Hunt African Safaris FAQs

  • What's the difference between a Driven Hunt and a Walk and Stalk or Fair Chase Hunt?

    Definition of a Driven Hunt

    Usually accompanying the cull hunt. Hunters are put out in specific strategic positions in the direction where the animals are anticipated to move. Once hunters are put into position the animals are moved either by horseback, pick-up or foot.

    Definition of a Fair Chase
    or Walk and Stalk Hunt

    Mainly accompanying the trophy hunt, animals are spotted and a plan is put in place to get into a preferable shooting position/distance by foot, for the hunter to make a safe and confident kill shot. This method can take hours to execute but the rewards are definitely worth it.

  • What is the difference between a Cull animal and a Trophy animal?

    Definition of a Cull Animal

    This is a non-trophy hunt. Animals which are not of trophy quality or have no trophy potential. Also when there is an excess of a specific species and the number need to be reduced. These are male and female animals.

    Definition of a Trophy Animal

    These are male animals which represent the Species. The trophy quality is mainly determined by conditions, i.e. Droughts, high Rainfall. These animals do not specifically make the Rowland Ward Book for trophies but none the less represents the specific species.

  • How do we get to you?

    There are numerous options available when booking flights to South Africa .The best and most efficient is doing so from the UK. Flights from the UK land in Cape Town International or Johannesburg (OR TAMBO International). US based clients all land at Johannesburg ( OR Tambo ) Your connecting flight must arrive in Port Elizabeth airport, as this is where we will pick you up and drop you off. A valid passport is required and check that you have 2 blank pages in your passport.

    It is your responsibility to arrange travel from your home to Port Elizabeth, South Africa. It is important to have about a 3 hour layover (in Johannesburg or Cape Town) before your flight to PE. If bringing your own rifles you need to allow at least 3 hours ensuring you get your rifle permits from the South African police department. See our Rifles Question for more detail information on rifle requirements.

  • Can I travel to South Africa with my own rifle?

    Yes. We recommend you use these companies to help with the process - either Rifle Permits or Air 2000 Hunters' Support.

    Rifle Permits

    Telephone from US: 01 1278 3379 70629
    Outside US: +27 (0) 83 379 7062

    Air 2000 Hunters' Support

    Telephone: +27 (0) 11 6592 649

    They also provide meet and greet services for a fee that helps insure you receive your rifle permits in a timely matter from the South African police department at the airport.

    If you plan to complete the process yourself then you will need:

    • Valid Passport – minimum 3 blank visa pages, expiration at least 4 months past trip return date.
    • Completed SAP520 form (must be signed in person in SAP office in airport).
    • Your letter explaining desire to import rifles for hunting in South Africa.
    • Proof of Ownership of rifle.
    • Return airline ticket.
    • Letter of invitation from outfitter. We can provide this letter after your trip is booked.
    • Please be sure to allow at least 3 hours between your arrival in Johannesburg and your connecting flight to Port Elizabeth. Let us know if there is anything else we can do to help you in this process.
  • What is the weather like?

    Most of our hunting is done between the months of March to November (fall and winter months). In early fall temps can reach as high as 80°f (26°C) and by mid-winter (June and July) the needle often reaches far below freezing at night with 50° - 70°f (10 - 21°C) being the average daytime temps in winter.

    Bring lots of warm clothing if visiting us in the cold winter months and try, as far as possible, to pack dark camo, olive or dark khaki hunting gear. A lot of hunting is done in undulating terrain, especially in the valley Bushveld of the coastal areas, so a comfortable (worn –in) pair of hunting boots is essential.

    We can hunt during the warmer months and temperatures will range from 50 - 100°f (10 - 37°C).

  • What is the terrain like?

    Over 30 000ha (74 131 acres) of privately owned land offers diverse terrain from open plains of the great Karoo to mountains and thickets. We also have hunting concessions along the South African coastal belt as well as north of our lodge. Most hunting is done within a 2-3 hour radius of our lodge and on the rare occasion we do make use of our concession lodges offering the client a variety of experiences.

  • Do you offer professional hunting guides?

    Yes. Professional hunters, with over 20 years' experience in free range South African hunting and safaris, guide each client through the South African terrain. We do also prefer hunting one on one (one hunter with one professional hunter) and thus make use of professional hunters with many years of experience and good track record in guiding our clients.

