I have hunted Africa five times and hunted extensively elsewhere in the world. So I have quite a bit of experience with PH’s and guides. Though “only” 33 years old, Emile is at the top of my list. Still young enough to have eagle eyes, he also has the calm and confident demeanor of an old-timer. And his ability to judge trophies on the hoof is remarkable. But what sets him apart in my view, is his faithfulness in pursuing the crafty, old, mature bulls that are so rewarding to hunt. His are proper tracking hunts, covering miles and leaving you confounded as to how he could possibly be doing it. It’s the stuff you read about in books. His patience and steadiness when the stress is high is reassuring when you’re on the sticks.
And a bit about Bwabwata West. There is nothing like it that I’ve seen before. The amount of game is simply astounding – elephants and buffalo literally by the hundreds. Also very big sable and roan in their native range, and more hippos, crocs and red lechwe than you can count. We also saw lion every day and even leopard. It’s as if you are in the Yellowstone National Park of Africa -- with a hunting permit.
For those of us that enjoy small family operations, where you get to know not only your PH but also his family, it is a bonus that Emile has the most wonderful and supportive wife, Kirstin, who actively participates in organizing and tending to the little details of the trip, including tours and activities for any non-hunting guests. Her hospitality and charm is enduring and you will depart as friends of the family.
I sincerely provide the highest possible recommendation for you to consider Emile and Kou Kuas Adventures should you desire an experience reminiscent of how Africa used to be.