We had the privilege of hunting with Mark and Todd for one day looking for Zebra and Red Hartebeest. We headed to our one Coastal Concession and the search was on.

After passing quite a few groups of Zebra we selected one and the hunt was on. Mark made a great shot and the Zebra was down.

The Red Hartebeest we hunted on a neighbouring property as there are large groups found on that property so with limited time we were more guaranteed to get one there. After a few stalks and walks we saw some Red Hartebeest and made our way to them. They were in a great stalking position however there were many eyes around as well which called for us to leopard crawl the last 10 to 15m to get into position.

The Bull we wanted was quartering away and Mark was comfortable and ready to shoot. Mark placed a great shot placement and the bull ran off. We found him about 40m away lying hidden in a clump of bushes.

With the light starting to go down we took a last drive and a walk hoping we could bump into a warthog or two but the light had the better of us.

It was a successful one day hunt with Mark and Todd and even though it was a one day hunt it ended up with us making some great new friends along the way.

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REEDBUCK SLAM

We have 2 of the following packages for this year and can be booked for next year. These animals will be hunted in two different areas and other species can be added of our price list and extra days can be added as well.

7 days total 6 days hunting.

Animals included in package:

1x Common Reedbuck
1x Mountain Reedbuck
1x Vaal Rhebuck

Total package price: $ 5500.00 US

Included in package:

All animals in package
All accommodation
All South African beverages in moderation
Daily laundry services
All roads travelled during the hunt
Service of Professional hunter and skinner
Skinning and field preparation of trophies
Rilfle if needed

Not Included:

All flights
Non hunting activities
Imported spirits
Taxidermy work
Ammunition

Note: full fees are payable for wounded and lost animals

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CULL HUNT PACKAGE

Hunt will take place on a property where numbers need to get reduced. This package is available for this year (2018).

6 days total 5 days hunting

Animals included in package:

5 Impala
5 Mountain Reedbuck
5 Red Hartebeest
3 Warthog

Total package price: $ 4900 US

Included in package:

All animals in package
All accommodation
All South African beverages in moderation
Daily laundry services
All roads travelled during the hunt
Service of Professional hunter and skinner
Skinning and field preparation of trophies
Rilfle if needed

Not Included:

All flights
Non hunting activities
Imported spirits
Taxidermy work
Ammunition

Note: full fees are payable for wounded and lost animals

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CULL HUNT EASTERN CAPE

We have some cull animals for 2018 and have put some packages together. Trophy animals can be added on request if anyone wants to do a bit of culling and shoot one or two different trophies. Possibly a chance to combine the more special antelope like Bushbuck, Vaal Rhebuck, Common Reedbuck, Blue Duiker with some cull animals.

The property has large numbers of all the species that needs to get culled so we will be shooting big numbers per day.

8 days total 7 days hunting.

Animals included in package:

15 Impala
10 Mountain Reedbuck
5 Red Hartebeest
5 Common Blesbuck
5 Warthog

Total Package price for 1x1: $ 8200 US
Total package price for 2x1: $ 10 000 US ( $ 5000 US per hunter)

Included in package:

All animals in package
All accommodation
All South African beverages in moderation
Daily laundry services
All roads travelled during the hunt
Service of Professional hunter and skinner
Skinning and field preparation of trophies
Rilfle if needed

Not Included:

All flights
Non hunting activities
Imported spirits
Taxidermy work
Ammunition

Note: full fees are payable for wounded and lost animals

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KAROO HUNT

We have the following hunt available for 2018 in the karoo.

Property is over 50 000 acres in size one property so completely wild hunt, big populations of animals some species exceeding 1000 animals per species.

7 days total 6 days hunting.

