Callan Payton and Rance Harmon.

Callan Paytin from Nevada, USA and Rance Harmon from Idaho, hunted with Big Water Safaris during May 2024. It was the first African Safari for both of them. Good trophies were taken, meat for the South China tiger project was harvested and the duo also went on a night hunt for predators with Hein Funck….

The Abrams Family.

Mark, Sarah and Fischer Abrams hunted at Big Water Safaris during May 2024. Mark is an experienced African hunter and young Fischer did most of the hunting on this trip. Fischer took several excellent trophies and also accompanied Hein Funck on a predator night hunt, helping to reduce the jackal population at Laohu Valley Reserve….

Ryan Soles.

Ryan Soles from North Carolina, USA experienced his first African hunt with Big Water Safaris during this season. Ryan shared the camp with Jerry Nixon and also went on a night hunt for predators with Jerry and Hein Funck where he bagged a porcupine and several black backed jackal. We had a lot of fun…

Mr. Jerry Nixon.

Jerry Nixon from Virginia USA joined us for his fourth hunt with Big Water Safaris. An excellent shot, hunter and raconteur mister Nixon is a pleasure to hunt with and brightens up live at the lodge. Mr. Nixon took some excellent trophies and also went on a night hunt for predators with Hein Funck and…

Bruce Bettis and Doug Arens.

Bruce Bettis and Doug Arens joined us for their second hunt with Big Water Safaris. The two hunters from Arizona had a successful hunt and took some excellent trophies. Professional hunter: Thinus Steyn.

A Father and Daughter Hunt. Stephen and Kendall Androlevich.

Stephen brought his daughter Kendall with, on his second hunt at Big Water Safaris, the hunt was Kendall’s graduation present. Despite being only 17 years old, Kendall is an excellent shot and very calm, even under pressure. The father and daughter team from Alabama hunted some excellent trophies and provided fresh food for the tigers….

Doug, Kim and Brad Ficken.

Father and son, Doug and Brad Ficken, hunted with Big Water Safaris during September 2023. Doug’s wife, Kim joined them as an observer. The Fickens are from Rapid City, South Dakota. Professional Hunters: Henno Cronje and Thinus Steyn.

Tommy and Melissa Copeland.

Tommy and Melissa Copeland from North Carolina was our last hunters for the 2023 season. It was their first trip to Africa and they were very excited and, understandably, a little nervous. The trip almost started with disaster, Melissa tripped and fell at Bloemfontein airport. It later transpired that she broke two ribs but she…

Denis and Joe Dennis.

Denis Dennis, owner of Denny Dennis Sporting Goods Denny Dennis Sporting Goods | Fenton, MO. 63026 and his son Joe Dennis visited Big Water Safaris during August/September of 2023. Both of the hunters from St. Louis Missouri have hunted with us before. It was a pleasure to have them back at Big Water Safaris for…

The Darrell Holland Group – 2023.

Darrell Holland, owner of Holland Shooter Supply is an accomplished gunsmith, instructor and hunter. Darrell has been bringing students from his long range hunting/shooting school to Big Water Safaris for several years. Darrell builds long range hunting rifles and markets his own line of hunting scopes, both rifles and scopes have proven themselves, out here…

Texans and Pennsylvanians.

Gregory Bonds Jr. and Daniƫl Brock from Texas and Nate Morrison and Leonard Zander from Pennsylvania hunted the Laohu Valley Reserve with Big Water Safaris during July 2023. Professional Hunters: Bennie Breytenbach and Dewald Kearns.

Hawaii Five-0.

Doug “Dhagga Boy” Silva, Boyd Stevens, Norris Katada, Darryl and Darren Iseri, on their second safari with Big Water Safaris, was joined by Nicholas Callejo on his first African adventure. These gentlemen had to travel, literally, half-way around the world to hunt in South Africa, the fact that 5 of them were willing to do…

The Gillikins. A father and son hunt.

After his 2022 hunt with his son in law Cole Graves, Ronney Gillikin Jr. from North Carolina decided that it was time to bring his son Ronney Gillikin III on a hunt with Big Water Safaris. It turned out to be a great hunt with great trophies taken and a lot of laughter and jokes….