In the northern part of South Africa - at the famous Limpopo River - we work with Limpopo Safaris, which is a fantastic place ! - not only for the hunter, but also for his family. This hunting district covers 45.000 hectares.
In the Kwa-Zulu Natal province (not so far from Swaziland) you will find Mark Dedekind Safaris, and they have a hunting area which is very famous for an incredibly big population of the beautiful Nyala antelope. Mark also has a hunting area of 40.000 hectares north west of Johannesburg, which is teeming with Warthogs and not least Impalas with very big trophies.
In the Eastern Cape province we work with four different safari companies - Frontier Safaris, Loock Safaris, E-Zulu Safaris and African Echo Safaris. The last-mentioned has two different hunting areas in Eastern Cape, as well as a hunting area in the Kalahari.
With Frontier Safaris you can get the cheapest hunting trip in the market. And even though the price is discount (0 Euro for 6 days stay and 5 hunting days 2:1), we do not compromise either with the size of the hunting area (27.000 hectares), nor the population of game or the accommodation.
Loock Safaris is situated close to the town of Graaff-Reinet, and here we can offer trophy hunting and cull hunting. On a lot of interesting species.
African Echo Safaris is our latest addition to partners in South Africa - here you get good hunting at very reasonable prices.
E-Zulu Safaris ist the place to choose, if you want luxury in all aspects.
So, as you see, we have lots of things to offer in South Africa - please see more about the different hunting trips under Tours.
Mark Dedekind Safaris south of Pongola in Kwazulu Natal had kindly invited us to hunt red duiker and nyala
– two very typical species for this part of South Africa.
The red duiker was usually the more difficult of the two species to get with only five animals on the yearly quota in the privately owned Mahlalela nature reserve spanning almost 11,000 hectares. We would therefore start our hunt looking after one of these small animals.
Once again I was hunting with my Mauser M03 African PH in .300 Winchester Magnum with a Zeiss Victory HT 2.5-10X on top. Certainly too much gun for an animal weighing only about 12 kg but for the nyala the caliber was suitable and therefore I felt it was a very good all-round rig for this hunt. I simply had to be careful to place the bullet behind the shoulder on the red duiker to give the taxidermist a fair chance.
It took us more than an hour to drive the long way from the lodge over the mountain and down to the bottom of the next valley. On the way we passed an impressive diversity of typical Zululand habitat ranging from dense camel thorn bush over enormous open grass plains at high altitudes to thick jungles filled with red duikers along the rivers at the bottom of the valleys. Freddy Robertson – my experienced PH – knew this enormous area like the back of his hand. On our way to the riverine forests he had explained exactly what the plan was. We would find a nice starting point on the river. From there we would slowly stalk as quietly as possible against the wing pausing frequently to observe. The little red duikers are extremely shy and very alert. If they see the hunters they immediately disappear in the undergrowth.
We moved slowly forward under the canopy. The forest floor was covered in dead branches at crackling dry leaves. I stayed right behind my PH and tried to walk in his pace to make as little noise as possible. The forest was silent as the grave and every little twig that snapped under our foot soles sounded as painfully noisy as a chainsaw in a library. We crossed back and forth over the dried out river bed and stopped at the smallest sound or movement. After less than twenty minutes we spooked the first duiker of the day without any chance of seeing whether it was male or female. Ten minutes later we did it again. Duikers vs. Jens 2-0
Freddy was clearly enjoying this quiet stalk. His smiling enthusiasm was contagious and I was taken by the challenge. Suddenly Freddy froze. A few meters in front of us a small flock of crested guinea fowl was mowing between the bushes. Red duikers are often following these birds as all their scraping reveals lots of delicious food for the duikers. Without a movement he studied the area surrounding the birds resting his binoculars on the shooting sticks. Several long minutes passed before we saw some red movement in the bushes. A red duiker appeared less than 20 meters in front of us. It was constantly moving and energetically wagging its relatively large tail like a happy little dog.
Both male and female red duikers have horns. It is therefore difficult to judge the sex by the look of the head. So Freddy was looking for testicles. Actually for the set of large – or rather huge – testicles that all male duikers carry around considering the relatively small size of these animals. The red duiker in front of us had none. In other words she was a little lady.
