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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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
Leopard Hunt 1x1 - 2020 Namibia
Last tags available! Book now to avoid disappointment! For over 20 years we have been looking after our clientele in a caring manner, putting emphasis on personalized service in a relaxed, luxurious atmosphere, where spoiling guests with its culinary delights became part of its trademark. There is plenty for the non-hunter to enjoy and discover. Full day excursions can also be arranged to Etosha or Waterberg National Park and into the town of Otjiwarongo, or a 3 day tour to the exciting and vibrant town of Swakopmund, at an additional expense. Tours can also be tailor made to your specifications, so please book in advance. The package includes 10 days fully-guided, bait, Leopard tag ($5000) and trophy fee ($4000 - refunded if the trophy is not harvested). Plains Game and Cheetah can be added to the package as per price-list. We are also operating a taxidermy that specializes in delivering high quality trophies at a reasonable price. We provide a complete, personalized taxidermy service that includes Mounting of all animals, Souvenier Shop and Animal Exhibition.
Trip duration: 10 days
Hunting season: 1 Mar 2020 30 Nov 2020
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