SOUTH AFRICA: 2011 Hunt with Spiral Horn Safaris

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This hunt was conceived the when I got on the plane to come home from my 2010 hunt with Louis!

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My friend Prentiss and I had a wornderful time, hunting and relaxing at Spiral Horn. I have been talking to my wife about taking her on safari. She went thru breast cancer in 2009-2010-- in short it sucked:vomit:. She has been doing awesome. Her last 3 scans have been good and clean, and she has been coming out of her shell. She told me at christmas that she wanted to hunt! You could have almost nocked me over.

We hunted a little in fall, and found a suitable big game rifle she liked ( a blaser r93 257 wby mag). She shoots it like a dream--most of the time--more on that later.

After a 7 hr delay in ATL we were on our way to Joburg. We arrived at 1:30 am and Louis was there to pick us up! Man what a guy!!!! Louis drove us all night to the ranch and we arrived at sun up. After a quick nap-- and some breakfast we were off for our first game drive.

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The landscape is just how I remember. I love it--its like west Texas with a little more of an accent and more thorns!

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Right before 4pm Louis jumps out of the bakkie and says to my wife--"grab our rifle Audra". She said do you see a Kudu-- Louis said "no an impala". My wife had come for a kudu, but Louis eyes were as big as silver dollars so she got her gun.

A few min later and a boom! Audra had her first African animal in the salt-- a 25 1/2 in impala--what a way to start off:

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A proud lady

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A few pic's later and night was coming on fast. We made it back to camp for a sun downer or two--its a hard life!

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The next couple of days we spent looking for Giraffe and Blue Wildebeest for me. Blue wildebeest have always been tough for me. They like to hold up in the brush and clear shots on Louis place are few and far between. On the 3rd day Louis and I find a herd working thru the brush. We work into position and get a shot at them. He was a nice hard headed ol bull.

Hunting Blue Wildebeest Video

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We drove around the rest of the eve looking for bull Giraffe--nothing! Right before dusk I see something rustling in the brush. David ( Louis appy and board member here) jumps off the cruiser and nabs a pangolian-- It blessed our hunt. What a neat animal:

David:
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The next morning we look for Giraffe again--and low and behold we run into the bull we had been looking for we put the sneek on him ( hard for a animal that can see two stories up). I wacked him with a 416 Rigby and put him down with one shot. Giraffe are tough--and Louis has had them run for a couple of days with holes put in them--when they were not placed right the first time. I was glad to see him go down!

Hunting Giraffe Video

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With the Giraffe off our back we could focus on Gemsbok, Waterbuck and Audra's Kudu. We spent the next day just stalking and looking. Audra had looks at bulls in the 55 to 58in range on Louis place and just could not get on them. on The 6th day we run into a really nice bull-- Audra got into position and Louis walked her thru the shot. She had a long time( a little too long) and hit the Kudu a little far back. We let it stiffen a bit and went to find it. After about an hr we recovered the Kudu and all was saved. Audra felt terriable--but hey thats hunting-- sometimes it does not run smooth. She got her nice 51 in Kudu none the less:

Hunting Kudu Video

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On the finial day we found me a nice Gemsbok: Made a good stalk--and I put the hammer on him. It was a great way to end a hunt:

Hunting Gemsbuck Video

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My friend Tip Burns also hunted with us and he took a nice warthog, Blue Wildebeest, and Impala. Louis runs a good camp--and you will have a great time. A few last pics:

Breathtaking sunsets

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Great food:

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Neat animals

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A little danger ( Leopard track outside of camp)

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Treating my wife so good she did not want to leave

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And a satisfied customer--Louis I will be back my friend!

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If any of you guys out there are thinking about taking your wife-- there are too sides to the tale. On the good side you will never have to hide your hunting fund again. The bad part is the hunting fund--just got cut in half! Louis because of you I will need a wallet transplant soon! :):mad::p

Cheers,

Ed
 

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505ED,

Great report! By far the best part of your story is the part about your wife's health! The next best part are the great trophies the two of you took. However, there is one correction to be made. Your hunting fund wasn't cut in half, it's that your hunting fund requirement has now been doubled!! :D
 

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Hi Ed

Thank you for a great safari!

You better never leave Audra home ever again, you got a keeper there she is one special lady.

Best Regards
Louis van Bergen
 

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Ed,

Great report. I really like the mix of videos with the story. Really great.

Audra's kudu is classically beautiful. I love it. Her story in itself is wonderful.

I've always heard of pangolin being good luck, i'd say that is correct!

It's nice to see yet another satisfied hunt with Spiral Horn Safaris and Louis Van Bergen. I leave in 18 days for a 12 day bowhunt with Louis. Another return client ready to go!
 

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Great report 505ED!
Congrats on your fine collection of animals!
 

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That was a timely report you just returned and shared your story with the rest of the
AH family...

The story was great, you have some fantastic trophies and best of all you had a real good time...

Thank you and be sure to go to the outfitter section and place your report for
Louis Van Bergen
Spiral Horn Safaris - South Africa
Cell:+ 27 76 577 6292
safari.spiralhorn@gmail.com
www.SpiralHorn.co.za
 

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Ed & Audra.
Thanks for sharing this fantastic adventure, and most of all, to read that you guys beat the cancer. Good luck in future with life and of cause hunting.

Stay safe and God bless.
Michael
 

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Glad, you two had a great hunt and shot some fantastic animals. Louis is very good at getting pictures positioned! That kudu is very beautiful...and I would have thought it easily would have gone 52+. And I would love to have a monster impala like Audra's! The pictures of your hunt are making home sick for Africa (lol)!
 

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Good stuff! Great trophies, congrats big time!!
 

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Thanks for the report and congratulations for the hunt!

I know what you have been through, my wife beat a kidney cancer a few years back. My advice....enjoy life to the full, you never know what s coming ahead :thumb:
 

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Thanks for all the kind comments guys!

Louis--I dont think I can leave her at home anymore. She is already planning on a back to Africa trip in '13 or '14 and bringing the little ones. She said she needs another Zebra rug, eland, and nyala...Oh boy better break into the Bookers!!!!!

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Have a great weekend guys,

Ed
 

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Thanks for the Great report and congratulations on the Fine Trophy's!!! The Smile on you and your wifes face tells the rest of the story.
 

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Ed

It would be great to have Riley with us as well, I will make her chocolate milk every morning you and Audra can sleep in LOL!

A big thanks to all the AH members for the positive comments it is appreciated!

Best Regards
Louis van Bergen
 

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Great report Ed and Audra !
Congrats.
Ed you should submit that Zebra rug picture for publication in the RSA Illustrated Swim Suit Edition.:laughing:

Ty
 

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505Ed,

Congratulations Audra & Ed !!! you both must have had a great safari with the Spiral Horns , very fine trophies, and beautiful pictures, Louis for sure is a great host and a brilliant PH.
Thanks for sharing ....

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Congratulations Audra and Ed,
I am glad to hear that Audra is doing well.
You had a terrific hunt with Spiral Horn Safaris, and took some beautiful trophies !
From your pictures, it looks like you guys had a wonderful time with Louis, Frikkie, and David.
I look forward to catching up with you and Tip in Texas...or in South Africa.

All the best,
Prentiss
 

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