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About hunting in Eastern Cape
The country’s second largest province lies between the Indian Ocean and the Drakensberg Mountains. The dry semi-arid desert interior is known as the Karoo which in complete contrast gives way to the densely wooded valley bushveld, like the Addo Elephant National Park. The coastline is dominated by beautiful evergreen coastline plains, with magnificent beaches and the spectacular forests of the Garden Route and Tsitsikamma National Park. Owing to this vast diversity of habitat it was once considered one of the county’s richest wildlife areas and severely over-hunted during colonial times. Much of the province’s former wildlife populations have been restored to their former glory days. Buffalo and an assortment of general plains game can be hunted in the Eastern Cape. This includes some of South Africa’s specials, like the Eastern Cape Kudu, a regionalised species, slightly smaller both in body and horn length to their Greater Kudu relatives. Two South African endemics occur in the area, namely the Grey Rhebuck, a mountain species often hunted in cold, windy and sometimes snowy conditions. These extremely weary animals, with their uncanny sixth sense are known for being the most challenging plains game hunt in the country. The other endemic species is the Cape Grysbok, a member of the “Tiny Ten”. Generally speaking, hunting with dogs in South Africa is illegal. However, the tiny Blue Duiker may be hunted with specially trained Jack Russell Terriers. These animals are flushed by the dogs and shot on the run with a shotgun. Caracal (Lynx), an acknowledged stock farming problem predatory animal may also be hunted with hound packs, an experience as exciting as a Mountain Lion hunt in the USA. Specialised bird hunting outfitters with pointing and retrieving dogs offer some of the best upland (Greywing Francolin) and waterfowl shoots in the country. Another unique hunt offered in this province is a Rhino Vita Dart Hunt. This is a non-lethal hunt conducted in conjunction with a veterinarian who is only permitted to tranquilize a Rhino for conservation, medical or management reasons. The client will then be able to dart the Rhino with a vitamin cocktail prior to the animal being completely immobilised and classified as a kill by SCI. Threatened or Protected Species (TOPS) and CITES permits are required for some species even with an exemption permit. All the necessary documentation details will be provided by your Outfitter. Learn more about South African hunting regulations here.
Decoyed Waterfowl Hunts South Africa
EASTERN CAPE WATERFOWL HUNTS Our waterfowl hunts involve shooting over decoys from natural and man-made blinds. Morning shoots are generally on cultivated pastures or recently combined maize (corn) and wheat fields. Afternoon shoots usually take place around impoundments. SOMETHING SPECIAL Why not try our Greywing hunts while in the area? Greywing Francolin hunts are undertaken as a walk-up shoot over pointing dogs and has been described as champagne shooting with the “Rolls Royce” of the African gamebirds. English Pointers are used to hunt, point and retrieve the birds. Greywing can be found in coveys of between five and twenty birds, sit tight for pointers and can flush in singles, pairs, or at once. The Greywing hunt takes place in the pristine highlands of the Sneeuberg mountain range north of the historic town of Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, at altitudes of between 1600 and 2100 meters above sea level. You can expect to walk in excess of 7 miles or 10 kilometres per day. You will experience classic shooting to bag one of the fastest upland gamebird in the world while observing endless vistas and breath-taking mountain topographies few travellers will ever lay eyes on. No hidden costs, Booking well in advance is essential, Ethical & Sustainable practices are adhered to. Double guns only on Upland, Sandgrouse, Greywing & Driven hunts! Additional hunting days can be added to any package as per price list. Enquire about our other Exclusive Wild Bird Hunts
Trip duration: 3 - 14 days
Hunting season: 1 Mar 2021 31 Aug 2021
African Plains Game Safari 1x1 South Africa
We offer packaged as well as custom made hunting safaris across the entire Southern and Western Africa, which includes countries such as South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. We offer fair chase hunting in both fenced and unfenced areas, depending on the hunter’s needs.
Trip duration: 7 - 10 days
Hunting season: 28 Mar 2021 31 Oct 2022
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