We both saw the movement in the bush behind the princess. Another duiker had entered the scene. Freddy did not need to look at his private parts to conclude that it was an old male. The thick horns beyond the long hair on his head gave him away. And so did his shameless pursuit of the young female. Freddy carefully put up the shooting sticks and I tried to get in position but the duikers had other plans and moved their activities to another bush during the couple of seconds it took me to get ready. Freddy took a chance and asked me to aim for an opening between the bushes. With a little luck the duikers would appear there. The distance was less than 20 meters. I quietly got in position and waited. I saw a tiny shadow getting closer to the opening. I cocked the action and moved my finger to the trigger. The fine dot of red light in the center of the cross hairs was already lit. Freddy studied the animal intensely through his binoculars. ”Not that one – it’s the female”, he whispered.
I moved my index finger outside the trigger guard. The female stopped in the middle of the opening starring right at us. It was the only time I saw a duiker stand still and the moment didn’t last for more than a second or two. She quickly moved on warning the male who appeared in the same opening just seconds later. ”Shoot!” Freddy said and a shot aimed at the middle of the small silhouette rang out in the forest. The duiker fell down but he immediately got back on his feet and began spinning around for a few seconds before everything was quiet.
”Did you see the tree you clipped?” Freddy asked. I did not. Approximately half way between the muzzle and the duiker the bullet had tarred a small tree apart. Luckily this did not change the course of the bullet substantially. Luck is allowed! The little red duiker was out of it…
What a start, what a hunt! An ancient male with thick horns lay dead on the ground. A beautiful and peculiar animal and a very challenging hunt.
In the afternoon Freddy showed me around in the incredibly beautiful reserve. Zululand’s carrying capacity is among the best in Africa. In this area game is abundant and in very good condition.
Stalking the nyala
We could feel it as we got up early the next morning. The temperature and humidity was rising. We expected a hot day – and we had one! The more than 1,500 nyala in the areas was playing hide and seek in the heat. During a long and sweaty morning stalk we only saw a single female in an area that is usually crawling with nyala. Going back for lunch we had the good fortune to be able to cull an old wildebeest bull in the open grasslands so the mornings hunt was far from fruitless.
In the afternoon we spotted lots of nyala and we stalked a few up and down steep and rocky hill sides. But none of them turned out to be the kind of bulls Freddy was looking for. The late afternoon was sizzling hot with 38 degrees Celsius in the shadow. We drank liters of water.
Our third and last hunting day started out even hotter than the day before. Not a good thing for our nyala hunt. They simply moved to little around to be spotted in the dense areas of bush. Despite some very serious efforts we didn’t manage to get an opportunity to bag a large bull that morning.
We started hunting again early in the afternoon. This was our last chance! Maybe I was not meant to bag a nyala this time around? It was nothing to complain about really. I already had a fantastic hunt, and it wouldn’t be hunting if the outcome was given.
The nyalas was more on the move in the afternoon but still not as much as Freddy would like them to move. We stalked a couple of promising bulls but we were out of luck. The sun was setting behind the mountain as we slowly headed towards the lodge.
Nothing is over before the fat lady sings! Freddy saw two bulls in open bush close to the track. A very young and a very old bull was grazing side by side. We drove a few hundred meters and turned right on another road. A little further ahead Freddy stopped the engine and we quietly left the vehicle. I chambered a round and checked that the action was uncocked and safe. I lit the illuminated center dot in the scope and turned the magnification all the way down to 2.5X.
Our plan was to sneak quietly through the few hundred meters of bush and hopefully find the old bull on the other side. If we bumped into the animals on the way our only option would be a shot at very close range in the thick stuff in front of us.
A light breeze was blowing in our faces. The wind was perfect. We tried to be as silent as possible and moved forward very slowly. A carpet of dry leaves on a bottom of dead branches and twigs bedded in crisp red gravel and loose rocks proved to be quite a challenge to our ambitions of stealth. We looked like Indians in artistic slow motion as we slowly oozed our way through this jungle…
After a little more than a hundred meters ultra-slow advance we reached a dry river bed. A vertical brink of loose dirt with roots sticking out led to a stony bottom four meters below. The opposite brink was equally steep. There was no hope of getting across here!
Freddy starred a little disappointed at the gorge in front of us, but he immediately stalked along the river to try and find a place to cross. Only a few meters further ahead an opportunity presented itself in the shape of a narrow path opened by the nyalas themselves. We crawled under a dead tree and carefully slid down the brink holding on to one of the thick roots on the way. On the other side we repeated the exercise in reverse order.
Freddy carefully raised his head over the edge. Less the 70 meters in front of him the young bull was still grazing peacefully. Freddy slowly looked to the right and there – only 15 meters in front of him – the old bull was feeding towards us! Freddy ducked in slow motion and whispered as silent as he could that I should move around him and kill the bull in front of us. I managed to get around him in slow motion and I raised the rifle as I looked over the top. But we were busted - A nyala does not grow ears the size of a saucer for the fun of it!
