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Newsletter 84

DEAR HUNTING FRIENDS

I hope this 84th edition of the Take Aim Safaris newsletter finds you well.

Since our last newsletter that was send out at the start of May, our clients have done some really great hunts in Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.

The safari industry is waking up from over a year of Covid slumber, hunters want to hunt, guides want to guide, now is a good time to book your hunt for this year of next. Please contact me for available quota, dates, and hunt pricing.

As mentioned on a previous newsletter, TAS has started to offer hunts in Botswana, in the NG 49 concession to be specific via a partnership agreement with the concession owner who is a TAS hunting client.

My last client to hunt Botswana (during June 2021) was a German client that booked to hunt a leopard and a trophy elephant bull, this client had previously failed on leopard hunts (not through TAS) and wanted to be as sure as possible that he would get his leopard this time, the client not only wanted a leopard but wanted a big old heavy cat, my recommendation was that he booked one of the two leopard permits that I had available in Botswana since there has been no hunting there for many years, the chances of success would be high. The result of his hunt was this superb 103 kg old tom cat, a great one to harvest, well done Lucas, Wolfgang and all concerned.

I do still have one tag left for the 2021 hunting season for leopard in Botswana, please let me know if you want this tag.  Also on my client’s wish list was a trophy elephant bull, this 70+ pounder ticked that box… Please contact me for your Botswana hunt bookings, the quality of elephant bulls that has been harvested in NG49 this year is simply amazing, if you want the photos of those bulls please let me know, I do have them. Prime time for big elephant in Botswana’s NG49 is April until September. I have quota on elephant, buffalo and leopard in Botswana.

This recent hunt in the Gonarezhou hunting concessions Sengwe 1 and 2 was guided by PH Simon Dzingai (in photo), clients from the USA hunted these 35 and 50 pounder elephant bulls plus this fantastic dagga boy buffalo, the Gonarezhou concessions are literally teaming with elephant and buffalo that are moving into the hunting areas from the adjoining Kruger National Park and Gonarezhou National Park, if you plan to hunt a trophy elephant bull and/or trophy buffalo bull in Zimbabwe then look no further than the Gonarezhou.

Well done on another great hunt Simon. Thanks to Barry Seabrook from Gunsmoke Safaris in Darwin, Australia for this booking.

This is what a dagga boy should look like in my view…

This recent buffalo and plains game hunt was conducted in South Africa, this client has booked with TAS ten times or more, well done on another great hunt Ernest and thanks for your ongoing support.


Also on a recent hunt in South Africa, Russian clients hunted these great animals, thanks Vladimir for another great booking.



On another recent hunt in South Africa, these proper old dagga boys, trophy warthogs and plains game were hunted, I have a good number of these dagga boys on quota in South Africa, if you are interested in buffalo and plains game hunting in South Africa please contact me.

A special thanks to PH’s Leo Van Rooyen and Werner Mulder for guiding this hunt.




Hunters, PH’s, Outfitters, Operators and Agents please contact me for all your hunting requirements in Botswana, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, I have dates and quota available on top quality hunts.

Thanks for taking the time to read my newsletters and for passing them onto your hunting friends.

Hunters best wishes.

Carl Knight

(JHB RSA)
Contact Number: 0027-82-749-1747
Email: carl@takeaimsafaris.com
Web: www.takeaimsafaris.com

 

Newsletter 83


DEAR HUNTING FRIENDS

I hope this 83rd edition of the Take Aim Safaris newsletter finds you well.

Since my last newsletter that was sent out on the 7th February 2021 Take Aim Safaris clients have done some great hunts in the Sengwe 1 and Sengwe 2 areas of Zimbabwe, these areas are real hotspots for trophy elephant bulls and trophy buffalo bulls, these hunting areas are ideally located in-between the Gonarezhou National Park to the North, the Kruger National Park to the South and Mozambique to the East, these concessions have proven themselves time and time again as the best of the best when it comes free range, fair chase hunting for trophy quality elephant and buffalo plus hippo and croc. Please see below for a map showing the location of these concessions in Zimbabwe.

In addition to the Sengwe concessions of the Gonarezhou I remain pleased to be able to offer my clients quality hunts in the Matetsi area of Zimbabwe that is excellent for big cats, elephant, buffalo and plains game, Matetsi can be located on the below map.

These are our recent hunt updates:

There are few hunting company’s in today’s Africa that are delivering results like these, if you want to hunt with professionals in the best areas available for the species you wish to hunt then please email me personally to discuss your hunt: carl@takeaimsafaris.com

In January we hosted Josef Thoma from Westfalia Jagdreisen (Germany) and his client on an elephant hunt, they hunted a 75 pounder that was featured in my last newsletter, in February we welcome Josef back into the Sengwe’s with another of his clients this time for trophy elephant and buffalo, following on from his early season success PH Nixon Dzingai guided the hunter on this magnificent +90 pounder (both tusks + 90 pounds each) elephant hunt and also this superb buffalo, well done Nixon on another record breaking bull and a great one to harvest.

During March we welcomed a client of Adler Tours (Germany) to hunt with us, also in the Sengwe’s, this was also an elephant and buffalo hunt, the hunt was again guided by PH Nixon Dzingai, the client was an experienced elephant hunter, the hunters had early success on their 15 day hunt managing to take this 55 pounder during the first few days of the hunt, followed on by this proper dagga boy buffalo that looks to be well over 10 years old to me, with quite a few days left on the hunt the client decided to upgrade his hunt and go for another elephant, that was a good decision on his part since the hunters managed to harvest this old bull 60+ pounder, well done Nixon and thanks Jens for the booking.

During April, we welcomed a client from France on his 3rd buffalo hunt with us in the Sengwe’s, this client is a buffalo hunter who has hunted many buffalos right across Africa for many years, he says that ours are the best concessions available in Africa for dagga boys, this is due in large to the fact that we have almost no lions in the southern section of our 300, 000 hectare concession on the Limpopo River adjoined to the Kruger National Park, this is dagga boy paradise where you will shoot your buffalo up close in the Jess bush along the river or in the beautiful fever tree forests.

