Hunt with Wintershoek / Johnny Vivier Safaris
Just came back from a fantastic hunting trip to North Cape with Wintershoek/Johnny Vivier safaris. The expectations was high for this 6 days hunting trip,
and I have to say that the trip was exeptional. The areas, the lodges and all the rest was amazing.
I started my hunt at Wintershoek game reserve, wich is situated about 60 km south of Kimberley. This area is a mix of open plains and hills with thornbush.
I met up with one of the owner, Wiaan van der Linde and the Norwegian agent Tom Jensen and his wife Bente Jensen and after dinner we went for a drink in the lapa.
The first hunting morning was pretty cold and I was glad to do some walk and stalk instead of sitting in the back of the truck. We started to follow some eland tracks,
but it wasnt long before we discovered some kudus on a hill. There was a nice bull there and my PH Ivan asked me if I wanted to try him. The range was about
300 meter and it was not possible to come closer. I did a bad shot, forgetting that I was shooting 175 grains bullet instead of my usual 160 grain and manage to
shoot the kudus leg off. To make a long story short, after several hours and a excellent tracking job, we came close enough to let me finish him off. I was very
happy to end his suffering and to get a very nice kudu. We never meashered him but I think he scores between 45 and 47 inches. A beautiful kudu, even if he was
quite skinny after the winter.
In the afternoon, after a fantastic dinner, we gathered in the lapa for a drink and I met Johnny Vivier, a fantastic guy with a lot of storys to tell.
I was supposed to hunt for three days at Wintershoek and three days at Thuru lodge, but because there was coming a lot of people to Wintershoek, Wiaan asked me if it
was ok for me to go for Thuru already the next day. That was ok for me and because of this Wiaan gave me a compensation, he said I could take a animal for free, so I
happily thanks him and said I would take a steenbuck. That was really a nice thing to do, thank you very much Wiaan! :-)
So the next morning I went for Thuru lodge wich is situated about 300 km furter west and about 100 km south of Upington. This is in the green Kalahari. We made a short
stop in Douglas, where I met co-owner Hennie Gouws and his wife. Hennies daughter and son in lord, Mardoret and Braam Bekker drove me the rest of the way to Thuru.
Mardoret and Braam are the daily managers of Thuru lodge and Brulpan farm. Very,very nice people all of them :-)
The lodge at Wintershoek game reserve is a 5 star, very nice lodge, but I have to say that I fell in love in Thuru lodge, fantastic!
After a welcome drink I settled in in my suite and we went for lunch, where I met up with my PH, Jacques Taljaard.
After lunch, I get to meet driver and tracker Poulkie. We went out hunting in an amazing landscape, open grassy semi desert with some bush and mountains. A lot of spotting
from the vehicle and we soon found a herd of black wildebeest wich was on my list. Since the landscape was so open, the stalk was quite challenging. But after 2-300 meters
stalk on our bottoms and knees with barely more than grass to hide in, we manage to get in at 120 meters range and I took I shot at the best bull in the herd. he was lying
down and quartering away from me, but with one follow up shot I got him. I nice old bull with massive bosses on his horn.
After the usual ritual with photos and so on, we drove further into the desert. We soon found a herd of Kalahari springbuck with a couple of good rams. Once again I manage
to do a bad shot, missed on the ram on a range about 200 meter. But after a a while we manage to sneak up on the herd and I took the ram with a shot trough the shoulder.
With that my first hunting day at Brulpan was ended.
The next morning, I soon spotted a nice steenbuck from the bakkie, and I took him with a 100 meters shot trough the tall grass. Very nice trophie and once again
thank you Wiaan! If I dont remember wrong he measured 4 3/4 inch. That one will be a full mount.
I will come back and tell you the rest of the story later...