ZIMBABWE: Has Anyone Hunted With Somerby Safaris?

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  1. TheWhitetailNut

    TheWhitetailNut AH Senior Member

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    I drove the family up to the Grand Rapids, Mi. hunting show yesterday in the hopes of discovering another place to hunt. I ran into several African operators, most of which were far more interested in their chairs than booking hunts. One of the good ones I would find was the aunt and uncle of the PH I spent most of my time with in Namibia this past year, small world.

    I spent some time talking to someone from Somerby Safaris. I'm looking for a Buffalo hunt for 2020 as my 2019 schedule is pretty packed. The hunt we discussed was in Zimbabwe and it seemed very promising. Has anyone hunted with them? I know they do alot of hunts in South Africa, but I'm not really interested in a S. Africa Buffalo.

    If not them, then who? I'm looking for a more remote hunt and am very comfortable in a spartan camp. Would really prefer to avoid air charter costs etc. I have seen some incredible offers to add hippo, or non trophy elephant and one of those would be a huge bonus if possible. I also have great interest in a big Waterbuck or Nyala but again not necessary. The focus for this hunt will be Buffalo and I'm pretty open to any country or region given a modicum of safety from 2 legged predators.
     
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  2. BnC 04

    BnC 04 GOLD SUPPORTER AH Fanatic

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    Have no intell on Somerby but I don't think you would go wrong getting a hold of Nyamazana Safaris, Wayne hunts Zim. Send him a PM and see what your options are...lots of glowing reviews from his hunters. Best of luck during the planning.
     

  3. CAustin

    CAustin AH ENABLER BRONZE SUPPORTER AH Ambassador

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    Almost went with Sombery in 2015 for elephant but a former AH sponsor beat Droms price. Sombery comes to our Kansas City show every year and many members of our SCI chapter have hunted with them. I have not heard any complaints.
     

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    Ditto. Know a bunch of people who have gone on multiple hunts with them. All seemed happy.
     

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    BRICKBURN AH ENABLER SUPER MODERATOR CONTRIBUTOR LIFETIME TITANIUM BENEFACTOR AH Ambassador

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    The questions that always needs asking when arranging a hunt in Zimbabwe.
    Who is the Zimbabwe Outfitter and the Zimbabwe PH?
     

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    Graham Hunter AH Enthusiast

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    Check out Motsomi Safaris in their Tan area.
     

  7. Mike B

    Mike B AH Enthusiast

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    Guy I hunted Argentina with went 2x with Somerbys and introduced me to Drom at the DSC convention. He highly recommended them.
     

  8. Mike70560

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    This is the question you should ask anybody offering hunts in Zimbabwe:

    1: The specific name of the hunting area. All areas whether they are government safari areas, communal areas, or private areas have names like Matetsi One, Omay North, or Cawston. If the answer is something like “we are hunting near Matetsi”, I would become nervous.

    2: The name of the licensed Zimbabwe operator. A licensed Zim operator will have a HOP number that you can verify, and will make certain all paperwork such as the TR2 is proper.

    3: The name of the licensed Zimbabwe PH. This is important. A foreign PH cannot conduct a hunt in Zimbabwe. The hunt must be conducted by a licenced Zim PH. The Zim PH must be present at all times.

    4: If you are exporting trophies who will perform the pack and dip and shipping to the US. I would become nervous if it was somebody not in Zim.
     
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    There is nothing wrong with using an agent to book a hunt in Zimbabwe. It is legal and there are long time reputable firms doing so.

    There are a host of AH Sponsors from Zimbabwe that have excellent reputations that offer Buffalo hunts in remote areas.

    Good luck with your research.
     

  10. Bruce

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    Mabalabala Safaris, Nyamazaan Safaris and Shangani Safaris are good buff operators in Zim.
    Good luck...
     
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  11. Mbalabala Safaris

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    Hi
    I can offer you a free range buffalo hunt in my makuti Safaris area in the Zambezi valley. This area is a wild and rugged Safari area with no fences. The area is bordering the famous mana pools national park in the east and charara safari area on the west. Kariba lake is a stone throw away in the south of the concession. Hunting is done in a true conventional manner of track and locate. There is numerous old dagga boys in the area and one can be selective and make sure to get a beautiful bull.
    Please feel free to send me an email or alternately send me your phone number and I can call you. My address is lindonstanton@yahoo.com

    Regards
    Lin stanton
     
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    And bad ones as well.
     

  13. Martin Pieters Safaris

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    I can offer you a classic safari in Matetsi unit 5, close to Victoria Falls has excellent buffalo and plains game.
    This is a vast free range concession adjacent to Victoria Falls with herds of buffalo in excess of 800 per herd.
    No fences, no people and a 1 hour drive from Victoria falls international airport.

    zimbabwe-hunting-areas-map-large.jpg Matetsi-Map-2-New.jpg
     

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    Very reputable outfitter ! You wont go wrong on Somerby !
     

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    Sent you a PM conversation. Check your inbox. Thanks.
     

  16. TheWhitetailNut

    TheWhitetailNut AH Senior Member

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    This has been a great deal to sort through. Thank you all!
     
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