Brye Mangum – Africa Hunt Winner Trip Report
South Africa Hunting Safari
July 11, 2018
Not going to try and sugar coat it but the flight is loooong. But don’t worry, it’s all worth it. Our total flight time was 27 hours, if you have great company like I did it will go by fairly quick. We landed in Johannesburg and grabbed our stuff, I brought a bow so making it out is a lot faster. If you bring a rifle, you must check it out of the police station inside the airport. Botes was very helpful with his client who brought a rifle and pretty well did everything. After a two hour drive from the airport you will arrive at your destination!
We arrived very late, we met all the PH’s and toured what we could in the night. The resort is AMAZING! That was my first thought. I had no idea what to expect and this place was 5 star! Very modern, I didn’t even feel like I was in another country. After the tour we moved into our own rooms and called it a night.
The routine everyday is fairly the same. Wake up at 6AM, eat an amazing breakfast. Hunt till noon, eat an amazing lunch. Head back out and hunt till 6PM, sit around the campfire, and you guessed it. Eat an amazing dinner and do it all again the next day. The PH asks what you want to hunt that day or recommends what would be best toward your goals for the trip. You hop in the land cruisers and start looking for game to hunt. Once you find an animal you want to hunt, the stalk begins.
De Wet Van Vyk was my PH for the entire trip, he is awesome and got us in close many times. During the 10 day trip we put on 30+ stalks, I was not successful on a single one. The weather was a perfect 65-70 everyday with 5mph winds at max. Due to the lack of wind, sound is what gave us away most of the time. It was awesome to know that even though this is a high fence hunt, the hunts are still super challenging! I learned a lot on this trip , especially from Dewit.
I had never been successful with my bow till this trip, we sat the blind on the evening of the first day. Sables were everywhere, zebras were coming in and at 5PM that night they all took off and the kudu we were waiting for had finally showed up. He came in and looked me right in the eyes through the small blind window like he knew I was there and a sable spooked him away.
We waited 5 more minutes and he came back in only to be blocked by another sable. He spooked again, please come back is all that was running through my mind. I was very calm and collected at this point. He came in one last time and I put the arrow right through his heart and into the opposite shoulder.
I will never forget that feeling of connecting with my first animal with a bow. He is a beautiful 54 inch kudu bull with amazing curls and a perfect first bow kill. Without all the prep work that your PH puts in, things like this would not happen perfectly like this. The PHs make it happen!
The trophy quality for these animals on this new concession are top notch and in a couple of years it will be even better. I took a 54” kudu bull, 26” wildebeest (wild hunt!), an old warrior warthog, a beautiful zebra mare (she was so big we thought she was a stallion) and 3 impalas with 2 being over 23 inches! The building where they do all the skinning and gutting is awesome and very clean! I was never worried about the quality of care my trophies were receiving.
The accommodations at the concession are excellent. Every meal you will feel like you are at a 5 star restaurant. The company was always great and we shared many laughs every single day and night. Your rooms are cleaned and made new again every day and your clothes are washed! I managed to catch a cold from the plane ride over and they had all the medication I could ever need and made sure I always took my medicine. Thank you!
The trip did not go by fast for me at all. But when it was time to leave, Botes went over all the trip expenses and you can choose to pay then or later. We did visit the local taxidermist that Botes uses. You can either have your animals done there or done back home. I chose to do mine back home so I could spread my payments out on them. The quality of taxidermy work is amazing. You will not be disappointed if you go the other route. Botes also makes sure you make it through the airport as far as he can go. He made everything easy and worry free!
I am so grateful for Botes and this opportunity they provided. Thank you to all the PHs and staff. I made some new friends and will be back to see them 100%.
- Overall, my trip was amazing, I couldn’t have asked for more.
- My outfitter’s communication before, during and after the trip was perfect, I couldn’t have asked for more.
- My guide was amazing.
- Physically, the trip was easy.
- The food and accommodations were amazing.
My consultant was OUTDOORS INTERNATIONAL.
- My consultant’s communication before, during and after the trip was perfect, I couldn’t have asked for more. He is hilarious and I can’t imagine anyone having a bad time with this guy.
- My consultant was very knowledgeable, and a pleasure to talk to.
- Would you book another trip with us in the future? Yes
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