Newsletter 66

Dear Hunting Friends

I hope this newsletter finds you well.

Before we get started please bear with me as this is a long newsletter, it has been over two months since my last one, this newsletter contains our 2018 concession information and is a must read if you are considering hunting in or selling hunts in Zimbabwe or RSA in the near future.

Since my last newsletter on the 18th August we have guided clients from all over the world on some very good hunts including these 13 Buffalo hunts, leopard, elephant, hippo & croc to mention but a few, please read on for pictures and information from our recent hunts. I must also take this opportunity to launch the new concessions I am offering from now onwards:  Matetsi Unit 2 and Matetsi Unit 5, I am very excited to be able to offer you these first class world renowned safari areas, but first here are the hunt updates:

During August we welcomed a father and son from the USA to hunt the Mkwasine concession Southern Save Valley Conservancy with PH Lloyd Yeatman, the hunters both got very good buffalos and this bushbuck, waterbuck and the best looking eland I have seen:

Also during August this time in Matetsi and Binga PH Steve Meyer guided a client from Europe on this leopard, hippo and crocodile hunt, please take a close look at the size and thickness of this crocodile, it looks like a  prehistoric dinosaur to me:

During August PH Simon Dzingai guided this client from the USA on a buffalo hunt in our Gonarezhou concessions: (note the maize crops in the background)

Also during August PH Nixon Dzingai guided another client from the USA on this buffalo hunt also in our Gonarezhou concessions:

We welcomed hunters from Europe into our Malipati Safari Area concession during September, they were celebrating a 60th birthday doing a buffalo and PG hunt, we enjoyed them very much thanks gents and thanks to PH Simon Dzingai for guiding the hunt:

During September we welcomed two hunters from Europe, another father and son hunt also for buffalo, the hunters managed to get these very good hard boss buffalos:

Also during September a RSA client of ours hunted this lion in RSA with PH Riaan Louwrens, the clients second hunt with TAS, last time was a Gonarezhou elephant bull:

During September and October PH Zane Bronkhorst guided two different clients from Europe on these two buffalo hunts in the Matetsi ECA.

During October a RSA client on his 3rd hunt booked with TAS hunted these two very good dagga boys in Sengwe 1 on the Limpopo River open to the KNP with PH Simon Dzingai, the same client also shot an elephant bull although I don’t have any photos yet.

During September PH Jono Joseph guided a client from the USA on a buffalo hunt, they got a great bull and had a great hunt in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.

Lastly as far as hunts for this newsletter go we had another client from Europe, this time in the Gonarezhou area with PH Nixon Dzingai, the client shot a hippo and a croc plus this buffalo in Sengwe 1, unfortunately I don’t have the hippo and croc photos yet.



Take Aim Safaris is offering hunts in the following concessions at the following prices for the 2018 season and beyond, below this text is the area information, camp photos, maps and price list for each concession. As always: Hunting Clients, Agents, PH’s and Hunting Outfitters please feel free to contact me for more information.

On a personal note I am very pleased and proud to be able to offer you these exclusive hunts that are without doubt amongst the best hunting areas in Africa today and the best of the best areas that Zimbabwe and South Africa have to offer. I have been in this business for over 10 years now, a veteran of many hundred big game hunt bookings and have proven myself to my clients, concession owners, agents, PH’s and Government institutions alike that have collectively entrusted me and my colleagues to bring you these the best hunts in Africa in the best hunting areas in Africa guided by the best PH’s that Africa has to offer, please contact me for bookings, you will not find this assortment of quality hunts anywhere else.

All of these concessions: Matetsi Unit 2, Matetsi Unit 5, Matetsi ECA, Malipati Safari Area (Gonarezhou), Naivaisha Safari Area (Gonarezhou), Sengwe 1 and 2 (Gonarezhou), Limpopo Serengeti (RSA), Philippolis (RSA) are all the best of the best hunting areas in today’s Africa. To able to offer these concessions is huge honour for me and has come at the cost of many years of hard work, these are not hunts that are freely available these are as I said before the best of the best.

In no specific order here are the TAS hunting concessions:



The Matetsi Units are the best remaining wild, free range, fair chase hunting areas in Africa today, there is no doubt in my mind about that fact, this is true for all big game species, Unit 2 is no exception to this.

Unit 2 is 292 Kilometres squared in extent.

Unit 2 like Unit 5 is a National Parks Safari Area, there are no people living in any of the Matetsi Units making them true safari areas.

