It has been said that a safari camp without tradition is like a night without the stars, and the day without the sun, neither can go without the other, much like a season without the Swedes. And so the tradition that was started three years ago must go on.
Every tradition has a script, a setting, story line, and characters, in order to carry any meaning for future generations. Fittingly the Party Safari covers all these basis and then some.
The characters are bold, interesting and extremely daring. The leaders of the pack are none other than our good friends, Bertil Friman, and Professional Hunter, Carl van Zyl. Then you have your seasoned regulars in the form of Benny Fredricksson and Thomas Nyden, guided by the daring Juan MacDonald. You’ll also find those characters about to break through the ranks into the regulars and for that they’d require a seasoned guide, hence the match up of Bjorn Hagman with Professional Hunter, Greg Hayes. Then like most traditions you need new comers or fondly known as green horns to keep the tradition going, for that we had PH, Rusty Coetzer, guide our head green horn, Martin Osthulm. The final character basis were covered by the green horns, Uno Kristiansson and Ingelile, who weren’t quite sure if they were going to join in the tradition of hunting or merely run with the party, the unknown – never a bad thing for a good plot!
The setting at John X Safaris coastal and northern areas was splendid and the story line superb. All that was required was a good script, and for that we had eight days to live out the creation.
Day one started out with a bang! Guns were checked, zeroed and rechecked – the hunt was on.
Day two saw a slow start to the day. There were rumours of excellent service at the bar the previous evening, but to this day we’re not convinced it wasn’t something in the water. Who knows? Either way we finally only got going after ten…..
For the rest of the crews it turned out to be a quiet day and an early night that evening. Day three would see us head three hours north into the Great Karoo on the hunt for a variety of desert dwellers.
Day four was to be a big day by all accounts. The hunters were well rested and the PH’s, Trackers, and dogs were raring to go.
Day five would be our last day in the north, and the last opportunity for our hunters to collect some the Karoo species.
Day six saw us heading south with hunting taking place on route to the coast. Without planning it, it turned out to be the day of the Warthog….
Day seven would be our final hunting day, traditionally the day where the PH’s sit back and watch the hunters guide one another. It has become one of our favourite days in the calendar, as the laughter never stops from the morning to the night!
Now up until this stage Ingelile had been weary of the hunting, but with time running out she took the plunge and amazed all….
The last day of our hunt has become somewhat of a tradition, not to say that the entire hunt has not become a tradition, but it’s for good reason why they call this particular hunt the “Party Safari”. We headed down to the coast that last day for fun in the sun and a spectacular lunch with Rick and Sue.
After an enjoyable day on the coast we headed back to camp for our last evening, and more importantly the traditional fines meeting. This meeting is the culmination of our safari, the camaraderie, and the highs and lows. It’s the last time we all sit together around the same table for at least a year – and more importantly the last time we get to laugh with and at one another.
And the boys who’ll make you laugh until the sun comes up!
Until next year boys – Keep up the fun and may the tradition continue for many years to come…….
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