Animals included in package:

Kudu x1
Gemsbuck x1
Impala x1
Common Springbuck x1
Black Springbuck x1
White Springbuck x1
Common Blesbuck x1
White Blesbuck x1

Total package price: $ 8000 US

Included in package:

All trophies in package
All accommodation while on safari
All South African beverages in moderation
Daily laundry services
All roads travelled during the hunt
Service of Professional hunter and skinner
Skinning and field preparation of trophies
Rilfle if needed

Not Included:

All flights
Non hunting activities
Imported spirits
Taxidermy work
Trophies shipping cost to final destination.
Ammunition

Note: full fees are payable for wounded and lost animals

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BUSHBUCK DREAM HUNT

This package excites me as Bushbuck is one of my favorite animals to hunt, come join us on safari along the coast of the Eastern Cape in the heart of Bushbuck country for this hunt.

7 days total 6 days hunting.

Animals included in package:

1x Kudu
1x Burchells Zebra
1x Impala
1x Common Duiker
2x Cape Bushbuck

Total package price $ 6500.00 US

Add a third bushbuck for $ 500 US

Included in package:

All animals in package
All accommodation
All South African beverages in moderation
Daily laundry services
All roads travelled during the hunt
Service of Professional hunter and skinner
Skinning and field preparation of trophies
Rilfle if needed

Not Included:

All flights
Non hunting activities
Imported spirits
Taxidermy work
Ammunition

Note: full fees are payable for wounded and lost animals

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BUDDY HUNT

We have some space left for this year and next. Thought it would be nice to put a package out with options.

Hunting will take place at the karoo concession (50 000+) acres for first few days and then we will move to the coastal area, smaller areas varying from 2000-20 000 acres.

Package will be for two hunters hunting 1x1

7 days total 6 days hunting

Animals as follows:

Pick two animals per hunter:

Kudu, Gemsbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Zebra

Pick one animal per hunter:

Bushbuck, White Springbuck, Black Springbuck, Black Wildebeest

Pick two animals per hunter:

Impala, Common Springbuck, Common Duiker, Mountain Reedbuck, Common Blesbuck, Warthog

Total package price: $ 12 000 US
($ 6000 US per hunter)

Included in package:

All animals in package
All accommodation
All South African beverages in moderation
Daily laundry services
All roads travelled during the hunt
Service of Professional hunter and skinner
Skinning and field preparation of trophies
Rilfle if needed

Not Included:

All flights
Non hunting activities
Imported spirits
Taxidermy work
Ammunition

Note: full fees is payable for wounded and lost animals

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May Second Hunt Report 2017

Randy hunted with us in May this year and his main animal he wanted was an Oribi.

Oribi are indigenous to the coastal belt of the Eastern Cape, they are also found in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, and small populations persist in the north eastern Free State and Swaziland. This little antelope looks a lot larger in size out in the veld compared to once you have shot one, reason for this is they have a long, slender neck and legs.

The first afternoon we took our time and spotted/glassed a lot to observe the Oribi and to be very selective in the Oribi that we were wanting to shoot. We did not get one that afternoon. The very next morning we arrived at the Coastal property and there was mist everywhere. As much as this was a disadvantage it worked as a brilliant advantage to us as well by helping us to stalk and get in position without being noticed by the many eyes around. Once we were in position the mist started to lift, however the ram we wanted to shoot was lying down so we waited for him to make his move and get up.

Out of the blue the ram and his ewe jumped up and took off. Why we have no idea, and just like that our stalk and patient waiting was gone with him running over the hill. Juan told Randy that we must just stay in position as the Oribi are very territorial and could make their way back to us. As he completed that sentence here came two rams running back over the hill to us… With a few discussions and contemplating the correct ram was identified and put in the cross hairs. As soon as he gave Randy the opportunity to get a shot in he was down.

The next few days we hunted Warthog culls and a cull Red Hartebeest. We tried our luck to hunt a free range Bushbuck on a property near to the lodge but luck was not on our side for this day.

All in all we had a fantastic hunt with Randy and hope to hunt with him again soon as he is wanting to complete his Tiny 10 list…

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Randy hunted with us in May this year and his main animal he wanted was an Oribi.

