We thank our loyal friends of the Coenraad Vermaak Safaris Family who hunted with us during 2014, and all who have chosen to hunt with us over the last 4 decades! CVS would not exist if it wasn’t for your support each year – either through booking safaris with us in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique or through referring your friends, family and colleagues to us each year! The vast majority of our business is generated through repeat bookings, referrals and word of mouth! For this we are extremely grateful to each and every one of you! We anticipate and look forward to a great 2015 hunting season.

2014 was a highlight year for us with a fully booked season and many happy campfires from March until the end of October! We conducted quality safaris in South Africa, which is what we are famous for, as well as superb safaris in the Zambezi Delta in Mozambique for Buffalo & Crocodile. We also hunted the endless shores of Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe as well as the Matetsi Block near Victoria Falls along the boundary of Hwange National Park. All our safaris, no matter where they took place, yielded results beyond expectations!

PHASA AWARDS

At the last 3 day AGM & Conference of the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (the largest and most proactive PH association on earth) which is annually attended by DSC and SCI as well as other International Representatives, the Coenraad Vermaak Safaris team accepted humbly a number of major awards.

2014 PH & Trophy of the Year

2014 PH of the Year – Clive Curtis (left) and 2014 Trophy of the Year – Hans Vermaak (right)

I was awarded the esteemed “UNCLE STEVIE AWARD” for taking the best trophy in South Africa for 2014. This was the new world record South African Springbok which was hunted at our premier hunting area – Khamab Kalahari Reserve (KKR) – by Conner Eckert. We are proud of the fact that 4 CVS PH’s have won this award over the years which is testament to the quality of our hunting areas in South Africa. No other safari company has ever achieved this!

JSV World Record Springbok

World Record Springbok for Connor Eckert with PH Hans Vermaak

Clive Curtis was awarded the newest award in PHASA – The “BASIE MAARTENS PROFESSIONAL HUNTER OF THE YEAR AWARD”. We are extremely proud of Clive for this achievement. He is so deserving of this accolade! Clive is the first recipient of this award!

CC - PH of the year Trophy

PH Clive Curtis (right) with Steve Sandler and Steve’s 47″ Buffalo

“TRACKER OF THE YEAR” for 2014 went to the only man I know that has single-handedly carried an entire Gemsbok for over a mile out of the mountains! The man chosen for this was none other than Robert, my Man Mountain, who has the warmest smile on earth and a work ethic like no other human I have ever met! We are extremely proud of Robbie for being the first ever recipient of this award!

Tracker of the Year - Robert Mdlolo

Tracker of the Year – Robert Mdlolo

Last but not least, I was awarded the COENRAAD VERMAAK AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO PHASA & THE HUNTING INDUSTRY”. This is an award that I will cherish for the rest of my days on earth.

I have served PHASA for over 10 years as a board member, as Vice-President, President and Immediate Past President. It has been an immense honour to serve the Professional Hunting Industry which I am so passionate about! At our recent AGM, I declined with a heavy heart being nominated again, because I feel that I have done my time and now new blood must take the reins and move forward with PHASA. This will provide me with time to focus on CVS, hopefully hunt a little more and allow me to dedicate more time to my family. I wish the current President, Herman Meyeridricks (PH for CVS when time allows), his CEO Adri Kitshoff and the Board all the very best for the future!

 

Wishing you all a happy and rewarding 2015!

Yours truly,

HANS VERMAAK & THE CVS TEAM