Hunt Reports 2019-02-28T10:57:21+00:00

Hunt Reports

David Poskey

Hunters Name: David Poskey
Dates Hunted: 15th – 22nd September 2016
PH: Andrew Harvey
Trophies Taken: Kudu, White Blesbuck, Mtn Reedbuck, Steinbuck,Red Hartebeest,Waterbuck, Warthog

Meals and accommodation

Very Good!

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

Outstanding!

Overall service

Outstanding!

Any problems?

No

Highlights

Taking a kudu and hunting with my son!

Would you recommend this hunt

Absolutely!

Overall experience

Outstanding!

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

Yes!

Bruce Barker

Hunters Name: Bruce Barker
Dates Hunted: 8th July 2016 – 18th July 2016
PH: Andrew Harvey
Trophies Taken: Buffalo, Gemsbuck, Eland, Sable, Impala, Waterbuck, Kudu

Meals and accommodation

Excellent

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

Outstanding!

Overall service

Excellent

Any problems?

None

Highlights

Daily highlights with each game animal, also the great area seen, observing and learning the S.A culture, politics.

Would you recommend this hunt

Very much so and plan to do so.

Overall experience

Excellent.

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

Yes

Sara Barker

Hunters Name: Sara Barker
Dates Hunted: 8th July 2016 – 18th July 2016
PH: Russell Lovemore
Trophies Taken: Buffalo, Gemsbuck, Sable, Impala, Kudu, Zebra

Meals and accommodation

Very good!

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

Excellent. Knew exactly where to go and gave very clear instructions.

Overall service

Very memorable. Will be returning.

Any problems?

Telephone reception – no reflection on hunters.

Highlights

Best hunts were Cape Buffalo, Sable, Zebra.

Would you recommend this hunt

Absolutely.

Overall experience

Fabulous. I’ve been hunting since the age of 7 for over 30 years and this hunt was the best!

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

Yes

Duane & Beth Houghtaling

Hunters Name: Duane & Beth Houghtaling
Dates Hunted: 23rd July – 30th July 2016
PH: Andrew Harvey
Trophies Taken: Duiker, Impala, Eland, Zebra, Blesbuck, Kudu, Gemsbuck, Wildebeest

Meals and accommodation

Wonderful food! We enjoyed our stay at all the lodges.

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

Andrew was able to educate us/me on several things and that made me feel better.

Overall service

We were well taken care of.

Any problems?

none.

Highlights

Range of Trophies and the number of animals. Being able to stop for photos along the way.

Would you recommend this hunt

Yes!

Overall experience

The people we met were great! I/we had a great time and will be back.

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

yes.

Kyle and Claudessa English

Hunters Name: Kyle & Claudessa English
Dates Hunted: 30th July – 6th August 2016
PH: Andrew Harvey
Trophies Taken: Impala,Blesbuck,Springbuck,Kudu,Black Wildebeest,Red Hartebeest,Gemsbuck

Meals and accommodation

Great! Each accommodation had it’s own unique appeal, but Mt. Camdeboo was on the top!

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

Excellent! Great eye for game. PH dedicated to selling client the best trophy possible.

Overall service

10/10!

Any problems?

No

Highlights

The kudu, Hartebeest and Gemsbuck stalks! The hunts were exciting and everything a hunt should be.

Would you recommend this hunt

Absolutely!

Overall experience

A dream fulfilled after 6 years in the making.

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

Yes.

George Leahey

Hunters Name: George Leahey
Dates Hunted: 30th May – 9th June 2016
PH: Andrew Harvey
Trophies Taken: Black Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Warthog, Gemsbuck, Springbuck, Impala, Duiker

Meals and accommodation

First rate! Personally I liked the less formal.

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

Excellent!

Overall service

Excellent!

Any problems?

None

Highlights

Warthog hunt! Missing a Kudu at 75 yards, it made me appreciate the difficulty of all the others.

Would you recommend this hunt

Absolutely!

Overall experience

Exceeded all my expectations! The beauty of the land & animals I will carry with me forever!!

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

Yes.

Paul Leahey

Hunters Name: Paul Leahey
Dates Hunted: 30th May – 9th June 2016
PH: Russ Lovemore
Trophies Taken: Gemsbuck,Blesbuck,Kudu,Springbuck,Black Wildebeest,Warthog,Duiker,Impala

Meals and accommodation

First Class! Exceeded expectations!

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

Professional,actually was the difference in me getting the game verses a miss or shooting a poor quality animal. Fun to be around, overall A+

Overall service

Excellent.

