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Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Tshabezi 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: 7813 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: March 15, 2010 to March 20, 2010
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Gokwe, Shangwe


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dudley Rogers; Tshabezi Safaris. PO Box 35; West Nicholson; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-16-318; Email: hunt@tshabezi.com; Web www.tshabezi.com
Personal Guide (if any): Monte Jankinson
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Elephant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Non trophy pac tag.
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: Good Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Delta and South African Airlines Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Delta - fantastic. SAA - poor service.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $7500
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $2500
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Stalking 10 feet from feeding herd of 50 elephant.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Very well done from start to finish - great bush camp.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Michael Cassidy
Contact Information: Tel. 407-625-0992 - 2526 Carter Grove Circle E-mail: michael.cassidy@espn.com
Hunting Experience: Great.
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 Tshabezi 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: 7454 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 24, 2009 to October 5, 2009
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Gokwe


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dudley Rogers; Tshabezi Safaris. PO Box 35; West Nicholson; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-16-318; Email: hunt@tshabezi.com; Web www.tshabezi.com
Personal Guide (if any): Monty Jenkinson
Booking Agent (if any): Michael Vaurinec; Vaurinec, Michael. 1900 NE 3rd Street Ste 106-291; Bend; OR; 97701; Tel. 360-481-6483; Email: safarihunt@live.com;
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: For cheifs council meeting. No fee.
Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 39 inches.
Sable - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: 39 inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Hot conditions, difficult stalks due to noise of brush and leaves in dry environment. Much of area had grass burn as seasonal by local natives. Small sable herd. Many buffalo herds of 20 to 30 animals.


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: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: United Airlines and South African Airlink Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: Return home was marred by disappearance of my gun case and guns.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Special hunt offer for buffalo including trophy fee for 7 days. Amount: $7000
Trophy Fees: $4,000 sable and $650 per day for five day hunt fee. Amount: $7250
Permits/Licenses: Included. Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: To and from Bulawayo to camp. Amount: $1200
Other Costs: Travel to and from Bulawayo to camp via vehicle. Amount: $600
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: True fair chase without fences, Gokwe concession encompass approximately 300,000 square miles. True African experience.
Equipment Recommendations: None needed, good flashlight recommended.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Excellent "rustic" experience with very long stalks and walking involved, not just driving around.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Kim Woolaway
Contact Information: Tel. 541-312-2989 - 19349 Pinehurst Road E-mail: kimoguy@aol.com
Hunting Experience: 60 years. Elk, deer, pig, goat and sheep. Other Africa hunt buffalo and kudu.
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?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Tshabezi 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: 6264 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 2, 2007 to August 9, 2007
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Gokwe North


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dudley Rogers; Tshabezi Safaris. PO Box 35; West Nicholson; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-16-318; Email: hunt@tshabezi.com; Web www.tshabezi.com
Personal Guide (if any): Clinton Rogers
Booking Agent (if any): Wendell Reich; Hunter's Quest International. 10828 Old Saybrook Ln; Frisco; TX; 75033; Tel. 214-692-8769; Email: wendell@huntersquest.com; Web www.huntersquest.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 37 inches.
Elephant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Tuskless cow.
Bushbuck, Chobe - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 16 inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Kudu - Availability: Present but not abundant.
Game Condition Comments: Poaching evident on plains game.


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: Delta, Namibia, SAA Airline Service: Fair
Airline Comments: Luggage lost for one week on return.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $6120
Trophy Fees: Buffalo $2,500, cow elephant $1,500, bushbuck $800. Amount: $4800
Permits/Licenses: Zim import $30, 2% levy on daily rate $120. Amount: $150
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: $250 road transfer (5 1/2 hours one way) and dip and pack and tips. Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Dangerous game, good companionship and a well-run outfit.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? There were no security problems. Three roadblocks, none made us stop.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Ed Williams
Contact Information: Tel. 404-843-2704 - 315 Stone Mill Trail, Atlanta, GA 30328 E-mail: edwilliams@comcast.net
Hunting Experience: Deer only - this was my first trip to Africa.
Physical Condition: As to walking - 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 Tshabezi 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: 6940 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 20, 2006 to July 31, 2006
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Gokwe North and Gokwe South


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dudley Rogers; Tshabezi Safaris. PO Box 35; West Nicholson; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-16-318; Email: hunt@tshabezi.com; Web www.tshabezi.com
Personal Guide (if any): Kirk Mason
Booking Agent (if any): Wendell Reich; Hunter's Quest International. 10828 Old Saybrook Ln; Frisco; TX; 75033; Tel. 214-692-8769; Email: wendell@huntersquest.com; Web www.huntersquest.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Elephant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Non-trophy elephant. Under 35 pounds.
Elephant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Non-trophy elephant. Under 35 pounds.
Bushbuck - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Unknown.
Warthog - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Zebra - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Baboon - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Hyena - Availability: Uncooperative.
Game Condition Comments: Poaching was evident.


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: Excellent Trophy Care: Poor
Name of Airline: Airline Service: Fair
Airline Comments: It was too hot in the planes.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $15000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $8000
Charter Airfares: Amount: $850
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Shipment of trophies.
Highlights of Hunt: Beautiful country, excellent Professional Hunter and the wilderness that we desire.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? No
Why? Because of trophy handling.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: William and Linda Adams
Contact Information: Tel. 989-642-4099 - 2851 N Orr Rd., Hemlock, MI 48626 E-mail: adamswc@chartermi.net
Hunting Experience: This was our fourth trip to Africa, we have hunted dangerous game before.
Physical Condition: Good.


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


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
February 16, 2008

We have been trying to get our trophies back since April of 2007. It has been 19 months and counting and everytime we seem to make head way it turns into another 4 to 6 weeks with nothing but excuses.

This is what happened so far. We seen Dudley Rogers in Reno of 2007 and he stated that our trophies would be shipped in April of 2007. Around April or May we received an e-mail stating that the TR2 forms had been lost.

On June 21, 2007, Dudley had us contact Freight consultants for shipping information. We did and were told that our trophies would be shipped within 6 to 8 weeks.

On August 15, 2007, I contacted Dudley's house and was told that our trophies had been shipped. On September 11, 2007 we received an e-mail from Sian (Tshabezi Safaris) stating that there was a problem with the ivory cards which had been lost and will need to be re-issued. We were assured that the shipment would be shipped soon and that we would receive a follow up e-mail to give us an update.

On October 12, 2007, we e-mailed Freight consultants and Lily Mines stated that they had e-mailed Dudley Rogers on August 9, 2007 to inform him that there was a problem with the paperwork.

On November 2, 2007 we were told by Tshabezi Safaris that all the documents were in place and our shipment would be with us within 6-8 weeks.

On December 10, 2007 Freight Consultants stated that our shipment was not ready to be shipped. There was still problems with the paperwork.

On January 16, 2008 we were told by Freight Consultants that the paperwork is at the bank and that everything should be back by Monday.

