This trip was nothing short of absolutely amazing. I knew going into this trip that my hunt with John X Safaris would be “The Hunt of a Lifetime” I had always dreamed about, but I had no idea what that would actually mean. The hunts were, of course, AMAZING, but the hospitality and welcoming spirit from all of the John X staff was the most surprising and refreshing part of the entire trip.
From the first night in camp going on a game drive, where my wife and I saw a Springbuck giving birth, to the arrival back at camp being met with a warm cloth and drinks in the driveway was again nothing shy of AMAZING.
Daily meals were prepared from scratch exceeding any and all expectations I imagined, even the liver and onions – I’ve never had liver and onions that I could choke down and these I ate until they were gone…AMAZING.
I love the USA, but by visiting a place like South Africa my wife and I realized how much customer service we lack back home. Not once did I ever see anything but smiles from everyone – From my PH, tracker, or the staff back at camp after coming home from a long day‘s hunt.
From the moment I met my PH, Stix, I knew we would get along great. Our passion for bow hunting, and specifically bow hunting for big Deer, made us quite the pair for my week’s safari.
Stix was not only ambitious, but extremely knowledgeable. I had told him that my goal was to take some trophy animals, but my definition of trophy may not be what everyone else’s is. I wanted the oldest animals I could find, if they made the record book – then great, but it was not my goal.
As I had come to expect with Stix, he did it all, helping me harvest an ancient Kudu bull to a record book Bushbuck. I started this trip with the top three animals I wanted, namely; Black Wildebeest, Kudu, and a Black/Gold Fallow Deer. When I left I had harvested over a half-dozen different species, all true trophies.
From my Impala, harvested with the bow, to climbing a mountain for my Fallow Deer only to realize we would have to climb an adjacent mountain to make the shot. Stix is truly the closest thing to a human mountain goat I have ever met, I am still not sure how our Fallow Deer hunt came together like it did.