This buffalo was shot at last light then recovered at night, no photos were possible, just the skull photo of this +14-year-old buffalo, with PH Simon Dzingai in photo, Simon guided the hunt.

My sons and I were also around in the lowveld and did some hunting at the same time, here are some photos from that hunt including this 60-inch kudu that my 11-year-old son shot with his 300 WM that he was given by a client of mine (Thanks Juan). We also hunted a great eland, nyala and zebra, loads of meat for our freezer this winter.


During April we welcomed a client from the USA into our Sengwe 2 camp, he hunted an elephant with PH Nixon Dzingai, the bull he hunted went 55 pounds per tusk, this has been a great season on elephant hunts to date, hunters that made the trip to Zimbabwe were well rewarded for their efforts:

Also during April another client from the USA hunted in the Lowveld, this time with PH Zane Bronkhorst, the client hunted this very nice and wide buffalo and this great hippo bull + huge river croc:

To my clients reading this: Are you interested in buying a game farm/a private hunting farm in South Africa? If you are interested now is a great time to buy, please contact me as I know of a great game farm that is for sale, a well-stocked game farm with buffalo and many other species, the farm is being sold out of a deceased estate and will sell at great value. Take Aim Safaris has many hunting clients that would support and make such a venture a huge success. Contact me if you are interested in more information regarding investing in a Game farm in South Africa, a private hunting farm/ranch.

Both South Africa and Zimbabwe are open for hunting, routing from Europe and USA to Southern Africa is pretty easy, many airlines are flying here, we arrange all the necessary Covid tests and all Covid protocols are followed.

Hunters, PH’s, Outfitters and Agents please contact me for all your South African and Zimbabwean hunting requirements, as you can see there is some movement coming back into the hunting industry, particularly in Zimbabwe, hunters wont/can’t sit at home forever, contact me and let’s get your hunt booked.

Hunters best wishes.

Carl Knight

(JHB RSA)
Contact Number: 0027-82-749-1747
Email: carl@takeaimsafaris.com
Web: www.takeaimsafaris.com

Newsletter 82

DEAR HUNTING FRIENDS

I hope this email finds you well and hopefully planning to get back to hunting again this year.

If you are considering a hunting trip to Zimbabwe, I do have dates available in our Gonarezhou concessions: Chitsa, Sengwe 1 and Sengwe 2 for big elephant and trophy buffalo + hippo, croc are plentiful and if you are lucky you will shoot a huge eland bull or nyala… The areas are well rested, the animal movement is fantastic.

In Matetsi/Zimbabwe I have quota available on the big cats: leopard and lion plus elephant bulls at unbeatable prices plus buffalo, sable, plains game, hippo and croc, please contact me for more information and for available dates and a chance to view the Victoria Falls in high water.

Please also contact me for all your South African hunting requirements, I do have rhino, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, elephant and plains game on quota and available in South Africa, dates are available.

Here are my recent hunt updates:

During January 2021 we welcomed an elephant hunter from Europe, he hunted with PH Nixon Dzingai in the Sengwe hunting areas of the Gonarezhou/Zimbabwe, the hunting was challenging as there was lots or rain around, the rivers were flooded and a mini cyclone passed over the area. In typical Nixon Dzingai and Simon Dzingai style they pushed on and worked hard managing to harvest this trophy elephant bull, our first elephant of the year, a super happy client that deserves this massive bull. A special thanks to Josef Thoma from Westfalia Jagdreisen in Germany for this hunt and for coming hunting with his client. In addition to this brute, the hunters saw a 90+ pounder that gave them the slip when the wind changed…. There is no better place in Africa to hunt these trophy elephant bulls, symmetrical long and thick tusks.

During November/December last year we welcomed hunters from Europe that also hunted in the Gonarezhou hunting areas Sengwe 1 and Sengwe 2 with PH’s Simon Dzingai and Nixon Dzingai, they hunted these 3 buffalos and this trophy elephant bull. Hunters, there is no better dagga boy hunt than these hunting areas, you will shoot your buffalo at between 5 and 50 meters in the Limpopo River jess bush or dry river bed, this is free range buffalo and elephant paradise, if you are looking for a well-priced fair play, straight business hunt or hunting Operator partner then look no further than Take Aim Safaris.

During December last year we welcomed a father and son from Europe on this rhino and plains game hunt in central South Africa, they hunted these wonderful plains game species and this rhino bull, I have a good number of rhino bulls available all of different horn length, both white and black rhino, over the years I have sold very many rhino hunts that have contributed a fortune towards rhino conservation, I can with confidence book you the right hunt, contact me for more info, rhino hunts are more affordable than you think.




Zimbabwe is open for hunting, to hunt in Zimbabwe you should travel directly to Zimbabwe with Ethiopian Airlines or Emirates Airlines not necessary to route via South Africa, there is no quarantine on arrival or departure, please arrive with a negative Covid test, we will arrange your departure test for you, it’s really a simple process and is hugely rewarding as the hunting is excellent and things are good here.

South Africa is also open for hunting, a few different airlines are flying here, I will meet you when you land and help you with all formalities, arrive with a Covid negative test and depart with one, there is no quarantine required on arrival or departure. You could also route to Zimbabwe via South Africa.

Clients, agents, Operators, Outfitters and PH’s please contact me for all your Zimbabwean and South African hunting requirements.

Hunters best wishes

Carl Knight

(JHB RSA)
Contact Number: 0027-82-749-1747
Email: carl@takeaimsafaris.com
Web: www.takeaimsafaris.com

Newsletter 81

DEAR HUNTING FRIENDS

I trust this 81st edition of the Take Aim Safaris newsletter finds you well.

