Experiencing Mozambique & South Africa with McDonald Safaris

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  1. alexm

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    A few random moments, pics and updates over the past few months.


    Through sustainable utilization we pay for conservation. The very reason why we are able to declare growth in all wildlife population across the board, including the likes of pangolin, wild dog, cheetah, and the only black and white rhino population which we do not hunt in Mozambique.

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    Sunset after a good rain

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    Tracking Buffalo along the Klaserie in South Africa

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    Bushmen paintings in the Limpopo valley

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    One way of getting to the hunting camp in Niassa, Mozambique

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    Reminder of the "good ol' days". Our rifles on the gun rack as we take a rest on some shade while tracking Elephant in Niassa.

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    A curious young waterbuck that had most likely never seen a human till now

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    The old trooper

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    Hunting in the Karoo

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    For those of you who have had the chance to hunt with this man, will also know what a formidable tracker he is. When the chips are down he often seems to be able to pull the rabbit out of the hat. His tracking skills are second to none and is a master at outsmarting even the most educated leopards. I've not seen him without a smile on his face and has come up with the most ridiculous jokes leaving clients in tears of laughter. He has been a great mentor to me from a young age and I continue to learn his wisdom in the field. I salute you my friend. You are one of the unsung masters to the hunting and conservation arenas.

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    A 5 year old male lion which had been killing cattle in communal lands. Despite the immense pressure from the villagers to kill the lion we managed to convince them to allow us to dart, collar and relocate the lion to the concession to monitor the cat and be able to further our studies on animal movements in the area.

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    Complete contrast to the drought of 2016.

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    "Safari"

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    National Children's day in Mozambique where we visited the schools built buy hunters dollars and delivered protein from our buffalo hunt. The kids were all about the video camera and seeing themselves on the playback. They were so grateful of our visit and our contributions. It often humbles us to thing of how fortunate we are and it only takes the simple things in life to bring us joy.

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    Anti Poaching scouts trying to get an advantaged view of what's ahead. Folks that dedicate all their effort into looking after a natural heritage. These are unsung heroes.

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    Bullet performance
    #hunting #470nitroexpress #500nitroexpress#doublerifle

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    INGWE

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    Some lazy Lions taking cat naps after killing a Wildebeest

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    Beautiful Kudu bull amongst Protea bushes in the Waterberg

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  2. alexm

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    Dagga Boy
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    Safari Season
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    Buffalo fever
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    All the respect in the world for these incredible animals!
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    Golden hour
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    Campfire stories
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    A very sad day at MozParks...we discovered our first poached rhino on property. This is devastating to us. Fifteen months we've been able to successful deter - even catch- poachers on Sabie Game Reserve, but this collared, male rhino was poached for his horn on Saturday. We just discovered him today. The poachers destroyed his collar and shot him.

    A facebook post cannot express this loss. Emotionally, to us, this is a shock. We've been infiltrated, our animals we've promised to protect are constantly in danger. We know the dangers lurking around every corner...but when you are faced with it - it shakes you. The extremely sad part of this? This male rhino, not named because its emotional - his collar was MR 02 - established his territory on our reserve.

    We will continue the fight. We live this day-to-day...we will re-group - but we will continue doing everything we can to save these rhinos.

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    Update on our Wildlife Veterinary Unit:
    @moz_parks

    The first wildlife veterinary unit in Mozambique continues to gain momentum. We had the privilege of working with three rhinos, three lions, one elephant and a few other species in the past few months. Unfortunately, the MozParks vet unit was not able to respond to all situations despite the numerous requests, due to logistics and financial constraints. With your help we hope to make a significant difference and be able to treat as many cases as possible in the near future.
    Please consider giving what you feel comfortable on our website and help us save these animals.

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    On the tracks of dark objects
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    Our conservation eye in the sky
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    Bush lunch with a view
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  3. alexm

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    Really enjoyed this post.
    Thanks!
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    Early morning tracking in the tall grass
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    Lunch in the bush after tracking Buffalo all morning
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    Handbrake up... its time for sundowners!
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    Gentle giant... catching the morning sun rays and destroying trees
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    • Kalahari Safari •
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    Young male lion found at an elephant carcass. Lebombo, Southern Mozambique
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    • Kalahari Moments •
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    Dagga bulls and double rifles
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    Priceless

    Cape Buffalo by McDonald Safaris posted Jul 23, 2018 at 4:43 PM


    Impressive young herd bull in Lebombo, Mozambique. He will be a brute of a bull in a few years time.
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    If to think the hunt is about the trophy, I suggest you hang your boots up! What a privilege it is to be out and taking in all that Africa has to offer.
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    Pilot buzzing the team goodbye

    Pilot buzzing the team goodbye by McDonald Safaris posted Oct 2, 2018 at 3:09 PM
     

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    Great photos. Thanks for sharing.Brings back some african memories.....
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    It’s that time of year again... tigers are biting!

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    • African Vikings •

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    Cessna Caravans and Toyota Land Cruisers. Explored more of the dark continent than any other

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    Way to end the day

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    The very first “Custodians” AGM. Representing sustainable utilization and conservation. Proud to be a part of this great initiative.

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    Rio Sabié Tigers - catch & release

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    The bull at the end of the tracks

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    Just another terrible sunset down in Africa

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    A week has passed since the very first “CPHC” Annual General Meeting - successful gathering on all fronts. One cannot help but be humbled by the fact that we are associated with likeminded professionals in the industry.
    Since the founding of this association, membership of the organization has grown in both quantity and quality of respectable Custodians of our industry.

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    Base camp at Sandveld Conservancy in Namibia. Great way to retire each night after an eventful day out hunting

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    G & T ?

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    Everybody visiting the local pub

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    Only in Mozambique

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    An old bull which I had seen regularly, killed by a pride of lions.

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    Big old Shumba spotted by one of the anti poaching teams in Mozambique.

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    Single shot .450-400 classic used on a buffalo hunt in Mozambique

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    Not your average house cat!

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    It’s a look you will never forget

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    It takes many miles under the boot, tracking dark objects through beautiful scenery only to find that the bull is not of age, so we turn around. Retuning to camp we sip on our G&T as we watch the sun set and tell tales of our day. Then, another early morning start to search for new tracks in hope that it’s the bull we are looking for. The stalks, the sweat and the excitement all seems to be a blur when your iron sights finally align with the ton of beast just 30yards ahead. The 5 seconds of adrenaline from when you squeeze the first trigger till the dust settles, almost seems to feel like an eternity. It is then that we take 5 minutes to reflect and pay our respect to the the old bull. It gives us a whole new perspective as we remind ourselves that the life of this animal allows us to look after these pristine areas; from the anti poaching, to the research and to the social responsibilities in our neighboring rural communities. Hunting Pays For Conservation

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    Hello Alex,

    Really enjoy your photos. You have some great looking animals and concessions.

    I reached out to you by pm, about a hunt a few months ago, but you have yet to respond. If you are going to spend time in marketing, by creating threads and posting photos, it might help business if you would respond to those that are interested in a hunt. Otherwise, is there a need to pay AH to be a sponsor and to waste time posting photos and making comments.

    All the best and have a great season.
     

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    WayBackWednesday!
    My very first safari as a solo guide in 2010

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    Old bulls and double rifles

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    Pre season scouting

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    Grey Ghosts

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    Young Mozambique lions.

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