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Back by Popular Demand – The most popular shots from last season…

With our travels across the US in full swing we have been blown away by the sheer popularity of the past season’s safari videos. The fine balance between the actual hunt and the overall safari experience is one that at times can be very hard to capture, as one cannot always predict the precise moment when something amazing is about to be witnessed. Wildlife has a way of surprising one when you least expect it. BUT in saying that, more often than not the unexpected just happens and those are the true moments that shout out AFRICA louder than any.

Our crew on the ground from Got The Shot Productions headed up by Ozzy filmed and produced some of the most amazing scenes during 2017, capturing the true essence of a hunt with John X Safaris. By popular demand here are a few of our most viewed safari videos from the past season.

Starting us off is Cable Smith on his first safari to the Dark Continent. Cable is the host of Lone Star Outdoor Radio and a guy we’ve come to know a whole lot better since his safari. Join him as he got to experience Africa from a first timers perspective, and don’t miss his Warthog “rodeo”. It’s been one of the most asked about hunts from 2017!

Or join the Smith family as they braved some extreme elements hunting plains game from both our southern and northern concessions. This father/son duo made the most of our youth hunting initiative and came away with a host of experiences hard to match anywhere else in the world.

Or jump on board with us as we leave the East Cape in South Africa and travel to West Africa. Cameroon and the Giant Eland has been a bucket list safari for many of us for as long as we can remember. Our old friends, Luther Dietrich and Jeff Edland, joined Professional Hunters, Mike Currie and Carl van Zyl, on this hunt of a lifetime. Hunting Lord Derby Eland is not for the faint hearted…

These are just a few from 2017, there are a whole bunch more on our YouTube Channel to enjoy over the coming weeks.

If any of our booked hunters for 2018 would like to have their safari filmed then don’t hesitate to reach us on hunting@johnxsafaris.co.za . GTS Productions are at your service every step of your hunt, shot for shot, sight for sight, and sound for sound. Take Africa home with you as you share your experience with family and friends.

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There’s something profoundly exciting for even the most seasoned of African travelers when staring down at ones boarding pass for the day….Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg… A short lay over and then onto Libreville, Gabon, and finally onto Douala, Cameroon.

For Jeff Edland and Luther Dietrich, my friends from North Dakota, in the United States, it would take more than a day.  For them it would be Fargo to Minneapolis, then an international leg onto Paris, France, before catching the Air France connection to Douala to meet up with us.

Ahmadu, our driver, a tall man from the Fulbe tribe, and Simon our translator, were waiting for us upon arrival. Passport control and customs turned out to be another interesting take on a first world concept, practiced by locals in a third world country –  neither sure how or why they were required to perform the duties they were expected to perform. Let’s face it, a small booth in a large terminal manned by an individual staring at a blank screen pretending the computer’s power cord is somehow connected via blue tooth doesn’t instill the world of confidence in the system or concept. Maybe it’s job creation – who knows? Either way, there was no doubting, we had arrived in west Africa.

The locals are friendly, smiles abound, with a French dialect adding a certain sense of exoticness to the destination when spoken by Africans. The atmosphere of a busy African city is electrifying set upon a humid and stuffy climate. Modern skyscrapers play neighbors to run down slums. Small market vendors line the sidewalks, while the infamous Marche de Fleur ( Flower Market) takes a traditional African market to the next level. Anything from exotic reptiles sourced in the tropics, to grave robbed masks, and century old stone figures, are combined with aggressively negotiating Africans, making for one crazy shopping experience. Don’t go if you’re not willing to batter, it’s an age-old African custom, one they consider essential in every purchase.

From Douala we caught the Camair flight to N’Gaoundare where we were met by an old friend and Professional Hunter, Mike Currie. Mike was the reason we were in west Africa. I had the privilege of sharing a couple of seasons with him when he joined us in the East Cape some years ago, and ever since had become great friends. He had first come to west Africa in 2005, starting with Club Faune in CAR, before moving to Cameroon after the rise and spike of activities by the Sudanese Ivory poachers had reached its climax in 2007. Like Mike says, it’s was no fun tracking Giant Eland to a chorus of AK47 rounds popping in the background. He moved just in time.

