The whole experience from meeting Rob Birch to the amazing game and fair chase hunting experience was topped by the wonderful people becoming our friends as well.
There were absolutely no negative times for the whole two weeks.
South Africa boasts an incredible diversity of game animals, from the Big Five to plains game
South African hunts are among the most affordable on the African continent, and are some of the best values in the hunting world
South Africa has a large and highly organized safari industry, with outfitters in nearly every part of the country
An African safari is a dream adventure that in many cases comes along only once or twice in a lifetime. South Africa is one of the premier destinations for the first time safari hunter or the seasoned safari veteran. South Africa has an unrivaled diversity of species — more than 45 major plains game species and all of the Big Five may be hunted here. A large variety of game birds, some presenting very challenging shooting, are on licence with generous bag limits. South Africa has so much to offer and every foreign hunter, regardless of their specific requirements or preferences, will find a suitable hunting destination in South Africa to meet their needs. BookYourHunt takes pride in having some of the finest African outfitters and professional hunters as our partners, outfitters and professional hunters who are, in most cases, the most active in the South African hunting industry.
Travelers from the USA and most European and British Commonwealth countries are not required to have a visa to enter South Africa. Find out the visa requirements for your country here: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries.
Special requirements apply for children under the age of eighteen who are traveling to South Africa. Minors are required to produce, in addition to their passport, an Unabridged Birth Certificate (showing the particulars of both parents) when exiting and entering South African ports of entry. When a child travels with only one parent, additional documents should include an affidavit in which the absent parent gives consent for the child to travel, a court order granting full parental responsibilities or legal guardianship of the child, or the death certificate of the absent parent.
Most of South Africa is malaria-free, but malaria is present in a few areas, including northeastern KwaZulu-Natal Province as far south as the Tugela River, Limpopo (Northern) Province, and Mpumalanga Province. It is also present in Kruger National Park. If you will be hunting in or traveling to those areas, malaria prophylaxis is recommended.
South Africa has strict rules for hunters bringing firearms into the country. Visitors who are hunting or participating in a shooting event must acquire a Temporary Import Permit. These can be obtained on arrival at the airport at the SA Police Firearm Office situated after immigration. There are also a number of commercial services that can secure your permit in advance for a fee.
To be issued a permit, you will need to show proof of ownership of your firearm(s) (for American hunters, a U.S. Customs Form 4457 is sufficient), as well as an invitation letter signed by your outfitter proving that you have booked a hunt in South Africa.
Each hunter is allowed to bring up to four firearms, but no two may be of the same caliber. Ammunition is limited to 200 rounds per firearm. It is advisable to pack your ammunition in a hard-sided, lockable case, as sometimes airlines will require you to check your ammunition separately.
Most hunters arriving from outside of South Africa arrive in Johannesburg. Here, all declared or identified firearms may be collected directly from the firearm office just after immigration. Any firearms either not declared upon departure, or not identified by an appropriate label will be delivered to the normal baggage carousel for collection. Once you have collected your baggage, proceed to the SA Police Firearm Office, where all necessary import permits and other documentation will be finalized. This process can be quite time-consuming, especially if many other hunters have arrived on the flight with you, so if you have a connecting flight it is advisable to allow at least three hours in between.
If you have a domestic connecting flight, you must clear firearms and ammunition at the SA Police Firearm Office in your arrival airport before proceeding through customs. You will need to present your Temporary Import Permit to board your domestic flight. It’s important to note that firearms are accepted on domestic flights only to certain airports within South Africa; check with your outfitter to ensure you will be able to check your firearm to your destination.
Most hunts in South Africa are spot-and-stalk or safari style, with the hunters covering ground either on foot or by vehicle and, once an animal is spotted, completing a stalk on foot. Terrain varies dramatically from relatively flat savanna to rugged mountains, depending on the region of the country you’re hunting. Some safaris can require extensive walking; others require very little, so it’s a good idea to ask the professional hunter.
