Family Tradition – hunting with your father.

There are few recreational activities that form such a bond between a father and his son or daughter as hunting does. To hunt is a way of life.  A lot of skill is involved and the transfer of that skill from one generation to the next makes it very extraordinary indeed. Spending quality time together in nature whilst hunting has many benefits. The restorative power of nature has an impact on the bonds between family and friends.
We at Fort Richmond were privileged in the last week to have two fathers hunt with their children – Richard Mann, from Empty-Cases with his son, Bat Mann and Shane Jahn with his daughter, Grace Jahn.                                                                                                                                         Presentation 4 Bat and Richard Mann with Bat’s Kudu.                                                                                           Richard wrote: “The best of times – an epic week in Africa. Great times spent with my son. This photo was taken just after he made an amazing shot on a kudu bull with his African rifle – a O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. Patriot in 308 at Fort Richmond Safari.” 11811326_997543320279824_2521942605817344775_n11825645_998882363479253_435269303223866505_n“Probably the most important part of the safari are the personal relationships you create. Lucky for me I was here with my dad, and obviously we already have a connection. Having a friend on the trip is great, but having your best friend is even better.  We were also with a father and his daughter. It was great being on the outside and seeing what it’s like to connect with your dad. Hunting is truly a family tradition.” Bat Man.



                  Hunting is truly a family tradition.

Shane and Grace Jahn.

Shane Jahn’s graduation gift for his daughter, Grace, was to join him on a hunt in Africa. It was Grace’s introduction to hunting. She did exceptionally well and enjoyed the hunt thoroughly. She was very grateful for the wonderful experience that she had with her dad. She also took a Gemsbok and a Red Hartebeest on the hunt.                                                                Well done Grace, you are such a lovely young lady and it was so special to share this  experience with you.  Grace Jahn and her father, Shane (right) and PH Mark McKenzie on the left with her Kudu.Grace Jahn Kudu 1             Shane Jahn Warthog

Shane took this warthog whilst hunting for the Kudu.                                                                                  He borrowed her Mossberg Patriot Super Bantam rifle in Muddy Girl camo and took the shot. He was also proud to pose with his trophy AND Grace’s rifle.

Grace Jahn Red HartebeestGrace Jahn GemsbokGrace with the Red Hartebeest and Gemsbok taken by her.

Hunting is a family tradition.      

tradition | noun | : the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction.

















Childhood dream to hunt Africa realized.

m_DSCF0105Ron Stalder’s childhood dream was to hunt Africa. His wife Sue joined him to realize his dream.
Ron wrote:
“Hunting Africa has always been a childhood dream of mine. As a result I could not contain my excitement when the time had finally arrived to embark on my first morning’s hunt with Geoffrey at Fort Richmond.

At first we passed groups of Blesbok and Springbok. A nice herd of Gemsbok appeared and we decided to pursue them.

We departed from the vehicle to start the stalk just over the crest of a small hill and we took position under a low tree. As Geoffrey set up the shooting sticks, he indicated where he thought the Gemsbok would appear.

My excitement rivaled that of hunting my first whitetail deer back in Iowa as a young boy and I struggled to maintain my composure. After what appeared to be a while, Geoffrey spotted the Gemsbok and told me to get ready.  I couldn’t believe I was about to get a crack at my first African animal.  The range was just over 200 yards and the lead animal was a nice bull.   As the bull led the herd up the hill, I could feel my heart racing, and had to take a couple of deep breaths to calm my nerves.  I followed the bull through the scope, keeping the crosshairs on the target. He stopped and stood in the perfect position.  Just as I was squeezing the trigger, he turned away from us offering only a shot at his rump.  As Geoffrey whispered for me to wait until he turned back, the bull quartered away and he told me to take him behind the shoulder; angling the shot forward.  I settled the crosshairs and launched the 150 gr. bullet.

The herd bolted and headed back the way they came. The bull split off to the right and disappeared through the trees. Solomon, our tracker confirmed that it was a good shot. We picked up the shooting sticks and walked swiftly in the direction the bull ran. As we cleared the trees, we saw nothing running or standing and my heart sank.  Geoffrey started searching through his binoculars. We walked approximately 50 yards further and he said “I think I see your bull”.  My first reaction was to get ready for a follow up shot, but Geoffrey said he was lying just ahead in the tall grass and appeared to be dead.

