outstanding outfitter.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Jay E. Link
Contact Information: Tel. 715-466-5333 - PO Box 210, Minone, WI 54959 E-mail: jay@jlink.investments.com
Hunting Experience: Global.
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?


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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 5114 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: October 27, 2005 to November 7, 2005
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area: Bale Mountains


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Jason Roussos
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Nyala, Mountain - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 32.5 inches.
Warthog - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 13.5 inches.
Bushbuck, Menelik - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Nice trophy.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Hog, Giant Forest - Availability: Saw many females with immature males.
Bushpig - Availability:
Game Condition Comments: I do not know how some PH's go on about the animals in countries where they do not hunt, I could easily say that I saw an average 18 to 20 Mountain nyala's per day. It is amazing to hunt with the Roussos's, I guess you could say that the legend will definitely live on with Jason.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Fair Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Ethiopian Air Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: No problems whatsoever.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $38,000 to $42,000 total. 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: Beautiful country.
Equipment Recommendations: Good gaiters for all the thorns.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? A lifetime hunt, so much so that I already booked and deposited for my next one.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Richard Haykel
Contact Information: Tel. 011-96-1358-5858 - Hospital Albert Haykel E-mail: balou@cyberia.net.lb
Hunting Experience: Extensive.
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?


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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 5913 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 28, 2005 to August 20, 2005
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area: Lake Chamo


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Nassos Roussos
Booking Agent (if any): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127;Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Crocodile - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Top 10 SCI.
Kudu - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Representative.
Dik-Dik - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Mid book SCI.
Warthog - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Above average.
Reedbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Top 10 SCI.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Human encroachment is obvious since my first Ethiopia safari in 2001. Humans are the biggest threat to kudu and mountain nyala safaris. Take these hunts before they go up in price and/or the quota is further reduced.


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 Ethiopia Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Business class was good value and fine service. The plane was new, and I will fly AE again.


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. Nassos and his staff make sure everything goes smoothly.
Highlights of Hunt: Seeing so many very mature and very large crocs all in the same cove. Hunting in eastern Ethiopia for warthog and Salt's dik dik. The most nervous I have been in a while was watching a 17 foot croc thrashing on the bank and the relief I felt when he did not go back into the water. This is the second hunt in Ethiopia that my Dad tagged along with me as a non-hunter. He likes to hunt Africa, but he already has these species, and he loves to hunt even if he is not shooting the animals. The knowledge I gain from his experience is always beneficial. Spending two weeks with Nassos is always fun. The Addis Sheraton has the best Indian restaurant in which I have ever dined.
Equipment Recommendations: A very accurate firearm with premium bullets. My .338 with handloaded 250 nosler partitions did not go completely through the skull. Bonded bullets may be better, even though this load did very well. Do not use a fragmenting/ballistic tip bullet.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Great time. Fun hunt. Ethiopia is an incredible country with a fascinating history and culture. The diversity of animals and their size are notable.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Rex Baker, Jr.
Contact Information: Tel. 770-645-9411 - 10 Creekline Dr., Roswell, GA 30076 E-mail: rbjr@mindspring.com
Hunting Experience: Seven safaris (none in South Africa) and several hunts through North America.
Physical Condition: I am not a sheep hunter, and it would have been an easier kudu hunt if I was.


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Nassos is the best outfitter in the country, and his guides are professional, passionate and good hunters. I hope to hunt with them several more times in the future. This is my second safari with them, and they are as lucky as they are good hunters. I strongly recommend substantial rifle practice for this hunt. Rich Elliot advised me to practice shooting golf balls off of golf tees at varying distances from 50-110 yards. You will have time to discuss the shot placement, and you will have a good rest. It is imperative that you hit the spine and/or brain on your first shot. For what this hunt costs, you are foolish if you do not know your gun's performance very intimately, and have a light trigger. My bullet had 3/4" difference from 50 to 110 yards, and that is about half the kill zone. It is only a matter of time before someone gets a 20' croc from this lake. Nassos has that kind of luck, and I am confident it will happen, I just don't know when. My croc had his tail bitten off and lost about 18" of tail. The body of this croc is much bigger than the body of any other 16'+ croc I have seen from other areas. These are huge beasts, and a fun hunt if you can make a pressure shot.

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 4619 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: November 20, 2004 to December 24, 2004
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area: Odo Bulu and the Omo Valley


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any):
Booking Agent (if any): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127;Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Nyala, Mountain - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 33 1/2".
Bushbuck, Menelik - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 16" or New #1 or #2.
Duiker, Bush - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: East African. 5".
Dik-Dik - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Gunthers dik-dik. 3".
Tiang - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 21".
Gazelle, Grant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Northern. 26".
Kudu, Lesser - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 33". New #4.
Baboon - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Anabus.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Great game population. I saw 3 mountain nyala bulls in 2 days, all shoot-able. Passed up 2 to get the great bull I took. Unbelievable.


