ZIMBABWE: Elephant Hunt In Zimbabwe With Martin Peters Safaris

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I Just got back home last night after hunting Elephant with @MARTIN PIETERS SAFARIS in Matisti unit 5.

After several false starts courtesy of Ethiopian Airways with included 3 flight cancelations to Victoria Falls I finally managed to make to Zim.

Martin was waiting from me as I walked out of Vic falls airport and we loaded my rifle and gear into the back of the pickup and headed to the hunting block, clearing customs in Vic Falls was a breeze compared to what I was used to in Nairobi. As we drove we were chatting along the way and Martin told me it had been raining on and off the past week as can be expected this time of year, so the Elephant had become a little more dispersed, naturally we were hoping the rains would hold off during my stay.

Martin had been very flexible with all the cancelations as dates for the hunt kept getting moved back each time, I was really grateful to him as he bent over backwards to make this hunt happen.

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View from Hunting Camp where we could see and hear lions.

A few hours and we arrived in camp in Matisti unit 5 which is surrounded by other hunting blocks and a park boundary on one side, all of this unfenced. The block that we would be hunting on is leased by Martin and comprises of around 400,000 acres of prime hunting ground for big game and plains game, with no fences, no villages or people in sight.

I settled into the camp had some water as weather was very warm, Martin introduced me to the staff and showed me the place where I would be staying.

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Accomidation at Matisti 5

The next few days we hunted Elephant and saw several herds and spent time glassing for bulls. It was nice to see several large herds of buffalo up to three hundred strong. Each day we would see several groups Daga bulls in small groups of 3 to 6 and boy were there some Big nice ugly bulls there that I would have love to have hunted, but my focus was to hunt Elephant first before I looked at any other game.

A few days after beginning the hunt we came across a large Elephant bull accompanied by his lone Askari bull. Me made a stalk on them making a long loop around them to come up on them so that we were about 20 yards away from the bigger bull, an old Elephant carrying decent ivory. I took the shot off the shooting sticks aiming at the point of the shoulder through the heart, at the shot he didn’t move and it was as though he lost all blood pressure, he just stood there swaying back and forward I made two more follow up shots and he was down.

Seeing him down was a series of mixed emotions, I spent a few moments alone with him before the rest of the hunting team came over to congratulate me. The rest of the day was sent on recovering the elephant.

1605716952935.png


In all this, I can say that Martin and his team were true hard-working professionals. Great fun to be with, they run a as good an operation as I have hunted with over countless years of hunting.

The only damper on the hunt came later in the week when Zimbabwe Parks reneged on the deal they had made for a discounted price on the Buffalo, when we wanted to hunt Buff the price was jacked up by $2000 per Buffalo from what we had been quoted before the hunt.

Martin was annoyed and made several calls and sent countless texts to Parks but to no avail.

I decided not to hunt Buffalo on principle. Not to be put-off we hunted Kudu which I was really after for a long time as I felt like I had a Kudu Voodoo and scored a lovely old Kudu in the 55 inch class. I had to chance to Shoot Sale and saw serval shootable Sable up to and over 45 inches, I could have shot other game but that was not for me.

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Almost Daily we would see Roan, and saw Lions on the deck at the lodge looking down in the valley, I could hear them almost every morning grunting as they do. A day after shooting my Elephant we went back to look at what was left of it and found lions sitting on top of the remains of the elephant, amongst them a very nice male

My last days were spent unwinding fishing and shooting fowl and franklin.

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In all I had a great time I shot and old Elephant bull which was all I really came for, I made some great friends and some wonderful memories.

Matisti 5 is a hunter’s paradise and the amount and quality of game is amazing to see.

Coming from Kenya where I have lived for the past 40 plus years it’s great to see how proper game management works in Zimbabwe, compared to weak excuse we have in Kenya.

I would not hesitate to Recommend Martin and his team @MARTIN PIETERS SAFARIS, we are already panning the next hunt with Martin.
 
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Sounds like a great hunt, congrats on your elephant!
 

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Great report. Thank you for sharing. That's unfortunate about the price change with the buffalo. Hopefully, transiting back thru Addis went smoothly.
 

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Congratulations, thanks for the report.
 

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Thanks all for kind words
@VANGUARD. Transit though Addis went off without a problem in Both directions..
 

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Congrats and thanks for sharing!
 

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Thanks for sharing. Great read!
 

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Congrats, a great hunt and very nice elephant !
 

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Congratulations on a fine bull! Thanks for the hunting report. Bummer on the buff fees.

It's interesting that in the course of many of our lifetimes, that Kenyan's, that had plenty of elephant, have to travel through Ethiopia, that had plenty of elephant, to Zimbabwe to hunt elephant.
 

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Thanks for sharing. Sounds like you had a great hunt. Congrats
Bruce
 

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Nice report. Question for you on Ethiopian airlines, were the cancellations getting to Zimbabwe or just the final leg to Victoria falls?
 

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sounds like a great hunt
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@375 Fox.
The Cancelations were the Addis to Vic Fall leg of the flight. I was flying directly to Victoria Falls from Addis, not via Harare. Its interesting that each time that Ethiopian canceled and rescheduled that they would only cancel that part of the flight from adds to Vic Falls but always kept to flight from Nairobi to Addis unchanged, which meant I had to keep calling up the local agent to change to connecting leg of the flight from Nairobi otherwise I would end up spending days waiting in Addis.
But I have to say that in the end once the flight did go that all went smooth and without a hitch.

