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South Africa 5-Star Luxury Safari #61

South Africa 5-Star Luxury Safari #61

01jeppe_nordmand_nyala_08_09This concession owner approached us last year, having heard from some of our PH’s, that we here at BMOA specialize in African Safaris and adventures. After checking a number of references and doing some checking, we felt this PH had a truly wonderful operation. He started hunting first with his father, on his grandfather’s cattle farm in the Limpopo Region, close to the Botswana border. In the many years since then he has been hunting much of South Africa as well as many other African countries. After he finished school in 1985, he joined the South African Police Force as part of his military training. Here he worked for 30 years as a detective in the Limpopo Province, and he specialized in the investigation of game and cattle theft. Because of that extensive background, he knows the area like no other man alive, and has an extensive field of contacts.

In 2000 he decided he wanted to become a professional hunter, and since then he has been hunting with clients from around the world. Here is what he offers. It is impressive and incredibly luxurious; far beyond most operations. Here is what one reference had to say:

Their camp is very nice indeed, and is located in a great area far from cities and public traffic or noise. The staff is extremely friendly and very service minded and in the hunters lodge you have your own chef and waiters plus a barman just waiting for you next order. The accommodation is luxurious, and I got the Klipspringer suite, which is a higher standard than the basic one. You have great beds, a walk in huge bath and a terrace with a view to the animal park and swimming pool. The food will be served under the fantastic black velvet African sky with a view to a milky way I have never seen so clearly before.

The PH’s are very professional. Most of them are x-cops with long experience. They know their job and will adapt to any form of hunting you prefer. I like to walk and ‘work’ for my game hard; others prefer to drive and then stalk from the car. All is possible, you just need to tell them what you prefer.

“I shot Impala, Kudu, Warthog, Bushbuck, Blesbuck, Nyala and klipspringer. All medal, most gold and silver.
I tried also night hunting and that was exciting in many ways. The hunting grounds are both on the farm and on other farms in the area, and most of them rather challenging. Some are in ‘mountainous’ areas other on the flat savanna. The trophies are handled well and will be displayed on the last day for photos.” T. Oerting

Their own Private Reserve is the starting point of your hunt, and is located in the middle of the beautiful Waterberg Mountains in the Limpopo region. The area is scenic, and is considered to be a malaria free area. Over the last 20 years, the Company efforts have transformed this area into a superb wildlife reserve containing three of South Africa’s most luxurious lodges. The lodges are an oasis in the middle of the Mountains. Located directly in the malaria free, UNESCO protected ‘Biosphere Reserve’ that is the Waterberg Mountains, 149 miles north of Pretoria. This area is one of only 93 ‘Biosphere Reserve’ locations in the world, which means the area is under complete environmental protection.

12017655_1154301627919538_8570451053467777556_oIt also is adjacent to the Velgewonden Big 5 Area (where the Big Five can be seen), and only a short drive from well known Pilansberg National Park, allowing great touring opportunities. In addition, the PH has around 500,000 acres of “Bushland” hunting concessions that he operates on, affording you a huge variety of species and terrain.

This 5-star Lodge has its own full-service facilities such as a large dipping pool for guests, sunbeds and towels, a lounge area, a bar area, an outdoor grill and a large kitchen where all your meals will be prepared. Companions who stay behind during the hunt may be directed to the Safari Lodge for lunch, or they will dine with the returning hunters at the Elephant Lodge. Every day the designated guides will inform the companions as to where they will dine as well as any other practical information including touring info.

When the day’s hunt is over and the gathering darkness appears, everyone meets around the fireplace (lapa) in the traditional boma and they then exchange hunting stories in a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying your choice of beverage.

The personal chef will spoil you with high-end quality and exciting menus. Bartenders will customarily be ready from noon until the last guest goes to bed at night. Housekeeping will come by every day to clean your room as well as the common areas. Unfortunately, they are unable to offer laundry service for hunting parties who spend less than six days at Elephant Lodge hunting.