Any problems?

None.

Highlights

Shooting an Impala with a crossbow. Hunting Kudu. The 3 lodges were great! Accomodation all first class!

Would you recommend this hunt

Absolutely!

Overall experience

Once in a lifetime! Couldnt have been much better!

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

Yes.

Lawrence W. Miller

Hunters Name: Lawrence W. Miller
Dates Hunted: 12 – 20th June 2016
PH: Andrew Harvey
Trophies Taken: Sable,Giraffe,Bontebok,White Springbuck,White Blesbuck,Waterbuck

Meals and accommodation

Excellent at all locations!

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

Excellent! Location of trophies is unmatched.

Overall service

Excellent.

Any problems?

Not Really!

Highlights

Getting my Sable dispite very adverse weather conditions. Getting a beautiful Bontebok!

Would you recommend this hunt

Yes!

Overall experience

Ten out of ten!

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

Yes.

Louis & Jana Blanchard

Hunters Name: Louis & Jana Blanchard
Dates Hunted: 28th June – 4th July 2016
PH: Andrew Harvey
Trophies Taken: Sable, Klipspringer, Impala, Tsessebe, Zebra,Cape Grysbuck

Meals and accommodation

Meals at Bluecliff were excellent! Shower ran hot then cold. Meals at Mt. Camdeboo where more american than would have liked.

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

Very knowledgeable of areas hunted and provided guidance on the size of the animals & pointed out all animals while spotting.

Overall service

Great experience! All accommodations were great and hosts were friendly.

Any problems?

No.

Highlights

Visiting different hunt sites. Watching the wildlife and having the opertunity to take some great photos.

Would you recommend this hunt

Yes!

Overall experience

Awesome! Many great memories with studio quality photos to take home.

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

Yes.

James William Griffin

Hunters Name: James William Griffin
Dates Hunted: 8th – 17th April 2016
PH: Russ Lovemore
Trophies Taken: Gemsbuck, Red Hartebeest, Kudu, Blue Wildebeest, Zebra & Warthog

Meals and accommodation

The meals and the accommodation were phenomenal! Everything from the lodging, meals and staff were 5 – Star quality.

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

Russell provided, in short, the trip of a life time experience for a young hunter. He was able to make the week the best it could be! Russ displayed a wealth of knowledge of the animals, hunting tactics and sportsmanship! His ability to guide someone new to safaris was impeccable

Overall service

The service was phenomenal from the hunting, the lodges, all the way to the staff. The trophies we acquired were spectacular, along with the trip itself.

Any problems?

There were no problems with the safari at all. The only down side is how far away South Africa is from the States, but then again, sometimes that’s a good thing.

Highlights

The highlight of the trip was being able to cover so much terrain in a short span. Learning new hunting tactics that we’ve never utilised in the States. Being able to successfully stalk multiple animals and have the pictures to prove it!

Would you recommend this hunt

I would recommend Russ as a PH. to anyone looking for an amazing hunt, regardless of skill level. I would recommend this hunt to any one of my friends / colleagues in a heartbeat!

Overall experience

The overall experience of this trip was phenomenal to say the least! The exposure to new hunting styles such as stalking from miles away, was one of the most eye opening experiences one could have.

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

Yes.

Robby & Penny Boepple

Hunters Name: Robby & Penny Boepple
Dates Hunted: 25th June – 6th July 2016
PH: Russ Lovemore
Trophies Taken: Impala, Nyala, Waterbuck, Kudu, Red Hartebeest, Black Wildebeest, Warthog, Springbuck (2), Blue Wildebeest

Meals and accommodation

The meals & accommodations were incredible! The days & evenings were filled with delicious bountiful meals, relaxing accommodations & wonderful people to share stories of the day’s hunting adventure! Russ always had a glass of wine ready for us every evening to relax and enjoy the friendship of fellow hunters with.

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

Russ Lovemore has an impeccable skill level of not only hunting territory that he has experienced before, but also with unchartered territory that he has never hunted. He was extremely knowledgeable of the animals that we hunted and we were successful in harvesting the animals that I had listed for my South African safari. Russ was also accomodating, patient, and extremely considerate of my wife who was a non- hunter. He truly made her experience completely enjoyable and of course Fudge is her favourite South African Dog!

Overall service

Service was excellent!! Russ and all the incredible staff provided service above and beyond what we expected to experience.Russ was very informative on the fauna and flora of South Africa, along with the culture and the history. He answered all of our many questions and volunteered his philosophy and insight with inspirational ” Russisms” that we will forever reflect on and treasure.

