I agree. Much less paperwork and you can always rent a rifle at most outfitters.I'm planning on hunting 10 days. I figure to hunt from blinds first and then maybe try for 1 or 2 animals spot and stalk.
I'm sure that it's not really difficult to bring a gun but I really want to hunt with a bow and if nothing else it will be less paperwork.
wow do you have pictures of your eland ? pictures of where you stayed there we just gave them a deposit ...would like to see what pictures you have of the placeI have hunted with Madiakgama. This is a strange outfit. The hunting wasn't bad but you need to know about trophy size. I shot several animals of good trophy size, but I knew what I was looking for and it wasn't my first trip to Africa. I simply refused to shoot immature animals.
There was a first timer there and they had him shoot a young waterbuck bull and a young kudu (36"). He didn't even know what he was shooting and they really took advantage of him.
I shot a big eland bull early in the morning and we went back to the lodge to get help to load him. Brunch was ready when we got back so we ate even though it was getting warm. We went and loaded the bull and came back to the skinning shed and dropped him off. I think it was around 11:00 AM. We then went back out hunting. When we came in that evening, the eland was still hanging and had not been skinned. I raised some hell and they finally got the cape off.
The food was decent and the rooms were clean and I liked hunting with the son, Jaques (sp). Linda, the mom, can use the F word at least four times per sentance and is the cook and sometimes PH (although I don't think she or the daughter Janaline are actually licensed) and is a little bit crazy. Jimmy is the dad and PH, but I only saw him at meal time.
I could have probably overlooked most of this but when I received my capes they were all ruined. They all promised help, including their booking agent, Jeff Frey, but all I ever got from them is lip service. Soon they wouldn't take my calls or return my emails so I wrote them off as someone I would never do business with again.
I know other people who had a great time with them and no problems at all. I do know two other people that hunted with them that ended up with bad capes as well. I wouldn't recommend them especially to a first timer. I also know for a fact they pulled a fast one on a guy with a pen raised lion. He thought he was shooting a wild lion and the Taljaards and Frikie du Toit (sp) convinced him that the lion had come in after their plains game.
If you want more info you can PM me but you really might continue your search for a good outfit. Life is too short to waste your time and money on a second class hunt. I have hunted Africa six times and this is the only outfit that I have hunted with that I would not recommend.