JUAN PACE of Shangwari Safaris, Trophy Quest Africa and Leopards Lair NOT TO BE TRUSTED
As featured on Facebook under the group BULLSHITTERS in our hunting industry:
“Juan Pace of Shangwari Safaris and TrophyQuest Africa is NOT to be trusted! I sold 8 Dangerous Game Hunting Packages for him this year totaling in more than R80,000 in commission which he has disappeared with. I also spent R12,000 developing a property he is co-owner of, Leopards Lair in Alldays for which he refuses to pay, to add the cherry to the top he has also taken me for R25,000 as deposit on Dangerous Game hunts in Mozambique. This man is a thief, a poacher and an absolute liar! Please do not make the same mistake I did. I witnessed a number of serious transgressions while he "guided" a group of Russian clients recently that is not only criminal in basis but would also cost him his outfitters license. Steer clear of this man. If anyone would like confirmation of the abovementioned accusations I gladly share with you the following: Hunting partner Andries Oosthuizen who was witness to the misconduct, 084 593 1016. My lawyer who is handeling the case of theft I have opened against said Juan Pace, Piet Swart 034 4131714 / 082 330 0094.”
As many of you know and as has been stated above I have been working with Juan Pace of Shangwari Safaris from January this year, although I had a contract drawn up by a third party lawyer regarding the selling of his hunts and the marketing of his hunting operations he had never signed it, always having an excuse and inevitably postponing. My mistake was to go ahead and market and sell his hunts. Although I did do my homework regarding Juan Pace and his hunting operations known as Shangwari Safaris and Trophy Quest Africa everything seemed above board, that is until I had dealt with him directly and recently spoken to a multitude of other outfitters of high standing outfitting companies who have also been done in by this man. He advertises what he does not have, he hunts what he is not licenced to do and does people in around every corner. Since posting the above statement on the Facebook Group I have been inundated with calls and emails from outfitters with similar stories and from a multitude of scorned hunters.
The property in Alldays known as Leopards lair on which he conducts the majority of his plains game hunts is not suited to bowhunting, in February of this year I was pleaded with to build brush blinds on the very same afternoon I arrived as he was expecting Canadian bowhunting clients the very same day, although I did my best to help the man and his clients the end result was dismal. He should never have marketed the place as a bowhunting property as there were absolutely NO facilities. On my second visit to the property in June this year I had at Juan Pace’s request gone there to develop the property as a bowhunting destination, I had spent thousands of Rands on Pop Up Blinds, Treestands, 3D targets and a total business marketing package, something I was never paid for.
Whilst there he had a small group of Russian clients which he was hunting with and myself and my hunting partner had the opportunity to witness firsthand the absolutely sickening methods he employed to get the clients their animals. They were stationed at waterholes during the majority of the day with high power rifles, waterholes which had been intended to be created as bowhunting blinds. when this had not sufficed they would go spotlighting at night, taking any and all animals of any which size and specie, Warthog young that weighed a mere 7kg, Steenbuck of 2.5” and nocturnal species like Aardwolf. We even sat listening as he and his PH even tried arranging a helicopter out of which the, what he called stinking rich clients, could shoot as they were apparently not killing enough animals and species per day. Calls were made in my presence where CAGED caracals were requested, without so much as a thought to what myself and my hunting partner would say or think, as long as he made a lot of money as fast as he possibly could. He even had the audacity to request I shoot a trophy animal at night with a rifle so that it be propped up in the fridge and posed the next morning with my bow so that he I could write a piece on his hunting operation, I was so taken aback I merely spluttered back that never in my entire life would I do such a thing!
I post this not as a form of payback, my lawyer is handling the case in which I hope I will recover at least a small amount of money that is owed to me. I post this here so that other hunters, PH’s and outfitters do not make the same mistake I did, that you do not join the ever growing list from which Juan Pace has stolen. I sincerely apologize if I have let anyone of you down, if any of you have lost time or money investing in hunts with this man. If there is absolutely anything I can do to help you recoup some of this loss I ask that you do not hesitate to contact me directly.
For any further questions, opinions or requests please get in touch of me directly at:
Cell: 083 304 6336
Or alternatively my lawyer who has been given instructions to assist anyone who might want any help or advice in this regard as I have an ongoing case of fraud and theft against Juan Pace of Shangwari Safaris.
My sincere regards,
Executive Bowhunting Editor
African Outfitter Magazine