Spring has brought with it a facelift in our shop with the addition of some great new brands which we both like very much and believe deliver great products which work well in our sport. The recently revived Filson range is delivering some super garments, especially Jackets and a diverse range of bags for every purpose, all of which come with a lifetime guarantee. The Real McCoy makes beautifully detailed clothing using the very best fabrics from which we have selected a very nice range of garments we think are perfect for Safari. Other new products will be arriving throughout the year so please keep checking our online shop if you are not able to visit in person.
A very common question we are asked by the first time African Safari hunter is “what do we need to take”. The list can of course be endless and depends very much on how much or how little baggage you want to take with you. Rifle cases and ammunition boxes add immediate extra pieces of luggage so it is wise to think about what you need well before you go and take only what is necessary.
The most important item besides the rifles and ammunition is the footwear you will hunt in. You need to be 100% sure these are comfortable and fit well before you travel. Don’t make the mistake I have made, taking new custom boots and ending up incapacitated with massive blisters. Use good socks and wash them before you travel, again not new ‘off the rack’. We have recommended the Falke LR socks for years and they have proved totally reliable.
Take something to protect your rifle with on the vehicle and something to clean it with like a bore snake, this you should have with you in your day pack. A sling is often insisted upon so the rifle is carried muzzle up, not pointing at the PH’s back. I know many PH’s who won’t hunt without the client using a sling.
Laundry will be done daily so you don’t need an abundance of clothes. Remember early mornings are often freezing mornings so take warm layers you can easily peel off as the day heats up. Again wash your clothes in advance and take items made of good quality cloth. Heat, long walks and running = sweat and can = chaffing, so take some cream also!
Don’t forget sunglasses and a good hat, a little first aid kit and also blister packs, suntan cream, insect spray and eye drops as it is very dusty. Malaria pills if travelling to those areas are essential.
A back up camera is a good idea, take a prime and a small spare digital should disaster strike before you get your major trophy!
We are always happy to advise on what items we find have worked and those we found haven’t so please do not hesitate to call us if we can help. Have a great trip!
New to Westley Richards are the new range of traditional ‘Dealer’ boots from Sowerby of England. The Sowerby family has been crafting boots since 1927 when brothers Arthur and William opened their first shoe and repair shops in the Midlands.
Still a family run business, the third generation of Sowerbys are committed to supplying Dealer boots that combine quality, reliability and style that remain original to the founders manufacturing traditions.
Whether in the country or the town the quintessential Dealer boot should be a staple in every mans boot room.
Schöffel have delivered best selling shooting outerwear for some years now, their outerwear is widely used and respected in the shooting field here in UK. The Ptarmigin has been modified over the years with different fabrics being used but the cut remaining the same. Schöffel’s latest innovation for this shooting coat features a GORE-TEX® Two layer laminate. The Ptarmigan Extreme provides extreme weather protection for the ultimate shooting performance. The coat has a great cut for shooting which allows plenty of room for the swing which many shooting coats fail to do. This combined with its ability to keep out the elements, be lightweight and warm makes for a winning design once again.
The Schoffel Oakham men’s fleece and Ladies Lyndon have become a ‘staple’ product in every shooting persons wardrobe. This season brings some new colours and the return of the Navy. All the new colours are now in stock for the season.
The sun in Africa will beat down on your head all day and “ball caps” are not necessarily the best solution for protection. The traditional Pith Helmet can be found in antique shops and a vintage one will have much more character than the new versions. Tilley make a lightweight and practical range of hats and the new “Camo” version is good and sure to be a welcomed gift for your tracker on departure or put a few in your bag and you will befriend all the staff on arrival for sure!
For those wanting something a little more special John & John Morris Jr. of The Rocky Mountain Hat Co. make a really great product and have a superb eye for style and fit. It is a real pleasure to do business with the Morris’ as I found out when ordering the hat above.
John Morris of The Rocky Mountain Hat Co. Bozeman.
The Westley Richards “Perfecta” Cartridge Bag available in Dark and Mid Tan Leathers.
We have recently faithfully reproduced this excellent bag from our archive which is now available online. Initially made in our superb Tarnsjo leathers, it will also look great in pigskin (hogskin) and canvas.