We are bouncing down the road in Namibia’s Bushmanland. Sun is scorching in the early afternoon. “Burn season” is underway. As P.H.’s in Namibia, we are not allowed to set fires. Fires come anyhow.
When I last wrote the story, which is coming soon – “Tragedy in the Delta” – I was sitting on a log in Botswana’s Delta contemplating the honor in sending a client home without ‘the’ trophy he was looking for, rather than sending him home with simply ‘a’ trophy. Is it honorable? I think so. In a world driven by success, on ever increasing time pressure, I ask you to take pause and think about this. What is success? What is ethical? Is it realistic to set goals based on trophy size, or is it the experience that is paramount?
We have a tall order for this safari. We have fourteen days to secure two trophy Elephant bulls. In my opinion, the client’s attitude is a good one. “Let’s see what we can find, do our best, and then measure our luck”. This is truly a marvelous and rare attitude.
We have two bulls in two separate areas. First south, and then north of Khaudum National Park in Namibia. The first area has produced two hundred pounders in the last eight years. The second certainly has the potential to produce good Elephant.
As I get time during our busy, hot and sweaty days, and after miles on the ivory trail, I will update you on our progress. The three giggling Bushmen trackers and I send our regards, as always, from the field.
Report from the field 24 September 2012
Today we looked at more cracks than one would at a podiatrists convention. Size of feet, width of cracks and the look of the track as a whole. Salt stains my shirt with untold miles comfortably walked in my Russell Thula Thula’s is with my double over the shoulder.
It is truly great to be back in the bush in pursuit of my favorite prey – Elephant.
As the sun dips below the orange and violet horizon, we think of tomorrow’s challenge to bag a big Bushman land Tusker!
Photography by: Jofie Lamprecht