From Ngadoura we started our journey north, traveling via road, dropping off from the Adamaoa Plateau heading towards the Chadean border. A 7 + hour journey on something that resembled roads, going at no more than 40 miles/hour, proved to be an experience of its own. Our bearing was set for the Djibao hunting concession, neighboring the eastern boundary of the Bouba Njida National Park.

The area is made up of Terminalia Woodland, with either a rock base or clay surface that has been baked rock hard by the blistering sun or countless bush fires. Large earthworms push rounded mounds, very similar in size to a golf ball, which scatters the landscape, making for interesting walking. The Lord Derby or Giant Eland, together with Roan, Nigerian Bohor Reedbuck, Western Kob, Harnessed Bushbuck, Western Hartebeest, Oribi, North-West Buffalo, Warthog, Red-flanked Duiker and Western Bush Duiker call the area home.

Evenings are pleasant with cool mornings, before temperatures start spiking towards midday. Each day will see the gauge read 100+ Fahrenheit, with the only respite coming once the Harmaton from the Sahara desert settles in. The dust fills the air in a haze of white blocking out the sun, giving the place the atmosphere of a semi-lunar eclipse. One could be forgiven for thinking the moon was up instead of the sun, with only the  excruciating heat jolting one back to reality.

Millions of sweat bees follow both man and beast, attracted to anything with a slight glint to its surface. The irritation factor varies in scale from moderate to highly irritating on any given day. That combined with the heat, hazed dust cloud, and the burning breeze makes for one challenging setting. Never the less that is what makes everything worth while when spotting your first Giant Eland. The moment takes your breath away… it is truly a watershed one.

Nothing, not even the hundreds of pictures and limited available videos studied beforehand, could possibly prepare one for it. It is said that in life the journey is often far greater than the destination. That is most certainly true, but my fellow hunters, Luther and Jeff, will agree, that the destination is just as sweet when it came to our quest for Giant Eland.

This was no ordinary hunt. It is not for everyone, neither will anyone be able to take this hunt on successfully without being able to withstand serious heat, long days, and great distances on the feet each day. It has been our dream in the making for the past four years. Enjoy it… It has been one rewarding journey…

Special thanks must go out to Mike Currie, without Mike none of this would have been possible. I would also go as far as recommending that anyone foreign to west Africa should not take on a journey such as this without someone as experienced as Mike. Mike’s crew on the ground, consisting of our local PH, Churton Wright, who played a valuable role on this hunt, making for not only a good PH, but a highly entertaining one at that. Our driver, Jean-Benard, trackers, Amadu, Benjamin “Binoculars”, Bubba, and Basa. You gentleman take tracking to the next level. Thank you.

To Ozzy, the guy who arrived as a “green horn” cameraman a couple of years ago, to one of the best in the game today. Your filming and attitude to work, combined with your sense of adventure ensures there’s never a dull moment on the road. Thanks for your continued push to  getting the best shots on film time and again.

Last but not least, to three special friends, Brett Nelson, whom could not make it, then Luther Dietrich and Jeff Edland, you guys epitomize not giving up. When we reached 96 Kilometers of tracking after 13 days, with both Eland finally in the salt, we all knew how deep you had dug to achieve each of your goals. It has been a pleasure guiding you for the past ten years, and I’m privileged to know I’ll be guiding you for many more. Thank you for the trust. Thank you for the friendship. We did it.

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For six weeks long we have spent numerous days and countless hours trying to share the wonder and beauty of Africa. Trying to relay the feeling that stirs within when the dark continent creeps under your skin and into your soul. The onslaught on ones senses is like nowhere else on earth.

