When is hunting season in South Africa?
The hunting season in South Africa is between March and late September. Being based and operating in the southern hemisphere, our seasons are opposite to those of Europe and North America.
What temperatures should we expect?
Hunting through the South Africa’s winter months up in the Drakensberg can be like experiencing “four seasons in one day”, with the temperatures at dawn sometimes reaching below freezing – but by the afternoon, we’ll be hunting in light shirts and long pants. So, warm jackets, hats and gloves are recommended for the early morning and evenings. One of the greatest things about hunting through our South African winter is that we have an 85% chance of sunny skies, with no wet weather.
Electrical requirements: What plugs should we bring?
Please bring an international travel plug set with you, which includes adapters for two prong appliances. Our wall sockets are round, 3-prong, 15 amp units (not square as in the USA). Your plug set should contain a converter, so that any equipment you bring with you which usually runs on 110 Volts for example, can be converted to 220–240 Volts.
Are there any medical threats?
Traveling in and around South Africa poses no major medical threats. Should your itinerary entail hunting or touring in a Malaria risk area, you will be notified of this in advance and advised on what precautions need to be taken. The medical facilities in South Africa are exceptionally high and meet world standards. The facilities are similar to those found in the USA and Europe. Regular internal flights or private charters and excellent road networks facilitate easy travel and, in the case of any medical emergency, prompt assistance and access to first class medical facilities and private hospitals. With the above in mind, it is important to have comprehensive medical cover when coming on safari to South Africa. With this cover, you will be guaranteed private care in the case of an emergency.
What about transport?
All transport is included in the package rates. Upon landing at Johannesburg airport, South Africa, you will be met by your professional hunter and then driven to your destination (unless private air charters are arranged). When on safari, suitable 4×4 vehicles will be used.
Can the wives and daughters come?
Of course! The wives and daughters will be charged an observer rate. There are plenty of things for them to do, like having a day at the spa, lunches in the mountains, game viewing, day trips and overnight stays to the beach, shopping and hiking. Alternatively, they can take it easy and unwind in camp or join us out in the field. The above activities are not included in the daily rate and will be charged accordingly.
Will there be chance of a battlefield tour?
You’re in luck! Our base of operations is right in the middle of a historically rich area having famous battle fields like Isandlawana, Rorkes Drift, Talana, Elandslaagte, Ladysmith and the battle of Spionkop all within two hours’ drive. In fact, one of our prime hunting areas is at the base of Spionkop Mountain and the Spioenkop Game Reserve. Battlefield tours can easily be tailored into your safari.
What about Taxidermy?
There are many great taxidermists in South Africa. Personally, I use and recommend Universal Trophy Studio. The owner is a personal friend of mine, and they have ship n dip , tanning and taxidermy facilities.