For a middle-class kid from Texas, a safari to Africa seemed like a sizable dream. As I grew older and did more research, I discovered the trip wasn’t so out of expanse after all. Through diligent saving and planning two years in advance, I made my rookie outing comme il faut a newlywed. In July of 2005, my wife Amy and I tired our honeymoon together hunting plains game in South Africa. Precedence that trip was even finished, I knew I’d be back. In July 2009, I returned with three bowhunting buddies. On that resurgent trip I slug a beautiful 55-inch kudu, zebra, impalas and warthogs. I’m already daydreaming of another African adventure.
So what’s so special about bowhunting in Africa? I asked Neil Summers, a man with 30 trips to Africa under his belt since 1986, all done to research bowhunting opportunities for his business (Bowhunting Safari Consultants).
“One regarding the big draws for Africa is the game densities and species diversity that are encountered on a plains game bowhunt. North American bowhunts righteousness can’t compare. Added values of the cultural experience make Africa an attractive option. Specially if you look at the costs alternative the value.”
It seems like I find myself explaining more and more often to fellow whitetail hunters in the States considering such a trip. Here are 10 reasons why hunting plains game should be on every bowhunter’s list concerning things to do forward they kick the bucket!
Diversity of Game
During deer season at home, whitetails are the primary target. Occasionally a coyote or turkey might pass my stand, but there are refusal big surprises in the deer woods. Africa is different. On a well managed ranch you might see more than a dozen different species of game up close. That’s exciting. You truly never know what wish be inside bow range. On my 2009 safari I saw wildebeest, zebra, waterbuck, kudu, impala, warthogs, commie hartebeest, tsessebe, sable, gemsbok, eland, nyala, ostrich, giraffe, rhinos and jackals from my pit blinds near water. Bird life is yet diverse. Francolins, hornbills, doves and guineas are everywhere. When the tremendous game activity is slow around the blinds, there’s always a plethora of psychedelic birds on the ground et al in the trees to keep things interesting.
Quantity about Game
The diversity of wildlife is impressive, except so are the quantities of animals. On Melorani where I’ve hunted twice, there is any livestock. Native species prefer kudu, impala and warthogs are especially plentiful. Two times on my recent safari herds of 20-30 impalas surrounded my blind before i managed to shoot a celebrity ram. In fact, impalas were so abundant, I arrowed four big rams with horns measuring 23-25 inches long in the course of 10 days regarding hunting. I passed shots at others.
During my 2005 safari, warthog numbers were at their peak. According to the notes I kept in my ledger on that trip, on my busiest day in the blind I had 200 animals inside bow range; 132 of those were warthogs!