Our last group for 2022 consisted of brothers, Vince and Jaime Covas and Jaime’s son Jimmy with his wife Rebekah. All of the Covas men are military veterans. With the exception of Vince who lives in Georgia they are all from North Carolina. This was Vince’s second hunting trip to South Africa for the other…
William and Charlie.
Father and son team William and Charlie hunted Laohu Valley Reserve during October 2022. This was their first hunting trip to South Africa. In addition to hunting, to supply meat for the South China Tiger breeding project, they also enjoyed a day fishing on the Orange River. Professional hunter: Dewald Kearns. Above: Charlie and William…
Alex and Laura Montenegro and their friend Tony Cruz from California hunted the Laohu Valley Reserve with Big Water Safaris during September of 2022. While Alex is an experienced rifle hunter, this hunt was the first opportunity Tony ever fired a rifle. Although he has hunted quail and is an experienced pistolero, rifle’s and rifle…
Phillip and Sarah Spitler.
Husband and wife team Phillip and Sarah Spitler from Virginia hunted Laohu Valley Reserve during September 2022 with their friends Justin and Crystal Brinkley and Kevin Campbell and Ryan Edwards. Professional Hunter: Mielie du Toit. This was the Spitler’s first trip to South Africa, judging from how much they enjoyed it, It might not be…
Justin and Crystal Brinkley.
Husband and wife team Justin and Crystal from Virginia hunted Laohu Valley Reserve during September 2022 with their friends Phillip and Sarah Spitler and Kevin Campbell and Ryan Edwards. Despite a problem with her boots, Crystal spent most of the hunt wearing Crocs, the Brinkley’s had a successful hunt. Professional Hunter: Dewald Kearns.
Kevin Campbell and Ryan Edwards.
Kevin and Ryan, both from North Carolina, hunted Laohu Valley Reserve during September 2022 with their friends, Sarah and Phillip Spitler and Justin and Crystal Brinkley. Professional Hunter: Thinus Steyn. This was the first South African hunting trip for both Kevin and Ryan, a lot of fine animals were harvested, the tigers were suitably fed…
Brandon and Paige Lancaster with Fang Campbell.
Brandon Lancaster visited us back in 2015, hunting several exceptional trophies including a waterbuck bull and a kudu bull taken during an unforgettable hunt. This time he brought his daughter Paige and friend Collin “Fang” Campbell with. This trio from Maryland, USA had a successful hunt and a lot of fun was had by everyone…
Ron and Nick Puhl.
Cranberry Farmers and Custom Rifles. Ron and Nick Puhl, a father and son from Oregon, hunted at Big Water Safaris during August. Cranberry and cattle farmers, and experienced hunters, this was their first African hunt. In addition to farming, Nick builds custom rifles and all the rifles used on this hunt was his creations. The…
Our old friend Robert Padron from Miami, on his third hunt at Big Water Safaris, brought his friend Grant Musser for his first African hunt. The hunt was a success and, as always when Robert is around, was a lot of fun. For some reason most of the animals were shot on high ground and…
Father and son team, Jerry and Darryl Nixon from Virginia hunted with us during July 2022. This was Jerry’s second visit to Big Water Safaris but it was Darryl’s first hunt in South Africa. Professional hunter: Thinus Steyn.
Hunting with the Hungarians.
Our old friend Zoltán Gál visited Big Water Safaris for the third time, bringing with him his wife Andrea and some of his countrymen in two groups. Despite the challenge of not all PH’s and hunters sharing a common language, the hunt was very successful and everyone involved enjoyed themselves thoroughly. Hunters: Zoltán Gál, Andrea…
Larry Hayes with Tyler and Cole Vandelinder.
Larry Hayes and his grandsons, Tyler and Cole hunted with Big Water Safaris during May 2022. A lot of fun was had by everyone involved and good trophies were harvested. Professional hunter Thinus Steyn.
The Men from Missouri.
Denny Dennis, Kevin Duggins, Joe Dennis and James Mraz hunted with Big Water Safaris during May 2022. Professional hunters Dewald Kearns, Heinrich Funck and Thinus Steyn.
Ronney Gillikin and Cole Graves.
May 2022. Ronney and Cole, both from North Carolina, hunted with us during May. Professional Hunters Dewald Kearns and Heinrich Funck.
Chris Dvorak and David Kinser.
April 2022. Chris Dvorak and David Kinser from Rapid City, South Dakota both had their first South African experience with Big Water Safaris. It turned out to be an exiting and successful hunt with several good trophies hunted, a boat trip on the Orange River, some attempted catfish fishing and a night hunt for predators….