NAMIBIA: Off To Namibia

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On my way home folks. I will post a great deal when I get to Kansas City.
just wait as Paul Harvey use to say for “The Rest Of The Story”
 

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So I made it through to Johannesburg and am in the slow lounge awaiting departure time of 11:10 pm on KLM through Amsterdam. Delta really made this difficult this trip but headed home.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Namibia with EINTRACHT JAGDSAFARIS operated by Pieter Delport.
He did an amazing job for me pre in two different areas of the country and multiple baits on his home turf. He is highly professional and honest. Staff at his cattle farm are very good especially the cook and the tracker!
I know from posts here some of you have hunted with Pieter and can back up what I am saying.
 

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Be safe heading home! Looking forward to the last of your report!
 

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Windhoek airport is under renovation which it needed for sure. It is clean on the departures side and staff are helpful. The arrivals hall is also being updated and customs is really easy.
Thought future first time visitors to Namibia would like a view of the airport.
 

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View attachment 408301View attachment 408302Windhoek airport is under renovation which it needed for sure. It is clean on the departures side and staff are helpful. The arrivals hall is also being updated and customs is really easy.
Thought future first time visitors to Namibia would like a view of the airport.
Thank you. When might you be back home? You have all of us waiting anxiously ;)
 

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KLM got me to Amsterdam and their business class service was good even with COVID restrictions. On the 11 hour flight I got about five hours of much needed sleep. As everyone might imagine Leopard hunting keeps one awake for 18-20 hours a day and the last seven days have been very hard hunting.
Shooting bait and meat for the farm workers keeps you busy as well.
I have to tell you folks Pieter Delport is all hunter even though he has this massive property to manage. If your going to hunt Leopard the PH absolutely has to know the area like the back of his hand and be in tune with the surrounding properties. Good relations with neighbors is a must because they help supply information on cat activity. Delport had all of this wired. Even in a second area well to the other side of the Capital. One that property there had been very good activity on different baits. A good male was there up to the week I left for Namibia and his pattern was to be away a few days and reappear. Wouldn’t you know when I got there he disappeared all together. We thought it was time for him to be back so we sat on his favorite bait sight but he was a no show. Interesting that four days late a female with a large cub came to that bait. The two of them hung on it until the broke the wire and proceeded to drag the bait away.
 

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One picture in early April of nice cat that we had hoped to see at the other area.
 

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Female and cub that pulled down a bait.
 

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As I think I mentioned previously Pieter had several baits up in the home area. The Tom he had targeted seemed to have a regular pattern of coming to one particular bait tree but right before I got there he became erratic.
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We had the opportunity to use a structure that was built on the farm in the 1970s, but not used in the last 20 years, as our blind for the cat we had targeted. The small house had been built for a farm hand who’s job it was to walk several miles a day to check wind mills and water flow to cattle water stations. Our good fortune was that it gave us a great vantage point over the bait and kept the wind off of us. We would get to the blind at 3 to 3:30 in the afternoon and stay until the next morning until about 8 in hopes of catching the cat as the sun went down or the following morning when it came up.
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