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During the year 1652 a Dutch seafarer by name of Jan van Riebeek landed at the Cape of Good Hope. He established a colony which since has become South Africa. On 7 Dec2009, two of his countrymen flew in to SouthAfrica to see what has transpired since those far away days.
Well, not wanting to let the side down, I decided to pull all the stops. This is the story:
 
First up was some target practise to see if my guests were up to the task of hunting:
 
 
 
 
 
Both Sander and Arja shot surprisingly well. I had them first sight in a 100m, then put them on the 8 inch gongs at 200, 250, 300 and 350 yds. Despite the near gale force wind they hit all the targets. Just for fun I put Sander onto a gong at 500 m and he scored a hit!
 
To calm the nerves a bit we then went to Cape Point, a place their forefather must have sailed past:
  
 
 
My two good friends motored down to Port Alfred, a small coastal town about 1000km east. Five days later I followed by plane, only to find we could not land due to heavy fog. I had to return to Cape Town and could only fly at 12 that night. They picked me up and we then stayed at my PH friend Rory Gailey from Fairgame Safaris. We got to bed at 4 am and were up at 7am, but emotionally charged for the day.
This is his place on the river estoury:
 
 
 
 
 
We had a quick breakfast and then headed to the farm.
 
 
 
 
 
 
We used two rifles, both fitted with supressors, a 243 Rem and a 300Win Rem. The trigger pull on the 243 was terrible, so I had both Arja and Sander hunt with the 300 Win. Fitted with the suppresor it was as tame as a puppy. The 300 Win was also very accurate. As in all hunts, we checked the zeroes. I also wanted to have another look at their shooting skills.
 
 
And then off the sticks....
 
 
and finally the pro!!!
 
 
I need not have feared, after a little bit of coaching both were on paper and ready to hunt.
 
Game animals were plentifull .....
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sander showing his newly aquired tracking skills!!!
 
 
To break the ice I took the first animal, a Warthog,with a 100m heartshot.
 
 
Arja followed with a nice impala, taken at 120 yds with a shot behind the shoulder. 
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Sander was up next, with another impala taken with a neck shot at about 75 m.
 
 
I tried to put Arja onto a blesbuck, but they stayed out of range. Running out of daylight, I eventually took the next ram that gave us a shot. I took the ram at about 250m with a low frontal chestshot, also through the heart.
 
 
 
We offloaded at the abbatoir:
 
 
That evening we took our host for dinner in Port Alfred.
 
Ok, so how do you top a day like that? Well easy if you live near the coast. I had the guys up at five for a bit of ski-boat fishing!!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
And just to make one a bit green!!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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as usual wouter great story and pictures to go with it.
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I love this time of year when Wouter shares his hunting and fishing excursions, simply amazing, thanks buddy!!!

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yeah no doubt mike, he ought get a nomination for entertainer of the year
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When I retire, I'm moving there.  You certainly awaken the "wandering spirit", Wouter.  What a marvelous tale...


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I truly envy you for all the adventures you get to take and the variety of game you have an opportunity to go after, Wouter!
 
I'm glad you're here to share your adventures with us, buddy!
 
Great job and nice pictures, as usual!
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Wouter, thank-you so very much for sharing.  Seeing all the different animals is truly amazing.  Oh to see it in person, what a treat that would be.  Thanks again.
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Great adventures as always Wouter - thanks!
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Great pictures and a wonderful story Wouter.
Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for the story and pictures.
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Lovely Photos.  I really enjoyed the story. I have several friends who have had the pleasure of hunting Africa however I have never had a chance to do that.  I love seeing the photos of the game.
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Hubba!             uhh    ( you look good, too, Wouter....)     Bucky   
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Great story, wonderful pics. Thank you.Excellent
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Damnit man...... You live the life my friend. I am very proud that we have you here with us. If life was fair we'd all have the very same blessings. Alas, you are there, and we are here. Thanks for the story, and the pics my friend.
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Its ironic!  He has the game and we have t he guns!
 
Great story and pictures Wouter please keep on sharing... I am buying another lottery ticket!
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Nice story. Out of curiosity, is it usual to wait to gut the animals after getting back (as the picture in the abattoir seems to show)?
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jonoMT,
Yes, we do not allways gut the animal in the field. If recovery time is going to be several hours then we will bleed and gut the animal in the field. Also if recovery is difficult, then we will gut to reduce weight.
We tend to gut in the abbatoir, where it is cleaner and less grass and dirt gets onto the carcass.
But it is not a hard and fast rule.
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