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: Lufthansa Airline Service: Fair
Airline Comments: Had a gun problem in Addis and in Frankfurt. They just don't want us traveling with guns!


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 other than the airlines with guns.
Highlights of Hunt: Mountain nyala, Menelik bushbuck and lesser kudu in one week. Top, top trophies.
Equipment Recommendations: None.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? The best of the best.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Wilson S. Stout
Contact Information: Tel. 214-802-3790 - 3746 Royal Love Drive
Hunting Experience: Super Slam, Grand Slam, 21 species in North America, 11 trips to Africa and 8 to Asia.
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?


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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 3787 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: November 18, 2004 to September 21, 2003
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area: Menussa Concession, Bale Mountains, Omo Valley


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Jason Roussos
Booking Agent (if any): Rich Elliott; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris US. PO Box 121A; Crossville; Illinois; 62827; Tel. 618-966-3563; Email: ervs@shawneelink.com;
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Nyala, Mountain - Availability: - Trophy Size: See attached.
Kudu, Lesser - Availability: - Trophy Size: 30 inches.
Gazelle, Grant - Availability: - Trophy Size: 25 inches.
Dik-Dik - Availability: - Trophy Size: Guenther's dik-dik.
Bushbuck, Menelik - Availability: - Trophy Size: 13 1/2 inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: See attached.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Guide/PH Ability:
Condition of Camp: Condition of Equipment:
Quality of Food: Trophy Care:
Name of Airline: Lufthansa Airline Service:
Airline Comments: No problems.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $50000
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: See attached.
Highlights of Hunt:
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? N/A
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Bob Keagy
Contact Information: E-mail: rskeagy@aol.com
Hunting Experience:
Physical Condition:


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 hunted Mountain Nyala with Nassos Roussos' Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris, and my wife, Pam was along as an observer. I am delighted to advise that we took a 38" Mountain Nyala on day eight of the hunt. It is our belief that this is the biggest Mountain Nyala taken in the last five years in Ethiopia, and very possibly number two over the entire last fifteen years or so. My personal guide was Jason Roussos, who was simply excellent.

The hunt was reminiscent of a tented elk hunt, with getting up at four a.m., breakfast/coffee, then climbing steep tracks through pine forests with flashlights to be in position at first light. I hunted in Menussa concession of the Bale Mountains, and there appeared to be excellent numbers of Mountain Nyala. These are hunted from daybreak to ten a.m., and 3 p.m. to dark using the traditional spot-and-stalk method.

When it came, the shot was surprisingly difficult, as the Mountain Nyala was only 125 yards away, but peering down at us from behind a tree, showing only one-half of his body width. The angle was about 45 degrees up-angle, and I had to hit a small area of the central brisket, skimming alongside the tree without hitting it, and possibly deflecting the shot. I was using shooting sticks from a kneeling position, but steep uphill shots through heavy foliage at a small area are not my favorites. Nevertheless, I made it.

We also hunted the Omo Valley concession, where I made a beautiful snapshot at a very fine lesser kudu in heavy cover. I do not know who was more surprised--the kudu or me, but I drilled it right through the heart. It was a 30" old, old, old lesser kudu, with big bases, ivory tips, torn ears, scars everywhere, and a real old bruiser. It is also a classic example of where an older animal that has broomed/rubbed it tips may not score as well as a younger animal, but certainly is a better trophy.

Naturally, after two spectacular shots, I muffed a simple, 125-yard broadside shot at a standing 25" Grants gazelle, embarrassingly spinning it. Oh well, it dropped in its tracks. I also shot a nice Guenther's Dik-dik, but I used a 12 gauge, as we were afraid that my .340 Weatherby might hit a bone and blow up the little critter.

Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris maintains a lovely, well-equipped permanent camp in their Omo Valley concession that is absolutely first-rate, with excellent equipment, amenities and cuisine. A refreshing, fun option is to fish a nearby lake for Nile Perch and Catfish, which were tasty and mild when fresh. We returned to Menussa for a bushbuck, which had eluded us previously, and shot a beautiful 13 ½" coal-black Menelik's bushbuck. The hunt was an excellent hunt in all respects, and despite the cost (over $50,000 for myself and Pam), after seeing the costs that an outfitter must face in Ethiopia, and allowing for the high charter costs to Omo ($4800 of the total), I absolutely recommend this hunt to subscribers. Jason was a very attentive and informed guide for Pam's photographic efforts. He shared her enthusiasm for wildlife and landscape photos, and it was a wonderful adventure for her. I would further recommend the .340 Weatherby or .338 Magnum as excellent cartridges- Mountain Nyala are big, tough animals, and in my opinion a 7MM would be too light, and a .300 mag a bit marginal. We used Lufthansa, and all connections were on time, with no problems at all with the .340. Rich is very affable, very proactive, and on top of everything in setting up the safari.