Since my last newsletter in June we have done a few local hunter hunts in South Africa and also in Zimbabwe that I can update you on here, we have also started to welcome international clients back into Zimbabwe that opened on the 1st October for tourism including hunting, since then I have had a hunter from Germany arriving and I know of American hunters that are hunting with a friend of mine in Matetsi, things are moving along albeit slowly.

We sincerely hope that things normalize soon as 2020 has been a bumpy ride down here in Southern Africa, I can’t predict the future from a Covid perspective suffice to say that we are all healthy and well here and that you can travel here with the confidence that things are as they always have been in Africa, we know that before long you hunters will find a way to get here, when you do arrive we will be waiting for you.

Starting in Matetsi Zimbabwe PH Steve Meyer guided this local hunter hunt during August/September:

During September I hunted with local hunters in South Africa, I was assisted on the hunt by PH’s Mias Steyn and Bennie Breytenbaach we hunted some wonderful trophy bulls including this 44 inch buffalo, a 43 inch buffalo, a 48 inch sable and a great old white rhino bull, I have a few of these old rhino bulls available if there are any hunters reading this wanting to complete their big 5 let me know. I have lots of quota available on buffalo, sable, roan, elephant and general plains game in South Africa.





In October we welcomed a client from Germany into the Matetsi Safari area of Zimbabwe on an elephant hunt, the hunt was guided by PH Shawn Kelly, the hunters managed to hunt this very good old elephant bull that is estimated as a 70 pounder, a great old bull. Take a look at this buffalo that Shawn saw standing in the road one morning. Thanks to Adler Tours (Germany) for the booking.

Thanks for taking the time to read my newsletters and pass them onto your hunting friends, please let me know if you are interested in a hunt in South Africa or Zimbabwe in 2021 and we can work out a deal for you, easy booking terms are available. We are not increasing our prices for the 2021 season at all, you can view our 2021 pricelists for South Africa and Zimbabwe on our website www.takeaimsafaris.com

As for me I am getting ready to attend the hunting shows in the USA and Europe 2021 and I am bringing the best of African big game hunting with me.

Hunters best wishes

Carl Knight

(JHB RSA)
Contact Number: 0027-82-749-1747
Email: carl@takeaimsafaris.com
Web: www.takeaimsafaris.com

Newsletter 80

DEAR HUNTING FRIENDS

I hope this newsletter finds you well, a milestone newsletter for me as it’s my 80th one since I started Outfitting hunts in 2008, these newsletters have been hugely successful for me with over 3000 hunters on my subscribed list and growing all the time, thanks for the bookings, the compliments and the continued support.

Please read on for an important offer from DSC to PH’s and Outfitters.

Since my last newsletter that was sent out on the 18th March we had ongoing hunts at that time that I can update you on now prior to the Southern African Lockdowns that came into effect at the end of March and sadly remain in effect for now although I am happy to see and announce that the restrictions are slowly being lifted and that local hunter hunting is now allowed in Zimbabwe and also in South Africa.  To all our valued clients please look at the Emirates Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines routings to Zimbabwe, they do not fly via South Africa thus no need to watch the South African Lockdown restrictions in order to hunt in Zimbabwe.

On the Covid 19 note you can be sure that all precautionary measures are and will be in place in our hunting camps in both Matetsi and the Gonarezhou areas of Zimbabwe, besides that please consider that you will be hunting in very remote areas with low to no humans around and that we have not had a single case of Covid 19 within our staff compliment, neither in the Gonarezhou nor Matetsi.

ONTO RECENT HUNTS  

During March we welcomed back to the Gonarezhou hunting areas repeat clients from the USA on elephant hunts, the clients hunted with PH’s Nixon and Simon Dzingai and managed to harvest these two good bulls:

 

 

On another recent hunt prior to Lockdown we welcomed back a South African client on his 6th hunt with us in the Gonarezhou hunting areas Sengwe 1 and 2, this was a non-trophy non-export elephant bull and buffalo bull hunt, nice old dagga boy:

 

 

In South Africa I hunted with 4 clients that bought a big bag of game from us on our massive concession in central South Africa, I was assisted by RSA PH Bennie Breytenbaach. We hunted some great animals including this buffalo, sable, roan, bontebok, lechwe, kudus and took off a few broken horn animals. The zebras that you see are not burchells zebra they are Cape mountain zebra that are less commonly distributed across Southern Africa yet still occurring in great numbers.

Good to see the young hunters and lady hunters getting involved, including my own sons that are learning the family business:

 




 

Looking at these photos reminds me that there is truly no continent to hunt that is a strong as Africa, the species diversity combined with the wild animal numbers we have are just un-beatable the world over, wildlife truly is our wealth that has been so well protected and preserved that there has never been more wild animals in Southern Africa than there is today, thanks to conservationists that we hunters are proud to be a big part of.

Earlier in this newsletter I mentioned that there is an important offer available for African PH’s, Outfitters and Operators from DSC (Dallas Safari Club) that must be taken up.

I have been asked to distribute this offer by The Custodians Professional Hunting and Conservation organization that I am a member of  http://www.cphc-sa.co.za/ all Custodian members have been asked to distribute this information, not only me. Nor can I take credit for this initiative this is DSC, OPHAA and the Custodians in action.

I do want to say here that if you are a member of a professional hunting organization that precludes you (stops you/won’t let you join) from joining OPHAA then it falls on you to resign from that today and join the Custodians for the sake of your family and for the sake of your hunting crew and their family (read on below).

I have previously asked myself what do I get for my annual membership subscriptions?  I’m sure you have too, here is the answer:

This is a free offer that as I said you must take up, zero excuse not to do so. I don’t want to and am not going to get into mud singling matches here however if your PH organization won’t or can’t let you take up this FREE DSC offer then the question you must ask your leadership is why not and what viable similar alternative to this free insurance do they offer you? If you won’t listen to me and make the change then let your wife or parents read this please.

To my clients, industry friends and associates, I recommend that you all join The Custodians as they are part of the way forward in today’s Africa and need your help, it’s not expensive it’s a collective thing, you don’t need to be a PH to join, you do need to be a CONSERVATIONIST. Join and be part of the solution to the problems that face African wildlife and the hunting industry as a whole.