On January 31, 2008 we asked for an update and was told that the documents were still not back from the bank, but that the shippers wanted their money.

On February 11, 2008 we were told that there is problems with the paperwork and still do not have any date on when our trophies would be shipped.

We are not asking for anything but our trophies. The unfortunate thing is that we will have to pay $2,000 to get our trophies back and know that the hides are probably ruined after the amount of time.

We have done exactly what we were told to do. But cannot seem to expedite our shipment. We feel that our shipment would still not be this far if we had not called in September of 2007. We have contacted our booking agent and he continues to tell us to wait and got mad at us for blaming Tshabezi Safaris. The bottom line is Tshabezi Safaris did not even start the export process until October of 2007 and they are not following up to find out what is wrong.

We have no complaints about our hunt, but our trophy shipment has not been followed through on.

William and Linda Adams

E-mail April 13, 2007 To: Linda Adams From: Tshabezi Safaris

Dear Bill and Linda,

Yes, it was great meeting you too.

We had some copies of your TR2 go missing and had to redo all the paperwork for your hunt which has not been done.

Sorry about this, it will be with you soon.

Take care,

Cheers

Dudley

E-mail June 22, 2008 To: Linda Adams From: Freight Consultants

Good Day Mrs. Adams

We confirm that we are handing your shipment of trophies. We are working on the paperwork to facilitate the export. It will be about 6 to 8 weeks before we can send them off.

Lily is away and will be back in the office next week Tuesday; she will get back to you with freight costs.

Regards,

Sibongile

E-mail August 15, 2007 To: Linda Adams From: Freight Consultants

Please be advised that we are waiting for paperwork for the elephant tusks to come to us from Tshabezi Safaris. As soon as we get them, we will start working on the paperwork and send your trophies.

Regards,

Sibongile

E-mail August 15, 2007 From: Linda Adams To: Wendell Reich of Hunters Quest

Hi Wendell:

I just sent you an e-mail concerning our trophies, is this normal to take this long to get the paperwork for the elephants?

Thanks,

Linda

E-mail August 15, 2007 To: Linda Adams From: Wendell Reich of Hunters Quest

Not uncommon at all, it has only been a year. Dudley averaged a good turnaround in 2006. This is a bit longer, but not below average in Zimbabwe. I would guess 18 months is average for Zimbabwe and Dudley is usually a lot better.

Not time to get worried. Worry time is at about two years.

It takes less time to make a baby than to get your trophies back from Zimbabwe.

Wendell Reich

E-mail April 13, 2007 To: Linda Adams From: Tshabezi Safaris

Hi Linda,

There has been a slight problem with your documentation, the ivory cards have been misplaced and we are in the process of acquiring new ones for you. We should have them in hand soon and I will send you a progress update early next week.

Sorry about the delay and not getting in contact with you sooner.

Sian

E-mail October 11, 2007 To: Linda Adams From: Wendell Reich

Hey Linda,

Not sure if you guys are up or not. Didn't want to call too late.

Dudley has been hunting in Mahenya and I have not been able to contact him for quite a while. I can't get a reply either.

I sent an e-mail a few weeks ago, yesterday and another one today and called yesterday and today as well.

I stand behind what I said last time. He will get the tusks to you or you will come back at no charge. He told me this personally, I did not have to ask him for this deal, he took it on himself to offer this.

I know Dudley well enough to know that he would tell me, flat out, if there was a problem with the tusks. If they were lost, he would tell me. If someone stole them, he would tell me and would try to work something out with you.

I will make it a point to ask him about the status when I do contact him. I am going to try again tomorrow morning before I leave town. If I can't get him then, I will try next week.

I know it is hard, and difficult to believe when you can't get an answer, but, please, don't worry about it. Nothing moves fast in Africa. Zimbabwe is even slower.

E-mail September 11, 2007 To: Linda Adams From: Tshabezi Safaris

Hi Linda,

We still have the original tusks and tags, the ivory card is like the address card for the ivory and it is needed for export. It is not something major that can't be done, its just with the way things work here it takes a bit of time to clear everything. We have to do an affidavit stating that the cards have been lost which has to be cleared and stamped by our local police, we then take that to National Parks and they begin the process of issuing us with new cards.

I hope that his cleared any misunderstandings you may have had and if you have any questions, please feel free to run them by me.

Sian

E-mail October 12, 2007 To: Freight Consultants From: Linda Adams

Hello:

I understand that there is a problem with our shipment. I am told that the paperwork has been lost several times, however, are you the shipping place and do you have our shipment in your possession or is still at the taxidermists. If it is still at the taxidermist do you have their e-mail address?

Thank you,

Linda Adams

E-mail October 12, 2007 To: Linda Adams From: Cargo Air

Dear Mrs. Adams,

I am sorry. Tshabezi have mislaid some documentation covering your trophies without which we cannot proceed with export formalities.

We have sent them an email on 9th August advising them what needs to be done and by copy of this email we are requesting them to advise us how far they have got with the process.

I will send another email under separate cover and will advise you in due course.

Regards,

Lily

E-mail October 27, 2007 To: Tshabezi Safaris From: Linda Adams

Dear Dudley:

We are extremely disappointed with the way our trophies have been handled and mostly the no communication to keep us updated as to when they will be shipped.

January at the SCI show you told us that our trophies would be shipped within about four months. Around April or May we received an e-mail from you stating that the TR2 forms had been lost, but not to worry.

On June 21, you had us contact Fright Consultants for shipping information. I did and was told that our trophies would be shipped in 6 to 8 weeks.

On August 15, 2007 I contacted Freight Consultants again and was told they were still waiting on paperwork for the elephant tusks.

Around September 1, we contacted your home and was told that they had been shipped. On September 11, 2007 we received an email from Sian stating that there was a problem with the ivory cards which had been lost and will need to be issued. We were reassured that all of our trophies were still there and would be shipped soon. Sian also stated that he would e-mail us the following week to give us an update. However, that was the last that we heard from anyone.

On October 12 we e-mailed Freight Consultants and Lily stated that they had e-mailed you on August 9 to inform you of the paperwork that was needed for shipping.

We are extremely concerned that our trophies have been lost or do not exist anymore. If they are still there we would like to know when exactly the paperwork will be taken care of and when the trophies will be shipped.

We did have an extremely good hunt with Kirk, one of the best ever, but we are upset with how the trophies have been handled.

Thank you,

Bill and Linda Adams

E-mail October 29, 2007 To: Linda Adams From: Tshabezi Safaris

Hi Bill and Linda,

I am truly sorry about this unacceptable delay in the shipment of your trophies. Sian left us this month and left many loose ends which we are highly disappointed with!

Here is what is happening...When I got your email I got straight onto it. I have so far found out that the ivory cards for your ivory and your TR2 were misplaced. I have found the documentation that I need to get these documents replaced. I have a vehicle going into Bulawayo tomorrow and his priority will be to go and get the documents from National Parks and take them to Freight Consultants.

