As most would recall, 2011 saw John X Safaris host the “Scandinavian Invasion” on the East Cape. This year we once again welcomed back our friends from Sweden. This time round the group was much smaller, the parties even bigger, and the fun as good as ever.
Bertil Friman flew in a week prior to the group’s arrival and joined Carl and Gary for a week of work behind the scenes. Well we couldn’t claim it was all work….
Benny Fredrickson, Tomas Nyden, and our newest member to the group, Bjorn Hagman, arrived the following Sunday. Professional Hunters, Greg Hayes and Juan MacDonald, joined Carl and Bertil in camp, while Gary was waiting on our old friend Lennart Packendorff to make his fashionably late appearance a couple of days later.
From the word go we knew this was going to be one heck of a week. The wish lists were varied and interesting. From your regular plains game to a first time request of a Nyala female, to Hippo, Giraffe and much more. Tailor made menus, with the help of the guys, ranged from fresh Norwegian Salmon, Warthog on the spit, Hippo steaks and untold seafood delicacies prepared by the “naked chef”. If ever there was variety this was it!
Now Benny and Tomas were on the hunt for Warthog. Well that’s what we were told. One could never trust that team headed by PH, Juan MacDonald. They were always up to something….
While the rest of the group was well at it, we were missing an important member of the team. One we’ve all become very fond of.
Those who’ve never hunted Hippo before may not realize how big these animals are. The hunt is most certainly the fun part, after that the real work begins…..
That evening called for a celebration.
Bertil was far to occupied in the kitchen to notice that the boys were up to a bit of mischief…
The following morning saw the group gather for Lennart’s Giraffe hunt, all had enjoyed the Hippo hunt so much that nobody was going to be left behind on Lennart’s next big adventure.
While the rest of us were busy admiring Lennart’s Giraffe, Professional Hunter, Juan MacDonald, disappeared for about 20 minutes. None of us knew where he’d gone or what he was up to? Then he reappeared…..
With Lennart, “the one ton hunter”, stealing the spotlight on his many adventures, the rest of us got down to a bit of serious hunting ourselves.
Tomas earned his Bushbuck the hard way. After hitting his ram too far back the previous afternoon, the hunters returned to continue on the trail the following morning. Juan’s Jack Russel, Zippo, saved the day, and almost paid dearly with his life.
While the rest of us were hard at it, Lennart and Gary were busy with a plan of their own.
With the safari drawing to a close the group opted for a day on the party boat with the “naked chef” instead of the traditional seafood lunch. Our good friend, “naked chef extraordinaire”, Thayne Theopiles spoiled us with unlimited seafood delicacies while ambling up the Bushman’s river.
Like all good things – the safari had to come to an end. Thank goodness we’re only 8 months away from our next great adventure!
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