Any problems?

None…… other than having to come back to the heat and humidity of TEXAS!

Highlights

Our hunt overwhelmingly exceeded my expectations. The hunt was not a canned hunt but one that was pleasantly & unexpected much more challenging with the changing terrane and stalking of the animals. The hunt was filled with adventure, challenges, patience and incredible animals harvested as a reward!

Would you recommend this hunt

Yes! I highly recommend this hunt.

Overall experience

Our hunting safari was a life time of memories that we truly cherish! Russ and Safari Trails International provided us with an adventure filled with an incredible hunt, accommodations, food, and friends that have impacted our life and made our experience outstanding. Words cannot express our appreciation for being able to share this adventure together and we look forward to one day being able to do it again!!!!

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

Yes.

Jeff & Evyn Lewis

Hunters Name: Jeff & Evyn Lewis
Dates Hunted: 22nd May – 27th May 2016
PH: Andrew Harvey
Trophies Taken: Sable, Blesbuck, Red Hartebeest, Zebra, Springbuck, Black Wildebeest, Gemsbuck

Meals and accommodation

Wow! Meals & accommodations were excellent! The variety & quality of the food was excellent. We certainly never went hungry! Mount Camdeboo & The Aloe and Elephant accommodations were also excellent. Very clean and a sense of feeling at home. Very comfortable and private for our small group.

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

Excellent PH. His knowledge of the game & area made for a successful hunt. Andrew went out of his way to guide us in the fashion that we wanted. I did not feel as though we were toured around to simply shoot animals. We were a part of the hunt and he would listen to our comments through the hunt. He offered many options and listened to what our desires were. Very flexible which I feel is important.

Overall service

Again…. Excellent! All of the parties involved in the experience were great. The staff, trackers, PH’s and the staff behind the scenes that we rarely seen were all excellent. It felt more like a “friend” trip than it did a “client” hunt which is what we prefer!

Any problems?

Problems……absolutely not! I prefer more difficult hunts that some of the aspects of this hunt were. BUT, this hunt was not for me, it was for my son and it was exactly what I had hoped for him. There were parts that came easily and others that were difficult, which is exactly the part of the hunt that I wanted him to enjoy.

Highlights

My personal highlight was the spot and stalking of a Black Wildebeest and shooting it with my bow at 93 yards. However, the much more important and exciting highlight for me was having my son with me on safari and seeing his face light up when he was successful in shooting the animals. His desire to get up in the morning ( which is abnormal ) told me that he enjoyed himself. When asked if he would like to return, his answer was a definite “YES”! That to me spells success. Thank you Andrew and Team.

Would you recommend this hunt

Yes, yes, yes!!!!!

Overall experience

Our hunting safari was a life time of memories that we truly cherish! Russ and Safari Trails International provided us with an adventure filled with an incredible hunt, accommodations, food, and friends that have impacted our life and made our experience outstanding. Words cannot express our appreciation for being able to share this adventure together and we look forward to one day being able to do it again!!!!

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

Please do!

Luis Montero Fano

Hunters Name: Luis Montero Fano
Dates Hunted: 3rd May – 9th May 2016
PH: Andrew Harvey
Trophies Taken: Suni

Meals and accommodation

Perfect!

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

Andrew has done brilliant!

Overall service

Excellent!

Any problems?

No!

Highlights

Suni was an amazing hunt!

Would you recommend this hunt

Absolutely yes!!!!!

Overall experience

To repeat, no doubt!

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

Yes!

Jason & Noemi Everaert

Hunters Name: Jason & Noemi Everaert
Dates Hunted: 21st May – 28th May 2016
PH: Patrick Cairns
Trophies Taken: Black Wildebeest, Red Haretbeest, Kudu, Zebra, Springbuck, Impala, Blesbuck

Meals and accommodation

All Meals and accommodation were great! We were quite pampered at the lodges and never went hungry.

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

Patrick and Albert were amazing. They work hard, have great knowledge in the field and set us up for great success on all our animals.

Overall service

10 out of 10!

Any problems?

None what so ever!

Highlights

High end accommodations, great food, beautiful country, successful hunting and most of all great people.

Would you recommend this hunt

Absolutely.

Overall experience

Noemi and I had a great time on the safari with Andrew and his crew. From the moment we were picked up at the airport, they made us feel as if we had been friends for a long time. If you are ever considering a safari to South Africa, we would strongly recommend Safari Trails International. You wont be disappointed!!

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

Yes!