I will try my best to keep you informed! And again I am very sorry about this delay...It should have been handled long ago. The incompetence is truly frustrating and I understand that you are worried. Please know that your trophies are at the shippers and safe, all this is a problem with the documentation. As I said before I will do my utmost to get this issue resolved shortly as possible and will keep you informed.

Best Regards,

Nikki Rogers

E-mail October 30, 2007 To: Tshabezi Safaris From: Linda Adams

Dear Nikki:

Thank you for the information, however, can you tell me how long this process and when do you expect our shipment of trophies to be sent?

Bill and Linda Adams

E-mail October 30, 2007 To: Linda Adams From: Tshabezi Safaris

Dear Linda,

I am trying to get that paperwork done as soon as I can. I will have it in Bulawayo this week. Tomorrow to be exact and am hoping that the process to get the ivory cards is quick and easy...But we never know with National Parks! If I get the documents in tomorrow as I plan to do then the trophies will land your side in 6-8 weeks from tomorrow.

Again I apologize that this matter was not dealt with seriously months ago.

Any more enquiries that you have I will be happy to answer.

I'll let you know as soon as I have given the ivory cards to Freight Consultants.

Regards,

Nikki

E-mail November 2, 2007 To: Linda Adams From: Tshabezi Safaris

Dear Linda,

I am glad to get back to you and tell you that all the documents are at the shippers as of Wednesday. Your shipment should be on its way now and will be with you in 6-8 weeks.

Regards,

Nikki

E-mail November 26, 2007 To: Tshabezi Safaris From: Wendell Reich

Any update on Bill Adams trophies?

Tshabezi Safaris wrote:

Hi Wendall

I just got hold of Freight Consultants and they said they have not received the ivory cards from us for the shipment of Bill's trophies! I have found all the documentation that I need to get these cards and have a vehicle going into town tomorrow...their priority will be to get those cards from National Parks so that Freight can get that shipment off ASAP. I got an email from Linda and did give her a basic run down of what was happening.

Truly sorry for the delay.

Regards,

Nikki Rogers

E-mail December 9, 2007 To: Freight Consultants From: Linda Adams

Hello:

Just checking to see what the status of our trophy shipment is? Are they going to be shipped soon?

Thank you

Linda Adams

E-mail December 10, 2007 To: Linda Adams From: Freight Consultants

Dear Mr. Adams

We are still working on the documentation - the delay has been with National Parks as the typist went on leave and they did not put someone in her place to do her work.

There has been a huge backlog but we have now collected the export permit. We are presently clearing through the veterinary services and will then submit all the paperwork to the bank - this is a requirement for all exports from Zimbabwe and normally takes about three weeks? Once it comes back from the bank we then customs clear.

I am sorry it is taking so long but this is how they work - I am sure we will be able to dispatch your shipment in the next 4-6 weeks.

We will keep you informed

Regards,

Lily

E-mail December 11, 2007 To: Linda Adams From: Freight Consultants

I am sending another email to you. According to the e-mail that I received from Freight Consultants on November 5, 2007. You had the documentation in place and was ready to ship in 6 to 8 weeks. Now from your e-mail today I am under the understanding that the documentation has been lost or was never in your hands. Please advise so I can contact Dudley this weekend.

E-mail December 11, 2007 To: Freight Consultants From: Linda Adams

Dear Linda,

I did not say the documentation was lost or not in my hands - we apply for the CITES export permits from National Parks - the lady that types the permits at National Parks has not been there and there was a huge back log.

I advised that we had collected from Parks and submitted paperwork to the bank.

I am sorry for these delays - they are totally beyond our control and there are procedures that have to be followed.

We will keep you informed of progress.

E-mail December 11, 2007 To: Linda Adams From: Wendell Reich

I spoke with Dudley last week and did not ask him what was happening. I assumed all was set and possibly that the trophies were already on the way.

I feel bad that you guys are going through this. It is frustrating, I know, I am so sorry.

I will call Dudley again and see what the situation is.

E-mail December 11, 2007 To: Linda Adams From: Wendell Reich

Linda,

The only resolution to this problem is getting the trophies in your hands. I have no doubt that they are coming, and I will continue to keep track of it.

I want you guys to know how sorry I am that this happened to you. You and Bill are good honest people, you are pleasant and easy to work with and I know how much these trophies mean to you guys.

I am confident that this is going to work out, but, I understand that now you need to see proof.

Linda Adams wrote:

There is no point in speaking to Dudley about this because he is pointing fingers at the shipping company and they are pointing fingers at his operation. Nikki told us well over a month ago that they had the paperwork in hand and were hand delivering it to parks the next day, then she tells you the same thing a month later. There is always an excuse about why it's not done an it's never their fault. We call this at work getting "spun" or sending you constantly in several directions. This is exactly what is happening. It's always the same thing over and over again "4 to 6 weeks" or "they will be with you shortly". We have been hearing this for almost 8 months. I mean how hard this is. Even if we ever (and I doubt it) seen our trophies they will most likely be ruined.

E-mail December 14, 2007 To: Linda Adams From: Tshabezi Safaris

Hi Linda,

I am so sorry that you are so worried about your shipment. I hope I can put your mind a little at ease.

I sent the documents in at the beginning of November as I said and the shippers have been processing your shipment since then. The reason it has been held up a little longer is that our government organization (National Parks and Wildlife) gave the person who types all the official documents "time off". Being a little "slow" and not realizing that there are important shipments that need to be sent, they did not hire some one else to do the typing and so just told the shippers they would have to wait till the typist got back! This was not acceptable and there was much protest and pressure for them to get in a stand by person to do the documents that needed to be done so that the pending shipments could be sent. National Parks and Wildlife have now got this "stand in person" to do the typing so your documents are being processed.

This truly is the African way and we live with the frustration of dealing with this all the time here.

I'm not sure if your paperwork has gone through yet as I am sure there was a lot of backlog due to the delay of National Parks in getting someone sooner to process the documents that were needed for shipping, etc.

We are truly sorry that it has taken so long for your shipment to leave but please rest assured that your shipment will be with you shortly.

If you have any more queries please let me know and I will be happy to answer them.

Regards,

Nikki

E-mail January 31, 2008 To: Linda Adams From: Wendell Reich

Linda/Bill,

Dudley said, "They will get their trophies. If they do not get their trophies, I will give them a free elephant hunt."

I can only assume that he means the same type of hunt that you purchased, which is a 10-day non-trophy (but exportable) elephant bull. I can also assume that also means free observer rate for Linda.

Now, I will say again. You have to give time for the system to work. Zimbabwe moves at the speed of a tortoise. You have jumped to conclusions and assumed that Dudley, Tess, Nikki and everyone else is lying to you because you are not familiar with the process of exporting the trophies.

I have no reason to believe that your trophies will not ship.

I have no reason to believe that the hides will be ruined. If they are, we will sort that out when they go to the tannery.

This is not the first time I have dealt with this. The worst trophy shipping nightmare I have ever had was getting trophies from Piet in Mozambique. We measured that one in years, not months.