Even after all these years it seems the traveling abroad only gets longer and the longing for Africa greater. This year, like the many before, saw us once again embarked on our journey to secure the future and prosperity of Africa and her wildlife. The commitment from the American hunter is something that is spoken about often, but needs mentioning again. Without you and your support our wildlife would not enjoy the growth and security it has become accustomed to today. For that we are forever grateful. Thank you.

Record numbers were reached on the booking front this year. From Dallas to Las Vegas and the many stops in between – So many people to thank. So many to welcome on board as they look to embark on their first safari to Africa with John X Safaris. And of course, so many to be indebted to as they once again chose John X Safaris as their choice destination for 2017/18/19. The support, referrals, and recommendations from our returning hunters has left us astounded once again. It only drives us on to keep doing what we’ve been doing – ensuring our safaris are so much more than a hunt, but the complete African experience.

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The acceptance and excitement around Woodlands Game Reserve, our new base and home, combined with our renowned Karoo concessions, has seen us return home even more invigorated than before. The experience of 34 years in the safari industry and knowing the commitment it takes to ensure you as individual will enjoy a world-class safari, is not merely a given, but our word. The success and enjoyment derived from being a part of your safari is something we as a team gain much enjoyment from. It’s something we’re proud of and something that goes far further than the hunt.

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Our traditional season in South Africa will kick off in mid-April, at the completion of our new Colonial Safari Manor at Woodlands. This year will see hunters enjoy safari camps like no other, with our northern Karoo camp having enjoyed an upgrade too. While it had been dry for the most part of 2016, late summer rains have fallen across the majority of our areas, with the promise of more on the horizon each evening. The retention of our renowned coastal and Karoo plains game concessions, combined with Woodlands and the Big 5 dynamic that has added, will ensure our hunters enjoy arguably the finest hunting Southern Africa has to offer.

Between now and April we will be gearing up for the season ahead with scouting, building and planning being the focus in and around John X Safaris. There’s a lot to be done, but so much to look forward to.

Here’s hoping my team at home can get it done – As for me, I’m off to Cameroon to get our season off to a big start, and at the same time tick another adventure from my “half full” bucket list. It doesn’t get much bigger than a Lord Derby Eland for a hunter or for that matter, his Professional Hunter.

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In closing I’d like to thank you once again for your American hospitality, your continued support, and your unrelenting trust in John X Safaris is something we’re extremely proud of as a team. Our appreciation is something that goes beyond words.

Thank you!

Catch you in Africa – Carl & Team

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Plan now to ensure that you are able to capture the memories of your “trip of a lifetime”!

By Chris Petersen … confessed safari photo addict

There is no substitute for having the right camera on safari to capture memories of a lifetime!

There is no substitute for having the right camera on safari to capture memories of a lifetime!

You have been planning for months, maybe years. You have booked the tickets. You have addressed all of your safari details and you are already packing for your ultimate adventure. You are about to go on the most amazing trip of a lifetime, but do you have the right camera to capture your experience?

Some key planning right now can make all the difference in the memories you are able to record and share with others. As you make your final preparations, take a few moments to select the best camera/s to take on safari, so that you don’t miss capturing those amazing experiences you have dreamed about.

A safari presents unique opportunities and challenges for finding the right camera

If the truth be known, almost any camera will be good enough for many of your photos of your activities around camp during the day. Many trophy photos are taken in good daylight, with plenty of time to set up the photo. In fading light or for shots around the lodge, almost all cameras have some kind of flash to capture at least a “snapshot” of you and your group.

What is so often missed or not considered is recording the rest of the “safari experience”.   There are so many new things that will be part of your experience! These are the photos that will help you tell stories when you get back home. When you look at the photo books put together by families on safari, they are filled with photos about their experiences. The real stories and memories are about the amazing scenery, where you stayed, the game drives, the “sundowners” you shared, camp fires, adventures you shared with new friends, and those special experiences like riding horses or even elephants through the plains of Africa.

Most of all, safaris are all about capturing the magnificent wildlife in their native habitat in this amazing place called Africa.   Who doesn’t want great photos of lions and elephants!

