Hunting References & Testimonials 2011

  • Andy Young and Diana Silfies

    "Somerby again gave us the trip of a lifetime.  Service before, during and after the hunt was superb in every regard.   
    Diane and I were AGAIN thrilled." 

    610-759-3284, andyry@aol.com Nazareth, PENSSYLVANIA
    September 2011 and August 2010

  • Lee Mc Canna

    814-726-1627 sleem@atlanticbb.net Warren, PENNSYLVANIA
    October 2011 and 2009

  • Earl Wismer

    610- 390-0909 , Earl@harvel.com PENNSYLVANIA  March 2011

  • Mike & Nadine Carvelli 2011

    My first trip to Africa for plains game hunting was booked through personal friend of mine, namely Butch Meilinger from HuntingwithButch.com.. Having met Drom and Sune' a couple of years prior to my safari I felt very comfortable and assured with both of them. They were very professional, pleasant and fun to be with.  Upon arriving in Africa all of Somerby Safaris employees and staff were very nice and helpful. The guides were very knowledgeable, personable and extremely helpful. The guides have a very vast knowledge of all the African game and are patient with the hunters. Food and lodging was beyond any dream imaginable. You could not ask for more!  I would highly recommend Somerby Safaris for your first or next African Safari.

    716 481-2161,  mncarv@msn.com, Buffalo, NEW YORK  July 2011

  • Tom Dorworth & Linda Coe

    301-631-6854,  linda.coe10@yahoo.com Frederick, MARYLAND

  • Kenny Warlick & Rene Swing

    Our 2011 Safari with Somerby Safaris  was my fiancé's First trip to Africa. We were booked the year before but she had some medical problems and Somerby Safaris worked with us to make the Trip happen. We booked the hunt so we could choose the animals that we wanted to harvest. We hunted the Cape, some of the animals are better there. We harvested 11 animals, accommodations were super. The PH was from that area and Did his best to find what we were looking for, can't ask for better Ph. The service that Dorm and Suné give to their clients is excellent, above & beyond.  We will be back to the Cape.

    302-367-3956, Biggameman@comcast.net Baltimore, MARYLAND  April 2011

  • Ace Robertson

    We were extremely pleased with the services of Somerby Safaris as follows:

    1. Our guide Wvien was extremely helpful. He would pick the best trophy and help us to get it.
    2. The lodging and meals were very good.
    3. The area that we hunted was flat terrain allowing us to have longer shots, which we both liked.
    4. We were able to finish our hunt in record time which allowed us to visit Kruger Wildlife Park.
    5. Wian was very willing to go the extra mile in accommodating us.
    6. Somerby Safaris' staff was good at keeping us informed about the things that need to be done for our trip.

    435-528-3926 acedorothy@gmail.com
    Ray Heiner, 530-472-1000
    May 2011

  • Craig & Sonya Wood

    304-574-2666,  cwood2666@suddenlink.net  WEST VIRGINA
    March 2011

  • John Fullmer

    I have hunted 3 times with Somerby Safaris and have been very satisfied   Please feel free to contact me.

    304- 692- 2550, johnfullmer@mountain.net Morgantown, WEST VIRGINIA
    April & October 2011 and April 2010

  • Mike & Peggy Bednarck

    Somerby Safari provided the hunting safari I wanted and the sightseeing safari my wife wanted. Highly recommended.

    703-866-479,  MBednrck@verizon.net Springfield, VIRGINIA
    July 2011

  • John Friscia

    Every facet of my experience with Somerby Safaris was exceptional. We are treated like family, yet respectful.
    The hunting is unmatched and exceeded my expectations.

    917 750 5957 jfriscia1@si.rr.com Staten Island NEW YORK
    August 2011 and 2010

  • Marge & Walt Miller


    In Aug. of 2010, we had the privilege of hunting with Suné and Helgard Beukes better known as (Drom) of Somerby Safaris, South Africa. Guided by Wian, I took a Kudu, Waterbuck, Black Wildebeest and Blesbuck all excellent trophies. Walt also guided by Wian to shoot Cape Buffalo, beautiful Male Lion, Blue Wildebeest, Impala, Zebra, Red Hartebeest and Spring Buck. Guides were excellent, hardworking, friendly and very confident.

