Finally back, finally going back.
It's been quite a while since I have signed onto AH. A new job, a move to a new location, etc. have kept me too busy. I now have a bit of time to participate again. It's great to see familiar names and to see so many new people on the forum.
It's been even longer since my wife and I hunted in the RSA. We're finally headed back to Africa this year and have booked a July buffalo and leopard hunt in Tanzania with Ryan Shallom.
The last couple of years have not been ALL work. My wife and I did get time to do some trout fishing and antelope hunting in WY and some bear hunting in Idaho.
4 days left - work to do and can only think about Africa
The block I am hunting is in the Lake Rukwa GR. I'll try to attach a pdf showing the area. It's the 1974 sq km of land between Katavi NP and Lake Rukwa.
If the upload works and you can see the file, the main camp is between LR-26 and LR-26. Camp 2 is under construction and lies at LR-13. A 3rd camp is planned for the southern tip at LR-10.
I've only been in weekend communication with Ryan Shallom (PH & Outfitter - frequent contributor to this formum) for the last 3 weeks because he's been in the bush getting the camps set up. This is brand new territory to his company and late rains delayed getting into the area. He tells me that we're looking at some serious travel time to get there.
My wife and I are leaving on Sunday from O'Hare at 10:30 PM CDT. Travel time through Istanbul to Dar es Salaam is about 25 hours. We arrive in Dar at 2:30 AM on the 9th - Dar is 8 hours ahead of US central time, so the flight time/local time get compressed.
From there, here's the itinerary that Ryan has laid out for us:
9th - travel to Morogoro and have breakfast with his family (about 4 hours) - after breakfast, travel to Tabora (about 10 hours) and overnight in a hotel there.
10th - travel from Tabora to the concession (about 10 more hours) - try to get in early enough to check sight-in on the rifles and maybe get a shot at one or two leopard baits.
11th - 24th - start baiting ASAP followed by hunting leopard and buffalo + whatever the hunting gods send our way
25th - begin the trip back home via the same routes and stops.
Here's what Ryan has told me about the area so far:
* The flora of the western arm of the block is much like the Kilombero that he used to hunt
* Roads and trails to the area were virtually non-existent. It took the better part of a day to clear the track into camp one
* The tsetse flies are bad in the eastern 2/3rds of the block. The western portion seems to be clear of them.
* He's seeing some real nice buffalo
Other than buffalo and leopard, we're open on other game. I'd love to get a hyena (because they are just so damn ugly) if possible. I don't measure trophies, so it's not like I have a lot of objectives beside the buff, the cat and having a lot of fun.