I just wrapped up my hunt with Limcroma. The process, starting with booking through Dan Leahy to the completion of my hunt, could not have gone smoother. From logistics, lodging, meals, and of course the actual hunt, everything far exceeded our expectations. The trophies can speak for themselves, but what they do not show is all of the professionalism and care that Dan Leahy and the Limcroma staff take with each client. My family and I began researching our first trip to Africa about four years back. We got serious after attending an SCI convention about two years ago, and finally decided to commit. We looked for an outfitter that could equally accommodate and entertain my non-hunting wife and two teenage children and myself with a pretty aggressive trophy list. We explored several outfitters and lodge proposals before deciding to book with Limcroma. In total, we booked a 16-day vacation to Africa. We began our adventure spending 8 amazing days at the Sable Valley Lodge property. The online pictures and videos really do not convey the luxury and atmosphere of the property. My wife and I had our own chalet while our teenagers had their own private chalet; both were outfitted with an incredible en-suite bath. Our trip began with a brief stay at the Afton Guest house located right by the JNB airport. The guest house was clean and quaint. We appreciated being met right at the airport by the Afton House representative, and we arrived at the Guest House less than 15 minutes later. We woke the next morning refreshed, and had a nice full service breakfast prior pick-up by our guide. On the way to the Limcroma lodge we chose to stop off at the Monkey Sanctuary in Hartebeespoortdam. It was a nice break in the drive and incredible to be able to walk around with the different types of primates wandering “free” all around us. From there, our guide took us for lunch at the Upper Deck Restaurant, where we had a good meal before continuing travel to the Limcroma lodge. As we transferred from our guide/driver to Jan (pronounced “YON”), my PH for the coming days, we knew we were in for a great week. He was outgoing and as we finished up the last part of our travel to the lodge, he provided us with an overview of the area, culture, and it history. He was extremely patient as all of us bombarded him with questions but he was also gracious and polite when responding with information. We pulled up to camp and our breath was taken away as we began to see the different plains game animals and the beauty of the property. We were warmly greeted by the camp manager Marselle, and all the housekeeping and cooking staff. As I woke up the first morning to have a hearty breakfast, I reviewed the hunting plan for the day with Jan. He was extremely professional and made me feel so comfortable with what to expect. I then met Jennings, his tracker, and Jan’s tracking dog, Selous; a Jack Russell Terrier. I could go into so much detail about the actual hunt, but to be brief, I will share that while hunting my six animals, we encountered just about every situation I have ever seen or read about when researching this trip. We spent hours glassing from Jan’s vehicle, stalking potential game on foot, shooting from sticks, off Jan’s shoulder, sitting, standing, and even offhand. In every case, Jan was RELENTLESS for finding and getting me in a comfortable range for only quality old trophies with plenty of character. Unfortunately, and at no fault of Jan, my shooting was not always the best. Fortunately, Jan and my trackers Jennings and Frans were world class and were not going to rest until we got back on the wounded animals, allowing me to take the animals quickly. When it comes to the hunting it was truly beyond expectations in every way. While I was off hunting, my wife and children were assigned an amazing PH, Hardus, to take them around to many non-hunting activities. He arranged for game drives, river game viewing, sitting in a blind, etc. They visited several game parks, along with going curio shopping and a brief visit to the spa for my wife and daughter (Hardus and my son were real troopers, and spent the time relaxing while the ladies had their treatments at the Bushwa Private Game Lodge spa). Hardus really helped make this a great trip; he not only kept my family entertained, but was so personable. He developed a real friendship with my family and was able to relate to all of them. On most days when I was back at the lodge over lunch for siesta my family was able to join me and it was so gratifying to hear how excited they were for whatever adventure Hardus guided them on that morning. We were always able to have dinner together, which gave me the opportunity to share stories of my day with them, and learn about their adventures too, while we enjoyed time relaxing by the fire before and after dinner. Before I discuss the non -hunting parts of our trip, I would be remisce if I did not also call out Marselle, her infectious smile, and the amazing meals that she cooked for our family. Having a wife that typically is not a fan of “game meat” and two picky teenagers, I was really worried about what they would eat. But, I worried for nothing. Marselle not only makes the most delicious meals with the game taken on at the lodge, but prepared the meat in a way that my kids and wife were often asking for seconds. She even took requests, thrilling my son by making kudu spaghetti for one meal, and gemsbok stroganoff for another. She even noticed that my son was not a fan of cheese, and would make cheese-free options for him. It was bittersweet as we came to the end of our stay at Limcroma, even though we were excited for our next adventure. I was ecstatic to hear my wife say to me on our last night there, “we will be back to Limcroma for a future vacation.” We departed Limcroma and Hardus drove us all the way to JNB. He did not merely drop us off at the departure gate. Instead, he helped us with our luggage, saw to it that we got checked in, and even ensured we got through security before he finally departed. “What amazing service” my wife and I both commented. We departed JNB and headed down to Cape Town for the 2nd leg of the trip; all arranged for us by Custom Travel, by way of Dan Leahy and the Limcroma staff. When we arrived in Cape Town we were met by our energetic driver and tour guide, Sarah. She made our three days in the cape, quite literally turn key. We visited Table Mountain, Cape Horn, the penguin colony at Boulders Beach, and Robben Island. We stayed at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront on the wharf and had a lovely time of sightseeing and learning about the history of South Africa. Sarah was a true professional and took such care to ensure we had an extraordinary time in the Cape. We then departed Cape Town and headed to Zambia. We spent 3 days at the extremely luxurious Royal Livingstone Hotel, which is within walking distance of Victoria Falls (less than 15 minutes). Dan Leahy and the Limcroma staff helped arrange a jammed-packed itinerary for us in Zambia. We began our trip with a personally guided walking tour of the falls. Over the next few days we zip-lined over the nearby gorge, did a “walk with lions” tour, a helicopter flight over the falls, a sunset cruise on the African Queen (we highly recommend, just for a nice relaxing evening), and finished our trip off with a night game drive and dinner in the bush in Zimbabwe.