You have heard it a hundred times: Joe saves up for
years for his dream hunt and books years in advance.
checks out the outfitters web site which shows a gallery of
successful hunts and lists only the good comments from previous
He pays the required deposit to RipYou Safaris and
looks forward to the adventure of a lifetime.
You can see it coming.
As soon as he steps onto the plane, it starts. He
does not get the right seat and the service is crappy. After many
uncomfortable hours, he arrives at the airport and his PH is not
there to pick him up. Undaunted, the intrepid hunter presses on. The
service he paid for in advance to get his guns through customs is
incompetent. His rifles are released after a few hours.
He calls the guest house for a ride. They arrive to
pick him up after 2 hours wait. Also, the guest house looked much
better on the internet. In reality, the rooms are small and grubby
and are next to a noisy railway.
The next day, confident that his client will endure
what it takes to make sure he does not lose his deposit, the PHs
arrives 3 hours late.
"Africa!", he smiles jovially and stuffs Joe into
the back seat of a battered Isuzu pickup with 2 other hunters. After
8 cramped, sweaty hours drive, they arrive at the PHs home which
doubles as a hunting lodge.
Jannie the PH tries to make up for the bad dinner
with lots of booze and far-fetched hunting stories.
Joe is not impressed.
finds out he will be sharing a room with Mike, an overweight
accountant from Atlanta. He finds out later that night that Mike has
a serious snoring problem. He gets very little sleep.
The next day, the PH tries to convince his clients
to hunt on his overexploited farm. They drive around but the few
animals are very skittish from being overhunted and panic at the
sound of the pickup approaching. The PH encourages Joe to shoot a
scrawny impala from the truck to make a couple of easy dollars.
And so on: very little game on the concessions, poor
service, trophies lost or exchanged by the taxidermist, expensive
shipping, promises not kept.
Joes experience is not the norm, but every African
hunter has had some good and some bad experiences. Our poor service
If only Joe had known about hunters who travelled
with Sardine Airways, hunted with RipYou Safaris before or used
ChanceIt taxidermists, he may have been able to avoid getting ripped
All this is bad for the professional hunters who are
passionate about their profession. They often have to carry the can
for other outfitters.
We believe the hunting industry is under enough
pressure without being sabotaged from the inside.
And this is where the new Hunter Personal Experience
Directory comes in.
We want to help hunters like Joe to get the truth
about African outfitters, services and products the truth told by
hunters like you who have the necessary ground zero experience.
We are creating a tool to put information into your
This is how will work:
HunterPX will list all the outfitters, services
and products we can find in Africa.
You rate your experience with your outfitter, a
specific product you used or a service provided to you.
Your views and ratings are read by the hunting
world and used by other hunters to make informed hunting
choices, ensuring a successful hunt and save money in the
It is time for the truth to come out.
Give your input: trigger an information outbreak