South Africa

Big 5 Hunting

Please take time to read the following very informative article on the importance of hunting for conservation in Africa.

However, lets first deal with South Africa as a hunting destination.

South Africa is generally regarded as one of the safest and best value for money hunting destinations in the world. The country boasts an abundance of game and beautiful hunting ranches and areas, providing you with a huge variety of options and choices.

Your hunt in South Africa will undoubtedly be a memorable one and guaranteed to live up to all you expectations. Please take a look at some of our ranches and areas in the drop down table under South Africa or contact us for more information:

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South Africa is not a country for the classical “Hemmingway Safari”, there are no vast untrammeled hunting concessions where civilisation is kept at bay by tsetse fly and deep gushing crocodile infested rivers. In South Africa there are very few places not touched by the influences and presence of mankind, or more to the point, of western civilisation as we are used to back home.

If you’re expecting to forage into Tarzans deep dark jungles where savage natives and ferocious beasts lie in wait then you’ll be disappointed. Most South African hunting safaris take place on private game ranches that have been fenced for decades yet have also been refuges for some of the continents most incredible species.

In South Africa you’ll find the widest variation of huntable game species in all of the continent, including some highly endangered animals which a have been more or less saved from extinction by these game ranches.

Don’t get the wrong impression from the term “ranch hunting”, forget illusions of hand reared family pets and caged zoo animals being offered up for the chase. There are no feeding pens where game is carefully propagated with feed mixtures and steriods so their horns grow bigger. You are getting the real deal, there are cats that can bite you, snakes that chase and buffalo that gore, the presence of a fence is merely how the hunting in South Africa is set up and does not delude from the hunting experience.

Most game species are elusive and wary, providing days of excitement and challenge. Perhaps here more than anywhere else in Africa, is the hunter able to dictate the method and manner of the hunt to suit their personal hunting ethics.

Some of these ranches or conservation areas are huge, sometimes upwards of 200,000 acres, vast areas of wilderness which support naturally sustaining herds in a more or less truly wild setting. Howere most will be in the 5000 to 20,000 acre range, still offering a great hunt.

Today over 33 million acres are dedicated to game ranching and private reserves, almost twice the combined area of government parks and reserves. Land once used for farming now plays host to the majority of South Africa’s varied game population and results in an unchallenged variety of trophies for the visiting hunter.

The term safari is no more or no less fulfilled here than in other countries, it remains as it always has, a personal experience to each individual seeking adventure.

South Africa’s major hunting areas

South Africa is a beautiful country with a diverse range of landscapes and areas to hunt in. The following Provinces are ranked in terms of popularity for visiting hunters and we can provide you hunting opportunities and quality destinations in all of these provinces, although our primary hunting areas are in Limpopo, Northwest, Natal and Free State.

  • LIMPOPO PROVINCE
  • NORTHWEST PROVINCE
  • MPUMALANGA PROVINCE
  • KWAZULU NATAL PROVINCE
  • EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE
  • FREE STATE PROVINCE
  • NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE
  • CAPE PROVINCE