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2017 Safari Newsletter

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Cruiser Safaris yearly safari hunting client newsletter.

2017 Newsletter

Welcome to the 2017 newsletter. With all of the changes that have taken place in the last year we should probably call this the “New” Cruiser Safaris.

As I mentioned last year we were working to make the web site mobile phone friendly. We went way beyond that and now the web site can be viewed properly on any device that you use to access it. What this meant was that we had to rewrite the site using 4 different codes. With over 360 pages that was a monumental task.

We are still working to complete rewriting all of the text on the site, adding updated information where needed and replacing most of the pictures with current photographs which gives you a better view of Cruiser Safaris today.

We asked you what changes or additions that you would like to see on the web site and implemented all of the suggestions. We understand some of you preferred our past “sunset” color scheme over the softer greens and perhaps sometime in the future we’ll return to those more “African” colors. Thanks for your input. With new videos (like the one on our home page) and navigation made simpler and up to current internet standards we feel that now you can go to the site and be able to find exactly what you are looking for faster.

During this time, we also fine-tuned our Social Media presence. On our Facebook and Instagram sites we are now making new posts every day. You will now be able to see on our Social Media what is going on right now with Cruiser’s and be able to enjoy our hunters’ trophies while they are still with us in South Africa. We are currently finishing up Cruiser’s YouTube site where you will be able to enjoy additional videos about Cruiser Safaris and we are hoping to add client videos as well. Watch the web site soon for this addition.

I am starting this newsletter earlier in the year so we can show you all of the animals that our recent clients have taken. Although there may not be a lot of the clients’ stories right away, we will add those as we receive them. Until then you will be able to see what trophies that they took and we will put pictures on with each client that we add to the newsletter.

On a sad note Aimee is no longer with Cruiser’s. We will sorely miss her and wish her all the best in her future endeavors. On a happy, happy note Craig has returned to Cruiser’s as a full time PH. Those of you that have hunted with him in the past know that he has excellent PH skills and his smiling face always brought cheers to everyone. Along with Johan and Hans, Frank (the tank) has come on board full time as well. And our chef DelMarie (Tiny) completed an 8-week Master of Cuisine Program at the prestigious Hurst Culinary School in Cape Town, South Africa. In this course, there were hundreds of local, classic and international recipes which will only add to her amazing food preparation. If you liked her cooking before just wait until you try her new additions.

In following my tradition of trying to give the reader of the newsletter the feeling of actually being on their safari with them, all of the stories that are included here are those actually written by our clients. These personal stories are enjoyed by everyone as they give the views of the hunter and non-hunter from their point of view.

Every hunter that comes to Cruiser’s is included in our newsletter. Included are where they are from and all of the animals that they take. Those trophies that qualify for the record book are indicated by a * and in the case of Kudu’s, their size is also listed. All trophy pictures that are sent to me are included as well. Thank you to those that have contributed their safari stories and I hope everyone enjoys this 2017 edition of Cruiser Safaris newsletter.

Cruiser Bob

NOTE: The * behind the animal indicates that it qualified for the record book.


MACK & LINDA MANI – Washington

Animals taken: Blue Wildebeest*, 4- Impala*, Gemsbok*, Kudu* (53 3/8”), 2 – Warthog

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MIKE REEDY – Arizona

Animals taken: Blue Wildebeest*, Blesbok*, 2 – Impala*, Kudu* (56 ½”), Warthog*

KYLE HONEA – Arizona

Animals taken: Impala*, Blesbok*, Red Hartebeest*, Waterbuck*, Black Backed Jackal

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Animals taken: Blue Wildebeest*, Blesbok*, Impala*, Kudu*, Warthog*, Gemsbok


Animals taken: Blesbok*, Impala*, Blue Wildebeest*, Kudu* (55 ¾”), Zebra

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Animals taken: Blesbok*, Red Hartebeest*, Warthog*, Gemsbok*, Impala* Blue Wildebeest*, Kudu* (53 ½”)


Animals taken: Blue Wildebeest*, Kudu* (51 ½”), Blesbok*, Warthog*, Gemsbok*, Impala*


Animals taken: Impala*, Zebra, Kudu*, Blue Wildebeest*, Warthog*

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(Troy) My PH Frank saw some gemsbok while riding on the land cruiser and we stopped and Frank, my brother and I got off and stalked up to where he seen them but they had spooked and ran off. So, we followed their tracks for quite a while and finally staked up on them and Frank had me set up on the shooting sticks. We saw one go through a clearing but it did not stop for a shot. Then we saw a second one, same thing didn't have a shot or a really good look at it. Then my brother saw the first one further to the left so we repositioned and I got my rifle on the animal and had a shot and took it and it dropped right there.

