Hunting in Africa

Here’s how to minimize your risk of contracting this disease while on safari.


by Anthony Acerrano
    
Because malaria is rare in the United States, we don't hear a lot about it, save for periodic media sound bites that are largely negative and often unsettling.  The news is usually bad news. For instance: More than 350 million people contract malaria each year, and about one million die from it. Meanwhile, drug-resistant strains of malarial parasites are said to be on the increase, making the disease harder to prevent and more difficult to cure. Every year, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), approximately 1,500 American travelers are diagnosed with malaria after their return to the States. And, the CDC claims, "Travelers to sub-Saharan Africa have the greatest risk of both getting malaria and dying from their infection."

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This beautiful desert in southern Africa is home to huge gemsbok, springbok, and a variety of other game.


by Ron Spomer

Quick. Name a famous desert.

If you said Sahara, join the crowd. Everyone knows the world’s largest desert. If you said Kalahari, though, you’re probably a hunter.
 

Tracks across the Kalahari.

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Life-size (and smaller) targets to help you get ready for your Cape buffalo safari.

 

If you're planning to take on dangerous game in Africa, it's very important to practice with your big-bore rifle under the most realistic conditions possible. With this life-size buffalo target, you can set up a training regimen that's as realistic as it gets. You'll need the right range setup, but if you have a place for it, this target is the ideal way to get realistic shooting practice with your dangerous-game rifle at the same distances you'll be shooting at buffalo on your safari. The target is 5 feet high and 8 feet long, and is printed on lightweight, weather-resistant, corrugated plastic board that folds up into five sections.

 

Life-size freestanding buffalo target.

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Preparing for a safari is almost as much fun as the trip itself.

by Diana Rupp


The anticipation has been building for months, and at last the day is almost here. I’m getting ready to leave for a safari in Namibia, via a flight to Washington, DC, where I’ll connect with South African Airways to Johannesburg, and then on to Windhoek. My duffel is stuffed with safari clothes and soft-soled leather boots and lots of additional stuff I probably won’t really need; my rifle is sighted in and ready to be locked in its case; three boxes of ammo are locked in a hard-sided pistol case inside the duffel; and my carry-on contains my passport and a sheaf of other paperwork as well as cameras, reading material, and a variety of sleep aids for that 16-hour ordeal in coach.

They're big planes, but they seem awfully tiny when you've been wedged in a coach seat for hours and hours.

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It took him most of a lifetime to get to Africa... but it was worth the wait!

By Sonny Merritt

It was 4:00 a.m. when I pulled on my boots and walked out into the cool night air. Last evening's campfire had been reduced to embers but I welcomed its lingering warmth as I settled into a dew-dampened canvas chair. The unfamiliar calls of unseen birds overhead caught my attention, and when I looked up, I saw that the Southern Cross was right where I had left it just a few short hours before.

"You're not in Texas any more," I said to myself. "And you're not in Kansas, either." I was in the Karoo of South Africa, and I was so stoked by the excitement of a grueling but successful kudu hunt and the taking of a monster steenbok, I could not sleep.

Every sunset is beautiful, but this one over the Karoo was spectacular.

 

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