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DS - Dande - hunt summary
EP - Dande - hunt summary
FC - Dande - hunt summary
PL - Dande - hunt summary
JT - Dande
SC - Dande - hunt summary
SR - Dande - hunt summary
JDC - Dande - hunt summary
DK - Dande - hunt summary
TW - Dande - hunt summary
DK - Dande
PH - Alan Shearing Comment

DK and his wife were absolute soldiers on this hunt. The walking was very tough for them, but they gave it their all!! We turned down 2 teenage tuskless on day 1. Then we only found small tuskless or large with small calves. The weather was overcast most days and the wind was terrible. On day 7 we went to the Maonde river hills and tracked a herd from 7:30am. They scented us and ran off. We continued to work on them as 4 tuskless were in the herd. They split up, but eventually we caught them in a valley and DK shot a tuskless at 4:30pm. Perfect frontal at +/- 30 yards. The 2nd tuskless was shot on day 11 after another long tracking session. She fell to a side brain at 22 yards. On day 10 we saw +/-70 elephant, 4 tuskless (2 large with calves and 2 teenagers). Good successful hunt.

DH - Dande - hunt summary
CT - Dande - hunt summary
AD - Nyakasanga
PH Comment

The most amazing hunt in Nyakasanga with incredibly nice people that focused on the quality of proper walk and stalk hunting. Nyakasanga has amazing herds of buffalo combined with the incredible Zambezi River and hunted out of a fly camp makes for a lifetime of memories. Really looking forward to this group coming back for a 3rd time.

GS - Save Valley - hunt summary
CH - Nyakasanga - hunt summary
BA - Dande
BA Comment

Just finished a 14 day (9 May - 21 May), Tuskless / Buffalo hunt in Dande East. This was my second trip to the East. As like the first trip, it did not disappoint! Despite tough conditions created by the current drought, the efforts of CMS to provide consistent water sources are showing. I was fortunate enough to take a very nice kudu, impala, warthog, jackal, Cape buffalo bull and a tuskless cow elephant. 

All animals were taken on “proper“ hunts. Nothing was shot from the truck and everything was earned by many miles of walking and sweat expended.  The trackers were challenged and succeeded in practicing their trade. All hunts/stalks did not result in a harvested animal, due to the tough conditions of the East with limited visibility, thick jess, sand ash and finicky winds. However, they were all successful in that we were able to close within range of all pursued quarry with only the wind requiring aborted tracking sessions.

A variety of game were seen daily - kudu, impala, warthogs, Cape buffalo, duiker, sable, roan, baboons, bushbuck, grysbok and elephant (a tuskless was in every herd we caught).  

Dande East has very nice, clean, comfortable accommodations with private chalets, hot showers and comfortable beds. The food was superb, as I think I gained weight despite the abundance of exercise. The camp is well maintained as are the roads in the core area. Transfer is very easy from Harare by either drive in or fly in. I prefer the drive into Valley to allow a full appreciation of the country. However, a very well maintained landing strip is available. 

I did take advantage of videography provided by CMS and as with my previous three safaris with them. I highly recommend this service as Justin Drainer is a professional photographer and videographer. He sees things with an artist’s eyes and provides a lasting memory of your trip, which leaves you to concentrate on the hunt and not have to worry about taking pictures. If you see something you’d like a picture of, all you need to do is ask, however he usually has already taken it. 

I would strongly recommend CMS and a trip to the East. I’ve had three successful safaris with them on four trips to Africa. I’m already beginning preparations for my next trip with CMS.