Dates: August 6th -21st, 2019
Hunt Area: NW Namibia, West of the town of Outjo.
Safari Operator: Johann Veldsman, Shona Hunting Adventures.
PH: Johann Veldsman
Assistant PH: Jonas – Master Hunter designation
Booking Agent: Elaine Ness-Africa Dreams Hunting Consultant Inc., Alberta, Canada.
Travel Agent: None. Flight schedule was: Saskatoon- Edmonton- Reykjavik - Frankfurt- Windhoek.
Equipment: Due to the convoluted flight schedule, and the fact that we were spending time in Germany before and after the safari, we rented a rifle from the outfitter. CZ Model 550 in 9.3x62 Mauser, topped with a Leupold 1.5 x5 VXR. It used hand-loaded brass with 286 gr Barnes X bullets. I am left-handed while the rifle was not. This was not a problem but next time I will bring a glue-on cheek piece to raise the comb. We were equipped with a Canon D6 camera, Swarovski and Nikon binoculars.
Topography: Rolling hills with very rocky ground, stunted camel thorn trees, buffalo thorn and rocky outcroppings called “koppies”. Also, flat, winding, sandy, river bottom with large ‘Anna’ trees. It is interesting country to hunt!
Animals Sought: Leopard, Eland, Oryx, springbok, Kudu, Baboon, Warthog.
Animals Taken: Leopard, Oryx-x3, Springbok-x2, Baboon, Kudu.
Animals observed in Etosha Park: rhino, elephant, lion, giraffe, hartebeest, oryx, springbok, eland, Burchell’s zebra, Hartmann’s zebra, black faced impala, brown hyena, spotted hyena, honey badger, bat eared fox, jackal, and mongoose.
At Shona Hunting Safaris: elephant, eland, leopard, giraffe, oryx, kudu, springbok, steenbok, grysbok, damara dik-dik, baboon, scrub hare, civet, rock hyrax, Hartman’s zebra. Note: We didn’t see any warthogs in the hunting area (casualties of the drought) but plenty in the ditches on our travels around the country.
Type of Hunting: Spot and Stalk, Bait and blind for leopard.
This has been my second trip to Africa. Once again, I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Africa Hunting Forums, and its knowledgeable members for their assistance and expertise in all things pertaining to Africa. This report is my way of saying “Thank You” to both AHF and my outfitter…..I will post a few pictures and stories.
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