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You definitely want the right camera, and know how to use it properly, when Craig Boddington plays the drums with his family and the dancers at your campfire in the boma!

You will need the right camera to capture quality photos in a variety of settings and light conditions that you will encounter in Africa. There are many shooting scenarios:

  • Low light scenes such as dawn breaks, and especially at sunsets
  • Night scenes around the fire as dancers entertain with the drums into the night
  • Indoor shots of your lodge, rooms, and the amazing food with friends around the table
  • Wildlife photos of everything from birds, to antelope, lions and elephants
  • And of course majestic landscapes of plains that seem to go on forever

Said another way, you will want a camera with the capability to capture it all. You will want a camera that does more than mediocre “snapshots”. After all this is your trip of a lifetime! You deserve some gear that doesn’t overwhelm you, but takes the kind of photos that you will be proud of to show to your friends … and with enough quality that you can print and hang your treasured moments on the wall back home.

Don’t wait … choose a camera NOW! You need time to practice before you go!

The worst thing you can do is purchase a new camera right before you head on safari! Or just as bad, drag out that old camera you have had lying around somewhere so that you can take some safari photos. Would you go golfing without taking some practice swings? Of course not!

You need to get your desired camera weeks, and even months before your safari. While most any camera can shoot photos in your living room, you must master some settings to cover the various scenarios you will want to take capture in Africa.

Whatever camera you decide to take, head out and practice a few different photos in varying lighting conditions. Below are some suggestions to practice shooting BEFORE going on safari. When you shoot these types of photos you will discover any limitations your current camera may have, and what you might want to get when you decide to purchase a new camera.

Try shooting the following scenes … now … several times before you go on safari:

  • Photograph both sunrises and sunsets
  • Shoot a campfire scene or your fireplace/similar setting
  • Visit a park and shoot a variety of landscapes … close up and distant
  • Photograph your pets, close ups … and especially running/moving shots
  • Photograph animals out in a field … horses or cows will do … at varying distances
  • Close-ups of something … flowers or even change in your pocket
  • Photograph your friends and family in different settings indoors and outside

If you cannot get sharp photos of your kids running and playing in a field, you are NOT ready for photographing wildlife on safari in Africa. The point here is … shoot a lot of different photos in different kinds of light with the camera you plan to take, or the new one that you purchase. I can’t begin to tell you how many people take a new camera to Africa and come back with less than 10% of their shots in focus and properly exposed! Practice now … there is no second chance for shots of a lifetime after you come back from your safari.

Choosing the best camera for you

So what is the best camera for your adventure filled safari? There are 4 main camera styles to consider when searching for a camera that is best for you and your safari:

  1. Smartphone
  2. Pocket camera
  3. Hybrid superzoom
  4. Digital SLR with lenses

Camera Option 1 – Your smartphone!

The new smartphones have quite literally replaced the old point and shoot digital cameras. Not only do they take great still photos, most also capture HD video. But the very best part is that smartphones are the fastest way to share your photos and video clips with family and friends via text messages or email when you get back home.

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In good light with large animals, there is nothing like your smartphone to capture photos to share quickly.

Smartphones do have some limitations. One limitation is that they are often not the best in low light, and their tiny flash has very limited distance. Nor are smartphones best at capturing action photos of animals. The biggest limitation is that smartphones also lack an adequate zoom lens to capture wildlife photos in the field. Despite these drawbacks, your smartphone might be the best all-around camera for capturing people experiences on safari!

PROS

  • Small, light weight
  • Fits in your pocket
  • Good photos + HD video
  • EASILY SHARE photos and videos
CONS

  • Lacks zoom for wildlife close ups
  • Poor at capturing action shots
  • May struggle with low light
  • Screen easily cracked in field

Smartphone Recommendations:  If you don’t have a smartphone, get one! If you haven’t upgraded your smartphone in a while, do so before your safari. Look for a phone that has at least an 8 megapixel camera. Brand is not important … iPhones, Android phones … all work well. Buy a case with padding to prevent a cracked screen in the field.