When I cleared the edge I stood face to face with a very alert nyala bull at a distance of 10 meters. We were starring each other directly in the eyes. The moment hardly lasted half a second. The bull threw himself around and ran off at full speed.
”Jump up and see if he stops” Freddy hissed. I was already over the edge!
A second later I saw the fleeing nyala through thick bush at 30 meters – and he saw me! With a powerful jump he turned 90 degrees and started running away from the river at full speed displaying his entire broadside. Instinctively I had thrown the rifle to the shoulder, cocked it and was now following the running bull through the scope. I was on auto-pilot in driven hunt mode! A little further ahead of him I saw an opening in the bush. When the bull passed it my index finger was happy with the sight picture and pulled the trigger. The shot went off and hit the nyala in midair exactly where the neck is attached to the spine.
His lights went out in as the bullet struck him and he collapsed and fell like a sack of potatoes. He was dead before he hit the ground and he raised a big cloud of red dust as he rolled lifeless on the ground. “...or you can do it like that” Freddy cheered loudly behind me. I chambered another round and focused on the bull approximately 60 meters away. His violent kicking left no doubt. The black prince had passed on to the eternal version of Zululand’s lush bush land. I could hear my own pulse and I could feel the sweat running down my body staining my khaki cotton shirt. But I also felt the corners of my mouth getting closer to my ears…
ZEISS: Victory HT 2.5-10X50 scope.
A very good all-round scope with a versatile zoom range, good light transmission in dark environments and a very fine red center dot in the middle of the reticle. Conquest HD 8X42 binoculars. Mauser: M03 African PH in .300 Win. Mag. A safe, well balanced and very accurate rifle. A good all-round weapon for African plains game. Härkila: Khaki safari shirt and long oryx pants. Both in 100% cotton for maximum coolness. I wear long sleeves and legs because of the sun and the snakes. My feet are very happy with the Rhino leather boots - the perfect safari boot. It’s light, has a good grip and it is very strong!
Come with Jens on a kudu hunt to a wild corner of Africa where black rhinos roam among incredible kudus, bushbucks and waterbucks...
I always go hunting with great expectations. To travel without the slightest idea of what adventures are lying ahead is a thrill very similar to the bubbling sensation I used to feel in my stomach the night before my first dozen of birthdays. The certainty that the next day would be great combined with the uncertainty of what would actually happen was excitement in its purest form. The birthdays became predictable and the tickling butterflies on the inside left for good but the childish magic in the joy of expectation remained when it comes to hunting adventures.
In this case, I truly had something to look forward to. The hunting area used by Limpopo Safaris is a huge privately owned nature reserve covering an area of 65,000 hectares. I have been there before. Twice actually and I have come to regard the outfitter Mias Cronje and his lovely wife Bella as good personal friends.
Upon my arrival we test fired the rifle late in the evening in the lights from the car. It was dead on as always. Mias wanted to go kudu hunting early next morning!
We started our first hunting day with a long walk along the Nzehelele River a tributary to the mighty Limpopo River that forms the areas boundary to Zimbabwe. The landscape was wild and impressive. So was the game populations. Along the deep and rocky riverbed, we saw plenty of waterbuck, bushbuck, kudu, nyala and bush pig. Big crocodiles patrolled the shallow water and a grumpy old black rhino bull demanded our constant attention.
The trophy quality in the area is the result of efficient management. Just 15 years ago this enormous hunting area was a number of worn down cattle farms with very little wild life living in the bush. An investor with a keen interest in nature conservation bought the farms and cleaned up the bush. The area was game fenced and one by one all the indigenous species were acquired and reintroduced into areas where they had been absent for more than a century. Today wild bush has reclaimed the cattle pastures and the area is home to more than 30 huntable species of big game.
All the game populations sustains themselves and there is more than enough room for “difficult” species. Thus the area have strong and growing populations of leopard, spotted and brown hyena, African wild dog, crocodile and all the small wild felines that belong in this part of the world. Only the lion is still missing – due to legislative issues – but it is on its way. To the owners it is all about creating a closed African eco-system – a sanctuary for the wild Africa. Hunting is simply a management tool and a way to finance the whole thing. Quotas are very strict.
On our way back from the morning stalk Mias and Hassan were very cautious. They had no idea of the exact whereabouts of our friend Mr. Rhino and they paused often to spot him before he spotted us. This part of the area is not usually used for hunting guests. I only managed to convince Mias to take me there because I insisted that I was an excellent tree climber and because he did not realize that I am a very poor judge of my own abilities (or lack of same)…
They spotted our heavy buddy on the opposite bank. He was browsing peacefully on dry bushes. We stopped to take photos of the big fellow. He was slowly moving towards us and soon he was within 50 meters. We quietly observed and had already chosen our personal trees should the situation suddenly escalate.
