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Hunting South Africa

We are proud to say our most popular plains game hunting outfitter operates exclusively on low fenced, free range concessions. His areas are massive, with the smallest area in Natal being 110,000 acres. His largest area, situated in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, is 350,000 acres. He is known for outstanding trophy quality, personalized service and reasonable prices.

In Natal, hunters stay in a classic, tented safari camp. Greater Southern Kudu, Cape Bushbuck and Nyala all grow to monstrous proportions here, but the area is home to another dozen or so big game species.

Hunting South Africa

The outfitters premier 350,000 acre Eastern Cape area has a luxurious lodge, with private chalets for the hunters overlooking the scenic Baviaans River. This area is home to over 30 species of big game, with East Cape Kudu, Red Lechwe, Gemsbok, Impala and Bushbuck being some of the most popular species. His 200,000 acre area in the Stormberg Mountains is known for producing gold medal Vaal Rhebuck and Mountain Reedbuck. Both areas are also popular with non hunters because of their proximity to excellent sightseeing, shopping, game parks and touring. We can prepare the perfect itinerary for your non hunting guests.

Our hunting outfitter in South Africa’s Limpopo Province hunts several large ranches along the banks of the Limpopo River. Greater Southern Kudu, Limpopo Bushbuck, Waterbuck, Warthog, Wildebeest and Eland are just a few of the 35 species available from his luxurious lodge.

We also work with an outfitter who hunts Elephants, Buffalo, Lion, Hippo and Croc in the Greater Kruger Park area. He consistently produces outstanding trophies, with the Buffalos having exceptional bosses and spreads that average over 40 inches. Last year, the biggest Buffalo was 47 inches wide. He also hunts two different Elephant areas. One produces 40 to 55 pound ivory and is reasonably priced. The other area averages over 60 pounds and he has taken several bulls over 70 pounds on this hunt over the last 2 seasons.

 

South Africa shares a special place in the hearts and minds of  hunters and non hunters alike. It has long been the most popular hunting destination in Africa especially for first time hunting safaris. International hunters visit annually for plains game and big game hunting on the more than 9,000 registered game ranches in South Africa. Hunting properties range in size from a few thousand to over 250,000 acres where hunters can discover a country and its wildlife that are among the most beautiful and richest that Africa has to offer.

Safari hunting is available on private game ranches and within controlled hunting areas in some provincial game reserves. Much of the hunting in South Africa takes place on enclosed private land. The amount of game on private land is estimated to be two and a half times greater than the game populations found on public lands.

There are nine provinces in South Africa. However more than half of the most popular plains game species are taken in just two provinces, the Limpopo and Eastern Cape. The species taken in these provinces that top the list are Impala, Warthog, Greater Kudu, Blesbok, Gemsbok, Blue Wildebeest, Burchell’s Zebra, Black Wildebeest, Southern Bushbuck, Common Waterbuck and Springbok predominantly in Eastern Cape province.

While hunting in South Africa one can take the big five; Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino. The big five species are dispersed all over South Africa with most being harvested in a couple of provinces. About 60% of all Leopards are taken in the Limpopo province with another 25% being hunted in the North West province. Approximately 65% of all Buffalo are harvested in the Gauteng province and an additional 20% are taken in the KwaZulu Natal and Free State provinces combined. Lion are overwhelmingly taken, 70%, in the North West province with 20% being taken in the Limpopo province. More than half of all Elephants are harvested in the Limpopo and an additional 30% are taken in the North West province. Nearly 70% of White Rhino are hunted in KwaZulu Natal and the North West provinces, the two provinces being equally productive. The Mpumalanga province produces 90% of Hippos taken in South Africa if you are interested in hunting the big six.

In addition to these prestigious trophies, hunters, whether beginners or not, can enrich their trophy room with many other species as well. The abundance of species allowed to be hunted in South Africa is unparalleled with up to thirty species of antelope alone; Cape Eland, Sable Antelope, Roan Antelope, Greater Kudu, Lesser Kudu, Nyala, Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest, Blesbok, Bontebok, Gemsbok, Blue Wildebeest, Black Wildebeest, Common Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Southern Bushbuck, Common Reedbuck, Impala, Springbok, Red Flanked Duiker, Klipspringer, Oribi, Bushpig, Warthog.

Hunting in South Africa also offers the opportunity to hunt exotic species, not indigenous to South Africa or sometimes Africa at all, most of which is conducted in the Eastern Cape Province.

In South Africa the majority of professional hunters are South Africans however there are also Zimbabwean, Namibian and European professional hunters. In South Africa hunting is most often done on foot, sometimes directly from the camp, but more often by driving a 4×4 from the lodge to the hunting area, then tracking on foot once in the bush. Hunting South Africa in more rugged terrain makes approaches or stalking the animals much shorter in duration than in open territory as there is more landscape to facilitate the approach.

In South Africa, the hunting areas are spread out over the entire country. It is often necessary to fly from Johannesburg to a secondary location where one travels to the hunting area either by road or by small aircraft.

The habitat is mostly savanna shrub, dry, grassy plains, thorn and acacia. The hunting areas in the province of the Kalahari are semi desert and the soil is often sandy which can make walking challenging and tiresome.

South African hunting areas very often do not have hunting camps such as those found in other countries in Africa. In most cases hunters stay in comfortable lodges which look and feel more like a four star hotel.

There is no set hunting season in South Africa so one can hunt throughout the year. Keep in mind when traveling south of the equator that the seasons are reversed; June, July and August are South Africa’s winter months and therefore the coldest months as well as the most popular among hunters. In some areas the frost setting in by early morning can feel like December in Europe or northern United States but without the snow. The winters in South Africa are not to be taken lightly, the temperature range between day and night can be rather extreme, typically varying 30DF to 40DF between daily highs and lows.

Call us at +1 (832) 306.1786. We look forward to helping make your South Africa hunting adventure the best it can be!

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Dustin Mykyte, Texas, USA

“I have been booking hunts with James for over 5 years. I really don’t have a desire to go with any outfitter as he has not once steered me wrong. There’s a lot to be said about the man when he answers your phone call at 2 am his local time and gets on the horn to help find your lost luggage. He backs up customer service with extensive knowledge. I won’t book with anyone else.”
Dustin Mykyte, Texas, USA

Peter Souch, New York, USA

“I have been utilizing the services of James Jeffrey for about 3 and a half years. During that time he has become my “Go To” guy. James demonstrates organizations skills, is very timely in response to communication, has a in depth knowledge of booking hunts, working in harmony with outfitters and most importantly understands the needs of a hunter. I am sure you will have your own standards for evaluating James, however in terms of depth of character you will hard pressed to find a better individual.”
Peter Souch, New York, USA

Clay McNaught, Texas, USA

“We had planned our first Africa hunt with another outfitter and everything fell apart a couple months before our trip. One of the guys in our group had met James, so we contacted him for help. In a matter of days, James had everything arranged and we left on our scheduled dates. All of the information James provided in relation to our preparation, travels through Africa, and what to expect were 100% accurate. We hunted the Baviaansriver Conservancy in Southern Africa and the hunt was spectacular. We hunted with 2 others who were on their 3rd African hunt and they said the quality of the hunt and amenities were the best they’ve experienced. Our hunt and overall experience was amazing. Please feel free to offer my contact information to anyone interested in working with James Jeffrey.”
Clay McNaught, Texas, USA