The Escarpment McNab Challenge
The Macnab Challenge has its roots in the 1925 novel John Macnab by John Buchan.
The story follows three protagonists:
Sir Edward Leithen, John Palliser-Yeates, and Lord Lamancha, all desperate to relieve the ennui that has engulfed them.
The solution can only be something devilish, with a dash of daring.
Under the mantle of John Macnab, they issue a warning to three Highland estates:
Within 48 hours they will remove a salmon or stag, undetected, and present it at the door of the house.
On this, they stake their reputations.
The modern-day McNab or MacNab Challange has evolved into many different variations.
We at FFF Safaris try to keep it as basic and challenging as possible.
You the challenger against Mother Nature and what she dishes up for you on your challenge day.
From sunrise till sunset on the same day …
We will stalk an antelope with the rifle on foot.
We will shoot a game bird with the shotgun on the wing (while it is flying)
We will cast a fly out to a hungry trout.
Having done the McNab challenge myself on numerous occasions and also guided hunters who wanted to challenge themselves it all boils down to having a great experience. As said before you have to take what Mother Nature gives you on the day.
As your guide, I also act as your coach and timekeeper to ensure that we have enough time to tackle each of the three legs.
Dullstroom is situated on the Escarpment of Mpumalanga at 2000 meters above sea level. During winter the Escarpment can be a very challenging environment with a thick fog and or cold westerly winds or bluebird skies.
I emphasize that my clients visit a clay target range a couple of times before attempting the McNab challenge especially if they are not used to wing shoot regularly as this is the most challenging leg of the three legs.
Ultimately it is a great experience and challenge that will keep you coming back for more.
Contact us for pricelists and available dates between May and August 2020.
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