HUNTING:
The trips are tailored depending on the species you want to hunt and whether you want to hunt with a rifle or a bow. Bow Hunting should be conducted in dry periods – mainly from June to September and full moon periods should be avoided.

The vast majority of South African game species are found in the Bushland, and over the years this PH has built a strong relationship with neighboring landowners, fully utilizing all of the hunting possibilities in the surrounding area. The area is enormous and has a varied biodiversity. This means you usually have to drive to the surrounding hunting areas. The daily driving distance entirely depends on the species you wish to hunt, but most of the hunting is within a 30 minute drive.

The hunting is usually done as a mix of driving in open safari jeeps to find the game, and then stalking – depending very much on your endurance and preferences. These arrangements are done in close coordination with your PH (Professional Hunter) who always accompanies you during the hunt, and is there solely to assist and help in any way possible. Furthermore you will be accompanied by highly qualified Trackers that can find even the smallest of tracks left behind.

A typical day starts early, at around 5.30, with a big continental breakfast prepared by The Elephant Lodges personal chef, living up to all western standards. Followed by a quick drive to your designated hunting area where you, together with your PH and Tracker will start your hunt.

As the heat starts to rise, and the animals stop being active and go into hiding, it’s time for a mid-day break. You either drive back to the Lodge, or you rest under a three whilst lunch is prepared. There are plenty of soft drinks, beer and water under the hunt. After an energizing meal and well deserved break you start up again, and continue until sunset – or when you wish to return to The Elephant Lodge. All of this is arranged in close and ongoing coordination with your PH. So if you at any point want to stop for the day, or otherwise have any preferences, this is your prerogative.

The staff is obliged to serve your every need, and if you want to hunt all day, or if you are lucky and shot your prey before noon and want to relax by the pool, this is totally up to you. We are solely here to give you the best conditions to have an amazing hunting experience. And you simply won’t find better hunting conditions for hunting in South Africa.

ACCOMMODATION
The Lodge was finished in June 2009 and is designed in an African architectural style with beautiful animal carvings in the pillars and furniture – blending perfectly together with its surroundings. In each room you will find specially imported beds and duvets guaranteeing your sleeping pleasure after a long day of hunting. You will have all the high-end modern facilities you may need. But we have consciously omitted modern electronic gadgets like TV’s and internet (WI-FI is available at the bar) in your rooms as we wish to create the best starting point for a relaxing and energizing vacation. Furthermore you will find fans/air-condition, a safety box and adaptors for European and American plugs in each room.

Room (5)

3 different types of rooms:
In all the rooms you will find towels, shampoo and body wash. The beds are comfortable box mattresses, with duvets and pillows. The rooms are cleaned and towels replaced every day. The power supply is 230V and you will find adaptors suited for European and American plugs in every room. Here is the room breakdown:

Superior Room – Included in the price
Twin beds; table and 2 chairs; En-suite bathroom with toilet and shower and e washbasin on top of a base unit; Ventilation fan with different speeds;2 closets and 2 shelves; Safety box and a hairdryer.

Suites (Double rooms + possibility of an extra bed)
Twin beds with bedside tables; Table with two chairs; En-suite bathroom with toilet and shower
Twin washbasins on top of base units; Ventilation fan with different speeds, Walk-in closet
Safety box; Hairdryer; Sliding door to private terrace

VIP Bungalow (Two double rooms + possibility of two extra beds)
One master bedroom with twin beds; Walk-in closet; Large bathroom with two water basins, shower and bathtub; One bedroom with twin beds; Wall closet; Bathroom with toilet and shower; Two safety boxes; Two hairdryers; Ventilation fans in every room; Fully functional kitchen with Refrigerator, kettle for coffee and tea;.
Wet-bar with barstools; Living room with a three-seater sofa and two armchairs; Gas fireplace; Private covered terrace with a table and eight chairs

COMPANIONS & TOURS

This tour is for the individual who would like more than just the hunting experience and wishes to bring a companion (a non-hunter).

