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Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Harloo 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: 9314 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 3, 2013 to August 14, 2013
Place of Hunt: South Africa - Kwa Zulu Natal
Hunt Area: Harloo


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Edmond Rouillard; Harloo Safaris. PO Box 7; Pongola; Kwa Zulu Natal; 3170; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-3441-31340; Email: edmondrouillard@hotmail.com; Web www.harloosafaris.co.za
Personal Guide (if any): Brian Suddaby
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Sable - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 41 2/8"
Nyala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 30 1/8"
Reedbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 13 3/8"
Giraffe - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 15'
Nyala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Female
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Animals were in beautiful condition. We did see ticks on some of the 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: Good Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: KLM Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: Better to not fly thru Amsterdam. The additional paperwork for firearms is burdensome.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $390 per day for 14 days. Amount: $5460
Trophy Fees: Sable: 9,000 Nyala: 1,880 Common Reedbuck: 850 Giraffe 2,150 Female Nyala: 450 Amount: $14330
Permits/Licenses: Included Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: 1,400 round trip from JFK to JoBerg Amount: $1400
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None whatsoever
Highlights of Hunt: Taking a beautiful sable and a really big nyala bull. Also laughing at Brian Suddaby's jokes and stories.
Equipment Recommendations: Lower power scope on a rifle that shoots heavier bullets thru brush.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Harloo Safaris takes the best care of every aspect of the hunt starting with picking us up at the airport and assisting us getting the guns thru inspections to returning us there. Service to perfection on every detail of a hunt.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Chris Chimits
Contact Information: Tel. 775-851-2201 - 11200 Pickens Drive | Reno | Nevada | USA | 89511 E-mail: chimitsfamily@sbcglobal.net
Hunting Experience: Top notch. Harloo goes way beyond simply good business practices. They treated us like old friends they valued highly.
Physical Condition: Very good


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


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
I had my heart set on getting a 41" sable and a 30" nyala. I showed our P.H. pictures of the animals I thought were perfect and he managed to find trophies that matched the shape and size of everything I showed him. The skill in finding and tracking animals is almost beyond what I could comprehend (and I have hunted all my life). The courtesy and consideration for every detail was readily apparent in every condition and all the time. The lodge and sleeping cottages were architecturally unique and settled across a creek and connected by delicate wood bridges. Made me think of the Swiss Family Robinson tree house in the movie. I want to go back!

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Harloo 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: 7804 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 16, 2010 to July 26, 2010
Place of Hunt: South Africa - Kwa Zulu Natal
Hunt Area: Pongola


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Edmond Rouillard; Harloo Safaris. PO Box 7; Pongola; Kwa Zulu Natal; 3170; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-3441-31340; Email: edmondrouillard@hotmail.com; Web www.harloosafaris.co.za
Personal Guide (if any): Brian Suddaby
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 39 1/2 inches.
Nyala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Kudu - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Warthog - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Wildebeest, Blue - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Impala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Oryx, Kalahari - Availability: Different area.
Game Condition Comments: First African safari. Accommodations, tracking, dedication of PH and staff exceeded expectations. Worked hard for all 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: Virgin Atlantic Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: New planes and friendly service.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $430 a day 1X1. Non hunter $130 a day. Amount: $4730
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $3000
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Tracking of buffalo for three days. In thick bush shooting at 15 yards. Wife throughly enjoyed.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? First class operation. Wonderful/knowledgeable PH, will go back again.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Phillip Scott
Contact Information: Tel. 925-945-4807 - Alamo, CA E-mail: phillipscott@comcast.net
Hunting Experience: Western States, Canada, Argentina and Spain.
Physical Condition: Fit and healthy.


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 Harloo 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: 7728 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 3, 2010 to May 13, 2010
Place of Hunt: South Africa - Natal Kwa Zulu
Hunt Area: Pongola


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Edmond Rouillard; Harloo Safaris. PO Box 7; Pongola; Kwa Zulu Natal; 3170; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-3441-31340; Email: edmondrouillard@hotmail.com; Web www.harloosafaris.co.za
Personal Guide (if any): Brian Suddaby
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Large. 41 inch plus dugga boy.
Warthog - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Large. 15 inches.
Impala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent. 21 inch old ram.
Wildebeest, Blue - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Nyala - Availability: Concentrated on primary species/weather changes. Saw great trophies, many exceeding 27 inches but passed holding out for 30 inches.
Kudu - Availability:
Game Condition Comments: Game is abundant; 20+ species from white rhino to lion. All game taken was in exceptional condition and high quality/trophy animals. Superb game management program.


