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Skype:  Bennie.vanniekerk1     E-mail:  bennie@hoeksfontein.co.za
Mobile Phone: +2782 664 3810  Land Line and Fax: +2742 246 1488
Hoeksfontein Safaris, PO Box 15, Pearston, South Africa, 5860

The Latest Hoeksfontein News

The 11 year Emmaley Hewson from Fort Beaufort, South Africa: "I am very happy for having shot my first animal, this 17 inch Blesbuck ram shot at 120 meter with my father's 30-06. It was a very exiting experience. I shot before my dad could think. Thanks Louis for all your help and patience."

Kobus van Zyl from Port Elizabeth, South Africa: "It was a great morning for climbing up the hill on our way to look for white Springbuck. Before long I was presented with a temptation I couldn't resist and decided to go for this beautiful Red Lechwe bull. At about 100 meters away, I shouldered my 300 Winchester Magnum and with one perfect shoulder shot I had myself a big Red Lechwe bull. I couldn't be HAPPIER! Thank you for the best family weekend ever. Each time it just gets better, as we experience wonderful hospitality, service and meals. We were able to shoot all the game that we requested and, as always, we left Hoeksfontein Safaris with big smiles on our faces. Until next time."

Dwayne Vermaak from Port Elizabeth, South Africa: "From a lookout point we spotted two Fallow deer Stags fighting on the opposite side of the ravine. As we were stalking closer, we struggled up the mountain side. We finally reached the top and spotted the winner at 150 meters, standing proud and unaware of our presence. I positioned the 300 Winchester Magnum on the tripod, loaded with 150 gr Remington rounds. With one perfect shot we had a new winner!"

Du Toit Hills from George South Africa: "This was one of my best experiences and my most exciting hunt ever. We heard the animals coming down the mountain and I shot this Bush pig boar with a 30-06, using PMP ammunition. Thanks Pepe."

The 5th annual hunting weekend for The Innovation for blind people from Worcester, South Africa: “We would like to express our heartfelt thanks for the opportunity to be invited to go on a hunting trip with the team from Innovation for the Blind. We had an amazing time and especially enjoyed the time spent with a fantastic group of people! I would also like to extend a word of thanks to Hoeksfontein Safaris for the fantastic weekend on the farm; you really went out of your way to make it an unforgettable experience! Thank you for your hospitality and for the warmth with which you welcomed each of us. We will remember this weekend for ever and we have great appreciation for all the work you put into this weekend. Thanks to Pepe and all the sponsors, hunters and support family, friends and staff. You did so much for us and for the guys of Innovation. The ride back was long, but it was a pleasure to hear everybody's stories about how they experienced the weekend. Opportunities like these give new hope and life. Once again a sincere thank you for everything!! It was truly a weekend filled with friendship, fantastic experiences, great food and generosity.

Christian Neubus from Germany. "It was my first time hunting in South Africa in the amazing nature, with a lot of great animals. Thanks for the nice experience and the wonderful accommodation at Bontebok Lodge. I hunted my first animal - this 16 inch Blesbuck ram - with a Sauer 404, calibre 8x57 JS, using 180gr Hornady ammunition at 120 meter."

Andre Marais from Velddrif, South Africa, is very happy with his 17 inch Blesbok ram. He hunted the animal at a distance of 12 meters with his Mathews Drenalin bow, set at 70 pounds, using an Easton FMJ arrow with Rage Broadhead tip.

Hein Botes from Perth Australia: “As I was getting ready to leave, I noticed movement towards my left. I could not believe my own eyes - from nowhere a Lechwe bull emerged from the left and slowly walked out in front of me, approximately thirty metres away. As it disappeared behind a bush, I came to full draw with my Mathews Halon 32 with a 32-inch draw length set at sixty five pounds. I waited for what felt like an eternity until it finally decided to emerge from behind the bush. Only the head, shoulders and torso protruded beyond the bush but that was good enough for me. I let the arrow Gold tip, 250 shafts with a 200gr grizzly single-bevel broad head, mounted on a titanium insert – total arrow mass 680 grains - fly. I heard it smack as it penetrated the engine room. The Lechwe galloped for a few yards and then expired as it went down. Elation would have been an understatement to describe the feeling I had when I finally, at the last minute, got my Lechwe.”