 

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2018 PRICES & TERMS

Sample  cost for 7 days safari with 5 days hunting  and with one observer-: (excluding trophy fees for animals taken) = ONLY  $1525

                                                              Hunter Companion
Day 1 Arrival day US$ 100 US$ 50
Day 2 Hunt 1:1 US$ 200 US$ 75
Day 3 Hunt 1:1 US$ 200 US$ 75
Day 4 Hunt 1:1  US$ 200 US$ 75
Day 5 Hunt 1:1  US$ 200 US$ 75
Day 6 hunt 1:1 US$ 200 US$ 75
Day 7 Departure day Free Free
Total   US$ 1.100 US$ 425

Additional rates per day per person

 Additional hunting day US$ 150
 Additional hunting day/companion US$ 50
 Rifle hire per day US$ 25
 Upgrade to VIP Suite Rooms
Upgrade to Suite Room per day p.p. US$ 35
Upgrade to VIP Bungalow per day p.p. US$ 55

Included in prices

  • Program planning and hunting licenses
  • Airport transfer and all transport in South Africa
  • Full board and accomodation at 5-STAR Witfontein Elephant Lodge
  • Free Beverage during the hunt
  • Professional hunter 1:1 and 4WD hunting car
  • Tracker, skinner and field preparation
  • Service package regarding taxidermy work and organization of export in cooperation with authorized export agent
  • Guide service, photo safaris and activities according to companion program

Excluded in prices

  • Flight tickets and insurances
  • Trophy fees and taxidermy work
  • Gratuities to PH and staff
  • Shipment of trophies from taxidermist to home address

General Terms

  • Minimum 4 hunting days
  • Final payment for trophies, taxidermy work, tours, curio etc. at check-out
  • Credit Cards and Bank Transfers are accepted (no cash)
  • Further according to individual agent terms and conditions

Sample Itinerary:

ARRIVAL DAY:
Begin with a guided tour of the South African capital, Pretoria, in an air-conditioned mini bus. They start at one of the country’s most significant attractions, the Voortrekker Monument. It was Created to honor the approx. 14,000 pioneers (Voortrekkers) who between 1835 and 1854 trekked from the southern Cape area to an area unexplored in southern Africa. Fighting natives and using wagons and oxen, much like our US pioneers who went West! Guides will give you a comprehensive historical account of the colonization of South Africa, and the impact it had on the territory’s indigenous population. Afterwards you take a tour of the historical city Pretoria in their mini bus, and end the morning passing the Union Buildings where Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as President of South Africa on May 10th 1994.
Mid-afternoon arrive at the private luxury Reserve and have a refreshing welcome drink. Explore your luxurious accommodations. After lunch the General Manager will give you a short briefing. Please read the ‘hotel book’ which can be found in your rooms. The rest of the afternoon is for relaxation. In the evening they will serve a reception dinner, followed by a tour of their museum with full-mounted African wildlife and a visit to the stunning wine cellar. This evening you will also be introduced to your PH, who will be your personal hunting guide for the next days to come
PS: Due to meal planning, transport, etc. for each upcoming day, it is extremely important that the companions during the previous evening inform the guide what their plans are for the following day.

DAY 2 – (HUNTER’S AND COMPANION’S PROGRAM):
The hunters have an early wakeup call. Following a solid English breakfast, you drive to the shooting range to sight in. Then you will go hunting 1X1 for the entire day. The hunt will be conducted in their concession areas outside of the Private Reserve and, you will either have lunch at the lodge or in the bush. Consider inviting your companion to join you on your hunt. It is a truly extraordinary experience to hunt in the glorious African nature, something you will be able to enjoy with one another; and a grand chance to video tape or photograph. Companions may join the hunters as an observer/photographer, or relax back at the lodge or join an afternoon safari. All hunters in evening return to the lodge to share stories and enjoy drinks at the bar or by the boma/fireplace. Dinner will usually be served around 8pm (dependent on the hunters varying return) and the chef will make sure that you will have a taste of some wonderfully prepared game meat in the menu.

