I waited for my kids to be out of college before I went to Africa for the first time. As a matter of fact, my son brought me and paid for my first trip as my retirement present. He said it was to repay him for all all the time I spent with him in the field. I think he knows though that every moment was my absolute privilege, but I certainly appreciate the sentiment. I’ve been back five times since that first trip in 2011 and it just keeps getting better.
I always thought hunting in South Africa was a high fence affair. I have spent my entire hunting life living by the fair chase mentality, and I was worried I might end up compromising my commitment. I was thrilled to discover that Crusader Safaris lives and breathes fair chase, massive conservancies, free range hunting indigenous animals and a true hunting ethic that make hunting with them a trip of a lifetime every time.
The travel and logistics where intimidating before my first safari but it is actually easier and less expensive to hunt Africa for 4-5 animals than to do a trophy elk hunt out west. I’m a bit of a rifle crank, and I brought my pet rifle on the first few trips, it was painless with the help of the Crusader team. On the last few trips, however, I travelled with carry-on baggage only and borrowed one of Crusader’s McMillan stocked custom rifles. I can simply hop on a plane, sleep and arrive with no fuss at all.
I’ve taken some great trophies on my trips with Crusader Safaris and the memories I’ve shared with my sons and nephew are some of the fondest of my life. Andrew and his team have become close trusted friends. I’ve booked my next trip with them in 2020 and we are looking at buffalo in 2021!