Dylan Stone from Port Elizabeth, South Africa: “As I got into the Bow camp I spotted some black Springbuck feeding and started to stalk them, but as I came around the bush they moved off. I kept walking slowly and suddenly spotted this old Blesbuck ram feeding head down. I closed the gap to about 30m. I drew back my Bow tech Reign 7 with an Easton Aftermath arrow, tipped with a 100 grain Rage Hypodermic head. As I came out from behind the bush he snorted and ran to about 40 metres and looked at me while I was in full draw, unsure of what I was. I picked my spot and put my 40 pin on his shoulder and squeezed. The arrow hit him hard on the shoulder. He limped off and disappeared behind bushes. I gave him 10 minutes because the shot looked good. He didn't make it 30 metres."

Armandt Basson is from Irene South Africa. He shot this 4 horned Damara ram with a .308 Musgrave rifle.

 

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Andreas Petrakov from Germany hunted this massive Eland bull with a carcass weight of 445 kg. It took 4 Peregrine 220 gr shots from his 300 Merkel RX Helix at 220 meter to take down the bull.
Andreas was assisted by Louis van Niekerk

Pisa Simonini Spada from Italy: “My First Safari in Africa was an incredible, unique experience. The hunting done by Bennie is an ethic hunt. It’s not only pulling of a trigger it is also for the care, the patience and then you are constantly in contact with Nature, together with a lot of emotions. Thanks a lot for the lifetime experience that you gave me. It was special to hunt this Sable Bull of 39 inches. With all my heart I thank my mentor and my teacher “The Hunter” Luca Bogarelli. It was an honour to approach this new passion with you. I will remember it for the rest of my life, as you taught me: In hunting nothing is sure, but everything is possible!
I shall be back very soon, for sure!”

Agent: Luca Bogarelli

lbogarelli@montefeltro.com
www.montefeltro.it

Pietre van Niekerk (Pepe) from Hoeksfontein Safaris: ”We spotted three enormous Blue wildebeest bulls while on a lion hunt. When we returned the next day, we spotted a very unique bull and decided that this was the bull to shoot. Although I have been hunting for several years, I was shivering; nervous and excited at the same time.
Aiming with a 375 Remington loaded with 300 grain PMP rounds and waiting for the bull to move away from the cows, those few minutes felt like hours. I took the shot and the bull jumped up in the air and ran off. Soon though, my disappointment was replaced with pride, when we found the bull a few meters away - down and dead. A big hug and thank you to my husband, Bennie, for the opportunity to hunt in the Kalahari.”

Frederick du Plessis from Randburg South Africa: “Early one windy morning we started our walk-and-stalk, looking for one of my dream animals, the mountain Reedbuck. It was not long before we spotted a large group of mountain reedbuck, lying in the morning sun. We tried to stalk closer, but they ran away and disappeared over the ridges.
After 5 km's walk up and down the mountain, we saw a beautiful ram running back with his ewes. We sat down to allow them to relax and start grazing again. We stalked the group up to 300 metres and I took my first shot from the shooting sticks. The shot was one meter too high; my second shot was just to the left of the ram. He ran 75 metres further and stopped, quartering away. The third shot with my 3006 Browning. loaded with a 180gr Norma Oryx bullet, was a perfect neck shot, only 300 metres from the vehicle where we had stopped in the morning. I am grateful for this wonderful experience.”

Voster du Randt is from Pearston South Africa. ”I have always wanted to hunt a trophy Nyala Bull. After hearing of Hoeksfontein Safaris my dream became a reality. Bennie spotted a magnificent Nyala bull and the stalk was on. At 245 meter I looked through the Vortex crossfire 2 scope on my 300 WSM TikkaT3, loaded with Nossler Accubond ammunition. With one shot the 28 inch Nyala Bull went down. Thanks for the experience of a life time.”

Ferdi Venter from Humansdorp, South Africa, hunted this White Springbuck ram at 140 meter with his Musgrave 243. He used 100gr Sierra Game King ammunition.

Alberto Corsinovi from Italy: ”One of my best hunting adventures was the one with this warthog walk-and-stalk-hunting. The warthog is a clever and fast animal that dares you in many ways. Not easy to win! Hidden in the bush, he shows himself only when you approach him. Then you discover its speed as it puts you, your shooting ability and the rationality that every hunter possesses, to the test. An exciting challenge! Real Hunt."
Agent: Luca Bogarelli

lbogarelli@montefeltro.com
www.montefeltro.it

Piet Steenkamp from Sasolburg, South Africa, with his Jacob Sheep ram. This is a special trophy of a fine specimen. 