Oribi are indigenous to the coastal belt of the Eastern Cape, they are also found in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, and small populations persist in the north eastern Free State and Swaziland. This little antelope looks a lot larger in size out in the veld compared to once you have shot one, reason for this is they have a long, slender neck and legs.

The first afternoon we took our time and spotted/glassed a lot to observe the Oribi and to be very selective in the Oribi that we were wanting to shoot. We did not get one that afternoon. The very next morning we arrived at the Coastal property and there was mist everywhere. As much as this was a disadvantage it worked as a brilliant advantage to us as well by helping us to stalk and get in position without being noticed by the many eyes around. Once we were in position the mist started to lift, however the ram we wanted to shoot was lying down so we waited for him to make his move and get up.

Out of the blue the ram and his ewe jumped up and took off. Why we have no idea, and just like that our stalk and patient waiting was gone with him running over the hill. Juan told Randy that we must just stay in position as the Oribi are very territorial and could make their way back to us. As he completed that sentence here came two rams running back over the hill to us… With a few discussions and contemplating the correct ram was identified and put in the cross hairs. As soon as he gave Randy the opportunity to get a shot in he was down.

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Review – Stephen 2017

The Prelude ​

Around Sept 2016 started chatting with Juan and Lauren on Africa Hunting

Found them to be very knowledge and quickly established what we wanted

Yes guys the Blonde was coming ……..

A busy 8 day cull hunt – inland then down to the shore – so 2 hunts in one with very different terrain

The pricing was fair actually better than fair – and plans were set dates agreed

Then a mention of a Giraffe that had to come off one of the properties ….a very fair price was agreed –

Then what to do with the skin – living as we do in Iceland in Igloos (apartments but don’t tell the tourists ) of a massive 100m2 with the love of my life – and the Blonde !!!!!! (Husky comes first )

Anyhow what to do with the skin – carpet a bedroom – this was left to be decided

The Pickup ​

As we were finishing up some other business we decided to meet in Grahamstown at a certain butchers – where I have been asked to leave because of my consumption of Biltong ….. Yep I can live on that stuff !

Lauren and Juan arrived at 11am depriving me of my usual biltong thefts

After a short 2 hr drive much discussion about Africa and hunting etc

We arrive at the amazing lodge – this place is off the register – it is a primary breeding farm of 40k hectares with the usual accompaniment of all the African species – and some very special cape buff bulls – why I cannot tell exactly where it is ! But suffice to say the level of trust they have in Juan and Lauren is amazing

Again the level of trust they placed in The Blonde and myself – respect

Also some White or vied Rhino on the estate which made stalking more interesting !

Zero the Rifles​

Rifles worked – the Blonde shot better than me – but moving swiftly along

As the day was still young – let’s try a few Impala – our list was extensive for cull animals

So off we went – The Blonde claimed first blood 180 m dropped to the shot with her Swedish Varberger 7×64 –

So I am up next another easy shot at 150 in the fridge

The Blonde finished the day @ 200 on an Impala

Off to dinner ​

Dinner was amazing cooked by one of the lodge managers – Kim also a qualified PH

After one two three – whatever beers – we slept in the lodge which could be described as palicial …

Well living in an igloo ….. It was amazing

Breakfast the next morning was the usual fare – rusks coffee and lets go hunting – back on Impala detail a busy morning saw 5 in the fridge – we split up so became a boys against the girls team

We were doomed to failure ……… but optimistically believed we would win ,

On our way back to the lodge Juan spotted a old bushbuck – he was on the way out – skinny and the flies already put the word out –

So a quick stalk and relieved him of his troubles !

My first bushbuck ​

Afternoon was back on Impala with success – OK the girls won – even with the bushbuck which as an act of kindness rather than hunting

HONOUR had to be restored – after another amazing dinner and beer plans were laid for the Giraffe.

My first actually- how hard can it be ? They are six metres tall and and and and

The morning – I must admit I was slightly nervous – I have culled maybe 250 African plains game ,,, but never a giraffe – plus my 8mm was playing up and my double 318 WR were both out of commission one requiring a new barrel the other the scope mounts had come loose before the trip .

