We first met Steve in 2006 at SCI’s National Convention in Reno via good friends, Rich and Ann-Marie Adams. At that stage Rich and Ann-Marie were planning their 7th safari with John X Safaris and Steve decided to join them on his first hunt to South Africa. Like so many before, Steve fell in love with Africa and his quest for a Cape Buffalo saw Steve return during 2009 to join us on safari in Mozambique.
It was on our Mozambican hunt that Steve first expressed his dream of bringing his family to Africa. It had changed his life so much and he wanted to share in the wonders of this great continent. We toiled with the idea and jokingly decided that 2010 would be the year that he introduced his family to Africa.
We decided the East Cape of South Africa would be the ultimate destination to take a family on their first safari. Not only does the East Cape boast with some of the finest Plains Game hunting on the African Continent, it also has a remarkably diverse landscape with over 30 huntable species on offer. It caters for non-hunters in way like no other, and who could ask for more than the scenic Garden Route between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town to spend a few days shopping, touring and relaxing.
Steve with his son, Hunter, would join Professional Hunter, Carl van Zijl, in search of a variety of Plains Game Species. Their hunt would stretch from our areas on the Coast to the mountains in the North. Lynda, Ashley and Kaley joined Trish on a safari of their own. They were out hunting with cameras for the Big 5, shopping up a storm and taking part in numerous activities in the surrounding areas to camp.
Day 1. While the ladies were out in search of the Big 5, the hunters got lucky with Hunter bagging his first African trophy.
Day 3 we had planned to all meet down on the Indian Ocean for lunch. The hunters were after Caracal with hounds, while Ashley was interested in going for a horse ride along the beach. Lynda and Kaley joined Sue down at Kenton on Sea to experience something for the very first time.
Day 4 saw the family sleeping in after the previous days activities. Then at midmorning we decided to take the family on an Elephant back Safari.
Day 5 – 8. The guys were going North to the mountains and plains of the Karoo and the ladies were heading West along the Garden Route to Knysna and surroundings.
Day 9 of our safari saw us all back at Base Camp on the coast. The hunters were trying to get in some last-minute hunting while the girls were snapping away at the Big 5. Ashley joined us for the morning hunt and turned out to be quite the hunter with her second African Trophy.
Day 10. The weather was fantastic, the Bushbuck were out all morning and it was sunny. The late afternoon we spent hunting Kudu. There were Kudu everywhere – in fact there were probably to many, we couldn’t make up our minds which bull we were going to pursue. The opportunities were endless. In the end our time ran out. Just like our adventure together.