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 3859 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: October 24, 2003 to November 22, 2003
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area: Menussa Concession for Nyala.


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Jason Roussos.
Booking Agent (if any): Rich Elliott; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris US. PO Box 121A; Crossville; Illinois; 62827; Tel. 618-966-3563; Email: ervs@shawneelink.com;
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Nyala, Mountain - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 38".
Bushbuck, Menelik - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 13 1/2".
Gazelle, Grant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Northern 25".
Kudu, Lesser - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 29".
Dik-Dik - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 3".
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Excellent. There was an abundance of food and water. All animals appeared in prime 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: Good Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Lufthansa. Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: A-ok.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: roughly, including non-hunter. Amount: $37000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $8000
Permits/Licenses: Concession fee $100 per day. Amount: $2900
Commercial Airfares: Used frequent flyer mileage for business class. Est. Amount: $400
Charter Airfares: Amount: $4800
Other Costs: V.A.T. of 8% (actually 15%, but Erus split it), hotel in Addis, and tips. Amount: $6900
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None.
Highlights of Hunt: Huge Mountain Nyala.
Equipment Recommendations: Use a .338 or .340, a .300 is too light.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Bob Keagy
Contact Information: Tel. 925-283-0839 - 3888 Quail Ridge Rd. E-mail: rskeagy@aol.com
Hunting Experience: 13 times in Africa, three times Mongolia and Spain, Nepal, China.
Physical Condition: Overweight, ALRS!


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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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 2706 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: February 20, 2002 to March 2, 2002
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area: Bale Mountains


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Nassos Roussos
Booking Agent (if any): Jeff C. Neal; Jeff C. Neal, Inc.. 2651 E 21st St; Suite 304; Tulsa; OK; 74114; Tel. 918-299-3580; Fax: 918-299-3582;Email: Nealhunts@aol.com; Web www.jeffcnealinc.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Nyala, Mountain - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 36 5/8 x 36 1/8 inches.
Bushbuck, Menelik - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 13 5/8 x 13 3/8 inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Game conditions were superb; saw numerous mountain nyala of trophy quality in the ten days I hunted.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $25200
Trophy Fees: Amount: $7000
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $500
Commercial Airfares: Business class. Amount: $3700
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Hunting with Nassos Roussos. His extensive experience in Ethiopia and his organizational and planning abilities made this safari one of my best in Africa.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: C. Thomas Kunz
Contact Information: Tel. 212-735-3240 - Skadden Arps, 4 Times Square, N.Y., N.Y. 10036 E-mail: ckunz@skadden.com
Hunting Experience: Extensive.
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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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 2698 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: January 2, 2002 to January 22, 2002
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area: Omo; Sala River; Odo Bualu


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Nassos Roussos
Booking Agent (if any): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127;Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Nyala, Mountain - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 33 1/2 x 33.
Hartebeest, Neumann - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 21 1/2 x 21 1/2.
Buffalo, Nile - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Poor.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Kudu, Greater - Availability: Abyssinian kudu; did not see one.
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: Good Trophy Care: Good
Name of Airline: Ethiopian Airlines Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: Adequate.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $42000
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: Shot the wrong buffalo - my fault.
Highlights of Hunt: Finding the mountain nyala of my dreams after three safaris and 33 days devoted exclusively to nyala hunting.
Equipment Recommendations: Distance measuring binoculars.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Peter Flack
Contact Information: Tel. 011-9-27-11-268-5700 - Johannesburg, South Africa E-mail: pflack@frm.co.za
Hunting Experience: Extensive; 44 years; 10 countries; many, many safaris.
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?


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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 2569 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: November 7, 2001 to November 29, 2001
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Nassos Roussos
Booking Agent (if any): Safari Outfitters Inc. 410 W. Yellowstone Ave.; Cody; WY; 82414; Tel. 307-587-5596; Fax: 307-587-2265;Email: hunt@safari1.com; Web www.safari1.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Nyala, Mountain - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 34 inches x 10 1/4 inches.
Bushbuck, Menelik - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 14 inches x 6 inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Both animals were in great 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: Lufthansa. Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $25000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $7000
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $2600
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $1000
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Taking mountain nyala on third hunting day. Nassos Roussos is great to hunt with; excellent PH I would highly recommend (going back).
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Greg Bond
Contact Information: Tel. 972-986-0013 -
Hunting Experience: 130 plus big game species.
Physical Condition: Average.


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?


