Hunter: Thomas Driskill
Date: Sep 25 – Oct 8, 2022
Trip Taken: Limpopo, South Africa Hunting Safari
Consultant: Mr. Todd Osborn, Outdoors International
Too much to say, how can I start…
I’ll make this a very abbreviated version, but will offer to be a reference for anyone who wants to repeat what we did.
We left Hawaii on Sep 25, 2022, it was 45 hours from our home to Sandton Hilton in “Joburg”, where my Son Daniel and I stayed two nights, Sep 27 and 28, before the hunt to get rested. That was very smart, we were worn out. Oldest son Tommy and girlfriend Elena flying from Bali to JoBurg and joined us on Sep 28. We love the Sandton Hilton and recommend it to all.
On Sep 29, our PH picked the four of us up at our hotel and we drove three hours to the lodge.
Our PH was named WJ and he was simply wonderful. Our outfitter met us at the lodge w his wife Crysta. We were introduced to Goodie the Chef and Joseph our tracker / skinner. We sat down for a lovely lunch and Goodie had made a special Croc sweetbread loaf since we were on a crocodile hunt.
The Hunting Lodge is to die for, with a total African theme and amenities to include three meals a day, cooking what we shot, plus a full bar. WJ was our PH the entire time. He took us out after lunch and we sighted in the rifle we had rented (a 30-06), then off we went on the hunt.
Space simply does not permit me to detail everything we did day by day.
So rather, I’ll generalize that we were up for breakfast every morning at 6am and out to hunt by 630am. Each evening we made plans for hunt the next day. We came in about 11am and had lunch each day at 12 noon, rested then back out hunting again at 3pm until dark.
Each evening was an exceptional experience with a big fire, lots of drinks and appetizers before dinner, then a sit down dinner with the outfitter, his wife, WJ, and sometimes some of their friends.
The dinners were tremendous and innovatively prepared by Goodie, usually including the game we had shot. We ate from china, and drank fine South African wines from crystal glasses.
We went to on this Safari thinking we would take a croc, wart hog, blesbuck and zebra.
We ended up with a sable, black impala, golden wildebeest, king wildebeest and a nice crocodile.
Our outfitter and Todd Osborn from Outdoors International, firstname.lastname@example.org were totally flexible on trophy fees, giving credit for trophy not hunted against cost of trophies hunted.
The hunting was simply unreal.
We had a ball. Lot’s to chose from, hard decisions, but we have hunted in Africa several times before. From previous experience, we have learned to go with the target of opportunity.
We simply can’t say enough about the outfitter and our PH.
This was our fourth time hunting in Africa, and they not only beat the pants off all of our other hunts, but exceeded our grandest expectations. We have a ton of specific stories of individual hunts and tracking, but you’ll have to experience it yourself to understand that.
Please plan on a nice gratuity for all, because they deserve it and that’s part of hunting in Africa.
Thomas M Driskill Jr
COL USA (Ret)
How would you rate your trip overall?
This was a world-class experience! This outfit is the best in Africa, and WJ (our PH) is phenomenal. Goodie is best cook we’ve ever had in Africa, and Joseph is best skinner/tracker I’ve ever seen. If you ever want to hunt in Africa, set it up with Todd at OI, asking for WJ as your PH!
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How would you rate your Outdoors International Consultant?
We never could have planned this trip without Todd’s guidance, support and patience.
Todd was so patient and supportive that he enabled us to pull this entire trip together in about three weeks. In the past, it took me a year to plan an African hunt. He is #1 in the business.
Would you book another trip with OUTDOORS INTERNATIONAL in the future?
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