ZAMBEZI HUNTERS ZIMBABWE

ZAMBEZI HUNTERS GOES BACK TO THE ZAMBEZI!!
 
We are very pleased to announce that Zambezi Hunters will be conducting hunts in the famous Nyakasanga Safari Area in the Zambezi Valley of Zimbabwe. 
We have been discussing the partnership with the new leaseholders of Nyakasanga for a while now and it is great to finally have some quota to work with.
Please contact us if you are interested in hunting buffalo, leopard, elephant, hippo or crocodile there. See below for more details.
Below are some images of the new Tamarind Lodge being built right on the Zambezi River.
SOME MORE GREAT TROPHIES TAKEN IN 2014
 
 Dean Regehr with a great old buffalo bull taken on Sango 
Ron Ufford with his big leopard taken on Sango
Steve Perrins with a magnificent 42" Dagga Boy
Steve Perrins with his Sango leopard
WELCOME TO
WINSTON TAYLOR
 
I am very pleased to welcome Winston taylor to the Zambezi Hunters team. Winston is the son of renowned African ecologist Russell Taylor and grew up with his father in the Parks Department so got plenty of exposure to the wild lands of Zimbabwe.
 
Winston has a degree in Environmental Biology from Oxford Brookes in England and then came back and got his Professional Hunters license here in Zimbabwe.
 
Winston will be involving himself in a variety of management aspects of Zambezi Hunters and so I am sure many of you will get to meet him out here or will talk to him via email.
 
 
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Dear jytte,

The hunting is in full swing and we have some great trophies to share with you. In the feature hunt below, Billy Cooper was on his first safari with Zambezi Hunters. He hunted for Buffalo on Arda with some of the thickest bush we have ever experienced down there due to the highest rainfall we have had in over 30 years.Billy got a great trophy and has booked to come back next year.
John Pishko also experienced the thick bush down on the Save Conservancy when hunting buffalo but this time on Sango. He shot his beautiful old bull at 13 yards. He was in Camp with our friends, Steve and Denise Perrins who run Rainy Pass Lodge in Alaska and are members of the Legendary Consortium of operators together with Zambezi Hunters. Steve got a good Sango leopard and a great buffalo while there. Both Steve and John are planning their return trips in a couple of years time.
We are very pleased to be able to announce that we will start hunting in the Nyakasanga Safari Area in the Zambezi Valley. Nyakasanga is arguably the best safari concession in the Zambezi Valley and being adjacent to the Mana Pools National Park and World Heritage site, it has abundant wildlife and some stunning scenery stretching from the Zambezi River back to the escarpment.
I am also pleased to welcome Winston Taylor to the Zambezi Hunters team. Winston will be taking over a lot of the management of the safaris and concessions and so I am sure many of you will be in email contact with him and will get to meet him when you are over here. 
Good hunting,
Alistair
- FEATURED HUNT - 
BILLY COOPER'S FIRST BUFFALO

By Andrew Buchanan

 

The conversation around the campfire swirled amongst us just as the wind had done only hours earlier when the crack of Billy Coopers 416 had sent the herd of over 300 buffalo stampeding off.

 

Why was there no death bellow ? Why had the buffalo not succumbed to the 400 grain soft nose Jerret ? The bull had moved into a broadside position only 30 yards away as the small splinter group huddled together in the thick bush as they winded us. Billy took aim and was confident his shot was good. For the past three days we had waited patiently for the herd to leave the thorny Mpangara thicket , but to no avail.

 

The ground was still moist from the last of the rains and the otherwise tall, thick grass had been trampled down by the hooves of several hundred buffalo, allowing a breeze to move through. This provided an ideal environment for the herd to bed down in the heat of the day and safe from the ever-present prides of lion. The buffalo were venturing out under the cover of darkness to feed and drink.

 

On the evening of the fourth day the wind felt a little more constant and we could hear grunting and see bushes thrashing as the animals grew restless readying to move.

 

We had to move quickly as it was dusk when PH Peter Creighton led us quickly and quietly into the buffalo's den. Stopping, listening and watching for movement, the buffalo stirred all around. The pungent smell of dung infused dust filled our nostrils on its way into our lungs to fuel our rapidly pounding hearts.

 

We eased into a bush from where we could see only the raised heads and backs of the spooked buffalo as they caught our scent. Suddenly A bull presented himself, his wide spread and front shoulders visible above the thick grass.

 

It was immediately evident that this was a good bull and Peter wasted no time in talking Billy into the shot.

"You see him there on the right with the big horns?"

"Yeah I see him."

"Ok you can see his shoulder?"

"Yeah"

"You're too High , come down to the level of the grass"

And as the bull turned his head to look directly at us

"Take him! "

BANG!!!

 

Both Peter and Tsongora where happy with the beasts reaction as he hunched his shoulders and stampeded  off  (fortunately in the opposite direction from us) in a cloud of dust with the rest of the herd.

 

As we sat around the fire I noticed a look of disappointment mixed with anxiety in Billys eyes as he stared into the dancing flames. Within him was a kind of  feeling  felt by many an experienced hunter after returning to camp having left an unanswered blood trail at last light.

  Mkwasine Camp lodge

On retiring to our tents we took comfort in the fact that the blood we left behind contained lung blood. The morning air was still and the mist hung low and smothered the thick bush that hid our dangerous quarry. With the added assistance of fellow Zambezi Hunters PH Collen van de Linden the hunters moved forward careful not to leave the trackers exposed as they followed the signs of the wounded buffalo.

 

With thumbs on safety catches and trigger fingers at the ready. Slowly and carefully we moved forward ,eyes bulging with intensity.

 

Collen caught our attention with the click of his fingers, gesturing into a nearby clump of scrub mopane. Just then we heard what was a lone buffalo crashing away sending a small flock of redbilled ox peckers into noisy flight. Now we knew he was still alive, well and ready to fight.

 

It was at this point that both peter and Colin recommended we stay behind at the  base of an easily climbable tree. This would make it far easier for the two professionals to sneak up on the aggravated bull, undetected.

 

We listened intently for any sound, which might indicate what was going on ahead of us. It was a long thirty minutes before we could breathe a sigh of relief after hearing two shots , then the death bellow before a final "insurance" shot.

 

On arriving at the scene we where told of how the ox peckers had given the animals location away and how Colin had climbed into a tree and let fly with his 500 grain round from his 450 Ackley bringing to an end a very dangerous  situation.

 

After examining the initial wound and looking over the video footage, the bullet had split into three pieces after connecting with a small branch of mpangara on route to the buffalo. Only one of the three pieces had penetrated the animals' rib cage and raked through the top of the lungs.

 

 

We stood admiring the power and endurance of the magnificent 42 Inch bull, celebrating the wonderful trophy taken. We spoke of the often-debated soft vs solid saga and bullet failure due to external circumstances.

 

The bush had been thick and the hunting hard but exciting. We where all very happy to be safe in the type of brotherhood that forms between men after experiencing dangerous situations together. What a hunt it had been and what a Trophy Billy had taken on his first ever dangerous game safari. 

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