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, Lufthansa and South African Airlines Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: All carriers were part of the United Star Alliance network. They all left on time, and had good service. The itinerary I chose however proved grueling, and travelers should avoid the South African - Washington route that stops in Dakar. VERY VERY LONG!


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: Exceptional organization with outstanding PH, trackers, and support staff. No problems, hunt exceeding all expectations.
Highlights of Hunt: Stalking to within 15 yards of 10 old dugga boys and taking a giant 41 plus inch bull. Taking super trophy warthog. A genuine first class operation but can be demanding.
Equipment Recommendations: Good quality safari shirts, preferably those that can roll up at sleeves and pants light enough to allow silent movement yet strong enough to shed thorns. A good pair of binoculars - at least 8x-10x. Follow Harloo packing instructions.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? This is a classic, fair chase hunt and I mean hunt. Traditional stalking with the true "old time" African-style experience.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Col. James O. Pittman
Contact Information: Tel. 719-538-4528 - 5475 Broadmoor Bluffs Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 E-mail: colpittman@msn.com
Hunting Experience: In my fifty years of hunting experience on four continents, this by far was the most enjoyable. Edmond Rouillard spares no effort to make you feel at home and the PH, Brian Suddaby, is "old school" and will provide you the experiences of a lifetime.
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
The Kwa Zulu area is not only one of the most famed hunting areas in Africa; it is also one of the most historically significant areas relavant to South African history. Harloo borders Swaziland, and is very close to Mozambique. It was also once part of the Pongala Game Reserve; the oldest park of its kind in the world next to Yellowstone - even predating Kruger National Park. Harloo is a true African wilderness that can offer the first time African hunter a choice of Big 5 species to most plains game. The abundance and quality of game is exceptional, with truely super-trophy animals available to those with the patience and discipline to put in some effort. This can be hard hunting, and at times you feel like you're in the middle of 19th Century Africa. There is tiger-fish fishing nearby in Lake Jozini, deep sea fishing in the Indian Ocean,and battlefields of the Boer-Zulu and British-Zulu wars if you want to break away from the hunting - which is rare! You can't go wrong with this hunting organization. It is certainly not the biggest, but it IS one of the best. Can't wait to go back.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Harloo 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: 7453 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 25, 2009 to September 30, 2009
Place of Hunt: South Africa - Kwazulu Natal
Hunt Area: Pongola


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Edmond Rouillard; Harloo Safaris. PO Box 7; Pongola; Kwa Zulu Natal; 3170; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-3441-31340; Email: edmondrouillard@hotmail.com; Web www.harloosafaris.co.za
Personal Guide (if any): Brian Suddaby - great personality.
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Nyala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 27 inches.
Warthog - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Bushbuck - Availability: Too cool/cloudy.
Game Condition Comments: Good nyala, blue wildebeest, zebra, impala. Weather was cool and cloudy. Animals stayed in thick bush.


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 Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Good service


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $400 per day 1X1. non-hunter $100 per day. Amount: $0
Trophy Fees: Nyala $1,880, warthog $350. Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Airport pickup $100, hotel extra, fees unknown. Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None - all needs fully met. Wonderful people.
Highlights of Hunt: Great staff, food, accommodations.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Fantastic camp and facilities, PH, people, sights. Everything was wonderful.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: John Sholes
Contact Information: Tel. 301-948-1462 - 12113 McDonald Chp Dr., Gaithersburg, MD 20878 E-mail: john_sholes@yahoo.com
Hunting Experience: 40 years.
Physical Condition: Fair. 68 years old.


