Stef, Lenette and the Staff at Numzaan Safaris
It all started January 2015 at the FNAWS Ladies Luncheon when a friend turned to me and asked if I would go hunting in South Africa if she bid in the auction. Before I knew it, 5 gals were headed to South Africa to hunt with Jaco and Numzaan Safaris. April 2016 we arrived in Johannesburg, SA, where we were swept through customs and greeted by the smiling faces of Jaco, Waynand, and Pierre. It was that moment that our trip became a reality. The next 10 days proved to be an amazing adventure. We were graciously welcomed into the Leadwood Lodge. Phyllis filled our bellies with delicious cuisine. Every magnificent dinner was accompanied by a delightful dessert. There was not a meal Phyllis and her staff prepared that I did not thoroughly enjoy. The bacon-wrapped cherries are my new favorite. I can only attempt to replicate the grilled cheese, onion, and tomato sandwiches, but I am certain they will not taste as I remember them. Pieter made us feel right at home and always made sure we had everything we could possibly need. His heart is grand and smiles contagious.
Jaco and Waynand went above and beyond to assure that we all got the opportunity to harvest our desired animals. We were presented with a variety of species. Their professionalism, patience and laid back demeanor made for a relaxing and comfortable hunting experience. I believe they have passion for what they do and truly aim to please. I am thrilled to have taken home a Kudu, Nyala, Gemsbok and Impala. What a dream come true. The trackers and skinners, Sias and Shorty are incredibly skill full and hardworking. Their tracking skills were outstanding when our shooting skills were not!
Each day brought a new surprise. Taking a break from hunting, Jaco & Waynand took us to a fantastic spa were we spent hours getting pampered. Another outing we enjoyed champagne at a picturesque spot in Marakele Park. The view was amazing and the laughing was plentiful. My personal favorite was the surprise “dinner out.” Jaco lead us through the bush after finishing an afternoon hunt only to come around the corner to find a crackling fire, a beautiful spread of food and wine, twinkling lights, and the African sunset in the background. As we dined fireside the sun slipped away and the stars blanketed the sky. We were joined by Danie, Morne, and Will who all worked so hard to make that evening happen. Phyllis once again outdid herself. A truly special evening.
From the early stages of planning the trip to the very end proved to be a smooth process. Anneke and Isabelle were always accessible and questions were answered promptly. Each and every one worked together to make our experience the best it could possibly be. Our wine glasses were never empty, the laughs were plentiful and the hunting met my every expectation. I have tremendous respect for Jaco and Waynand for their compassion and drive to provide such a unique venue to promote hunting for women. I cannot thank everyone enough for all their efforts, hard work and caring. What a fantastic group of people and an experience of a lifetime.
Sincerely, Heather Perry