A couple of weeks ago we told you about Brett Nelson and his friends from North Dakota, a great bunch of guys with the spirit of a Lion, the bite of a Hyena, and the thirst of an Elephant. Fantastic people to say the least.
Well Brett wasn’t ready to pack it in just yet after his initial ten days on safari, that it was of utmost importance that his second group touched down on Port Elizabeth’s runway just as the first was heading out. A couple of old faces in the form of Luther and Richard Dietrich back on their second safari, accompanied by bunch of fun-loving fellows formed the nucleus of his second group. From the outset it seemed the warm up the PH’s, trackers, and camps, were treated to by the first group would stead us in good spirit as these guys had arrived with one thing in mind – They were here to have a good time!
And that’s what we had! From Lewis our pig hunter to Luther our Lion hunter and many in between, the experiences never came short of breath-taking. Speaking on behalf of the team I can assure you this was one of their favorite hunts of the year thus far, and what I could gather from the group on their feedback of their experiences we made one great combination.
“From their experiences to you”.
By Luther Dietrich, Richard Dietrich, Lewis Legge, Tom Morehouse, Todd Ingstad, Scott Fontaine, and Mark Swanberg
HUNTER – Luther Dietrich
PH – Carl van Zyl
TRACKER – Zwayi
SPECIES HUNTED –Lioness, Hippo, Cape Hartebeest, Black Wildebeest, Eland, Kudu.
John X did it again! I never would have guessed my 2nd safari with John X would be able to be better than my first. Carl did everything he could to make each hunting experience world-class. I cannot thank Carl and the staff enough. I am bringing my son on his first safari next June. Hopefully time will fly by! Until we meet again ……. Luther
HUNTER – Lewis Legge
PH – Mike Currie
TRACKER – Themba
SPECIES HUNTED –Warthog, Impala.
The food was excellent and trophies were great.Hunting with Mike was absolutely excellent. Lewis
HUNTER – Richard Dietrich
PH – Gary Phillips
TRACKER – Oluwhetu
SPECIES HUNTED – Cape Buffalo, Sable.
Another great hunt with my friend, Gary. I enjoyed the exciting Cape Buffalo hunt and the beautiful Sable. Thank you for a great hunt. Richard
HUNTER – Mark Swanberg
PH – Juan MacDonald
TRACKER – Dansile
SPECIES HUNTED –Impala, Kudu, Blesbuck, Waterbuck, Springbuck, Gemsbuck, Klipspringer, Nyala.
I had a great experience and spent time with a professional, knowledgeable, and capable guide. I did not think a second safari was on the cards, but after being here with Juan MacDonald and the John X staff I will be back again.
HUNTER – Scott Fontaine
PH – Greg Hayes
TRACKER – Bless
SPECIES HUNTED – Kudu, Sable, Impala, Gemsbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Black Wildebeest, Waterbuck, Nyala, Kudu, Impala, Blesbuck.
My First African Safari and I took a 51” Kudu followed by a 44” Sable, 22” and 20” Impalas, 37” Gemsbuck, impressive Blue and Black Wildebeest, 30+” Waterbuck, and a beautiful Nyala. Can life get any better? Yes it can, as the staff, accommodations, food, and hunting properties, are all second to none!
Thank you Greg and John X Safaris for making my safari experience a memory of a lifetime! Scott
HUNTER – Tom Morehouse
PH – Rusty Coetzer
TRACKER – Big John
SPECIES HUNTED – Blesbuck, Impala, Kudu, Warthog.
Had a wonderful time with Rusty. The experience of a lifetime. Thank you so much for the wonderful memories. I will always remember my time in South Africa. The entire group is totally an A+ TEAM.
HUNTER – Todd Ingstad
PH – Tyrone Schulford
TRACKER – Sam
SPECIES HUNTED – Impala, Kudu, Blue Wildebeest, Black Wildebeest, Gemsbuck, Sable, Waterbuck, Common Springbuck, Nyala
My hunt was simply the best hunt of my life! My PH, Tyrone, could not have been better!
If you are sitting on the fence about going – get off the fence and get going!
After the dust had settled Brett and I received the below mail from Todd Ingstad. A complement we’re proud of and one certainly worth sharing.
Hello Brett and Carl
I waited to draft this email so I could settle into regular life and process the feelings and emotions of my trip to Africa. People ask me about the trip and I have found myself answering the same way time and again. The trip was great! Some things were harder than I thought, some what I expected, and some were easier. The days spent hunting at Tollie’s were challenging physically, harder than I expected. The trip was one “WOW” after another with the scenery and beauty of the land what I expected. The part that was easier than expected had to do with the people… It was so easy to relax and connect with the entire staff at John X Safaris. I felt at home from the minute I arrived.
It was a blast having friends and family in camp, some I rarely see at home but at John X we were able to spend a good amount of time catching up and telling our versions of the truth!
The food was World Class… I challenge anyone to show me a steak house that can consistently knock it out of the park like your people did meal after meal.
People’s final question is: “Would you ever go back?”…. at that point I have developed an uncontrollable grin that conveys the answer.
Thank you Carl and Brett for teaming me up with Tyrone, a good fit for me. But, as I grew to know the other PH’s they are all world-class.
So to wrap it up, Thankyou Gentlemen for making my John X African Safari an adventure and memory that all others will be judged by.