Waleed Alangari is from Saudi Arabia. He hunted this Impala ram at 80 meter with a 308 Musgrave, using 160g PMP ammunition.

Johan van Rensburg is from Welkom in South Africa. “Thank you for the effort, your patience and the calm way in which you ensure that the Hunter can shoot his dream trophy buck. It really was a privilege to hunt this big Black Wildebeest bull at 100 meter with my 308 Howa, loaded with 150g Sierra Game King bullets, at Hoeksfontein. I will definitely be back.”

Chris Tuck is from Oxford, North Carolina in the USA. He was very happy to find this big Burchell Zebra stallion.

Laszlo Szabo from Hungary. “Don’t you know the feeling when the second comes, that you’ve been waiting for - for more than fifty years? Bennie clearly indicated which animal was ideal for my hunt. The beautiful Springbuck ram appeared in my rifle scope. I then took my first shot at an animal in South Africa. I squeezed the trigger and the Springbuck ram jumped and folded. This was a wonderful experience that I am very happy to have had.“

Arpad Nagy from Slovakia with his Zebra, hunted with a 270 calibre rifle at 185 meter. PH Deon Bezuidenhout

  Agent: Andras Szollar: szollar.a@gmail.com
+36 30 3274432

Ladislav Godany from Slovakia with his beautiful Springbuck ram shot at 150 meter with his 300 Win Mag. PH Deon Bezuidenhout

Agent: Andras Szollar: szollar.a@gmail.com
+36 30 3274432

Riaan Swanepoel from Despatch, South Africa: ”After regular hunting trips in Namibia over the past few years, the travel costs to Namibia just became too much, so we decided to hunt locally. This would give us more hunting opportunities. 2018 would be the year of a dream that I have cherished since 2011 - my first Eland Hunt! My pH Farmer encouraged me that TODAY was MY day. He advised me to hunt with PMP ammunition instead of shooting with the ballistic tip which I loaded for my 270 Musgrave. We were about 200m into thick bush when we spotted the eland bull and could not determine its actual size. The anxiety and the excitement to be within shooting distance from my dream Eland and to see him standing before me was amazing. My heart was beating in my throat. I fired the shot, the bull disappeared. We found my bull and I saw my dream in front of me - my first Eland Bull! I will never ever forget the tremor in my heart and hands, nor the most amazing feeling. That I will never forget! My dream had come true, but it was 10 times bigger and nicer than I could ever have hoped for. My 38 inches Eland bull at Hoeksfontein Safaris in Eastern Cape will stay in my memory bank for the rest of my life. So much sweeter, especially for the guys who have told me my Musgrave 270 calibre is too light! What an animal, what an experience! Thanks Farmer and Louis - you made it all worthwhile and achieved my dreams.“

Péter Orosz from Slovakia. “The day promised good weather but when we reached the last crest we found the valley beyond covered in thick mist that made the hunting grounds look like a shimmering lake. Hoping the sun would cause the mist to disappear, we sat patiently, waiting for the mist to lift. The mist was so thick you could hardly see the end of a rifle barrel. We all settled down to wait for the visibility to improve. Suddenly the mist began to lift and disappear. To our utter astonishment, here in front of us, was a whole herd of Black wildebeest – all lying down! I picked out a bull lying with its backside towards us. We moved slowly sideways to get a good body shot. We were almost in position when the mist closed in like a great white hand that wiped the amazing scene from our eyes. The whole situation was like a dream. The minutes passed like hours and we stood frozen in silence. Finally, the ever changing conditions changed and the mist lifted. The bull had not moved and without hesitation Peter fired his Blazer R-8 300 win mag. We heard the bullet strike just as the next wave of mist rolled in. We hurried forward and found the Black wildebeest bull, motionless in death, just as it lay when we first saw it.” pH Neil Pretorius

Agent: Andras Szollar: szollar.a@gmail.com
+36 30 3274432

WILLIE HILLS from Pretoria, South Africa, with his Copper Springbuck. ”Thanks to you and the Hoeksfontein team for the wonderful service. Your  experience in hunting made this hunt something special. Your place is nicely decorated and was conveniently serviced. 

The helpers in the field seemed to consider it no effort to climb the mountains to retrieve the animals or to carry them out. Hoeksfontein Safaris is truly a mainstay operation.”