Contact Coira at The Custodians office to get the ball rolling: Admin@cphc-sa.co.za

April 2, 2020
Operators and Professional Hunting Associations of Africa
Via email to ceo@ophaa.org;chair@ophaa.org

DSC Frontline Foundation Article for Like Minded Industry Organizations’ Magazines/Newsletters
“A Message from the DSC Frontline Foundation
by John Patterson, President

Six years ago DSC recognized that as a hunting organization whose members rely heavily on the services of professional outfitters and guides, there needed to be a way for DSC to financially support these professionals when they suffer disabling injuries while carrying out their professional duties or help their families in the case of a fatality.  DSC undAnchorerstood that due to the nature of their hazardous professions, and its inherent dangers, financial hardships were a grim reality if unexpected accidents, or tragedy befell these hard-working professionals. Compounding the severity of unexpected events, many have limited, or zero, access to either life or health insurance. Injuries, or in the worst case the death of the breadwinner, translates into complete loss of income, and families are now left without means to support or educate their children.

Understanding these needs, DSC created, and initially funded the DSC Frontline Foundation, whose sole mission is to provide financial support to professional hunters, outfitters, guides, and their staff who put their livelihood, and oftentimes their very lives, on the FRONTLINE of risk while serving the hunting community.  Over the past six years, Frontline has provided financial assistance to professional hunters, guides, game scouts, trackers and, recently included, anti-poaching personnel, and the families of those killed in the line of duty. This assistance has covered everything from search and recovery efforts, extraction from the point of injury, defraying medical expenses, loss of income, providing for children’s education, and when necessary, funeral expenses.

Any outfitter, PH, or guide who is a member of Operators and Professional Hunting Associations of Africa (“OPHAA”) is eligible for DSC Frontline Foundation assistance (this includes an outfitter’s staff who may not be OPHAA members). The only cost to you is simply the expense of maintaining your membership in OPHAA and the requirement that you be in good standing.

We urge you to keep in mind that the DSC Frontline Foundation was created for professionals like you, and it stands ready to support you. Do not hesitate to contact us when you have a qualifying need. We also urge you to promote membership in OPHAA to your friends in the professional hunting industry.  In addition to supporting OPHAA, mention the benefits Frontline provides that go along with membership. The small cost of a membership is the cheapest insurance they will ever have.

More information about the DSC Frontline Foundation, including eligibility requirements and how you can support this worthy cause, may be found at http://dscfrontlinefoundation.org/ or by contacting the DSC Frontline Foundation at the address or phone number below. DSC Frontline Foundation is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Foundation are deductible under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

DSC Frontline Foundation
13709 Gamma Road
Dallas, Texas 75244
(972) 980-9800

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I thought I may as well share this interesting article I came across on human/animal conflict in Zimbabwe for 2020 to date, please also follow the link for more info:

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HARARE, Zimbabwe

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/wild-animals-kill-more-people-than-covid-19-in-zimbabwe/1860688

Alberto Lunga is mourning the death of his uncle, who was trampled by an elephant on March 1 in Dingani village, a remote community 450 kilometres northwest of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare.

On the day, a herd of elephants got into the maize fields and damaged crops within a few minutes, prompting villagers to come out to scare them away.

“An agitated bull charged towards me and my uncle and we ran for our lives, however the elephant caught up with my uncle who was running slowly.

“The elephant hooked him with its trunk and threw him onto the tarred road two meters away. A speeding car was just passing at that moment and it hit my uncle, killing him on the spot,” Lunga narrated.

The elephant still went on to crash the lifeless body until it was tired, he said.

In a separate incident, Thomas Mupusa, 43, an employee of Zimbabwe National Railway (ZNR), was mauled by lions on May 5.

In Malonga village, which is very close to Dingani village, a baby dropped from her mother’s back was picked by some marauding lions. The mother was protecting her livestock in a farm.

“By the time help came the baby had died,” said Naison Shoko, a villager in Malonga.

Shoko added that the villages are on the boundary of Hwange National Park and are only separated by a tarred road.

Deaths and injuries due to wildlife attacks have been reported from areas close to Hwange National Park, Kariba town, Save Conservancy and Gonarezhou National Park.

Zimbabwe’s wildlife conservancies occupy 16% of the country’s total land since the wildlife population has increased exponentially.

Police issued a warning to the general public to be cautious after a truck driver was attacked by a lion in Kariba on May 26.

“A truck driver is receiving treatment at a local hospital after he was attacked by an elephant […] We urge members of the public to be observant to avoid attacks by wild animals,” said a statement issued by the police.

According to the police, wild animals have killed at least 24 people and injured 21 others in Zimbabwe since the start of this year.

Elephants, lions, buffalos, hippos, leopards and rhinos are said to be most dangerous animals in Zimbabwe.

The figures show that wild animals have killed more people in Zimbabwe than the novel coronavirus. The country has so far reported only four deaths from COVID-19.

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Thank you for taking the time to read my newsletters and pass them onto your hunting friends. I do have quota and dates available for all your South African and Zimbabwean hunts, please call me or send me an email and lets work through your enquiry. Clients, PH’s, Outfitters are all welcome to contact me. Please refer to my website www.takeaimsafaris.com to see camp photos, maps and read area information for all the concessions we hunt.

Book now to avoid the post Covid rush, I think we all know that this will pass soon.

Hunters best wishes

Carl Knight

(JHB RSA)
Contact Number: 0027-82-749-1747
Email: carl@takeaimsafaris.com
Web: www.takeaimsafaris.com

Newsletter 75

DEAR HUNTING FRIENDS

I hope this 75th edition of the Take Aim Safaris newsletter finds you well.

