Experience Africa and Argentina with Priority Safari Services

We represent many highly experienced professional hunters in south and east Africa, including Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We have access to concessions for all plains (including zebra, nyala, lechwe, kudu, giraffe, gemsbok, bush buk and blesbok) and big six game (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, hippopotamus and rhino). Hunting in Africa is a year round event depending on the trophy you want to hunt, and Priority Safari Services will assist in the arrangements for the export of your trophies and taxidermy, as well as the transport of your rifle or bow. Accommodations can range from tented camps to five star lodges.

Bwana Mbogo and his lechwePriority Safari Services also offers affordable bird hunting in Argentina. Dove hunting is available year round, while duck season is May through July. Depending on the farm operator and state laws, duck limits vary from 30-70 ducks per day, while there are no limits on dove hunting. You will also experience the Argentine ‘asado’ (barbeque) and ‘estancia’ (ranch), which should not be missed!

Dove FieldSpouses/friends will find plenty to keep them busy with photographic safaris, spa treatments, or relaxing by the pool. Whether you are an experienced trophy hunter or a novice, our professional staff will design your hunting package specifically to your desires, experience, budget, and the size of the group.

Additionally, we will be happy to make, or assist you, in your travel arrangements to Africa and Argentina!

Visit us on Facebook/Priority Safari Services, call (979) 220-2435 or email us at huntsenter@gmail.com for more information to book your next hunt.

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“God writes th…

“God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.”

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Discover more of God’s creation in Africa!

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Bwana Mbogo and Twiga depart….

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….To their Africa trip in their travelling outfits and carry-on only luggage for two week trip.

And Twiga over packed!

Conclusion: dressing in Africa during safari is much simpler than day to day back in the US!

Resolution: Purge closet of clothes and dress like in Africa.

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A good PH makes all the difference!

In general, men are all about the task. In general, women are all about the relationship. Men go out to hunt to get their trophy. Women go out to hunt and worry if they are going to make a fool of themselves in front of everyone, whether they are going to hit the target, whether the others on the hunt are going to like them, and even talk to them, whether the PH will be nice and understanding of their nervousness, whether they look good in the hunting outfit, whether their hair looks good in the pigtails, whether they are going to need to go to the bathroom out in the bush and have to remove all the layers of clothing, whether they are going to be able to climb off the bakkie, and take hold of the gun and position it on the sticks, and sight in the animal, aim at the kill zone, breath normally, exhale and squeeze the trigger before the animal moves away, and finally whether they get their trophy! An excellent professional hunter (PH) knows how to manage these differences and still make both men and women enjoy their hunt and get their animal.

At our recent South African safari, my’s first hunting experience, we had a most excellent PH. Before I write how wonderful he is, let me explain a few things about PH’s.

Our Professional Hunter (PH)

Our Professional Hunter (PH)

A PH in South Africa has to be licensed. The PH has to attend a course to qualify as a professional hunter and outfitter. After he/she has completed the course successfully he/she will be qualified to guide a client on a plains game hunt. If they can provide sufficient proof of their hunting experience of the dangerous six (cape buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, black and white rhinoceros), they qualify to guide a client on any of the dangerous six hunts. Their coursework includes: laws; tracking; hunting ethics; bullet placement and skill; general knowledge of firearms and ballistics; firearms – safety; clients; repair and maintenance; sighting in of firearms; photography; bowhunting; handling of trophies; loading; transporting and skinning; measuring methods RW and SCI; ecology; facilities – camp and vehicles; horn judging; bird shooting; bird identification; first aid; outfitter; hunter and client relations; administration; marketing, etc. Their outfitters license will only be issued after enough experience and certain criteria.

A PH should also be a member of Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA). When they become a member, they agree to PHASA’s code of conduct which states:

• Each member of PHASA shall commit himself, upon acceptance of membership, to this Code of Conduct whereby he:

• shall promote and observe the Aims and Objects of PHASA, the provisions of the PHASA Constitution and its By-laws;

• shall obey the laws of any country in which he operates at any time in professional hunting or related activities;

• shall conduct himself in a manner which will reflect honesty, integrity and morality and shall not allow material gain to supersede such principles;

• shall respect the natural resources of the country in which he hunts;

• shall respect the rights and interests of property owners and local communities;

• shall not misrepresent himself to clients or mislead clients in any way;

• shall take every reasonable step to ensure that his clients receive the services contracted for, and to ensure their safety, comfort and satisfaction; and

• shall not act in any manner that brings the good name of PHASA and it’s members into disrepute.