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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 2494 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 24, 2001 to June 21, 2001
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia - Southern region
Hunt Area: Omo - Sala


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Jason/Nassos Roussos
Booking Agent (if any): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127;Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Nile - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Huge.
Hartebeest - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Neumanns hartebeest; green score #8 SCI.
Kudu, Lesser - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Green score #10 SCI.
Tiang - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Gazelle, Grant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Northern.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Trophy sizes speak for themselves. Lots of animals.


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: American Airlines to Frankfurt; Lufthansa to Addis Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Great connection.


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: I was the first hunter in the Sala River Concession. Lots of Game; hard walking; very enjoyable. A great experience.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Beautiful areas, game quality high, PH's superior ability, very rewarding.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Chris Sterm
Contact Information: Tel. 806-352-4779 - 1610 Fannin, Amarillo, TX 79102 E-mail: tcmpete@tcac.net
Hunting Experience: 7th trip to Africa. Many North American hunts.
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?


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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 2492 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 16, 2001 to May 31, 2001
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area: Munessa


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): A. Nassos Roussos
Booking Agent (if any): Jeff C. Neal; Jeff C. Neal, Inc.. 2651 E 21st St; Suite 304; Tulsa; OK; 74114; Tel. 918-299-3580; Fax: 918-299-3582;Email: Nealhunts@aol.com; Web www.jeffcnealinc.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Nyala, Mountain - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 35 1/2 inches.
Bushbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 14-inch Meneliks bushbuck.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Mountain nyala are very shy and you don't see them vary often. They stay hidden in the thick natural forest.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $25000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $7000
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $2510
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1500
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Watching trackers follow mountain nyala and finally spotting one and collecting it.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Tom Place
Contact Information: Tel. 319-984-5421 - 2701 Ivory Ave., Janesville
Hunting Experience: Five continents.
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?


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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 2495 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: March 13, 2001 to March 30, 2001
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Nassos Roussos
Booking Agent (if any): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127;Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Nyala, Mountain - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 36 inches, very heavy.
Bushbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 16 inches; Menelik bushbuck.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Bushbuck were everywhere. At one time I stood in one spot and counted 11 mature males within 150 yards. Saw five nyala over 30 inches 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: Lufthansa Airline Service: Fair
Airline Comments: Unfriendly, expensive and uninformative.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $25200
Trophy Fees: Amount: $7000
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1850
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Everything went as I was told, no surprises, except that it was way more fun than expected.
Highlights of Hunt: Watching that many bull nyala and stalking to within 35 yards. Cannot say enough good about Nassos.
Equipment Recommendations: Rain gear - you hunt in rain forest (mountain), good shoes with a lot of traction.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? I rebooked right then and plan to do more. Nassos Roussos is fabulous. I've hunted Lord Derby four times, thought it was the best - wrong!


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: T.D. Kelsey
Contact Information: Tel. 406-875-2100 - 2566 Rd 39 S., Pompeys Pilar, MT 59064
Hunting Experience: Grand slam, 12 world sheep, Africa 10-15 times.
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?


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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 2160 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: February 6, 2001 to February 11, 2001
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia - Welega
Hunt Area: Gedo


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Belete
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Hog, Giant Forest - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Around 300 pounds.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Animals were very wary, mostly noctural. You need time and luck.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $1,000.00 per day and trophy 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: Hunting the high African forest.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Ethiopia is the best country in Africa to have a real hunting experience.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Rex Baker
Contact Information: Tel. 770-394-3135 - 136 Atlanta Country Club Dr., Marietta, GA 30067
Hunting Experience: I have an extensive hunting experience.
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 Ethiopian Rift Valley 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: 2491 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: January 18, 2001 to February 11, 2001
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia - Munessa/Omo
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Nassos Roussos
Booking Agent (if any): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127;Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Nyala, Mountain - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Top 10.
Bushbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: New #1, 17 7/8 inches Meneliks bushbuck.
Tiang - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: SCI bronze.
Gazelle, Grant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: SCI silver and gold.
Gerenuk - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: SCI bronze.
Dik-Dik - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: SCI gold Guenthers dik-dik.
Varmint - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Black back jackal.
Bushbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: SCI gold Abyssinian bushbuck.
Kudu, Lesser - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: SCI silver.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Cat, Serval - Availability: Did not see one.
Game Condition Comments: All animals were healthy, no visible poaching, very little pressure. Highly recommend for amount of game, ethical hunting and good trophy quality.


