My wife and I booked a bowhunt with Tsala for five full hunting days. I hunted with Rouan a couple of years ago for sable and other plains game and after a few emails decided to head back late Sept. Rouan had moved his hunting operation in the Limpopo to a place he just purchased near Vaalwater. I was somewhat concerned that since he just moved that maybe the new hides wouldn't be finished, but that worry was totally unfounded, all was ready for our hunt. They had constructed top quality hides out of block at 3 different locations and have a couple more in the planning.
Rouan met us at Tambo for our Delta flight and after 2.5 hours of waiting to get through passport control we collected our luggage but one bow was missing, after about 20 minutes they figured out that it was at the Police station by mistake. We met up with Rouan and went and got the bow and drove to the lodge and had a quick bite and off to bed, by then it was about 12:30.
We got up about 7:30 had a bite, shot our bows and went to the hides. My primary animals were nyala and bushbuck and my wife said she'd make up her mind when she saw something. We decided to split up and each go with a PH. Pulling up to the hide we ran off 2 nyala bulls, unfortunately that was all we saw that morning. My wife Sue saw quite a lot of game at their hide, eland, warthog,impala and waterbuck but no shots. Back to the lodge for a great meal and a nap and then back to the hides and you guessed it, there was a nyala bull again! We got in the hide and about a hour and a half he comes back but stays out of range. Neal my Ph says he thinks we can do better as it's the first day but after watching him for about a hour I said if he gives me a shot I want to take him, Neal says that's probably a good call if he looks good to me, in a few minutes he walks in and gives me a 11 yard broadside and he's down in 35 yards! After pictures and the truck takes him back we get back in the hide and see a good sable bull, a very nice gemsbok bull and lone blue wildebeest bull.
Sue's PH was Rouan's son Brandon and they had a lot of action but no shooting. Day 2 Action was slow at our hide this morning with just a few critters coming when the radio crackled and it's Brandon, he says Sue just shot a great bushbuck and they watched it go down! So off we went to take a look and get photos, it was a awesome ram! After the excitement we went back to our hides and about 11:30 we decided to head back for lunch and and before we could pickup Sue and Brandon the radio came alive and Brandon says that Sue had just shot a huge waterbuck! After a short track of about 130 yards there lay a extremely heavy massive horned bull, she was grinning from ear to ear, I don't know who was more excited and proud, me or her. Both shots were 23 yards with #50 Diamond Razor Edge and 480 grain arrows. The picture just doesn't do the mass justice.
Day 3 quite a lot of action at the water hole today but nothing I was wanting but a good day none the less, the same for Sue.
Day 4 Saw baboon, eland, giraffe and impala this morning and shot my best warthog to date, 20 yards he went about 70 yards. Sue took the morning hunt off for some sight seeing and went to a game park which they had arranged for her to visit. That evening we decided to sit together and Sue got a shot at a impala ram but shot just under him. I forgot to mention that Neal is on a anti poaching team and got called out on a rhino poaching incident so Rouan was my Ph some of the time. Fortunately they caught 3 of the 4 poachers and were still after the last one when we left.
The last day we took off from hunting and Rouan took us on a hike on a neighboring property to see some Bushman rock paintings and then we went and toured a crocodile farm and in the evening we went on a drive so Rouan could show us the property as we hadn't seen that much just sitting in the hides. The property has a lot of different topography and is a great place to hunt. A couple of highlights was seeing klipspringer and a . The food was absolutely fabulous. Rouan's wife Charmaine is a great cook and fun to be in camp with! The Tsala crew were excellent and went above and beyond. Since they own the property they are committed to making improvements on their land and lodge. Sue and I want to return!!
The following morning Charmaine took us back to the airport for our flight to Windhoek Namibia for another leg of our adventure.
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