African Sky Hunting is based in Pretoria, South Africa. We have been providing quality hunting and photographic safaris for over 18 years. In this time, we have successfully conducted a great number of hunting safaris and private photographic tours. Each member of our team is an expert in their field. African Sky Hunting has the commitment, experience and infrastructure to make your safari the experience of a lifetime.
Our professional hunters are experienced in pursuing the Big Five as well as the plains game of Southern Africa. All of us, from the office staff to the camp staff and professional hunters, are committed to making your African hunting safari a memorable one. We offer both rifle as well as bow hunting safaris.
The areas in South Africa to which we offer safaris are the Bushveld region, the Lowveld in the northeastern part of South Africa as well as the Eastern Free state, an area of highlands located in central South Africa. Some of our hunting trips also visit the Kalahari in the northwestern part of South Africa. On special request, safaris are also offered in the Southern African countries of Zimbabwe and Namibia.
In each area we make use of a couple of centrally located hunting camps near the various concession areas in which the hunting safaris are conducted. These camps range from very comfortable to luxurious, with all the modern amenities always available. Meals are prepared to the highest standard and well-trained camp staff ensure that rooms are serviced and that a daily laundry service is provided.
Riaan grew up visiting the hunting areas of Limpopo with his father almost each weekend since he was five. He completed his professional hunter's training in 1993 and founded African Sky Hunting in 1998. He is a graduate of the University of Pretoria's School of Economic and Business Sciences and is focused on ensuring that the entire African Sky Hunting team provides international hunters and photographic safari enthusiasts an exceptional experience at a competitive price.
An ex-police force member, Hennie has been hunting the plains game and Big Five of Southern Africa for twelve years. He has been in the full-time employ of African Sky Hunting for over six years and has in this time successfully led a large number of hunting and photographic safaris. Hennie is an exceptional professional hunter and host. His presence on any Big Five safari inspires confidence and a sense of trust, while his amicable nature ensures you will enjoy the the full Southern African safari experience.
Frans is a an experienced professional hunter who is a veteran of many seasons. He is a learned individual with an exceptional knowledge of the wildlife, history and cultures of our part of the world. His calm and patient nature, in combination with his exceptional skill in the pursuit of the animals of Southern Africa, make Frans a valuable asset on any safari he accompanies.
Pieter was born in the bushveld and grew up on a farm. He has been hunting since childhood. Pieter has over sixteen years experience as a professional hunter. He is an exceptional judge of horns and an expert in all matters related to the hunting of the dangerous plains game of Africa. Pieter is a great host and will ensure that your safari is an unforgettable adventure.
Christoff grew up on a farm and began hunting as a child. He qualified as a professional hunter in 1999. Christoff spent thirteen years in the South African Police Special Forces and seven years in Iraq as a private security detail. Throughout those years, he offered his professional hunting services part-time. The last few years have been dedicated to working full-time in the hunting industry, with Big Five hunting experiences gained both locally and in Zimbabwe. Christoff considers professional hunting as “not just a job, but a passion”.
Nico grew up in the bushveld surrounding the Rust de Winter Dam. He has been involved in professional hunting and game farm management for close to fifteen years. Nico has an outstanding knowledge of animal behavior, rifles, and hunting in general. He is experienced in Big Five as well as in plains game hunting. Safaris that have been led by Nico have received rave reviews. He is an amicable host and a very capable professional hunter who is sure to add value to your hunting safari in South Africa.
Manuel van Rooyen grew up in a hunting family and has harbored an intense interest in nature since childhood. He accompanied his father on numerous hunting expeditions from a very early age. He grasped every opportunity to spend time in nature and to learn about the animals and their habits. Manuel started hunting at the age of 8 and then started hunting professionally in 2003. He has enjoyed numerous opportunities working, living and hunting in different areas of South Africa and Botswana.
Jaco grew up on his father’s game ranch and began hunting from a young age, firstly with air rifles for birds and then upgrading to larger species of game. As he became older, he began taking local hunters out on safaris. About a decade ago, Jaco finished his diploma in nature conservation and acquired his professional hunter's license. Since then, Jaco has been leading hunting safaris all over Africa. Jaco is a dedicated, hard-working individual. ”Conservation by Hunting” is his motto. Your safari is sure to be expertly conducted if accompanied by Jaco.
Born and raised in the bushveld of Southern Africa, Pieter accompanied local clients from as early as the age of 10 years old on their family farm. He has a very intense passion for hunting and nature conservation and his tracking skills are second to none. He successfully passed his Professional Hunting course at the age of 21. Pieter has guided international clients on hunting safaris for both dangerous game and plains game species. He has more than 18 years of experience and his knowledge and skills are of great value to African Sky.
Wian hunted his first animal at the age of five - a springbok taken with one shot at a distance of about one hundred and forty yards. He has since hunted many of the plains game species of Southern Africa accompanied by his father. At age eleven, Wian has hunted in all of the primary hunting areas to which African Sky offers safaris. It is hoped that he will lead your sons or daughters on hunting safaris in years to come, and that a legacy will survive long after those who have established it are gone.
Andrew spent around ten years as a tour and safari guide before taking an office position. First as sales consultant and then as the Sales Manager of African Sky Safaris & Tours. Andrew has extensive knowledge of all matters pertaining to photographic safaris and tours in Southern Africa. He is able to expertly assist with all questions relating to your tour or safari. He will provide you with detailed proposals and will work with you, until we create a perfect fit between your specific requirements and the service offered. Wildlife photography is his hobby and passion.
Hannelie has been an ICB Qualified Bookkeeper since 2006. She began her bookkeeping career in the tourism sector after a 13-year IT programming and project management career in the finance and banking industry. Prior to working at African Sky, Hannelie worked in various consultant bookkeeping positions in various sectors of the economy at several national and international companies. Apart from her children and grandchildren, bookkeeping and puzzles are her passion. Hannelie believes that her great love and respect for nature and wildlife makes working at African Sky a real adventure.
Rentia is a perfectionist who ensures that the office administration and general filing work is done with the precision of building a space shuttle. She maintains a comprehensive filing system which enables the rest of our team to always have the necessary documentation and information at their finger tips. She also ensures that all necessary legal documentation is filed in the prescribed manner in order to ensure our compliance with compulsory statutory and governance requirements .
After spending 37 years in the clothing and textile industries, Hennie chose to make a complete career change and became a national tour guide. He has traveled to Europe, China, Pakistan and all the SADC countries in Southern Africa. His inspiration to make the choice was made in Malawi where he interacted with many ex-pats from all over the globe and introduced them to potjiekos, braaivleis and regular visits to the Majete Game Reserve in the Shire River Valley. They enjoyed it so much that it made him realize that we have something special to offer here in Africa. Hennie has solid experience in administration, operations and marketing and thoroughly enjoys introducing guests to and selling our well-planned hunting safari experiences. His hobbies are game viewing, hunting and cooking outdoors.
Jean-Pierre is responsible for the African Sky website as well as the social media sites including our official Facebook page and YouTube channel. In addition to these tasks, he also works with video content relating to safaris, tours and wildlife. He has spent much of his working life doing graphic and website design, HTML, CSS and Flash animation. He joined the office team at African Sky in 2012 as the webmaster to fill the need to have a dedicated employee working on our online presence.
Kobie is a recent addition to the African Sky team. He is a well traveled young man who has spent more than three years in countries outside South Africa. His amicable nature and infectious laugh make all who meet him feel immediately comfortable in his presence.