Hunt with Cruiser Safaris
Here is the Review of Cruiser Safaris upon Return:
This hunt happened in September of 2012.
I was picked up at the Afton Guest house after spending the night from my flight. The Representative from Cruiser was one of the PH痴 and was very nice and friendly. We stopped at a farmers market on the way in Hartebeestport and I couldn稚 believe how much produce we got for 100 dollars (enough to fill the back of the van). We were finally in camp after about 4 hours drive and were given fresh squeezed orange juice and shown our rooms. There were only 4 hunters in camp and one wife. I elected to hunt for half of a day and got a burchell痴 zebra. Over the next 10 days I hunted very hard. We stalked and stalked and spotted and spotted. What impressed me most was the excellent tracking skills of my PH who could differentiate superior tracks from the so so animal. Out of the 12 animals I claimed on this hunt, I had 5 that were tracking candidates do to either poor bullet placement or just African toughness. Most of my shots this trip were presented at a frontal quartering angle and I surely will be changing to Barnes bullets in upcoming trips. The PH痴 will also work they池e hardest to get you the best animal. They will not let you take just an animal.
The properties we hunted were numerous and the outfitter Pieter made sure that we got to experience much of the terrain of Limpopo. I really liked the hill country or mountain properties. Much thorn and rock was to be found on all of the properties. We did wait at a few waterholes but never took an animal at any of these.
The food was very good and we could eat until you looked like a fat hog. Each night when we returned, there was cold beer or most kinds of liquors available. I just drank beer.
The lodge was very nicely decorated, warm , and comfortable(lots of hot water). The rooms were always clean with laundry being done daily and clothes pressed. The beds were equipped with mosquito nets which did well as mosquitoes were just starting to make an appearance. The land cruisers were very good even though we had a habit of getting a few flats on this trip. (I wonder how foam filled tires would work in that area?)
All in all this was an excellent trip with many good animals to view, many good properties to hunt, superb PH痴 that could out hunt probably any North American guide, and wonderful accommodations. After 10 days of being there, I would highly recommend using this outfitter.