Dark green or brown clothing is best, as are comfortable, well-broken-in boots with soft soles for quiet stalking. You’ll only need a couple of changes of clothing as laundry is done daily at most camps. Bring a wide-brimmed hat, sunblock, good optics, and a jacket for cool mornings and evenings. In some areas pepper ticks are a problem, so tick repellent is a good idea.
Most professional hunters recommend rifles in the .300-caliber family for plains game and .375 for dangerous game, but the most important thing is to bring a rifle you are familiar with and can shoot well.
Tips are appreciated at most safari camps in South Africa; in addition to the professional hunter, tracker(s), driver, and skinner(s), there are usually staff members at camp who handle cooking and cleaning and other chores and help to make a hunter’s stay pleasant. The professional hunter or outfitter can advise the hunter how much is appropriate to tip each staff member.
Typically, animals are skinned at the safari headquarters and all skins are cleaned and salted; skulls and horns are cleaned and buried in salt. After a couple of days, the skins are hung to dry, cleaned once more, and folded and stored in a skinning shed. Skulls will be cleaned and placed on a rack. Before leaving camp, it’s a good idea to ensure the skulls and skins are properly tagged with the hunter’s name and contact information.
Once the hunter departs, or sometimes at the end of the season, trophies will be taken to a taxidermist for professional cleaning and dipping, which is required for export. The taxidermist then contacts the hunter for instructions regarding preparation and shipment, and to arrange payment for these services. The taxidermist then contacts a shipping agent, who will handle the permits and shipping to the hunter’s home country, again after contacting the hunter. Hunters should check the latest regulations in order to make arrangements in advance if they are hunting species that require CITES permits or special export or import permits from the hunter’s home country. Many export and import requirements for these species have undergone dramatic changes in the past couple of years.
My PH, Glaeser, is extremely detail oriented and I have always felt comfortable that proper preparations have been made for a successful trip. He is also highly motivated to provide an experience that exceeds your expectations. He is also very patient and will work tirelessly make accommodations and easy frustrations while always keeping a cheerful and professional attitude.
Nothing comes to mind as a negitive about our hunting or time spent together. My only disappointment has been having to return to the real world at the end of the safari.
Russ is an honest, hard working outfitter that does his best to make the hunt successful. He has access to plenty of properties that allow him to hunt everything available in the Eastern Cape. I'm looking forward to hunting with Russ again on his Mozambique concession.
International airline travel always getting more complicated.
The Ph on this hunt made the hunt he knew the language and the hunting concession along with ability to judge animals
When you understand that your are in a third world country and you are there to hunt the rest is not important. The food was good and the sleeping cabin had hot water. All else was good
Organization and dedication to the Hunter is outstanding! The value of the hunting experience vs the cost is very high. You get far more than what you are paying for. I have taken a 16.5 inch bushbuck to a 40 pound class elephant with them and would recommend them to anyone. That's why I have completed three safaris with Pieter and his team.
That I had to leave South Africa and go home!
We took our sons when they were teenagers, and a couple of years ago did a three generation hunt. No matter your age, you are treated as an individual and taken care of. The quality of the trophies is over the top. For those in the group that want to photo only, so many opportunities are provided as well.
Having to come home.
Everything about our experience was positive. My wife and I hunted with them for four days with either Japie (owner & PH) or Willem (other PH) as our guides. Both are extremely knowledgeable, men of high character, and a pleasure to spend time with in the bush. Japie's wife Michelle and the rest of the entire staff we dealt with were a joy as well. The game was plentiful and both PHs could walk & stalk us into good shooting positions on the various game we were seeking. We will look at the trophy heads with great memories long in the future.
While I am certain everything was not perfect, I am doing this revue 6 months after our first hunt. The very positive experience we had there has washed any minor negatives from my mind.