When we felt the breeze against the back of our heads, it was already too late. The hardly noticeable wind had turned to carry our scent directly to the black rhino bull at the bottom of the river. He blinked his beady little eyes raised his head and sniffed the wind. In the next second he exploded in furious rage.
The angry bull snorted as he accelerated from zero to top speed in a couple of leaps. He was headed straight for us. I jumped up and ran the few meters to my tree while Mias calmly distracted the mastodon. I got far in to the tree in no time flat. Actually, I am convinced that I would have been able to climb to the top of a polished flag pole covered in green soap! After a few minutes display of brutal force the bull went back to his own side of the river and we sneaked off to the car.
They say that fear is not real. That is a feeling we choose. I do not know if that is true. I do know that I chose to throw out my underpants when we got back that evening and I did not forget to kiss my Härkila Rhino boots goodnight in appreciation of their tree climbing qualities…
We were out early the next morning searching for the strong kudu bulls that are so typical for this area. We had been driving for less than an hour when Hassan spotted two kudu bulls through thick Mopani bush. He could not however get a clear view of their horns. Never the less he had a hunch that they were strong bulls and he convinced Mias to take a closer look.
The bulls were several hundred meters from the car headed towards a steep formation of rocks far from the dirt track we were driving on. 500 meters further ahead Mias turned the Land Cruiser toward the ridge hoping that we would get a chance to see these bulls from the top of the red rocks.
The track went all the way to the top. Mias stopped the diesel engine long before we reached the edge and we silently left the car. We were on a flat plateau high above the plain that stretched from the foot of the cliffs towards the river and its dense green vegetation that made it look like a gigantic green snake moving through the landscape.
Directly below us a pair of young waterbuck bulls got on their feet. They clearly sensed our presence without really realizing the nature of the threat. I took a good look at these magnificent animals through my binoculars as they slowly descended down the side of the cliff sending loose rocks rolling with every step they took.
From the corner of my eye I saw Mias drop to his knees. Instinctively I followed him without knowing why he did it. Mias threw his binoculars before his eyes and starred intensely downhill in a completely different direction than the vanishing waterbucks.
His whispered exited. “Do you see that kudu bull?”
I followed the direction he was looking and there – only about 100 meters down – a giant kudu bull grew out of the shadows beneath a tree that it was feeding on. I quickly got my own set of binoculars in action and a crystal clear image of the magnificent animal appeared before my eyes. My heart skipped a beat or two. This was indeed a sight for sore eyes! The long horns of this bull was curling in deep black turns towards the sky in perfect V-formation. The amber colored tips seemed to be extremely far away from the bases of the horns that were as thick as a grown man’s arms.
“I want you to shoot that bull.... NOW!” Mias was very insisting – and I was not hard to persuade…
I crawled back to the car to get the Mauser. As silent as I could I sneaked a round into the chamber and made sure the rifle was not cocked. As fast as I could I crept back to Mias and Hassan who was still starring at the kudu bull below. I moved the last bit like a snake on the rocks and got in position between the others. I was lined up for a pretty easy shot from prone position with – literally – rock steady support.
I turned the Zeiss scope to 10X magnification and lit the fine red center dot for better contrast against the dark silhouette of the bull. My thumb worked the cocking lever without effort and my finger softly found the trigger as I oozed down behind the scope.
He was right at the edge of my sight picture facing us at an angle. I let the glowing red point slide to the center of his chest and let the shot off.
The bull jumped and kicked violently with his hind legs. His left front leg dangled from his body and dark red blood was pumping from the exit wound behind his shoulder. He turned on three legs and ran downhill headed for the thick bush below. The signs were clear – everything looked just fine. But the bull did not stop and drop as soon as we expected him to do so.
He just carried on and was soon at 200 meters distance. I fired a shot through the top of the trees against the dark silhouette. The bullet deflected and went high over the back of the animal. He was now trotting. Another shot – this time at well over 250 meters – failed to penetrate the Mopani bush. But the kudu was slowing down clearly affected by the first shot.
In front of the animal, I saw an opening between two trees. With a single push on the button on my rangefinder Mias measured the distance to 312 meters. I set the ASV+ turret on the scope at 310 meters and could easily send the last bullet in the magazine into the spine of the bull stopping him on the spot.
Strange! Both Mias and I felt sure that the first bullet was perfect and even though the bull was clearly dying it should not have been able to run that far.