MATT & ANNA HEATH – Tennessee

Animals taken – Warthog*, Blue Wildebeest*, Kudu, Impala*, Gemsbok* Impala* (Anna)

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(Matt) The hunt for my impala was my favorite. I had originally not intended to shoot an impala, my intention being for my daughter to shoot one as part of my 7-day package and for me to shoot "something else". However, as my PH Craig and I stalked along the bank of the Matlabas River my mind quickly changed once a real trophy impala ram was spotted along the far shore. The ram was alone, feeding quietly and completely unaware of our presence. We had quietly stalked along for about a mile and saw him on the other side. As we studied him thru our binoculars I quickly surmised his trophy size. I told Craig, "that's the biggest impala I've seen this entire trip, by a long shot!" He agreed. When the old ram turned to face us and I was able to fully see his width and length my mind was made up - I had to shoot this impala! Craig quickly set up the shooting sticks and I steadied my .308, lined up the crosshairs on the shoulder of the slightly quartering to ram and made a perfect 125-yard shot. The ram buckled at the hit, ran about 20 yards and piled up in the tall grass along the far river bank. We quickly made our way across the dry river bed and easily found the ram. Craig ran up and grabbed his horns and looked at me and said "do you realize what you've done? He's HUGE". Huge is right - the impala of a lifetime! We dragged him into the shade of a camel thorn acacia tree and I marked the spot in the riverbed with a large log. We then proceed to stalk along another mile or so, spotting some nice but too small to shoot bushbuck along the way. We then went back downriver in the Land Cruiser, crossed into the dry riverbed and drove up more than a mile up the river to the spot where I had left the log to recover my impala ram. Hunt of a lifetime!!!


Animals taken – Kudu* (51 1/8”), Blue Wildebeest*, Gemsbok*, 2 – Impala*, 2 – Warthog*, Blesbok*

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Animals taken – Waterbuck*, Red Hartebeest*, 2 - Warthog*, Eland*, Bushbuck*, Black Wildebeest*, Springbok*, Nyala*


Animals taken – Black Wildebeest*, White Blesbok*, Kudu* (53 ½”), 2 – Warthogs*, Blesbok*, Gemsbok*, Blue Wildebeest*, Zebra, Red Hartebeest*, Impala*, Giraffe



(Darold) Just the sheer size of a Giraffe and sneaking in close on it gets your heart pounding. It was a group effort finding the Giraffe I wanted. Once we found it there were several stalks made on the Giraffe. Every stalk you’re getting further and further in the bush, to the point I thought we were going to give up. Then it all came together and I was staring at my magnificent bull Giraffe. I get excited all over again just telling you the story.

This may seem mean to some but, At the time my eyes were as big as dinner plates. My PH and I were walking down an open power line looking for Impalas and out of nowhere this Ostrich comes running 60mph and tripped on the power pole guide wire. It looked like a basketball with feathers rolling across the ground. Once the Ostrich stopped rolling I think his eyes were as big as dinner plates as well. The Ostrich shaking the power lines knocked the power out to the nearby farm houses for about four hours. In the end, the Ostrich was fine and we laughed for days about it.

DONALD RACE – New Brunswick, Canada

Animals taken – Impala*, Gemsbok, Kudu, 2 – Warthogs*, Blesbok*




Animals taken – Zebra, Gemsbok* 2 – Impala*, Warthog*, Kudu* (51”), (Lauren) – Impala*, Warthog*




Animals taken – Blue Wildebeest*, Impala, Gemsbok, Red Hartebeest*, Sable*, Waterbuck*, Kudu*, Blesbok*, Warthog*, Cape Buffalo, Tsessebe*

ROSS PONTHIE – Louisiana

Animals taken – Zebra, 2 – Warthogs*, Kudu*, Impala*, Gemsbok, Red Hartebeest*, Giraffe, Blue Wildebeest*, Sable*

TERRY MIZE – Louisiana

Animals taken – Blue Wildebeest*, Gemsbok, Waterbuck*, Warthog*, Impala*, Kudu* (55”), Nyala*



PAUL DANIEC & his son JAN – Texas

Animals taken – Waterbuck*, Sable, Nyala*, Golden Wildebeest*, Eland, Warthog, Steenbok*


Animals taken – Kudu* (53 ½”), Kudu (F), Blue Wildebeest*, Steenbok*, Gemsbok*, Impala*, Warthog*, Eland*


Animals taken – Impala*, Gemsbok*, Blue Wildebeest*, Kudu* (51 ½”), Zebra, Blesbok*




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