I liked everything the friends I made the quality of the hunt and the animals were the best Willie will go out of his way to keep you happy AMEN
Nothing at all
Every time fullfilled all wish. I searched many times rare species, and never came home without the trophies of my dreams. We shoot together 47 species, many "record book" game.
He is endure, steadfaster than me.
Professionalism of PH and other staff. Game quality. Lodges. Food.
My PH would not let me shot an average animal. If it was not to the standards that would go on his wall he would tell me to wait we could do better. I shot 9 trophy animals in 7 days of hunting. I have hunted the States and Canada and never had an outfitter take such good care of me.
The only thing I would change about my experience would be to schedule more days.
Absolutely amazing experience!! I honestly can't say enough about every second of the experience there! Ewert is the most honest and Professional person I have met!! I can't say enough how well we were treated by Ewert and his family and staff!! I truly had the time of my life!! Beautiful experience in every way!!!
His ability to put me on game I was seeking. Bush Pig, Caracel, Blue Duiker, Serval Cat, Vaal Rhebok, Cape Bushbuck, Damarra Dik Dik and Auodad. These were all the animals I wanted that I hadn't taken before.
I would like to recommend Marco to anyone who is planning a trip to Africa. I have hunted with many Outfitters in North America, (US, Alaska and Canada) along with several in Africa on multiple trips....and Marco is by far 'One of the Best'. He is very knowledgeable about the various Game Animals ; provides a very friendly and comfortable Hunting environment; maintans very high integrity and Professionalism; made my wife and I feel very welcomed; and was a true Gentleman. Marco was able to guide me on my Hunts for Nyala, Kudu, Waterbuck and Zebra. He has access to some of the most Beautiful Country that Africa has to offer. His wife, Franciska provided food that approaches that of high end Restaurants. They both are 1st Class and I plan to return some day. We arrived at their Camp as Clients...but left as Friends.
I can't say enough positive things about Erik... 5-STAR / GOLD Stars on every aspect of this operation. You will not find a better person, team or place to hunt in South Africa.
That I had to return home to work! I wanted to stay forever!
Ten safaris in four different African countries in 13 years. I've taken my Big Five, put four animals in top ten crossbow and our last safari to Burkina Faso will yield a top ten trophy.
There us nothing to not like. They go the extra mile to please their clients.
Complete comfort, Safe, Secure, Incredible amount of animals! More than all the animals and hunting experiences we were able to build friendships with great people who made us feel right at home!
From the moment we got picked up at the airport to head to the Safari, tell the moment we got dropped back off at the airport to head back home we were stunned at how satisfied we were with the staff and hunting Safari. Food was fantastic. Animals were classified trophies on the property. Accommodations were nice. Just a fantastic overall experience made this vacation the best we have ever been on. Sincerely, Dustin and Kayla
I happened to be the only hunter in camp during my hunt so I got great one on one attention. My PH and I had a great relationship while hunting together. I tend to joke around with people so he was also that type. .
There is nothing that I would change while hunting with my outfitter.
Alex was a great ambasador introducing my daughter and I to the African bush, and especially mu daughter to hunting.
I didn't get to sample enough of the animals I harvested. But lesson learned, I make sure to express that at the beginning of the hunt now!
Bossie is very professional and goes above and beyond what I had expected from a PH. Bossie knew the animals movement and patterns very well. The food is phenomenal and tasty. The accommodation were more than I expected . Bossie speaks all of the areas tribal dialects. That helps a lot hunting in ZA. Bossie has the best trackers I have ever seen. I went to hunt and bring home a few trophies and I did. However, I left South Africa with something better, a life long friendship with Bossie and his family. Bossie is the best.
There is nothing to be said negative. Only positive.
The experience as a whole was like no other. The accommodations where excellent , the meals were fantastic , the people were superb ,the hunting was impeccable , the overall package was well put together and also very family oriented , cant say enough.
must say this would be 3 trips, and one was a three weeks, I can not find anything bad to say, highly recommend this to any hunter or photographer who wants to have a trip of a life time.
