an excellent reference
Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Subject: RE: Holmes Safaris
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:12:05 +0100
Hi John it is no problem to answer this, hunters should help each other as there are many against what we do.
I used to live in Belgian Congo when I was in my 20's ... I have enjoyed safaris in Tanzania, Kenya, SA, Namibia, Zimbabwe- and with my son 4 times! first time he was aged 20 but had seen Africa before and hunted in UK and France for boar.
Me, 26 years big game now, much longer for small game and I do not consider myself anything other than a keen amateur hunter! I have hunted Buffalo and plains game BUT now I am not interested in trophies - you only have so much wall and cull animals are as hard to get sometimes harder than trophies. For me hunting is not sitting at a water hole I need to walk crawl (at my age now it hurts) and get my animal or watch it run off if I make a mistake - fair chase hunting.
I have always hunted with an old friend (also called Richard/Dick) also when with my son. Dick and I really enjoyed Richard Holmes safari (we return this September) it is a great spot in a valley near the Fish River and the dry hills and plains above. The lodge and sleeping quarters are comfortable and their food is great.
The camp staff are more than helpful and the all important hunting is FAIR CHASE with excellent skilled PH's patient with our slowing down with age and also with our mistakes - the skinners and trackers are all you could ask for and we laughed a lot - which is everything.... I do not go on holiday to be miserable!
Richard Holmes safaris are as advertised - not the case on every trip in our experience. he will help with guns, ammo, transport,t and gun control at airports - it is all in his paperwork and you can rely on it. Including the distance for shots 150Metres plus but we managed it well to 280M. Richard was unfortunately ill when we went last year so he was below par but a good host SO WE GO BACK.
The Americans we met there Larry Smith etc are coming to us this year to hunt deer and see uk.
Good luck I hope it all goes well for you both and -any further question do not hesitate.
Regards, Peter Mantell-Sayer
Subject: Holmes Safaris
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:39:58 +0100Hi
My name is John Hine. I hope you don't mind me contacting you out of the blue but Richard Holmes forwarded your name as a possible reference for Holmes Safaris and said that you have hunted with him in the past. I'm doing this out of sync really because I have already booked a father and son management hunt with Richard in August this year. Nonetheless I would appreciate your feedback if you could find time to reply. I work in RSA for two years and from experience I know that not all things are as advertised!! I should add that this is our first attempt at hunting larger game anywhere so although not a novice to South African bush, we are hunting novices. Please accept my apologies if this mail causes you inconvenience.
MAny thanks and regards, john