So as I was using a 7mm rem mag – thought a little underpowered for Giraffe

Anyhow borrowed a 300 win mag and after a zero check let’s drop a giraffe!

Now as Stefanno was the lodge manager a professional hunter sometime the previous night after the beer and the Klipdrift (brandy) it was decided he would guide me as he knew access roads and the estate intimately, having been manager there for five years

So a 27 year old is looking at old grey beard with 50 within a year thinking he is drinking like an Irishman should and we are walking after a Giraffe… Tomorrow will be interesting

Well after two hours I am bumping him up the hill towards the giraffe

Husky walking – makes you tough !!!!!!!!

– trying to get him on an access road – finally a shot on his neck @ 200 m I Missed – I don’t know but a miss

The bull moved and offered a perfect frontal chest shot facing me so I took it dropping two bullets in there … that had an effect

He wheeled and after a spirited walk up another hill … had a perfect neck shot as he slowed – with suppressor on the rifle I could maintain sight picture – as I was gripping that rifle like the holy grail !!!!!!!!

Guys seriously you have to do this – it’s like dynamiting a building straight down –

The Blonde who was up the valley on the bakkie with the rest of the crew had a side on view

Juan later said his legs were in the air his ass on the ground before his head hit the ground

A quick 200m trot and we were where he fell dead as hope !

After a couple of pictures the recovery crew came in 700kgs of meat and the skin – more about the skin later

We decided to take an early one after that ….. So over a beer – not only had I completely won Stefannos respect as I could walk – 17km as the counter would tell later …….. Well the Love of my life we walk 10k each and every day !!!!!!!! (Husky )

Juan had done a deal on the skin to a taxidermist for a full body mount for a client – He was an amazing bull..

Juan told me what he would receive and removed that from the trophy price – as I had told him I did not want the skin – a honesty I appreciated ……..

And have been promised photos of the finished mount !!!!! AMAZING

I did however keep the forelegs (shins ) for knife handles so he will always be with me !!!!!

So an amazing day – one I hope to repeat again with the double rifle !!!!!!

The last day before the move to the coast

Sometime in the previous night Zebra were mentioned ….I had a vague memory the next morning over rusks and coffee …. Then let’s go hunt Zebra apparently the owner had promised some skins from the very overpopulated herd of Zebra to a friend – as we had (the boys) lost on the numbers but won on the kgs of meat we got !!!!!!! a final day for a Zebra each would work –

A difficult stalk and the dominant stallion quartering on … it did the Zebra sneer “take him “ was all I heard … With Juan’s excellent advice on shot placement the 7mm rem mag barked and he thumped …. A 10m run and he was down and gone.

The Blonde pulled an amazing shot on a quartering away zebra and our cull was finished – time to move to the coast !!!!!!!

Well what a suprise dinner was Giraffe fillet and some Buff on the same plate –

A fitting end to the first half of the hunt

To be continued ….

          

Review – Frida 2017

Juan and Lauren from LJ safaris picked us up in Grahamstown for what was to be my third safari in 12 months. We had a busy scheduel on our hands, a package of 50 cull animals in the short time of 8 days.
We drove up to the farm where we met up with Stephanos and Kim, the local farm managers and enjoyed a light lunch in the beautiful communal farmhouse that serves as lodge. I immediately saw one of the small things the guys had done for me to make my safari as comfortable as possible – excluding the tomatoes from the salad – as I’m ever so slightly allergic to tomatoes. I had long since forgotten about the sheet we filled out with dietary needs and preferences, but they sure hadn’t!

