SOUTH AFRICA: Tootabi Hunting Safaris Review

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I just returned from a fantastic visit to Tootabi Hunting Safaris. I will do a full hunting report with pictures but I first wanted to give a quick review of my daughter's and I experiences. Last summer I started on my quest to fulfill a lifelong dream to go on an African Safari. Until I found ah.com my expectations where that this would be several years down the road because of costs. But I found some really good deals here and I realized I had just enough money to maybe do this sooner than later! I found one such deal here with Tootabi and to be honest, it seemed way to good to be true. I sent an inquiry and right away Loodt called me. On the phone he seemed like a great guy. I read every thread here on Tootabi and spoke with references but the clincher that made me decide to go with Tootabi was a personal conversation I had with Royal27 (Thanks Royal!). After that I at least knew that Loodt was legit but I still expected a "budget" experience which was OK with me.

Now that I have been there I can't imagine a better experience me and my daughter than what I had for a first timer in Africa. Yes, I know that I am experiencing the first timer to Africa euphoria but I just wanted to let people know you that just because you see a "cheap hunt" listed here doesn't always mean you get a cheap experience. It was far from that to me. The accommodations at the main lodge are top notch. You would have to be a bit pedantic to complain about anything with the stay there. Much of the hunting I did was near by on the family's farm. I am not sure of the sizes but all the places seemed big enough to get lost in for awhile. I know I really enjoyed it. The hunts, my PH, the staff, Loodt and his family certainly exceeded even the most optimistic expectations that I had.

Speaking of family, one thing that Tootabi advertises is that they will treat you like family. This is no marketing slogan, they really do! Naturally, I can't wait to get back to Africa but not just for the hunting but to visit my new "relatives" in South Africa!

I promise that I will have a full hunt report with pictures later. In the meantime, I need to find my luggage (I have my rifle thankfully!). I won't be giving a review of JFK and Jet Blue. There is no way I could do that with out massive amounts of profanity.
 

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Man I thought my report with all the pink shirt pictures made you book with tootabi and loodt. Looking forward to your report as I know you took one of the fun packages loodt posted on here.
 

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Glad you are back safe and that you had a great time.

Take your time on the report....you have until tomorrow! :ROFLMAO::p

If Loodt and crew are sleepy by the time I get there, I will know why. It has been rapid fire at the 200 yard line for Tootabi this season!
 

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You arrive as a friend and leave as family at Tootabi!
 

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My absolute pleasure. I don't recommend places easily, but I just like what I saw with Loodt And felt very comfortable in the suggestion. Now what I didn't count on was all of you turkeys jumping in line in front of me and shooting my animals!!! LOL :V Chainsaw::W A Bullets::W Jeep::W Laser::W Rockets:
 

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My absolute pleasure. I don't recommend places easily, but I just like what I saw with Loodt And felt very comfortable in the suggestion. Now what I didn't count on was all of you turkeys jumping in line in front of me and shooting my animals!!! LOL :V Chainsaw::W A Bullets::W Jeep::W Laser::W Rockets:


I've been thinking about slipping Loodt a bribe so he can hide a couple of animals on the back 40 for me.
 

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I've been thinking about slipping Loodt a bribe so he can hide a couple of animals on the back 40 for me.

He said something the other day about needing to go herd some goats and move them to the back. Makes sense now...:Cow:
 

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I want a picture of me petting one of those goats (still alive, of course) so I can send it to Bill. Then ask him why he had to shoot one... ;)
 

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Glad you had a great hunt.

Looking forward to the report.
 

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Glad to hear Loodt took good care of you and you had a good hunt looking forward to the full report with lots of pics.
 

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