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FLACK HUNTS SOUTH AFRICA

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Author: Peter Flack
Publisher: SAFARI PRESS
ISBN: 0-SP-DVD9980
ISBN #: 0-SP-DVD9980
FLACK HUNTS SOUTH AFRICA Increasingly, African hunting DVDs are made for hunters who want serious information & not yet another film of how a kudu, warthog, & springbok are shot on a one-week hunt. We have reviewed some of Peter Flack's earlier DVDs filmed on safaris in Chad, Cameroon, etc which were originally intended for his personal use & were later released commercially. Forget those releases completely when you are viewing Flack Hunts South Africa which is literally a truly professional production.With this new DVD, we have to hand it to Peter because he has pulled out all stops. Hiring a professional crew of cameramen, editors, & scriptwriters, this is an entirely different kettle of fish. This is the first-ever DVD that we know of that concentrates on only one thing: what to expect when hunting in the country of South Africa. Peter Flack, who is South Africa's answer to Craig Boddington, shows the viewer what to expect on a hunt in this country. Professionally filmed & edited in High Definition format, the film follows Peter Flack from the moment he lands at an airport in South Africa & gives a comprehensive view of what to expect after landing. After an overview of the Johannesburg International Airport, during which the viewer is shown how to clear a gun, it is on the road for brief stops at a few hotels so you can see what to expect & how much youll pay if you are staying in this town for a night. Air charters to local destinations from local airports are discussed. What is remarkable in all this is how modern the city looks, very much like any European or American metropolis.Flack gives us an overview of the types of vegetation & terrain in the four major biomes (a fancy word for ecosystems) in South Africa. Graphics & explanations are very well done. These regions are the coastal forest & thorn thicket biome of KwaZulu/Natal; the tree savanna ecological region of the Lowveld near the world famous Kruger National Park; the Kalahari Desert on the Botswana border; &, lastly, the semi-arid inland plateau comprising the Great Karoo in the Eastern Cape.Peter Flack takes the viewer on a hunt in each of the four biomes, showing what is to be expected during a chase after game in each area. First stop is Aberfeldy Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal Private Game Reserve, where the facilities are luxurious. KwaZulu-Natal Private Game Reserve has the largest herd of Cape buffalo in South Africa outside of any park. The reserve has about 12,000 head of game including the Big Five. Here, Flack chases after a nyala, a reedbuck, a bushbuck, & a greater kudu. Then the camera follows him to the Kalahari Desert & the Oryx Trail Ranch near the Botswana border. Here the sand dunes & grass valleys hold gemsbok, springbok, & hartebeest, all of which Peter hunts. The area contains a number of other species that are shown on camera.Pidwa Game Ranch is about thirty miles from Kruger National Park & is the next stop on this South African tour. Here Peter hunts waterbuck, Burchell zebra, blue wildebeest, & southern impala. Finally it is off to the Great Karoo & the 70,000-hectare Bankfontein Reserve in the Achtersneeuwberg Mountains, which is Peter Flack's home base. Here we go after the blesbok, which are plains-dwelling antelope. Black wildebeest , grey or Vaal rhebok, & southern mountain reedbuck are also bagged. The hunting section gives a clear & concise overview of the types of terrain & typical South African plains game animals one will encounter on a trip to this country, which is Africa's number-one hunting destination.Disk two starts off with a visit to a snake park, where a person much braver than we are handles a number of Africa's poisonous snakes. The viewer is shown close-up shots of black & green mambas, Cape & Mozambican cobras, & others. The truth is that hunters almost never encounter snakes while on safari, so we feel this section, although fascinating, is not really necessary. It does contain the best close-up footage of snakes we have ever seen in a hunting movie.Next, Flack takes us inside his fabulous trophy room & gives us an overview of the equipment that a safari-goer should consider. The advice is simple & practical. Types of shoes, color of clothing, socks, rifle accessories, cases, & more are discussed, as well as what should go in a good medical kit. When it comes to advice on rifles & ammo, Flack takes a simple, practical approach.Finally, Rodney Krezschmar of Trans African Taxidermists of Johannesburg talks about considerations for getting trophies mounted, & there is a brief section on measuring trophies & the differences between the Rowland Ward & SCI measuring systems.While no DVD will ever able to dispense the enormous amount of information that a book can, DVDs such as this one do a great job of allowing the prospective hunter to see & experience what a safari in South Africa will be like. We do not understand why this informative film was given the title Flack Hunts South Africa rather than something like A Guide to South African Hunting, but that minor criticism aside, this two-volume work is well worth watching.Be forewarned that this is not a DVD that promises to show a great many kills in rapid succession; it is an information-dispensing film that provides a serious overview of the country from a hunters perspective. It is not meant for advanced safari-goers; it is for those contemplating their first African hunt or for those that have been on a few safaris but have yet to go to South Africa. All these categories of nimrods will enjoy this informative DVD.Note: all DVDs sold by Safari Press are for the worldwide standard & will play on any DVD player in the world.2 hours, 45 min. ISBN: 0-SP-DVD9980 publish date: 11/15/2007

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