Since our last newsletter on the 10th April we have welcomed clients from around the world into our hunting concessions where we have again delivered on our clients expectations and high hopes by delivering not only the quality safari experience that the clients book and expect but also the trophy quality that we strive to achieve and do achieve with our focus on hunting old bulls on a free range, fair chase basis, booking with Take Aim Safaris ensures you that you will get the safari you book conducted by market leaders in our service and guiding capabilities.

Since my last newsletter we welcomed Grant Taylor from Mashambanzhou Safaris on an elephant hunt he booked with me for his client, the hunt was conducted in the Gonarezhou Safari area Sengwe 2 and was guided by PH Nixon Dzingai during April 2019. The hunt was a huge success, the client managed to hunt this 80 pounder superb elephant bull with symmetrical tusks, on his last molars a fantastic trophy well done to all concerned.

I am no stranger to the back lash levelled against us hunters by the anti-hunters especially when such a big bull is hunted, over the last 12 years since I started TAS my clients have consistently hunted amongst the biggest elephants (and buffalos) in Africa, please take a moment to look at some these magnificent bulls including 2 bulls over a 100 pounds (one them went 122 and 120) plus many bulls over the 80 and 90 pound mark including this one that was recently hunted.  https://www.takeaimsafaris.co.za/portfolio-item/elephant/  The fact that we produce these results has made me and my company an anti-hunting dart board, sorry to say but 99% of the anti-hunters know nothing about wild animals or conservation, they just don’t want to see dead animals… except on their plate for dinner of course or as leather seats in their luxury cars, on that basis for them its ok to kill.

What most hunters and non-hunters don’t see is what goes on in the background between hunts and perhaps this is a good time to show you. After this bull was hunted there was anti-hunting negative publicity about the hunt, the PH that guided the hunt Mr. Nixon Dzingai was asked to write a report on the hunt by local authorities, below is Nixon’s version of events regarding the hunting of this bull and a brief statement regarding what work is done by SSG Safaris on an annual basis for the local communities in the Gonarezhou including: food, clothes, roads, schools and medical facilities.

These upgrades and improvements are all paid for by hunting money.

There are no anti-hunters or greenies on the ground here trying to alleviate the suffering of the local people whether suffering via poverty due to economic circumstances or the human / animal conflict that is at an all-time high and getting worse in fact apart from threatening to kill me, my family and all of my colleagues in the hunting industry there is not one positive thing that non-hunters or anti-hunters do to help the animals or the people that live with the animals in the Gonarezhou safari areas, not one thing.

It seems to me that sending threatening emails is pretty much all the anti-hunters do. This is an invitation to all the anti-hunters and green brigades to come down here and chase these buffalos and elephants out of the maize and crop fields at night? Let’s see how you feel the about these animals the next morning. Why not bring some school books with you for the local kids, may as well bring clothes, medicine, bricks and cement that the safari operators do with hunting money, every month of every year.

This will never happen as not many care much more than not wanting to not see photos of dead elephants/dead animals… unfortunately for us we need these photos to sell our hunts. Most greenies are quite happy to eat meat, chicken or fish as we know as long as you or I kill the animal for them.

When you read on below please consider for a moment how you would feel if the 20 elephant bulls and buffalo bulls raiding crops were raiding your crops that you planted to feed your family for a year? These are not commercial farmers these are sustenance farmers planting crops without irrigation, using rainfall only, once the crops are gone/destroyed by elephants and buffalos then the annual food supply for that family or even that village is gone and cannot be replaced.

How would you or I feel about elephants if it was your father that was killed by the elephant defending his/your crops, then your Uncle or Mother killed by buffalos the next week and so on and so on forever and ever plus the situation is getting worse since there are more and more elephants and buffalos every year as African National Parks are too scared to cull elephants or buffalos for fear of losing much needed funding, population numbers of wild animals are exploding. Hunters are not the enemy they are a part of the solution.

If hunting stops in these areas then the meat stops for the families that receive the donation meat from the hunting operators as no meat is sold it is all is given away to the locals as donations. Apart from the meat supply stopping there would be no more anti-poaching work done by the PH’s then no one is left to chase these buffalos and elephants out of the fields, no one left to stop the lions killing people and cattle and worst of all no more jobs/no more money for the locals who are employed by the hunting operators.

Countries stopping the import of elephant and similar trophies are not making things better for the animals they are making things worse as the animals then have zero economic value and are being killed/poached/poisoned by locals for meat or retaliation for damage done to crops and people.

Try having a pride of lions, a herd of elephants and herd of buffalos who’s numbers are constantly increasing in your suburban neighbourhood then let’s see how you feel about hunting and culling.

Allow me to use rhino as an example, they/rhinos are nearly all dead and will all be dead soon in wild Africa due to poaching as we Africans cannot farm our own rhinos to harvest the horns from the live animals thanks to 1st world pressure where you don’t even have 1 wild rhino, if we were allowed to harvest horn from live rhinos there would be more rhinos than cattle in Africa, the 1st worlds approach to African wildlife problems has failed.

The fantastic hard work of the rhino anti-poaching units by brave and committed men and women will ultimately fail to protect the rhinos from poaching, slaughter and extinction in the wild as the demand for the illegal horn is too high, the poachers resolve is too strong and now they are too well funded and are too well supplied.

FYI please read this recent report implicating CZ rifles in supplying rhino poachers, whether CZ is directly or indirectly supplying poachers in my mind is the same thing, they ought to know where there rifles are going, disgraceful:  https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2019-05-26-arms-probe-links-czech-guns-to-kruger-rhino-slaughter/

In summary rhinos would be thriving if hunters and private game farmers were allowed to farm and harvest these horns, CITIES has failed to protect rhinos and elephants.

In closing this section / this trophy elephant bull hunt portion of my newsletter I refer you to the words of the president of Botswana our neighboring country with whom we share many elephants (too many), please read on below.