Fantastic hunting, hard, uncomfortable but wild. Mr. Conradie is a PH that has a passion for his work.
The company EMAIC who handle the shipping of my trophy's which I have yet to receive. What a bunch of bandits! They do the hunting industry a disservice with their arrogance and outrageous fees. They had my trophy for 6 months before they advised me it would be another 6 months to it get to their facility in South Africa and then it had to be sent to Canada for Mounting. Absolute clowns to deal with.
Everything was GREAT- ( the PH, the food, the the hunting camps, the staff)
Their was nothing that I didn't like- That's why I've been back 6 times and going back in 2017
Victor and his team did everything for an unforgetable hunting trip to South Afrika. The high density of different species was great. The camp offered everything we needed and we would recommend this outfitter to everyone.
I booked with this outfitter as a total novice. What I liked is that they made the time for a quality hunt and a total safari experience. My wife had never hunted or shot a gun, and they created a very special safari experience that had her back collecting 7 trophies. A great outfitter is known by their repeat clients ... I'm going back for my 7th safari and a dream hunt for a cape buffalo. There is none better who can cover the range of species with such quality trophies, and an amazing safari experience that will last many life times.
Very little not to like about such quality and consistency!
Welcomed into the lives of the guides and staff. Very down to earth and honest. Secure setting, living alongside the staff and their families. Ewert Vorster helps with the planning of the entire trip, from A to Z. Very in-depth, comprehensive attention to the smallest of details.
Like to thank Leon once again for a great memorable hunting experience in South Africa. I experience the friendliest people and most beautiful country I have ever been too. Hunting experience was second to none and I could not fault the experience, professionalism and knowledge which was shown during the hunt. I will definitely be back again but I’ll be coming with my family as I want them to experience South Africa.
Erik Visser has built a World Class establishment and has amazing people that work for him, along with World Class trophies. I will be going on my 5th Safari with them this year and wouldn't think of ever going with any other outfitter. Erik, Marlette, Eon, Natasha, and ET are not only consider my best friends, they are family to me and my family.
Having to leave and having to wait to go on the next safari with them.
Great guy, excellent PH, wonderful family. Access to numerous concessions in close proximity, thus able to offer a full range of Eastern Cape species without undue travel. Superb outfit, excellent value!
The standards fixed by Pieter and Magda are high, whether during the hunts, and before and after.
Quality of game was good and we able to get every animal on our list. PH was a great guy and knew where the animals were. Food was served Home style and was very good.
Terrain was fairly open. This is not a hunt for Archers.
Most of shots were over 180 meters, across mountains and valleys, stalking animals with a beautiful landscape behind. A must for those who enjoy physical activities and a challenge hunt.
I took our family of five to RSA and we had an excellent time. The food, accommodations and hospitality were excellent and far exceeded our expectations as this was our first trip to RSA. Rob and Laura made us feel very much at home. When my wife did not feel like accompanying me on a hunt they arranged a picnic lunch and a private guide for her to go and view many of the animals on the property. Following the 10 days of hunting we toured the Garden Route and Cape Town, all arranged by Rob and with our PH as our driver and guide. If you have a budget talk to Rob and he can make your dreams a reality.
Eric Visser's organization is top knotch...from his camp staff to the professional hunters. The camp life is outstanding, the hunting is outstanding, the touring is outstanding. This team takes care of your every need while you are on your African vacation.
The entire team is totally committed to providing you with the best safari hunting experience possible, from the quality of animals and hunting experience to every detail in lodging and dining. Truly an experience of a lifetime that you will want to do again and again!
I wish I could've stayed longer!
