In April we welcomed Dr. Dierk Ernst and his lovely wife , Veronika , on their first South Africa big game hunting experience . Dierk is a seasoned African hunter having collected trophies previously in Namibia and Botswana . We started our safari in the Swartriggens area with lion and after several days tracking Dierk took his opportunity on a fantastic male . The distance was close and the shot made was a fantastic one considering the multitude of branched the shot had to navigate – perfect shot placement with Dierk’s Krieghoff double made sure it only took one round to expire this superb trophy .
We relocated to the Karoo and took up residence at the beautiful Rietpoort Game reserve for the second leg of Dierk’s hunt – Sable and Buffalo . After a morning glassing we located three great sable bulls on the mountain side . After a 2 hour stalk with much changing of direction, to avoid the wind and gaze of the bulls, we navigated within range for a shot on a beautiful bull . Again with Dierk’s double rifle an incredible 220m shot was made broadside on a fantastic bull . All excitement was eclipsed by a truly heart stopping buffalo experience ! After a morning stalking in the dense riverbed system an unprovoked full charge was triggered with much excitement ensuing – an attempt was made at 8 meters to stop the bull unsuccessfully with a difficult frontal chest shot , the bull continues to run over Dierk and a PH who evasively dropped to the ground , both unscathed , a shot was made from the ground into the jaw of the bull managing to turn him before goring all involved . Back on his feet Dierk fired a volley of rounds with him double eventually felling the ill tempered bull .
After our heart rates recovered Dierk and Veronika continued to the exquisite Berg River bird hunting location of Doornfontein lodge .
Well done again Dierk and thank you Veronika for patiently putting up with all the hunting chat ! Thank you Nick Melck for putting together the hunt !