Ten minutes later we caught up with the dead bull between the Mopani trees. The huge trophy was by no means less impressive at short distance. This strong old gentleman had seen his share of fighting and he had probably won most of those battles to claim his place in the gene pool
At closer inspection the reason for the longevity of the wounded bull became clear. My first shot had only destroyed one of the bull’s lungs. It was dying when my last bullet struck it to the ground but it would have died within a few meters had I placed my first bullet through the top of the heart.
With a valuable lesson learned and an incredibly beautiful trophy in the salt, we spent the rest of my visit to this spectacular area taking pictures of the abundant wildlife, fishing brim among the crocodiles and – with big grins on our faces – reassuring each other that we tend to give ourselves waaay to little credit…
I saw lots of kudu, bushbuck and nyala with unbelievable trophies and I’ll be very surprised if this area will not dominate the top of the trophy lists for waterbuck within the next decade. I’ve seen several candidates for the top ten with my own eyes. I’ll be back!
ZEISS: On this trip I am bringing a set of Zeiss Victory HT 8X42 binoculars and a Victory 8X26 PRF rangefinder to complement the rifle scope - a Zeiss Victory HT 2.5-10X50 equipped with the ASV+ ballistic turret. Nothing but the best!
MAUSER: The rifle is a Mauser M03 African PH in .300 Winchester magnum caliber. It turned out to shoot extraordinarily accurate with Norma Oryx 180 gr. ammo. I feel very safe using this particular model as it incorporates a very user friendly hand-cocking devise instead of a conventional safety.
HÄRKILA: I use the strong Oryx pants that fits like a good pair of jeans. A classig safari shirt keeps my skin cool and out of the sun. Both pants and shirt are made from cotton. My feet are comfortably protected by a pair of light Rhino leather boots. A very good choice for hunting in hot weather.
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Scientific Name: Connochaetes Taurinus Subspecies: Whitebearded Wildebeest (C.t. mearnsi) Cookson's Wildebeest (C.t. Cooksoni) Distribution: Blue Wildebeest: Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa and Namibia. Whitebearded Wildebeest: Tanzania and Kenya Cookson's Wildebeest: Luangwa Valley in Zambia. Habitat: Found in all kinds of Bush, but prefers open grassy plains with thorny...Read more
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Scientific Name: Giraffe camelopardalis Subspecies: Normally divided into northern and southern species: The Northern subspecies: Nubian Giraffe ( G. c. camelopardialis) Reticulated Giraffe (G. c. reticulata) Baringo Giraffe (G. c. rothschildi) The southern subspecies: Kenya Giraffe (G. c. tippelskirchi) Southern Giraffe (G. c. giraffa) Distribution: The different species of Giraffe have common...Read more
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Scientific Name: Alcelaphus b caama Subspecies: Is itself a subspecies of Alcelaphus buselaphus. Distribution: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Angola Habitat: Open grassland and savanna. Description: Middlesized antelope, that weighs around 170 kg and measures 120 - 140 cm over the shoulder. General colour light reddish brown. The horns are black and heavy, curved at first slightly...Read more
Scientific Name: Procavia capensis Subspecies: N/A Distribution: Across sub-Saharan Africa, except in the Congo basin and Madagascar. Also occurs in the southern Algeria, Libya, Egypt and the middle east. Habitat: They build their dwellings in any type of rock offering suitable cavaties and soils. Description: A small, squat heavily built mammal around 50cm in length. It has thick fur from...Read more
Scientific Name: Aepyceros melampus Subspecies: East African Impala (Aepyceros m. rendillis) Angola Impala (Aepyceros m. petersi) Distribution: South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Congo (Zaire) Habitat: Open bush and Acacia savanna Description: The three species are here descriped as on as the difference in appearance is negligent...Read more
Scientific Name: Oreotragus oreotragus Subspecies: None Distribution: South Africa, Namibia, botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, Zmabia, Tanzania, Kenya, Congo, Ethiopia and Sudan. Habitat: Isolated rocky hills and mountains up to 13.000 feet. Description: Small antelope weighing 10 - 15 kg with a shoulder height not normally more than 60 cm. General colour olive yellow largely sprinkled...Read more
Scientific Name: Tregelaphus strepsiceros strepsiceros Subspecies: The East Cape Kudu is a subspecies of the Greater Kudu,. Distribution: Only occurs in the East Cape region of South Africa. Habitat: Its preferred habitat is woodland (especially thornveld) close to water, but can occur in semi desert and thick valley bushveld with sufficient food and cover. Description: Large, elegant...Read more