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: Lufthansa Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Hunter friendly.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $24,000. Amount: $0
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: $12,000. Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Atlanta - Frankfurt - Addis. Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Concession and game scout - both disclosed; hotels. ($45,000 total). Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Getting best nyala since 1988 and #1 Meneliks; four spiral horns. Having my dad as an observer.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Rex Baker Jr.
Contact Information:
Hunting Experience:
Physical Condition:


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 Ethiopian Rift Valley 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: 1871 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 15, 2000 to September 29, 2000
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area: Omo Valley, Murulle


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Nassos Roussos and son, Jason
Booking Agent (if any): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127;Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Kudu - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 31 1/2 inches.
Gerenuk - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Gazelle, Grant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Dik-Dik - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Three inches.
Kudu - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Top 10 SCI.
Bushbuck - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Top 10 SCI.
Gemsbok/Oryx - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Antelope, Klipspringer - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: 4 1/2 inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Tiang - Availability: No rain to bring them into area.
Duiker - Availability: Only went out one night. I was too tired and they were scarce.
Game Condition Comments: All game was in excellent condition. We didn't see many greater kudu or klipspringer because the first ones we saw were excellent trophies. I did not have to hunt them very long. Could be a lot of them.


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: Good
Name of Airline: Swiss Air and Ethiopian Airlines Airline Service: Poor
Airline Comments: On Swiss Air my rifles never arrived and they refused to take a report. They rifles are still lost. Ethiopian Airlines was excellent.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: 2 x 1 Amount: $22500
Trophy Fees: 17 permits for plains game. Amount: $8990
Permits/Licenses: Two firearms import permits. Amount: $400
Commercial Airfares: Used American Miles and paid Nirobi to Addis round. Amount: $1540
Charter Airfares: From Addis Ababa to camp Amount: $4500
Other Costs: Concession fee $1,500 and scout fee $150. Amount: $1650
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Camp staff and taking an excellent lesser kudu at the end of the hunt. It was a very difficult to shoot.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? This hunt is a true challenge! It was hot and the hunting was hard with lots of climbing and walking. It makes you feel good about what you accomplished. This is a great staff and guides.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Larry and Debbie Hagebusch
Contact Information: Tel. 714-899-4009 - 6232 Anthony Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92845 E-mail: deb2020@aol.com
Hunting Experience: Larry has hunted 20 years in Africa and Debbie has hunted 10 years in Africa.
Physical Condition: Average although we thought we would die on this hunt.


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
Nassos was kind enough to supply us with a .300 Win Mag., so there was no delay in the hunt. We spent one night in the Addis Ababa Sheraton before catching a 1 hour and 45 minute charter flight out to the Omo Valley camp. The camp sits on the edge of the Omo River and was one of the best we have stayed in. We had our own bungalow with a bathroom and shower. The window openings had screens on them, as the mosquitoes came out in force every night. As for the staff, they had to be the most attentive staff we have ever had. The Karo tribe were wonderful people.

The hunt was challenging in many aspects. It was extremely hot so we lived in a constant sweat. Even during mid-day when we were in camp, it was difficult to nap because of the heat. Because of the animals we were hunting, we spent every morning rising around 5:15 a.m. to climb the mountains where the kudu and bushbuck could be found. This proved to be a real test of endurance for both Larry and myself, but it was well worth it. On our first full day of hunting, sitting on a mountainside, Larry took a greater kudu that will most likely rank in the SCI top 10. This was followed by his taking a bushbuck the following morning that will also most likely rank Top 10.

While the mornings were spent climbing mountains, the afternoons were spent driving around in the flood plains or on a dry riverbed. We actually spotted and photographed two cheetahs on the riverbed. We were in search of the elusive lesser kudu. They are very difficult animals to hunt for two reasons: They are spread out between the mountains and the low lands, and they never stand around long enough to get a good shot at them. The hopes were to find the lesser kudu in the mountains, as it would provide a better opportunity to prepare for the shot. On the lowlands, you are required to shoot quickly offhand once one is spotted and judged. The only shot Larry was able to make on the lowlands missed its target.

We had no better luck in the mountains. Not four days into our hunt, Larry fired at a lesser kudu standing on the opposite hillside. Unfortunately, we had just reached the top and were breathing heavily. To add to that, the branch Larry leaned the rifle against was wobbly and it was a long shot. Needless to say, that shot missed its target, but the kudu ran. It stopped behind a big bush with only its hind end showing. Larry took the shot. There was no way we were going to let this animal go. We finally had our lesser kudu. After climbing over to the kudu, we immediately began skinning the animal. We even built a little fire and cooked some of it to refuel us for the long walk out. It was a miserable walk as the sun had risen fully, but at least we had something to celebrate.

The hot days turned in to very nice evenings. No jackets were needed as we set out to a near-dry lakebed to hunt for serval cat and hyena. Hundreds of eyes shinned back to us from the crocodiles in the lake. Unless rain hits the area soon, the lake will dry up and all the crocodiles will die. We were actually going to try to catch some of the smaller ones to take back to the Omo River and release, but it proved to be too difficult. The mud was too deep to walk in. Within minutes, I took a nice serval with a shotgun and then switched over to the .300 Win Mag just in time to take a hyena. We were back in camp having cocktails in no time at all.

