Thursday, 27 November 2014

Waidmannsdank by Hermann and Tobias

Dear Debbie and Clayton
"My long-cherished desire to kill a buffalo in South Africa, has so far met me on my 70th birthday when my son Tobias, who is also hunters, I promised his party hunting trip. I immediately began searching for a suitable area. Umdende was known to me by a visit to the fair in Salzburg. The internet negotiated the time and the conditions quickly and reliably. In September, the 7-day trip began to Durban. There we were picked up by Garth and taken to the beautiful lodge.

Hermann and Tobias with Hermann Cape Buffalo

On the 2nd day of hunting I could shoot my old and very strong Dagga-Boy. I was overjoyed at this beautiful game hunting with really strong trophy.
Tobias with his Gemsbuck

Several buffalo, z.T. large herds were under the direction of Clayton, safely and without any hassle, stalked. When we discovered the old buffalo, everything went very quickly. The buffalo was only 100 meters from the first shot to the track. Also, the supplying of the game and the removal were organized very professionally. The remaining 5 days hunting was done by my son Garth carefully and passionately on local game. Every day was a different type of game to the track.
Tobias with his Impala

Tobias with his Springbuck

We have also enjoyed the days with the hunters and their pets in the end with Debby and very Tenneil. The exceptional attention and kindness of our hosts will give us the stay, stay with abundant and best cuisine and of course also in s├╝dfafrikanischem wine, a memorable one

Extremely pleasant we found that we were accompanied by the trip back to Johannesburg airport. We were in the professional support from the beginning to the end is always the secure feeling of being in good hands.

Tobias with his Warthog

Again our Waidmannsdank to all parties to meet with the hope of us once again to hunt. Unrestricted we can recommend your company to all employees. "

Thanks again for your great hospitality and many greetings to all.

Hermann and Tobias

Friday, 31 October 2014

Truly Fantastic by Tim Macmanus


Tim with his Bushpig
Nkulu here. Can’t say enough good things about our trip. It was truly fantastic. Clayton does a phenomenal job as a PH, host, driver, fire maker, guinea drive manager, Dad and husband.
Tim with his Zebra
We had great fun with him and he did a fabulous job. Bob and Roger are very, very, very happy with their trip.
Tim with his Impala

Here are a few photos of yours truly from the trip. That bush pig thing is really a spectacularly ridiculous stupid event. WOW!!!!! My adrenaline gets going just when I see the photo or think about it.
Tim with his Blue Wildebeest

Love u guys and I am officially recruiting Liam for Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. He would make a fantastic Fightin’ Texas Aggie like his Uncle Tim and Mark.

Bob, Roger and Tim with Rogers Buffalo
Enjoyed it all. Wish I could do it every year!
My Best,
Safari Time Hunting Adventures

Friday, 24 October 2014

Unforgettable Lifetime Memory by Aaron Martins

What Can I say....from the moment i stepped off that plane,  the service was top notch.  Such professionalism!  
Aaron with his Kudu
We were completely catered to and I have never met such a great group of people who truly made my first African hunt an unforgettable lifetime memory.
Aaron with his Red Hartebeest
It was such a pleasure and a great learning experience to hunt with Umdende  Hunting Safaris. I had the time of my life along with some exceptional trophies to take back home. Thank you Clayton and Garth for  everything.  We will see you next year my friends.
Aaron Martin
Red Deer, AB, Canada

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Am i really in Africa by Jonathan Williams

John and Jonathan Williams
Up at 7am , Frost in the morning "Am I really in Africa? ", it's our first days hunting at the magnificent hunting estate, 2000 Hectares of rolling hills ,valleys , dry river beds, vast areas of woodland and grasslands. This was Jonathan's and my first trip to SA and first trip Shooting game.
Checking out the view
On landing we were met by our 2 PH'S who loaded our gear and a short time later we entered the enormous estate which would be our home for the next 8 days.
The lodge is impressive, a roaring log fire outside surrounded by comfortable chairs burns 24 hours a day, and I was soon shown my large bedroom with swimming pool bath. I was unpacked within minutes and booted up we went to the firing range to check our sights and a sensible chat on safety. This was fun and got us all in a relaxed mood for dinner. None of that Michelin stuff !!
Father and Son relaxing before going hunting

Jonathan with his Warthog
Good tuck which over 8 days included curries ,steaks, Roasts, chops, greens, roast potatoes and all that makes one feel well and truly fed. Great starters and the puddings to die for.

