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Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Johan Strydom 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: 6447 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 10, 2007 to August 16, 2007
Place of Hunt: South Africa - Free State
Hunt Area: Near Bethlehem


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Johan Strydom; Johan Strydom Safaris. Comissioner Street #1; Bethlehem; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-11-8322-76144; Email: jssafari@nnet.co.za; Web www.africancats-hounds.w.za
Personal Guide (if any): Johan Strydom
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Serval - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Excellent large male.
Caracal - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Average adult male.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Genet - Availability: No shot on one I saw, will get one next time.
Civet - Availability:
Game Condition Comments: Johan has a large area and many ranches to hunt. Many ranchers call him to take out problem animals as well. Good opportunity to take the small cats in this agricultural area. Lots of grain fields in the Free State, so there are many rodents and good food sources for the small cats.


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: British Airways Airline Service: Fair
Airline Comments: British Airways lost the case with our camera equipment. We were filming an upcoming episode of Wild Outdoor Adventure TV series so we needed to rent video and audio equipment for a week until they located the missing large pelican eqiupment case.


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: Following the hounds and taking a huge old male serval. Great times at Johan's lodge and Ana Belgrano singing and playing guitar in the evenings.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? If you are looking for the small cats, Johan is the best in the business. He also is one of the rare houndsmen to hunt leopard with dogs in Namibia. Quite the exciting adrenalin rush there. It is a dangerous sport and Johan has been personally mauled two different times by leopards.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Cliff Tulpa
Contact Information: Tel. 503-519-7591 - 3105 Delta Dr., Anchorage, AK 99502 E-mail: cliff@woatv.com
Hunting Experience: Extensive - all continents worldwide.
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 Johan Strydom 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: 5478 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 21, 2006 to July 1, 2006
Place of Hunt: Namibia -
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Johan Strydom; Johan Strydom Safaris. Comissioner Street #1; Bethlehem; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-11-8322-76144; Email: jssafari@nnet.co.za; Web www.africancats-hounds.w.za
Personal Guide (if any): Johan Strydom
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Leopard - Availability: - Trophy Size: Over 150 tom.
Caracal - Availability: - Trophy Size: Good.
Serval - Availability: - Trophy Size: Big male.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Good.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: For leopard. Amount: $13500
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: Taking a big tom leopard.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Chasing a pack of well-trained hounds is exciting.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Mark Hampton
Contact Information: Tel. 417-932-4423 - E-mail: mhampton002@centurytel.net
Hunting Experience: Six 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?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Johan Strydom 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: 5362 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 27, 2005 to September 28, 2005
Place of Hunt: South Africa - Orange Free State
Hunt Area: Bethlehem


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Johan Strydom; Johan Strydom Safaris. Comissioner Street #1; Bethlehem; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-11-8322-76144; Email: jssafari@nnet.co.za; Web www.africancats-hounds.w.za
Personal Guide (if any): Johan Strydom
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Caracal - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Average male.
Serval - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Very good.
Genet - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Very good wildcat.
Duiker - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Very concerned about ethics of this operation - appears at least the caracal had been caged and possibly the other animals taken.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Poor Guide/PH Ability: Fair
Condition of Camp: Fair Condition of Equipment: Fair
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care: Good
Name of Airline: British Airways Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: Very good. Consider this as an alternative to South African Airways via Europe.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $4500
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: This outfitter is famous for his success ratio. I suspect at least my caracal had been caged and possibly my serval - I am not sure I will receive the genet I actually shot.
Highlights of Hunt: Surprising amount of game in this area.
Equipment Recommendations: Easy hunting for those who can appreciate it.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? No
Why? I believe this outfitter uses cages.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: W Randy Pretzer
Contact Information: Tel. 903-389-5100 - PO Box 149, Teague, TX 75860 E-mail: randy@bossiercountry.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
The dogs are malnourished and in poor condition. I have come to know at least five other hunters with similar suspicions my caracal had the classic (caged) markings: worn nails, scarred face, etc. I shot four cats in less than 36 hours - almost unbelievable. Mr. Strydom circulated an email requesting financial assistance for a crisis involving his daughter - I have come to find out there was no incident and several people sent this man several thousand dollars. I cannot recommend this outfitter further. I have done a reasonable amount of diligence and am confident in my convictions.

