Some Of The Many Hunting Packages In The Concessions We Have All Over  South Africa

Hunting Packages:  Eastern Cape, Limpopo and North West Provinces

Hunt #1. $10,000.  7-9 days.  Eastern Cape Province. Either Rowland Ward or SCI book numbers:

1x Eland m

1x Kudu m

1x Waterbuck m

1x Bontebok m

1x Red Lechwe m

1x Zebra m

 

Hunt #2. $7,500.  6-8 days.  Eastern Cape Province. Either Rowland Ward or SCI book numbers:

1x Kudu m

1x Waterbuck m

1x Bontebok m

1x Springbok m

1x Mountain Reedbuck m

(or hunt every specie in hunts 1&2 for $12,000)

 

Hunt #3. $10,000.  4 days.  North West Province. Touching Rowland Ward or SCI book numbers:

1x Cape buffalo  40" - 42" spread.

 

Hunt #4. $8,800.  7-8 days.  North West Province. Representative size trophies of each species:

​1x Gemsbok (oryx) m

1x Hartebeest m

1x Tsessebe m

1x Blesbok m

1x Impala m

1x Springbok m

1x Zebra m/f

Hunt #5. $8,000.  7-9 days.  Eastern Cape Province. Either Rowland Ward or SCI book numbers  Together with # 6 this is for two buddies:

1x Eland m

1x Black wildebeest m

1x Blesbok m

1x Red Lechwe m

1x Zebra m

 

Hunt #6. $8,000.  7-9  days.  Eastern Cape Province. Either Rowland Ward or SCI book numbers Together with # 5 this is for two buddies :

1x Kudu m

1x Waterbuck m

1x Bontebok m

1x Springbok m

1x Mountain Reedbuck m

 

​​Hunt #7. $6,000.  5-7 days.  North West Province. Very good representative size trophies of each species.  Together with # 8 this is for two buddies:

 

1x Gemsbok (oryx) m

1x Blesbok m

1x Impala m

1x Springbok m

1x Zebra m/f

 

Hunt #8. $6,000.  5-7 days.  North West Province.  Very good representative size trophies of each species.  Together with # 7 this is for two buddies:

1x Tsessebe m

1x Hartebeest m

1x Blue Wildebeest

1x Blesbok m

 

Hunt #9 . $4,500.  2-3 days.  North West Province.

​1x RW Sable bull  (or combine with any selection in Hunt #4 - price on request).

Hunt #10. $13,300.  3-4 days.  North West Province.  Combine Hunts #3 and #9:

1x Cape buffalo  40" - 42" spread

1x RW Sable bull

​​​There are many more options available like:

  • Giraffe (they are NOT a threatened species as is falsely reported in the USA media).

  • Golden wildebeest (genetically manipulated to match a long ago extinct sub-specie.  These animals are to disappear in time as they are not allowed to interbreed with standard blood.  They make a fantastic flat floor skin.

  • Springbok - which is the South African national animal.

  • Bontebok - which is the South African success story of saving a species from extinction by being overhunted in the time of British Colonial rule due to its high visibility coat and excellent meat.

  • Nyala - the sharpest horns in the business and not afraid of either humans or natural predators.

  • Zebra - which makes for an impressive flat skin floor covering when mounted on black felt.

  • Roan - which is the world's second heaviest hooved animal and fairly rare.

  • Eland - which is the world's heaviest hooved animal (reaching 2,000 lbs) and as tough as a Cape buffalo but not aggressive at all.

  • Lion - which unlike they do in Zimbabwe we do not assassinate over bait but we track and follow and stalk it in the Kalahari which aggravates them no end and in the end you WILL shoot it face to face - possibly in a charge.  There always will be 2 PHs with the hunter when going after lion on foot.

Check out these pages for detailed species description:

General Conditions of Contract

After accepting the invitation to hunt a 50% deposit of the quoted cost for any package is required via SWIFT international transfer to ensure booking the hunts, hunting licenses and rifle import permits.  The balance is payable on arrival by credit card before the hunt starts.  Please ensure your bank's international transfer system can be accommodated by the international SWIFT protocol and that your bank has pre-cleared you to do the final transfer transaction from South Africa.  Many US smaller banks are not up to date with international transfer transaction protocols.  No PayPal or other intermediaries are accepted.

 

There will be no financial surprises for the hunter as  any package quote is inclusive of the following:

  • Fetching from and returning to Oliver Tambo (Johannesburg) International Airport.

  • All internal road travel for the hunts.

  • All hunting licenses and trophy export permits.

  • All accommodation, food and drinks during the allocated days of the hunt.

  • All PH daily fees.

  • All field preparation of trophies for taxidermy.

 

Not included in the quoted cost:

  • Travel, accommodation and food for other leisure or photo safari excursions.  (South Africa is a choice destination for international tourists on guided and self-drive photo safaris like nowhere else in the world).

  • Taxidermy, dipping, crating and shipping of trophies to the client's port of destination.

  • Gratuities - as and when viewed by the client as having been earned by the individual.

  • Extra days accommodation and food outside of the allocated hunting days required by the client.

