The Texas A&M University’s Traveling Aggies from College Station Texas USA, hit South Africa by storm this past July with a group totaling 20 hunters and 2 non hunter’s that experienced their first ever safari to Africa! Wintershoek Johnny Vivier Safaris was indeed honored to have been selected as the choice of Outfitters to conduct such an adventure for the Aggies – With 2 years in the planning behind us, that included an exploration visit to our WJVS camps & areas in South Africa by our agent, Randy Sauceda and his wife Sonya of L&L Sporting Journeys Houston TX, plus an amazing African Night and gathering with the entire Aggie group at the Texas A&M University Campus in College Station that was hosted by Porter Garner III, President and CEO of The Association of Former Students; Johnny Vivier of WJVS and Hannes Pienaar of HP Productions were amazed at the spread that was laid on for their meeting and the camaraderie, Integrity, loyalty, respect, leadership and pride that such an association has for one another, their fellow man and women … Absolutely incredible and what a Brotherhood that exists in the United States of America!! Ladies and Gentlemen; we had the time of our lives hosting the fabulous Traveling Aggies in South Africa … Gig’em Aggies!!! Roll on 2015 for round 2!!!
Just want to share some statistics with you in regards to the 22 pax Traveling Aggie Group – Can you imagine the logistics of arranging such a gathering of hunters to fly altogether from the USA to Johannesburg in South Africa, clear customs, clear firearms and overnight in Jo’berg; Then all fly together to Kimberley airport to be met by an eager WJVS team of Professionals; Ground transport 10 hunters to Wintershoek Private Game Reserve; Ground transport 10 hunters and 2 non hunters to Thuru Lodge; Accommodate; feed; drink; laundry for the group for 10 days; Hunting on a 2 x 1 basis with 10 Professional hunters; 10 hunting vehicles 4×4; 10 drivers; 10 trackers; A team of 20 skinners and game Porters (carriers); Our hunters took a total of 160 trophy class animals in 10 days of hunting that included species such as Lion, Buffalo, Sable, Roan and 26 other species of game!! We swopped the 2 groups around in the middle of the hunt between Wintershoek and Thuru, meeting up at our Bow Hunting area Linksfontein for a superb lunch, drinks and get together; The entire Aggie group flew out of Kimberley en route to the USA ;
At this point the WJVS team would like to brag that with all the things that can go wrong on a safari that has such proportions like this …. That not 1 hiccup was experienced by any of our clients, in actual fact, everything went so well and to plan, that not 1 vehicle on the road or out in the sticks suffered even a puncture!!! This is the extent to which WJVS was prepared with ALL bases covered.
Within 3 days of the Aggies departure ALL 20 hunter’s clients trophies were delivered in tip top shape to our very own African San Taxidermy for the process to begin of tanning and mounting our clients trophies to their former beauty once again!
Last but most certainly not least; the world class and renowned HP Productions filming Company out of Bloemfontein South Africa; who had 5 Professional Camera men filming all the excitement as it unfolded out in the bush, on the hunting truck and in the camps. The Traveling Aggies movie will be a block buster bar none, where the essence of fair chase, superb hunting, fine marksmanship with record class trophies being taken will be seen in the comfort of their own homes by our hunters for many a year to come …. It will no doubt be an awesome Aggies in Africa master piece!!
ALL the above is why WJVS can stand proud of the fact that our company is without any doubt the ONLY Company in Southern Africa that can handle a group of such a magnitude of hunters, safely, professionally, successfully and to send each and every client back home ecstatic about their safari, that they are counting the days for their return in 2015 …. Hence our motto “When you’ve tried the rest, come and hunt with the BEST!
Rest assured that our clients still to come this year will experience the exact same professional service in 4 of South Africa’s finest hunting destinations and camps … The WJVS team looks forward to hosting and sending you home with an exciting mixed bag of trophy quality animals – Here is only a few of the reports from what the Aggies had to say;
I cannot express in words what a wonderful hunt I had with my Professional Hunter Jacques Taljaard at Thuru Lodge. Jacques is a true professional hunter in every dimension with safety as his top priority. I felt extremely confident and comfortable at all times with Jacques, who helped me bag my #1 priority animal a trophy Kudu Bull along with 14 other different species of excellent quality. Thanks to Jacques, Wintershoek Johnny Vivier Safaris, L &L Sporting Journeys and the traveling Aggies for a once in a life time experience – Billy Lemons Jr.
The accommodations were awesome; Hot tub, pool, spa and a full bar; Food = awesome and we felt very spoiled getting the King suite that overlooked the area with animals within yards of our windows each night. The first night we had Waterbuck and Lechwe literally right there. Soft beds with heated hot water pipes beneath the floor that felt so good to our feet in the mornings. The South African people are truly some of the happiest and friendliest people we have ever met. The food on this trip has been excellent by all standards. This has truly been one of the most fabulous trips we have ever taken. We miss Lauren terribly so we are looking forward to getting home but; We will never forget our time in South Africa and all the new friends we made, the beautiful weather and sunsets, Can’t wait to come back again – Mark & Shelly Humphrey.
This was the best hunting trip that I have ever been on. The game was outstanding and I was extremely impressed with our Ph’s ability to track and spot game. I felt extremely welcomed by all the Staff and had a great time hunting with my Dad – Cameron Moore.
WHAT A HUNT IN THE Kalahari!! These days spent on safari have given me memories that will last a lifetime. From the glorious views, the many different animals that I have seen and the abundance of wildlife, the new friendships that I made this has been a trip of a lifetime, I will definitely return – Mike Donovan.
Our experience has been a remarkable one. The Staff have been very friendly and have taken care of every need. Willem always made sure that our glasses were kept full of the finest South African wines. The food has been an experience all on its own with so many different types of delicious game meat prepared to perfection. Our PH provided me and my son the hunting experience of a lifetime. He made sure that we took great trophies and not smaller younger animals. He had lots of patience with us throughout the stalking and hunting. I have been able to create a memory with Cameron that we both will carry with us throughout our lifetime and hopefully he will be able to bring his son back to Africa to repeat the experience; Thanks for everything – Sam Moore.
Thanks again to L&L Sporting Journeys, Texas A&M University, The Association of Former Students and the Traveling Aggies for entrusting us to make this a safari of a lifetime. See you guys in 2015!!!