They are coming. I don't know when, but as long as Zimbabwe holds it together, they are coming.

Linda Adams wrote:

Hi Wendell:

We still have not received our trophies back and it does not appear that they will be shipped any time soon or at all. Bill and I still do NOT believe that we will see our trophies. Even if we do, it has been (18 months) too long and the hides will be no good.

So seeing how we have not received our trophies, when and what type of free elephant hunt is Dudley willing to give us?

Let me know,

Linda

E-mail January 31, 2008 To: Linda Adams From: Wendell Reich

Nobody disagrees that somebody dropped the ball. Could be any of them.

The only point I want to make is that it takes time. I expect time to ship. I hope they ship soon.

Linda Adams wrote:

Wendell:

We are not assuming anything, we have the e-mails from the shippers/consultants to prove that Dudley was to blame and they are putting the blame on the shippers. The ball was dropped long before the shippers were involved. If we had not called over there and sent many, many e-mails our shipment would still be sitting there with nothing being done. According to the e-mail that I received in August from the shippers Dudley was supposed to get the forms around. We would not be so upset by this if Dudley had not told us in January of 2007 that our shipment would be sent in three months which would have been in April of 2007.

We have received many excuses stating that the TR2 forms went missing, than the ivory cards were lost several times over and when we finally called in September Dudley said that there was a problem. Even though we have e-mails from the shipping consultants that state there was a problem in August. Ultimately whose responsibility is it? I would like to know how many people that hunted with them in 2008 still has not received their trophies yet. We just want our shipment back, but we appear to be a couple of whiners.

Bill and Linda

E-mail January 15, 2008 To: Freight Consultants From: Linda Adams

Hi Lily:

Any news on how things are going for the permits that are needed for export? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

E-mail January 16, 2008 To: Linda Adams From: Freight Consultants

Good Day

Please be advised that the paperwork is now with the bank. We should get them back by next week. Thereafter, the paperwork will go through customs and thereafter it will be ready to be shipped.

We will keep you posted

E-mail January 31, 2008 To: Freight Consultants From: Linda Adams

Hello:

Just wanted an update of where the process is with our shipment. Do you by chance have an approximate shipping date and weigh bill number yet? Sorry, to bother you again, but we have been waiting 18 months for our shipment and are really concerned that the trophies will be ruined.

E-mail February 1, 2008 To: Linda Adams From: Freight Consultants

Dear Mrs. Adams

We checked with the bank but the documentation was still not ready. They advised us that we should check again on Monday. All goods leaving Zimbabwe have to have bank clearance and this is what we are waiting for. Once we receive the clearance we will be able to dispatch your shipment.

We propose we send your shipment on a freight prepaid basis as this reduces costs and you can save yourself about 10-15 percent of freight costs as there are supplementary collection fees when we send on a charges collect basis.

The total cost ex Bulawayo to arrival Houston is USD $1968.55. Please confirm this is acceptable and we will arrange for an invoice to be sent to you with the details of where payment should be made.

We have noted that it has to be sent to you c/o ABX Logistics.

E-mail February 2, 2008 To: Freight Consultants From: Linda Adams

Hi Lily:

Could you send me a list of what is in the crate as the shipping seems a little high to me for what we are expecting. As soon as I can get the invoice and verify what is coming and you have all the documentation in place I will wire the money.

Please send the bank details also. Again, I do appreciate all of your help and always e-mailing me back in a timely fashion.

E-mail February 4, 2008 To: Linda Adams From: Freight Consultants

Dear Linda

Here is what is listed on the packing list supplied by Tshabezi Safaris

Elephant - two ears, two feet, two tusks, one tail Baboon - one skull, one full skin bushbuck - one shoulder skin, one set horns warthog - one shoulder skin, one set tusks zebra - one cape, one backskin

There are three cases weighting 122 kilos with a volumetric weight of 179 kilos on which the freight has been calculated. Please also note the quotation includes all handling, customs clearing, transport, fumigation and application for all export permits.

E-mail February 8, 2008 To: Linda Adams From: Freight Consultants

Hi Lily:

Yes, that is our trophies. Did all the paperwork come in so the crate will be ready to ship? If the crate is ready to be shipped do you have the weigh bill numbers for tracking? And yes the shipment will be going to ABX Logistics in Houston, Texas. When the crate is ready to be shipped I will wire the money as it only should take about 48 to 72 hours to get the money to you.

E-mail February 11, 2008 To: Linda Adams From: Freight Consultants

Good day

Please be advised that the paperwork is still with the bank, there is a small query which we are sorting out. We will advise once the paperwork comes out.

E-mail February 12, 2008 To: Linda Adams From: Tshabezi Safaris

Hi Linda

Your paperwork is stuck at the bank, the government bank has not got your acquittal number for some reason but that is what we have to deal with in this country. Please realize that this has nothing to do with neglect on our part. I know it is unacceptable and it is also highly frustrating. We have to deal with this all the time here. Please have patience with our dying system in this country...I got onto the bank today and they are working on it. I will try to keep you informed as much as possible.

Nikki

E-mail March 9, 2008 To: Linda Adams From: Wendell Reich

I received the letter from The Hunting Report yesterday regarding the trophy shipping. I thought the trophies were on the way. I got an e-mail from Lily on February 4 saying that they were ready and would ship soon. I never knew that they were not. I expected that they were going to arrive in the US any day now. Apparently that did not happen.

Once again, I am going to apologize for the way this has been handled. I can put myself in your shoes. I can see that you can only be told so many time "they are about to ship" before you start to doubt that people are telling you the truth. I do not blame you for being upset and I can not blame you for being frustrated.

Regarding the condition of the capes. Let's get them here and we will sort it out when they arrive. When it comes time to pay for the shipment, please just pay for it and have it shipped. I doubt they will be ruined. I have seen trophies arrive much later than 18 months and still be fine. We will need to send them to the tannery first before we will know anything.

If any of the capes are ruined, we will make it right. I have a warthog cape here that is already tanned. You can have it if yours is ruined. As for the baboon and bushbuck and zebra, Dudley will sort it out. We will make it right.

There is only one line in your letter that I disagree with. I did not get mad at you for blaming Tshabezi. If you thought I was trying to defend them, then I was not clear.

It is Tshabezi Safaris responsibility to get the trophies to you. If they have not done it in a timely manner, then the responsibility lies with them, no one else. I thought I had told you in the past that Dudley had claimed responsibility for the lost papers, on more than one occasion. Maybe I was not clear. Maybe I never told you, I do not remember. I have been more focused on resolving the problem, rather than assigning blame.

Please just understand that I never got upset with either of you. On the contrary, I feel bad that this has taken so long to resolve and I look forward to the trophies arriving in the USA.

E-mail February 1, 2008 To: Freight Consultants From: Wendell Reich

Hello,

I am checking on the status of the trophies of Bill and Linda Adams who hunted with Tshabezi Safaris in 2006. Can you tell me the status? Or an estimated time that it will ship?