Camera Option 2 – Pocket camera (point and shoot)

Over the years, your family has probably owned several of these small cameras that can quite literally fit in your pocket. If your pocket camera is more than 3 years old, you might consider an upgrade. The new ones have some great new features for taking photos in more situations. The new pocket cameras also take great HD video and have touch screens on the back for menus and viewing photos. The most important part of the newer pocket cameras is that you can now get them with a 20X or even a 30X zoom lens. You need at least 20X zoom for good wildlife photos.

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Even with large animals like lions, you need more than a smartphone. A pocket camera with a 20X zoom can capture the magnificent memory IF you know how to set it to stop the action as the lion walks.

Most pocket cameras require you to change some settings in order to take quality photos in low light or action scenes. Find a pocket camera that fits your style and one where you can comfortably use the menus.

PROS

  • Small, light weight
  • Still fits in your pocket
  • Larger photos than smartphone
  • More settings = more adaptable
  • Very inexpensive as backup camera
CONS

  • Mostly redundant with smartphone
  • Requires downloading photos to send
  • Better zoom, but may still not be long enough for smaller wildlife
  • Limited flash for night shots

Pocket Camera Recommendations:  Look for a small camera that will truly fit in your pocket. You will want at least a 20X optical zoom to capture wildlife. This makes a perfect main camera, and also a “backup” camera, or a second camera for someone else in your party.

There are many great brands … Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji and Samsung to name a few. Prices range from $150 to $700+. The highest price models have elaborate sensors, but often have poor zooms which are needed for African wildlife photos.

You don’t have to buy the newest model … look for discontinued and refurbished models online.

A very good pocket digital camera can be purchased for less than $300 USD, with closeouts at less than $100. It’s very cheap insurance to have a good pocket camera with a good zoom in case another camera fails.

Camera Option 3 – Superzoom (all in one, built-in long telephoto zoom)

I recommend this style camera to most people going on safari. No one has ever come back disappointed with their photos! The big advantage of the superzooms is that they will take all of the normal photos, sunsets and night scenes … PLUS being able to zoom in to take incredible wildlife photos of animals that are long distances from the vehicle. Whereas most smartphones have a 2X to 4X power zoom, the superzoom cameras have 50X to 80X power optical zooms (without the hassle of carrying extra heavy lenses!). A smartphone is like using your naked eye on safari, a superzoom is like having 14 to 20X power binoculars that take great photos!

SMARTPHONE – Here is the photo you would get of this flock of cranes with your phone

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20X ZOOM — Here is same flock of cranes taken with a pocket camera with a 18X zoom

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50X ZOOM – Here is the same flock photo with a superzoom camera set at 50X optical zoom

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Essentially the superzooms operate pretty much like pocket digital cameras, but they have a big bulging lens on the front that is the integrated super telephoto. As a result, superzooms won’t fit in your shirt pocket, but you will love the photos that zoom lens enables. Shooting with a long telephoto lens does take some practice holding things steady. And if the animals are running there will be motion blur at long distances.

PROS

  • Small, light weight
  • Doesn’t fit in shirt pocket, but easily fits in purse or on belt loop
  • Incredible ability to zoom in for wildlife close-ups
  • Better at action photos
  • Quality photos plus HD video
CONS

  • Better potential photos, but requires some practice at using zoom
  • Better at action but requires the right settings and practice
  • More settings – maybe more complex
  • Not the perfect camera, but much better than smartphone or pocket

Superzoom Recommendations: Brand is not important … Sony, Nikon and Canon all make great superzoom cameras. Just google “superzooms” to search prices which range from $300 to $600 USD. Save money by purchasing last year’s model online. Look for at least a 40X optical zoom. Practice is the key to learning the settings and taking sharp photos with these superzoom telephoto cameras.