Bibbi Lirenius from Sweden.”Here at Bontebok Lodge you get to feel like a member of the family - not just a guest. The hospitality is fantastic. I hunted this 39 inch Gemsbok bull with my 30-06 Schultz & Larsen at 90 meter, using 150 gr PMP ammunition. I shot over 23 animals in 8 days, most of them gold trophies and had seen over 30 different species. This place is a hunters paradise. So many of my hunting dreams have been made possible. Hunting with Hoeksfontein Safaris has exceeded all expectations and has made this trip unforgettable. Now I know what I wish myself for my 60th birthday in 2020! Once again a Big Thank You all.”

Agent: BJARNE PETERSEN
WWW.AURORAJAGTREJSER.DK
E-mail:  AURORA@AURORAJAGTREJSER.DK

Sandor Pasztor from Hungary. With his Blesbuck ram shot at 120 meter with 308 Musgrave using 150 gr PMP ammunition.

 

Agent: Andras Szollar: szollar.a@gmail.com
+36 30 3274432

Peter Horvath from Slovakia: ”This was my second hunt at Hoeksfontein Safaris and I was happy to be back. This time I took my own rifle, a Blazer R8 9,3x62 with SAX ammunition. After a long stalk we successfully reached a group of Waterbuck at about 150 meter. Bennie told me to act fast, because they would spot us. I shot this big Waterbuck bull. After tracking it for 200 meter - and with the help of the dogs - we found him dead in a very well covered area. I am very happy and I thank Bennie for such an experience! It was a great trip, with a great leader, my friend Bennie. I would recommend Hoeksfontein Safaris to everyone. We will meet again in 2020!”
Agent: Andras Szollar: szollar.a@gmail.com
+36 30 3274432

 

Milan Nagy from Slovakia: "We stalked a group of eland down the mountain until we were about 300m from them. I shot my Eland bull with my Sauer 202 rifle, calibre 30-06, using RWS EVO ammo. It was a perfect shoulder shot. To me this was a huge experience.
Agent: Andras Szollar: szollar.a@gmail.com
+36 30 3274432

Johan Liebenberg from Windhoek, Namibia: ”As a bow hunter I am always looking for new places to hunt and the Eastern Cape is one of the best areas in South Africa to walk and stalk. I did some research on the internet and was surprised to read all the great reviews on Hoeksfontein Safaris. I decided to go there and have a look and I have to admit; it is 10 times better than the reviews. This beautiful farm, with plains and mountains in the back ground, is a great farm to walk and stalk. Apart from warm and welcoming hospitality, this  facility offers everything a bow hunter needs. In the mornings I left for the mountains, looking for Fallow Deer, because the stags kept to the rough - and in the afternoons I would visit the plains, looking for Springbuck. On the last morning of my hunt I got my Grand Slam on Springbuck, as well as this beautiful Fallow Deer Stag. This was a hunt that will stay with me for the rest of my life! I will be back next year and will roam the mountains again.”

Isak Dunn from Jeffrey's Bay South Africa: “Since arriving in the Eastern Cape in 2000,  I have been wanting to shoot a trophy Fallow deer.  I started hunting at Hoeksfontein Safaris three years ago, but have always  missed the big stag. One Monday morning Bennie called and asked whether I could hear "it". I must tell you, all I could hear was the sound of  Fallow deer stags' mating calls during the Rut. Then. about half an hour later, he sent me a picture of a large stag, hunted by an archer. Early the Thursday morning we drove half-way up the mountain. We walked the rest of the way, listening for the stags. It was not long before we noticed the first stag next to us, but he walked away quietly.  About 200 meter further along we noticed a stag approaching two ewes and I had him in my scope, but he suddenly ran away. We heard  two more stags calling and decided to stalk them. When we got to an open grassy area, the largest stag I've ever seen was lying there and it made its presence known with its call. I got him in the scope of my 270 Musgrave. loaded with 130 grain ammunition. Bennie advised me to STAY CALM, BE CALM. I knew then he was mine - that stag would go nowhere. The result was this incredibly nice Fallow deer stag and an experience that I will always remember. Bennie, thank you - it was GREAT. "

Chris Thiessen from FEEL the RUSH TV Canada. He successfully finished his Springbuck Grand slam with this Copper Springbuck ram he shot at 175 meter with a 270 Win., using 130 gr Hornady ammunition. Ph. Brendon Sternberg