I too used Jack Atcheson and Sons for my first safari (Zimbabwe) and I highly recommend them. I told them what I wanted... buffalo and some plains game, not on a “ranch”. They came up with three outfitters, in three countries. I contacted them, got references, contacted as many as possible. I then went to the SCI convention and met them face to face. Made my decision and booked through Atcheson. They helped answer my questions to get ready and guided me through the process.I would strongly urge you to use a well established hunting consultant. They make their living matching up hunters, expectations, outfitters, and most importantly, budgets. I used Jack Atcheson Jr for my first couple of forays into the unknown and he saved me an enormous amount of worry, frustration and money. I can’t recommend he and his brother more highly. And I should note, they are “paid” by the outfitter, not you. Bob Kern of the Hunting Consortium is another real professional with vast experience.
Thanks to Jack and his team I have hunted with Nick Nolte, Dirk DeBod, Jamy Traut, Grant Taylor and others in concessions I likely never would have found on my own.
Don’t want to be driving forever.
As far as easy to get to, I’m quite happy to drive a couple of hours max after landing. But it’s a long flight so less the better.
Traveling from UK to South Africa or Namibia are normally overnight flights 7 hunts and have been hunting the same day as landing on all 7Most of the properties you'd be looking at hunting in South Africa will require a connecting flight from Joburg to a smaller city if you wish to avoid a longer drive. The good news is these will be short flights, roughly an hour give or take. Once that flight is over, you're generally not too long of a drive from the outfitters lodge.
I bring this up as it should be taken into consideration in making travel plans. If arriving in afternoon / early evening into Joburg, you're likely looking at an overnight there as connecting flights will not be available. Arrive in the morning and likely you'll be able to make a connecting flight that same day.
.......... I chose my outfitter because he has 50,000 acres to hunt all in one location. He offers over 80 species to hunt. .......... truly free range hunting, no high fences.
Traveling from UK to South Africa or Namibia are normally overnight flights 7 hunts and have been hunting the same day as landing on all 7
I agree with those of you from further afield but as the op is UK based I thought I would add my experience on the travelling side from uk
Does anyone know of any particularly great outfitters that always get a glowing rep?