We set out to the range that afternoon to shoot in our guns and took out to the veld to get our hunt started right after. Driving around the farm land was an amazing experience for me, we got super close up to a herd of buffalo and within spitting distance of a vied rhino mom and calf. Sincerely a unique experience for me. We had quite a productive afternoon, 3 impala rams down before the looming sunset pushed us home. The farm manager in collaboration with the owner is doing a very specific gene selection programs with the impalas, trying to keep the horns in the heard nice and square, so we were shooting out the ones that pointed inwards. Some very beautiful animals, and nice every now and then for a culler like myself to get impressive big horned animals.

Now we had some time to really check out our accommodation and freshen up before dinner, and what accommodation it was! Big comfortable bedroom with an incredible bathroom, huge bathtub, and a powerful shower.  Ahhh, feels just like home!
We had a nice dinner with the crew, a couple of drinks out on the veranda and an early night.

The next morning it was time to for the old guy to try his luck on the giraffe. This one was quite the operation, as his double rifle was still in for repair when we left from Iceland and we only had smaller calibres with us (.308 and 7 mm for him, 7×64 for me), so a local friend Hendrik came to the rescue with his 300 win mag. After a couple of rounds in the range we were all set and super pumped for the hunt of the day. We located the herd quite quickly (have you ever had to search for a herd of giraffes in the karoo? …. me neither). and went out for the stalk. we may have been over excited, as 5 of us went out for the stalk. The old guy got a shot off on the bull we were going for but alas, a miss, and the herd ran off. Not to be discouraged we regrouped, relocated the herd and gave it another go. This time around we decided maybe the best thing to do was to just send the hunter and the PH on the stalk, so the rest of us stayed behind on a mountain ridge. Off they went, on what seemed like the longest stalk ever. Unfortunately the herd got spooked and moved over a small ridge, and we decided to radio the pair of them to arrange a pick up spot- only to realize there was no radio in the mix. So we decided to sit tight for a bit and see what they decided to do. Later on we see them setting up a shot at about 200 meters, hear the shot go off (after we see the herd start moving… we were quite a way away) and eventually spot the entry wound low on the chest of the bull. The herd moves further along and on they truck after them. The get into position and place another bullet a bit higher than the first one on the chest of the animal. we’re on the binos watching the most exciting movie we’ve ever seen, quietly cheering them on, trying not to make too much of a noise or move too much. We can see this bullet hurt, and he doesn’t go far, and the guys get closer and get into position again. At this point I’ve bitten all my fingernails completely down and my blood pressure is probably in the danger zone by now, only imagining what the guys must be feeling. The big bull doesn’t move far and they soon get into position again. On the binos I see the animal go down like someone pulled the plug on it, after it disappeared from my view I heard the gun go off. IS IT DOWN?? I half yell at Juan sitting next to me, clearly seeing that it’s down, and he readily confirms. We do our whooping and high fives and hugging, before we make our way across the valley to meet up with the guys. This had taken all morning and we were well ready for our lunch back at the lodge. We went back out in the afternoon and got 5 impala rams before we headed back to the lodge for dinner.
Kim and Stephanos had prepared a Braai for us and even gave us a taste of impala liver (considered a delicacy by most… but my palate on the other hand does not in any way appreciate any kind of liver).

Next day was a super-hot, about 25° before 10 o’clock. We decided to use the morning to drive over to East London and run errands, and when we got there around noon it was 42°. Us being ICEPEOPLE and all it was quite nice to stay in the comfort of the AC in the truck during the warmest part of the day. When we got home (around three in the afternoon… down to a chilli 38 in the shade) we decided that this was an off day, and had some pre dinner drinks. Somewhere along the line that night we decided that we’d go zebra hunting the next day…. As the farm has way to many stallions in their big herd of zebra, together we decided that would be a nice end to our safari up there.

The old guy had first shot today, as I finished up the previous cull (we’re seriously civilized, we take turns and all…) and steffano set him up on a cheeky stalion that was challenging him to what I can only imagine is the zebra version of a duel. Well, the old guy settled that one quite quickly with a perfectly placed shot on the animal quartering towards us. Down he went.