E-mail February 4, 2008 To: Wendell Reich From: Freight Consultants

Dear Mr. Reich

We sent them an email giving them a freight quotation and advising that the shipment was now ready to be shipped.

They requested details of the contents of their box which I have just emailed to them.

Regards,

Lily

Rebuttal from Tshabezi Safaris March 14, 2008

I firstly want to apologize to Bill and Linda for this problem with their trophies and I guess the first mistake was that we sent the paper work of their trophies to a local taxidermist in error and when we went to collect the paperwork they denied having the documents and did not change their stand on this though we know it is the only place the paperwork had been send, and they had received the rest that had been sent to them. Case closed.

It was not up to us to get the paperwork in order. We went to National Parks with the first copy of the TR2 and they said we must photocopy it with a letter. We did this and it was not acceptable to reserve bank and we had to start again and get new TR2's. Before this happened we had the government task force hit us and they took and held all our documents. For months we did our best to recover the documentation and eventually we got most of our documentation back and tried to proceed with the documents and did so. We were then hit again by the task force which held up the process again.

Once through with this dilemma we had it all together and when we went to Parks with the CITES tags for the ivory, they ordered us to get new ivory cards and we had to go to the police to get a release form and an affidavit. The police we went to had never done this so again it took nearly two months to clear this issue and we were given the new cards and the trophies were sent to the shippers who then have to get their paperwork done and then again more issues have come up.

During the holiday season here, the secretary, who does all the official typing of documents for National Parks went on leave, National Parks neglected to get someone to take her place and only after many complaints due to the hold up of documents a part time person was hired to do the documentation by this time there was a huge back log and it took a long time for the shippers to retrieve the documentation for further processing.

The shipper Lily Milne and my daughter Nikki are tearing their hair out with the inefficiency of the Banks and Parks to get this completed. We are now dealing with the Reserve bank here who have misplaced the acquittal number and are trying to find it. We have been onto the bank a number of times and are pushing to get these documents released post haste as we have been doing all along with all the different departments that the paperwork has gone through up till this time. The basis of it all is that the trophies have been at the shippers since the middle of last year.

We are sorry for the outrageous delay, but our paperwork is in order and the crate will leave as soon as we get the CD1 stamped. I do no know what else to do as it has been a nightmare for us too. I guess the moral of the story is "do not loose your original documents".

We do apologize again.

Sincerely

D.H. Rogers Tshabezi Safaris

Rebuttal from Wendell Reich of Hunter's Quest March 11, 2008

Thank you forwarding the letter from the Adams regarding their trophy shipping.

Bill and Linda contacted me in August of 2007 with concerns about the shipping of their trophies, since that time I have had numerous e-mails and phone calls with Tshabezi, Lilly at Freight Consultants in Zimbabwe and Bill and Linda Adams.

Unfortunately, a mistake was made and the paperwork for their trophies was lost. Re-issuing the proper documents has proved to be a nightmare. Just when they believe they have everything sorted out, the Reserve Bank, National Parks, or the Government Task Force have either changed their initial request or in some way hindered the progress.

Every time Tshabezi believed that the issue with paperwork was sorted out, or about to be resolved, they would inform the Adams that the trophies were about to ship, only to find issues that prevented them from moving the trophies.

The problem is that Bill and Linda have been told numerous times. "Your trophies are about to ship" by either Tshabezi, or the shipping company in Zimbabwe. Nobody ever intentionally lied to them, when they were told to expect shipment soon. They were told this because everyone thought the issues were resolved.

In September of 2007, I called Dudley to see what the issue was and ask about the progress. After explaining the issue, he told me, "Please tell them not to worry, they will receive their trophies. If they do not receive their trophies, I will give them a free elephant hunt."

Bill and Linda had expressed concern that their trophies would be ruined by now. I do not believe this is going to be a problem, as you know delays like this are not uncommon out of Zimbabwe. To be sure, I phone their taxidermist and asked his opinion. He confirmed that there should not be a problem with any of the capes.

I emailed Bill and Linda just after I received your report. (I have forwarded the full-email for your review) I apologized, again, for the delay. In the email I told them that if their hides were ruined, Dudley and I will make it right, more specifically, we will replace them. I have already offered to give them a tanned warthog cape of mine, if theirs is ruined. Dudley told me that if the other hides are ruined, he will replace them at his cost.

Dudley and his staff at Tshabezi Safaris have been working to get this issue sorted out. Dudley has offered them a free elephant hunt, if their trophies are not shipped and to replace the capes, at his cost, if they are ruined. He and I will continue to work on this until it is settled.

May 23, 2008 To: Wendell and Dudley From: Don Causey

I have just learned that the Adams' trophy shipment problem turns on the issue of what's called acquittal number from the bank. This means the real problem is, the proper money has not been banked in Zimbabwe to secure the release of these trophies. If true, that is a very serious issue. Can you explain? Have you actually paid the proper amount and you just can't get the bank to move on providing an acquittal number? Is there some way to provide the Adams proof that you banked the proper amount of money?

June 19, 2008 To: Don Causey From: Tshabezi Safaris

The acquittal number for Adams' trophies is through some time ago. All the shippers are waiting for is the problem with National Parks Cites documents. Adams trophies are on the urgent list and will be leaving as soon as the cites clearance arrives from Parks.

1. The trophies are at the shippers 2. The banking was done within 7 days of the hunt and has been acknowledged and cleared by our bank and the Reserve bank and acquittal number issues. 3. The documents are now with Parks office waiting for CITIES documents to be issued. This is not an issue of validity, only to ensure your Fish and Wildlife accept the documents. 4. The trophies will leave on the next plane out after the Parks documents get to Freight Consultants.

I hope this clarifies the issue, and let me tell you that my Daughter Nikki has been on this every day as hard as she can to get these trophies out.

July 10, 2008 To: Don Causey From: Wendell Reich

The resumption of trophy shipments from Zimbabwe to the USA is slowly getting going again. On Tuesday this week a meeting was held in Bulawayo between the all the main players in the shipping/taxidermy business.

Taxidermy Enterprises have had to hire a new warehouse to house all the consignments waiting to ship - over 1,000 crates, Maple is holding almost double that number and Freight Consultants somewhere around 800 consignments - all ready to go and just awaiting parks to issue the export papers.

Implementation of the new CITES documentation by national parks has been very slow. On a positive note however, is that Fungai Maroke is now Acting Regional Manager (PW) for Matebeleland and the Bulawayo permits office falls under him. He is a superb officer and since taking over has more than trebled the permits office output.

The industry is trying to assist him and apply pressure to parks head office to equip the Bulawayo office with the staff and computers they need. (Currently one qualified typist on contract and one computer - other staff are assisting and extending the work day but they are not typist and there are too many mistakes on permits).

Also, the new permits were clearly designed by a true bureaucrat with no idea of how they will be used, and there is no place on the new permits to enter the CITES tag numbers and Ivory serial No/weight. This means that Ivory cannot be shipped.

