I can climb the mountains, sleep in tents, have a boskak… but at the end of the day I like my vodka sodas with ice and served in crystal and I need hot water to wash my long hair.
My husband, Ricardo, and I hunt together all over the world – sometimes he hunts and I’m the observer, sometimes vice versa. As a woman, I am asked by curious male onlookers, “Should I take my wife?” To answer the question, “Hell, yes.”
Here are some tips and tricks to make the hunt a bit more enjoyable for your non-hunting safari companion, from a woman’s perspective. If you are a woman hunter thinking about taking your non-hunting husband on safari, modify all pronouns, or find a new husband.
Packing List – Look the Part
On a hunting safari, she is going to need a new wardrobe. She can go two ways, the camouflage technical gear route or the classic Out-of-Africa drab olive and dark khaki look. Regardless of the fashion, make sure she dresses in layers, mornings and evenings, when the sun goes down gets chilly.
Special Orders Don’t Upset Us – Make Personal Requests
Tell your outfitter about any special dietary requests or dislikes, including specific beverages your companion prefers. Request champagne in your tent for the first evening or special occasion. Arranging for flowers upon pickup at the airport is also a nice touch!
No Need to Add-on a Photo Safari – You’re Already Doing It
A hunting safari is no different from a photographic tour in the sense of game drives for photographic opportunities. The chance to see the most game movement is during the early morning and late afternoon before sunset. Your proper khaki-clad professional hunter should also be a seasoned, well-trained, safari guide and should be knowledgeable on local lore, flora and fauna. Get ready to be the best Instagram-husband you can be (meaning you’ll be in charge of the exceptional photos of your non-hunting companion that she will be posting on social media in the coming days). Invest in a proper camera and lens setup, and imagine her delight when you come face to face with the extensive spectrum of wildlife including massive lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog packs, and plentiful plains-game and snap some lifestyle pictures of her standing next to one of the ancient baobab trees.
Tanzanite – Because, Duh.
It is said that tanzanite is 1,000 times rarer than diamonds and this will be the last generation that will own tanzanite firsthand. The stone found at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro is only mined in Tanzania and exhibits magnificent blue and violet hues. Famous New York jewelers Tiffany & Co. declared it, “the most beautiful blue stone to be discovered in 2,000 years.” A must-have vibrant blue gem for your love’s bedazzled collection. For security reasons, make sure she receives the tanzanite before your final safari trophy fees are tallied and, obviously, before your taxidermy bill comes in.