Choose Your Outfitter Carefully
When there’s an abundance of choice for your next hunt in Africa, word of mouth is, for sure, one of the greatest ways to help you make your final decision. And if you know the sources, those recommendations are all the more trustworthy.
If the source is independent, yet reliable - that is also great. Now add in the digital element and you will have forums like Bowsite.com or AfricaHunting.com and it spreads like wildfire, with all sorts of people offering all sorts of comments. They no doubt have value, but I have a few concerns and, having been recently exposed to some posts from the dark side, it is quite interesting to see how this works.
I was alerted to an old post on a bowhunting site where someone posted a negative comment about Afton. It caught me off guard when I was not alerted to this at the time, wherein the author was referring to an exchange he had had in August 2021.
When I contacted the author, and asked him why he chose not to bring this to my attention so we could resolve / discuss it, here is his response:
“I did not actually post a review, nor did I give my opinion. Some hunters were saying that they had a good experience with you (AFTON), and I felt that those that were thinking of hiring you should know that not everyone has had the same good experience with you.”
I mean, what is this? This character had not even stayed at the Afton or experienced the Afton hospitality in August 2021. We had had numerous email exchanges where he made various unacceptable suggestions before I politely said that I could not provide the service he expected of us. He wanted us “to intercept the bow case as it got off the aircraft… Definitely not something we could do!
Anyway, when it comes to hunting, there are so many factors that are not always taken into account, or referred to, such as the availability of game, the health of the hunter him/herself, the time allowed for the hunt. And conversely, glowing reviews without due verification can give a false impression.
So, do your homework.