The Hunters from Hungary.

Our old friend and Hungarian agent, Zoltán Gál, brought a number of Hungarian hunters to Big Water Safaris in 2023, some of them were old friends and some were on their first hunt with us. Despite the language barrier everyone got along well, a lot of fine animals were hunted and a lot of memories…

The Mexicans.

Gerardo Gutiérrez and his son Gerardo Gutiérrez Jr. hunted with Big Water Safaris during June 2023. This father and son team hunted some excellent trophies and also harvested cull animals. Meat from both trophy and cull animals are used to feed the tigers at Laohu Valley Reserve’s South China Tiger project. Professional Hunter: Dewald Kearns.

Chris Ajinga.

Chris Ajinga from North Carolina joined us in June 2023 for his second hunt at Big Water Safaris. This was originally intended to be a father and son hunt but due to circumstances Chris’s son could not make it on this trip. However, Chris has already booked his third hunt with us for 2024 and…

Mr. Jerry Nixon.

Our old friend Jerry Nixon from Virginia, stone mason and mule trainer, joined us for his third hunt with Big Water Safaris. Top of his list was a cape buffalo bull and a springbok slam. We had a great time, as always, and hunted some great trophies. Professional Hunter: Thinus Steyn.

Bruce Bettis and Doug Arens.

Arizonians Bruce Bettis and Doug Arens hunted Laohu Valley Reserve with Big Water Safaris during May 2023. While predominantly a hunt for cull animals to feed the population of South China Tigers on Laohu Valley Reserve, a few good trophy animals were also harvested. Professional Hunter: Thinus Steyn

The Mexican Americans.

Antonio Vazquez, Gavino Anaya, Vincente Anaya and Lalo Alba from California hunted with Big Water Safaris during April 2023. Professional hunters: Dewald Kearnes and Thinus Steyn.

The Pennsylvania Posse 2023.

Robert Greene, our agent in Pennsylvania brought over our first group for 2023. Robert Greene, Keith Fessler Jr., Jeffrey Love and his son Jason and Joseph Snyder, all from Pennsylvania was joined by Russel Burkhart from California and Kevin Jensen from Utah. As on all previous hunts with this group of hunters, great trophies were…

The Covas Clan.

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…

The Californians.

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…