One of our 2016 hunters, Paul Atkins, based in Alaska wanted to share his experience of hunting in Africa:
I could see the red dust filtering through the trees long before I could see what was making it. The sun had just broke the skyline and the thorn was full of African sounds...and then they showed up. Six big Cape buffalo bulls emerging like gladiators coming straight for the tree I was in.
I stood trying unsuccessfully to control my breathing and do my best to keep from shaking. I finally was able to get the Scott release on the d-loop the fourth time, picturing the shot over and over in my mind. In my 35 years of bow hunting this was going to be the most important shot I would ever make on any animal.
This was my third trip to Africa on a bow hunting safari. The first coming in 2003, the second in 2009 and the third this past summer 2016. All have been incredible and all have been with Dries Visser Safari’s. The reason is they are simply the best. As outdoor writer I have had the privledge of bow hunting in several places around the globe, but nothing compares to Dries’. The attention to detail and the incredible camp they have is truly something that will keep you coming back again and again. I know did for me.
I’ve taken 21 species with my good friends Dries and Hein and it has not only been some of the greatest hunts of my life, but the trophy quality has been superior. From my 56” Kudu in 2003 to the top ten world class Impala,all have been incredible.
This year it was no different. For many years I wanted to hunt Cape buffalo, and it has always been a dream of mine to do this with a bow. So, with the help of Dries and his awesome staff we got it all lined out for the end of June last year.
The 15-hour plane ride over was easy compared to the old days and even though I was tired I was still super excited as we pulled into the Citadel, Dries’ main camp. Hein my old friend and PH was there to greet me and like always had dinner prepared and ready as we entered the lodge.
After a decent sleep and a good breakfast, Hein, myself and my tracker Jonas were loaded up and heading into the bush to see what we could find. This is actually one of my favorite parts of safari. As normal we saw plenty, big Kudu, Impala and just about everything under the African Sun. We were however looking for buffalo or at least where they may have crossed the road in the night.