A PH will honor and apply this code of conduct, his/her knowledge and experience so that his/her client has a successful hunt. An excellent PH will go above and beyond what is expected of him/her.

With that, let me explain why our PH was excellent. As I wrote earlier, this was my first hunting experience. As much as I tried to appear calm about it, I was nervous. Bwana Mbogo knew I was nervous and made sure to address my condition by explaining, in quite a bit of detail, all of my questions and concerns. Despite all the questions and answers and preparations, we both knew that I wouldn’t relax until I’d actually walk the talk. Bwana Mbogo and I both told our PH that this was my first hunt, ever, that first early morning hunt.

Our PH took the information  and was extremely conscientious with it. As we were driving in the bakkie looking for our first animal, he took the time to explain:

  • when he spotted the animal, he would have his tracker slow down the bakkie so that both he and I could ‘hop’ off,
  • he would collect the sticks, and I would retrieve the rifle that Bwana Mbogo would hand me,
  • I would then follow the PH as close as possible, and as quietly as possible, so as not to scare off the animal,
  • when the animal was positioned for a good shot, he would set up the sticks, and I would lay my rifle on it, and sight the animal in the scope and take the shot.

And that was exactly what we did. We spent the morning hunt and the first  part of the afternoon hunt of the first full day of the safari spotting an animal, getting off the bakkie, and tracking the animal (this was when I realized that I needed to be in better shape as I was panting quite a bit), laying the rifle on the sticks and sighting in the animal. For various reasons, I was never able to take a good shot. Our PH never pressured me to take a shot, and kept emphasizing that I needed to be comfortable and was supportive when I didn’t feel I could get a good shot. Each time we did this, I felt more and more comfortable with what had to be done. I was walking the talk!

Our PH also made sure to check things with Bwana Mbogo. Given that Bwana Mbogo is an expert hunter, and he’s an expert about me, our PH knew to consult with him about questions I would have no idea how to answer with respect to the hunt!

In my post about my first animal, Twiga’s First Safari Animal, I describe how our PH took care of me and the animal.

Twiga's first animal

Twiga’s first animal

When we returned back to the lodge with the gemsbok in the back of bakkie, we dropped off the animal with the skinner and we discussed what we wanted for the trophy.  That evening, he made sure we had a beverage to celebrate my first animal.

On the second day’s hunt, we went to a neighboring game farm. I’ll leave the story of that day’s hunt for another post as I want to get to the really good stuff that our PH did for us. During one of the many drives in the bakkie looking for the animals, we happened to mention to our PH that this trip was our honeymoon. This piece of information got to his romantic side!

That evening, after cocktail hour, we were told that we needed to go back to our tent before dinner.  We did as we were told, and found that our PH had ordered a romantic, lantern lit dinner  for us on our tent porch! And it included a bottle of wine! It was lovely! Bwana Mbogo and I enjoyed it tremendously. Unfortunately, I forgot to take photos of the dinner in my surprised state!

The next morning, I was feeling the effects of our romantic dinner, so Bwana Mbogo went off hunting without me.  Sleep and a really good cup of coffee with a hearty breakfast cured what ailed me, and I was ready to greet my happy Bwana Mbogo when he came back with his kudu at lunch time!

Waiting for the kill!

Waiting for the kill!

Finally, on our last day, we were unsuccessful in getting our last animal, but our PH made sure we ended our safari with a bang!  Towards the end of our evening hunt, he had his tracker drive us to a reservoir. We were going to celebrate our honeymoon and my first safari!

Game reservoir

Game reservoir

 

Preparing to celebrate

Preparing to celebrate

Our PH has other skills

Our PH has other skills

 

The happy couple

The happy couple

An excelent PH makes sure you stay safe, you get your trophy animal, and fills your safari with exceptional experiences and memories!

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What does the Bible saying about hunting for sport?

Quoted from GotQuestions.org

The closest reference to sport hunting is Proverbs 12:27; “The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting, But diligence is man’s precious possession” (NKJV). The sport of hunting was not a common practice in Bible times. The reason for this is the fact that man hunted for food. In order to put food on the table you either had to grow it, hunt it, and in some cases buy or trade for it. Furs were used for clothing or sold to purchase things, and in many cases the furs of animals were currency. For early Americans, this was the case. You simply did not sport hunt in those days. It is hard to make a sport out of something you did every day.

Today is a lot different. Hunting is simply not done as a way of life in Western countries, with few exceptions. Markets are readily available, and civilized cultures have currency. Sport hunting has evolved simply because man has always hunted, and it is in his nature. Scripture does not indicate either way whether it is ok or not ok to hunt animals for fun or sport, nor does it indicate a principle that would assume it is a sin or ungodly practice. In Genesis we read that animals were created for the benefit of man. Adam was given the pleasure of naming them, and they were there for his enjoyment, help, and later as a source of food.

