2020 has been a year of reflection, opportunities and experiences we all took for granted will be cherished and appreciated more in future. We all now realize that in a matter of days the world as we know it can be shut down and the future cast into uncertainty. We are very excited to get back to free range hunting here in South Africa.
The opening on South Africa’s borders is imminent and international travel is about to resume. It will not be the same as before, there will be newly accepted practices but just as in 2001 this new normal will soon become an accepted way of life.
After many months of reflection, we now are looking forward to 2021. The opportunity to hunt large free range areas in South Africa for animals indigenous to these areas is now more than ever an opportunity not to be missed. We have spent the time away from hunting working on the tented camp in the Umko, the lodge in the Baviaansriver and the rustic tented spike camp in the southern part of the Baviaans conservancy.
With no hunting for almost 18 months the trophy quality going forward will be better. All these free ranging animals, indigenous to these large free range conservancies will now be older bigger and more impressive.
The south east of South Africa has had great spring rain, both the Umko and Baviaansriver conservancies are heading into summer in great shape. Lots of food, great cover and no hunting for a year. These are all ingredients that make us really excited about 2021.
As the only outfitter offering real free range hunting in South Africa, it will be unbelievably exciting to see what has moved into our areas over the last year. A huge part of hunting is the uncertainty, and to be able to go out every morning not knowing what to expect, but with high expectations based on past hunting is the essence of an African hunting safari.
I can’t help but be very excited about what is to come. 2021 is going to be a great year and the free range hunting with Crusader Safaris in our huge conservancies will be better than ever.