Nixon’s Email:

“Dear Mr……

This Elephant hunt was conducted at Sengwe Area 2 Hunting concession which is approximately 90000 Hectors . It was shot and killed around 7:30p.m in the corn fields dated 18 April 2019 in Ward 15 under Headman Ngwenyeni .The loc state of the killed Elephant is 0338167/7557480 and is approximately 50 to 55 years old. About twenty migratory Elephants was every day spotted raiding the corn fields. Elephant Quota for Sengwe Area 2  is 3 Elephant Bulls and 3 Tusk less . Duration of the hunt was from the 14 April to 27 April 2019 ,monitored by one of Gonarezhou Conservation Trust scout and Chiredzi Rural District Council scout.

Human/Wildlife Conflicts (2019 to date) : 1 person killed by Elephant , 2 people killed by Buffalos and 3 people injured by Buffalos . All these cases were attended to.

Community developments funded directly by SSG via Hunting income are as follows:

  • Rehabilitation of roads.
  • Bore holes rehabilitation.
  • Maintenance of schools that is Pahlela Primary School, Sengwe Secondary School, Dumisa Primary School, Chilothlela Primary School, Mugivisa Primary School, Samu Secondary School, Muhlekwani Primary School, Gwaivhi Primary School.
  • Repairing grinding mills.
  • Construction of Early Childhood Development{E.C.D} Blocks.

Thank You
Nixon Dzingai”

Onto Matetsi where PH Steve Meyer guided a client of ours from Europe on this buffalo hunt recently, they managed to hunt this very nice dagga boy buffalo:

Still in Matetsi with Steve Meyer and Zane Bronkhorst: You may or may not know that Southern Africa is currently experiencing low rainfall periods/drought, this fact has impacted negatively on animal populations and on humans alike, as part of the Matetsi ECA redistribution and upliftment program that includes: food (meat and maize), schools, medical, roads, anti-poaching and environment management I am pleased to announce that Steve Meyer just this month drilled 3 boreholes in the Matetsi ECA to provide clean and always available drinking water to animals and humans alike, 2 of these boreholes with solar panels and solar powered pumps have been strategically placed in the hunting area, the 3rd borehole has been drilled and placed in the village of the local people for the exclusive use of the locals, here are some photos.

A big thanks to Steve and to all our clients (his and mine) who bring the hunting Dollars into Zimbabwe to make these programs possible.

If you wish to be part of these charity programs please contact me, we need to drill more boreholes specifically in the Gonarezhou, local schools need school books, school uniforms and skills, hunters, non-hunters and anti-hunters are all welcome to join these conservation and humanitarian programs perhaps we can start to build the bridge that bridges the gap between us.

Please see attached photos of the recent drill and subsequent solar installation.

Still in Matetsi: During May we had a visit from celebrity German Professional Hunter Mr. Peter Dafner who brought his client to hunt for an elephant, a sable and plains game. The hunt went very well, Peter and his client managed to hunt this 40 pounder elephant, a very nice old sable bull and a nice old kudu bull and a zebra. It was a pleasure to work with Peter, thanks for the booking and thanks for taking time off your busy Tanzanian hunting season to hunt with us in Zimbabwe, we hope to see you again soon. Peter’s hunt was co guided by Zimbabwean PH Zane Bronkhorst.

In South Africa PH Jono Joseph guided a client of ours from the USA on this buffalo and plains game hunt, JWK Safaris that I own a 3rd of is gaining momentum in the USA and RSA, well done Jono and Adriaan. #JWK for the win.

PS: Any double rifle hunters out there that want to hunt with an award winning double rifle expert marksman and bushveld enthusiast then Jono Joseph is your PH. Just last weekend Jono won ANOTHER double rifle shooting competition.

A very nice old buffalo… well done Jono.

Here are two more buffalos, proper old dagga boys that were hunted recently in the Gonarezhou area of Zimbabwe by clients of mine from South Africa. These Gonarezhou buffalo hunts are proper dagga boy hunts. For those of you driving from South Africa our concessions in the Gonarezhou Safari areas Sengwe 1 and 2 are only 3 hours drive from Musina/Beit Bridge, for our international clients we offer a road transfer from Harare or a charter flight to the Gonarezhou from Johannesburg/OR Tambo International Airport.

Not many hunting areas that I know of  offer bone fide dagga boy hunts on a free range basis, the Gonarezhou is one of them.

Well done to Simon Dzingai and Gift Dzingai for guiding these hunts.

Last but not least for this newsletter is this recent hunt that I did with my sons Hunter and Luke:

My son Hunter (age 10) shot this very nice wildebeest bull with a 300 WM that I was given by a client and friend from Spain, thanks Juan. My son and I bum crawled 100 meters to get into position for this one shot kill:

On the same hunt I also managed a great old wildebeest bull and trophy warthog.

My younger son Luke (age 9) shot this impala ram with his 308, him and I skinned it and prepared meat for our house from these animals. Nothing is wasted.

We hunted in South Africa on this wonderful hunting farm that is 14.000 hectares with many animals, perfect lodge and stunning views…. These are not expensive hunts and are a great fun with lots of species to be hunted, please follow this link to read more about the area: https://www.takeaimsafaris.co.za/philippolis-hunting-area/

This link to see the pricelist: https://www.takeaimsafaris.co.za/philippolis-pricelist/

Thank you for taking the time to read my newsletters and to pass them onto your hunting friends, sorry if my comments regarding our elephant hunts (and rhino conservation) are a little of the topic of hunting however the constant threats and insults I get from greenies who really know nothing about conservation and nothing about Africa and her people can get a person down at times.

Hunters are real conservationists, we are doing good work, we won’t be discouraged. I have often told non-hunters and anti-hunters that to this day I have never met a hunter that would kill a species that is under threat of extinction or not thriving in its habitat.

Congratulations to Botswana for re-opening hunting this week, much needed tourism and hunting Dollars will filter down to Southern Africa as a result.

Please email me for your personal quote and more information on a hunt with Take Aim Safaris in Zimbabwe, South Africa or Namibia… I do have quota and dates available for most if not all big game hunts.

Hunters best wishes.