DAY 3 – (HUNTER’S AND COMPANION’S PROGRAM):
The hunters will be hunting 1:1 all day.
Companions may join the hunters as an observer/photographer, or relax back at the lodge or join today’s thrilling excursion to Shingwedzi Wildlife Center (extra charge: US $ 125, – per person). The excursion lasts for 6-7 hours and is a guided tour, where you meet several of Africa’s feline carnivores and raptors up close. Shop at a typical African curio shop with plenty of needlework, arts and crafts and an enormous selection of souvenirs. In the evening you have the option of attending another excursion, Tribal Evening (extra charge: US $ 55, – per person). This is an extraordinary chance to observe African culture around the fireplace/boma in the torches glow, where you enjoy spirited tribal dances, accompanied by music and songs from times past. You conclude the event with a traditional African dinner, prepared by their accomplished chefs.

DAY 4 – (HUNTER’S AND COMPANION’S PROGRAM):
The hunters will be hunting 1:1 all day.
Companions are offered a refreshing morning walking trail, steered by expert field guides who will tell you about the area’s plants, trees, tracks, birds and insects. An exciting trek which covers the reserve, it is something you definitely should not miss. You will return to the lodge for a solid English breakfast around 9am.In the afternoon the Land Cruiser will be ready for another safari. Once again, it will be exciting to hear what the hunters will be able to recount from today’s hunt, when you all meet at the bar or around the boma/fireplace in the evening.

DAY 5 – (HUNTER’S AND COMPANION’S PROGRAM):
The hunters will be hunting 1:1 all day.
When the hunt is over, the paperwork for every hunt is finalized with your PH. All details regarding taxidermy and transport are decided and will be logged. Subsequently, you may distribute your gratuity to your PH and Tracker, in addition to saying farewell to your newly established hunting buddies. Companions may go for a safari on the reserve in the morning, where every new impression can be perpetuated with a camera. The safari ends with a Bush-Brunch, at one of the reserves most breath-taking locations. This is an experience you should not miss. During the afternoon, your regular Lodge guide will take you for a trek along Giraffe Trail or Kudu Trail for a completely different way to come into contact with the African wildlife and nature.

DAY 6 – YOU HAVE THREE OPTIONS:
Option 1: Day of leisure, Safari and Sunset Rock
In the morning, drive to the area where they have the trophy parade and photography. You will then have time for shopping in their well-assorted curio shop.At approx. 1pm the chef will be ready with an exquisite lunch buffet. Following a couple of hours of relaxation, everyone will go on one last safari. You end the safari at the extraordinary rock formation, Sunset Rock, with its fascinating and breath-taking view. You will be served lovely, chilled champagne while you say your goodbyes to the hunt and honorably send your regards to the African wildlife. This traditional ceremony is accompanied by the last sunrays stretching across the beautiful landscape. When the dark settles you ascend the Land Cruisers and return to Elephant Lodge where the bar is open and ready for all the hunters and their companions – all of whom can leave the African continent with memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy yet another marvelous dinner and a glass of wine on your last night.
Option 2: ‘Big Five’ excursion (highly recommended)
An all-day excursion (extra charge: US $ 139, – per person incl. lunch) driving through picturesque mountain formations, we will make our way to Pilanesberg National Park. Drive in open vehicles through the 135,908 acre enormous National Park, which has the ‘Big Five’ species (lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo) and a huge bunch of white rhino.
Option 3: Additional hunting day Some may want another day of hunting. All may choose the Big Five excursion or the additional hunting day. Try to return in time for the Sunset Rock excursion.