During these two weeks of hunting, Larry took a dik-dik over three inches. There were hundreds of them to choose from. We spotted them constantly. Larry also took a nice gerenuk on the third day of the hunt and I shot a nice klipspringer on the fourth day. I also shot a baboon, which are quite different from the ones in Zimbabwe or Zambia. Larry also had plenty of Grants gazelle to choose from. We saw herds of them everyday. We even saw a Grants give birth one day as we drove by. We didn't stop so as not to disturb the mom, but drove back five hours later to check on the newborn. He was found safe and sound curled up under a bush with mom nearby.

This hunt is not for the first timer. But it presents a challenge and the rewards are tremendous. Both Nassos and his son, Jason, also a PH, were very encouraging and never gave up hope, even when we wanted to. Nassos had so many interesting stories to tell and Jason was like a walking encyclopedia. Both were very knowledgeable about the animals and the area. This is what hunting is all about.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Ethiopian Rift Valley 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: 396 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: March 1, 1999 to April 1, 1999
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area: Omo Valley


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Nassos Roussos
Booking Agent (if any): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127;Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Kudu - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: lesser kudu, 33 inch
Kudu - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: abbysinian kudu, 43 inch
Gerenuk - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Big.
Gemsbok/Oryx - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: ceisa oryx
Gazelle, Grant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Big Northern Grant gazelle.
Tiang - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Big.
Dik-Dik - Availability: - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Hartebeest - Availability: Did not see any Neumann's hartebeest .
Bushbuck - Availability: Bad luck.
Game Condition Comments: Game was all in good condition. No evidence of poaching. Also saw African wild dogs, stripped hyenas, Nile buffalo and leopards.


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: US Air, Lufthanza Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: No problems.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $35000
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. The Ethiopian/Entrea war did not effect the hunt at all. You wouln't know a was existed if you didn't hear it on CNN.
Highlights of Hunt: Hunting Africa the way it must have been 50 years ago without fences and modern influences.
Equipment Recommendations: Good flat shooting rifle, a lot of 300-400 yard attempts.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? I am going back in 2000. I would go later in the year after rains and when it cools down some. It was hotter than hell.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Brian Shorey
Contact Information: Tel. 814-337-3190 - 823 Bessermer Street, Meadville, PA 16335
Hunting Experience: Extensive world wide experience.
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

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Ethiopian Rift Valley 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: 399 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: November 24, 1998 to December 14, 1998
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Nassos Roussos
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Nyala, Mountain - Availability: - Trophy Size: 32 inch
Gazelle - Availability: - Trophy Size: Somali Soemmerings gazelle, top ten
Dik-Dik - Availability: - Trophy Size: Cordeaux dik-dik, good
Bushbuck - Availability: - Trophy Size: 14 feet
Reedbuck - Availability: - Trophy Size: Good
Gerenuk - Availability: - Trophy Size: Top ten.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Good quality.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $20000
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: Ethiopia was very user friendly.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Jerome R. Bofferding
Contact Information: Tel. 612-420-2219 H - 16700 Elm Road, Maple Grove, Minnesota 55311
Hunting Experience: Very extensive experience. I have hunted in Africa twelve times, Mongolia, Russia, China, all of north America, Nepal, Spain, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand and England
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

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Ethiopian Rift Valley 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: 398 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: March 14, 1998 to March 29, 1998
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area: Omo Valley


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Panayotis Antypas
Booking Agent (if any): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127;Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Gazelle, Grant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Northern Grant gazelle, 25 1/2 inches
Gerenuk - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 14 3/8 inches
Tiang - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 19 inches
Kudu - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Lesser kudu, 30 inches
Gemsbok/Oryx - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Beisa oryx, 35 1/4 inches
Dik-Dik - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Guenther dik-dik, 3 inches
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Healthy, trophy sized, and due to rainfall and lush grass. (The Tiang herds included lots of young, healthy tiang babies.)


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: American Airlines, Lufthansa and charter Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: 2 x 2 Amount: $28500
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $10230
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $2000
Charter Airfares: Amount: $4500
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: No problems. (Except a scope went bad on this trip, costing me the use of my 7 mag.)
Highlights of Hunt: My wife, Dorothy, finished her spiral horn slam on this trip. We had never been to Omo. It was beautiful and we're glad we booked the trip.
Equipment Recommendations: It can be pretty hot. Take battery operated small fans for resting in your guest house.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? We appreciated the attention given to the smallest details of this safari. Nassos Roussos runs a premier operation.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Lacy Harber
Contact Information: Tel. 903-465-6937 - Route 2 Box 49-Y, Denison, TX 75020
Hunting Experience: I am a lifetime hunter. I have hunted internationally for many years with gun bow and black powder and pistol.
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 Ethiopian Rift Valley 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: 397 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: March 14, 1998 to March 29, 1998
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area: Omo Valley


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Nassos Roussos
Booking Agent (if any): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127;Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Kudu - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Lesser kudu, 32 inches
Gemsbok/Oryx - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Beisa oryx, 33 inches
Tiang - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Over 20 1/4 inches
Antelope, Klipspringer - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Four inches
Dik-Dik - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Guenther, three inches
Gazelle, Grant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Northern Grant gazelle, 25 3/8 inches
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Very healthy.