It is not uncommon to see herds of hundreds of buffalos, plus dagga boy groups in Unit 2.

Unit 2 is fantastic for cats, lion and leopard.

Unit 2 shares a border with Botswana and also with Units 1 and 3, fantastic elephant and sable movement from these units and Botswana together with the resident population of animals make this area a big game mecca.

During 2017 Unit 2 was burnt out due to a natural fire, when I was there in September 2017 the re growth of the grass was already very good, you can be sure that 2018 and 2019 will be fantastic hunting years in Unit 2 as a result of this new grass that takes up many squared kilometres, same will be irresistible to the big herds.

There are 3 client chalets at the Unit 2 Safari lodge, each chalet sleeps two persons, each chalet has en suite bathrooms.

There is WIFI in the lodge.

There is electricity in camp and a back-up generator.

Matetsi Unit 2 is a 90 minute drive from Victoria Falls International Airport, there is no charter flight needed to hunt the Matetsi Units.

The Professional Hunters guiding the hunts in Units 2 and 5 are Zimbabwe National Parks PH’s the same PH’s that deal with dangerous problem animals for Zimbabwe Parks, these same PH’s are also responsible for the theoretical and practical examination of Professional Hunters who are in training to become PH’s in Zimbabwe.

The calibre of PH’s guiding these hunts is of the highest standard.

Book these Matetsi Unit hunts with confidence.

Victoria Falls International Airport that is a maximum 90 minutes’ drive from any of our Matetsi concessions:



The Matetsi Units are the best remaining wild, free range, fair chase hunting areas in Africa today, there is no doubt in my mind about that fact, this is true for all big game species.  See the attached photo I took of a herd of 1000+ buffalo on the Unit 5 Parks boundary in September 2017.

When you look at the units themselves unit 5 stands out to me as the best located unit as it is directly adjoined to the Hwange National Park by a 40 kilometre open unfenced boundary with the National Park.

Matetsi Unit 5 is 390 Kilometres squared in extent, the biggest of all the Matetsi Units.

There are 5 luxury client chalets each sleeping two persons, all with en suite bathroom.

There is WIFI in the lodge.

There is generator run power in camp.

Unit 5 has natural drinking water all year around making the unit a hot spot to animals from the adjoining Hwange National Park that is the biggest National Park in Zimbabwe and home to an overwhelming number of wild, free roaming animals.

The rolling hills and valleys in Unit 5 are a perfect area for the resident elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, sable, roan and a whole host of plains game, besides the resident populations that live in Unit 5 there are also migratory animals moving into and out of the Unit at all times of the year.

Matetsi Unit 5 is a 90 minute drive from Victoria Falls International Airport, there is no charter flight needed to hunt the Matetsi Units.

The Professional Hunters guiding the hunts in Units 2 and 5 are Zimbabwe National Parks PH’s the same PH’s that deal with dangerous problem animals for Zimbabwe Parks, these same PH’s are also responsible for the theoretical and practical examination of Professional Hunters who are in training to become PH’s in Zimbabwe.

The calibre of PH’s guiding these hunts is of the highest standard.

Book these Matetsi Unit hunts with confidence.



The Gonarezhou Safari areas are hunting areas that are open/un fenced areas adjoined to the Gonarezhou National or the Kruger National Park or the Mozambique National Park, these are massive areas made up of different concessions that form part of the collective Gonarezhou Hunting concessions, the ones that TAS offers are as follows from North to South.

Naivaisha Safari Area is a community owned safari/hunting area that is operated by a Zimbabwean Safari Operator on a community sharing program, there are no people living in Naivaisha that shares a 33 kilometre un-fenced open boundary with the Gonarezhou National Park, the concession including the adjoined Chibedziva hot spots is around 100.000 hectares. Naivaisha is amongst the best leopard areas in Zimbabwe, is perfect for buffalo, very good for trophy elephant bulls, sable, lion and plain game all found in good numbers in this beautiful, well run concession. See camp photos attached. A big plus for cat hunters is that night hunting of nocturnal species is permitted in Naivaisha. Hippo and croc are available nearby.

Malipati Safari Area is a Zimbabwe National Parks Safari area, the area is around 56.000 Hectares in extent and is adjoined to the Gonarezhou National Park via the Nuanetsi River. There are no people living in Malipati Safari area. Keys species for Malipati are buffalo, elephant, leopard, nyala, bushbuck, waterbuck. Hippo and croc are available nearby. World renowned as a fantastic safari area.