We followed the herd around for a bit until we found a suitable stallion for me. I must admit I remember the details of the old man’s hunt better than my own. I guess that’s what adrenaline does to you. It took us a while to get an animal in the crosshairs, it was a big herd and they were standing close together. My PH Lauren was on my shoulder guiding me from animal to animal as the herd moved, seeing how I was getting stressed (they had already remarked that zebras were some of the fastest animals on three legs!) and my PH could feel it too, reminding me to breathe as I was moving from target to target. We finally found a suitable animal quartering away and I hit it perfectly, just a stripe back of the triangle and down it went. This one felt like one of my biggest hunting success ever. Also with the stripes, you can so easily tell if the bullet landed where you wanted it to, and this one sooooo did.

As we still had time to spare we decided to try for a couple of more impalas. The old guy got the first one very comfortably and I went on to get mine. I had the animal perfectly broadside and crosshairs on one third of the way up the front leg and squeeze the trigger… when it turns. Bad news. My PH calls a hit, but a bad hit.

There was quite an impressive storm making it’s way up from the east, with roaring thunder and flashing lightning, and the sun was already low in the sky. We all get out to track the animal, and not a bit of blood is found. We keep tracking and nothing is found. The storm moving ever closer, when we finally find the smallest drop of blood, and the animal lying hurt nearby. We quickly finish the animal and get out of there as fast as we can, and when we reach the lodge we have a full-blown thunderstorm on our hands. (Remember Ice people). Turns out that the animal turned as I squeezed the trigger and I shot it right up the back leg. Amazingly almost no blood trail was left, making it this hard to track. But thanks to our great PH’s the animal was quickly put out of it’s misery.
The storm passed in a short hour or so, and on the menu for dinner tonight was a braai consisting of the giraffe from earlier on our hunt, and some buffalo meat they had from before we arrived and very good it was too.

We spent the surprisingly clear evening exploring the night sky deep in South Africa. What an amazing way to finish of our stay in the Inland lodge.

Thanks again Lauren and Juan
News from our stay at LJ safari’s Coastal lodge to follow soon.

     

Review – Adrian May 2017

Quotes:

This hunt exceeded my expectations on every level.

This hunt exceeded my expectations on every level, I am booking a duplicate hunt to share with my wife in 2019.

Not only was my experience with LJ Hunting Safaris the best hunting experience of my life, it made me a better hunter.

Outstanding Experience: from the concessions, to the quality of the accommodation and meals, to the hunting experience.  Lauren and Juan’s passion for both hunting and conservation shine through.

Every Decade or So you find a Gem……. LJ Hunting Safaris.

Hunting in Africa is a dream for many hunters.  Whether it is a once in a life time adventure or a passion you return to again and again.  No matter what you have done in life you have had the experience of finding a gem. Be it a favourite eatery or quiet vacation spot off the beaten path. Finding a gem of an experience is always a secret pleasure like finding a favourite fishing hole.  And there is a significant part of you that wants to catch the experience in that moment and you hope it never changes.  And with that in my heart I write this review.  I hope the hunting experience never changes with LJ Hunting Safaris, that it always stays fresh and new, and full of wonder.  LJ Hunting Safaris’ is a new Professional Hunter service, started by Lauren Purdon and Juan Stander. They are a young couple with a passion for hunting and conservation that shines through everything they do, and is infectious.  Both are qualified professional hunters, Lauren has a diploma in Wildlife Management, and Juan has the best credentials of all, that of being an old world farm boy that grew up with a natural talent for hunting.  Both have worked for years as PH’s and game guides.

My cousin and I booked an 8 day hunt with them. My cousin has mobility issues, and I had a relatively ambitious list.   We hunted both their Karoo Concession and their Costal Concession.  The Karoo Concession is a vision of Africa from every child’s dreams.  Rocky thirsty earth, spread over large savannah plains tucked between beautiful mountains.  With over 60,000 acres on one property alone teaming with wildlife and dozens of different microclimates it is an ecologist paradise.  Accommodation on the concession was private, comfortable and well above the usual hunting camp. Meals were served in a hunting lodge which was a unique blend of great room, family room, bar and dining room.  Meals were enjoyed with the family that run the farm, and added a great deal to the rich atmosphere. Meals had offered a variety of flavours and tastes of both wild game and traditional South African cuisine.  The accommodation, met every expectation, and the food, and the opportunity to dine and visit both with our PH’s but also the family that ran the farm in this warm atmosphere exceeded every expectation.

