A Kudu has always held a place in the top two of my hunting bucket list. With all my hunting experience confined to bow hunting whitetail deer in the North American Midwest, I assumed I would have to slowly check of my list of North American animals before heading outside the country, but after seeing a Facebook friend post pictures from multiple hunting trips to South Africa, I had to look into this further. He connected me with Beans at Tootabi Valley Safaris. I am not the type of person to normally run off to another continent with a firearm without going with someone else, but it became apparent that if I wanted to get this done, I could not wait on a travel companion. From the start Beans made this trip accessible. He asked details on preferences of game, food, and drink so he could personalize the entire trip. He gave detailed instructions as to transportation, firearm clearance, and paperwork so that the trip went off without a hitch. Once in South Africa, he picked me up from the airport and personally oversaw every aspect of the trip from that moment on. The sheer number of game animals that one can harvest on the Eastern Cape is amazing. He took my wish list and systematically we checked animals off 1-2 per day. He knew exactly where to look and if it wasn’t on his property, he had access to property where it could be found. We were even able to add a last minute wart hog and an unexpected bonus jackal. I never dreamed I could get 9 trophies in a total of 8 days in the field. He also took a day off of hunting to take me on a drive through the Addo Elephant National Park,which in itself was worth the trip. He never let me feel like an ignorant tourist and even though I am a fairly quiet person he and his wife Marcia always made me feel at home and the evening discussions accompanied by amazing food was icing on the cake. There are so many animals in South Africa that I feel I will always feel like I have a reason to return and I will for sure return to Tootabi Valley Safaris and will definitely recommend them to any hunter who wishes to experience this for themselves.
Beans is an incredible professional hunter. He has a vast knowledge of the animals and always goes above and beyond to make sure you have a great experience. You may arrive as a client but you will definitely leave as a friend. His attention to detail and skill in the field as a hunter goes above and beyond. If anyone is interested in hunting in Africa, I always recommend Tootabi Valley Safaris because I know they will have the trip of a lifetime.
Beans will always have a spot at the table with the Bland Family. This was our first international hunting trip and needless to say Beans set the bar very high. The attention he pays to every detail and making sure everyone’s needs are being fulfilled is amazing. I am fortunate to have a family that loves to hunt. Brandi and I try to make a trip every year and our Eastern Cape experience blew us away. I could go on and on about the animals, the food, and the people but two memories are my favorite. I had the privilege of pulling off the Spiral Horn Grand Slam in one trip. I had no plan of pulling it off with one trip and the quality of the animals made it a huge accomplishment for me. But this pales in comparison to the fun my daughter had. Not many families would take a 5 year old blonde hair blue eyed girl to South Africa to go on safari but we are not most families. The way Beans and crew included her on every aspect of every hunt was amazing. She wanted to know everything and do everything. From glassing for kudu to tracking animals, she was in the game just as much as we were. Beans made an environment where she could be a big girl but never made any of us to feel for her safety. Our daughter still asks about Beans and VooVoo every week and wants to know when we are heading back!
Beans has been a familiar name around my house for almost 10 years. My wife had made two trips to South Africa with her family in years past to hunt, and no one could tell a story about Beans without a smile and a laugh. I recently had the privilege to experience hunting with him first hand and all I can say is I can’t wait to go back! He knows more about each animal than I could imagine, he knows their habits, their history and their weaknesses. He and his team always show tremendous respect for the individual animal and the conservation of each herd.
I could not have imagined the experience I would have over 12 days in the Eastern Cape but Beans introduced us to new friends, incredible trophy animals and a landscape far more beautiful than expected. I was amazed by the routinely perfect position Beans puts you in on every animal, he would tell me what they were going to do before they did it. It was relaxed and fun and never pressured. He is a fantastic host and Tootabi Valley is a place I look forward to seeing again very soon.
Beans, it was truly a pleasure to see you outwit all of the African game that we pursued. May your life be filled with good hunts, good friends and good times. Your friend forever!
Thanks for making my African hunts so memorable. Your good friend.
Hunting with Beans is pure joy. He is diligent, knowledgeable, and determined to help his client find the best game possible. A day in the field can get a little intense, but Beans is easy to be around and has a good sense of humor.