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14 Day Lion, Buffalo and Plains Game Package

This package combines hunting the Lowveld, Eastern Free State and Kalahari. The package includes two of the Big Five namely a Lion and a Buffalo as well as the trophy fees for a Gemsbok, Black Wildebeest, Springbok and a Zebra. It is an awesome hunting experience. Our hunting packages contain no hidden costs. The only safari related cost which it does not include is the dipping, packing and shipping of trophies and taxidermy work.

Clients are met upon arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and are returned there upon completion of the safari. Accommodation is in first rate hunting camps and lodges where all modern amenities are available. Food is prepared to the highest standard and a large variety of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages are available and included. The success rate on the trophies is close to 100%. If however you do not take one of the trophies which is included in the package, 90% of the list price of the trophy is deducted from your hunting safari price. A deposit of 20% is payable upon booking your hunting package. The balance is payable upon completion of the safari.

If your flight arrives after 1pm we suggest you overnight at the Lombardy Hotel on the day of arrival and start the safari on the following day. Cost of $200 per person includes accommodation meals and a transfer to the hotel from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. If you do not wish to bring your own rifles, you are welcome to hunt with one of the rifles of your professional hunter. The only cost involved in this is the replacement cost of ammunition ($100).

Trophies Included :

Package Prices Include :

Package Prices Exclude :

1X1 per Hunter - $ 44 340

Per Observer - $ 2 925

Hunting Areas, Camps & Lodges

The hunting areas range in size form 3000 to 18000 acres and all provide an exceptional hunting experience. Our primary focus is on ensuring you take the trophies which are included in your safari and we make a determination of which camp to use based on current conditions prior to the starting date of your safari. Our success rate is very close to 100%.

In all cases the camps and lodges we use are luxury, with en suite bathrooms, electricity, stylish decoration and sumptuous food. Places a lady would feel at home and comfortable.  Each of the camps and lodges we use feature on our web site in the areas and camps section. We can provide an extensive list of references in your area who have hunted with us and who can bear testament to the quality of accommodation.

A Typical Day on Safari

Hunters: A typical hunting day would start just before dawn at which time coffee and rusks are enjoyed. A selection of breakfast cereals, yogurt and juice is also available at this time. We then embark on the morning hunt. We would normally hunt until about 11:00am at which time we would return to camp for brunch (A full meal which is a combination of breakfast and lunch). Some time is then devoted to relaxing in camp. The hunt is resumed at about 14:30 from which time we hunt until sunset.

The method of hunting employed depends on the preference of the client and can consist of either waking and stalking, hunting from blinds or special vantage points from which we glass and ambush animals. The option of hunting from one of our well equipped vehicles is also available should you have any medical problems, or are limited by not being able to walk long distances. Your Professional Hunter will discuss these options with you after arrival. All of these options are always available. It is not necessary to let us know which method you prefer prior to your arrival.

Observers: Observers are welcome to accompany the hunters on safari, alternatively they can relax in camp. Should the observers in your group be interested in visiting some of the highlights in the area while the hunters are in the field, this can be arranged at an additional charge of $ 80 per observer per day. The additional cost is incurred because we have to send a dedicated guide to take care of observers. On the typical safari observers normally prefer to accompany hunters which does not incur any additional charges.

Lion

The dark continent's most feared big game animal. Lion are bold and dangerous cat's that should only be hunted in the company of a seasoned professional hunter who is familiar with their habits and behavior.

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Buffalo

Buffalo are very dangerous animals, some would even say the most dangerous of the African 'Big Five' to hunt. The right calibre with the correct ammunition and an experienced PH is absolutely essential when hunting Cape buffalo.

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Gemsbok

Gemsbok have amazing eyesight, hearing and smell. They can be very difficult to sneak up on and will dash off quickly when feeling threatened. The grey of their coats blend in well with the surroundings which makes it even harder.

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Black Wildebeest

Even when black wildebeest are grown and sexually mature, it is difficult to tell the males from the females. Both sexes have horn's, they are similar in color and body size. An experienced PH is essential when hunting black wildebeest.

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Springbok

The incredible eyesight of the Springbok, coupled with it's natural paranoia make it very difficult to get within shooting range of these open plains animals. It is often necessary to make long shots when hunting springbok.

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Zebra

In toughness, the zebra is quite formidable. Zebra require a minimum calibre of .270 , it is however better to use a larger calibre. The .375 is a very good choice for bringing down zebra.