I suppose one could add that persistence pays off.

There were several other hunters from the US that I met in the security office in Addis when they were checking our guns, so its good to see other hunters stepping up to the challenge.
I had to make sure my COVID test was done at latest 48 hours prior to rival in Zim, which can be a challenge and then I needed another test in Vic Falls before leaving to fly home.
But it was all worth it as I had a great hunt and everything came together.
 

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@375 Fox.
The Cancelations were the Addis to Vic Fall leg of the flight. I was flying directly to Victoria Falls from Addis, not via Harare. Its interesting that each time that Ethiopian canceled and rescheduled that they would only cancel that part of the flight from adds to Vic Falls but always kept to flight from Nairobi to Addis unchanged, which meant I had to keep calling up the local agent to change to connecting leg of the flight from Nairobi otherwise I would end up spending days waiting in Addis.
But I have to say that in the end once the flight did go that all went smooth and without a hitch.

I suppose one could add that persistence pays off.

There were several other hunters from the US that I met in the security office in Addis when they were checking our guns, so its good to see other hunters stepping up to the challenge.
I had to make sure my COVID test was done at latest 48 hours prior to rival in Zim, which can be a challenge and then I needed another test in Vic Falls before leaving to fly home.
But it was all worth it as I had a great hunt and everything came together.
Thanks. I was trying to get as much information on Ethiopian airways as possible. But my tourist visa for my hunt in Cameroon was rejected yesterday afternoon, so it will have to be postponed until everything covid normalizes now unfortunately.
 

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I Just got back home last night after hunting Elephant with @MARTIN PIETERS SAFARIS in Matisti unit 5.

After several false starts courtesy of Ethiopian Airways with included 3 flight cancelations to Victoria Falls I finally managed to make to Zim.

Martin was waiting from me as I walked out of Vic falls airport and we loaded my rifle and gear into the back of the pickup and headed to the hunting block, clearing customs in Vic Falls was a breeze compared to what I was used to in Nairobi. As we drove we were chatting along the way and Martin told me it had been raining on and off the past week as can be expected this time of year, so the Elephant had become a little more dispersed, naturally we were hoping the rains would hold off during my stay.

Martin had been very flexible with all the cancelations as dates for the hunt kept getting moved back each time, I was really grateful to him as he bent over backwards to make this hunt happen.

View attachment 376182

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View from Hunting Camp where we could see and hear lions.

A few hours and we arrived in camp in Matisti unit 5 which is surrounded by other hunting blocks and a park boundary on one side, all of this unfenced. The block that we would be hunting on is leased by Martin and comprises of around 400,000 acres of prime hunting ground for big game and plains game, with no fences, no villages or people in sight.

I settled into the camp had some water as weather was very warm, Martin introduced me to the staff and showed me the place where I would be staying.

View attachment 376184
Accomidation at Matisti 5

The next few days we hunted Elephant and saw several herds and spent time glassing for bulls. It was nice to see several large herds of buffalo up to three hundred strong. Each day we would see several groups Daga bulls in small groups of 3 to 6 and boy were there some Big nice ugly bulls there that I would have love to have hunted, but my focus was to hunt Elephant first before I looked at any other game.

A few days after beginning the hunt we came across a large Elephant bull accompanied by his lone Askari bull. Me made a stalk on them making a long loop around them to come up on them so that we were about 20 yards away from the bigger bull, an old Elephant carrying decent ivory. I took the shot off the shooting sticks aiming at the point of the shoulder through the heart, at the shot he didn’t move and it was as though he lost all blood pressure, he just stood there swaying back and forward I made two more follow up shots and he was down.

Seeing him down was a series of mixed emotions, I spent a few moments alone with him before the rest of the hunting team came over to congratulate me. The rest of the day was sent on recovering the elephant.

View attachment 376182

In all this, I can say that Martin and his team were true hard-working professionals. Great fun to be with, they run a as good an operation as I have hunted with over countless years of hunting.

The only damper on the hunt came later in the week when Zimbabwe Parks reneged on the deal they had made for a discounted price on the Buffalo, when we wanted to hunt Buff the price was jacked up by $2000 per Buffalo from what we had been quoted before the hunt.

Martin was annoyed and made several calls and sent countless texts to Parks but to no avail.

I decided not to hunt Buffalo on principle. Not to be put-off we hunted Kudu which I was really after for a long time as I felt like I had a Kudu Voodoo and scored a lovely old Kudu in the 55 inch class. I had to chance to Shoot Sale and saw serval shootable Sable up to and over 45 inches, I could have shot other game but that was not for me.

View attachment 376180

Almost Daily we would see Roan, and saw Lions on the deck at the lodge looking down in the valley, I could hear them almost every morning grunting as they do. A day after shooting my Elephant we went back to look at what was left of it and found lions sitting on top of the remains of the elephant, amongst them a very nice male

My last days were spent unwinding fishing and shooting fowl and franklin.

View attachment 376181

In all I had a great time I shot and old Elephant bull which was all I really came for, I made some great friends and some wonderful memories.

Matisti 5 is a hunter’s paradise and the amount and quality of game is amazing to see.

Coming from Kenya where I have lived for the past 40 plus years it’s great to see how proper game management works in Zimbabwe, compared to weak excuse we have in Kenya.

I would not hesitate to Recommend Martin and his team @MARTIN PIETERS SAFARIS, we are already panning the next hunt with Martin.
Congratulations on your bull!!
 

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