Rebuttal from Johan Strydom

I just returned today from a long hunt, sorry for the delay to respond. Thanks for this mail about Mr. Randy Pretzer. It is a shock to my system that he wrote a report like this to you about me. This is my reasons why.

1. I caught the most cats of all outfitters in Africa in a season. Please look at the new SCI record book under Caracal, Serval + African Wildcat. I own 40 hounds divided in 3 packs to accommodate all my hunters. Will I keep 40 hounds, feed them, pay vet bills, etc. to hunt caged cats. The answer is no, no, no! Anyone can hunt caged cats with 2 dogs. I am not in that game.

2. I am very ethical about my hunting methods. I have never and will never hunt caged cats. It make me mad and furious to be accused of this! I hunt on a 200 square km area for these cats. I rotate every area each year -- hunt a area only once in 3 years -- to keep my populations up high. I relocate cats into areas where cats have been wiped out by poison, farmers traps, poachers dogs etc for the past 11 years now. I am a nature lover and take great care of all my species in my area on my own cost. I have cats to hunt IN THE WILD now, where there were non 4 years back? They relocate animals in all parts of the world, to be hunted in a few years when the populations have established.

3. Mr Pretzer said that he will not recommend me to friends in his report ??? THIS IS A LIE, AS HE GAVE MY ADDRESS TO 2 DIFFERENT OPERATIONS THAT HE HUNTED WITH. One is John X Safari`s where he have hunted after me and another to a Zambian outfitter. They have both booked with me as a result of Mr. Pretzer`s good recommendation of me to them? Will he gave my name as a good outfitter to 2 of his outfitters if he have hunted caged cats. The answer is no! Strange is it? He were very happy when he left my camp.

4. Mr. Pretzer wounded a Bush Duiker + Genet cat on the same day that we could not find. I went back the next day after he left for John X Safari`s with my hounds and have recovered both his animals for him I called him on the phone while he were in transit with my employee the Cape and notified him about the 2 animals we found with the help of my hounds. He have paid both of the animals immediately and were very happy and pleased we found it for him. I did not do the aiming or shooting on this 2 animals --- Mr. Pretzer did. How can he said he will not get his animals? I have over two hundred animals in my trophy room. I did not need his / nor do I want to get his money cheaply. He shot them, wounded them and we did a lot of work to recover it for him.

5. He have hunted out of a 4 star rated camp, / rated each year by the South African tourism counsel. We have all new Toyota land Cruisers in camp. I caught about 70 cats each season for clients with hounds so how can my quality as a outfitter be fair ?????

6. I hold the world record for Caracal, Serval, + African Wildcat in one season for my clients during 2004 and still are in the SCI top 5. That take a good outfitter to do that. We have shot 3 cats in 24 hours with Mr. Pretzer. Does that mean it have to be caged cats ???? The answer is no. I have my trackers out 3 days before his arrival and during his hunt to scout very hard for tracks, -- that is why Mr. Pretzer were very lucky & successfull to get all his cats on a short hunt and me hounds of extremely high quality. There are clients that miss out on some of the cats, because it is hunting and not collecting.

7. That is why I love hound hunting / It is because of the success rate, at least 90% success to get all a clients small cats on one hunt. I am proud of myself!

8. Mr Pretzer have offered me on numerous accounts to use one of his company`s DODGE trucks as a guest while I am in the Dallas are. I have appreciate it a lot, but have never make use of his offer.Will he do it to some one that let him hunt caged cats

*** RANDY BE ASHAMED OF YOUR SELF MY FRIEND. YOU PROMOTE ME TO YOUR PREVIOUS OUTFITTERS TO HUNT WITH ME, AND THEN YOU STAB ME UNNECESSARY IN THE BACK, AND THAT AFTER WE HAVE WORKED OUR BUDS OFF FOR YOU !!!!!!!!!!!

Please be carefull what you publish. Some hunters can bite like a very venomous snake -- Mamba -- and its bite can harm you tremendously.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Johan Strydom 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: 4258 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 13, 2004 to July 17, 2004
Place of Hunt: South Africa - Free State
Hunt Area: Private Ranch Land


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Johan Strydom; Johan Strydom Safaris. Comissioner Street #1; Bethlehem; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-11-8322-76144; Email: jssafari@nnet.co.za; Web www.africancats-hounds.w.za
Personal Guide (if any): Johan
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: Caracal - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: SCI "Gold".
Bontebok - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: SCI "Gold".
Game Sought But Not Taken: Serval - Availability: Large male "jumped tree" and escaped dogs due to hot dry mid-morning winds.
Game Condition Comments: Johan has wonderful access to 100's of thousands of hectares in his area. Ranch owner (farms) have him doing "pac" (for jackals and stock killing caracal) 12 months of the year.