Scientific Name: Tragelaphus strepsiceros Subspecies: Southern Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros strepsiceros) East African Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus str. bea). Western Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus str. cottoni) Distribution: From Chad, Sudan and Ethiopia in the North through all countries along the East coast as well as Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Angola and South Africa. Habitat:...Read more
Scientific Name: Tragelaphus imberbis Subspecies: Tragelaphus i. australis Distribution: Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. Habitat: Dense Bush Description: Looks much like the Greater Kudu, but has got a shoulderheight of 100 cm and an average weight of 90 - 100 kg. However, Lesser Kudu has more white side stripes than its larger cousin (Greater Kudu ca. 7, Lesser ca. 9) Hunting...Read more
Scientific Name: Tragelaphus angasi Subspecies: None Distribution: South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. Habitat: Dense Bush and in thickets along rivers and streams. Description: Middlesized anthelope of 110 - 130 kg and a shoulderheight of 110 - 120 cm. General colour dark slaty brown with a purplish tinge, with white and lightbrown markings. The Nyala has ca. 11 white...Read more
Scientific Name: Ourebia ourebi Subspecies: Up to 13 subspecies are recognised. The only one of these that is very different from the others is the Haggard Oribi (see description) Distribution: South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia (Caprivi), Angola, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Chad, CAR, Cameroun and all West African States to Senegal. Habitat: Grassy plains, very...Read more
Scientific Name: Oryx gazella gazella Subspecies: Beisa Oryx (Oryx g. beisa) Fringe-eared Oryx (Oryx g. callotis) Distribution: South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Angola. Habitat: Dry plains and sub-desert. Description: Large antelope with a very compact body. The Gemsbok reaches a weight of 220 kg and a height of around 120 cm. General colour pale fawn grey, with striking patternon head and...Read more
Scientific Name: Struthio camelus Subspecies: There are three living and one extinct subspecies of common ostrich: North African Ostrich(S. c. camelus), South African Ostrich (S. c. australis), Masai Ostrich (S. c. massaicus) and the extinct Arabian Ostrich( S. c. camelus). Distribution: The Sahel, parts of East Africa and Southern Africa Habitat: Plains, open thorn bush country and...Read more
Scientific Name: Kobus leche Subspecies: Kafue Lechwe (Kobus l. kafuensis) Black Leckwe (Kobus l. Smithemani) Distribution: Lechwe: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Angola Kafue Leckwe: Zambia and Congo (Zaire) Black Lechwe: Zambia (Bangweolo swamps) Habitat: Swamps and wetlands (see Sitatunga) Description: The tree species will be described as one as the difference between them is negligent:...Read more
Scientific Name: Redunca arundinum Subspecies: None Distribution: Angola, Southern part of Congo, Southern Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia (Caprivi) and South Africa. Habitat: Open bush and savanna Description: Middlesized antelope with a shoulderheight of up to 100 cm and a weight of 70 - 80 kg. General colour uniform greyish fawn, tinged with brown, with a white...Read more
Scientific Name: Redunca fulvorufula Subspecies: We use Asell's classifying which recognizes 3 subspecies: Chanler's Mountain Reedbuck (Redunca f. chanleri) Redunca f. adamauae (this species has not a common name, and very little is known about it.). Distribution: Mountain Reedbuck: South Africa Chanler's Mountain Reedbuck: Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia. Redunca f. adamauae: Cameroun and...Read more
Scientific Name: Hippotragus equinus Subspecies: 6 subspecies are recognised but we have chosen only to describe those that are available for trophy hunting at present. East African Roan (Hippotragus e. langheldi) Western Roan (Hippotragus e. koda) Distribution: Southern Roan: South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. East African Roan: Tanzania and Kenya. Western Roan: From...Read more
Scientific Name: Oryx dammah Subspecies: None Distribution: Chad, Niger, Mali and Sudan. Habitat: Sahel and semi-desert, even desert in Northern Africa. Description: Large antelope (150-200 kg) with a compact body, very pale coloured with no striking pattern on the body. Neck and chest ruddy brown, body white, washed with russet. Its ears bears a tuft of long black hair. Hunting method:...Read more
Scientific Name: Hippotragus niger Subspecies: Hippotragus n. kirkii, Hippotragus n. roosevelti. Giant Sable (Hippotragus n. Variani) not described as it currently threatened with extinction. Distribution: South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya. Habitat: Open or mixed bush and grassland, but is also found in miombo- and mopane...Read more
Scientific Name: Damaliskus lunatus Subspecies: Topi (Damaliscus l. jimela) Western Topi, Korrigum (Damaliscus l. purpurescens) Tiang (Damaliscus l. tiang) Distribution: Tsesseby: South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and Angola Topi: Kenya, anzania and Uganda. Western Topi: Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Cameroun, CAR. Chad and Sudan. Tiang: Sudan, Ethiopia,...Read more
