Dark Continent Bowhunting - April 2012 Report
I'm finally getting this hunt report out! If there are some weird spellings, etc. please understand that I typed this out in Word and then pasted it in here.
HUNT REPORT Dark Continent Bowhunting
Dark Continent Bowhunting
Location Northwest Province, South Africa
Dates April 9-17, 2012
Booking Agent Hunting for Adventure
Hunting for Adventure - Hunting For Adventure
Professional Hunter: Sean Daniels
Hunter: Tom Addleman
Game taken: Steenbok, Ostrich, Porcupine, Wildebeest (2), Red Hartebeest, Blesbok, and Impala
Game seen but not hunted: Zebra, Common Springbok, Black springbok, Impala, Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Nyala, Gemsbok, Steenbok, Ostrich, Duiker, Blesbok, White Blesbok, Kudu
We were surrounded. I was trying to breathe but my breaths became short, beads of sweat trickled down my face, and my racing heart felt like it was going to explode. My fingers gripped the bowstring. The wildebeest were literally out every window of the blind, some within 3 yards
WELCOME TO DARK CONTINENT BOWHUNTING
I arrived in Johannesburg and was met by Sean Daniels and Francois Pinaar of Dark Continent Bowhunting. I had found the outfit through Africahunting.com and decided to research further into the outfitter. As I emailed and contacted Sean and Sheryl Daniels by phone and skype, I knew that they were good people and that I would be in good hands. I booked the hunt on very short notice (less than 30 days) and I was excited!
As I have been on a number of hunts in Southern Africa, I was the slightly worried about Dark Continent as the prices for daily rates and trophy fees was significantly less than their competitors. Could I really have a good hunt for the low daily rates and trophy fees? What would the lodge and accommodations be like?
The greedy guy in me wants to say that it was no fun, no animals and for other hunters to go elsewhere in an attempt to protect the deal I have found. But, that just wouldn稚 be right. There were lots of animals, I had a load of fun and the pricelist is very tough to beat!
The main hunting area is about an hour and a half (yes, 1 1/2 hrs!) from the airport. It makes for a nice, short commute from the airport to the lodge. As you enter the main gates you drive a few hundred yards and immediately notice the main lodge with lappa, pool, 3D bow range and smaller chalet accommodations surrounding the main building.
After having my bags delivered to my own personal chalet, I quickly organized a few things and met Sean, Sheryl and Francois down at the Lappa (fire area) for a few drinks and discussion of what the week had in store for me. After a few laughs and strategy session (杜aking a plan? for the hunt, I was off to bed.
My chalet was wonderful. It had a full kitchen with fridge and sink, three beds, and a nice bathroom that was clean and well organized. The accommodations are very nice. A guy could easily bring his wife or girlfriend here and the lady would be very pleased and comfortable. A group of guys could either share one of the big chalets or be broken up into several different chalets. There are four individual chalets sleeping up to four hunters each, plus three rooms in the 杜ain lodge capable of handling several more. The laundry was done daily and room service made the bed and straightened the room each day. It doesn稚 get much better than that.