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: Johan picks up at Johannesburg International Airport (included).


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $350 a day with $150 observer (four days) Amount: $2000
Trophy Fees: Carcal $750, bontebok $2,500. Amount: $3250
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: $1,400 Rt (each) Flint/Johannesburg Amount: $2800
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: 14 percent VAT, tips, CITES fee, miscellaneous Amount: $950
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Too short - Johan "worked us in" for three day hunt!
Highlights of Hunt: The Strydom family (Johan and brother Cory) plus wife and daughter and staff are 100 percent committed to your enjoyment!
Equipment Recommendations: Warm, windproof garments - OFS is cold!
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Johan is "the man" for top quality hunts with hounds! He is a passionate hunter and personally delightful! He's a "must" for small cats!


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: John M. Searles
Contact Information: Tel. 810-732-5800 - G-3526 Miller Road, Flint, MI 48507
Hunting Experience: 65 North American N.R. hunts (34 of 35 species) plus 14 African Safaris with 68 species.
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 Johan Strydom 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: 5269 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: January 1, 2004 to September 22, 2005
Place of Hunt: South Africa -
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Johan Strydom; Johan Strydom Safaris. Comissioner Street #1; Bethlehem; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-11-8322-76144; Email: jssafari@nnet.co.za; Web www.africancats-hounds.w.za
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? See comments.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Paul Tibby
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
Attached is a documentation package regarding a massive over charge swindle carried out by Johan Strydom during our 2004 safari. We have made extensive attempts to collect this money and so far have simply received nice promises and no commitment or repayments. We want his actions to be made public to prevent further behavior of this manner in the hunting community.

Thank you for your support in this matter.

Paul Tibby Safari 2004 Handwritten Invoice Reconciliation

Strydom Charge Tibby Final

Afton House 4 people $1900 $460 We have allowed standard rate of $75/day/person, including Jerry and Syd i.e. 6 people

Fee for dogs for leopard 2000 2000

Transport dogs to Namibia 2000 2000

Travel Fee IASA 5500 4467 We have included air for Jerry and Syd, we have not allowed air for PH and daughter, PH air would be included in leopard package fee. Note these were charged in total to Paul Tibby Credit Card total US $5180.

Out of base camp fee 1000 500 Your brochure indicates this is only charged once regardless of outside travel

Namibia to/from airport 1000 0

This is included in Holstein and JSS-Safaris rates

Etosha Trip 800 250 This is based on Holstein tariff sheet, mileage of US .75 km, plus park fees

Daily rates 14,000 10,500 This is based on 14 days of Namibia and South Africa, PH at $300 (tariff $350/day) as agreed at SCI, observers 3x $150/day. We are not including daily rates for Jerry and Syd and we are not paying daily rates during travel or hotel days. Note this is generous as we did not hunt 14 days, however we are allowing 10 days as base "leopard package" plus four days "other". We actually hunted five days in Namibia, two days in South Africa

Less 5% for booking at SCI-525 Less 10% for over 8 days and 10 animals-0 Bar 50 0 We brought our own liquor and accepted no bar drinks. Bottled water free

Gemsbok X 2 2200 1100 Accounted for all animals taken in this list below only one shot.

Kudu 1500 1100 Per Strydom tariff

Red hartebeest 1000 1000 Black wildebeest X 2 2200 2200 Blue wildebeest 1100 1100 Lechwe 4000 1900 Per Strydom tariff Blesbuck 500 0 Did not shoot Springbuck 400 300 Per Strydom tariff Leopard 4000 4000 This may become seriously dispute item. Although we understand your policy having to kill any leopard brought to bay because of hunting with dogs, we have suspicions about this being a caged animal and not a mature free ranging cat. We also understand this is part of your standard fee for a packaged hound hunt for leopard prices at $11,500.

Total trophy fees 16900 12700

Car Rental 833 0 Outfitter must provide adequate vehicle/s for party. Although one could expect that the addition of Jerry and Syd required this, this was also required due to your bringing your daughter, and had she not come along this would not have been required.

