Greetings From the Eastern Slopes of the Canadian Rockies!!!
I'm a newbie to the Forum, but hope to have many African stories to share in future...
I'm a long-time big game hunter (bear, elk, moose, deer, cougar, sheep and antelope) throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada, but my "African dream" looks like it is finally going to become a reality!
I'm down to two outfitters - Alberta Hunting Safaris (Ronald Rabie) southwest of Windhoek, Namibia or Lucca African Safaris (Eldre Hattingh), Limpopo RSA.
I'm going for two weeks of hunting and another week for travel days and sightseeing in May, 2011. I want to hunt free ranging game as much as possible and avoid high fences as much as possible.
Primary animals which I hope for are Greater Kudu and Gemsbok, with Red Hartebeest, Blue Wildebeest, Impala, Hartmann's Mountain Zebra and Duiker not far behind. If the opportunity presented itself, Leopard, Springbuck, Warthog, Eland and Blesbuck are also on my list. I'd love to hunt Bushbuck, but they are not available with Alberta Hunting Safaris. I also realize that Leopard is not realistic when I'm not prepared on this first trip to hunt from a blind over bait or with dogs...maybe a future trip.
I will be taking my Winchester Model 70 in .338 Win Mag, but would also like to purchase (and will beforehand) a Ruger Mark II Magnum in .416 Rigby, mounted with a Leupold VX-7. I know the latter gun is probably overkill for plains game, but I've always liked the big caliberss, I like the romantic notion of this particular caliber, and want to have a gun that I can later use on cape buffalo and lion.
Any comments which anyone has regarding the "African experience", Namibia generally, RSA generally, these particular outfitters, travel, clothing, guns etc. etc. etc. would be greatly appreciated.
In the meantime, I'm sure enjoying Roosevelt, Hemingway, Ruark, Boddington, Flack et al as nightly reading!
Dreaming about Kudu :D,
Cochrane, Alberta Canada