DAY 7 – (COMBINED PROGRAM):
Following an English breakfast, do some last minute shopping in their curio shop and afterwards your account must be settled at the main office – invoices’ for beverages, curio shop items, trophy fees, taxidermy work, license’s and certificates, as well as any medals, ammunition, weapons rent, etc., if pertinent. Your luggage must be placed outside your room at 11am. Use the remaining time for a stroll around the area, take your last photographs, relax by the pool, or anything else you would like to do. After a nice lunch, say farewell and the staff will drive you to O.R. Tambo Airport for your flight home. Following check-in, you will have plenty of time to do some shopping in the many stores inside the airport.

2017-2018 OUR OWN HUNT NATION SPECIAL: You get 8 nights with 7 days hunting and the package price Includes a Kudu to 54”; an Impala; a Blesbuck; and Oryx. Your companion is FREE! All for only $4685! And you can add other game also at a 10% discount!!

PRICES AND TERMS valid to June 30, 2018
SOUTH AFRICA HUNT Hunter Companion
Arrival day $   100 $         50 Additional hunting day $  150
7 days of hunting Hunt 1:1 $ 1.400 $       525 Additional companion day $  50
Departure Day Free           0 $         0 Rifle hire per  day $  25
1 Kudu up to 54” $   2.450 Trophy guarantee/refund for animals not delivered. Kudu refund $2.000 Impala Refund $ 360 Blesbuck Refund $ 396.Oryx Refund $1.000 Trophies can without charge be substituted for any other trophies according to the price list and will be credit according to above mentioned values.

 

1 Impala $   450
1 Blesbuck $   495
1 Oryx $    1.250
 

Total BEFORE THE DISCOUNT

 

$    6.145

 

$  575

Net price for 8 days stay including 7 days hunt 1:1 and 4 Animals $   4,685 Observer $ 0

Included in the price: 8 nights at 5 STAR LODGE
Free stay and access to photo-safari program for 1 observer
Full board at a high gastronomic level
5 hunting days with professional hunter 1:1 and 4WD hunting car
Transfer to and from Johannesburg airport and all other transport
Tracker, Skinner and field preparation
Transport including insurance of trophies to our South African taxidermist

Excluded from the price:
Flights
Trophy fees other than the package
Gratuities to PH and staff
(insurances)
(additional hunting days)

Trophies are measured after the “SCI field method”. The measurement applies to the obligatory certificate and medals according to Phasa score list. Phasa is an abbreviation for Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa.
Gold (US $ 100) – Silver (US $ 90) – Bronze (US $ 75).

 

TROPHY PRICES AND DISCOUNT – valid until 6.30.18
SPECIES 10% Discount Net prices
Vervet Monkey  (permit required) $                                       90 $                                   100
Baboon (permit required) $                                     248 $                                   275
Jackal $                                       90 $                                   100
Impala $                                     405 $                                   450
Warthog $                                     315 $                                   350
Bushpig $                                     450 $                                   500
Brown Hyena (permit required) $                                  1.305 $                                1.450
Ostrich $                                     657 $                                   730
Grey Duiker $                                     576 $                                   640
Steenbok $                                     657 $                                   730
Klipspringer $                                  1.215 $                                1.350
Blesbuck, Brown $                                     446 $                                   495
Blesbuck, White $                                     851 $                                   945
Common Reedbuck (permit required) $                                  1.161 $                                1.290
Mountain Reedbuck $                                  1.044 $                                1.160
Bushbuck (Limpopo) $                                  1.697 $                                1.885
Blue Wildebeest $                                     855 $                                   950
Red Hartebeest $                                     968 $                                1.075
Zebra (Burchells’s) $                                  1.125 $                                1.250
Gemsbok/Oryx $                                  1.125 $                                1.250
Eland $                                  2.205 $                                2.450
Waterbuck $                                  2.048 $                                2.275
Nyala $                                  2.160 $                                2.400
Giraffe $                                  2.250 $                                2.500
Tsessebe (permit required) $                                  2.655 $                                2.950
Greater Kudu < or = 54″ $                                  2.205 $                                2.450
Sable < 40″ $                                  4.050 $                                4.500
Sable > 40″ $                                  4.950 $                                5.500
Crocodile < or = 10 ft. $                                  3.870 $                                4.300
HOW CLIENTS GETS DISCOUNT ON ABOVE
Shoot at least 4 trophies and a total value of minimum $3.000 and get 10% discount
PRICES AND TERMS ON SPECIAL SPECIES
Crocodile > 10 ft. P.O.R.  