Camera Option 4 – Digital SLR with Interchangeable Lenses

Once you’ve shot with a digital SLR you will forever be spoiled by the quality of the photos! The sensors and lenses are so much better in SLRs over any other types of cameras. The quality of photos from the SLR cameras will really standout, and enable you to make great prints.

A big advantage of SLR cameras is that they have incredibly fast shutters which allow you to literally freeze motion of a bird in flight. The biggest drawback of digital SLR cameras is that you need multiple lenses to cover the range of shots you want. For wildlife photos, you need at least a 300mm telephoto and longer. These glass telephoto lenses tend to be expensive and heavy but they will get you shots like no other camera.

The big advantage of the Digital SLR is the fast shutter with the ability to freeze action … even for birds in flight like this Secretary bird and the beautiful Turaco! But you need to master your settings before you go.

Bottom line, if you already have a digital SLR camera, consider taking it. If you are thinking about stepping up and purchasing a digital SLR, now is the time. Entry SLR cameras are about the same price as a good superzoom. Also consider upgrading or adding a high power zoom telephoto lens. Sigma and Tamron both make affordable 150-600mm zoom lenses which are an excellent zoom range for safaris.

PROS

  • The very best quality photos
  • Ability to freeze action
  • Many settings for every situation
  • Great low light and night photos
  • Shoots HD video
CONS

  • Bigger size camera
  • Requires multiple lenses
  • Need a longer telephoto for wildlife
  • Telephoto lenses can be expensive
  • Multiple lenses are bulky and heavy

Digital SLR Recommendation:  Canon and Nikon are the popular brands, but Sony and others make good digital SLRs. The camera body itself starts at about $400 and goes up to several $1000s. Save money on buying last year’s model or even a refurbished camera body. If you are hooked on the quality of what a digital SLR camera can shoot, consider one of the new telephoto zoom lenses in the 150-600mm range and you will be able to capture any wildlife in Africa.

So … what’s the best camera for you?

The simple answer is that the best camera for you is …

  • The one you will carry with you
  • The one that you spend the time with and learn how to use

For most going on safari, the best camera is really a combination of a modern smartphone, plus another camera that has an adequate zoom to capture photos of amazing wildlife that you will see on safari.

The bottom line is that it is not how much you spend on the camera, but how much time you will spend on learning how to use your camera in order to take the photos that will capture your memories in the ways you want to remember them.

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When you have the opportunity to ride off into the sunset on the back of an elephant … that is not the time to worry about whether you have the right camera to capture the memory of a lifetime!!!

Chris Petersen has been on 7 safaris with John X Safaris, and multiple wildlife photo safaris around the world. He specializes in photographing wildlife in Africa, India, the tropics and throughout the United States. If you have any questions not answered in this blog, please post them as a blog comment, and Chris will follow up with some feedback.

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DSC_0571As we celebrate the arrival of the new year, refreshed and ready for what will be another memorable season, it doesn’t take much looking around to realize the world is looking more beautiful than ever. The condition of the game, including the hundreds, if not thousands of young, are in prime condition.

The latter stages of 2014 provided much-needed rainfall, but since then it has not stopped – neither does it look to be dissipating anytime soon. This in turn means our areas have enjoyed wonderful summer conditions, leaving the country side greener and lusher than before.

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Hunters joining us this season can look forward to world-class hunting, with many of the older animals, the trophies we’re after, looking better and better by the day.

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Those whom have not made up your minds about your next African hunt, feel free to drop us a line or meet with us at one of our stops across North-America during Jan/Feb. Here’s a quick reminder of where we’ll be and which shows we’ll be attending.

USA – January/February 2015

Dallas Safari Club Show – Dallas, Texas: 15-18 January 2015

Salt Lake City / Eagle Mountain, Utah, 19-21 January 2015 – FUN EVENING with all our friends from Eagle Mountain, 20 January – Carl & Ross

Pleasant View, Utah, 21 – 23 January 2015 – FUN EVENING with the Nelsen brothers, 22 January – Carl & Ross

Bismarck, North Dakota, 23– 25 January 2015 – Carl

Amarillo, Texas, 23– 25 January 2015 – Ross

Burlington, Wyoming, 26 – 28 January 2015 – We will be visiting with our good friends from Gunwerks.

