SOUTH AFRICA: Koedoeberg Safari was fantastic
My children and I had a fantastic time at Koedoeberg Safari while on our hunting adventure in June 2013. This was the first African trip for any of us and we were a little nervous prior to departing the USA. The flights were long for our Alaska group (two couples, myself) plus my daughter (San Diego) and son (Chicago). The PHs met us at the airport and helped guide us through customs, especially the firearms import process. Any nervousness had melted away by the end of the two hour drive and our greeting at the lodge. From the beginning it was a first class operation. The owners, Bill and Willem Faul, ensured our arrival was smooth and welcoming. The accommodations were exotic, comfortable, clean, and well maintained (5 stars) and food delicious. Each member of the staff was professional, polite, and had a clear understand of hospitality and service. The sun set, at the end of the first day, was extraordinary because it went the opposite direction from that in the Northern Hemisphere.
The landscape in the Northwest Province reminded us of the high deserts of the American west. It consisted of arid mountains and valleys covered by scattered trees, brushy vegetation, and cacti all thick with thorns of all sizes. All Three PHs were experienced, knowledgeable, professional, friendly, flexible, and great cooks. The PHs and trackers displayed an amazing talent for seeing the invisible - absolutely mind blowing.
We saw game from dawn to dusk every day. The hunting experience was similar to that of most Alaska residents multiple species in the field of view but much larger numbers of game. The group took three Kudu (50"-52") in one day alone. They were also perfectly matched to each pair of hunters. Team Zs hunting goals and techniques for the follow day were planned with our PH (Peet van der Westhuizen) every night usually sitting around the fire. Multiple nearby concessions were utilized to provide the opportunity for the highest quality trophies. I was fortunate enough to harvest 8 animals (no measurements yet): great Red Hartebeest bull, Impala ram, Blesbok bull, Springbok ram; 2 Blue Wildebeests one very nice and one with unusual horns that looked like a cross between a Black & Blue (1 hooked up & 1 hooked down); the smallest Kudu; and an extremely old Black Wildebeest bull. My son added 3 of his own while my daughter was an observer and cameraman. I believe that all adds up to an extremely successful hunt.
In addition to hunting the group took time to visit Sun City Resort and Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Willem (owner) and Reinier (PH) assisted the group personally donate meat to an orphanage, a school, and aboriginal locals. The deep relationships developed during our trip will hopefully last a life time. Koedoeberg Safari is a great choice to take advantage of for your next/first Africa hunting trip. We are already planning our next safari. (Koedoeberg)