NAMIBIA: Namibia's "Khomas Highland Hunting Safaris"

Wish I was within striking distance

Oh Homey,

I wish you were too.
We could shoot air rifles and also launch some sharp sticks from the porch, grill some sausages, drink some cervezas and have some laughs, like we used to do up at that old tree house.
But I know your career has taken you far away and you’ve done well.
I salute you.

Best regards,
Your old Pops.
 
Great report! You've certainly got a way with words! Congrats on all the trophies- what an adventure!
 
Fantastic write up, thanks for sharing. I’m currently conversing with Phillip about a trip so I appreciate the insight.

We need man cave pics of your trophies now that you’ve received them!

Fin
 
Fantastic write up, thanks for sharing. I’m currently conversing with Phillip about a trip so I appreciate the insight.

We need man cave pics of your trophies now that you’ve received them!

Fin

Fin,

I’m totally remiss in not posting photos of my taxidermy delivery.
My only weak excuse is that even though I’m retired, I’ve been working a lot (supposed to be part time but, Murphy’s Law is in full play).
I will post soon.
Thanks for the jump-start.
I needed it.

Cheers,
Paul.
 
Hi again MT_Fin,

Today, I battled my computer to post photos.
Spent a couple hours or more on it.
Was experiencing success dragging and dropping photos, until approximately photo #10 or # 12 I guess.
At this point, suddenly POOF, that particular photo suddenly decided to cover the full page.
I tried to figure out what to do but, nothing would budge until I decided to just delete it.
With that, all my photos disappeared.

As you can see, they do still exist in "thumbnail" size, at the bottom of this post.
Furthermore, I have more to post on this taxidermy topic but haven't dragged and dropped them all yet.
But, I'm convinced that since a computer is involved, there will be further failure, if I try to touch any of them.
It's 10:30 PM here now so, I'm giving up until some other day.
Probably won't be soon, because I don't need the boost in blood pressure at my age.
Sorry.

Paul.

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Thanks. I understand the frustration with the computer. I enjoy what you have sent thus far. I look forward to the rest when possible.
 
Thanks. I understand the frustration with the computer. I enjoy what you have sent thus far. I look forward to the rest when possible.

Hi gesch,

Of course now, after a good night’s sleep (spent dreaming of smashing computers with a big hammer), I sign into the forum and again POOF, more computer black magic, suddenly my photos are full size LMAO.

Cheers,
Velo Dunce.
 
Guten Morgen,

After 3 days flying, including layovers in various cities such as, Johannesburg, London, Atlanta and Seattle, I finally arrived home here in Anchorage, yesterday in time for supper.
Having to use mileage awards, in order to better afford this latest safari, I was stuck flying with British Air, for much of the way and the seats available included some long layovers here and there.

However, all that helped to make my # 5 African hunting trip possible.
If you can afford to actually purchase your airline tickets, I recommend you avoid British Airlines, as they are all drinking the standard issue Coolaide from the Earth Worshiper's Anti-Hunting Cult (they "lost" my son's quite expensive archery tackle.)
Hit but not staggered, he pressed on with a bow borrowed from his excellent PH, name of Errens there in Namibia.
No delusional, oatmeal slurping follower of Wicca can ever hope to stymie one of my sons.
Unlike the darkness loving roaches of Earth Worship, my boys cling to the light and therefore they fear no evil.

ANYWAY !.........

DAY #1:
Old friend of 50 years now (Dale, known him since age 14 and now we're both 64, where did those years go?), and my eldest son, Danny (writing in this forum as, "DoubleLunger"), arrived at Windhoek (about the size of Boise Idaho) and were met by the Manager of our chosen safari company, (refer to thread title) name of Philip Hennings.
He is a friendly fellow, with a good sense of humor and a keen hunter.
Philip speaks at least 3 languages fluently, one of which is English.
We gathered up what belongings that British Air had not stolen from us and walked out to the vehicle.

There we met a German client named Sasha who, had taken a large Tom leopard, as well as a large brown hyena, with Philip as his PH, hunting over bait.
Sasha was rightfully grinning from ear to ear as we congratulated him for his well done safari.
We also met a French PH named Benjamin who, also spoke perfect English, among other languages.
He was in Namibia until the political unrest plays out in Cameroon.
His usual thing is forest buffalo, Lord Derby eland, bongo, giant forest hog, harnessed bushbuck and such in Cameroon.
He rents a CZ .375 to clients and he usually carries a CZ .458 Lott to back them.
But he also has a Kreighoff ejector double in .50o NE that, he said sometimes is a little stubborn to open in the wet jungle conditions when it's very hot and two rapid shots are fired.