 

Always net prices on these special species. They don’t count in our normal discount calculation

Greater Kudu 54″-59,9″ P.O.R.
Buffalo < 40″ P.O.R.
Buffalo > 40″ P.O.R.
Trophies are measured after the “SCI field method” and according to Phasa score list. Phasa is the abbreviation for Professional Hunters Association of South Africa.

 

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Tour program for Companions.
• Photo Safari in Open Cruiser: Price – Free (included in daily rate)

• Shingwedzi Wildlife Center (Only Friday)
Price – US$ 110 p.p.

We will visit one of the territory’s wildlife centers, where you will have the opportunity to see some of the many unique and local predator species.

Even though these predators are not in their natural environment, our visits creates the opportunity to experience them up close and through the guide’s expertise gain some knowledge about the individual animals. On our way to and from the wildlife center, we will drive through unique and magnificent landscapes.

• Tribal Evening with Tswana culture, food and free wine (Friday evenings)
Price – US$ 49 p.p.

In the evening we are invited to a private dinner at our chef’s, which gives us the opportunity to experience how the indigenous black population once lived, and somewhere still do. This is an extraordinary chance to ensure that you gain some historical insight into African culture and lifestyle, in addition to a contemporary awareness.

The local culture and lifestyle are in many ways incredible exciting, and we will be able to taste their unique food and beverages. We are also introduced to some of their customs and traditions. In many ways, we should envy their way of life, they may not be rich in assets, but they are wealthy in human experiences and especially in respect for one another and their values.

• Guided Walking Trail – 1.5 or 3 hours (Saturday morning or on request)
Price – Free (included in daily rate)

Early in the morning, we commerce our walking trail. En route our experienced guide will relate the characteristics of the Waterberg Mountains, in regards to the impressive fauna south of the equator and the distinctive surrounding nature. Simultaneously, you will gain some insight into the animal breeding‐ and feeding areas, an insight which will be especially exciting when learning more about antelope behavior.

• Photo Safari ending with Champagne Bush Brunch (only Sunday)
Price – Free (included in daily rate)

Our best chance of spotting wildlife up close, is during the early morning hours. The antelopes move through large areas to find the best browsing, but also to find the best protection against leopards, hyenas, caracals and other predators. We drive around in an open Land Cruiser, which ensures the best possible view and photo opportunities.

Later in the morning, when hunger arises, we end our safari at Kudu Rock. Here we will serve a wonderful traditional and lavish African Champagne Brunch, while you enjoy the magnificent view of the African bush.

• Pilanesberg National Park (Only Monday ‐ Whole day trip)
Price – US$ 135 p.p.

Pilanesberg National Park is a beautiful area. Situated in a volcanic landscape, its impressive mountain formations and open plains is home to a wide range of antelopes and one of the world’s largest populations of the endangered White Rhino. Simultaneously, Pilanesberg offers “The Big Five” – Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo – in addition to cheetahs, hippopotami, giraffes, more than 300 bird species and so much more.

• Medals and Sundowner at Sunset Rock (Last afternoon of your stay)
Price – Free (included in daily rate)

Mid‐afternoon we will go on another amazing safari which will end at Sunset Rock. A place and an experience, for guests have said to be one of the absolute highlights of the entire tour. This is where we will enjoy a glass of bubbly, chilled champagne, while the sun slowly sets over the Waterberg Mountains in a cascade of red and orange colors.

Right here in the middle of the grandiose African landscape, at a time of unending beauty, you will feel as if no time is passing – and wish it never would. This is truly the epitome of overwhelming happiness, the African way.

 

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