The industry in conjunction with SOAZ is working with ministry to try and get the relevant parks officers to fix the problems. Once the new cabinet is named this week we an persue this with more vigor.

Lastly, many Foreign hunters do not realize just how much email does not arrive? I have often seen comments on this forum to the effect that "I have mailed X three times and had no reply".

If you do not put a delivery and read receipt on your mails you cannot assume people have received them. Zimbabwe goes through spates where one server or another is particular bad. - Don Heath

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 5281 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: March 19, 2006 to March 24, 2006
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Gokwe North and South


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dudley Rogers; Tshabezi Safaris. PO Box 35; West Nicholson; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-16-318; Email: hunt@tshabezi.com; Web www.tshabezi.com
Personal Guide (if any): Kirk Mason
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Elephant - Availability: - Trophy Size: Non trophy bull. Bull 25-30 pounds raw.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Green mamba's, python and cobras. Many snakes.


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:
Name of Airline: South African Airlines. Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: Seating adequate. Missing luggage arrival for three days. Four hour delay on return flight due to blown engine. Caused six hours delay in Atlanta.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $15000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1800
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Foot caught in snare.
Highlights of Hunt: Several tuskless females. At least four elephants short tusk due to snares, charged two times, once because of dead elephant. Once because of calf.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Once because of cal??? - 90-100 degrees high humidity.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Al Newell Wizner
Contact Information: Tel. 719-544-9659 - 47 Loch Lomond, Pueblo, CO 81001
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

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 4862 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 13, 2005 to July 27, 2005
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Chiredeze


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dudley Rogers; Tshabezi Safaris. PO Box 35; West Nicholson; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-16-318; Email: hunt@tshabezi.com; Web www.tshabezi.com
Personal Guide (if any): Dudley Rogers
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Elephant - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 70 pounds.
Hyena - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Two taken.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: On a fourteen day trophy hunt near the Gonarezhou National Park I harvested a trophy 70 pounds per tusk bull elephant on the last day. The first day I passed on a 45 pound bull. Two 50 pound elephants were seen but a shooting opportunity did not present itself. Many female elephants and younger bulls were seen at night. Dudley Rogers works hard for the client; good staff and good camp. I recommend Mr. Rogers highly! I took my 12 year old daughter and wife and they both enjoyed the experience also.


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: Excellent
Airline Comments: No problem with B.A. My gun case and suit case with ammo arrived with me fine. While other hunters were delayed with South African Airline due to their labor strike, I had no problems with B.A.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $2,800 professional of entire hunt, $150/day for non hunter spouse & $100/day non hunter child. Amount: $6300
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $100
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $2800
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None.
Highlights of Hunt: Harvesting a 70 pound tusk bull elephant on the last day of a 14 day hunt; having Dudley Rogers teach my 12 year old daughter how to drive a stick shift truck; seeing many elephants up close at night coming over from the park.
Equipment Recommendations: Although I shot the elephant in the daytime, you hunt every night as well. Bring a warm jacket and long pants.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Dudley Rogers really hunts hard for the client. He is a gentleman and a great person to hunt with day after day.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Bill Boller
Contact Information: Tel. 716-683-6260 - 440 Winspear Road, Elma, NY 14059 E-mail: elemahunt@buffnet.net
Hunting Experience: This was my 11th African safari (Benin, Zimbabwe and South Africa) plus New Zealand and Australia.
Physical Condition: 50 years old in good health.


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: 4876 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 26, 2005 to July 10, 2005
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Gokwe North & Mahanye (Gonarezhou).


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dudley Rogers; Tshabezi Safaris. PO Box 35; West Nicholson; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-16-318; Email: hunt@tshabezi.com; Web www.tshabezi.com
Personal Guide (if any): Kirk Mason, PH
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Elephant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Bull. 39 plus, 41 pounds.
Leopard - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Large female.
Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Male. 36 outside, 10.5 & 11 boss.
Zebra - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Bait.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Kudu - Availability: Missed shot at 57-58 inch kudu.
Waterbuck - Availability: Average.
Warthog - Availability: Abundant.
Game Condition Comments: The game condition was good. We were concentrating on big game and the plains game were targets of opportunity.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: South African Airways Airline Service: Poor
Airline Comments: Service was acceptable. The seating had not been changed on the Airbus 320, so we were packed like sardines.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $11250
Trophy Fees: Amount: $11250
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $200
Commercial Airfares: Frequent flyer miles. Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $1400
Other Costs: 2 percent Govt. levy-$561, dip pack $500, $1450 gratuities. Amount: $2511
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: No problems. There were shortages of aviation gas and fuel but supplies were moved and we never ran out. The logistics for keeping the camps supplied were carried out flawlessly. Despite the current situation in the country, the only thing we ran short of was bread for the last three or four days. No complaints though because we had ice and all other necessary supplies.
Highlights of Hunt: All three of my big game hunts were highlights given that this was my first dangerous game hunt. Kirk Mason is a great PH and his staff was outstanding. Every day was a highlight for me.
Equipment Recommendations: This was a physically demanding hunt. Go light and be in shape.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? The trophy/cost relationship is a good deal. This was a well run safari and met all of my expectations.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Huber, James R.
Contact Information: Tel. 703-549-3001 - 910 Danton Lane, Alexandria, VA 22308 E-mail: jhuber@nacds.org
Hunting Experience: Two plains game safaris in South Africa. Various Western US hunts. Deer, turkey, wild boar, and Eastern Flyway hunting in the east.
Physical Condition: Pretty good for a 58 year old desk jocky.


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: 4458 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 22, 2004 to October 5, 2004
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe - Gonarezhou National Park
Hunt Area: Mahenye


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dudley Rogers; Tshabezi Safaris. PO Box 35; West Nicholson; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-16-318; Email: hunt@tshabezi.com; Web www.tshabezi.com
Personal Guide (if any): Kirk Mason
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Klipspringer - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: 3 12-16.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Elephant - Availability: We hunted the Save River boundary of the Gonarezhou Park. The elephants came out of the park randomly about one hour after sunset for a short time before returning to the park. We were never in the right place.
Crocodile - Availability: We saw two up to 10?6?. I wanted 12? or better.
Hyena - Availability: Could not hunt in Mahenye. Tried two nights in West Nicholson without success.
Grysbok - Availability: Never saw one.
Game Condition Comments: There were plenty of elephants in the Gonarezhou Park. They would probably come out of the park during crop season, February to April. The plains game is about gone. One farmer told me that before the squatters, he had 3,000 large antelope on his farm. He now has 250. He used to get a quota of 150 impala. This year he got 20.


