Over the course of the past twenty-five years John X Safaris has been involved with Safari Club International. We have not only been members, but have donated from the tiniest of the Tiny 10 to biggest of the Big 5.
Season 2011 saw John X Safaris supporting the SCI Nebraska Chapter once again. We donated 7 Days for 1 Hunter & 1 Observer + Trophy Preparation – Valued at $5000.00
Our hunt went to auction during January 2011 and was bought by the highest bidder, Mr. Heim, with all proceeds going to SCI’s Nebraska Chapter.
It was only a few days later at our annual get together, hosted by Steve and Jill Evers in Omaha, that I met Larry and Rita Heim. Both had hunted in the East Cape on a previous occasion and now were set on heading back during July 2011.
Larry and Rita teamed up with Professional Hunter, Gary Phillips, for their 7 day hunt. Larry’s prime species were Gemsbuck and Kalahari Springbuck, and anything else that he may take a liking too. For Rita this trip provided a superb opportunity to follow her passion for photography, after all base camp was situated on a Big 5 Game Reserve with numerous picture opportunities of wildlife.
Having taken the first day to acclimatize, relax, and have a look around, they settled into camp for the evening. The safari would be heading north the following day.
They traveled the 3.5 hours north the next morning, before heading out to hunt.
Having enjoyed tremendous success with a super Gemsbuck, the pressure was on to match a Kalahari Springbuck of the same class. It wasn’t going to be easy.
Winter was in full swing during July, with most of the country side having turned from greens to golden browns and grey.
Having enjoyed the savannah terrain, Gary decided that time was on their side and a trip up the Winterberg would be a day well spent. As one climbs from the open savannah to 6000 feet above sea level, there’s a sudden change in terrain and habitat. The high country is characterized by open grassland with numerous springs and marshes, making for fantastic scenery and even better open country hunting.
Having spent three enjoyable days in the north, it was time to head back to Big 5 country. Needless to say, Rita made the most of her time capturing a variety of fantastic pictures.
Larry however wasn’t done hunting yet. While Rita continued on game drive with a guide of her own, Gary and Larry slipped away in search of Cape Bushbuck.
With only an afternoon left of their safari, the Heim’s headed out on their last game drive.