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Hunting the Karoo.  The hunting was extraordinary. Lauren and Juan have seasoned eyes that pick up animals at incredible distances and with a casual ease.  Juan’s near obsession for glassing at every opportunity keeps him well informed of opportunities.  Lauren and Juan are excellent at identifying trophy animals. I frequently struggled to see what they were seeing, though I am a seasoned North American hunter.  In 8 days I saw something before them only once.  All hunters know the winning formula: 1) Its time in the field 2) If your first plan doesn’t work, try something else.   We would spot game, passing over any herds or individuals that didn’t meet my PH’s strict criteria.  When a desired animal was spotted the stalking would start.  The stalks were by far my favourite part of the experience.  While some were shorter 10-15 minutes most were longer 45 minutes to 2 hours. The experience of these stalks will be burned into my memory forever. Sneaking down dry stream beds, slipping between acacia trees, crawling down ravines and having animals walk by within 20 yards and never knowing we were there, the absolute best of memories.  For my cousin with his mobility issues plans needed to be respectful of his maximum stalk distance of 100 yards.   While this certainly presented challenges and made for some more limited selection, it was achieved by clever planning and a never give up attitude.  PHs and hunting guides that have the courage and discipline to accept clients with physical disabilities, to me are in another class.  It is challenging enough to get the able bodied hunter and the game together getting the disabled hunter and the game requires a master class guide/PH.

Hunting the Coastal Concession.  Accommodation at the coastal concession, exceeded every expectation. We stayed in a beautiful old world villa. We each had our own wings for lack of a better word and shared living spaces were grand and beautiful.   At this concession Lauren did much of the catering with the help of resident staff.  The food was again a wonderful mixture of wild game and South African cuisine.  One night we had Eland tender loin. This meal will go down as not only the best of the trip but one of the top 5 meals I have ever eaten.  The coastal concession has a different charm and flavour, much less dry though not exactly lush.  It has many hills and valleys teaming with life and game.  The hunting near the coast was similar to the Karoo only on smaller properties.  The stalks here were every bit as intense as the ones in the Karoo, it is in fact during one of these stalks while hunting other species, 3 Blesbok walked between us and several other herds at less than 20 yards.

Results:

In the end what really matter are the results. How you measure them depends a lot on who you are.  For me the experience is everything. To hunt in a sustainable ethical manner, to be able to enjoy the stalk, and thrill of the hunt. In this regard my expectations were exceeded on every level, to me this is the great finale.  But I realize others reading this may have other measures.  I sent them a list of 8 species, not only did we successfully hunt all 8, but I added an additional 2 species as we went along.  We hunted hard, but that is also what I wanted from the experience.  I never felt that we were rushed or pushed.  And while I am still waiting for the official scoring of the trophies, of the 10 species, I am expecting at least 6-7 of the 9 scorable species to make Rowland Ward or SCI trophy Class with a number scoring minimally into the silver category.  An incredible feat, and all credit to my PH’s.

Summary:  It is my full intention for this review to be as strong as possible. My experience was truly incredible. What started out as a once in a life time event has now been changed to must go back and duplicate the experience.  My wife and I are already making plans to go back. I want to hunt exactly the same two concessions in the same order, so that she might experience all the wonders of this great adventure.   I can think of no higher praise than to want to do it over again with the most important person in my life.   With this being the case, I can give LJ Hunting Safaris the strongest possible recommendation, with no reservation.  If you are looking for a gem of an experience, this is one I can share with you.   Good Luck and happy hunting.

Sincerely,

Adrian

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