Archive for safari

The Accidental Buffalo

The author is reminded of the old adage, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”

March 09, 2014

The Red Lechwe: Hunting Africa with Kimber

NRA E-Media's Tom Rickwalder had an opportunity to take a variety of game on his very first African safari—including the elusive lechwe.

October 24, 2013

Jumbo Down!

It does not take a village to feed a village. It takes one hunter to assume his natural role in the environment.

June 12, 2012

Big Bore Practice Has To Hurt

The Myth: Big Bore practice has to hurt

July 27, 2011

SCI President to Address UN

Safari Club International's President will address the United Nations today to discuss the economic benefits of hunting in developing nations.

June 16, 2010

South African Safari, Day 5

With a Cape kudu in the salt, I hope we can pull a Cape bushbuck out of Cullen’s hat to complete this six-day safari that was cut short for its scheduled 10 days by the Icelandic ash cloud that delayed my departure from America.

May 27, 2010

South African Safari, Day 4

Kudu hunting in the Eastern Cape is a glassing game. You find a comfortable rock, perch yourself and start probing the shadows for a tell tale hint of a dappled gray, striped hide. Sometimes the giveaway is a an ear flick, others it’s the sun glinting off a horn tip. The sprawling hills are covered with acacia and Karoo shrubs with few open spots, so the glassing game is long and tedious.

May 26, 2010

South African Safari, Day 3

Up at 4:30 to head to the Winterberg Mountains where we hope to find grey (or vaal) rhebok, I tumble groggily from bed and eat a quick breakfast of toast and a brown paste called Boveril, which Cullen tells me is what kept him alive at boarding school. It tastes mildly spicy with a beefy, yeasty sort of flavor that you have to try to appreciate.

May 24, 2010

South African Safari, Day 2

The blood orange glow of the sunrise paints the fat cotton-ball clouds with a crimson blush as professional hunter Cullen Kelly and I settle onto the cold rocks of a promontory overlooking a valley that says “kudu” loud and clear. The bush is classic kudu country. Cullen calls it Karoo scrub brush. It’s thick and dense and impenetrable, just the sort of bush that kudu adore.We see a group of cows and calves move slowly through the bush, their reddish-gray coats glimmering as the rising sun shines on them.

May 20, 2010

South African Safari, Day 1

My bags are packed, I’m ready to go, but I’m not leaving on a jet plane. The Icelandic volcano with the unpronounceable name is spewing more hot air than Al Gore at a global warming conference. My flight to South Africa, routed through London, is cancelled.

May 19, 2010

The Big Five

Renowned as the most dangerous game in Africa, the Big Five are a major milestone in any safari hunter’s career.

March 09, 2010

Confessions Of An Obsessive Backpacker

Not that anyone who hunts passionately in Africa is “normal,” but even by the standards of obsessive safari addicts, I stand out as, well, a bit strange.

March 09, 2010

A Near-Death Mistake

Tropical malaria, or plasmodium falciparum, is the only lethal variety of the four types of malaria.

March 09, 2010

No Apologies Necessary

I was on safari in Tanzania, booked for 21 days in the Kigosi flood plains for what was promised to be an epic adventure.

March 09, 2010

African Safari Camps Then And Now

The era of the champagne safari is over, but there are ways to mimic the experience.

March 09, 2010