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Eastern Cape - Melody Safaris/Louis Lategan

http://www.melodysafaris.co.za/
Animals I shot: 2 Blesbuck, 2 Springbuck, Mtn. Reedbuck, Duiker, Bushbuck, Gemsbuck
Father's animals: Red Hartebeest, White Blesbuck

Guns: Ruger 77 RSM .375 H&H with Swarovski 1.5-6x42 rail mount, outfitter’s .243 for smaller animals


Limpopo - Ntshonalanga Safaris/PH-Paul Brits

http://www.ntshonalangasafaris.co.za
Animals I shot: Zebra, Warthog, Blue Wildebeest, Impala

Father’s animals: Eland, Zebra

Gun: Custom Remington .300 RUM with Shilen octagonal barrel, Swarovski 4-12x50 rail mount

 

These trips were purchased at the SCI North Texas banquet in March, 2008.  I immediately began arranging travel through Doug Gray at Gracy Travel International.  Doug was a huge help in finding the best fares and working with us on dates.  It did not take long for me to realize that an African safari entails much more preparation than a weekend deer hunting trip to West Texas.  For example, the temporary import permit for firearms requires certain forms to be filled out with U.S. Customs and also South Africa Police Service.  Much of this was facilitated by riflepermits.com.  Once we landed in Johannesburg, Joe of riflepermits.com was able to get us to the front of the line and the process was fairly painless.

 

Day 1, 2 & 3 (July 20 – July 22)

We departed DFW for Washington Dulles to connect with South African Airways flight 208.  In Washington, the plane was delayed for three hours due to a battery malfunction.  This delay caused us to miss our connection to Port Elizabeth and had to stay in Johannesburg.  We flew to Port Elizabeth and arrived around 10:00 am. 

 

Our first hunt was with Melody Safaris, owned by Louis Lategan.  Louis hunts around Alexandria in the Eastern Cape.  The first afternoon consisted of Blesbuck hunting.  For some odd reason, I could not hit anything with my rifle this first day.  Luckily, I eventually shot a nice Blesbuck after getting my rifle shooting squared away.  The Blesbuck was loaded in the back of the Landcruiser and we returned to the lodge for a great dinner after having drinks in the lapa. 

 

Blesbuck with Smilee (left) and Desmond

 

Day 4 (July 23)

I woke around 4:30 and we headed out around 6:00 to hunt an area about an hour and a half away, just north of Grahamstown.  The land owner was a gentleman named Alvin who had definitely played some rugby in his past.  This was evident by looking at the surgery scars on his knees.  We saw a nice Steenbuck, but he ran off before we could really judge him.  As we were hunting Springbuck, we saw a very nice Mountain Reedbuck.  Just as he was about to disappear in the brush, I shot the Mountain Reedbuck at 150 yards.  He measured between 7-8”. 

Mountain Reedbuck with Alvin

 

I then shot two Springbucks at 200 to 250 yards from the bakke (truck).  The first seemed to go down, I then shot the second.  Unfortunately, the first got up and took off.  I followed the trackers, Smilee and Desmond, to put the injured Springbuck down.  However, the

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All optics, including Swarovski 8.5x42 EL and 15x56 SLC came from SWFA.  Big thanks to Chris and the gang!
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Sounds awesome,
 the pictures say it all Bro.

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FANTASTIC!!!!  Looks like a wonderful hunting trip!
 
Welcome to OT, Kid, and keep sharing more great hunting pics and stories!
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Wow, you lived the dream.  Great pics and thanks for sharing.  Welcome to the OT
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Outstanding!! 
Thank you very much for sharing the pics and stories.
 
And yes, welcome to The OT!!
What a way to start out! 
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Woo-hoo!!   What a great hunt!!   Great animals and photos!!  Thunbs%20Up
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Nice hunt you had. It is a nice safari which takes most South Africans years to do. Well done and some nice animals!
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By the way, how do you like the rail mount setup on your Swaro scope?
 
Again, FANTASTIC pics and story!Thunbs%20Up
 
You should read some of 8shot's posts.  He's our resident expert on African hunting, being a resident of S. Africa, and he has many good hunting pics posted on this site.
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w0w,great hunt. Thanks for sharing.Welocome to OT

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I particularly enjoy your picture of bushbuck country. I grew up in that part of the world and have shot many a fine ram. Mostly from beaters and dogs, which you can appreciate seeing how thick the bush can be. Spying for a ram to come out and sun himself requires a lot of local knowledge and patience.

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And off course the PHOTO OPPORTUNITY:
 
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very cool stuff.     Thunbs%20Up
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Kid, Welcome. Great pictures and story.
However, you cause me to break one of the Commandments, I DO covet your hunt.
Thank you for posting it. Something that wonderful should be shared.
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Originally posted by 8shots 8shots wrote:

And off course the PHOTO OPPORTUNITY:
 


8shots, you must have your own professional camera man on staff. You have some National Geographic - type photos. Whenever you get an opportunity, continue to post them. Love to see the countryside, even if it is through someone else's eyes.
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Originally posted by 8shots 8shots wrote:

I particularly enjoy your picture of bushbuck country. I grew up in that part of the world and have shot many a fine ram. Mostly from beaters and dogs, which you can appreciate seeing how thick the bush can be. Spying for a ram to come out and sun himself requires a lot of local knowledge and patience.
 
Exactly.  My outfitter loved hunting bushbuck.  It was very difficult waiting for them to come out and sun.  They are great animals.  You come from a great area. 
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Heh Kid great hunt and pics, thanks for sharing your

experience here in Southern Africa.

 
Regards Chris
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Left is a 250 grain Trophy Bonded Bear Claw, Federal Premium from Blue Wildebeest
Middle is 270 grain Federal Soft Point (non-premium) from Gemsbuck
Right is the .270 from Kenny's put down on my father's zebra, no idea about specs, but it tumbled.
 
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Great story and pics, thanks a lot.
Welcome to O.T. !
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New pictures from PH
Dad's Eland
Dad's Zebra with the entire crew that tracked and finally put it down.
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Wowee.  If I had stayed in South Africa a little longer back in the eighties I would have eventually gotten myself on a zebra hunt!!  Terrific!!  Bandito
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