Scientific Name: Pedetes capensis Subspecies: None recognised Distribution: Southern Africa Habitat: Open dry country, mostly on sandy soils. Description: A large rodent, almost kangaroo-like in appearance. Colour can vary from reddish-brown to pale grey, tail has a black tip . Body length 36 -45cm plus a long tail of 36 - 47 cm in length. Hunting method: Hunting at night, or if the chance...Read more
Scientific Name: Antidorcas marsupialis Subspecies: Antidorcas m. hohmeyeri, a. m. angolensis. Distribution: From Angola in the North till the northern parts of South Africa with main distribution in Namibia and Botswana. Habitat: Open dry plains and semi-desert. Small gazelle with relatively long legs. The Springbok reaches ca. 95 in height and has an average weight of 25 - 45 kg. General...Read more
Scientific Name: Antidorcas marsupialis Subspecies: The black springbok is one of the colour phases of springbok, that have been bred on some South African game farms from naturally occurring animals. Distribution: South Africa Habitat: Dry grasslands, bushlands and scrublands of southern Africa. Description: A slender antelope species, up to 84cm high at the shoulder and weighing ...Read more
Scientific Name: Antidorcas marsupialis Subspecies: The copper springbok is one of the colour phases of springbok, that have been bred on some South African game farms from naturally occurring animals. The first copper springboks was found in Orange Free State. Distribution: South Africa Habitat: Dry grasslands, bushlands and scrublands of southern Africa. Description: A slender antelope...Read more
Scientific Name: Antidorcas marsupialis Subspecies: The white springbok is one of the colour phases of springbok, that have been bred on some South African game farms from naturally occurring animals. It originally arose in Eastern Cape Province. Distribution: South Africa Habitat: Dry grasslands, bushlands and scrublands of southern Africa. Description: A slender antelope species, up to 84cm...Read more
Scientific Name: Raphicerus campestris Subspecies: Authors dissagree on the number of subspecies, and 1 to 8 subspecies are more or less recognized. Distribution: South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Kenya and Tanzania. Habitat: Open plains with bush and very little woodland. Description: Small antelope weighing 10 - 15 kg with a shoulder height normally not...Read more
Scientific Name: Chlorocebus pygerythrus Species: There are five recognised subspecies of vervet monkey:Chlorocebus pygerythrus excubitorC. p. hilgerti - found in southern KenyaC. p. nesiotesC. p. pygerythrus found in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho and SwazilandC. p. rufoviridis found in Uganda and Mozambique Distribution: East Africa for Ethiopia south to South Africa Habitat:...Read more
Scientific Name: Phacochoerus aethiopicus Subspecies: Up to 7 species recognised, below descriped as one: Distribution: All of Africa, south of the Sahara Desert, excepting the West African rainforest and the desert of Namibia. Habitat: Open bush and savanna. Description: An ugly pig-like animal, weighing up to 100 kg, and measuring 70 cm over the shoulder. It has a compact elongated body and...Read more
Scientific Name: Kobus Defassa Subspecies: Common Waterbuck (Kobus d. ellipsiprymnus) Crawshay's Waterbuck (Kobus d. crawshayi) Sing Sing Waterbuck (Kobus d. unctuosus) Distribution: Difassa Waterbuck: Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Sudan. Common Waterbuck: South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and Sudan. Crawshay's Waterbuck: Zambia and Namibia (Caprivi) Sing...Read more
Scientific Name: Ceratotherium Simum Subspecies: Ceratotherium s. cottoni. Distribution: South Africa, Sudan and Zimbabwe (------). Due to civilwar in southern Sudan it is difficult to judge how many White Rhinos are actually left in the area. The most negative report say that it is now totally extinct in Sudan. Others are of the opinion that some individuals may have escaped into Uganda. In...Read more
Scientific Name: Equus zebra Subspecies: Hartmann's Mountain Zebra (E. z. hartmannae) Distribution: Mountain Zebra: South Africa Hartmann's Mountain Zebra: Namibia. Habitat: Dry stony mountains and hills. Description: A zebra with horse-like features weighing up to 250 kg, with a shoulder height of around 130 cm. General colour white or buff with conspicuous black stripes. On neck and body,...Read more
E-Zulu Safaris in Eastern Cape offer really exclusive hunting arrangements for the more discerning hunter and his companions. The hunting areas are exceptional good with varied nature and big populations of game. The hunting areas are - like the rest of Eastern Cape - malaria free. The facilities for non-hunting guests are among the best in Africa and here we name some of them: Game drives,...Read more