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


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Harloo 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: 7452 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 9, 2009 to July 19, 2009
Place of Hunt: South Africa - Zululand
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Edmond Rouillard; Harloo Safaris. PO Box 7; Pongola; Kwa Zulu Natal; 3170; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-3441-31340; Email: edmondrouillard@hotmail.com; Web www.harloosafaris.co.za
Personal Guide (if any): Brian
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Eland, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 33 1/2 inches.
Zebra - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Waterbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 29 1/2 inches.
Tsessebe - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size:
Reedbuck - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
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: Excellent Trophy Care:
Name of Airline: Delta Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $380 a day 1X1. Amount: $4180
Trophy Fees: Very reasonable. Eland $1,980, zebra $990, waterbuck $1,890, nyala, $1,890 Amount: $6750
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Flew skymiles would have been $2,500. Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Road transport $200 per person roundtrip from Joberg. Amount: $200
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Shooting eland and zebra from 30 yards. Waterbuck and tsessebe from 70 yards.
Equipment Recommendations: Good binoculars.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? My 12th trip to Africa and this was one of the best. My third trip with this company.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Don Isgar
Contact Information: Tel. 801-943-7594 - 3622 Brighton Pt Dr. E-mail: isgar@att.net
Hunting Experience: 12th trip to Africa. Mongolia, NWT, Spain, England, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Alaska.
Physical Condition: Difficulty walking. Quad bypass 4/1/09. Bad hip for last 50 years.


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 Harloo 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: 7295 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 15, 2009 to May 25, 2009
Place of Hunt: South Africa - Natal Zululand
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Edmond Rouillard; Harloo Safaris. PO Box 7; Pongola; Kwa Zulu Natal; 3170; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-3441-31340; Email: edmondrouillard@hotmail.com; Web www.harloosafaris.co.za
Personal Guide (if any): Edmond Rouillard and Albert
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 37 inches.
Nyala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 27 inches.
Waterbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 28 inches.
Eland - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 34 inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Harloo offers about 25 game species, most of which are average to abundant. We had to travel to another ranch for "dryer climate" plains game.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Daily rate $380 a day for 10 days. Amount: $3800
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1600
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: First class operation, quality people and excellent hunt. It was a hard and demanding hunt, largely due to the amount of vegetation (leaves still on trees).
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Highlight was the Cape buffalo hunt. Lots of tracking and walking. Shot an old bull at less than 30 yards.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Joel Smith
Contact Information: Tel. 410-876-2289 - 1800 Green Mill Rd.
Hunting Experience: Extensive - probably been on 2 dozen guided hunts. Third trip to Africa.
Physical Condition: Walking required.


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 Harloo 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: 6855 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 18, 2008 to August 1, 2008
Place of Hunt: South Africa - Kwa Zulu Natal
Hunt Area: Pongola


