Location: Thabazimbi, Limpopo, South Africa Outfitter: Limcroma Safaris Hunters: Myself (Ross Reamy) Wife (Dana), Wife’s Uncle (Gil) PH: Henno Smit Trackers: Andres Cameraman: Bruwer – Bush Bro. Productions Manager/Owner: Hannes Els Dates: May 19-29, 2017 Area hunted: Thabazimbi, Limpopo; Vaalwater, Limpopo; Swartruggens, North West Rifle: .308 Win – Remington 700 AAC-SD topped with Swarovski Z5 3.5-18X44 w/ Yankee Hill LT Suppressor, Weatherby Ultra Lightweight Mark V w/ Leupold VXL 3.5-10X50, both shooting handloaded 168 Barnes TTSX at 2600 FPS Animals taken: Myself: Impala, Common Blesbok, Black Mamba, Jackal, Blue Wildebeest, Gemsbok, Zebra, Black Wildebeest Dana: White Blesbok, Red Hartebeest, Kudu, Springbok Gil: Sable, Black Impala, Steenbok, Zebra Additional Animals seen: Nyala, Waterbuck, Ostrich, Cape Eland, Cape Buffalo, Hippo, Giraffe, Limpopo Bushbuck, Sable, Bat-earred Fox, Duiker, Aardvark, Aardwolf, Boom Slang, Vervet Monkey, Warthog, Tsessebe, Brown Hyena, Honey Badger, Civet, Spring Hare Hunting in Africa has always been a dream of mine, ever since I was a young child, so I made myself a promise that I would make that dream a reality before the age of 40. My dad and I planned on going together, and it was something we talked about many times. Thanks to my dad, I've got what some may classify as an unhealthy obsession with the outdoors, guns, and hunting, and I thank God every day that my dad ignited that passion/obsession at a very early age. So, of course the conversation of hunting the “Dark Continent” got brought up hundreds of times, in deer stands, duck blinds, deer lease road trips, etc… Well, skip forward 20 something years, life was starting to make some drastic changes. Some for the better, but one major life event brought my dreams of ever hunting Africa with my dad to a screeching halt. 2015 started off great, I married the girl of my dreams, Dana, on the beach in Mexico surrounded by our family and friends, someone that shares my passion for hunting and the outdoors in general, life was great. But on November 1, 2015 my great happy life was turned completely upside down, I unexpectedly lost my dad, my best/favorite hunting buddy. I was completely lost of course at first, but as events like this will sometimes do, it completely changed my outlook on life, and I like to think for the better in that regard. There would be no more just talk, we were going to start making these big adventures realities. Life is way too short, and as I learned, the ones you love can be gone in the blink of an eye, fortunately you’ve got memories, but you’ve also got regrets of not doing some things that you wish you would have made time for. So, at the 2016 DSC show, after a short discussion with Hannes we booked a safari with Limcroma Safaris for May 2017, at the suggestion of Tim McManus. Tim is a representative for Limcroma, and good friends with my wife’s uncle, Gil, so I had complete faith that everything would be to my liking. Gil had hunted in South Africa 3 years prior, and would be joining us on this hunt as well. It was comforting having someone going with some experience. The months dragged by but luckily Africahunting.com made the wait bearable getting to read all the hunting reports and just picking up all kinds of knowledge of hunting Africa in general. I also enjoyed reading basically all Ruark and Capstick’s books on the subject. Finally, May 17th arrived, the day of our departure. We flew Delta from Dallas to Atlanta, then hopped on that lovely 15 some odd hour Delta 200 flight. I’m not going to church it up, that flight absolutely sucked but knowing I’d be hunting Africa soon made it all worthwhile. We used Riflepermits.com’s VIP and rifle permit services, can’t brag on them enough. A young man met us as soon as we got off the plane, walked us straight to the front of the customs line, got our bags and took us to Anna, who then made the rifle permits process absolutely effortless. From there we went to the Afton Guest House, settled our bill, and went straight to bed exhausted. The Afton has recently changed hands, but we experienced zero issues, and enjoyed the great breakfast. Around 9 my wife and I’s PH from Limcroma, Henno, picked us all up and we began the roughly 4-hour drive to Limcroma’s lodge. Henno was a standup guy from the get go, and he answered all our silly questions on the drive in that I’m sure he’s answered hundreds of times. We stopped in Thabazimbi for fuel, and I mentioned to Henno I really wanted to try some biltong so we stopped at the local butcher shop and he picked some up for us. Talk about addicting, it makes you want to throw our US jerky in the trash. About an hour or so outside of Thabazimbi we arrive at Limcroma’s newest lodge, and we’re all impressed at the accommodations. We’re greeted by Thespina, the lodge’s exceptional chef, with a drink and a quick bite of lunch. After lunch we get changed into hunting clothes and head to the rifle range to see how bad the airlines handled our cases. Dana and I both brought 308s, my Remington 700 AAC-SD with Yankee Hill LT suppressor topped with a Swarovski Z5 3.5-18X44 and my dad’s Weatherby Mark V Ultra Lightweight topped with a Leupold VXL 3.5-10x50, both shooting hand loaded 168 gr. Barnes TTSX traveling 2600 FPS. My rifle needed to be moved 2” left but the Weatherby was right where we left it. Gil’s rifle was a custom 300 WSM with a Proof carbon barrel, Silencerco Harvest can, all topped with a Leupold VX6, his rifle was on as well. I forgot to mention we elected to have our hunt filmed, so we’re introduced to our cameraman Bruwer, super nice guy who worked his butt off getting all our shots on film. After the range Dana, myself, Henno, Bruwer, and our tracker Andres all pile into the bakkie and head out for our first afternoon hunt. To say we’re excited would be a tremendous understatement… We’re not on the farm 5 minutes and we begin seeing animals, impala, eland, kudu, you name it. We around a corner and spot some gemsbok and decide to put on a stalk, but ended up getting busted by some giraffe. We play cat and mouse with some more gemsbok, blue wildebeest, and impala but they’re either too young or give us the slip. No problem, this day has been amazing without even pulling the trigger on an animal.