Some of the finest plains game hunting in South Africa can be enjoyed when booking the Seven Day Free State package.
The Seven Day Free State Hunting Package is an all inclusive hunting package to the central plains of South Africa. The package includes four of the most sought-after plains game trophies in South Africa and is a very affordable way of experiencing a quality African hunt. Our hunting packages contain no hidden costs. The only safari-related costs which we do not include are the dipping, packing and shipping of trophies and taxidermy work.
Clients are met upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and are returned there upon completion of the safari. Accommodation is in first rate hunting camps and lodges where all modern amenities are available. Meals are of the highest standard and a large variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available and included in the package.
The success rate on the trophies is close to 100%. If, however, you do not take one of the trophies which is included in the package, 90% of the list price of the trophy is deducted from your hunting safari price. A deposit of 20% is payable upon booking your hunting package. The balance is payable upon completion of the safari.
If your flight arrives after 13:00, we suggest that you overnight at the Castello di Monte Guest House on the day of arrival and start the safari on the following day. A cost of $180 per person includes accommodation, meals and a transfer to the hotel from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. If you do not wish to bring your own rifles, you are welcome to hunt with one of the rifles of your professional hunter. The only cost involved is the replacement of ammunition (About $100).
The Free State hunting areas range in size from 700 - 4 000 hectares (approximately 1 700 - 10 000 acres) and all provide an exceptional hunting experience. Our primary focus is ensuring that you take the trophies which are included in your safari. We make a determination on which camp to use based on current conditions prior to the starting date of your safari. Our success rate is very close to 100%.
In all cases the camps and lodges we use are luxurious with en suite bathrooms, electricity, stylish decoration and sumptuous food - places where families acting as observers would also feel at home and comfortable. Each of the camps and lodges we use feature on our website in the areas and camps section. We can provide an extensive list of references in your area who have hunted with us and who can bear testimony to the quality of accommodation.
A typical hunting day starts just before dawn at which time coffee and rusks are enjoyed. A selection of breakfast cereals, yogurt and juice is also available at this time. We then embark on the morning hunt. We normally hunt until about 11:00 at which time we return to camp for brunch (A full meal which is a combination of breakfast and lunch). Some time is then devoted to relaxing in camp. The hunt is resumed at about 14:30 and continues until sunset.
The method of hunting employed depends on the preference of the client and can consist of either walking and stalking or hunting from blinds or special vantage points from which we glass and ambush animals. The option of hunting from one of our well-equipped vehicles is also available should you have any medical problems, or are limited by not being able to walk long distances. Your Professional Hunter will discuss these options with you after arrival. All of these options are always available. It is not necessary to let us know which method you prefer prior to your arrival.
Observers are welcome to accompany the hunters on safari or relax in the camp. Should the observers in your group be interested in visiting some of the highlights in the area while the hunters are in the field, this can be arranged at an additional charge of $80 per observer per day. The additional cost is incurred because we have to send a dedicated guide to attend to the observers.
In the Free State, accompanying guests can enjoy adventures like horse riding, hiking trips and visits to the Golden Gate National Park. On a typical safari, observers normally prefer to accompany hunters, which does not incur any additional charges.
You will be met and welcomed upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg by your professional hunter or hunters. From here the safari makes its way to the Free State. The afternoon is devoted to sighting of rifles and, time permitting, the first afternoon hunt.
The days are spent hunting in the Eastern Free State. The area is bordered by Lesotho, a small land-locked country which is often referred to as the 'roof of Africa'. The Maluti Mountains, which cover a large part of this country, offer the most dramatic mountain scenery in Southern Africa. The high altitude ensures that the summer months have pleasant days, but the winters can be very cold, with snow occurring from time to time. Open plains and some wooded ravines characterize this area. Longer shots are often required on the open grassland. An abundance of different plains game species are found in this area.
Species which are available in the Eastern Free State include:
Black Wildebeest, Blesbok (Common), Blesbok (White), Blue Wildebeest, Bontebok, Buffalo, Bush Pig, Bushbuck, Common Reedbuck, Eland, Elephant, Gemsbok, Giraffe, Grey Duiker, Grey Rhebuck, Impala, Jackal, Kudu, Lechwe (Red), Lion, Mountain Reedbuck, Nyala, Oribi, Ostrich, Red Hartebeest, Roan Antelope, Sable Antelope, Springbok(Black), Springbok(White), Springbok (Common), Steenbok, Tsessebe, Warthog, Waterbuck, White Rhino, Zebra (Burchell's), Zebra (Mountain).
You are welcome to take trophies in addition to those in your package, should the opportunity present itself. All dangerous game must be pre-booked. Additional trophies are charged at list prices.
A last morning spent in the African wilderness is followed by a journey to Pretoria, and the African Sky Hunting office. Some time is devoted to paperwork and is followed by a late lunch, after which guests are transferred to the airport where their memorable African hunting safari ends.
The strikingly beautiful gemsbok can be extremely dangerous when cornered, injured or threatened. They are armed with a pair of long horns which can be used with deadly effect against predators and hunters alike.
The black wildebeest, or white-tailed gnu, as he is otherwise known, favors the central plains and southern parts of South Africa. They can be identified by their distinct white tail. Black wildebeest only occur in South Africa.
White blesbok are a color variation and not a sub-species. The are found commonly in herds of normal blesbok, though not in great numbers. The open plains of southern and central South Africa are their preferred habitat.
The springbok is South Africa's national animal. They occur in large numbers in the southern and western parts of the country. Springbok are found in large herds and favor the drier parts of South Africa.
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