Omaha / Kearney, Nebraska, 28 – 31 January 2015 – COCKTAIL EVENING with De Freece’s in Kearney, 30 January – Carl

Jackson, Mississippi, 28 – 31 January 2015 – Ross

Safari Club International – Las Vegas, Nevada: 4-7 February 2015

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Furthermore we’d like to remind all of our “#Getting the Youth Hunting at John X Safaris”. As with previous years, we’d like to once again challenge parents/guardians of youths under the age of 18 to get them off the couch and into the field. John X Safaris will once again be sponsoring the day fees of any minor joining his/her parent/guardian on any of our 10 day safaris. Come on folks – let them work for their airfare and you spoil them with a couple of trophies/visa versa. In today’s world you need to get away to reconnect – no better place than a hunting trip to Africa.

May it be a trip to the East Cape of South Africa to enjoy our renowned camps and areas, or a return safari to either Namibia, Mozambique, Cameroon, or Botswana – we have the areas, expertise, abundance of game, and world-class field crews to turn your dream safari into a reality.

Enjoy the booking season – it’s the first step in your journey of going on safari. Don’t be afraid to ask the questions you have in mind and remember Africa is a continent and not a county – the possibilities are endless…

I look forward to seeing you in the US and talking more about your next hunt with John X Safaris.

I look forward to seeing you in the US and talking more about your next hunt with John X Safaris.

Yours in hunting,

Carl Van Zyl

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As the start of our season nears, with only a week to go, we’re as excited as many of you who have mailed chomping at the bit for trophy pictures and safari updates.  We’re nearly there folks – 2013 is going to be a great year.

With the recent changes in John X Safaris, we hope to take our safari enthusiasts experience to the next level. Not only do we pride ourselves on our first class hunts, with above average accommodations, food, PH’s, and trophy quality an accepted norm, we want to take the John X followers experience to the next level too. We know many would like to be on safari with us each year, but can’t for numerous reasons, you can however be on safari each month by being part of the Safari World of John X Safaris!

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This means we’ve created a new format for our news updates from Africa. We will still be reporting on hunts from the field, relaying epic experiences on a monthly basis, but have added an exciting new trophy room and safari video format. This will allow our followers to receive regular updates on safaris while the season is underway.

We will also be introducing a number of guest bloggers, who will be covering a few new topics. Topics will range from safari equipment recommendations, to updates from further afield – from our partnering Mozambican concessions to our new and exciting offer in Cameroon. 

Mike Currie's reports from Cameroon will not only be interesting, but helarious at times!

Mike Curries’ reports from Cameroon will not only be interesting, but hilarious at times!

For our bird hunters, you’ll be getting it straight from the Pointers mouth, our Greywing experts will be sharing a couple of interesting facts and hunting tips on these indigenous wild birds of the Eastern Cape.

For the first time ever we’ve convinced the trackers to tell their story – the art of tracking is something passed down from one generation to the next – they’re going to relay some tracking secrets and share a few epic stories of their hunting dogs, fellow trackers and PH’s. These guys are the heart and soul of any good safari outfit!

You'll be meeting Zwayi and the rest of his team.

You’ll be meeting Zwayi and the rest of his team.

Our taxidermy friends will be showing us how it’s done – from START to FINISH. This topic will be a must; you can’t imagine how interesting the transformation into a master piece can be.

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Furthermore we’ll be keeping you posted on important news and taking a look at a number of topics you’ve heard about before, but new regained interest from many of our followers suggests they want to hear more about them.

In all we hope to provide our followers with interesting, relevant, and fun updates from Africa. Feel free to drop us a line if there may be topics of interest you’d like us to cover; we’d be more than willing to include them in our news updates.

 Yours in hunting,

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Carl van Zyl

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