My PH was Garth Lee , been a Pro for 12 years. Jonathan had his first kill that day a magnificent Warthog. I was in bed by 9.30 each evening as stalking these hills made us all tired and ready for an early night.

That evening we also met Clayton Comins who runs the very successful Umdende Hunting Safaris Company , Clayton employs Garth and Rudolf and the three travel the world to various game shows presenting the various hunting lodges and farms they represent throughout Africa.
John, Garth (PH), Clayton (Outfitter), Jonathan, Sean, Rudolph(PH)

These guys enjoy enormous knowledge of their quarry and will organise trips in Namibia ,Botswana in fact wherever you wish to find your trophy. Each evening over dinner we would discuss our day and plan the next, these PH's really know their business and ensure you are completely at ease.
Jonathan with his Bufffalo
They are competitive with each other and measurement of horns and a good bit of teasing was par for the course. The next morning was to be Jonathan's big day, Cape Buffalo had been seen and it wasn't long before we were all loaded up. Wow it was an amazing moment when Jonathan took his Buff and I could only imagine what was going through his mind. A magnificent beast, probably 19 years old with the scars of battle on his horn bosses.

Jonathan and Rudolph with good Kudu
We took numerous other species over the week, then guns were cleaned, lunch taken and with great sadness we bade farewell to our new friends at Umdende Hunting Safaris. They had done us proud and given us the most amazing, exciting trip of our lives, I have to say that hunting in Africa was never something I felt I had missed but now I want to return to this magnificent countryside , and I will and see our new friends again.
By Jonathan Williams
Jonathan and Rudolph with a good Red Hartebeest

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Exceeded all expectations by John Huckabay

John with his bag of pigeons
I have just finished my fourth year of hunting with Umdende. Garth and Clayton have again done a very good job of presenting fair chase game.
John, Kevin and Dan with their bag of Ducks
The birds were very active for the most part. Blinds and hunts were set up to maximize the opportunities. Weather hindered one day but there is nothing that they could have done to improve this. Even with this they made changes to the plans to maximize the chances. I really like that all of the hunts are close to the lodge, very little wasted time driving.
Kevin, John and Dan with their bag of Geese

This is a family operation with Debbie and Tenneil assisting. The lodge and food exceeded all expectations. I appreciate that we were eating the game that was taken.

I am already looking forward to a return trip next year.


Friday, 19 September 2014

Recommended without hesitation by Ross and Eric

Ross with his Eland
 After being the successful bidder on the Umdende Hunting Safaris donation hunt at our local SCI chapter I elected to take my oldest son Eric on his first African safari. 
Eric with his Blesbuck
 To say that it was a success would be an understatement as he cleanly harvested 7 animals after months of practicing and preparation.
Eric with his Kudu
 Everything was first rate from airport pickup to drop off. Camps were impeccable, food was superb and the quality of Clayton's work as a PH were excellent (with a good word also for Johan who assisted at the end of our hunt as well as to Garth who assisted with Eric's Kudu hunt).
Eric with his  Red Hartebeest

We plan to return next year. Recommended without hesitation.Ross and Eric Spagrud
Winnipeg Manitoba
Eric with his Warthog
Eric with his Blue Wildebeest

Friday, 12 September 2014

Superb experience by John Williams


John(right) and his son Jonathan Williams
Sean , Many thanks, I have shot all my life pheasants, partridge, duck, geese and woodpigeon but our trip was by far the best shooting experience I have ever had. 
John with his Kudu
Coupled with the professionalism of Churchill’s and your organisational skills it was a superb experience.

John with his Blesbuck

The PH's were impressive and Garth and I got on well and we certainly made a good team with the indomitable Moses who can spot a spot of blood from 50yds.
John with his Blue Wildebeest

I enjoyed using my Winchester 30/30 which apart from the occasional mechanical hiccup was true and amazingly I never missed with it.
John with his massive Eland bull
I recorded 7 kills with single shots some with the Winchester. Keep in touch and let's do it again.

