- May 16:
Patrick came over to Morgan Bay and took us into the Trans Kei.
- May 17:
We said goodbye to Morgan Bay. We dropped off the rental car and Off we went to Addo Elephant National Park with Patrick as our guide.
- May 19:
We finally arrived at Hotfire. It was everything that was advertised. We quickly went off to the range to check zero before sunset.
- May 20:
About 15 minutes into the hunt, I was able to harvest this great East Cape kudu.
- May 21:
I missed a really nice impala on a steeply uphill shot with the setting sun in my eyes. I’m beginning to think that impala are my nemesis!
- May 22:
I was finally able to make my impala jinx go away.
- May 23:
The early morning hunt yielded a blue wildebeest. Late in the afternoon, I was able to harvest a nice zebra stallion.
- May 24:
We hunted another property called Imvani near Queenstown. I was only able to cull this red hartebeest, although I somehow missed a black hartebeest.
- May 25:
We’re back at Imvani, looking primarily for a fallow deer. Another belly crawl resulted in this nice black wildebeest.
- May 26:
We’re back at Imvani for one final crack at fallow deer. No joy, so we are off to Lalapa to try for fallow deer there. It is also a great mountain reedbok area.
- May 27:
We set off up the mountain at Hotfire to harvest a blesbok. After photos, Allman the tracker, gutted the blesbuck and without any assistance, packed it off the mountain. He almost beat me, but them I am so crippled up, I not very fast. None the less, IMO, it is an impressive feat. By 1130 we had packed up and were off to Fort Drummond Safaris to search for gemsbok. We were cursed by high winds and warmer than normal temperatures, but were finally able to harvest one the next morning on May 28th in gale force winds.
Jennifer and Lucille entertained my wife by visiting with her around camp and taking her to various game drives and spas and just being good company, except for the gemsbok hunt, which is the first time she has ever come hunting with me.
On May 29, we said our goodbyes to everyone at Hotfire and began our journey home. It was the best vacation of our lives!
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