  • Dedicated arrangement by a special agent for pre-organised temporary import permits for firearms and ammunition, personal meeting of the client in the airport foyer and accompanying him to the firearms customs area and for first night accommodation at a lodge near the airport.  This is useful when arriving after dark at Johannesburg and allowing for a good night's rest before the following day's 4-5 hour road trip to the hunting area with the PH.

General Notes On Choice Of Rifle for Non Dangerous Game Hunting

The 30-06 is the perfect standard - but bring that particular .30 calibre rifle you have which you shoot best and which has already proven its reliability - always remembering:

  • It is not the geometric size and belt or beltless shape of the case that does the killing but the integrity of the bullet to not break up or lose weight at impact.  We shoot through both low shoulder bulges and we know you will exactly follow your PHs instructions on shot placement even though it may be different from what you are used to.

  • Ammunition is the cheapest component of your once in a lifetime hunt so bring the very best - which in our many years experience with Africa game means 180 gr Federal Fusion if you use factory loaded ammunition, or if you are a self-loader then 180 gr Barnes TSX.  There are many US brands and designs of bullets which we do not even allow to be used so please discuss with your PH.  Also, you do not really want a muzzle velocity above 2,700 ft/sec.  Forget about the need for 3,000 ft/sec.

  • Please: PHs and trackers rely on their good sense of hearing to ensure the perfect experience (and safety) for visiting hunters so please do not bring a big magnum rifle which you can only shoot properly with a muzzle brake.  If you need a muzzle brake the rifle is overpowered for you and also for what you will be hunting.  On this topic - keep in mind that out here the .308W is 7x more popular for all big game by South African hunters than all other calibres combined.  With good bullets it is an impeccable one shot performer on everything from springbok to kudu or wildebeest.  You just put that premium bullet where your PH tells you and the bullet will do the rest :-)

General Notes On Choice Of Rifle for Dangerous Game Hunting

The .375 H&H is the perfect standard against which everything else is measured - and a 9,3x62 is good enough:

  • For the visiting hunter using a .375 H&H he will know that he will put himself in the company of Harry Manners, John Taylor, Ron Thomson and many, many others.  With a flat nose 300 gr monolithic solid copper bullet it is an impeccable performer on Cape buffalo and elephant.  With a 300 gr Barnes TSX it is  good enough for Cape buffalo and also perfect for little meat damage on any antelope. With 300 gr Hornady Interlock it is perfect for lion and leopard.

  • If you own a .375 Ruger or .416 Ruger you are well equipped as long as you do not follow the popular  narrative that it is even better than the .375 H&H and the .416 Rigby - by which the original gun writer who employed he term "better" really meant it is 50-70 ft/sec faster.  That also means that those parallel walled cases may just possibly offer difficult extraction in the Africa midday heat as they do from some Ruger chambers.  Load to .375 H&H and .416 Rigby velocities and pressures will not be the cause for embarrasment - or a moment where life suddenly becomes over-interesting.

  • Honestly, very few hunters who bring any of the big Weatherbys shoot them very well.  To  miss a Cape buffalo's heart top chambers due to flinching with a .378 or .460 is the same as having missed it with a 9,3x62 - you now have a wounded buffalo on your hands.  Hitting the top of the heart with any one of those again has the same effect -  the buffalo will be dead in 50 yards.

 

What experience has taught us about bullets:

  • A flat nose monolithic  Peregrine VRG-2 bullet causes a 4x calibre permanent wound channel just like an expanding bullet and maintains a straight line through skin, tendons bone and muscle.

  • Any round nose or semi spitzer bullet has a good possibility to tumble after reaching the first heavy bone structure, and may not penetrate all the way to the heart.  Africa animals hate being merely lung shot and the hunter will pay in a variety of ways for that.

  • There are no bullets on the international market outside South Africa which are of equivalent quality and integrity than locally produced Peregrine, GS Custom (also available in the USA), Rhino, and a number of others.   Please discuss bullet choice for your application with your PH.

  • You are invited to fill out the no obligation form further down on this page to start a discussion.

 

​The photo strip to the right show typical hunters' lodgings, varying from luxury European style fully catered accommodation to basic but comfortable, safe and very pleasing bush camps that offer a true "Africa" experience.

My favourite is the hunters' camp on the property where I am the resident outfitter and PH.  This hunters' camp is true Africa with simple sleeping but neat, cool, thatched huts, modern ablutions and cooking facilities with all amenities and equipment for self catering. 

 

It also features a large "boma" -  which is a low walled enclosure around a large camp fire place with a thatch roof.  Under the roof is a huge funnel-like chimney/protector through the thatch.  The camp fireplace is under the chimney with a side extension for a barbeque space.  One moves coals from the main fire to the barbeque extension.

 

Halfway around the campfire are built-in bunks so one can sleep around the fire with a roof overhead but open to the sides above the low wall.  It is rather clever.  The site around the camp is fenced with woven type wire fence, the blocks are large enough for small animals like squirrels and ground hogs to pass through but will keep leopard, caracal, hyena and jackal out.

Young bushbuck ram
Young bushbuck ram

They are regularly seen around the lodge as this family had made it their home as a safe space against leopard and caracal.

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PH Andries (right) and Louisiana  hunter with a 35" very old Cape buffalo bull taken with his .458 Lott and a single surgically placed  Peregrine 480 gr VRG-2 solid bullet.
Look at the massive solid boss on those old horns.

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