The Seven Day Free State Hunting Package is an al 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 Africa and is a very affordable way of experiencing a quality African Hunt. Our hunting packages contain no hidden costs. The only safari related cost which it does not include is the dipping, packing and shipping of trophies and taxidermy work.
Clients are met upon arrival at O.R. 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. Food is prepared to the highest standard and a large variety of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages are available and included. 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 1pm we suggest you overnight at the Lombardy Hotel on the day of arrival and start the safari on the following day. Cost of $200 per person includes accommodation meals and a transfer to the hotel from O.R. 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 in this is the replacement cost of ammunition (About $100).
The hunting areas range in size form 3000 to 18000 acres and all provide an exceptional hunting experience. Our primary focus is on ensuring you take the trophies which are included in your safari and we make a determination of 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 luxury, with en suite bathrooms, electricity, stylish decoration and sumptuous food. Places a lady would feel at home and comfortable. Each of the camps and lodges we use feature on our web site 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 testament to the quality of accommodation.
Hunters: A typical hunting day would start 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 would normally hunt until about 11:00am at which time we would 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 from which time we hunt until sunset.
The method of hunting employed depends on the preference of the client and can consist of either waking and stalking, 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: Observers are welcome to accompany the hunters on safari, alternatively they can relax in 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 take care of observers. On the typical safari observers normally prefer to accompany hunters which does not incur any additional charges.
Guests are met and welcomed upon arrival at O. R. Tambo International airport in Johannesburg by their 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.
Overnight: Free State Camps and Lodges
Meals: Full Board
The days are spent hunting the 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 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.
Overnight: Free State Camps and Lodges
Meals: Full Board
A last morning spent in the African wilderness is followed by a journey to Pretoria, and the African Sky office. Some time is devoted to paperwork and is followed by a late lunch, after which guests are transferred to the airport where a memorable African Hunting Safari ends.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch