African Hunting Gazette

African Hunting Gazette Oct-Nov-Dec 2019

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Our Objective is simple and clear - to promote hunting in Africa. And everything we do, focuses on this central mission. We believe that for the passionate hunters they are either hunting, or spend their time wishing they were hunting. This publication helps them get through that time when they are not actually in the bush. Our reader is more committed, more passionate and has tremendous interest in just about everything to do with the African Safari. From cover to cover the AHG brings you everything you need to know about hunting the great continent of Africa. From the southern tip of Africa to the northern reaches of Ethiopia, we go about pursuing our simple and unambiguous objective.

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4 Min.
the safari… experience it

First of all - why hurry? After a long-haul flight and perhaps a connection before that, don’t rush off into the wilderness upon landing. As Baloo in the Jungle Book said – “Just try and relax”. Even if you only have a short time in Africa, make it memorable for the right reasons! I often see hunters whisked from the airport to a connecting flight, or being driven sometimes five or more hours in the dark of the night, just to be at the outfitter’s camp. Why? Your experience started when you boarded the plane - and now you’re in Africa. It’s not just the “Dark Continent.” There’s more. We have nearly one-third of the world’s birds, from the heaviest flying bird, (kori bustard), to the booming call of the strutting…

3 Min.
news & letters

My Fall issue of AHG arrived today. Upon opening and turning the pages, the title of your editorial took me back to the year 2005. My first safari. I have used the quotation many times, “HE COULD TRACK A BUTTERFLY”. On a midmorning stalk on a blue wildebeest bull, I did not make a fatal shot, so began a long, hot tracking. We followed him for more than three hours over rock-hard ground, thru swamp, and finally he joined a herd of more than fifty other animals. My tracker stayed with the wildebeest like a shadow.. Had it not been for him, the trophy would have definitely been lost. Even today, and four safaris later, I am totally amazed by a tracker’s ability. That evening sitting around the campfire each member…

1 Min.
africa begins at afton

Whether you fly to Johannesburg for a weekend or a month, Afton can make your first night in Africa an A+ If hunters could drive or take a train to their African Safari, the price would be enormous. Unlike most adventures, “getting there” isn’t half the fun. Flights from Europe and the United States are long, and the Johannesburg airport is enormous, as is the city. Most travelers arrive hungry, in dire need of a shower and a glass of their favorite beverage, or two. Those who bring firearms, must visit the police station for extensive paperwork and hunters wonder if they will be welcomed in a world that rarely understands how important hunting is to conservation. If I haven’t convinced you to cancel your trip, know that there is an oasis…

7 Min.
volker grellmann of namibia: giant of a gentleman, giant of a hunter

Among the hundreds of hunters and outfitters and thousands of hunting clients who roamed the convention, at 6’4” and a bear of a man, Volker Grellmann stood out as the voice of the Namibian safari industry, carrying its message from one association meeting to another: African Chapter SCI, IPHA, APHA, NAPHA, CIC, PHASA, GAME COIN, etc. The furry eyebrows, the impressive beard, the resonating voice sharing common sense and wisdom, Volker was the epitome of Namibian hunting and its acknowledged doyen. Volker died in hospital in Windhoek following a heart attack on September 16, 2019. “He will be sorely missed by many,” wrote PH Jofie Lamprecht who first met Volker when he was six years old. How surprised I was to learn that this Namibian citizen (since 1993) was actually born in…

4 Min.
the formation of the conservation coalition-botswana.

The documentary premiered in Gaborone on 1 August, 2019. Around 200 people attended the occasion, and these included the vice-president and several government ministers, ambassadors from the various embassies in Gaborone, and community leaders from across Botswana. After the showing, a panel discussion took place. Professors Brian Child and Joseph Mbaiwa took turns to speak, and then the floor was opened for questions and remarks. Community members had the chance to air their views. The production of this documentary would not have been possible without the unwavering support of Debbie Peake, Leon Kachelhoffer, and Jack Ramsden. During the filming (with many late-night discussions) the idea of The Conservation Coalition-Botswana was conceived. Events over the previous 18 months in Botswana had seen a deep polarisation of stakeholders involved in conservation and wildlife management.…

10 Min.
african trackers - the last of a vanishing breed

Nicholas. Dhouglass. Kunze. Joseph. These names may mean little as they are read off the page, but many hunters - and their employers for certain - know that they are the most indispensable and critical members of a safari team. For these men are the trackers. Raised from an early age in what is rapidly becoming a bygone era, these men, with their uncanny and almost mystical - some would say magical – abilities, have a following among safari hunters that borders on the cult-like. On safaris in which the client shoots well and kills quickly, the tracker’s job appears minimal to the uninformed, but when the quarry is not hit well and escapes into the surrounding bush, then the tracker’s skill is put to the utmost challenge. For the overwhelming majority…