At the beginning of creation, animals mainly served as helpers and enjoyment and not food because Adam and animals alike were vegetarians (Genesis 1:29-30). Note also that man was to rule over the earth and subdue it. The earth and all that it had were meant to serve the needs of man. It wasn’t until after the flood in Genesis 9 that meat became a source of food for both animals and man. Since the animals and the plants of the earth were put under the control of man, God gave the responsibility to man to learn and to use them to his pleasure. That is why using animals in research is acceptable, because they are meant to be used instead of humans. Animals do not have the same form of eternal soul and likely do not experience an afterlife. This does not mean that we can be cruel and intend evil towards them.

Conservationists would all agree that sport hunting is valuable in keeping the population of some animals in check. There is nothing biblically wrong with it; however, it is also an issue that each person must decide for himself. It is under the liberty of Christians to do it or to not do it. If you do not feel comfortable with sport hunting, then search out why that is and abstain from it.

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/hunting-Christian.html

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Resting during the safari

Waking up at 5 am every morning, hunting and tracking the animal until 12:30 pm, eating lunch, going back out to hunt and track the animal until the sun sets, is very hard work. So rest is important when you’re back at the lodge!

Relaxing after the morning hunt!

Relaxing after the morning hunt!

Resting on the tent porch

Resting on the tent porch

Enjoying the mid day rest!

Enjoying the mid day rest!

Wine and cigar after evening hunt

Wine and cigar after evening hunt

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Preparing for the Safari….

As a first time visitor to Africa, and first safari huntress, Twiga did the following prior to the trip:

* Verified that passport expiration was not within 6 months of date of travel, and that there was at least a page (front and back) available for Visa stamps for each African country of entry. (Some African countries, ie Tanzania, take a whole passport page for their visas.)
* Updated Vaccination Yellow Card. Checked wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations for updated health information and vaccination requirements. Another good source of information was http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/travel/africa for vaccination recommendations.
* Researched Visa requirements for African countries of travel (ie Tanzania is $50 per visit for non-US citizens, acquired at time of entry, and $100 for US citizens which is valid for multiple entries for a year)
* Located where required vaccinations could be administered. Not all doctors/clinics can administer the yellow fever vaccination. A good source is http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/find-clinic
* Practiced shooting and handling a rifle safely
* Educated herself on where to shoot the animal being hunted with kill zone diagrams/photos. A good source for African game is http://www.africahunting.com/section/hunting-18/
* Researched weather during time of safari to determine clothing requirements. Since it was fall weather, the temperature was going to be lows of 45 F to 80 F (cold in the morning and evening and hot during the day). Layering is the best way to accomodate the change in temperature while out on a hunt. Twiga chose to take a thermal long sleeve shirt and leggings, turtlenecks, scarf, short sleeve shirt and cami shirt- all in brown, olive green or khaki. Camoflage or tan pants, or tan convertable pants (pants that can be made into shorts by unzipping the legs off). A canvas or wool coat with a hood would be useful also while out on the bakkie (truck). A nylon coat is too noisy when tracking…
* Coordinated clothing requirements to fit into a carry-on suitcase as frequency of lost checked luggage is increasing in Africa
* Purchased a clothes line, stopper, and Woolite packets for laundry during the trip. This kit (http://www.amazon.com/Lewis-N-Clark-Laundry-White/dp/B00004SRAX/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1370304428&sr=8-8&keywords=travel+clothesline) and this clothesline (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000PWIQKO/ref=oh_details_o09_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) worked famously.
* Printed itinerary, accommodations, and contact information for reference
* As the date of travel drew closer, checked on current exchange rates for African countries of travel
* Stocked up on prescription, diarhea, bites, and cold medication for travel
* Stocked up on allergy friendly snacks. Africans are not as aware as Americans to allergy friendly foods/meals, so non-allergic snacks are a good backup.
* Packed a couple of books for the plane ride and layovers.
* And most importantly, stocked up on enough dark chocolate for the entire trip!

Bwana Mbogo found out, during this recent trip, how to have cell phone access without having to pay the high roaming charges or purchase a Satelite cell phone. The key is to have an unlocked cell phone, and then purchase a prepaid SIM card at the African country of travel and switch out the US SIM card with the African country SIM card. We did not do this, but will try it on the next trip.

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Bwana Mbogo got eaten….