The Sengwe 1 and 2 TTL (Tribal Trust Land) hunting areas are open and adjoined to the Gonarezhou National Park, the Kruger National Park and also Mozambique, Crooks Corner on the Zim side is in our concession and a real hot spot for dagga boys. Sengwe is well known for top trophy quality elephant and buffalo.  There are people living in and around the Sengwe areas in a low population density scenario.  Hippo and croc are available and on quota in Sengwe.




Located on the banks of the Nuanetsi River that is the boundary between Gonarezhou and the safari area, Malipati has long been known as a top hunting concession.

Located between Chiredzi and Mabalauta National Parks office nestled into Gonarezhou National Park and has a 33 kilometre unfenced shared boundary  with the National Park.

Also located on the Nuanetsi River to the South of Malipati another top concession in the southern Lowveld of Zimbabwe.

Located in the Southernmost tip of Zimbabwe on the Limpopo River that is the border between Kruger Park and Zimbabwe this magnificent location allows free roaming for animals between Kruger and the hunting concession, a truly beautiful place to hunt and can be described as a part of the Kruger Park.



Take Aim Safaris is proud to bring you this first class South African hunting concession that is conveniently situated 3 hours’ drive North West of Pretoria.

If you like me have done all the seriously tough hunts, driven all day when hunting and travelled hours on foot and by car looking for game movement in wild concessions and are now interested in a more luxurious hunt where game movement is good from the time you start hunting in the morning until you stop hunting in the evening yet you still insist on a fair chase hunt then this South African hunting area will be perfect for you.

The hunting area/Safari area is 10.000 hectares in extent that is equal to 100 square kilometres.

The hunting area has 3 lodges within the 100 square kilometre area, there is a main lodge/luxury 5 star lodge that includes a gym, a swimming pool, free wifi, 7 client villas all with en-suite bathrooms, there is a fully stocked well-appointed bar and a luxurious dining room plus a formal lounge with satellite/cable television plus a private office area that is available to guests wanting to catch up on emails/Skype calls etc.

The hunting area has many flat and mountainous sections that are ideal for all hunters whether you are interested in hunting mountains or flat areas, this hunting area will accommodate all hunting requirements and expectations.

We have a mountain lodge and a bush camp; the photos tell the story of this fantastic hunting area. There is also a helipad and a private runway on the property. The runway is 1300 metres long and 30 metres wide.

Whether you are interested in a 5 star lodge or a rustic but very comfortable bush camp or a luxurious private/exclusive mountain lodge we have got exactly what you are looking for and expecting from your South African safari.

This is a big game hunting area with buffalo, rhino, sable, crocodile, and leopard all available to be hunted on the same property plus an abundance of plains game that can be added to all our big game hunts.

This is South African hunting at its absolute best on a property that offers you a fair chase hunt with no breeding camps, no ear tags, no colour variants and no canned/pseudo hunting. I would go as far as to say that hunting in South Africa does not get better than this, in fairness there are of course other good hunting areas in this wonderful country, we are right up there with the best of them.



Nestled between undulating landscapes and ravines of the Southern Free State of South Africa, this Private Game Reserve spans some 14,000 hectares (34,500 acres) on elevated plains, with majestic hills rising from the charming yet harsh and rugged African Bushveld, captivating the most discerning visitor. This private nature reserve is unrivalled in its appeal as one of Southern Africa’s premier hunting destinations. The Reserve is privileged to have the Lake Vanderkloof extending its 25km (15,5 miles) Western Boundary.

When I consider this Philippolis hunting area words and key features that come to mind are:

·          Privacy
·          Up-market
·          Exclusive
·          Luxurious
·          5 star
·          Abundance of game, big game and plains game

When you hunt Philippolis, you will be guided by top class full time hunting guides known as a PH’s, ensuring not only an unforgettable experience but everlasting memories that will entice your return. The serene setting coupled with the day’s events will make for good conversation around the fire at sunset.

We offer both the seasoned and less experienced hunter a hunt to suit their tastes and preferences. The reserve is vast and expansive, allowing a ‘walk and stalk’ hunt if you so wish. Hunting from pre-built hides is also an option.

The vastness of the Reserve coupled with the varied topography makes every hunt different – from high open plateaus to deep thorny ravines, the environment is not only aesthetically pleasing, but offers a different challenge on every day.

Hunters best wishes.

Carl Knight
Contact Number: 0027-82-749-1747