I have not hunted with Thorndale. But, I did a little research and on the surface they look like a good outfit. The prices are competitive with most of the EC outfitters that I have seen. And they are upfront about extra costs, i.e. VAT is included in pricing and airport transfers included etc.
But, there is a lot to be said for contacting the outfitter directly and communicating with them. Also requesting references.
I hunted with them in 2011. They came on here a couple of yrs ago claiming their lodge was 5 star. I would call it 4 star. We had some good hunting, but also some issues...... Here is the story of my impala with them https://www.africahunting.com/threads/africa-last-year.8291/#post-58444 Next my Lechwe and Bushbuck: https://www.africahunting.com/threads/my-lechwe-and-bushbuck-hunt.8584/#post-62174
I had a pretty good hunt. There were 4 of us plus my taxidermist at that time showed up after we had been there a few days. Some of the others didn't have as good of hunts..... There were some animals that were not shipped and other issues. If you want a list of the good and the bad I can do that for you. Its been 6 yrs and if your looking at next yr it will be 7 since I have been there. A lot changes in that amount of time.
My PH on that trip was Matthew. He was 22 at the time and rather green. The last I heard he was still there. He should know the property and animals well by now. Bruce
I have spoken with them directly and Matt is the current ranch manager. I would love to hear any good and or bad about them in a pm. I have been real happy with communication and adjustment of package to fit our needs so far.
You’ve got an interesting screen name. Will the Thrill provided lots of great times for me as a lifelong Giants fan. Even though I never met him, a number of buddies either duck hunted or shared a dugout with him. He’s a great guy according to those guys. Cool screen name and if that’s your real name, it’s a great one.
I ran across a message from you a couple of years ago while I was going through old emails. I have arranged a second bison hunt in Nebraska in September 2024, about 6-years after the first, when my supply of bison meat was exhausted. My email is [redacted].