Totals 45943 + 14%VAT 32352 Note: To make the numbers add up I have plugged in $5500 on the travel line taken from number along side. There is $140 addition error in Strydom's number. VAT has not been calculated on Strydom Invoice (USD $4532).

Water buck license 450 0 Eland license 450 0 We did not hunt or contemplate taking these animals, we are not aware of any type license nor did we request them.

Carelation Fee 4000 900 This is not understood but expected to be dipping packing and documentation of trophies. We have allowed $100 for each of 9, this is a gross overcharge for this expensive hunt.

Totals 50843 33250 Less deposits Cash SCI 15000 Deposits Check Yolanda 6000 Deposits Cash Namibia 14000 Total deposits 34000 35000 Balance as should have been due Paul Tibby (1750) Balance paid by Paul Tibby 16843 16843

Total payments by Paul Tibby 50843 Net overcharge/payment due Paul Tibby 18593 Air charges invoiced above paid by Paul Tibby 5500 Airline tickets for Johan and Yolanda Paid by Tibby 1033 Loan by Paul Tibby check 10000

Total now due Paul Tibby 35126

Hotel rooms in Johannesburg paid in full by Tibby $3600, including for Johan/Yolanda. This does not account for food paid by Tibby's in JNB and Bethlehem R1000 Liquor. These items are not included in reconciliation but may be added in final settlement.

VAT @ 14 percent US $4530 could be deducted if proof can be provided VAT was actually paid on this safari.

We contracted for 14 days of hunting, and we understand your standard package for leopard with hounds is priced at $11500 which includes 10 days at $350 a day PH fee for dogs $2000, fee for transport dogs $2000 and trophy fee of $4000.

This reconciliation has been reviewed by our expert representative matter and is factual for this hunt and considered very generous.

We have been very generous covering air and hotel for Jerry and Syd Meyers, your invited guests. They are our friends and booked this hunt, but were there for familiarization and for hound evaluation/consultation.

Rebuttal from Johan Strydom

I booked Mr. Tibby and his wife at SCI Show during 2004. They have brought with them two couples of observers/photographic. I gave them my price list as I will fax to you and I have insisted on a contract between us, but he didn't want one. On my pricelist it said very clearly that Prices are subjected without prior notice of the hunt due to certain factors.

Mr. Tibby have decided on animals that he want to shoot while he were here with the pricelist in hand. On the last day of the hunt I gave him his bill. He have over looked it and we changed a few prices as discussed between us at that moment until he were satisfied. Mr. Tibby then paid my invoice in full via check, travelers Checks and cash. They left very happy and so his two groups of observers.

Only after a few month Mrs. Tibby start to ask about a massive overcharge. I have explain to her on numerous times that there were no over charges and that she have miscalculation on her part. The Tibbys are very wealthy people and it seems to me that she wants every one to dance to her music. Well accordingly to me they paid me in full and left without any query, and therefore have no ground to stand on regarding a over charge.

It seems that they want to be charged in Rand like local people and not in US$. They were aware off all charges beforehand, like trophy fees, flights to hunting destinations, accommodations, travel fee for hounds etc with a price list in hand.

I will fax you proof of their payment to me in full with their permission. Why did they pay me if they have any queries? You only pay when you are happy with a bill.

Re-Rebuttal

Paul and I have tried to work with you, but you have chosen to ignore us and to defame us to others. Don Causey for one. I cannot understand how you could have said those horrible things about me. Did you not think that we would find out? Did you not think that we would ask for back up paperwork? You forgot to mention to him the additional $14,000 that you demanded that we pay for Gunthers, minutes before we were to leave his ranch. Jealousy is a very dangerous emotion. We have what we have because we worked for it and continue to. Our financial position is none of your business. When we chose to give to the poor in SA, and Namibia, it was our business. Remember Johan, what goes around, comes around. You will have to answer to a much greater source.

Johan, you did overcharge us with false fee's. You did not give the reduction for booking at SCI. We had two guests not four. Because of Paul's very generous and trusting nature, he loaned you an additional $10,000 that you promised to pay back within a few months. That never happened. You have never made any attempt. Dance to my music. How unconscionable of you. I had always asked you for a breakdown, starting in Namibia. You always made the false promise of having Celia put it together for us.