Best John
London, England

Friday, 5 September 2014

Cape Buffalo Special 2015

Clayton Comins, Owner and Outfitter of Umdende Clayton Comins Hunting Safaris is having a great special on Cape Buffalo for 2015.
Garth Lee and Clayton Comins with a some of the Cape Buffalo trophies  

Buffalo in Mpumalanga                                               
5 days, 6 nights                                                                
1 x Cape Buffalo Trophy, all inclusive                           
Up to 36 inch spread                                                  
1 x 1: $14 500                                                               
2 x 1: $13 500                                                                   
38 < 40 inch:$16000                                                                          
40 < 42 inch: $17 500
42 < 44 inch: $19 500
Clayton and Chris with Chris's Buffalo
This Hunt will be conducted on 10 000 - 25 000 acre private properties, a few minutes from the lodge.

Buffalo in Zululand
5 days, 6 nights
1 x Cape Buffalo Trophy, all inclusive
Up to 39 inch spread
1 x 1: $13 500
2 x 1: $12 800

Buffalo in Zululand
6 days, 7 nights
1 x Cape Buffalo Trophy, all inclusive
36 inch spread and under
1 x 1: $12 500
Roger with his Buffalo
This Hunt will be conducted on 8000 acre property

Road transfer between KwaZulu-Natal and Johannesburg or Durban airport
Package animals are not subject to change
Trophy fees up to 36"
Hunting permits and licenses
All transportation during the safari
1 Hunter: 1 PH or 2 Hunters: 1 PH, tracker and skinner
Field preparation of trophies and transportation of Trophies to Umdende’s Taxidermist
All accommodation, meals and beverages (water / soft drinks / local beers and wines)
14% SA taxes
Dave with his Buffalo
Accommodation before or after safari
Wounded game
Taxidermy fees
Personal expenses
Rifle / shotgun hire $50 per gun per day including rifle ammunition
Imported beverages and hard liquor
$15 Conservation donation per Trophy / per wing shoot day
Gratuities / Tips
All Bank charges are to the account of the pay
Chris with his Buffalo trophy that he got with a bow

Thursday, 4 September 2014

African Tradition By Sheila and Peder Lund

View from one of the blinds

After bird shooting several times over the last 20 years with Clayton’s father, Trevor, we looked forward to more of the same with Umdende – and we were not disappointed.                 
Shelia and Trevor having a chuckle before the shoot
We brought along English friends who had not experienced bird shooting in Africa before and they were very impressed and very, very happy.  
John, Graham, Josie,Aidan and Richard with their Guinea fowl
We stayed all week at the Lodge, and Clayton and Garth presented us with a wide range of feathered game – duck, francolin, dove, guinea fowl (wild and driven!), geese – and all well within an hour’s drive from base.  
Sheila and Peder enjoying lunch
Clayton, Richard, Johan, and Graham with ducks
As before, the food and hospitality were first rate and the conversation around the fire pit was always stimulating.  
We hope we can carry on another African tradition with Clayton and all the Umdende family.

Sheila and Peder Lund

Friday, 29 August 2014

Outstanding week by Richard Ruttle

View from one of the Goose blinds
 Clayton and Debbie, our group enjoyed an outstanding week with you. It is very rare in life that you look forward to an experience for months and that it even exceeds your expectations.
Adian, Graham, Richard and Josie with the days Ducks
The bird hunting was absolutely world class including early morning Goose flighting in frost, very tricky dove shooting, exceptional ducks in 3 beautiful locations and decoyed pigeons. The spectacle of driven Guineafowl and francolin shooting is an awesome experience.
Richard with a Francolin
I successfully stalked a Springbok with Garth and as an experienced Red deer stalker this was a very memorable experience.
Richard with his Springbuck

Most importantly the hard work and care that you took to deliver an amazing experience was extraordinary. No detail was missed. The food Tenneil cooked was as good as I have eaten in any restaurant anywhere and the nights around the brazier swapping stories were absorbing and fun.
Garth was superb on our stalk, very expert, great company and happy to be asked a lot of questions and to share his expertise and experience. Producing a wild bush pig picnic afterwards amidst stunning scenery was a real and unexpected bonus!.The barbecue at Garth and Tenneil,s house after the Guineafowl drives was another highlight.
A very windy day for a Picnic

You are an exceptional team who really understand how to deliver an outstanding holiday. It is obvious you love your work and we thank you for a fantastic week. I look forward to doing it again!
Richard Ruttle