Carl Knight

(JHB RSA)
Contact Number: 0027-82-749-1747
Email: carl@takeaimsafaris.com
Web: www.takeaimsafaris.com

Newsletter 68

Dear Hunting Friends

I hope this 68th version of my newsletter finds you well.

Since my last newsletter in November 2017 we have done some good hunts although the December/January period is our low period due to holidays and since the rains effect our ability to move around the concessions freely due to mud and floods, the rains were not as good as expected however we are currently experiencing some late rain in the Lowveld that is a welcome surprise and will make for very good early season elephant hunting in the Gonarezhou area especially.

We attended the early season hunting shows: SCI where Jono and Adriaan worked our booth there, I went to Dortmund with Steve Meyer for the 11th year in a row that Take Aim Safaris has done the German hunting expo, our fair chase free range hunts are always well received by the European hunters that attend that show, thanks for the support.

For the year ahead I have booked a record number of hunts already with the bulk of the booking season still to come so look out for my 6 or so newsletters that you will receive this year that will be full of interesting information and photos from our hunts. From my own point of view I hope to see you in the newsletters, if not this year then perhaps next year, book now to get the dates and hunting quota that you want.

To all our Spanish clients we will once again be attending the Spanish hunting convention CINERGETICA this year in Madrid from the 1st to the 4th March 2018 we will be in prime booth # 321 in the main hall, please come and visit us there.

You may be interested to know that a client of mine from Russia shot the biggest lion in Zimbabwe last year, judged in accordance with skull measurement’s. The hunt was guided in Matetsi by PH Steve Meyer, here is the award Steve won and a photo of the very old lion:

I do have one more lion on quota in Matetsi for this year, I have already sold two.

I also have a Gonarezhou lion on quota for this year that has not been sold yet.

Since my last newsletter we have done some great hunts, here are the updates and photos:

A client of ours from South Africa hunted this buffalo in the Lowveld of Zimbabwe with PH Steve Meyer in November 2017.

During January 2018 PH Nixon Dzingai guided this client from Europe on this buffalo, crocodile and elephant bull hunt in Sengwe 1 and 2 Zimbabwe.

During December 2017 PH Nixon Dzingai guided a client from Europe on this dagga boy hunt in Malipati Safari area, Zimbabwe.

During February 2018 PH Albert Johnson guided this plains game hunt in Limpopo South Africa:

How about this baobab in the Lowveld of Zimbabwe:

As always thank you for taking the time to read my newsletters and pass them onto your hunting friends, if you are planning a hunt in South Africa or Zimbabwe please allow me the opportunity to tell you more about our hunts and our pricing for instance our Gonarezhou dagga boy hunts are to my knowledge the best priced buffalo hunts available in Zimbabwe, I do have quota and dates available on all big game hunts for 2018 and beyond.

Hunters best wishes.

Carl Knight
Contact Number: 0027-82-749-1747
Email: carl@takeaimsafaris.com
Web: www.takeaimsafaris.com

Newsletter 67

Dear Hunting Friends

I hope this last newsletter for 2017 finds you all well, may I also take this opportunity to wish you a happy festive season ahead and thanks for the support during 2017, prior and beyond. All 2018 concession information including price lists are available on our website: www.takeaimsafaris.com

Our concessions include:

  • Matetsi Unit 2
  • Matetsi Unit 5
  • Matetsi ECA
  • Binga
  • Gonarezhou Safari areas (4 camps, 300.000+ hectares)
  • Top class South African hunting areas

A short reminder that you can visit Take Aim Safaris at the following expo’s during 2018:

I have long maintained that the Gonarezhou Safari areas are the perfect place/best place to hunt for trophy elephant bulls and trophy buffalo bulls. During the last 5 years we have hunted two bulls over 100 pounds, one of them was 105 pounds, the next was 122 pounds and now there has been a 132 pounder pick-up, this bull was not hunted, the tusks were found by Parks Rangers inside the Park, this bull surely died of old age but not before passing on his gene. If you are interested in a trophy elephant bull I say the Gonarezhou Safari Areas are the best place to look, here is the 132 pound pick-up:

Onto the recent hunts where a client of ours from Europe hunted this hippo and croc in the Gonarezhou Safari Areas with PH Nixon Dzingai, these river hunts for hippo are always exciting due to the fact that most hippos are hunted on dry land in and around the Lowveld River system.

Also on a recent hunt a client from the USA hunted this trophy 44 inch buffalo bull in Malipati Safari Area, a special thanks to RSA PH Russ Field for the booking:

On another recent hunt a long term client of ours on his family’s 20th + hunt with TAS hunted this very good roan antelope and beautiful lion in the North West Province of RSA, thanks to PH Riaan Lourens for guiding the hunt. These lions hunts are great value for money hunts at about the price of an RSA buffalo hunt:

On the last of our recent hunts PH Talmage Alexander guided a client from the USA in the Matetsi ECA on this buffalo and sable hunt.

Thanks for taking the time to read my newsletters and pass them onto your hunting friends, as always please contact me for all your big game hunts in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Hunters best wishes and a fantastic festive season ahead to you all.

Carl Knight
Contact Number: 0027-82-749-1747
Email: carl@takeaimsafaris.com
Web: www.takeaimsafaris.com

Newsletter 65

Dear Hunting Friends

I hope this newsletter finds you well.

Since my last newsletter on the 11th July we have had some great hunts to update you on, please read on below.

During July we welcomed a client from Europe who hunted in Malipati Safari Area (Gonarezhou, Zimbabwe) with PH Nixon Dzingai, the client managed to hunt this 14 foot crocodile, this very good leopard and some plains game:

Also during July myself and fellow PH Riaan Louwrens hunted with long term clients of TAS for these two lions and some plains game.