Bossie is a friendly fun guy to hunt with. He is a good PH and finds great deals and is willing to pass those on. He has to be one of the best out there for night hunts and for small predators and other night critters. If you are up to it, you will most definitely get your money's worth out of him. A day fee is really like a day and a half. And compared to some of the lazier PH's, you get two or three days worth of hunting every day with Bossie... If you want that. Bossie seems to be loved and respected by everyone in his home town. We had opportunities to interact several times with his neighbors on things from help on the road with a tire to hunting. And even without much notice if we struck out and needed a new spot, they were accommodating. I started out on a serious DG hunt with Bossie, then to get a few critters for my niece who was with but needed to fly home early. Then We had fun for another week or so just screwing around with whatever Africa had to offer. This was a great time with no pressure. Bossie took me to some special places that he only hunts once per year and we got some great trophies including a fantastic klipspringer and giraffe. And a beautiful, monster large spotted genet. As well as several others. Go with Bossie to get those animals everyone else brushes off or does not know how to hunt. Also if you want that one special animal that seems out of reach... Talk to Bossie about it and see what he can figure out.
He brought his wife and young son with and although I understood as he had been away for many months and it was approaching Christmas so I was glad they could spend some time together. Doing it over again I would have booked a few days later so they could have had their time and Bossie could have prepared for the hunt more in advance. And honestly there were some great times with his family, just that the negatives were a detraction over all. Nobody wants to go on their vacation and spend it dealing with someone else's family issues. I think clear communication up front is important.
From the time you commit and book your hunt, the staff will provide you the necessary services and assistance to make your South Africa experience extraordinary. Preplanning to meet your specific needs. Hands on assistance with your permits and necessary travel documents. Exquisite accommodations at their Game Lodge or other concessions as necessary to pursue the game on your list. Well educated, certified Professional Hunters for the hunt. Trained support staff to assist in the hunt and the after-hunt processing of your game. Behind the scenes organization at its finest to allow you, the client, to relax and fully engage in your Africa experience.
There isn't anything we didn't like
Stan and his attendant professionals did not merely show this client representative animals, but rather superior, record-class trophy animals. In countries outside of South Africa where we hunted (Mozambique, Zambia) he always made sure that very good accommodations were provided as hunting camps.
The loooooong flight home.
You are not with a large group. One hunt only myself and two sons. Another hunt only one other hunter. Last hunt only myself.
Every thing was exceptional.
We took a big chance going with an Outfit we knew was in its first year, but we were beyond satisfied. Jono made us feel very comfortable as he was prompt and always ready to answer anything on all our back and forth emails. He was very honest about every thing and went out of his way to assist in every detail of the hunt and getting there. We stayed in first Class lodging, his PH was extremely knowledgeable and great to be around, This made my wife and myself much more comfortable, which in turn made me a much better shot. Jono and Justine went above and beyond in every aspect to make sure our safaris was perfect and went off without a single glich. They even hid flowers from us and for a few days to create a buquet for my wife, it was a surprise for our first anniversary. It was a great gesture. The animals we harvested were all true trophy quality, mature animals, including 2 that would make Roland Ward. All the properties we hunted were large and exceptionally beautiful with great animals. It's hard to believe we could have had a bether time any where else. Jono and Justine are wonderful people with a honest and caring approach to safaris. It always felt lile they were there for us and they worked hard to make sure everything was perfect. Do your self a favor and contact them if you are considering going to africa. You will not be disappointed.
Leaving was hard.
I liked the PH's attention to details in camp. Thy have a vast knowledge of the areas they hunt as well as the beautiful animals they put me onto. They have huge respect for the animals we hunted, all the creatures and plants (of which they have very good knowledge) in the ecosystem, and for me as a client. I've enjoyed it so much that I've already booked another two hunts with them. The first I'm taking 5 friends and the second I'm taking my two sons.
That the hunt couldn't go on for longer, as I had get back home.
The hunting from blinds and spot and stalk gave us great opportunities. Great food and deserts The staff was very hard working and for respectful. The accommodations where very comfortable We will definitely plan another trip
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