A friend is considering hunting with them. I cannot find much info or really any reviews. Their website is relatively vague and none of the trophy photos show a bow in the pictures?
Are his PH's bowhunters?
Can he provide bowhunter references (recent year bowhunters)?
This is kind of what I expected. Since I can't really find any reviews online I figured it would be the same with Bowsite. I have never heard of them either.
My advice is to back out of the auction deal and book a hunt with one of the good bowsite sponsors or places vetted by bowsiters unless he wants to gun hunt.
I've never taken a firearm there, but I'm pretty sure that is wildly misleading if not completely wrong. I know there is definitely paperwork involved in traveling there with firearms. Perhaps you don't need to complete it until you arrive (?), but I'm pretty sure that advanced preparation for this is a definite plus if not a requirement.
I have hunted both archery only and mixed weapon concessions in South Africa. The archery-only locations have been much better experiences for a bowhunter in my opinion. When a safari company doesn't show a photo of a bowhunting hide in its photo gallery and doesn't show a single bow-killed animal in its hunting photo gallery, I would ask a lot of questions and be skeptical of the answers. If his expectations are flexible, he could have a great time. But if he's a die-hard bowhunter, he will likely be disappointed.
There are too many sponsors and vetted outfitters on Bowsite to be selecting some yahhoo !
Potro,-your post was my exact recommendation to my friend and he's researching some of them now.
I see a lot of these fund raiser auction hunts, not all, for safaris just being the bait to get you over there and then their only profit is if you add animals to the package which almost everyone does. Not saying Makonya is one of these. Just looking to see if any bowhunters here have any experience, and that answer is quite clear.