SPRINGBOK RUGBY PLAYER

Hunts Springbok in the Kalahari. Rugby’s hard-man Rynhardt Elstadt joins the Catch Cook team on a hunt in Askham in the Kalahari Desert close to the Namibian border.

Surrounded by sand and desert, Rynhardt with the help of the local Bushman tracker, nicknamed Knoppe, managed to complete their first kill: a springbok – after hours of stalking the animal.

After loading the airplanes with hunting gear and beverages the team flew from Cape Town to Askham for a two-day hunt in the rugged terrain and sweltering heat of the Kalahari.

On arrival at the dust ridden landing strip the planes were unloaded, as the team headed off to lodge which was to be their home for the next few days. First on the agenda for Rynhardt was for him to set his rifles’ sights in on a hundred-meter target prior the hunt. As the Kalahari is known for its rough and rugged terrain, the help of a local Bushman tracker was called in to assist with the treacherous conditions for the walk and stalk and tracking of buck in the dusty and sweltering conditions.

Surrounded by sand and desert, Rynhardt with the help of the local Bushman tracker, nicknamed Knoppe, managed to complete their first kill: a springbok – after hours of stalking the animal.

After the animal had been gutted, Knoppe, shared his water survival knowledge by showing the team how to extract water from the digested grass found in the stomach of the animal.

On the second part of the hunt, Ben with the help of the tracker, walk and stalk an Oryx / Gemsbuck, which Ben takes down with a single shot behind the ear at a range of 210 meters.

After the afternoon hunt, everyone got together around a veld fire to have a well deserved braai (BBQ) lunch in the Kalahari. Knoppe and his new found friends – including Springbok rugby player, Rynhardt Elstadt, cooked and ate the springboks heart!

Later that afternoon in the sweltering heat, Rynhardt and the tracker, Knoppe, headed out once again to walk and stalk a buck.

This time round the animal was located not to far from the lodge and with a clean shot Rynhardt brought down a second Springbok. After a long and hot day out in the desert, Rynardt, Ben and the rest of the team spent the evening under the African skies with a traditional braai (BBQ), brandy and coke.

Early the next morning, the carcasses were taken to the local butchery where the meat was processed into the various cuts – making delicious boerewors (sausage) and venison burger patties with a secret blend of spice – ready for the next braai (BBQ) get together!

The sun set on another magnificent day in the Kalahari, with the Milky Way opening up overhead.

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