I saw this post earlier when I was looking for similar info on NB Safari. I recently returned and thought I'd add my experience for future readers...
Iím sad to say my NB Safari experience was my worst vacation experience ever. My overall experience with South Africa, Johannesburg, and the bush were great, but if I were to ever go back for another Safari, I would definitely find another outfit.
Neil Barnard (the owner of NB Safari) is 100% business and is best described as a used car salesman. His first priority is to squeeze every penny from the hunters he can. Providing hunters with quality animals and a good hunting experience is somewhere further down his list. On my first day he asked what I wanted to hunt. The Gemsbok was 2nd on my list. In spite of them advertising the animal on their Web site, he told me they donít have any on their property and ďWeíll see if we go somewhere else to hunt one. In the meantime, I needed to hunt the property HARD. Afterwards, heíd see what he could do.Ē Iím not quite sure how to take what he said, but Iím pretty sure he was trying to tell me that if I hunt enough animals on his property, he might help me out. I was given 2.5 HOURS on my final day to find and shoot a Gemsbok on a different property. Obviously, I didnít find anything and went home empty handed. Nonetheless, hunting someplace else gave me an opportunity to see another ranch. Based on what I saw, the other ranch had way more animals and much much nicer animals than they had on the NB Safari Ranch. The irony, is if I had a chance at a full day to hunt a Gemsbok earlier in the week and came up short, I would likely have taken a Nyala in place of a Gemsbok (FYI, the Nyala is a much more expensive animal than the Gemsbok). Since my opportunity to hunt a Gemsbok on my final day was from 3:30 to 6:00 at night, I really didnít have an opportunity to hunt anything else even if I wanted.
The NB Safari Ranch staff were very nice and were wonderful people. The cleaning staff took exceptional good care of the rooms. The cooks did a good job in preparing wild game for lunch and dinner.
Maids did daily laundry
Our PH was an amazing spotter and tracker.
NB Safari misrepresents what animals they have to hunt
I was cheated of one of my hunting days (7 days paid for) because he wanted to take everyone on a one day Dove hunt at $450/person. I did not go since I wasn't on Safari to hunt dove which I can do in my back yard.
The PHs will tell you every animal you have an opportunity to shoot ďis a nice oneĒ. After you start seeing more animals after initial takes, you start to realize there are many nicer animals out there with plenty of opportunities to take them (not all, but definitely for a few species).
When we first got there, I was excited to see all the animals. Unfortunately, if they werenít on your list to shoot, the PH wasnít about to stop to let you look at them.
Our PH barely spoke English and was very soft spoken, so for the week we were there we didnít get much of an opportunity to learn about the animals or South Africa.
The Driver who took us back to the airport was falling asleep at the wheel. I had to start talking to him and asking him questions to keep him awake and from running us off the road.