Hunt a wide diversity of South Africa's plains game species in three remarkable areas. This hunting package is conducted in the Bushveld, Free State and Eastern Cape.
The 21 Day Three Area Plains Game Package visits three of the prime hunting areas in South Africa, namely the Limpopo bushveld, the eastern Free State as well as the Eastern Cape. The package includes twelve of the most sought-after plains game trophies in South Africa. It is a package aimed at the serious plains game hunter who has the time to enjoy an extensive hunting experience in South Africa. Our hunting packages contain no hidden costs. The only safari-related costs which are not included are the dipping, packing and shipping of trophies and taxidermy work.
You will be met and welcomed upon arrival at OR Tambo International by your professional hunter or hunters, who will be holding a sign with your name on it as you enter the arrivals lounge. From here the safari travels to the hunting camp, which is located in the bushveld. The afternoon is devoted to sighting of rifles and, time permitting, the first afternoon hunt.
These days are devoted to hunting in the bushveld. The area is characterized by wooded savanna in varying degrees of density, ranging from densely wooded ravines to rolling hills and open savanna areas. This region supports a large diversity of mammal species and is generally regarded as one of South Africa's finest hunting areas.
Species which are available in the Limpopo Bushveld area include:
Blesbok (Common), Blesbok (White), Blue Wildebeest, Buffalo, Bush Pig, Bushbuck, Common Reedbuck, Eland, Elephant, Gemsbok, Giraffe, Grey Duiker, Hippopotamus, Impala, Jackal, Klipspringer, Kudu, Leopard, Lion, Nyala, Ostrich, Red Hartebeest, Roan Antelope, Sable Antelope, Steenbok, Tsessebe, Warthog, Waterbuck, White Rhino, Burchell's Zebra.
You are welcome to take trophies in addition to those included in your package, should the opportunity present itself. All dangerous game have to be pre-booked. Additional trophies are charged at list prices.
After breakfast we leave behind the Limpopo bushveld as the safari makes its way south to the eastern Free State. A drive of about six hours brings us to the Free State during the afternoon. Some time is devoted to relaxing before resuming the hunt the following morning.
The days are spent hunting in the Free State. The area is bordered by Lesotho, a small land-locked country that 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 Free State include:
Black Wildebeest, Blesbok (Common), Blesbok (White), Blue Wildebeest, Bontebok, Buffalo, Bush Pig, Bushbuck, Common Reedbuck, Eland, Gemsbok, Giraffe, Grey Duiker, Grey Rhebuck, Impala, Jackal, Kudu, Lechwe (Red), Mountain Reedbuck, Nyala, Oribi, Ostrich, Red Hartebeest, Roan Antelope, Sable Antelope, Springbok(Black), Springbok(White), Springbok (Common), Steenbok, Tsessebe, Warthog, Waterbuck, 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.
After breakfast, we make our way to OR Tambo International Airport for a flight to Port Elizabeth. The drive from the Free State to the airport is about three hours while the flight from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth is approximately one and a half hours. From here we make our way to the hunting camp, which is located an hour's drive to the north of Port Elizabeth. The late afternoon is spent relaxing.
The days are spent hunting the Eastern Cape. This area receives increased rainfall as one moves from west to east where it is bordered by the Indian Ocean. To the west lies the Karoo, which is a semi-arid type desert land. Most of the area is hilly and some portions are quite mountainous. The climate can be varied, with frosty winters and hot summers in the western reaches of the province. To the east, rainfall is more plentiful with higher humidity and a more sub-tropical climate along the coast. All of the popular plains game species can be found in the Eastern Cape, including a few not found in other areas.
Species which are available in the Eastern Cape include:
Black Wildebeest, Blesbok(Common), Blesbok(White),Blue Duiker, Blue Wildebeest, Bontebok, Buffalo, Bush Pig, Bushbuck, Common Reedbuck, Eland, Elephant, Gemsbok, Giraffe, Grey Duiker, Grey Rhebuck, Impala, Jackal, Kudu, Lechwe(Red), Mountain Reedbuck, Nyala, Oribi, Ostrich, Red Hartebeest, Roan Antelope, Sable Antelope, Springbok(Black), Springbok(White), Springbok(Common), Steenbok, Tsessebe, Warthog, Waterbuck, Zebra(Burchell's), Zebra(Mountain).
You are welcome to take trophies in addition to the ones in your package, should the opportunity present itself. All dangerous game have to be pre-booked. Additional trophies are charged at list prices.
A last morning spent in the African wilderness is followed by a flight to Johannesburg from where we make our way to the ASH Adventures office in Pretoria. Some time devoted to paperwork is followed by a late lunch after which guests are transferred back to the airport, where their memorable African hunting safari comes to an end.
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 1pm, 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 $200 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 hunting areas range in size from 3 000 to 18 000 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 testament 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 the camp for brunch (a full meal which is a combination of breakfast and lunch). Some time is then devoted to relaxing in the 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 $280 per day. The additional cost is incurred as we need to send a dedicated guide and vehicle to attend to the observers.. On a typical safari, observers normally prefer to accompany hunters, which does not incur any additional charges.
Blue wildebeests are amongst the most common plains game animals found in the wooded savanna of the northern and eastern parts of South Africa. They present hunters with a challenging but rewarding hunt and a unique trophy.
Few hunters that visit South Africa return home without taking at least one impala. Their impressive horns and beautifully colored skin make the impala one of the most sought-after antelope trophies - and one that is readily available.
The stately kudu is arguably the most impressive of all the plains game trophies available in South Africa. No other African antelope has longer horns than a fully grown kudu male. The hunt is challenging, the memories everlasting.
Blesbok can present quite the challenging hunting experience. They are normally found in large herds that can be very skittish and easily spooked. It is therefore a good idea to ambush them from one of the natural hills or rises in the area.
South Africa's national animal, the springbok, is typically hunted on the open plains of the Free State or arid grasslands of the Kalahari. Springbok are often hunted from a distance due to the terrain they favor. They are named for their unique 'springing' abilities.
Black wildebeests, also known as the white-tailed gnu, are only found in South Africa. Smaller than their cousin the blue wildebeest, these ox-like antelope nonetheless offer striking trophies with thick, formidable horns.
The elusive bushbuck is the smallest of the spiral-horned antelope family. Its ruddy coloring and ticked coat ensure that it camouflages well and avoids detection in thickly wooded areas, resulting in a rather challenging hunt.
Gemsbok are typically semi-desert and desert dwellers that can survive very harsh environments. Hunting concessions have made it possible to hunt this majestic large antelope in many areas throughout South Africa.
A mountain reedbuck hunt may require a bit of climbing - as his name implies, this medium-sized antelope favors mountainous and hilly terrain. Mountain reedbuck are usually hunted in the Eastern Cape province.
This strange-looking 'beest' is a hunting favorite in Southern Africa. Its reputation as one of the continent's fastest antelope and its unique appearance make it an attractive trophy opportunity. It is known as the 'Harley Davidson' among local hunters.
Burchell's zebras, also known as the plains zebras, are distinguished from other subspecies of zebra by their 'shadow' stripes - dusty strokes that appear on the white strips in between their black stripes. They are common across South Africa.
This popular plains game trophy species, though not territorial and quite the free-roamer, favors areas with nearby water sources. Keep in mind that 'Pumba' may not be as genial as you think - those tusks can be quite formidable!