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With darkness slowly enveloping the province near Swartruggens (Afrikaans for
veldt, it wouldn't be long before Shadrack "black ridges"). It's a small farming commuwould bring the truck to take us back to nity that served as a British supply depot
camp for the final time.
after the famed siege of Mafeking during
As I watched that orange orb slip away, the Second Boer War.
I couldn't help but feel one of the great
As we bounced along the dirt road into
times of my life was fading with it. There camp, drained from our -hour flight
would never be another "first" Africa for from the States, the sight of eyes in the
me-that I knew for certain. More press- headlights jolted us back to life.
"Sable," said Pieter Potgieter, our profesing was the realization that, though still
young at  and , respectively, there was sional hunter and the owner of Motsomi
no guarantee Dad and I would ever share Safaris (motsomi.com). He swung the
truck off the track so we could get a look
an adventure like this again.
at the bull's sweeping horns. "Looks like
e arrived in Johannesburg on the a young bull with pretty good potential."
evening of May . Upon clearing
Farther along, we spotted more eyes,
passport control and customs, retrieving this time from a herd of blesbok. Then
our luggage and completing the rifle- as we crossed the breastwork of a dry
importation formalities with the South earthen dam, a lone waterbuck bull eased
African police, we were out of .. Tambo down the embankment. I actually get to
International Airport and on our way to hunt here? My mind raced with the posour first hunting area. We would begin sibilities morning would bring.
our safari three hours to the west in the
It was too dark to get an accurate
open country of South Africa's North West picture of our surroundings when we
arrived in camp, but daybreak confirmed
what I had suspected: We were in hunting paradise. The lodge, a well-appointed

Photo: Author

W

Father and son, left, take a break
from the action during the heat of the
afternoon. A kudu bull has a presence
about him that few species can match.

brick structure with a traditional African
thatched roof, sat atop a high bluff with
-degree views of the countryside,
which was awash in golden sunlight.
Like kids on Christmas morning, Dad
and I were up with the sun, despite Pieter's
advice to rest after our flight. We were
soon joined on the veranda by Mom, who,
though not a hunter, didn't want to miss
the fun. Already keyed up from seeing so
much game on the drive into camp, our
anticipation level was heightened when we
laid eyes on the scores of mounts lining
the lodge's walls. Pieter indulged our many
questions regarding the different species,
and he gave us a thorough tutorial on
gauging trophy quality using the mounts
as teaching aids.
Although a kudu was at the top of
my wish list, one unassuming species
in particular caught my eye among the
many mounts, so it was only fitting that
we would hunt blesbok first.

SIGHTSEEING

A short, 20-minute drive from Motsomi Safaris' main
lodge is the Madikwe Game Reserve, 200,000 acres of virtually unbroken bushveld
home to the Big Five, African wild dogs and cheetah.
A day of game viewing in Madikwe is relatively inexpensive, and the experience
is a bargain at any price. We saw rhino, and we heard lions but were unable to locate
them. We watched wild dogs feeding on a fresh kudu kill and got unnervingly close
to a herd of 80 elephants (as best we could count) making their way to a water hole.
We also saw blue wildebeest, giraffe, hyena, impala, kudu, zebra and more.
Madikwe is home to 15 luxury lodges, through which you can book a game drive
even if you are not an overnight guest. We arranged ours through Jaci's Safari Lodge,
and the experience is one we will not soon forget. The reserve is fenced, but don't
confuse it for a zoo. It is a massive tract of land and the animals are wild, as evidenced
by the elephant cow that was none too pleased when our open-top Land Cruiser
loitered too long near her and her calf. madikwe.com
  ❘

 ❘ .


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