You know holidays have started when you don't know what day it is.
I have just spent the last seven hours in a Land Cruiser, traversing some part of South Africa. We are now in Hoedspruit, not far from our next lodge. My PH has just dropped me off at an internet cafe' so I can catch up a bit and he can go get some salt for the stuff we hope to shoot. I didn't post yesterday, so I will catch you up. More or less...
We started the day at the same game ranch, all 2200, zebra-hiding acres of it. Sparky had indicated a need for a black wildibeest and that was taken care of directly. I have to admit, it is the homliest animal I have ever encountered. When it snorts, its nostrils flap and make a farting sound. Sparky's, however, was unable to do this and will never do it again.
Our next quarry was my zebra. They had managed to hide themselves very well the day before, and we spent quite a while looking and exploring the highlands, plains and nooks and crannies looking for them. Once we did, the hunt was on, and it went quite well. At this moment I have a card reader and my camera card hooked up to this machine and I hope to post some pictures before my card expires.
Sparky harvested a springbok shortly thereafter and we were done. It was just a matter of standing around and having a beer with the landowner and his ranch manager before we headed back to the lodge.
I had hoped to lose some weight by walking, but to this point I haven't done too much. I mentioned this to Daniel, my PH, on the trip up today. He kind of smiled and said I would on the next hunts. We stopped somewhere for trout pies, which were spectacular, and I did some souvenier shopping. We stopped again at a couple tourist traps and I managed to supplement the incomes of quite a few of the locals. I will be donating some pretty spiffy stuff to the DUCKS dinner, if they don't take it away at the border.
We will be after warthog, kudu, blue wildebeest and impala over the next few days. This is Daniel's hometown and he is obviously well known here. His dad is the manager of the military base's wildlife reserve and we will be hunting in an adjacent area. The low veldt hunting is quite tricky work - or so we are told - and it is done on foot and shots are no more than 100 yards and most are less than 40. This is good because my gemsbok was taken at nearly 300, as was my zebra. Up close is going to be nicer.
Last night for supper we ate some of Sparky's and mine gemsbok, Sparky's springbok and another hunters kudu. It was fantastic. I can hardly wait for the brei (BBQ) that we are going to have tomorrow.
Tonight we are baiting lions and hyenas, which should be interesting. These are wild lions which have escaped from Kruger National Park and they are not used to seeing people who aren't in cars or buses. The company has been trying to talk us into shooting a lion, for a measly $5000, but I'm not interested. Sparky isn't either. I think.
Well, I must try to fool with the pictures.
Posted by morganhart
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