    The professionalism and hospitality of Suné and Drom and the Somerby Safaris Team is top-notch!

    Accommodations, food, travel plans were excellent. We are returning in Aug. of 2012 with our son and his wife and our friend for another fabulous time and hunt. We had a wonderful time with them all and can't wait to be back.

    Thanks Somerby Team

    908-859-1267 mamwmil@ptd.net Phillipsburg, NJ

  • Glen Daly

    989-725-5730 butchdaly@sbcglobal.net Owosso, MICHIGAN
    Hunted in Sept 2009 with his wife Jill and Sept with his Buddy, Dave Ratliff

  • Jay Whitman

    810-853 Huntin.killin@gmail.com Davison, MICHIGAN
    Hunted in Aug 2011

  • Tony and Nancy Guisbert

    231-734-9718 Evart, MICHIGAN
    Hunted in Sept 2011 and 2009

  • Bob & Barbara Harris

    810-287-8711 or 810-750-555, harrisritchie@aol.com, Fenton, MICHIGAN
    Hunted in Aug 2011, 2007 & 2008

  • Gary & Carol Malzahn

    989-413-0928, cmalzahn@hotmail.com Owosso, MICHIGAN
    Hunted in Aug 2011 and 2009

  • CJ & Alice Merriman 2011

    I have hunted twice now with Somerby.  My wife has accompanied me on both trips and we are very satisfied.  Somerby has provided me with a spectacular hunting experiences.  They have excellent PH's and access to outstanding hunting areas.  On both of my trips I have been able to see significant numbers of the species for which I was hunting.  Their service before, during, and after the hunt are top notch.  My wife, who is a non-hunter, also enjoys Somerby since they provide opportunities for her to do many different activities while I am hunting.  She can do as much or as little as she likes.  The accommodations are first rate and the food is always excellent.

    During our last hunt Somerby helped us arrange a visit to a Zulu school where we were able to deliver much needed supplies. Somerby made a great effort to not only help us identify the school and work out the logistics but also located and picked up some of the supplies that we needed.  They helped make the school visit an unforgettable highlight of the entire safari. 

    We hope to visit South Africa again soon and it will be through Somerby Safaris.
    810-441-0444  cjam39@yahoo.com Lapeer, MICHIGAN
    Hunted April 2011 and 2009

  • Ven & Deb Lengkeek

    My wife and I, and another couple from Wisconsin, had the privilege to go on safari with Drom and Suné and Somerby Safaris in April of 2011. This was a long-time dream come true for us and we were not disappointed. Although hunting was the main focus of this trip, we also wanted to experience South Africa as much as we could in the two week time span we were there. We wanted a chance to see the country, experience the food and drink, and meet and talk to the people and children of South Africa by attending a church service and a school classroom. Our expectations were high and they were not only met, they were surpassed. The hunting was exceptional and we learned so much from Drom and his fellow PH's in terms of wildlife biology and game management. We hunted in 4 provinces and experienced several diverse biomes. Although we were not hunting solely for trophy animals, the ones we took were excellent representatives of the species. The numbers of animals and the numbers of different species of animals we saw was incredible especially while doing our photography safari in Kruger National park.

    Our wives enjoyed being with Suné very much. Whatever they needed or wanted to do was quickly set up for them. They only wished they had more time to do more things. We are already doing some planning for a return trip. And when we do go back, it will be with Drom and Suné

    517-388-1702  venance.lengkeek@syngenta.com  MICHIGAN
    Hunted in April 2011

  • Dave Ratliff

    I have hunted all over North America and have had mixed experiences with several outfitters. I was a little nervous about hunting abroad and especially in Africa. The hunt with SOMERBY SAFARIS was the best hunt of my life for three reasons. First the staff at SOMERBYS is outstanding and take great care of you and are excited about hunting 24/7. Second, the accommodations are wonderful and the food was excellent. Third, Drom is one of the greatest guys I have ever met. He is very down to earth and kept me laughing and having a good time for the whole trip. This is definitely the team to hunt with in Africa!

    ratliff.dave@att.net Howell, MICHIGAN
    Hunted in September 2011

  • Gary E. Drum

    I met Drom & Suné in 2008 at a hunting show in Novi Michigan, and like them from the onset. We ultimately book a safari not knowing what to expect. Well let me tell you I was totally surprised and satisfied, there professionalism, their entire staff, the quality and amount of animals are unbelievable. The accommodation and food are great (you will gain weight)

    We ended up booking a second hunt with Somerby Safaris in 2011 and again were very pleased with everything including the animals we shot, the food and staff. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a great safari and outstanding good time with memories to last a life time.