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: American Airlines, Lufthansa, Charter Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: 2 x 2, each Amount: $28500
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $10230
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $3000
Charter Airfares: Amount: $4500
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: No problems.
Highlights of Hunt: This hunt finished my spiraled-horn antelope species slam and it was the first time we had been to the Omo Valley, so it was a great trip for me. I really enjoyed the hunt, the trip, and the people.
Equipment Recommendations: Take a small, battery operated fan for resting in your guest house!
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? I would absolutely recommend this hunt.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Dorothy Harber
Contact Information: Tel. 903-465-6937 - Route 2 Box 49-Y, Denison, TX 75020
Hunting Experience: A lifetime hunter. I have hunted internationally with my husband for about 15 years. Hunt with gun and bow, black powder.
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 Ethiopian Rift Valley 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: 400 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: January 1, 1997 to December 14, 1998
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email: addisoffice@ervsafaris.com; Web www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any):
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken:
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: See comments.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: See comments. 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: See comments.
Highlights of Hunt:
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? No
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Hossein Soudy Golabchi
Contact Information: 4848 Old Belair Lane, Grovetown, GA 30813-4513
Hunting Experience:
Physical Condition:


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 hunted Ethiopia with Ethiopia Rift Valley Safaris in January of 1997 for mountain nyala. When that hunt was finished we went to Danaki for other species. The safari was excellent and I had a 100 percent success rate, and I sent a good report to you.

Since it was a 21 day safari and I had a few days left I asked to hunt other species while in Danaki, but was told that animals such as the oryx, bushbuck and waterbuck were not available in the area, but later I heard otherwise, and the reason was that my outfitter was not allowed to hunt these animals since he had a concession in OMO. Since I had an excellent hunt and had heard a lot about OMO Valley I went ahead and booked 15 days for plains game in OMO for January, 1998.

As you know Ethiopia is one of the most expensive places in Africa, particularly with non-refundable trophy fees. Well this time all the aspects of the hunt, such as food, guides, trackers, equipment, and camp were as good as last year, but to my surprise there were no animals with the exception of one area that they called "flat" which was about one hour's drive from base camp, and there was a healthy number of gerenuk, tiang and Grant gazelle. The rest of the concession was free of animals. You could drive in the bush for hours until you fell asleep, and you would not see anything with the exception of a few dik-dik.

I have always been known to hunt hard, and this time was no different. I went out while it was dark and came back when it was dark, but only got six animals from my list of 10 which I had paid for. The other four being buffalo, oryx, bushbuck and waterbuck. We did not see even one male or female.

When I came out I complained to my outfitter, and he totally blamed the failure of the Safari on El Nino, which to some extent I agreed with him, the area had extensive rain fall, but I have had that before in other places. Excessive rain just makes the hunt harder, but it does not run the animals out of the area. I don't think it is fair to blame the failure of a safari totally on El Nino. While I agree, we could not drive to some areas the buffalo would have hung around, but animals like the bushbuck and oryx are normally on high, dry land. My observations on the failure of my safari are as follows:

1. I saw at least a dozen small settlements throughout the concession. 2. We saw thousands of cattle, sheep, and goat from all directions within the concession. 3. Ethiopia being closed for three years, the poaching had taken a toll on the animals. 4. Finally, every local man I saw throughout the concession, (at least 50) were carrying AK47s around their necks, and I am sure if they need meat they kill free, wild game before they kill their own goats and cattle.

This report is not to complain but is simply a fact that I feel obligated to tell my other fellow hunters so they will be aware of the situation there.

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To: The Hunting Report From: Nassos Roussos of Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris Date: May 8, 1998 Re: Golbachi report dated April 28, 1998

Thank you for your fax and copy of the recent report filed by Mr. Hossein (Soudy) Golabchi regarding his hunts in Ethiopia and Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris.

Before I address the issue at hand about the Omo Valley, please let me clarify a few points regarding Mr. Golabchi's first hunt with ERVS, that is, in January 1997 for mountain nyala in Arsi and other game in the Danakil. In Ethiopia, a hunter buys licenses in advance and obtaining any additional license while hunting is not permitted. Nobody mentioned to Mr. Golbachi that waterbuck, bushbuck and oryx were not available and I don't think anybody could say that I am not allowed to hunt those animals in the Danakil because I have a concession in Omo. The Danakil is an open pool area and it should be noted that there are four outfitters including myself who have paid advance hunting right fees, thus having the right to use the area. In the Danakil any PH can have a client hunt any species on his license once the license is purchased. It should be further noted that license requests must be arranged at least one month prior to the time the safari commences. On Mr. Golbachi's 21 day-hunt, the final animal shot was a reedbuck taken from yet a third area. For the record, he collected the reedbuck on the last day of his hunt, so there were not a few days left as he mentioned.

