Who has the most luxurious hunting lodges?

Discussion in 'Hunting Africa' started by Jager01, Feb 12, 2019.

  1. npm352

    npm352 AH Enthusiast

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    I'd consider asking him to make the following more important than the ambiguous and very subjective choice of the "best" lodge:
    -reputation of outfitter
    -what he wants to hunt
    - trophy quality of area for what he wants to hunt
    -references

    Nice accomidations are a dime a dozen in Africa. Even the bushcamps are really nice. Your laundry gets done, staff is helpful and the food is great. When I think of the best safaris I have been on, the last thing I think about is the accomidation.

    My best hunt in Africa, in a remote camp in the Omay in the Zambezi Valley, I did not see camp in the light until my 5th day there because that was the day I killed the second of my primary two trophies I was after. My two cents....I am also pretty ADHD, have way too high of a metabolism and rarely can sit still enough to enjoy a nice camp. Eventually I will slow down and smell the roses amd enjoy the diner things in life! Best wishes for you and your buddy!
     
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  2. Bullet Safaris

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    npm352 advice above is correct... everyone has a nice lodge/camp with great food and service. (within reason, you will get what you pay for). Once you get past the white table cloth and glossy brochures (which we all also have) then the real search begins!

    wilderness OR ranch
    plains game OR dangerous game
    a general bag OR a quest for a certain animals

    There is a whole lot more to a great safari than the lodging; good research and your gut feeling in equal parts will land you with the right outfit.

    and don't forget - a sleep number bed will not make up for an uncomfortable PH!
     
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  3. Philip Glass

    Philip Glass AH ENABLER LIFETIME BRONZE BENEFACTOR AH Legend

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    Schalk you are tempting me and I have little willpower! We must make a plan.
    Philip
    PS it’s crazy you can so easily see the Namib Desert onGoogle Earth.
     

  4. Philip Glass

    Philip Glass AH ENABLER LIFETIME BRONZE BENEFACTOR AH Legend

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    Ditto
     
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  5. steve white

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    She will be so well fed, well taken care of, and over stimulated by the wilds in any good tented camp run by almost any safari company I have ever been with, that she will be HAPPY! Camps in Africa are so far ahead in creature comforts that any correlation with US operations is probably impossible. I would'nt cheat her of the experience of the "real deal."
     
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  6. sambarhunter

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    I would rather great hunting on great animals and a bedroll for the night and a wood fire to cook on. I can stay in great accom anywhere where its at.
     

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    Sambarhunter,
    Amen to that. If you want fancy, go to Vegas or some such. I go to Africa to hunt. Accommodations are secondary. As long as I have good food, a roof over my head at night and a good PH I'm happy. Most anything beats a cold MRE in a muddy foxhole.
     
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  8. Schalk Pienaar Safaris Namibia

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    Nothing like camping under the stars in the middle of the African wilderness.



    Nothing like camping under the stars in the middle of the African Wilderness. Hunting the Namib Desert is quite a unique experience. Everyone I have taken there can not quit talking about it. It is harsh, vast and unique, yet game are plentiful. IMG_4800.jpg IMG_4794.jpg IMG_1363.jpg IMG_1342.jpg IMG_1340.jpg
     
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  9. Newboomer

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    Now that looks like a real hunting camp. Can't do much better than that.
     

  10. Hogpatrol

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    Have to wonder why someone would spend 33 plus hours in a filthy aluminum tube just to go shopping or see a few animals. We have plenty of malls and zoos in the U.S. to do that.
     
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  11. Philip Glass

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    Looks like an adventure!
     

  12. Hogpatrol

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    IIRC, wasn't there a hunt in the tropical part of Africa where sleeping accommodations were in the trees?
     

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    Look if he is concerned more about making his wife happy than the hunt then so be it. Never really made that clear. For me give me good food ( hey I am Italian !) nice clean lodge, great PH and good hard hunt with lots of quality animals I am happy. Even a nice bush tent hunt somewhere remote is fine, long as there's good food after a hard days hunting and oh ya some nice wine. Think I covered it all!;)
     
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  15. Philip Glass

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    Question is what are you going after in the desert with the double gun? Or is it the PH’s gun? Looks like fun.
     

  16. Schalk Pienaar Safaris Namibia

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    On that specific hunt we were hunting Elephant in North Western Namibia.
     
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  17. brandondd24

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    i hope the op responded to a few of these outfitters who graciously responded
     

  18. Gemsbok Gangsta

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    Is this the lodge I will be hunting from??
     

  19. Bos en Dal Safaris

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    Unfortunately not Brad, your hunt will be conducted from our main concession
     

  20. Jager01

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    Thank you everyone for the responses, I apologize for the delay in getting back to everyone who reached out to me, tax season and all, its a busy time of year!
     

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