Paul and Phyllis Tibby

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Johan Strydom 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: 3759 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 17, 2003 to June 27, 2003
Place of Hunt: South Africa -
Hunt Area: Free State


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Johan Strydom; Johan Strydom Safaris. Comissioner Street #1; Bethlehem; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-11-8322-76144; Email: jssafari@nnet.co.za; Web www.africancats-hounds.w.za
Personal Guide (if any): Johan Strydom
Booking Agent (if any): Trophy Connection, The. PO Box 2565; Cody; WY; 82414; Tel. 307-527-5506 / 800-308-1161; Fax: 307-587-3308;Email: info@thetrophyconnection.com; Web www.thetrophyconnection.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Caracal - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: SCI Record Book.
Serval - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: SCI Record Book.
Lion, Mountain - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: African wildcat. SCI Record Book.
Lechwe, Red - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: SCI Record Book.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Plenty of cats on the sheep and cattle ranches in the area.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $350 daily rate plus 14% VAT if paid in South Africa. Amount: $3850
Trophy Fees: Caracal $550, African wildcat $550, serval $700, red lechwe $2,600. Amount: $4400
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Used frequent flyer mileage award. Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Dip and ship - still to be billed. Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None.
Highlights of Hunt: Watching the dogs work.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? See comments.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Robert H. Hanson
Contact Information: Tel. 307-527-6048 - PO Box 144, Wapiti, WY 82450 E-mail: rhanson4b@aol.com
Hunting Experience: Extensive North America and Africa (plus South America, Europe and South Pacific).
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
Veteran African hunters looking for a unique and different hunting experience should consider hunting in South Africa with Johan Strydom Safaris. Described (justifiably) as "Africa's Best Houndsman," Johan specializes in hunting Africa's small cats.

I made the decision to hunt with Johan both to enjoy the experience of hunting cats with dogs as well as to complete my SCI Grand Slam of Cats of the World. I am happy to report not only that I completed the Grand Slam, but that I had a most enjoyable and truly unique hunt.

Operating from Bethlehem, in the Free State, Johan maintains a kennel of close to 60 dogs - a mix of foxhounds, blueticks, plots, walkers, greyhounds and foxhound/walker crosses. The daily hunting procedure involves transporting a pack of ten dogs to neighboring ranches known to be the home of the three small cats which Johan pursues: Caracal, serval and African wildcat. In many cases these are ranches, which employ Johan for predator control, allowing him to exercise the dogs on a regular basis.

It was on a sheep ranch that I took my first cat - a caracal. Johan had explained to me that the rancher had lost numerous lambs to a "problem caracal", and was happy to have us on the property. On that morning we dispatched the dogs, and their two handlers, just after daybreak, when tracking conditions are at their best. Literally within the first 30 minutes of their planned sweep of the ranch, the handlers radioed the fact that the dogs had struck spoor. Within 15 minutes the cat was treed, and when we caught up with the dogs, the cacophony of barking dogs and the sight of a treed cat were not unlike my mountain lion hunting experiences.

When we had the cat on the ground, I was able to get a good look at this particular species. The caracal is often (mistakenly) referred to as an "African Lynx", given the tufts emanating from its ears. In fact, this cat is not related to the Lynx. As the largest of the small African cats, the weight of a good tom will generally be between 30 and 40 pounds.

A day later we succeeded in treeing an African wildcat, described by Johan as one of the biggest toms that he had taken. With its striped tail and striped legs, it will make a beautiful full mount. Interestingly, just after my return I heard from SCI that it will now accept African wildcats for record book entry.

I concluded my cat hunting by taking a beautiful serval on the same property that had yielded the African wildcat. With is dark gold and spotted coat, this cat is slightly smaller than the caracal, and generally tougher to tree. In fact, the serval will frequently go into a hole or rock outcropping, while being pursued by the dogs.

Johan's trophy fees for the caracal and the African wildcat are $550 each, while the fee for the serval is $700. Accommodations during my ten day hunt involved tow days in a bed and breakfast in Bethlehem (while my hunt overlapped with that of another hunter) and the balance in Johan's beautiful home in Bethlehem (which features and outstanding trophy room) Johan's daily rate of $350 includes pickup at Johannesburg International Airport (about 2 ½ hours from Bethlehem) and return to the airport at the end of the hunt.

For those hunters desiring to take additional trophies, Johan offers a full list of species, which may be hunted on various properties in the Free State and in KwaZulu-Natal. In my case, I took a beautiful red lechwe on a property not far from Bethlehem. Had I more time, I would have considered venturing into KwaZulu-Natal for a nyala, based upon the size and quality of the trophies that Johan had taken.

