Beware of Nhenda Safari, The Hunt from Hell
BEWARE of Nhenda Safari (The Hunt from HELL)
My wife and I hunted with Nhenda Safari in October 2011. This was my 7th trip to Africa and my first to Mozambique. The hunt began with great expectations. However, so many things happened, it's hard to explain all in a short space. The first thing that occurred was the flight into Maputo. I made reservations with South African Air and two week before our trip I was informed that we were to fly into Tete. The original tickets were non refundable so I ate the cost of the two tickets, which were almost $5,000.00. We rebooked with South African Air and were charged the same amount. This error cost me $5,000.00 and should have rung a bell. I have emails to prove this was Nhenda Safari's error. However, Nhenda offered nothing in return for THEIR error.
When we initially spoke in February 2011, I was informed that nothing under 15 Ft.was taken. Bernard also gave me a spiel about the huge Hippo's that were taken from their area, and said a16 foot Croc had just been taken.
I have hunted Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and all over the USA including Alaska. Never have I seen such UNETHICAL ACTS as with this Safari Camp. I can certainly understand why they are not members of SCI or DSC.
I was encouraged to shoot a very young female Leopard without a CITIES permit. I was told that I could wait until I applied for a CITIES next year.
The rave reviews that you read are from one person, and we were told that he doesn't pay anything to hunt, and assume in exchange would write positive reviews for Nhenda Safaris.
I was even told I could hunt Lion. Since I had two days left, I agreed to do this.
However, I failed to ask at what price, which was a HUGE mistake on my part. We hunted two nights for two hours per night after dark with a light over bait. No Male Lions and was charged $1,000.00 per night for a total of $2,000.00.
The hunted ended with me taking a Cow Hippo and a 12.5 ft Croc. I had strong instincts that I would never receive my trophies. So the stupid thing that I did was give them a tip.
Well I guess that didn't work either. It's been almost 10 months and I have no trophies.
I was informed by Mr. VanDyk as of 07/09/12 that he had no intention of helping get my trophies back from Africa.
It is my opinion that this is an extremely poorly run camp, with unethical owners, and anyone even considering going there needs to be warned about this place. As previously stated, I am an experienced hunter, and have never written a poor review of anywhere I have hunted, but this was such a horrible experience, I want to spare anyone else from wasting their time and money with these people. This experience has cost me time, money and aggravation!
If you looking for a place to hunt, where there are no rules and you have deep pockets and expect nothing in return, this hunt is for you. Take my advice, and stay away from Nhenda Safaris!