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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 58

Dear Hunting Friends

I hope this newsletter finds you well.

Since my last newsletter on the 19th of August 2016 we have had some very good hunts to update you on, late season movement is excellent now would be the perfect time to book your big game hunt. watch out for my late season newsletters that will be full of great hunts yet to come.

On a hunt that ended on the 6th of September a client of ours from Europe that hunted with PH Nixon Dzingai managed to get these great trophies in the Gonarezhou Safari areas:

This massive body 45 pounder elephant was hunted in Sengwe 1:

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This hard boss dagga boy was hunted in Sengwe 2 area:

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This nyala was hunted in Malipati Safari area:

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Hunters take note that when you book with me to hunt any one of these Gonarezhou concessions you have traversing rights between the concessions as these three concessions are all owned and operated by the same Operator, these concessions form part of an approximate 300.000 hectare hunting area that is open and unfenced to the Gonarezhou National Park, The Kruger National Park and the Mozambique National Park, our hunting area includes the famous Crooks Corner on the Zimbabwe side. You can see camp pictures for the 3 concessions camps: Malipati, Dumisa (Sengwe 2) and Kwala-Kwala (Sengwe 1) by following this link: http://www.takeaimsafaris.co.za/hunt-in-zimbabwe/zimbabwe-hunting-areas/gonarezhou/ . You can also see geographical maps of the area by following the same link.

These areas are getting better and better from a game movement perspective as the game numbers in the adjoining National Parks explode into the hunting areas, I cannot over emphasise this point enough that these areas are getting better and better.

If you are interested in a Gonarezhou Safari area trophy elephant bull hunt combined with a leopard and or a buffalo or two then contact me, hippo, croc and nyala are also all on quota and available on this hunt. We have a gap open during our late season prime time dates 04 November to 18 November 2016 to hunt with and be guided by Nixon Dzingai.

On a recent hunt in the Limpopo Province of RSA that I guided myself I hunted with long term TAS clients that have booked many hunts from me over the years, this 21 year old huntress managed a perfect 1 shot kill from her .404 Jeffrey on this dagga boy buffalo, she managed another perfect shot on this 29 inch waterbuck bull. Well done and thanks to you all. Looking forward to your elephant…

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On the same hunt my client Matt hunted this trophy roan antelope, Matt has done some serious hunting with me over the years and on hunts booked with me, in fact Matt will be my first client to start and finish his big 5 and dangerous 7 on hunts booked with my company,  he already has 2 buffalo, a monster leopard, a 45 pounder elephant bull, wild male lion, hippo and croc on Lake Kariba, sable and now roan + a big % of the general plains game what remains is his rhino, if Matt hunts his rhino I will send out a newsletter dedicated to the big 5 and dangerous 7 he has hunted. Well done on this roan, thanks Matt thanks Dave.

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This old warthog had a broken back leg and was a good one to take.

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This buffalo was also hunted in Sengwe 1 on a recent hunt in September, the client on this hunt was from South Africa, the PH was Simon Dzingai. Another great hard boss bull.

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Let’s talk Matetsi:

Let me start by saying that the Matetsi ECA (environmental conservation area) is a fantastic hunting area that has gotten better and better over the past few years under Stephen Meyer and Talmage Alexander both of whom are 3rd generation Zimbabwean Professional hunters, both of whom are currently training their sons to be the 4thgeneration Zimbabwean Professional hunters from their respective family’s. The ECA is as good as any of the Matetsi Units under its current management, a big plus is that the ECA hunts sell at a lesser price than the unit hunts where concession fees are through the roof. Any client wanting to hunt lion, leopard, hyena or any of the other nocturnal species can do so at night legally in the Matetsi ECA, besides the nocturnal hunts the area is full of buffalo, plains game and elephant. My partner Operators are amongst the best of the best when it comes to guiding in Zim this applies not only to Matetsi but also to the Gonarezhou. There is no reason not to hunt these areas if you want the best that Zimbabwe has to offer at the best price possible.

We have 1 lion left on quota for 2016 in Matetsi, contact me if you want this lion hunt.

You can see pictures of our two camps in Matetsi by following this link, you can also see area maps and read area info: http://www.takeaimsafaris.co.za/hunt-in-zimbabwe/zimbabwe-hunting-areas/matetsi-and-binga/

While you are on my site take a look at Binga that is great for hippo and massive crocs plus elephant andthe tiger fishing is great.

On recent hunts guided by Steve and Talmage they managed these fine trophies.

This 35 pounder old bull was hunted in the ECA by a client from Europe:

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This buffalo, kudu, bushbuck, and hyena were hunted in the Matetsi ECA by a client from the USA with Steve.

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As always a big thank you for taking the time to read my newsletters and for passing them onto your hunting friends.
Please contact me for hunt bookings in Zimbabwe or South Africa.

Best regards and thanks

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