Huntessentials and fishfantastic zimbabwe
I recently returned from a hunt in zimbabwe with huntessentials. While there were a few hickups due to the personell at doddieburn ranch I will state the following and let the viewer make their own choice.
I booked a 14 day leopard hunt. I personally booked my hunt with Louis Beukes the owner of huntessentials. I booked 2 leopards with one ph over dogs to be done in a 20 day time period. In addition I booked buffalo and croc. The end results were that we shot two very nice toms in 19 days and were on cats almost every day. The place is absolutely covered with leopard and we had a blast chasing leopard. I ended up not shooting a buffalo as I didn't want my first buffalo to be shot under a high fence. I don't know why I feel that way but I just want my first buffalo to be free ranging. Don't bother asking me why its just ingrained in me for certain animals to be open concession. My wife ended up shooting a sable just shy of 40" and the ph's managed to put me on a monster free range eland they knew of in the area.
The cooks we were supplied with were all phenominal and the dog handler and the ph's supplied to us were honestly some of the best I've every dealt with. Their knowldege and expertience in their fields I could honestly rate as second to none. We ended up traveling to botswana after our hunt to hunt in the tuli block at which point we hooked back up with Louis. We had an absolute blast hunting with Louis and he took care of us all the way.
The only negative was that Louis had one parner I was convinced was trying to sabatoge us to make Louis look bad. All I know for certain is that I booked with Louis and Louis hooked me up with the most knowledgable people I have met for leopards to date. We shot some incredible animals and had the safari only dreams are made of. Louis promised me to hunt giant leopards in the best areas with the best people and all I can honestly say for Louis is that hes definitely a hunter and will make your trophys happen. If he can't he will tell you so ahead of time. I passed some incredible buffalo on the doddieburn. Most people would die to shoot the buff I passed. So to say I didn't get my buff would be a lie as I passed them for other reasons I couldn't forsee when I booked my hunt. I hunted with all the rest of Louis staff at huntessentials and all the staff and ph's there are top notch. I'm not going to let one bad apple having a bad day spoil what was an awesome safari and am planning returning to wakerstroom next year after my kanana safari with my uncle for some r&r and some great fishing after our hunt. Thanks for the leopards Louis and thanks for the good times.