What first attracted us to this fine South African outfitter is that he hunts a 60,000-acre government-owned game reserve that is BOWHUNTING ONLY! In addition to a variety of plains game, all 5 species of Africa’s Big 5 are present in the reserve (and Cape buffalo can be hunted), along with cheetahs and hyenas, and this adds a very exciting element to a bowhunting safari (imagine a black rhino sniffing at your blind while you sit over a waterhole!). And while the reserve is fenced (to keep things OUT, rather than keep things IN), as is most of the hunting in South Africa, all animals are completely wild and self-sustaining – there is no “put and take” or stocking of game. This makes for a true wild African safari experience for any serious bowhunter.
As we do with all outfitters that are new to us, we investigated this operation before signing them on, including contacting their references. Rarely have we heard such rave reviews of an outfitter! We simply didn’t encounter a single negative comment. Everyone was thoroughly impressed with everything, from start to finish. But beyond just being impressed by the quantity and the quality of game, people seemed most impressed with the staff, particularly the PH and his wife. One hunter said that despite enjoying a fabulous hunt and taking 8 trophies, his fondest memories of the trip were his time spent with the PH, whom he described like this: “He’s gold! You won’t find anyone better.” Here’s how another hunter put it:
“A person can go lots of places and feel welcome, but not many places can make you feel like family! That is exactly how I felt!” – Dwight S.
This PH has guided clients all over southern Africa for nearly 20 years (and he does still offer bow and rifle hunts in other African countries), but when he was granted the exclusive hunting rights to this large bowhunting-only concession several years ago, he quickly realized what a special place it is, and dozens of clients since then have experienced truly memorably safaris.
They will custom-tailor your safari to suit your tastes, desires, schedule and budget. One way they do that is to offer an affordable daily rate based on your choice of two different luxury accommodations (both are very nice), for whatever length of safari you desire. You can also choose to hunt 1-on-1 with the PH, or share your safari and hunt 2×1 with a friend or relative and save a bit of money. Then you simply pay a trophy fee for each animal you harvest – it’s that simple.
Another nice thing about this PH is that he will let you choose how you wish to hunt. Most bowhunting in Africa is done over waterholes, and you are certainly free to do as much of that as you wish. But if you’d rather spend your day instead hunting in the classic African way of covering ground in a safari vehicle and spotting & stalking your quarry, that’s up to you. And you can use a bow or a crossbow.
2019 PRICES (all prices are in USD and are subject to change without notice until deposit received)
As is the case with most safari operators in Africa, pricing consists of a base daily rate for whatever number of days you’d like, plus trophy fees for all species harvested (or wounded). We like this pricing structure because you only pay for those species that you bag, and there is lots of incentive for the PH to put you on game.
• 5-Star Accommodations $650/night 1×1; $550 per person/night 2×1; Non-hunter $200/night
• 3 Star Accommodations $350/night 1×1; $275 per person/night 2×1; Non-hunter $150/night
• Administration Fee $200 hunter
• Pick up and drop off to/from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg
• 3 meals per day
• Local beer and wine in moderation
• Water and soft drinks
• Daily laundry
• Full time service of a licensed and experienced Professional Hunter (PH)
• Trained courteous staff, including trackers and skinners
• Field care of your trophies
• Transportation within hunting area
• All flights
• Trophy fees on animals shot or wounded
• Crossbow hire of $50/day
• Dipping, packing, taxidermy and/or trophy export costs
• Administration fee ($200/hunter)
Blue Wildebeest $1,450
Red Hartebeest $1,650
Kudu up to 55” $3,200
Kudu over 55” $4,200
***They also offer a 7-day Cape buffalo hunt for $14,000, including trophy fee***
The outfitter has their own lodge, consisting of 4 nice double-bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a lounge, a dining room, a BBQ pit, and even a swimming pool. They refer to it as 3-Star, but we think they are being a bit modest, as it looks more like 4-Star or more to us. More than adequate for most folks. However, for those looking for even more deluxe accommodations, the outfitter has an arrangement with another (non-hunting) lodge in the park that has 5-Star accommodations. It is very nice (it has a swimming pool too), with the main difference being ensuite bathrooms, and the fact that the other guests there will be on photographic safaris. It has an a la carte restaurant for your meals. However, the outfitter’s 3-Star lodge has their own chef serving a safari menu. He can even prepare dishes using game you harvested, and we think every hunter should have the chance to try the meat from their successful hunt. The choice of accommodations is up to you, however.
You will fly into O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and your outfitter will pick you up there for the 90-minute drive to the lodge.
No special paperwork is required to bring your bow or crossbow into South Africa. However, because some bow cases can look similar to a rifle case, it is helpful to attach a sticker to the outside of your bow case indicating “No Rifle, No Ammunition”, to hopefully avoid it being directed to South African Police for special inspection upon your arrival in Johannesburg.
In terms of airlines, South African Airlines may exempt “sporting equipment” – such as your bow case – from the usual weight limits of your luggage. It’s worth checking into!
This outfitter also offers guided photographic safaris in Kruger National Park and surrounding areas, and guided tours of Cape Town (one of the most beautiful areas of South Africa). Many clients choose to add 2 or 3 days of such excursions to the start or end of their hunting safaris, to make for a perfect vacation for the whole family. They will customize these trips to suit you.