Finally, Johan hunts leopard with hounds in Namibia, and plans to conduct ten hunts there next season. He has teamed up with an experienced mountain lion hunter from Idaho (who has provided him with some dogs), in order to conduct these hunts.

In summary, hunting Africa's small cats with hounds is a unique and enjoyable experience. For a hunter who, like me, had already taken most of South Africa's big game, this is a wonderful way to get back into the country for a low-pressure, exciting hunting experience.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Johan Strydom 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: 1108 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 16, 1999 to August 25, 1999
Place of Hunt: South Africa - Orange Free State
Hunt Area: Natal


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Johan Strydom; Johan Strydom Safaris. Comissioner Street #1; Bethlehem; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-11-8322-76144; Email: jssafari@nnet.co.za; Web www.africancats-hounds.w.za
Personal Guide (if any): Johan Strydom, Hendri Strydom, Krys Wessels
Booking Agent (if any): Ron Young; Expeditions By Ron. P O Box 260180; Corpus Christi; TX; 78426-0180; Tel. 800-874-1989; Fax: 361-767-1246;Email: expeditions@interconnect.net; Web www. expeditionsbyron.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Caracal - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good
Rhebok, Vaal - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Excellent
Steenbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent
Duiker - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good
Deer, Hog - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good
Serval - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good
Game Sought But Not Taken: Suni - Availability: A drastic weather change wiped out what would otherwise have been a sure-fire trophy.
Game Condition Comments: Note: Hunter also took an African Wilcat. Excellent game 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: Good
Name of Airline: South African Airlines Airline Service: Fair
Airline Comments: We had baggage problems both going to and coming from South Africa.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Three cats guaranteed all inclusive Amount: $3750
Trophy Fees: Standard trophy fees for other game taken besides cats Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1500
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None.
Highlights of Hunt: Watching highly trained dog pack at work on the cats.
Equipment Recommendations: Small caliber rifle for these small animals. I used a .17 Remington and .22-250 Winchester.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? I would recommend the hunt without qualification.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Charles James Suk
Contact Information: Tel. 507-289-4615 - 800 Clover Lane South West, Rochester, MN 55902
Hunting Experience: I have been on 11 hunts in Africa, Australia, Canada and the United States.
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?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
This hunt is one which was advertised by Expeditions by Ron recently in the Safari Club newsletter. It

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Johan Strydom 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: 1121 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 7, 1999 to August 27, 1999
Place of Hunt: South Africa -
Hunt Area: All areas


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Johan Strydom; Johan Strydom Safaris. Comissioner Street #1; Bethlehem; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-11-8322-76144; Email: jssafari@nnet.co.za; Web www.africancats-hounds.w.za
Personal Guide (if any): Johan Strydom
Booking Agent (if any): Ron Young; Expeditions By Ron. P O Box 260180; Corpus Christi; TX; 78426-0180; Tel. 800-874-1989; Fax: 361-767-1246;Email: expeditions@interconnect.net; Web www. expeditionsbyron.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Deer, Sambar - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Very good.
Deer, Hog - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Very good.
Hog, Wild - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Boar, excellent.
Zebra - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent.
Giraffe - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent.
Rhebok, Vaal - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent.
Oryx, Kalahari - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent.
Bushpig - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Good.
Caracal - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Excellent.
Civet - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Excellent.
Cat - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: African wild cat.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Crocodile - Availability: Unable to secure CITES permit although game was available.
Warthog - Availability: Did not see one larger than the one I currently have.
Game Condition Comments: Note: Hunter also took an ostrich, a porcupine, spring hare and a black back jackal. Excellent game condition. I saw a number of impala, nyala, cape buffalo and other animals which I was not hunting, but that were available.


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: South African Airlines Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: The service was outstanding.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $19455
Trophy Fees: included in hunting fees Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: included in hunting fees Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1850
Charter Airfares: none Amount: $0
Other Costs: guide tips and miscellaneous Amount: $1150
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None.
Highlights of Hunt: The hunting of the small African cats with 17-20 dogs.
Equipment Recommendations: None.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? I have hunted Africa five times and this hunt was one of my outstanding experiences.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: John Dale Powers
Contact Information: Tel. 225-928-1951 - PO Box 15948, Baton Rouge, LA 70895
Hunting Experience: I have hunted in Africa, Canada, Europe, South America, Australia, the United States and many other areas.
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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