As an observer, I tried to imagine how a plains game safari hunt in Africa would differ from a domestic game hunt in America. This came about in response to my attempts to explain my experiences when asked by so many people upon my return. I decided it best to try to put it in a narrative from personal experiences. So here goes!
Imagine, if you will, walking through ever-changing terrain of beautiful Africa. You just never know what animal might lie over the next hill; animals you’ve never seen before! Perhaps you’ll find a 500lb majestic animal with 5 foot curling horns, or a rock-dwelling 50lb mountain goat-like animal with quills instead of hair, or teeniest of deer with piercing horns leaping gracefully through the forest.
Just then, the trackers disperse with stealth and precision, you didn’t even realize they’re gone. They reappear, in an orchestration of hand-gestures, they’ve communicated to the PH which direction an animal went and how long ago. The tracks are fresh! Shortly thereafter, the herd is spotted, you set up and anxiously await the confirmation from the PH or game scout that the animal spotted is trophy-worthy and meets conservation standards. It is!
You move slowly closer to the herd and hope your scent or movement is not detected. But it happens, the animals see you but are not sure if you a threat. The PH quickly trains on the spot how your group should move as to resemble another herd. It worked! The strange movements outsmarted this supremely-adept creature.
It’s showtime. You’re now shaking from the excitement as you get into position. You reassure yourself, “You can do this!” After all, the PH just trained you exactly what to do and where to hit the animal to ensure it is taken quickly and humanely. You take a deep, slow breath, calming your nerves, and then . . . you’ve just created that moment you’ve waited for your whole life. Exhilaration!
You’ve just witnessed the most unique and vast variety of animals imaginable. You’ve just been presented with new and exciting challenges. You’ve just earned your first safari memory!
Do you recognize the animals I refer to above? Animal 1, Animal 2, Animal 3. These are true experiences of my African Safari plains game hunt I went on as an observer. I also tried my best to put myself in the hunter’s shoes as I watched his reactions. I hope I’ve done this story justice. Are you ready to “Step up your game,” with JD African Safaris? Contact us for more information!