Re: My 2010 Safari
I went with Combretum Safaris of South Africa. It is in the Limpopo Province near Botswana. We go there because my wife and I love to go to Sun City and Pilanesberg National Park before the hunt. I look forward to that part of the trip as much as the hunting. The big five pics were in Pilanesberg. The rhino with the huge horn is so big that it is under 24 hour surveillance by rangers to prevent it from being poached. The leopard was on an impala kill and was later run off by lions. The two male lions were feeding on a giraffe carcass of all things. I would have loved to have witnessed that. We saw lions every day. It seemed they were everywhere. And the buffalo bluff charged us right after the photo, which was quite exciting.
I shot all of the animals with a Musgrave .375 H&H and either 300 or 310 grain custom made bonded bullets by a buddy of mine near Butler. All were one shot kills except the Gemsbok, which required a finisher, but you know how tough they can be!!!
The first blesbok I shot was far bigger than this one but my taxidermist wanted one for a full body mount so I shot him one too. This one is 15 1/2". The gemsbok is 37". The first one I shot was a 43" female so I wanted a bull this time for the pair. The kudu is 50" exactly, the smallest one I've gotten, but none of my other ones have this horn configuration, so I actually passed up longer horned ones for this one. The eland is a Livingstone which if I recall correctly is 36". Much prettier in my opinion than the common eland that I shot. They are big boys!!!!! I know you've gotten one too.
The puff adder was a bit of a shock to us. In five trips, it is the first snake that we've seen alive. We were up on a mountain hunting klipspringer and it was coiled on that rock. Pretty cold that morning. We think it was on the rock trying to catch some sun and warm up. The tracker almost stepped on it. It was so well camoflaged I doubt I'd have seen it by myself. A bit of a wake up call though. We also saw a python that we estimated around 15' long that had a few babies with it. Quite a sight as well. I didn't know they had barbs on their tails that bthey slap you with to hold on to you.
Quite a trip all in all. The first trip we saw all the big five. I guess we saw all the dangerous 7 too, because we saw hippo and crocodile as well.
If you're feeling like a trip, go for it, because....well, you know already.