MOVING RIGHT ALONG:
After stopping at a store for essential groceries, (such as beer,) we rolled out to the "Farm Heusis".
It's what us North Americans would definitely call a "cattle ranch" (pronounced Farm Hoy-sis).
It's only perhaps 1.5 hours drive up into the mountains from the city but very "bush Africa" begins within 20 minutes after leaving the city limits.
We began seeing warthogs and baboons right about 10 or 15 minutes out of town as well.

Located inside the 4 million acre Khomas Hochland Highlands Concervancy, sprawling Farm Heusis is not technically in a desert but rather a "mountain savana / mountain bushveld ecosystem".
I.E. these hills and valleys are grassy, with small earthen dams here and there, to hold water.
And, there are plenty of trees, not unlike the foothills of northern California's Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Except instead of California oaks, these were camelthorn and other African trees.
Our hottest day was about +85 degrees Fnht, our coolest about 75.
Typical mountain weather, nights were much cooler, perhaps in the low 40's ?
Nearing the end of dry season, so the plentiful grass was parched, except near the dams.
The beef cattle and game animals, numerous diversified birds, etc., were very healthy looking, well fed, etc.

We unloaded our belongings into a guest house of 4 bedrooms, 3 bath, and open floor plan, (living room, dining area, kitchen, all one room).
Complete with a vault to secure our passports and rented rifles in, when not out hunting (nice touch).

We marveled at the endless rolling landscape and the multitude of antelope spoor near our new home, as we cracked open each a cold Windhoek Lager out on the veranda, just outside our front door, as the Namibian sun was setting.
There are no game fences there, only belt buckle high live stock fences, such as are common on any cattle ranch.
And these were not especially common either.
After passing through 2 or 3 gates during the first 10 minutes or so of leaving the house and kraal area, even low cattle fences were many miles apart and seldom seen.

DINNER IS SERVED:
Over in the large, main farm house, we sat down to:
Zebra cutlets, simmered in peppered gravy, braised carrots, green salad with vinegrette dressing and feta cheese crumbles, baked root vegetable medley, Fat Bastard penotage red wine from Capetown South Africa, water and / or mango juice, whatever you preferred.
I had heard that Hartmann or Mountain zebra was quite good eating and found this to be quite true.
It was very tender and the mild flavor somewhat reminded me of expensive veal.

Danny's PH, Errens arrived late for supper (his elderly mom was in the hospital from a sudden bout with very high spiking blood pressure).
In spite of his family emergency, he put in his best party face and turned out to be a perfect Hunting Guide for Danny's archery plans.
This in delightful contrast to British Air's best efforts toward stopping this holiday.

Owner and fearless leader of Farm Heusis - Philip's father, Dietmar Hennings, always presided over the supper festivities, proposing toasts to this or that and a fountain of knowledge regarding Namibia, as well as most any world topic.
A jolly and very well read fellow who, also spoke multiple languages, including Spanish among others.

After that fine supper, we all went off to our respective sleeping quarters to be ready for 7:15 AM breakfast, zero the rifles and go hunting.

PHOTOS:
With my apologies, try as I have, nonetheless I'm unable to outsmart the computer gremlins (they probably work for British Airlines) in regards to posting photos.

Therefore, you must rely on Danny and perhaps Philip to post photos of our grand times up in the Khomas Hochland Conservancy.

TO BE CONTINUED...

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Great write up and photo. Bolt is on wrong side though ;)
 
Hi again MT_Fin,

Today, I battled my computer to post photos.
Spent a couple hours or more on it.
Was experiencing success dragging and dropping photos, until approximately photo #10 or # 12 I guess.
At this point, suddenly POOF, that particular photo suddenly decided to cover the full page.
I tried to figure out what to do but, nothing would budge until I decided to just delete it.
With that, all my photos disappeared.

As you can see, they do still exist in "thumbnail" size, at the bottom of this post.
Furthermore, I have more to post on this taxidermy topic but haven't dragged and dropped them all yet.
But, I'm convinced that since a computer is involved, there will be further failure, if I try to touch any of them.
It's 10:30 PM here now so, I'm giving up until some other day.
Probably won't be soon, because I don't need the boost in blood pressure at my age.
Sorry.

Paul.

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Very nice.
 
What an absolutely fantastic report! @Von Gruff said it perfectly, the content was just as enjoyable as the way you shared it!

Glad all three of you had a wonderful time and shared the trip with all of us! Get back to Africa soon so we can read more reports LOL!
 

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