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Hunting Package Itinerary

DAY 1 ARRIVAL - LOWVELD

Guests are met upon arrival at O.R. Tambo International by their professional hunter or hunters. They will be holding a sign with your name on as you enter the arrivals lounge. From here we travel to the hunting camp which is located in the Lowveld. The afternoon is devoted to sighting of rifles and time permitting the first afternoon hunt.

Overnight: Lowveld Camps and Lodges

Meals: Full Board

DAY 2-7 HUNTING LOWVELD

The days are devoted to hunting the Lowveld region. The area is characterized by wooded savannah in varying degrees of density ranging from densely wooded ravines to rolling hills and open savannah areas. This region of South Africa is home to the Kruger National Park and is the area in South Africa which has the highest concentration of Big Five animals.

Species which are available in the Lowveld area include :

Blue Wildebeest, Buffalo, Bush Pig, Bushbuck, Common Reedbuck, Eland, Elephant, Gemsbok, Giraffe, Grey Duiker, Hippopotamus, Impala, Jackal, Klipspringer, Kudu, Leopard, Lion, Nyala, Ostrich, Red Hartebeest, Roan Antelope, Sable Antelope, Steenbok, Tsessebe, Warthog, Waterbuck, White Rhino, Zebra(Burchell's)

You are welcome to take trophies in addition to the ones in your package should the opportunity present itself. All dangerous game have to be pre booked. Additional trophies are charged at list prices.

Overnight: Lowveld Camps and Lodges

Meals: Full Board

DAY 8 LOWVELD TO EASTERN FREE STATE

After breakfast we leave behind the Lowveld as the safari makes its way south to the Eastern Free State. After a drive of about six hours we arrive in the Free State during the afternoon where we devote some time to relaxing before resuming the hunt on the following morning.

Overnight: Eastern Free State Camps and Lodges

Meals: Full Board

DAY 9-11 HUNTING EASTERN FREE STATE

The days are spent hunting the Eastern Free State. The area is bordered by Lesotho , a small land locked country which is often referred to as the roof of Africa. The Maluti Mountains which cover a large part of this country offers the most dramatic mountain scenery in Southern Africa. The high altitude ensures the summer months have pleasant days, but the winters can be very cold with snow occurring from time to time. Open plains and some wooded ravines characterize this area. Longer shots are often required on the open grassland. An abundance of different plains game species are found in the area.

Species which are available in the Eastern Free State include:

Black Wildebeest, Blesbok(Common), Blesbok(White), Blue Wildebeest, Bontebok, Buffalo, Bush Pig, Bushbuck, Common Reedbuck, Eland, Elephant, Gemsbok, Giraffe, Grey Duiker, Grey Rhebuck, Impala, Jackal, Kudu, Lechwe(Red), Lion, Mountain Reedbuck, Nyala, Oribi, Ostrich, Red Hartebeest, Roan Antelope, Sable Antelope, Springbok(Black), Springbok(White), Springbok(Common), Steenbok, Tsessebe, Warthog, Waterbuck, White Rhino, Zebra(Burchell's), Zebra(Mountain)

You are welcome to take trophies in addition to the ones in your package should the opportunity present itself. All dangerous game have to be pre booked. Additional trophies are charged at list prices.

Overnight: Eastern Free State Camps and Lodges

Meals: Full Board

DAY 12-13 HUNTING THE KALAHARI

Breakfast is followed by a charter flight to the Kalahari. The area is very sparsely populated with a sense of quiet vastness definitely apparent. The distance from the closest cities or towns ensures that very little light pollution occurs, which make it one of the best places from which to view the stars of the southern hemisphere. The days are devoted to hunting for a Lion.

Overnight: Kalahari Camps and Lodges

Meals: Full Board

DAY 14 DEPARTURE

A last morning spent in the African wilderness is followed by a flight to Johannesburg and from there a short journey to Pretoria and the African Sky office. Some time devoted to paperwork is followed by a late lunch after which guests are transferred to the airport, where a memorable African Hunting Safari ends.

Overnight: None

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Special Local Products

South Africa Special Product - Rooibos Tea

Rooibos Tea

SA Diamond

Tanzanite

SA Wine

Aloe Cream

Bilton

Ostrich Leather

Zebra Hide

Wood Carving

Ostrich Eggs

SA Attractions

Cape Town

The Winelands

Garden Route

Johannesburg

Pretoria

Kruger National Park

Durban

Robben Island

Soweto

Blyde River Canyon

Drakensberg

Sun City