    248-693-2731, gdrum@sbcglobal.net Lake Orion, MICHIGAN
    Hunted in Sept 2011 and 2009

  • Randy Garcia

    810-678-3472 ultramat@tir.com Metamora MICHIGAN
    Hunted in Sept 2011 and 2009

  • Julie Whitney

    My experience with Somerby Safari was absolutely breath-taking.  You are taken care of like you are family.  As a non-hunting party, they asked what I was interested in doing.  What was my goal for this trip. My goal was to see as many animals in their natural habitat and that is what they did for me.  I did get to see and touch cheetahs, lion cubs, and elephants and I can't forget the Meerkats!  The scenery was breath-taking and the sunsets were just gorgeous.  I really enjoyed  my trip down south to Bokpoort.  It was just a nice relaxed atmosphere.  You get a feeling like you were already family there too.  There was snow on the mountains while I was there and that is something most don't get to see.  The food was absolutely incredible.  I never thought that I would be eating Zebra, Ox tail, Springbuck and others.  It was definitely a trip of a lifetime and I can't wait till I get to return!!!

    810-724-6872, glockgirl@netscape.com Attica, MICHIGAN
    August 2011

  • David Benham

    I'm 100% pleased with my experience with Somerby Safaris.  Their attention to detail, the accommodations, the family atmosphere and most of all the success rate was outstanding.  If you are looking for the adventure of a life time, Somerby Safaris can provide that for you! I wouldn't consider booking with anyone else.  We will be back!

    530-674-5943, gbenham@sunsweet.com Sacramento CALIFORNIA
    Marvin Thomas, 530-632-3423
    Hunted April 2011

  • Ron & Jody Jones

    My Wife and I planned and researched our trip to S Africa for over 3 years, during which time we interviewed more than 25 outfitters at places like the Sacramento sports show, where we found Somerby, to the amazing SCI convention in Reno.  Our decision was easy. No one offered the level of co-operation and service which Somerby offered.

    You helped with not only the hunting, but the other "tourist" aspects of our trip to your beautiful country.  

    From the shipping and handling of my rifle to our excursions to Vic Falls and Kruger Park, our trip was managed by Somerby with professional skill and great compassion for our comfort and convenience.  When describing our trip to friends, I generally begin with telling them that after 3+ years of planning and anticipation, Jody and I had VERY HIGH expectations for our adventure-and Africa and Somerby FAR EXCEEDED all of our expectations!!!  It just doesn't get any better than that.

    Thank you very much for all you did to make our trip as wonderful as it was!

    530 877 1188 ronjones4@comcast.net  Paradise, CALIFORNIA
    August 2011

  • Don & Angie Hyatt

    903-649-2888  daddyd955@aol.com Tatum  TEXAS

  • Don Liles

    903-399-2773 donl75691@aol.com Tatum, TEXAS

  • Robin & Cindy Liles

    903-658-1633 crliles@aol.com  Tatum, TEXAS
    July 2011

  • Shane Womack

    This is a great group of folks! The hunting was fantastic. I have never seen such dedicated guides work so hard to make sure you have as a successful and enjoyable hunt. As a taxidermist I'm in contact with a lot of hunters and see a large number of animals coming out of Africa. I can tell you from my experience with what I hear from other hunters that Somerby Safaris is way above average. I hope to make it back on a bow hunt soon.