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Edmond Rouillard; Harloo Safaris. PO Box 7; Pongola; Kwa Zulu Natal; 3170; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-3441-31340; Email: edmondrouillard@hotmail.com; Web www.harloosafaris.co.za
Personal Guide (if any): Brian Suddaby
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Large. I did not need to ask.
Impala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Two for two sons.
Nyala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 29 inch mature bull.
Zebra - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Blesbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Highveld concession.
Wildebeest, Blue - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Hartebeest, Red - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Highveld concession.
Warthog - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Two for two sons. Smaller tusks due to red clay and rocky soil.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Wildebeest, Black - Availability: Saw a great trophy in the highveld concession. However, got busted on stalk and passed.
Game Condition Comments: Excellent game management evidenced. Harloo has a long term time horizon and they do not take immature 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: South African Airlines Airline Service: Poor
Airline Comments: Typical Dulles > JNB flight. SKB guncase was cracked on return flight (they had to work on dropping same to get the crack size given SKB's reputation), however rifles were in good shape.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Booked a consolidated special at SCI Reno convention. 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: Many. Hunting with my 2 sons (10 and 8) on their first foray into the field with successful impala & warthogs. My wife, a past non-hunter, took her first game, a zebra after 7 stalks and now truly respects this worthy animal, especially in the bush veld. Seeing and stalking to within 30-yards of a massive Cape buffalo with incredible "attitude". One shot kill with a .458 Lott and hearing the death bellow, which still sends shivers down my spine. Taking great nyala, blue wildebeest in the bush. Traveling to the high veld as part of the Reno package to see other game and experience "High Veld" distance shooting.
Equipment Recommendations: Heavier bullet weight for caliber given lots of bush. Gaiters due to bushveld tick population, seeds, twigs, etc.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? One of my best hunts ever. Brian & Edmond made us feel comfortable at once. My wife, who had never been on a hunt, was "willing to go" at first, but afterwards, expressed her enjoyment and looks to return.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Don Toenshoff Jr
Contact Information: Tel. 703-250-2557 - 6802 Spout Lane, Fairfax Station, VA 22039 E-mail: toenshoff@msrc.org
Hunting Experience: Worldwide. This was my third African safari. Scotland, Canada (moose, caribou and bear), US West.
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
As seen in other reports on Harloo, this is a first class operation. First, on booking, Edmond is very accommodating and displays a "can do" attitude. There was an immense amount of e-mail traffic & information coming in from Edmond prior to the hunt to assist with all planning. As I was traveling with my wife and 2 sons (10 & 8), we added days to visit Kruger & Swaziland; the details of which were arranged by Edmond. I was met at JNB by Brian Suddaby who was our PH and is very pleasant and warm. During our 4+-hour drive to camp, Brian was very engaging and we jointly set out on a plan to accommodate our expectations (primarily plains game, but also I had a Cape buffalo on a trophy fee basis in case I saw a "big one"). The camp is outstanding. A private chalet with private showers, bath & tub (with adjoining bunk room for the kids) was our home for 2+ weeks. The boma where had evening sundowners and meals was equally as inviting. Food was also truly special. Salmon pate' for dinner in the bush? South African impala meat pie? I requested to Edmond in advance (as he requested of me during one of our e-mail exchanges) that our dinners include game that we had taken for the benefit of my sons, and the meals were excellent (OK: the Cape buffalo backstrap ground meatballs from a 12-14 year old dagga bull was not the best meal I had ever had. However, I was the one who requested buffalo on the menu and they did the best that could possibly have been done!). Harloo is a ~10,000 acre concession (over 3 x 9 miles), but they only take one hunt party at a time...Great variation in areas with open areas, mountains/hills and thick bush.. Excellent game management practices were in display, and you literally have the concession to yourself. Of interest, we cut our Kruger trip short as our attitude was that after seeing elephant & lion, everything else (including rhino) we could see at Harloo in our private concession without a million other cars around. Also, my wife pointed out that the Harloo impala were actually bigger in body & horns than in Kruger; a true statement. This is a bushveld hunt, on foot with alot of stalking. Shots are in the 20-50 yard range. To see outside the bushveld, the package included a hunt on the High-Veld about 90-minutes drive for Blesbok & I took a red hartebeest on trophy fee basis. My wife summed it up best, "Harloo was hunting (with the staking & close shots), while the High veld is shooting" (Average range for my two trophies was 215 yards). My buffalo is magnificent (did I say that before?). It likely measures in the 38-inch range looking at the spread in relation to the ears, however it has some of the largest & thickest bosses I have ever seen in books, video, etc. and I never bothered to measure it. Edmond jokingly told me that he will not put this photo into his brochure as then everyone will expect similar! As stated before, Brian has an excellent way with younger hunters. Having younger children, he has patience and displays a commitment to their success. My trackers, Eric (#1) and Albert (#2) displaed the same "can do" approach with the three 1st time hunters in my family (my wife & two sons). As another example of Brian's commitment to success, we were at our last hunting day and I decided to give my sons a chance at warthogs. However, with time running out, we needed to do same from a blind looking over water holes (the only hunt we did from a blind) as these wary animals are challenging to take. My problem is that my 2 sons were sharing a Rossi 243 Winchester single shot, so how to give both a chance recognizing their recoil concerns? Brian called his personal friend, Phillip, who gave up his day to join the group with his 243 Winchester and give a 8 & 10 year old a once in a lifetime opportunity so we could stake out 2 separate blinds. The end result: 2 nice hogs taken by 2 sons within 15 minutes of each other! To sum up the entire experience, my open minded wife was initially "willing to go" when I booked this hunt in Reno in late January, but afterwards who told me that she had a phenomonal time and looks forward to a return, likely in 2010.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Harloo 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: 6653 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 3, 2007 to September 10, 2007
Place of Hunt: South Africa -
Hunt Area: Kwa Zulu Natal


