John and Anita Hertner, together with Mike and Cindy Grier joined us for one of our Classical Plains Game Safaris. We had first met the Grier’s via good friend Marc Hewston two years previously.
This past May Mike returned with wife Cindy, and friends the Hertner’s. The group first embarked on a week of sightseeing starting in Cape Town before traveling down the ever impressive Garden Route to Port Elizabeth.
Professional Hunters Juan MacDonald and Gary Phillips collected the group in Port Elizabeth for their hunt. Neither Mike nor John had very long wish lists, they did however have a few favourites for their hunt. Mike was after Cape Bushbuck, while John’s priority was an East Cape Kudu and Warthog.
The hunting party started in the south from our coastal area, but poor weather forced the hunters north to our Eastern Mountainous Area.
Once in the north, the hunters were met by great weather and super hunting. All this time, the ladies were not being left behind and joined in on the hunts.
Arriving back in the south, all soon found out that the poor weather was not done yet. Rain was blowing in from the west keeping the hunters in camp for some relaxation while the storm passed.
When the weather finally broke, the hunters found themselves in paradise making up for some lost time.
Mike, by this stage was feeling the heat. He and Professional Hunter, Juan, had been hunting extremely hard for Cape Bushbuck without any luck. The weather was against them for most of the hunt, and Bushbuck at the best of times need optimum conditions to be drawn out of the coastal thickets.
The group enjoyed 7 relaxing days and at no stage wanted anything more than having a good time. Both hunters had the privilege of having their wives along to experience their trip with them, and both hunters got lucky in their own way. Mike’s Bushbuck will forever be a highlight to him and all involved, especially to all of us at John X Safaris.