    580-236-5785 nature@pine-net.com Beavers Bend Wildlife Museum, OKLAHOMA
    Hunted  May 2011

  • Brain Brockway

    707-580-1165 Brockway99@hotmail.com Hunted in May 2010

  • Rick Creach

    I have hunted with many outfitters over several continents and Somerby Safaris is by far the best I've seen. From getting the paper work together to import rifles to seeing you off when you leave the country, they take care of everything. Drom & Sune and all of the staff have really worked hard to make sure that there are no stones unturned before you ever hit the ground in Africa. When they say that you come to Africa as a client and leave as a friend, they are not making any promises they can't keep. I'm counting the days untill I return to Africa to see my friends."

    816-507-8309 rlcreach@aol.com , Smithville MISSOURI
    Hunted in May 2011

  • Steve Chaffee

    I had a great time on my hunt with Somerby Safaris. The lodging and staff was great. As you said, we arrived as a client and left as close friends.  Drom and Wian are the best.  I would hunt with you anywhere in the world.  I miss you guys, look forward to hunting with you in the future, and I will see you in Kansas City. Your friend in Kansas,

    785-224-3285 stephengchaffee@gmail.com  Tecumseh, KANSAS
    Hunted in August 2011

  • Steve Brown

    I wanted to thank the whole Somerby staff for making my first safari a trip I will never forget. The amount of game we saw was incredible.  Drom , Wian and the whole crew made us feel like family from the time we landed.  This group of guys ,and gals, would be people I would choose to hunt with as regular hunting partners back home. They we truly professional and ethical. We are already panning our next trip back....Thanks again

  • Brian E. Bode

    If you are looking for an African safari experience that includes great hunting, wonderful hosts, trained, professional staffs, and sights to behold, then book your adventure with Somerby Safari.  Drom and Sune and their entire staff make you feel like you are the most important client they have hosted.  They are gracious, fun, flexible, and truly accommodating.  Our 10 day adventure will always be the trip we dreamed it would be and we plan to be back many more times.

    913-972-8967 bbode@kckcc.edu Kansas City, MISSOURI
    Hunted June 2011

  • Tom & Gail Darnley

    9135798668 gaildarnley@gmail.com Darnley_Tom@yahoo.com Leavenworth, KANSAS
    Hunted in June 2011

  • Steve & Annette Mitchell

    Our total experience with Somerby Safaris was beyond or highest expectations. Simply put you guys are the best! We will be more than happy to share what a great and successful trip we had. We look forward to seeing you when you come to KC.  We would still like for you to stay with us while you are in KC.

    816-262-8472  steven8027@gmail.com Kansas City MISOURI
    Hunted in July 2011

  • John Rinkenbaugh

    My hunt with Somerby Safaris can only be described as AWSOME. I was greeted at the airport by Drom and Suné and felt like part of the family from that time on. The staff was top notch and professional, the guides were all very good at judging trophy animals and advising on trophy quality and do everything possible to put you into the best hunting areas. If you like good food, they have it and plenty of it, equal to the best restaurants. Wian, Nico, Charles, Andre, Jonas, Drom and Suné would all be welcome at my home anytime; they are all super people, it's impossible to put into words the "quality" of these people.  Needless to say, as soon as I can, I plan to hunt with Somerby again.

    816-694-8786 jrinkenbaugh@myturbonet.com Richmond, MISSOURI
    Hunted in July 2011

  • Larry and Julie Peuker

    After three years of talking to Drom and Suné' at the Kansas City, Missouri Outfitter's Convention held in February each year, Julie and I finally took the trip of a lifetime with Somerby Safaris this past June 2011.  We could not have had better hosts or Professional Hunters to show us around South Africa or on our side trip to Kruger National Park.  Drom, Suné and all the staff were wonderful and right there beside us every step of the way.  The scenery and hunting was spectacular, taking 11 trophy animals in only 5 days of a 7 day safari.  The food, lodging, hunting and hospitality far exceeded our expectations and we cannot wait to go back again. We would highly recommend Somerby Safaris to anyone, the sightseeing enthusiast as well as the hunter looking for a lifetime adventure."