We approached cautiously and once we determined the bull had expired, I could feel the excitement build-up along with the adrenaline rush.  I couldn’t believe I was looking at my Gemsbok bull, the first African animal taken by me and that my dream had come true. I could not stop looking at the beautiful facial markings and horns of the animal – truly majestic.”

It is worth the effort to pursue your dreams, it really is.

A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement.                                                                                                                                      Bo Bennett

 Why don’t you make your dream a goal? it will change you forever!

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Extraordinary memories made by father and son.

m_Hunt (17 of 176)Richard and Bat Mann

For a father to share a hunting experience with his son or daughter is truly a wonderful experience. The time spend together in nature form bonds and make memories that will last a lifetime.

After experiencing an amazing hunt in 2013 with Richard Mann, he brought his son Bat to hunt with us in 2014. I guided Richard on a very exciting Kudu hunt and he requested for Bat to have a similar experience, with a long stalk etc. I agreed to try my best.

Father and son/daughter safaris are very special to me because I have grown up in the safari industry and learnt to hunt from my father. It creates a special bond between a father and his son/daughter that will last forever. I experienced it firsthand again during this safari.

Richard’s chest just got bigger as Bat made good shots and took nice trophies. For a man who hardly smiles, Richard’s face donned one every day. And to hear him retell the stories with such pride and joy around the camp fire at the end of the day was quite heart-warming. Bat’s warthog hunt was one to remember. While scouting for Kudu, we spotted a warthog grazing at about 800 yards. Unable to see the warthog’s tusks, I decided a closer look was necessary. However, it was in the middle of an open field with little cover. The game plan was that Richard and the tracker would stay on top of the small hillside where we were, while Bat and myself would try to get closer. After a very long walk, we got close enough to see the tusks and realized that our long walk was not in vain. It was worth it to pursue the pig. As we got within 150 yards of the warthog, Bat promptly made an excellent shot from the shooting sticks. What made this hunt noteworthy was that Richard, perched on a hillside, hundreds of yards away, could observe the entire stalk as well as the shot. He described what he observed in detail and more than once.  To hear him retell the hunt with such pride for his son, was very special.

Richard you can be very proud of Bat. You are raising an amazing son.

Memories were made that will last a lifetime. See more here:

Songs and Memories:

The Way That You Wonder:

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We cannot emphasize enough the truly wonderful experience hunting with your children is. Please take your son or daughter with you on your next hunt. You will be amazed at the bonding that takes place and memories will be made that will last a lifetime.

Time spent hunting is never wasted, time spend hunting with your child priceless.

Father and Son set foot in Africa

A father and son who hunt together makes extraordinary memories that builds relationships that will last forever.

George and George jnr. Gopoian are both foot and ankle surgeons in Michigan. This father and son not only work together, but choose to do a hunting safari together. This is remarkable and it was so good to hear George jnr who is an avid hunter say he enjoys it just as much when his dad does the hunting. Carol, George snr.’s wife and Emily, George jnr.’s girlfriend joined them on the hunt.










Obituary: George Spaltensperger

m_10435743_759699190768610_4273105642572466948_nGeorge was a successful businessman who loved to hunt, lived his life in a frugal way, loved and adored his family and always fondly referred to his wife Betty, whom he was married to for 56 years, as his bride.

You will be missed by us all at Fort Richmond Safaris. It was such a privilege for us to have had you to hunt with us 3 times in the last 8 years. We got to know you so well and always had so much fun together.

It is hard to realize I won’t ever hear you say again: How are you girl and how is the business doing? Thank you for caring so much…

Our condolences to the family; Betty, Margaret and Kurt, George and Kim, and the grandchildren Anna, Lisa and Jacob.

The call of the Veld

Whether the veld repelled or fascinated you at first acquaintance, and it has a habit of doing both, one thing is quite positive: you will never be able to forget it. At odd moments, and in wholly unexpected places, will come to you suddenly the irresistible Call of the Veld.