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Edmond Rouillard; Harloo Safaris. PO Box 7; Pongola; Kwa Zulu Natal; 3170; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-3441-31340; Email: edmondrouillard@hotmail.com; Web www.harloosafaris.co.za
Personal Guide (if any): Brian Sudabie
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Nyala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent.
Impala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good.
Wildebeest, Blue - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent.
Duiker - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Grey Duiker. Excellent.
Bushpig - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good.
Warthog - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Good.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Excellent management of game for mature quality of trophies.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: South African Airways Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: It is a long flight, but worth the trip.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $380 a day. Amount: $2660
Trophy Fees: Amount: $3990
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Including roundtrip to Windhoek. Amount: $1450
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Passing up many 26 to 28 inch nyala to take a 29.5 inch old bull.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Great overall place for a plains game hunt.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Dan Stanko
Contact Information: Tel. 845-758-2069 - 1715 Rt 199, Stanfordville, NY 12581 E-mail: djstanko@frontiernet.net
Hunting Experience: Two time Africa, Canada and US.
Physical Condition: 42 - 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
Bought this hunt at Reno, for a very good price, the nyal and impala included. I've listed the regular cost in my report. It wuld have been easy to have me shoot an inferior animal, but it was refreshing to see someone not take the easy way out. PH was willing to work hard to take great mature trophies.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Harloo 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: 6239 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 2, 2007 to July 14, 2007
Place of Hunt: South Africa - Zululand
Hunt Area: Kwa Zula Natal


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Edmond Rouillard; Harloo Safaris. PO Box 7; Pongola; Kwa Zulu Natal; 3170; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-3441-31340; Email: edmondrouillard@hotmail.com; Web www.harloosafaris.co.za
Personal Guide (if any): Brian
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Nyala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 29 inches.
Kudu - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Over 50 inches.
Wildebeest - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 28 inches.
Impala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 20 inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Blesbok - Availability: Wounded a wildebeest so traded above for second wildebeest.
Warthog - Availability:
Game Condition Comments: Excellent condition and abundant. See 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: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: NWA Airline Service:
Airline Comments: As good as can be expected.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: For six animals and daily fee. Did not include VAT. Amount: $7950
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Phasa for gun handling. Amount: $125
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $2000
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Misc and tips $1,500 and taxidermy $1,500 Amount: $3000
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Bad shot.
Highlights of Hunt: Excellent hunting, perfect service. Very genial host and staff.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Small family operation. That brings in only one party at a time.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Haig Kassouni
Contact Information: Tel. 616-248-3200 - 7409 Kennob SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 E-mail: haig@nicmtgtech.com
Hunting Experience: Various around the world.
Physical Condition: Over 49 years old - good 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
When I decided back in 2005 to finally make the plunge and travel to Africa for the first time I went to the SCI convention in Reno to evaluate outfitters. I don't recall what attracted me to Harloo's booth - it may have been their understated presence or perhaps the brilliant smile of Jackie Rouillard, Edmond Rouillards' charming wife. In either case I spoke with them at some length, again in 2006 in Reno, finally striking the deal in 2007. Traveling by myself via Amsterdam to Joberg I was greeted on arrival by Edmond and whisked through customs and gun inspection. As it was almost midnight when I arrived due to inevitable airport delay we stayed in a small lodge in Pretoria. Waking the next morning we traveled about five hours by car to the small agricultural town of Pongola in Kwa Zulu Natal on the Swaziland border where Harloo Safaris 9,000- acre game farm is located.

As a first time African hunter I did not know what quite to expect but what I received was complete care, comfort, good food and excellent hunting. Glassing the ridges with Brian the PH plus two excellent scouts we identified game stalked and made the kill if the animals were acceptable to Brian's high standards rather than mine (I had asked for good animals rather than insisting of some arbitrary record level). I made a poor shot on a wildebeest and despite tracking for a couple of days was not able to bag; this was the only disappointment of the hunt and certainly not the fault of the staff. In addition to the nyala, wildebeest, impala and kudu I shot, Harloo has any number of other species available either at the main reserve or on other nearby concessions including a sizable number of Cape buffalo.

The lodge and staff was first class as was the endless amount of food. Edmond Rouillard, his wife as well as other family members and friends joined us for meals and campfire chats so I very much felt like a friend rather than just a client. One aspect of the hunt Edmond had not mentioned was that the only bring in one party at a time and as I was a party of one I had the place to myself.

I had an excellent time and am planning on returning to Harloo as early as 2009. I understand that good nyala are somewhat scarce. Based on my beginner's observations I would say that Harloo has substantial populations of these beautiful animals. All in all I very much recommend Harloo to beginners and the veteran alike if for no other reason that the Rouillard's take the desires of their clients much to heart and do everything they can to ensure a wonderful hunt.



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