    816-858-3902 lpeuker@kc.rr.com Platte City MISSOURI
    Hunting in June 2011

  • Dan Galetti

    I heard about Somerby safaris from some of my taxidermy clients and how they enjoyed the safaris they went on. I met Drom and Suné at the safari club convention in Kansas City about 4 years ago and liked them right away. After a few more conventions and more stories from clients, I finally booked a hunt along with my good friend Rick for 2011. And what a hunt it was! My client's safari stories were great but nothing could prepare me for my first site of a herd of zebra coming off the side of a mountain out of the morning mist! I was able to take a very large stallion with Andres help in picking the right one. Drom and Andre are what the term professional hunter is all about. The number of true trophy animals was amazing. And the level of service and lodging, not to mention the food! far exceeds hunts I have been on anywhere. We can't wait to see the Somerby gang in Feb and get things worked out for our next safari.

    Dan Galetti wildlife studio                                    
    816- 587 -1556 galettiwildlifestudio@yahoo.com Kansas City, MISSOURI
    Hunted in May 2011

  • Dr. John Scowley

    I hunted with Somerby Safaris in July 2011.  The trip was the greatest, the hunting and accommodations superb!

    816-616-2722 , bscowley@aol.com   Richmond, MISSOURI
    Hunted in July 2011

  • Jim Guist

    I hunted a big aggressive male Black Mane Lion with Drom this year on a stalk hunt and can tell you if you are at all interested in a thrilling hunt this is it!  I have hunted Lions over bait in Tanzania it is fun, but stalking them in the long grass and brush is a great adventure even if you are new to the Africa hunting experience and hunting the great plains game trophies of Africa, I highly suggest you try a lion stalk hunt at some time with them even if you just want to try a female lion hunt and they can be very aggressive.  Life is short, just do it! You will never regret it, and the memory will last a life time (I will never forget the lion hunt and charge in the tall grass with Drom) I took my wife and 18 month old daughter on this trip as well and Suné was Great with them do yourself a favour take your wife or kids along if you can they will love it!  The service, food, accommodations and most of all friendship experiences are a reward well worth every dollar spent, you will never regret it!!!    Drom & Suné and  staff will provide you with a fantastic trip You will leave wanting to return to hunt with them again, In closing if you are looking for a dependable ,hard-working and trustworthy Hunting Friends in Africa " Somerby Safari" is the choice!!!    If you have any questions just call me I will be happy to visit with you.

    Totally Awesome Taxidermy
    417-743-2772 Jim@TotallyAwesomeTaxidermy.com or daggaboysafari@sbcglobal.net Billings, MISSOURI
    Hunted in May 2011

  • Brent Boatright

    417-830-1841 boatrightbrent@yahoo.com Billings, MISSOURI
    Hunted in June 2011

  • Weston Scott

    My first safari with Drom and Suné was in May, 2007.  I hunted Lioness in the Kalahari and a Cape Buffalo in a reserve bordering the Kruger National Park. I also did a green hunt for a White Rhino and several plains game species. My wife accompanied my on this safari.

    In October 2007 I hunted Elephant and Hippo with Drom in Zimbabwe. In 2009, Drom and I hunted Leopard over hounds in Nambia.

    I was back in South Africa in 2011 for a Nile Crocodile to complete the Dangerous Seven. My hunt was successful; I shot 13 foot Crocodile, a Safari Club International Gold Metal, Wian,

    I also shot an  80 pound Civet Cat and Genet Cat.  I also was lucky to bag another female ostrich for a pair of cowboy boots.

    I can honestly say that I have found an outfitter who truly knows how to hunt the African game that most people want to hunt.  I have placed my life into Drom's hands on several occasions.  Drom has proven that not only does he know where to hunt the animals that his clients contract for, but he always keeps his clients safety first and foremost.  Drom is so skilled in African hunting that you will have to hunt a lifetime to enjoy all the excitement that Drom will be able to pack into your safari.  And it will be hard not to return for your next safari.

    Feel free to contact me for any reason about going out with Drom and Suné for your plains game as well as your dangerous game safaris.  He and his lovely wife Suné and his other skilled hunters are tops in my book.  They can all be counted on to produce the perfect hunt of your lifetime.

    Drom is responsible for me being awarded:  The African Big Five (Grand Slam),  
    Grand Slam Dangerous Game of African, African 15 Grand Slam, & Hunting Achievement Award  (Bronze)

    816-632-7042,  ewscott@wildblue.net Cameron, MISSOURI

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