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: South African Air Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $750/ day for 14 days. $10,500. Amount: $10500
Trophy Fees: $10,500. if I had taken an elephant. Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: $2,177. included time in South Africa. Amount: $2177
Charter Airfares: $1,200 not taken or paid due to weather. Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: I knew I was hunting in park boundary, but I was told that the elephant were coming in and out of the park. It was not fun hunting elephant on a sand bar in the dark. We quit even looking in the early morning because the elephants were crossing for a short time after dark. We went out at 2 am one morning and found that elephants had already returned to the park.
Highlights of Hunt: I enjoy hunting with Kirk Mason. He is very professional.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? No
Why? I did not enjoy standing on a sand bar at night waiting for elephant and then rushing 1 kilometer in the sand and dark to where they thought they might cross. I think it was the wrong time of year.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Bryan Fitzgerald
Contact Information: Tel. 501-868-5073 - 5610 Rummel road, Little Rock, AR 7223 E-mail: b.l.fitzgerald@comcast.net
Hunting Experience: I have been hunting 47 years including USA, Canada, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, Russia, Scotland, and seven countries in Africa.
Physical Condition: I am 67 years old and in good health.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Yes 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
Rebuttal to Report by Bryan Fitzgerald received on November 6, 2004 Thank you for sending me this report. In regard to the hunt, I discussed the details of the hunt with the client very carefully before he booked and told him that the best time to come was earlier in the year, but he was booked on other trips. I also told him to come before the full moon so that he could see the elephants that were coming in at night and hopefully, take a decent bull. The idea was that he would try for a bull in the 50+lb per side bracket for part of the hunt, and then take a smaller bull if it did not work with the big one, but he decided to hold out for the big one. The hunter, Kirk Mason, said that they saw elephant every day, but Bryan wanted a monster and being that way, sometimes we must go home unsuccessful. It is a good area for decent bulls and this year I, personally, have hunted two clients there who took good bulls. One was 52lb/side and the other was just under 80lb/side. So the big ones are there and we have regularly taken 50lb to 70lb bulls there coming out of Gonarezhou. Bryan has hunted with us before and I did give him the hunt at a reduced price. We have had many successful hunts over the past seven years there, but there are certain difficulties which I did not with hold from Bryan, or any other client who hunts there, but they are prepared to take it on because there is a good chance of getting a big bull there. I will discuss this with Bryan when I see him at SCI and I hope we can come to an understanding. He is a nice guy. Best regards. Cheers. Dudley

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 3896 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: October 27, 2003 to November 16, 2003
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe - Mahenya and Gokwe
Hunt Area: Mahenya and Gokwe North


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dudley Rogers; Tshabezi Safaris. PO Box 35; West Nicholson; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-16-318; Email: hunt@tshabezi.com; Web www.tshabezi.com
Personal Guide (if any): Kirt Mason and Karl Mason
Booking Agent (if any): Bobby Hansen; Bobby Hansen Safaris. PO Box 397; Thabazimbi; 0380; South Africa; Tel. +27 83 321 3211; Email: info@bobbyhansensafaris.com; Web www.bobbyhansensafaris.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Average in cam 36" mine 39"
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Was observer in area before being hunter - did not see as many buffalo as I expected. Other than buffalo and elephants I saw no game in this area.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Good Guide/PH Ability:
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment:
Quality of Food: Fair Trophy Care:
Name of Airline: Delta - US, South Africa Air - Africa. Airline Service: Fair
Airline Comments: Delta/South Africa - lousy job of crediting air mileage.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Seven day hunt for Cape Buffalo $7500 - all inclusive & also seven days @ $150 per day observer Amount: $8550
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $2100
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Gratuity $700 and Dip & Pack $350 Amount: $1050
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Too hot - too hot midday to hunt, too hot most nights to sleep.
Highlights of Hunt: Shot a real nice trophy buffalo 39"+. Being in the midst of buffalo and elephant.
Equipment Recommendations: Big caliber rifle.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Recognizing it as a specialized hunt but that was what I wanted.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: James Pfaff
Contact Information: Tel. 410-761-1522 - 47 Forestdale Ave., Glen Burnie MD
Hunting Experience: 50 years US, Canada, Africa, and Mexico.
Physical Condition: Above average for 66.


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 was booked by myself and a friend John but was two different type hunts. My hunt was for buffalo, seven day hunting and seven days as an observer the hunt was $7500 all-inclusive and seven days observer at $159 per day. John's hunt was for 14 days at $950 per day and trophy fees. His hunt was to include trophy elephant, non-trophy elephant, two buffalo and lion if encounter. We arrived in Zimbabwe on October 30, 2003 and were met at the Bulawayo Airport by Bobby Hanson of Bobby Hanson Hunting Safaris based in South Africa. On this hunt Bobby was the booking agent. John and I hunted South Africa with Bobby in 2000 and had a great hunt. He also arranged our 2001 hunts in Zimbabwe. On that hunt John and I traveled together but hunted different areas. John hunted the Mafetsi Safari area near Victoria Falls and I hunted the southeast in the Chinqwezi Area. On that hunt I took leopard, sable and bushbuck, all real nice trophies. On this hunt he had us booked with Dudley Rogers owner of Thabezi Safaris licensed in Zimbabwe. Also meeting us at the airport was Karl Mason PH representing Thabezi Safaris. After getting us through customs and obtaining our gun permits Bobby was to drive us to camp. Karl was to catch up with us later (couple days). It was dark by the time we got to camp. The camp was in southeast Zimbabwe opposite the Gonarezhou National Park, Mahenya, on the border with Mozambique. At came we were introduced to Kirt Mason (Karl's brother) who was to be John's PH on the hunt. Kirt had decided to hunt elephant first so I would just be an observer. After hunting this camp for two days and the next morning with out success, Kirt decided to move to another camp in northwest central Zimbabwe ant Gokwe. Tshabezi had a camp there also and it was supposed to be a good area for elephant and buffalo. The first two days in camp I spent as an observer as Kirt concentrated on trophy elephant. We saw elephant, tracked elephant and stalked elephant, lots of walking hunting elephant. Then I got sick, guess it was from the water, spent the next two days in camp, and didn't want to get to far from the toilet. John and all continued trophy elephant hunting without success. John did shoot a cow buffalo, camp meat for the council (local village). Finally it was time for me to go hunting. Karl came into camp, he was my PH on the buffalo hunt, and luckily I was feeling a little better and could hold food down. The next day, after follow, stalking a herd of buffalo (they went several miles) I don't think we were spooking them, they just seemed restless. Finally, they settled in an area along the river, cooler I guess, and we were able to make a successful stalk on a nice bull. John shot a 40+ pound elephant. John and I both agree that neither of us would hunt Africa again this late in the season. Too hot! I did not encounter any problems with the local people. I saw no evidence of the problems we hear about from the American press, TV, etc. except for the poverty. The state of their economy is a shame and getting worse. It appears that the Big Game hunting areas are doing ok but plains game hunting is poor.

