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About hunting in KwaZulu-Natal
This was traditionally the hunting grounds of the Zulu kings. Most of the hunting now occurs in the north of the province, locally referred to as Zululand and named after Africa’s greatest warrior nation, the Zulus. The province is nestled between the warm Indian Ocean in the east and the high cliffs of the Drakensberg Mountains in the west. The tropical coastline has many protected wetlands (Lake St Lucia) and evergreen forests with an abundance of wildlife. Moving slightly inland is the world famous Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, Africa’s oldest proclaimed game reserve where the White Rhino was saved from extinction in the 1950s and 60s. From this breeding nucleus White Rhinos have been reintroduced to safe havens all over Africa and zoos around the world. They may now be hunted in the province and many other areas of both South Africa and Namibia. The word Zululand conjures up some mythical images but in reality there is some good hunting to be had. Large game ranches offer wild managed Lions (not captive bred), Leopards, Buffalo, Elephant Black and White Rhino. Nyala used to be the signature species for the region with many world records taken in the Hluhluwe area. However, this is no longer the case as the species is a popular game ranching and breeding animal which has been introduced all over the country. Red Duiker, also known as the Natal Red Duiker are commonly hunted in Zululand along with the rarer Suni antelope. Due to deforestation for commercial agricultural crops much of their former habitat range has been destroyed. The Highveld region of KwaZulu-Natal, known as the Natal Midlands, without doubt offers the best Common Reedbuck hunting in the country. Other species that can be hunted there are Cape Bushbuck and even Grey Rhebuck in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains. Free-range Eland migrating between the National Parks are attracted to the green pasture crops grown by the many dairy farms during the winter months. Many of these farms grow corn and other crops that attract upland birds and waterfowl to the region. The little known semi-Bushveld transition zone between Zululand and the Midlands always seems to conjure up some monster Kudus, many of which are totally free-range. 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.
Wingshooting at Witteberg Mountain Range South Africa
Very scenic area on the edge of the Witteberg Mountain range, giving that African Safari feeling. Hunting can be anything from 10min to 2-hour drive from the chosen accommodation, depending on species and time of the year. Pack lunches will be arranged if the hunting doesn’t allow to come back to the lodge for lunch. Upland game birds: - Season is from 1st May to 31 August - Bag limit is 10 per gun per day, no matter what upland species are shot Waterfowl season is from 1st May to 31 August - Bag limit is 10 per gun per day, no matter what species of water fowl Doves & Pigeons - Season ALL YEAR ROUND - Bag limit is UNLIMITED Daily rates per hunter: 1 Hunter - $1265 2 Hunters $835 3 Hunters - $715 4 Hunters - $640 5 Hunters - $605
Trip duration: 5 - 14 days
Hunting season: 1 Feb 2020 30 Nov 2022
Bushveld and Plains Game Hunt South Africa
Our hunting season runs all year round, with certain species being more successful during certain times of the year, enquire with us directly for the best times of year to book. All huntable species are subject to availability and we reserve the right to remove one of the species on offer according to the sustainability of that animal at the time. Clients will be designated a professional hunter for the duration of their stay. Most of our hunting is undertaken using the ‘spot and stalk, ‘stand’ and ‘still’ method. Our hunts are fair-chase and we pride ourselves in ethical and respectful hunting practices. Shots vary between 100-300 yards, we recommend you practice shooting from the long bipod shooting sticks as they are often used. We have traditionally been a rifle-hunting destination but in recent years, the bow-hunting trend has made its mark at us too. Success has been recorded with Impala, Bushbuck, Warthog and Bush Pig have also often featured in the bow hunters’ bags. Species are abundant so no traveling beyond the reserve is required to begin the hunt, enabling multiple attempts at these species with the bow during the entire safari. Various other species can provide hunters with surprise opportunities.
Trip duration: 3 - 14 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2019 31 Dec 2020
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