Name Jerry & Hunter B
Rich Tabor
Previous Safari


Present Safari

Dande North & East - Elephant, Double Buffalo


Hyem 450/470
Northfolk, Woodleigh

PH Comment

An awesome safari. 2 dagga boys and an elephant bull, zebra, baboon and hyena in between. The first dagga boy was shot by Hunter at full charge at 10 yards, he went 35 inches with huge bosses then the elephant bull. Some excellent tracking done by the trackers, five hours, a good hunt ended with a 40lbs with 5.5ft of ivory. Then to the east and Hunter bagged himself a 45” dagga boy, taken again with his 450 at 15 yards, outstanding. A day on the river with Rich Harland after tiger fish, with Rich and Jerry both landing a good tiger each. Awesome day and an awesome safari. Jerry and Hunter, it’s been a pleasure hunting with you, some good memories and hope to hunt with you guys in the future. Thanks for coming out.



Client Comment

A most outstanding safari that exceeded our every expectation.  I wanted Hunter to experience a proper elephant hunt, and having watched Buzz’s videos in preparation for my first hunt, we booked with CMS.  Hunter does things his way, and seldom yields to peer pressure.  He loves double rifles, and despite my insistence that he use a red dot sight, he insisted on iron sights.  So, at the age of 13, we started shooting plywood elephants – first with a .22 LR, then a 9.3 X 74R, then a 450 3-1/4” NE.  In January of this year, I decided he should have some proper instruction and we visited Monty Kalogeras and his Safari Shooting School.  As luck would have it, Dr. Kevin Robertson was there that weekend.  Kevin had made a slide show specifically for Hunter detailing elephant and buffalo shot placement, and he was present and participated in the entire course. 

Hunter turned 15 the day we arrived in the Dande Safari Area.  Day one was perfect – tracked and had a close encounter with a bull ele, then later that day interacted with another bull and a tuskless.  It gave Hunter some confidence after getting close and having some shot placement discussions with Rich.  The reality of elephant hunting sunk in as well – lots of walking!

Then came day 2 where we found tracks from two buffalo that had just left a pan at the sound of the truck.  Rich and his trackers picked one and four hours later, after bumping the bull 7 times, he decided enough was enough and charged.  Hunter put in two shots quickly, the first slowing him and the second breaking his shoulder and stopping the charge at 12 yards.  Rich then calmly placed a bullet through the bull’s left eye and ended the drama.  Very exciting hunt, especially for Hunter as this was his first experience with buffalo!

Day 3 brought more interaction with 2 more ele bulls, and Hunter took his elephant bull on day 4 after some absolutely incredible tracking by Norest and Tedias.  Tough situation, with the bull standing between two cows and fairly thick brush, but Hunter’s first shot took him in the heart (bullet and heart recovered), and he hit him 3 more times (Monty would be proud of how fast he reloads the double).  The bull didn’t make it more than 2 body lengths from his original position.

We then moved to Dande East for another buffalo, and while looking over some buffs in heavy cover, Justin our camera man noticed a big bull off to the left.  Rich got Hunter to within 15 yards and Hunter double-lunged him with a single shot from his 450 NE.  The bull collapsed 100 yards away and measured 45”.  Unbelievable!

Hunter also took a Zebra (tracked just like the buffalo) and a hyena. 

I made Hunter read Richard Harland’s book “Ndlovu – The Art of Hunting the African Elephant” immediately after booking this safari.  It was certainly a very pleasant surprise to find out Richard was at one of the other camps, so we asked if there was a chance to perhaps have tea and meet him.  Instead, he spent an entire day on the Zambezi River with us.  What an honor.  I’m not sure a 15 yr old truly comprehends how blessed he’s been this year.  Richard caught a very nice Tiger, and finally, at the end of the day, my Tiger curse was lifted and I managed to land one as well.

We witnessed some incredible tracking, the best I have ever seen.  Only one time did we not find and evaluate the animal we were pursuing, which happened to be zebra that day, and the only reason we didn’t is because Rich called the trackers off so we could go hang a hyena bait.  Rich is outstanding and proved to be the perfect match for Hunter (and myself for that matter) – very calming attitude with quiet, straight-forward instructions that do not cause undue nervousness.  Justin was also great – always somehow capturing the action without ever letting his presence be known.  He’s also fun to be around and Hunter learned a lot from him about other wildlife we were not pursuing.

Thanks for a truly outstanding safari


- Jerry, July 2014



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