John Sharp is one of the most experienced big-game hunters operating in Southern Africa today, and counts many famous names among his repeat clients worldwide. While adhering to the strict ethics of fair chase, John epitomises the authentic ‘Great White Hunter’ of legend. A pilot, a crack shot and an excellent host, John puts the client at the centre of everything he does. John Sharp offers a variety of dangerous and plains-game hunts in the Bubye Valley Conservancy, which is situated in the south-eastern lowveld of Zimbabwe, as well as in Matetsi close to Victoria Falls. All hunts are conducted by John personally or one of his handpicked PHs. “I never palm off a client on an inexperienced assistant,” he says, but refuses to be drawn into a discussion of other operators’ methods. He is a member of the prestigious African Professional Hunters Association, which has a select membership of around 120 professional hunters. Members of APHA are required to be sworn ‘ethical’ hunters, and to have extensive and continuing experience with dangerous game.
John Sharp is one of a rare breed, and his past clients often come back – not because this man will ever guarantee a trophy (“the bush is unpredictable’), but because he lives up to all the legends of the African big-game hunter. As his long-standing friend, author Wilbur Smith writes: “ I have hunted with some of the very best professional hunters presently operating in Africa, but John Sharp is my preferred companion and guide in the hunting field.”