I grew to love the calm seas of yellow-grassed plains whose prolonged swells humped them up into faintly perceptible hillsides of wave and trough – level as a whole but never in their detail. Wide expanses of sun-bleached grasslands sweep to the distant horizons unbrokenly save where, occasionally, a long and rugged range of hills marred the symmetry of the skyline.m_Farm-51

Some regions of the true veld offer nature in her larger and more expansive moods.
She provides a generous spread of canvas.
The majority have found an appealing sense of spaciousness and a rough hewn appearance in these vast landscapes, which are enormously attractive.
They have also experienced a satisfying sense of complete freedom in the solitude of that lonely vastness. 
The veld of Africa can be hideous or beautiful, kind or cruel, sad or gay in the brilliant sunshine, forbidding or inviting – just exactly as the mood inspires you either to disparage or appreciate it.
Yet always, even to the very worst of your recollections, it is fascinating because it is so completely inexpressible.

Images: Fort Richmond  Image credit: Marion du Plessis(Wayland)
 from:  A Breath of the Wilds by Foran

Time in Africa with the one you love…

Come and enjoy time alone with your loved one               time when your time spent in nature will change           you                                                                                                       time where time stands still and force you to live in the moment                                                                                                                                                                                                 time that will be etched in your mind forever                   time with the one you love.


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DSCF9056Embrace South Africa’s Grand Romance while on a hunting safari with the love of your life!

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Embrace South Africa’s grand romance…

Embrace South Africa’s grand romance while on a hunting safari with the love of your life.


Bring the love of your life on

  • an experience that will alter the course of your life
  • an experience where a constant sense of awe and surprise will surround you
  • an experience where you are forced to live in the moment
  • an experience that will give you a face to face encounter with nature                               [In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. Aristotle ]
There is only one happiness in life to love and be loved.   The Notebook
7 Day Plains Game Hunt for 1 couple, 4 Plains Game Animals included at $4 500.

The first 10 hunts booked will be entered into a promotional draw for 1 free hunt, day rate and animals included. Air fare, taxidermy, packaging, dipping and shipping of trophies excluded. Deposit will be refunded to the selected hunter.                                     Ts & Cs apply.

Valid until: March, 9, 2015.

7 Day Hunt: $4 500 per couple [Normal price: $6 035]

Includes:                                                                                                                                                                       Day rate for 1 couple.                                                                                                                                             4 Trophy Animals – 1 Springbok or 1 Warthog                                                                                                                                    – 1 Blesbok or 1 Impala                                                                                                                                            – 1 Kudu                                                                                                                                                                          – 1 animal from the following: Gemsbok, Wildebeest (Blue or Black),                                                   Red Hartebeest

A deposit of $1000 confirms the hunt.                                                                                                               Hunt must be taken during 2015/2016.

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The hunt includes:The full services of a Professional Hunter, tracker and                                                                              skinner.                                                                                                                                                                          All transport during the safari excluding air fares and                                                                              includes pick up and return to Kimberley Airport.                                                                                      Full accommodation and 24-hour laundry service.                                                                                    All meals including snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.                                                                                Field preparation of trophies and transport to a local                                                                              taxidermist.

The hunt excludes: Air fare.                                                                                                                                                                           Fees for packaging, dipping and shipping of trophies.                                                                             Taxidermy fees.

There is so much more to a safari with us:

  • experience the breathtaking spectacle of large herds of plains game in their natural environment
  • go birding – with more than 200 species of birds, it is a birder’s paradise
  • hike the area – explore its rocky outcrops and discover pre-San and Bushman rock etchings native to the area
  • go on a photographic safari to Mokala National Park, the newest addition to South African National Parks, only 10 minutes drive away
  • tour Kimberley – an historic city and known throughout the world for its diamonds
  • enjoy an historic tour of the region including a visit to a world-class art gallery and national museum
  • let us know if there is anything else that you or your partner would like to explore or experience while in South Africa and we will do our best to make it happen for you


Read about Embracing South Africa’s grand romance while on safari.                                                                                                                                  

Fort Richmond – Embracing South Africa’s grand romance while on safari.                                   Article by Eric R Poole (editor: Guns & Ammo)


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Happy New Year

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly… who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never known neither victory nor defeat.       Teddy Roosevelt                 

Look at the world with wide-eyed enthusiasm and dream big.   Richard Branson


Gratitude Changes Everything

Gratitude changes everything. 


Because it alters your focus.

Thankfulness redirects your attention

from your difficulties to

the benefits you enjoy.

 Gratitude bestows reference … changing forever how we experience life and the world.

   Gratitude results into positive thoughts which in turn             leads to higher productivity, more creativity and being           better equipped to cope with challenges.

   Gratitude draws people together, builds trust and                      strengthen ties which are important in relationships.