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