Now if you want to know what a dagga boy looks like then here you go:

This bull was hunted in July by an RSA client of mine on his second buffalo hunt booked with me, last year he also shot a great buffalo. Ernest has just booked his 3rd hunt with me this time another buffalo and an elephant. Hunters this is what you are looking for when you hunt the Gonarezhou safari areas, free range, fair chase dagga boys on their terms in their back yards:

Special thanks to PH Simon Dzingai for guiding this hunt.

Another RSA client of TAS hunted the Gonarezhou Safari area: Sengwe 2 during July where he was guided by PH Nixon Dzingai on this dagga boy hunt:

Also during July this time in Matetsi and Binga clients from the USA hunted these very good trophies with PH Steve Meyer:

During August I hunted with clients of mine on a very good RSA concession that is open to Botswana on the Limpopo River, we hunted this very good elephant bull in the 35 pound class and we saw over 100 elephants including 10 good bulls. We also hunted this crocodile that measured 3.4 meters and this very good plains game including this 30 inch waterbuck. A special thanks to PH Philip Craucamp for the hunt.

Also during August a client of ours from Europe hunted this buffalo bull in the Malipati Safari Area with PH Nixon Dzingai.

As always thanks for taking the time to read my newsletters and pass them onto your hunting friends. PH’s, Outfitters, Clients and Agents please feel free to contact me for bookings in South Africa and in Zimbabwe.

Hunters best wishes.

Carl Knight
Contact Number: 0027-82-749-1747
Email: carl@takeaimsafaris.com
Web: www.takeaimsafaris.com

Newsletter 60

Dear Hunting Friends

Happy new year to you all, may you have a healthy and happy 2017 filled with time outdoors.

Attached to this newsletter is a link to my 2017 brochure, please download and save your copy to your computer for reading at your convenience, the brochure has maps of our hunting areas, an explanation of the hunting areas, camp photos, hunting pricelists and some of our 2016 trophy photos. Please forward the brochure to your hunting friends and please feel free to email me for booking enquiries. Thank you.

Since my last newsletter on the 25th of November we have had some very good hunts including some superb elephant hunts as mentioned in my last email plus this 45 inch hard boss buffalo and some really fantastic crocodiles, in fact I would go as far as to say that the quality of these crocodile trophies have stolen the late season lime light.

As you read on you will see photos that could be disturbing to sensitive readers. Since this is a hunters newsletter written by a hunter to hunters (no children) I have decided after discussion with friends and clients to send these photos out, to show you what really happens in wild Africa. I have explained to you before that our areas are real hunting areas for hard men, these concessions are not zoos.

Here is an explanation of the photos: Many people incorrectly believe that hippos kill more people than any other African animal, this could not be further from the truth. Hippos eat no meat and would have no reason to hunt or kill humans, of course in a chance encounter a hippo can/will kill humans.

The biggest killer of humans (mostly rural people) in Africa is the crocodile that hunts/stalks/kills and eats humans daily in Africa. To be clear I don’t believe that crocodiles see humans as natural prey, the main reason crocodiles are killing humans is due to the fact that humans have poached/killed 95% of the natural prey animals available to the crocodiles in the form of fish and game animals that would otherwise drink at the water where the crocodile live and be hunted there by these now man-eater crocodiles. This is the vicious circle of life that exists here in Africa.

This example is unique to where humans and animals co-exist, crocodiles under normal circumstances would not hunt humans if their natural prey was available. Poaching is responsible for the decline in the crocodiles natural prey animals, not sustainable hunting.

Early December 2016 Steve Meyer got a call from Binga (Lake Kariba: Zimbabwe) Communal leaders informing him that there is a massive crocodile hunting and eating local people that are collecting water & fishing on the banks of Lake Kariba, they asked Steve to kill this problem animal, now to be honest these calls come in all the time this is not new or unique at all as mentioned above. This time it just so happens that Steve was in Binga fishing with a friend from Bulawayo, they decided to go and hunt this man eater crocodile in service of the local community.

This crocodile must have been responsible for a great many human deaths over the last 70 years or so of its adult life, this crocodile was not accurately measured but my own estimate puts this crocodile at 5.2 meters if we consider that Steve who is in the photo is 1.76 meters tall. Regardless of the exact length this crocodile is massive, they don’t get any bigger than this in the wild.

After the crocodile was killed and the stomach contents removed this is what was found. The human remains were returned to the community for funeral and burial ceremonies.

On another more traditional hunt, this time in the Gonarezhou a client of ours from Spain managed to hunt this 45 inch hard boss buffalo with PH Nixon Dzingai (pictured in the photo) during December 2016.

On another November/December hunt also guided by Nixon clients from Europe managed to shoot these two very good crocodiles In the Gonarezhou area with the larger one measuring 14 foot, a massive crocodile for a river system. The hunters also hunted this 45 pounder elephant bull with Nixon and this giraffe plus two waterbuck and some other plains game.

On a recent Matetsi hunt another client from Spain hunted this 40 pounder elephant with Steve Meyer.

On another Binga hunt, this time with PH Talmage Alexander a client from South Africa shot this 50 pounder elephant:

On a recent Save Valley hunt a client from Europe hunted this buffalo with PH Lloyd Yeatman:

On a recent hunt in South Africa a client from South Africa who has now booked 3 hunts with Take Aim Safaris shot this elephant bull in the 35 pound class, his teenage daughter shot a buffalo cow. Thanks to PH Philip Oosthuizen JNR for guiding another one of my clients on a great hunt.

Closing off our 2016 season a client of ours from Europe that hunted with Nixon Dzingai in the Gonarezhou Safari areas managed to hunt these 3 hard boss buffalos:

Please visit me in Dortmund at the Jagd and Hund expo in Hall 7 stand D28.

You can also visit me in Salzburg in the Mistral booth, centre of the main hall.

As always thanks for taking the time to read my newsletters and pass them on to your hunting friends. Clients, PH’s, Outfitters and Agents please contact me for all your big game hunt bookings in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Hunters best wishes.

Carl Knight
Contact Number: 0027-82-749-1747
Email: carl@takeaimsafaris.com
Web: www.takeaimsafaris.com