As a reference to successfully hunting the Danakil: Mr. Benjamin Schaub of 1286 North Main Street, Salinas, CA 93906, hunted with me in the Danakil, February 1998. He took an oryx and a bushbuck.

Mr. Golbachi mentioned he had heard a lot about Omo before he booked. That's great because everybody talks about it quite positively. Regarding his January 1998 Omo hunt, Mr. Golbachi booked 15 days. He arrived Addis on a Tuesday night by Ethiopian Airlines contrary to our advising him to arrive on a Monday night by Lufthansa, since Wednesday was a national holiday and there was no way to clear his guns on that day. We were thus forced to cancel the charter flight booked for the original Wednesday program and the only date for plane availability was on Friday. He then decided to drive down and back to Omo, thus by choice reducing his hunting time to 10 days, out of which one day was sacrificed for fishing. Although given the opportunity, Mr. Golbachi did not choose to remain longer in the Omo area.

Yes, I would agree that El Nino and usually heavy rainfall does not run animals out of areas, but certainly does make the hunt harder. If it is impossible to reach any area by car and people cannot walk in swamps for 10-15 kilometers, then I really can't imaging what other solution could be found. Please consider the kind of animals that were not taken: oryx, bushbuck, buffalo, waterbuck. The area for these species was passable or accessible only for one day and it should be noted that Mr. Golbachi did see one bushbuck and missed a second. He also saw a small waterbuck and according to my guide, wanted to shoot it as time was running out and he did not want to lose his license. The required walk into the buffalo area was at the time around 15 kilometers due to rainfall. For the oryx, they had to drive around the ERVS concession in an attempt to enter the area form a different direction. Therefore, they drove far to the South through villages and settlements, trying in vain to reach the "flats." It should be noted here that clearly the wildlife did not run away from our area, rather we simply could not reach them. Mr. Golbachi saw cattle in villages when trying to negotiate different directions into the concession. He did not see thousands of cattle within the concession. He did not see a poacher or a sign of poaching even though 20 percent of the locals now carry AK-47's. It should be noted that carrying a weapon is a tradition in Ethiopia that even the Government cannot break. Alas, there is a stronger NRA here than in the States!

Mr. Golbachi's comments appear to be made more on the basis of personal complaint rather than fact. Quite different reactions concerning the Omo Valley may be contributed by ERVS clients who have hunted up to six months prior: Mr. James Crane and Mr. Mike Adams (June '97), Mr. William Innskeep (July '97), Miss Alexandra Quellar (Aug '97), Mr. Len Smith (Oct '97), Mr. and Mrs. Dick Cabela (Nov '97). Following the Golbachi hunt of January 1998, supporting references are available from Mr. and Mrs. Lacy Harver (March '98), as well as Mr. Ignacio Galadron (April '98).

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Cabela; 813 13th Avenue; Sidney, Nebraska; Tel: 308-254-5505, Fax 308-254-6102.

Mr. Len Smith; Burnham Circle; Sugarland, TX 77478; Tel: 281-494-5841.

Mr. James Crane; 334 East Liberty Street; York, SC 29745.

Mr. William Innskeep; 12697 New Brittany BLVD; Forth Myers, FL 33907; Tel: 903-465-6397.

Ms. Alexandra Quellar; Mexico City; Fax: 011-525-670-67-41.

Mr. Mike Adams; 307 Gretna BLVD; Gretna, LA 70053; Fax: 504-368-4846.

Mr. and Mrs. Lacy Harber; LJH Corporation; Route 2, Box 49-Y; Denison, TX 75020; Tel: 903-465-6937, Fax: 903-465-6514.

Mr. Ignacio Garcia Galadron; Munez De Balboa 54; Madrid, Spain

Rich Elliott will have all other information regarding the aforementioned clients, as needed.

On quite a different subject, a recent elephant hunt in the Guarafarda area was successful. We knew we were on the trail of a sassy, single tusker because of the signs he was leaving behind. We were not caught by surprise when he finally charged us three times! He was 68 pounds, with nothing on the right side. Mr. Norman Kronseder has hunted six times in Africa for elephant and claim that this was the most exciting and best hunt he has ever been on. We saw 10 elephants in six days, and got this one on the seventh day.

It is on this positive note that I will thank you once again for giving me the opportunity to respond in advance to Mr. Golbachi's letter. Putting it in final print is obviously up to you.



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