Dallas & Chelsea Toles

Hunters Name: Dallas & Chelsea Toles
Dates Hunted: 8th – 17th March 2016
PH: Andrew Harvey
Trophies Taken: Kudu, Gemsbuck, Springbuck, Blesbuck, Zebra, Red Hartebeest, Impala

Meals and accommodation

Meals & accommodation were incredible. The food & staff were terrific!

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

Andrew was very knowledgable and explained the game thoroughly, with safety and satisfaction being of utmost importance.

Overall service

First time on a hunting safari, first time in South Africa. Enjoyed ourselves immensely.

Any problems?

No problems with STI. Will discuss future itinerary with FTR Adventures. Great time and no hidden fees

Highlights

A person had to put in the time and effort if a trophy was to be had. Felt safe & confident with Andrew and respectable trophies.

Would you recommend this hunt

Yes! We would recommend hunting with STI to our friends and colleagues.

Overall experience

Excellent! Hunting and accommodation were great! After hunting was completed, Andrew had multiple touring suggestions. STI is punctual and on time!

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

Yes!

Jeff White

Hunters Name: Jeff White
Dates Hunted: 16th May – 26th May 2016
PH: Russ Lovemore
Trophies Taken: Barbary Sheep, Tsessebe, Kudu, Eland, Vaal Rhebuck, Duiker, Warthog, Zebra

Meals and accommodation

Remarkable meals and excellent accomodations wherever the hunt took place.

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

Russ’ knowledge of animals / habitat / and trophy assessment was incredible!

Overall service

Details on all aspects very professional.

Any problems?

Never!

Highlights

Being able to travel in all directions to hunt specific animals and get it done.

Would you recommend this hunt

Highly recommended!

Overall experience

Wonderful to hunt / eat / experience the Eastern Cape animals and hospitality!

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

Yes!

Scott Beemer

Hunters Name: Scott Beemer
Dates Hunted: 16th – 27th August 2016
PH: Tex
Trophies Taken: Kudu, Springbuck, Bushbuck, Impala, Warthog

Meals and accommodation

Very Nice!

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

Very good!

Overall service

Great!

Any problems?

None.

Highlights

Great Bushbuck hunt.

Would you recommend this hunt

Yes!

Overall experience

Great! Glad I did it!

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

Yes!

Matt & Caleb Boydston

Hunters Name: Matt & Caleb Boydston
Dates Hunted: 16th – 27th August 2016
PH: Patrick Cairns
Trophies Taken: Kudu, Gemsbuck (2), Blesbuck, Steinbuck, bushbuck, Warthog, Black Wildebeest, Impala (4)

Meals and accommodation

Meals were outstanding – would have enjoyed eating more of what we shot!

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

Outstanding! Personal service was off the charts. Took the time to teach and instruct, looking forward to another hunt.

Overall service

Service was the best I’ve ever had.

Any problems?

Would have liked to eat more of what we shot.

Highlights

The views! Walk and stalk hunts are the best!

Would you recommend this hunt

Absolutely! Would recommend to all friends and family.

Overall experience

The hunt of a lifetime! Hated to see it end.

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

Yes!

Mike Poskey

Hunters Name: Mike Poskey
Dates Hunted: 16th – 22nd September 2016
PH: Andrew Harvey
Trophies Taken: Kudu, Springbuck, Blesbuck, Impala

Meals and accommodation

All the meals & accommodations were great!

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

Awesome, Andrew’s skill with judging animal size was spot on.

Overall service

More than we could have asked for.

Any problems?

Would have liked to eat more of what we shot.

Highlights

Having my father get a kudu.

Would you recommend this hunt

Yes!

Overall experience

Great! I will never forget it!

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

Yes!

Bill Thompson

Hunters Name: Bill Thompson
Dates Hunted: 16th – 26th August 2016
PH: Andrew Harvey
Trophies Taken: Mountain Reedbuck, Black Backed Jackal, Bushpig & Common Duiker

Meals and accommodation

As always Mt. Camdeboo doesnt disappoint! Nduna was a great addition as well.

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

Andrew is great to hunt with. His knowledge & skills put us in the proper position for all game hunted.

Overall service

Excellent! I wouldn’t change a thing.

Any problems?

None.

Highlights

My entire trip! It is very difficult to decide which event is the highlight. I would recommend deep sea fishing! Seeing humpback whales while fishing was great!

Would you recommend this hunt

To every hunter I know!

Overall experience

Excellent.

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

Yes!

