SOUTH AFRICA: Troskie hunt review. 59+ inch Kudu and more! Highly recommended outfitter!
OK all I know its been forever since I was on here a few eeks ago with a few quick reports about my recent safari with Chris Troskie but I'm home now and am posting a more detailed review of the trip. Pics and descriptions follow, enjoy :cool:
We overnight-ed at Africa House upon arrival in jo-berg due to the last hour and some logistics. I must say it was a+ accommodations and a great nights rest after a long flight.
Chris and Sabina picked us up the next AM and we headed for his base camp ( lodge really) near Lephalele
We had a very comfortable two person chalet to ourselves and could not have asked for any better. :-)
Meals were prepared each evening by Sabina and I have to tell you this woman is an INCREDIBLE cook!
Even if she were not gracious and attractive, I'm sure Chris would have married her for the food alone. LOL
Good meals, comfortable lodging, gracious hosts and some nice stiff drinks, who could ask for more in a lodge/base camp? Certainly not my daughter and I.
There's too much to write to include every little detail so we'll just hit the highlights, but let me say that Chris will do everything to get you on the game. He is diligent, knows his concessions and has great contacts in the area for plentiful game opportunities. Have no fear, Chris delivers!
A nice Zebra was the first kill, I took her at about 70yds in brush with a solid frontal hit. She didn't go far but we had a bit of a time finding her as several Zebs scattered in various directions and she didn't bleed as there was no exit wound. Chris's Jack Russel, 'Mrs Walker" saved us from what as sure to be more searching.
The next kill was to be the trophy of a lifetime and the best of the hunt. A 59 6/8 Kudu! I took him from about 200yds off hand, as he moved side-hill across the ridge. The first round connected and crippled him (shattered off side shoulder) and he began coming downhill quite a bit, he then turned and started going up and although he was certainly not going far, Chris asked if I could hit him again, I drew down, let 1/2 breath out and anchored him with a neck shot. I put one last round into his boiler room for good measure and we started up after him. We really didn't know HOW HUGE this ole boy was until we got up there to him. Being a beginner it took me awhile for it to sink in just what a great animal this was. Ill likely never duplicate this one, cant wait to see him on the wall! If this was all I got on that safari, Id have considered it a successful trip!
The view from where I took him, the little black dot is close in scale to his size, my daughter stood in the exact spot to recreate the pic. You can just make her out with her arms outstretched. Ill never forget those 3 rounds and the exhilaration of connecting each one on such challenging shots.
more in the following post............