Mozambique Tales Of Boomslang Snakes, Man-eating Crocodiles & Angry Buffalo 2013-2014

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It’s been about ten years but since I’m laid up after surgery on my right tibia, I thought I would share some safari adventures in Mozambique.

After a 2012 safari to the SVC in Zimbabwe, my wife and I knew we had to go back. A cancellation safari came across my desk and I jumped on it. The safari was for leopard, buffalo, sable and plains game with the late Jamie Wilson of Luambeze/Mazeze Safaris in the Niassa Reserve area R3 bordering Tanzania. The gentleman that cancelled told me he had been there four times and had killed four leopards with a bow in daylight! He said the leopards in the area weren’t the biggest in Africa but due to the absence of people, they also weren’t very spooky. I had heard tales of hunters struggling to get a leopard after several trips so this sounded too good to be true but Jamie confirmed the story!

I booked for July and started making the necessary travel arrangements and applied for a USFWS leopard permit, which I received before I left for Africa.

Before we knew it, Wendy and I were on our way to Africa for the second time. I brought my custom Winchester M70 .338 WM and my CZ550 .458 Lott. After flying to JNB, we took another flight to Pemba, where we met Jamie. We went straight to his plane, a twin engine Piper Navajo. Besides being a very experienced PH, Jamie was also a great pilot.

Flying with us was Jamie’s head tracker, Cosimo, who had just been released from the hospital after being tackled and bit by a wounded leopard. Cosimo had stitches on his scalp and cheek. Wow, this was getting real!

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It's been a solid three minutes since this announcement....still waiting...
 

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Looking forward to “the rest of the story”. Better late than never! :)
And wishing you a speedy recovery.
 

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Sounds like an adventure to come.
 

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Here’s the video of Cosimo getting slammed down by the leopard. Jamie acts very quickly with his CZ550 .458 Lott with open sights and kills the leopard. The skill and quickness he exhibited to kill the leopard without shooting Cosimo was incredible! You can see that Cosimo and Jamie have big heavy coats on for a bit of protection. This leopard was shot across the brisket and through one front leg by a 10 year-old boy the evening before. A returning wealthy client from Chicago booked two full bag safaris - lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and plains game for his two nephews aged ten and twelve years-old! These boys were obviously not experienced hunters and the client should have known better. This all happened on the safari immediately preceding mine.

Can you guys see the video? Let me know.
 

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I could watch the video when downloading it.
It happened very fast and leopard was dispatched quickly.
 

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Here’s the video of Cosimo getting slammed down by the leopard. Jamie acts very quickly with his CZ550 .458 Lott with open sights and kills the leopard. ...

Can you guys see the video? Let me know.
I was able to download it and watch it. Very fast response; no hesitation. Thank you for sharing.
 

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Yes watched the video & reminds me how lucky I have been a couple of times to have not had this happen on follow up, I think I do take leopards a bit lightly !
 

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Here’s the video of Cosimo getting slammed down by the leopard. Jamie acts very quickly with his CZ550 .458 Lott with open sights and kills the leopard. The skill and quickness he exhibited to kill the leopard without shooting Cosimo was incredible! You can see that Cosimo and Jamie have big heavy coats on for a bit of protection. This leopard was shot across the brisket and through one front leg by a 10 year-old boy the evening before. A returning wealthy client from Chicago booked two full bag safaris - lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and plains game for his two nephews aged ten and twelve years-old! These boys were obviously not experienced hunters and the client should have known better. This all happened on the safari immediately preceding mine.

Can you guys see the video? Let me know.
That was quick!
 

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Looking forward to hearing more!
 

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I had the volume up to load and I kinda jumped out my chair. Never heard a leopard growl like that. Quick response. Notice how the cameraman stayed and other tracker and client withdrew very quickly.
 

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