WoW!! What an incredible year 2017 has been, certainly a roller coaster ride. But let me jump back into November 2016 briefly when our lives changed forever as we welcomed our beautiful little girl Peyton McHugh into the world. You have brought incredible happiness into our lives and we look forward to teaching you about all the wild things in this world.
Once 2016 had ended it wasn’t long before we were back out into the bush. This time Erika and Carl from Sweden spent a few short days with us hunting along the coast. Spending time with 2 people that enjoying being outdoors so much is always a pleasure that it makes hunting just an added bonus.
Tessa had recently completed her hunting exam in Germany and during a family holiday to South Africa her father treated her to a day of hunting. The way in which Tessa conducted herself in the bush, rifle safety and the effort she put in to harvest her first African animal was on par with those hunters that have over 20 years experience. Waidmannsheil.
It was the turn of the Ghost in the Darkness. Good friend Shane and fellow hunter Rudi spent the night sitting patiently in a tree blind waiting for the elusive Bush pig. One thing that hunting has taught us, is that patience pays! Well done guys. You can watch the video of the hunt by clicking on the link
There is moments in life that shape the person you are. In most cases those moments are harsh and very testing. What gets you through those times and shapes you is not so much your own character but the character you see in others.
On the 7th June a fire ravaged our community for 5 days. It was the biggest disaster our area had seen in a generation. Homes, farms and livelihoods were destroyed in a matter of hours. During this time we had the Marlow and Thomas family from Texas hunting with us. While they were also affected by the fires losing valuables and important documents, their patience, good will and words of support to us during that difficult time gave us the confidence and strength to move forward each day. Our real regret is that we couldn’t spend more time together. What an amazing family and an example of the characteristics we all need in the face of adversity. Thank you!
Where do I start with this bunch!! For those of you that will hunt with us in the future, while we are seated around the fire and I begin a sentence with “There were these guys Bill and Ralph….” Be prepared for much laughter. I will paraphrase quickly for those that may not hear the story. Drum playing rapper, muffin stealing, red hartebeest rage, Elvis crush, mountain climbing warthog, Mboza, one tough Ostrich, using a Rhino to fetch a Zebra, playing catch up and an empty liquor cabinet. Bill, Sarah, Ralph and Mercedes thank you all for an incredible time. We had so much fun spending the trip with you all.
Believe it or not, there are some things more important than hunting and Family is one of them! We spent an incredible week with the Reynolds family from Nebraska USA. What a pleasure to share so many cool experiences with a friendly, loving family like the Reynolds. While father and son hunted, the wife and girls the opportunity to explore many of the non-hunting activities we have on offer in the area. They went horse riding on the beach, quad bike riding through the mountains, went on an Elephant back safari, toured the Addo Elephant National Park and did a canopy tour through the Tsitsikamma Forest….Phew!
We had the honour of hunting with Brian from Georgia USA. Brian was treating himself to an African safari and we wanted to make sure he got the full experience, however the elusive Grey Ghost got the better of us and we were unable to seal the deal. Although we couldn’t get a Kudu, Brian showed the true spirit of a hunter by never giving up till the very end. Come back soon buddy and we’ll have another crack at those Kudu.
It was now the turn for a Guys weekend as we welcomed our next guests from Dubai, UAE. The time was short but the adventure never stopped as Mohammed and his good friends did everything from hunting and clay shooting to riding horses on the beach. Certainly one of the benefits to being a hunting outfitter is that you get to meet people from all over the world. Dubai is now most certainly one of the places we would like to visit. Great guys!
2018 promises to hold more adventures, success, laughter, friendship and an unwavering level of high quality service from all of us at Kingsview Safaris.
To all of those people behind the scenes ensuring that each every one of our guest’s hunting safaris’ goes ahead smoothly, we again say Thank You for making it all possible.
Until next year!
Jono, Justine and Peyton.