Towards the end of our South Africa safari trip, Bwana Mbogo disappeared. We had come back from our afternoon hunt, and had gone to the room to wash our faces. When he was done, he left to go to the lodge for his evening drink and I was to join him when I was done with my cleanup. When I arrived at the lodge bar, he wasn’t there. I searched and searched, and finally I found that he’d been eaten by a hippo!

Bwana Mbogo got eaten by the hippo!

Bwana Mbogo got eaten by the hippo!

Thankfully, there were several professional hunters who were experienced in dealing with hippos, and we saved Bwana Mbogo!

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Safari Accommodations Part Two

Our first three nights in our South African safari were at a tented lodge. We were moved to a second game farm lodge for the last two nights of our safari. With this move, we went from rustic chic to four stars! We even had our laundry done (very important when one is travelling out of a carry-on for a two week trip!) See photo description below.

Lodge

Lodge

Entrance to lodge

Entrance to lodge

Lodge hallway

Lodge hallway

Lodge fire pit

Lodge fire pit

Lodge bar

Lodge bar

The bar was the best stocked bar I’ve seen in a while! I made a point of sampling some South African coffee liquors with my morning coffee!

More lodge hallway

More lodge hallway

Bedroom cabin

Bedroom cabin

Bedroom and Bathroom

Bedroom and Bathroom

Bathroom

Bathroom

Porch off bedroom

Porch off bedroom

View from the bedroom porch

View from the bedroom porch

Shooting range

Shooting range

Every night, we returned to our room after dinner, to find the bed turned down, and chocolates on the pillow! For a gal with a love of chocolate, this was heaven!

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Safari Accommodations Part One

In general, hunting men don’t mind roughing it when out hunting or on a safari. Hunting men will go days without a shower and will sleep anywhere, including Bwana Mbogo. In general, hunting women are willing to rough it and don’t necessarily require a bed, shower, air conditioning/heating, electricity for the blow dryer etc… When I first heard that we were going on a safari, one of my curiosities was accommodations. I don’t mind camping and not taking a shower if I can have a daily sponge bath, and I can cook by campfire, but I’ll be honest that I also like a nice bed with crisp sheets, a hot shower, an air conditioner and/or heater and a full functioning kitchen to prepare a meal (if I can have the meal prepared by someone else, that’s even more luxurious!). Bwana Mbogo fielded many questions about what we were going to have during our African safari, but he didn’t know the specifics as we hadn’t received that information from the outfitter. So I was ready to rough it and just enjoy the experience.

After almost 48 hours of travel by air and by car, we arrived at the game farm lodge. We were greeted by one of the employees with a warm wash cloth to wipe down our, dusty and tired, face and hands. It hit the spot! Our bags were taken to our rooms by another of the employees. We were given a tour of the lodge and were then shown our rooms. I was surprised to see that we were going to be in a ‘fancy’ tent! Below is a photo tour of the lodge and tents.

Entrance

Entrance

Notice the thatched roof!

Lodge

Lodge

Lodge

Lodge

Lodge Bar

Lodge Bar

Lodge firepit and brie

Lodge firepit and brie

Lodge, pool and tent room

Lodge, pool and tent room

Tent accommodation

Tent accommodation

Tent bedroom

Tent bedroom

Forgive the clothes that had already been unpacked in the photo! Bwana Mbogo started unpacking before I got the camera out to start taking photos!

Tent outside shower

Tent outside shower

I was so impressed! The architect in me really enjoyed the open air lodge, the thatched roofs, and tent rooms. It was comfortable yet rustic. The tent rooms were on a slab, and behind the half wall was the dressing area and the bathroom. I somehow omitted to take a photograph of the bathroom but it had a bath tub, a toilet behind a wall, and a corner sink with an African tall vase as the pedestal. I was skeptical about the outside shower at first, but I tried it the first morning and actually enjoyed bathing under the stars! The water was hot enough that it kept me warm despite the cold temperature at 5 AM!

After the evening hunt, there was a fire on the firepit to warm up by and have a few celebratory drinks for the days animals’ hunt. After the dinner meal, most would gather around the fire to chat and exchange stories. I was usually knackered by 9 pm and went off to bed, but I heard that there were some of the guests that stayed up much longer enjoying the evening!

Evening campfire

Evening campfire

Telling stories around the campfire

Telling stories around the campfire

PH's evening campfire

PH’s evening campfire

We stayed at this lodge for the first three nights, and then we were moved to another game farm lodge as there was a pre-existing reservation for another group for the rest of our stay. See Safari Accommodations Part Two for photos of the next lodge.

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