About Big Four hunting
Once upon a time there was the Big Five, a list of the most dangerous and desirable game animals in Africa: Rhino, Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Buffalo. The march of civilization - commercial hunting for ivory and rhino horn, culls in the name of disease prevention, “extermination of predators” that threatened the lives of humans and livestock, poaching, or simply killing to make way for cow and plow - reduced the range and numbers of these magnificent beasts. Many populations of the rhino, for instance, went down as their preferred habitat was destroyed to get rid of the tsetse fly. Now, for all practical purposes, there’s no such thing as free-range rhino hunting, and for hunters who are not satisfied with darting and hunting on game farms the “Big Five” is down to “Big Four”. Fortunately, Africa is an enormous continent, and while overall numbers may decrease, some populations can be thriving and even overpopulated to the degree where they are a threat to their own environment. Hunting opportunities for “The Big Four” exist in many African countries, including Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique, Cameroon and Burkina Faso. Hunting is strictly limited by a system of harvest quotas and international agreements that prevent import of the trophies of certain species from countries where it is believed hunting may not always be carried out in a responsible manner. Most experts recommend to start with the more numerous species like buffalo and leopard, and then move on to lion and elephant, but it all comes down to personal preferences and abilities. Why hunt the Big Four today? One of the reasons is that these animals are uncomfortable neighbors: a raid of marauding elephants, for instance, can destroy the whole harvest of a small farm overnight. This is a great motivation for the local communities to get rid of these species by poison and snare. Well-managed and regulated sports hunting provides profit sharing, job creation, and infrastructure improvement that are powerful incentives for peaceful coexistence. One thing that all members of the Big Four have in common is the emotional load. The ivory and intelligence of the elephant, the menacing look and bulk of the buffalo, the royal roar of the lion, the lethal stealth of the leopard just can’t leave you indifferent.
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1x1: Eastern Cape Free-range Hunt South Africa
ACCOMMODATION: FARM GUESTHOUSE as listed 4 STAR THATCH LODGE upgrades available at an additional fee of $150 per hunter The Ranch sits on an escarpment (2200 feet above sea level) and has four unique biospheres within half an hour’s drive. This unique change in biospheres results in huge animal diversity. the landscape and habitats vary from deep wide valley bushveld with thick riverine bush, home of the Eastern Cape Kudu as well as Cape Bushbuck, Nyala, Warthog, and Bush pig. The sides of the valleys/canyons make for great vantage points. A lot of time is spent at theses elevated points glassing for trophies. On the plateau above the valley lies the savanna and scattered woodlands. This is home to species such as Impala, Sable, Zebra, Waterbuck and Mountain Reedbuck. These plateaus also make great vantage points for glassing and the start of many long stalks. The savanna gradually gives way to the long rolling Bedford plains which were once the place of vast animal migrations across the Eastern Cape. These plains are where Springbuck, Blesbok and Black Wildebeest are found and often ambushed from behind the endless anthills which make for good hiding places. These plains give way to the Kaggaberg Mountain range with valleys and box canyons, home to the Eland, Cape Bushbuck and Kudu.
Trip duration: 1 - 14 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2020 31 Dec 2020
Buffalo/Sable/Crocodile - Package South Africa
HUNT DURATION: 6 nights / 7 days INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING TROPHIES: 1 x Buffalo, 1 x Sable and 1 x Crocodile 1 Hunter x 1 Professional Hunter Additional animals may be hunted as per the price list.
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 1 Mar 2020 30 Nov 2020
Karoo Dream Hunt 2x1 '2020 South Africa
The Eastern Cape boasts 6 out of 7 vegetation biomes and is the most ecologically diverse of South Africa's provinces. This diversity in turn supports a large number of plains game species; from kudu in savannah bushveld, to klipspringer in the craggy mountain peaks and bushbuck in the coastal forests. The Eastern Cape offers an unrivalled variety of hunting opportunities. The area from Uitenhage to Steytlerville is acknowledged as having the highest density of kudu in the world. Every year, 25,000 kudu are hunted in the Eastern Cape. We enjoyed a 100% success rate for kudu in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. During this period 24 out of 24 hunters who had a kudu on their wish list shot a trophy kudu, some chose to hunt a second one.
Trip duration: 3 - 14 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2020 31 Dec 2020
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