SOUTH AFRICA: 04/24 Limpopo SA

Wow, congratulations on a fine buffalo, and a beautiful Ruger No.1. BTW, how are you feeling from dealing with Tick Fever?
Thank you for asking. I am still dealing with some issues related to the tick bite but getting a little better each day. My Bell’s palsy symptoms are giving me some grief but the dizziness is much better and the ear/headache pain has drastically decreased.

I’ve accepted the fact that this illness is just the price to pay for the fun I had.
 
Glad to hear you are getting better. I forward your post about medical advice to a member here, and it seems like had it also. He is getting treatment now.

I had a tick on me on my first safari in Limpopo, and the owner went ballistic. He would ask me every day how I was feeling, and the PH and him were ensuring I was fine. Never developed a fever, even though I had the red mark around the bite. I've been bitten by so many ticks; I'm surprise I don't have Lime Disease. As I'm getting older, I take better precautions, and spray my boots and pants.
 
Great Buffalo and first Safari wow!!

Thanks to @PARA45 and your thread I went to the doc and got antibiotics going after a couple days fever that Dr Para diagnosed! I had 4 big red bites seemingly develop when I got back, obviously from tick bites there (Eastern Cape). Prevention is easy, kicking myself for not taking the precautions but like you, feel if that was my payment for such a wonderful first Safari so be it.

I hope you continue to recover, man that’s a great buff! I’m thinking that’s on the list for my next trip.
 
Great Buffalo and first Safari wow!!

Thanks to @PARA45 and your thread I went to the doc and got antibiotics going after a couple days fever that Dr Para diagnosed! I had 4 big red bites seemingly develop when I got back, obviously from tick bites there (Eastern Cape). Prevention is easy, kicking myself for not taking the precautions but like you, feel if that was my payment for such a wonderful first Safari so be it.

I hope you continue to recover, man that’s a great buff! I’m thinking that’s on the list for my next trip.
I’m glad something good came from my post. I figured if there was any place on the whole internet to ask about health issues after a Safari it would be here. Thank you for the support and I hope you continue to recover as well. I highly recommend going after a buffalo.
 
I received the link from my photographer to the treasure chest of pictures he took. I don’t know what his total count was but I received 486 perfect photos documenting our trip. I will never go to Africa again without him behind the camera. Here are a few that stood out to me.

I was in love with that buffalo but the mud made it hard to tell if he was soft or not. We saw him a few days later and confirmed he wasn’t ready yet.

The little terrier was a great companion and a ruthless hunter.

Macro photo of an upland bird.

I had always dreamed of getting to shoot a 500 double and as I walked back from the target tossing that cartridge up in the air all was right in my world.

The crew getting ready to go to work.

A sunset view down the hot and dirty barrels of my shotgun.

A 400 grain drink.

The last photo really sums it up for me.

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Great buff, congrats :D Cheers:
 
Thank you for asking. I am still dealing with some issues related to the tick bite but getting a little better each day. My Bell’s palsy symptoms are giving me some grief but the dizziness is much better and the ear/headache pain has drastically decreased.

I’ve accepted the fact that this illness is just the price to pay for the fun I had.
Very nice buffalo! Sorry to hear that you also suffered tick bite fever! It is no fun at all! My case kicked in strong on the way to the airport. If anyone hates flying, try it with a high fever, nausea and dizziness. In my case, doxycicline kicked it in a couple of days. Although the site of the tick bite remained fugly and itched for 3 months! Still, Africa is worth it.
 
Very nice buffalo! Sorry to hear that you also suffered tick bite fever! It is no fun at all! My case kicked in strong on the way to the airport. If anyone hates flying, try it with a high fever, nausea and dizziness. In my case, doxycicline kicked it in a couple of days. Although the site of the tick bite remained fugly and itched for 3 months! Still, Africa is worth it.
I started developing an earache during the flight. I think what really set me back was waiting a week before I started Doxy. I was on Augmentin but that didn’t do anything for me. I still experience some dizzy spells but I can make do.
 

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