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 1728 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 1, 2000 to July 10, 2000
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Mahenya, Gokwe


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dudley Rogers; Tshabezi Safaris. PO Box 35; West Nicholson; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-16-318; Email: hunt@tshabezi.com; Web www.tshabezi.com
Personal Guide (if any): Dudley Rogers
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Elephant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good.
Crocodile - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Good.
Zebra - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Lion - Availability: Bad luck.
Game Condition Comments: Great hunting areas with plenty of 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: Delta and South African Airways Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Guns missed flight from Johannesburg to Bulawayo. One day delay.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $750 per day and T-fees. Amount: $9000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $9000
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Round trip from Chicago. Amount: $1388
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: 14-day hunt at $750 per day and trophy fees. Amount: $10500
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None.
Highlights of Hunt: Getting charged by an elephant.
Equipment Recommendations: Nothing unsual.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? I have known Dudley for 12 years and he is always great to hunt with.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Phares Taxidermy, Inc
Contact Information: Tel. 219-926-8873 - 1163 North 575 East, Westville, IN 46391
Hunting Experience: This was my seventh trip to Africa. I have also hunted in Siberia, Europe, western United States and Canada.
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 Tshabezi 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: 1467 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 20, 1999 to September 3, 1999
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Several.


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dudley Rogers; Tshabezi Safaris. PO Box 35; West Nicholson; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-16-318; Email: hunt@tshabezi.com; Web www.tshabezi.com
Personal Guide (if any): Carl Mason
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Giraffe - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Very good.
Kudu - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Good.
Zebra - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Good.
Impala - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Average.
Warthog - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Average.
Elephant - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Average cow.
Steenbok - Availability: - Trophy Size:
Duiker - Availability: - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Klipspringer - Availability: Did not see male.
Hyena - Availability: Saw none.
Reedbuck - Availability: Saw none.
Game Condition Comments: Large heards are gone in Africa. Animals "nervous". Did not get a chance to look over much game. If you don


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $0
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: All costs average for Zimbabwe. Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None, except for much driving between camps and disappointing not to see large amounts of animals.
Highlights of Hunt: Excellent guide, excellent camps and staff. A safari in the old style.
Equipment Recommendations: Good binoculars.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? The hunt, camps, equipment and experience was first class. It would have been nice to see the large herds of old!


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Marinos A Petratos, M.D.
Contact Information: Tel. 212-532-7020 - 35 East 35 Street New York, NY 10016
Hunting Experience: Extensive 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
It was disappointing to see what were once large hunting areas now turned into living areas for humans and cattle. Too much land is being reclaimed. The large herds of animals are gone. There is hunting pressure on those remaining.

By the way, Zimbabwe officials were polite and efficient with gun clearance, if you had your own paperwork.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Tshabezi Safaris Hunts

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 932 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 26, 1998 to August 9, 1998
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Gokwe and West Nicholson Area


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dudley Rogers; Tshabezi Safaris. PO Box 35; West Nicholson; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-16-318; Email: hunt@tshabezi.com; Web www.tshabezi.com
Personal Guide (if any): Carl Mason
Booking Agent (if any): Self Booked.
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 37 inches
Waterbuck - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 25 1/2 inches x 25 1/4 inches
Sable - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: 37 1/2 inches
Impala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 21 inches
Warthog - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Zebra - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Two taken.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Lion - Availability: We knew prior to the hunt that our area had scarce lions but that if there was fresh sign we would make a go for them. No fresh sign found in area but shooting opportunity did not occur.
Hyena - Availability:
Game Condition Comments: Note: Huner also took a steenbok. 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: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: South African Air, and Air Zimbabwe Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: South African Airways excellent and Air Zimbabwe, adequate.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $650 per day for 14 days Amount: $9100
Trophy Fees: Amount: $8600
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1686
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Affon Guest House overnight between flights in Johannesburg Amount: $61
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None.
Highlights of Hunt: Buffalo stalking in thick brush within a few yards of large herds. Sable!
Equipment Recommendations: Hard candy for long walks, comfortable footwear and a hat! Conditioning for long walks ahead of time a real good idea!
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Carl Mason is an excellent and ethical hunter and companion.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Jim Venier
Contact Information: Tel. 517-676-2640 -
Hunting Experience: I have hunted in Africa twice, Alaska twice, Hawaii, England, Midwestern deer hunting, Texas, Wyoming, and Montana.
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: 910 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 10, 1998 to June 20, 1998
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Gowke, Shangoni


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dudley Rogers; Tshabezi Safaris. PO Box 35; West Nicholson; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-16-318; Email: hunt@tshabezi.com; Web www.tshabezi.com
Personal Guide (if any): Clint Edwards
Booking Agent (if any): Thomas A. Hunt; Hunt, Thomas A.. 206 East Street; Foxboro; MA; 02035; Tel. 508-543-0294; Fax: 508-543-4410;Email: hunttheworld@juno.com;
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 39 1/2 inches
Zebra - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Nice stripes.
Kudu - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 56 inches
Waterbuck - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 29 inches
Tsessebe - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Looked good and 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: Northwest, South Africa Airways Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: Watch Northwest.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: 10 days Amount: $6500
Trophy Fees: Amount: $8350
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1800
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: dipping and packing $500, Government Levy $130 two percnet Amount: $630
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Harvest of 15 animals in ten days.
Equipment Recommendations: Good, padded rifle sling.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Jeff Berlew
Contact Information: Tel. 219-833-4076 - 185 Lane 220 LK Gage, Angola, IN 46703
Hunting Experience: I have taken on four elk hunts, two mule deer hunts, one antelope, one black bear, four whitetail deer, two boar, one bison and numerous bird 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?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Tshabezi Safaris Hunts

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 904 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: April 17, 1998 to May 1, 1998
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Gokwe, Shanghni, West Nickelson


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dudley Rogers; Tshabezi Safaris. PO Box 35; West Nicholson; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-16-318; Email: hunt@tshabezi.com; Web www.tshabezi.com
Personal Guide (if any): Lorry Van Aswegen
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good 38 1/2 inches.
Bushbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good 14 1/2 inches.
Zebra - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good
Game Sought But Not Taken: Sable - Availability: Very scarce. Lots of hunting pressure.
Eland - Availability: Very scarce. Lots of hunting pressure.
Lion - Availability: Very scarce. Lack of effort on part of guide.
Game Condition Comments: Most general plains game are abundant and plentiful in west Nickelson. Shanghni area over hunted and heavily poached. Gorwe very good for buffalo and bushbuck.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Fair
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: South African Airways Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: No problems at all.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $10500
Trophy Fees: Amount: $3200
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $200
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1896
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: lodging Amount: $200
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Spent seven days hunting very poor area for sable. A better area was available but guide lacked familiarity and we didn't hunt it.
Highlights of Hunt: Cape buffalo 39 inches on second day of hunt complete with "charge".
Equipment Recommendations: None.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? I would recommend the hunt for buffalo and general plains game. I would not for sable, lion, or eland. Hunt buffalo in Gordwe and plains game in west Nickelson.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Allan Boilore
Contact Information: Tel. 517-676-6052 - 1021 West Dansville Road, Mason, MI 48854
Hunting Experience: I have hunted in Africa twice, Alaska, British Columbia, Ontario and all Western States.
Physical Condition: Good.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Yes 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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