Great report, thank you, as I am considering Kowas just now....I just looked up when I joined AH back in 2011 in hopes of finally booking my first african hunt, wow time flys!! Its now 7 years later and have yet to make it to Africa But...here I am, 54 years old now, and I am finally ready to place a deposit at the next Dallas show in January for a 2020 hunt, possibly along with my two older nephews and new son in law. Seems like its taken me forever to get here, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have only reached out to Kowas so far. They have been clear & helpful in a few emails to date in my early research stages.
So....To Dean, the OP, and the rest of the hunters that hunt Namibia...How on earth do you narrow down the outfitter, the area and time of year with so many choices??? Seems each has "great" attributes advertised- nice websites, glossy photos, nice accommodations, good food, fantastic hunting and lots of game? Seems you can book dry months, wet months, cold months, highlands, low lands, dry brush, green valleys? Some can be all flat plains, some rocky hills and valleys? Some cater to bow, some rifle and some both? Some spot and stalk and some truck hunt based on your needs? I could go on and on but those that did their first research know what I mean. So how did you do it? Make a list of your wishes, see who was closet to offering that, has good referrals and then just took the plunge and booked it? Seems as thats as best as I could do? Only thing better would be having a personal friend have hunted a place first and recommended it? But I don't have anyone with first hand knowledge. So here I am asking the WWW, which many of us had to rely on. As well as calling referrals and meeting at shows face to face. But that only goes so far. I wont really know until I drive in that gate in Namibia is the hard fact.
I like what I see and have read on Kowas as well as trip reports like this. They seem to have what I would want out of my first Safari?
So how'd ya pick the outfitter, time of year and why that terrain/part of the country?