The hunting district lies between Kenton-on-Sea, Port Alfred and Grahamstown – along one of the most pristine beaches in the country. The hunt focuses on Blue Duiker, Caracal, Cape Bushbuck, Oribi, and Common Duiker. Here it is also possible to see a wide range of other mammals such as the Footed Gerbil, Large-spotted Genet, Tree Dassie, Black-backed Jackal, Blue Duiker, Common Duiker,...Read more
It is possible to hunt Kudu, Waterbuck, Nyala, Oryx, Blue Wildebeest, Black Wildebeest, Impala, Mountain Reedbuck, Common Reedbuck, Black and white springbok, Bontebok, Cape Eland, Burchell’s Zebra, Red Hartebeest, Red Lechwe, Steinbuck, Common Duiker, warthog and many other species. The hunt takes place on foot in hilly terrain, so it is necessary for hunters to be in good physical...Read more
Frontier Safaris´ hunting area is one big area of 27.000 hectares - with open plains, mountains and thick bush. In the hunting area you can hunt a lot of different species, however none of the Big Five, but there is a very big variety of antelopes from the small Blue Duiker to the big Cape Eland. Although it is sold at discount prices, there is nothing lacking with the hunting,...Read more
South Africa is famous for excellent antelope hunting, and with Julius Gers in the beautiful Northern Cape you can really enjoy this exciting bush experience. The farm itself - Klein Papkuil - covers some 13,000 ha, while an additional 30,000 ha of hunting is available on neighbouring properties. The farm lies some 115 km west of Kimberley, where you can take a domestic flight to from...Read more
The famous Kalahari region has fascinated humanity for decades with it’s unique mystical power and it’s enchanting African ambience. It’s hunting districts are famous around the world and are home to the native San people, who have lived here for thousands of years and named the area with pride. This unique, wild ecosystem, which stretches over three South African...Read more
The district, located close to Musina in the north east corner of South Africa, close to the border with Zimbabwe, is one of the best known districts in Africa amongst our customers. There are many good reasons for this! Limpopo Travel have had this outstanding district in their portfolio for many years, and many of our customers are regular visitors, some have even visited the place more than...Read more
As this hunting district lies at 1,000m above sea level, the climate can vary markedly from summer to winter. The terrain which varies from mountainous to huge open plains with sparse vegetation covers some 15,000 ha.. look Safari’s also have access to a number of neighbouring districts. The hunt takes place in an area in Eastern Cape Province, some 3 hours drive north of Port Elizabeth...Read more
The owner of African Echo Safaris is Glaeser Conradie. Glaeser is South African and for many years has enjoyed a successful career as an outfitter and PH (Professionel Hunter) in both South Africa and Burkina Faso. He is a skilful, likeable and very committed PH with a wealth of hunting experience from a wide range of African countries. He really loves to work hard to achieve our hunter’s...Read more
We have now been working with E-Zulu Safaris for three seasons, and without boasting we dare to say that this is the best of the best, when you talk about hunting trips to South Africa. Do you want to be spoiled, or do you want to spoil your closest ones, then book a trip to E-Zulu Safaris in Eastern Cape. Everything that has to do with E-Zulu, is top class. They know that they have a unique...Read more
Frontier Safaris arrange hunting in their own area Burchell Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa. This area is situated about 110 km from the airport in Port Elizabeth (you fly domestic from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth). Frontier Safaris naturally pick-up and take back their guests from/to Port Elizabeth. Burchell Game Reserve is incredible 27.000 hectares. A really...Read more
The farm is managed by the husband and wife team of Madelene and Julius Gers, who take pride in giving their guests not only unforgettable hunting, but also some high class culinary experiences. Here you will quickly feel you are really at home, and Julius is happy to share his wide experience of South African wildlife with his guests. Over the years we have sent many hunters to this fantastic...Read more
During its early years Mias and Bella were the managers of Limpopo Safaris, but since the start of 2011 they have been the proud owners, and they guarantee that high trophy quality will still be in the driving seat. A large percentage of our customers that visit Limpopo Safaris are families or returning customers. This is almost certainly because of the high standard of service found here...Read more
Over the last few years we have had many groups enjoying some fantastic driven hunting with Loock Safaris. The farm is owned by Flippie Loock, who has a great reputation - not just in South Africa, but all the way up to here in Scandinavia. You will need to look far and wide for a more genuine person than him, and we are really glad to be able to work in partnership with this great character.Read more