John Snyder

Hunters Name: John Snyder
Dates Hunted: 5th – 11th September 2016
PH: Andrew Harvey
Trophies Taken: Kudu, Nyala, Gemsbuck, Springbuck, Blesbuck, Zebra, Red Hartebeest, Impala, warthog, vervet monkey

Meals and accommodation

Above and beyond anything I imagined! The lodges were amazing and food excellent!!

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

Could not have been better!! Andrew is amazing and knows his business well along with great ethics!!

Overall service

5 star all the way!!

Any problems?

No.

Highlights

The lodges & the animals harvested – quality! Getting the Gemsbuck was the most important to me!!!

Would you recommend this hunt

Yes! I would and will!!

Overall experience

FANTASTIC!!! Cannot wait to share it with everyone and hope to come back!!

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

Yes!

Dale & Rebecca Hartford

Hunters Name: Dale & Rebecca Hartford
Dates Hunted: 24th – 30th September 2016
PH: Andrew Harvey
Trophies Taken: Kudu, Gemsbuck, Black Springbuck, Copper Springbuck, Bushbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Waterbuck,Mtn Reedbuck,caracal

Meals and accommodation

We love trying new and unique dishes wherever we go and were not disappointed on this trip! Loved the local dishes and presentation.

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

Andrew was exceptional at judging trophy size and quality and I was not disappointed with the trophies I got.

Overall service

Excellent, everyone was very friendly and accommodating!

Any problems?

None.

Highlights

50″ Kudu! I have to say the most gratifying hunt was for the waterbuck. Stalking an animal for over 4 hours and finally getting a shot at that animal, that was absolutely incredible. It was very emotional for me.

Would you recommend this hunt

Absolutely, I will be back to hunt again.

Overall experience

Excellent.

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

Yes!

Thomas Curlee

Hunters Name: Thomas Curlee
Dates Hunted: 1st – 9th July 2017
PH: Andrew Harvey
Trophies Taken: Kudu, Gemsbuck, Blesbuck, Impala, Black Wildebeest

Meals and accommodation

Above and beyond, excellent meals and accommodation.

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

Andrew very knowledgeable and experienced. Excellece in guiding and hunting skills. Awesome!

Overall service

Excellent service, above and beyond.

Any problems?

None.

Highlights

Shooting the Kudu in the deep canyon.

Would you recommend this hunt

Yes, definitely! And will recommend it! 🙂

Overall experience

Had so much fun and enjoyed every bit of it. Can’t wait to come back.

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

Yes!

Michael Holt

Hunters Name: Michael Holt
Dates Hunted: 19th – 29th September 2017
PH: Andrew Harvey
Andri Fox
Trophies Taken: Kudu, Eland, Black Wildebeest, Gemsbuck,  Common Springbuck, Black Springbuck, Blesbuck, W/Blesbuck, Duiker, Mountain Zebra, Red Hartebeest, Impala, Warthog

Meals and accommodation

Enjoyed both Mt. Camdeboo and Nduna. Both very different and equally as enjoyable.

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

We found the game and I was put into a good position to make a reliable shot. What more could you ask for?

Overall service

From pickup at airport to delivery back, I’ve wanted for nothing. Great service.

Any problems?

None.

Highlights

1st day! Weather was perfect, zero wind. Made for perfect conditions for animals to be out and moving. We took 4 on day one.

Would you recommend this hunt

Yes! Especially to the first time safari hunter, or someone who may never make it back to another safari. You get to see and shoot a lot and it’s actually relatively easy hunting. I’d recommend it to first timers and/or older individuals that can’t hunt hard.

Overall experience

Hundreds.

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

Yes!

Jeffery Cowen

Hunters Name: Jeffery Cowen
Dates Hunted: 19th – 30th September 2017
PH: Andrew Harvey
Trophies Taken: Kudu, Gemsbuck, B/Springbuck, C/Springbuck, Blesbuck, Warthog, Red Hartebeest, Impala, Black Wildebeest, Eland, Duiker

Meals and accommodation

Excellent! The meals and accommodations were above my expectations. I was extremely satisfied.

PH’s knowledge and guiding skills

Andrew’s knowledge and guiding skills were excellent. All animals were carefully studied to ensure their trophy quality.

Overall service

Service was excellent! Everything that could be done was done to ensure our safety and quality of the hunt.

Any problems?

None.

Highlights

The highlight of the hunt for me was taking a kudu after two hard days of stalking, before finally getting the opportunity to take a true trophy.

Would you recommend this hunt

I already have!

Overall experience

The hunt was everything I expected and more.

Could we post your photo’s on our website?

Yes!