  • What does an average hunting day consist of?

    5:30 wake up with coffee and rusks. Go down to our shooting range and get accustomed to our rifles. We do most of our hunting with the spot and stalk method, so it will be required for our clients to be able to shoot off sticks (provided by us). We will practice this technique during our time on the range.

    Once we are comfortable with the client's ability to shoot off the sticks we will come back to the lodge for a buffet breakfast and then go out for the days hunting activities.

    Each day is accompanied by a packed box of snacks, light lunch and non-alcoholic beverages for when we are out and not able to be back at the lodge before late afternoon.

    Once the hunting for the day is done we return to the lodge and our staff will start the skinning and caping process and get the trophies ready for transport to the taxidermy.

    Our professional hunters and clients will enjoy sundowner drinks and snacks while watching the sun set over the Karoo and talk about the days hunting experiences while a full buffet dinner is prepared by our kitchen staff.

  • Any packing advice?

    Traveling to South Africa for the first time can bring a lot of questions about what to pack, what is and isn't allowed into the country, and what will the accommodations provide. There are a few things to keep in mind when coming to South Africa.

    What to Bring

    Packing the right items can change your whole hunting or safari experience. Use our guide to help you pack the necessary items for your trip. If you have any questions about what to bring or how to travel with items, don't hesitate to contact us. We are happy to help you with all of your travel needs.

    Travel Checklist

    • Rain Coat
    • Sunscreen (Odorless)
    • Neutral Colored Clothing for Hunting (No White or Black)
    • Thick Jacket and Gloves (if Traveling During Winter)
    • Light Jacket (For All Seasons)
    • A good pair of worn in boots and Thick Socks
    • Camera and battery chargers
    • Binoculars
    • 220V Converter. (American Converters Available at Lodge)
    • Hat
    • Please note: we are a malaria FREE zone.
  • Do you offer insurance liablity?

    Hunt African makes every attempt to maintain reasonable care and precautions for the safety of clients, however Hunt African Safaris accepts no responsibility for any illness, accident or loss arising from any cause whatsoever and you will be required to sign our indemnity form upon your arrival

    All insurance is the responsibility of the individual.

    It is recommended that you do take out a comprehensive insurance package for the duration of your South African stay. This could be very valuable if you have major issues and have to be sent back to your home country. If for any reason there is a medical emergency, our local GP will be available and the Port Elizabeth Private hospitals are of a very high standard.

    Dr. A. P. Marais

    We have made arrangements with Dr. A. P. Marais in nearby Graaf-Reinet to see our clients if there are any medical issues. If needed you may reach out to Dr. A. P. Marais over a phone. Landline: 0027 (0) 49 8922 171 Mobile: 0027 (0) 79 552 6900

  • Do you offer Taxidermy and mounting of trophies?

    Hunt African Safaris will perform field preparation (excluding dip and pack) of your trophies to be sent to a 3rd party Taxidermy specialist.

  • Tell us more about conservation in South Africa.

    The Contribution of Game Ranching

    Game Ranching contributes to the overall protection and promotion of our natural heritage here in South Africa.

    In the 1960's and 70's, when the game population in South Africa was rapidly diminishing, the “armchair conservationists” including the anti-hunting and anti-guns groups made absolutely NO significant contribution to reverse this decline. Due to this, South African Game Ranchers took it upon themselves to rectify it by intensively breeding with critically endangered species thus ensuring their survival.

    Conservation through hunting is at the forefront of what the Hunt African Safaris stands for. Hunting for conservation is by far the best way of conserving threatened and endangered species for further generations to enjoy.

    At Hunt African Safaris, we strive to achieve this by putting back into conservation with Roan Antelope and disease free Buffalo Breeding Projects. By hunting a species we can give it a value which further translates into conserving that particular animal. By intensive breeding projects like our Roan and Buffalo projects we are able to sell off excess animals to other prospective breeders thus ensuring the survival of that specific species.

    Our goal is to breed enough free roaming threatened species to the point where they are not threatened anymore and are able to be put back into their natural environment for all to enjoy, be it by means of hunting or photographic safaris. What we do at Hunt African Safaris is choose individual animals of that specific species for our breeding projects. Animals are not only selected for their horn size but also traits such as: Body Size, Sex, Reproductive Rate and Fertility.

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