thief and poacher dirk terblanche
im driving back home from my safari and thought i would give everyone fair warning of another outfit in africa that will steal from you and who poaches. the guys name is dirk terblanche. it all started out as i was hunting a free range cattle ranch and came across a high fence that only ran a mile and dead ended. confused i asked my ph what its purpose was. he explained how dirk had been caught many times poaching kudu so they constructed a fence to keep him out. well around that time we realized that the large male leopard ian had watched for over two years religiously had disappeared. only 3 weeks prior we had been capturing tons of trail cam pics of the cat. we had 100's of pics of this guy. not only did that cat disappear but the other male we were looming for vanished as well. thats when we decided to zero in on a large female that had a bad rap for eat cattle. well within a day she hung a calf in a tree and my wife handled her with excitement. a few days later the blacks on our farm told us that dirks blacks had skinned two leopards for him recently and one was a monster tom cat. next was a visit by the game warden to tag my wifes pelt. he asked if we knew of anything about dirk poaching leopards because he was going to be issued a leopard damage permit and in his words it seemed as if dirk was anxious to get one. we told him what we knew and he snickered and unloaded all he knew. apparently the parks board is after him after a client sued him. he apparently made a client pre pay $100,000 for an elephant hunt. he then took the guy to macoozie (spelling?) game reserve. the guy had to pay for lodging ther for 21 days at $1000/night. funny thing is that hunting isnt alliwed there and the hunter didnt know that. dirk never allowed him to shoot an elephant cuz they were all to small. 21 days later the guy returned home and found out about the truth when he personally tried to rebook through the non hunting game reserve.
so there you have it. im jyst dissapointed i didnt get to meet dirk face to face. the warden assured us however that dirk will be and is currently being dealt with. if anyone is interested dirk isnt even a licensed outfitter. he advertises his place through africafirstclass.com his place is called nkonkoni lodge and is located by lousberg or maguda which is near pangola in the kwazulu natal region of south africa.