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The Thornveld and Her Species

This is Africa. There is something so special about this ecosystem and how each and every creature, plant and blade of grass are all eternally connected and carry on their daily lives of birth, life and death under the canopy of thorns...

The bush is literally alive, the acacia trees talk to one another, releasing their tanins into the African air as they have for millennia, the air is a caucophany of sounds , red billed hoopoes, francolin, emerald spotted wood doves, African Fish eagles and cicadae beetles are just a few of the aerial act. The impala can be heard, It is the rut and the eternal battle of dominance and the fight for the right to breed is in full swing.

ZULULAND HUNTING CONCESSIONS

Zululand,the land of King Shaka is situated in the North Eastern provence of Natal, the land is savanah woodland and home to Africa's big 5...

Our Zululand concessions are huge and the majority of them hold strong populations of the big 5.  Properties consist of endless rolling bush veld converging  onto extensive wild rivers and lakes which are home to crocs, hippos and savage tiger fish...

3 hrs drive from King Shaka airport or 40min charter flight

5 hrs drive from JHB international or 1 hr charter flight

MIDLANDS HUNTING CONCESSIONS


Our Midlands concessions are smaller in size, however offer incredibly challenging and rewarding plains game hunts...Gene pools are strong and high ranking trophies are common place...

Dense savanah woodland carpets the steep hillside slopes forming impressive valleys which sweep down to open plains and crystal clear rivers below. These areas are situated within close proximity to our high veld hunting areas, wing shooting areas, Drakensberg mountain range, the David Ratrow foundation and both the Zulu and Boer war battlegrounds...

2 hrs drive from King Shaka airport

6hrs drive from JHB international

 

The hunting areas here offer the following species:

 

SPECIES IMAGE CHARACTERISTICS & HUNTING INFORMATION
Giraffe

Huge animals, thick shin and solid bones. Only large bore rifles & premium bullets can reliably bring down these modern day dinosaurs. Spotting from high vantage points and then stalking or tracking are the most productive forms of hunting when it comes to giraffe. Please do not shoot for the typical heart lung triangle, their vitals are very high up and extremely far forward. Shots are close, under 50 yards!

Kudu These beautiful, shy majestic ghosts are any hunters dream trophy. Challenging to hunt, many hunters do not get there bull on there first hunts, so if Kudu are high on your list I suggest 10 to 14 days in order to almost guarantee you your trophy. Most shots are long, over valleys, so I recommend practice at home; 150 to 250 yard shots are the norm
Waterbuck Strong, proud and sometimes aggressive, they make a majestic wall mount. Shots are mostly 50 to 150 yards!
Blue wildebeest These funny creatures are incredibly tough and can soak up huge amounts of ballistic energy. They have a prominent hump above the vitals, which most often makes people feel the need to shoot high. A high shot wildebeest is very difficult to recover, very often they are not, so please shoot low and the trophy will be yours! Herd bulls are relatively relaxed so getting up to them is fairly easy; the challenge comes in the form of selecting the right old boy and making sure another animal is not wounded if the bullet passes straight through. Lone bulls are extremely weary and make for a very rewarding and challenging hunt!
Zebra These striped horses are a wonderful addition to any trophy room. They are a symbol of Africa, a herd stampeding off into the sunset with dust rising up from under their hooves is something one has to experience… Their calls can be heard rolling through the valleys, when you hear this you know you are in Africa. The challenge here comes in the form of selecting the stallion. Once again, these are extremely tough animals, therefore one should only squeeze the trigger when one is comfortable and certain. A wounded Zebra will more than likely not be recovered
Nyala I don’t think there are words to describe how beautiful and majestic these creatures are. If hunting in RSA, this is one species I strongly suggest. RSA has HUGE trophies. They are challenging and shy, but they make for an extremely rewarding hunt, as they are seen as the super models of the African savannah. The most successful hunting method is to wake up before the birds, travel to a high vantage point, sit tight and await the warm morning sun, as the rays penetrate into open areas amongst the thick vegetation these majestic ghosts emerge, they raise their white hairs along their spines, just thinking about it sends chills of excitement down my spine. Shots can be long so once again please practice at home. Another successful method is to watch areas surrounding waterholes at last light, as this is when the big black bulls come down to drink
Red Hartebeest Walk and stalk is the most successful way of hunting these herd orientated animals. They are very alert and have excellent eye sight, so keep low, hug the shadows and success will be yours
Warthog Another symbol of Africa. These are the wild boar one encounters during daylight hours. Old boars are rightfully clever and wise. However, their downfall is the fact that they are very territorial and often follow strict patterns. This is where we come in and take advantage of this kind of behaviour
Bushpig Ghosts of the darkness are what these incredible creatures are often referred as…To me these are the smartest of all animals…I absolutely love hunting them, no guarantee is ever there, hence part of the challenge and excitement…I personally know of many people who have lived their entire lives in the African bush and never even seen one of these ghosts, yet they are everywhere! They are strictly nocturnal, the only real way to hunt these creatures is over bait, a well constructed elevated blind, weeks of feeding and camera work, patience and the ability to control ones heart rate just might get you the opportunity of a trophy of a lifetime!
Blesbuck These herd animals frequent the grassland plains and grass veld mountains bordering onto the thorn savannah…Herds can be huge, some numbering up to 1000 animals, hence 2000 eyes, nostrils and ears…The secret here is to stay low, move slow, anticipate the herd movement and intersect them…Both male and female carry horns, having said that it is easy to establish the trophy bull from his darker skin, thicker horns and dominant attitude…
Impala Impala are graceful creatures, they can leap 5 meters in a single stride…Almost every sportsman hunts one of these African antelope, often it is their first introduction to African hunting…When one hears the deep guteral sounds of males in the rut and the sweat smell given off by their scent glands lingers strongly in the african air one quickly realizes that you are in Africa!
Bushbuck Another true Tragalephus, this is the Latin name for all spiral horned antelope, these include the eland, kudu, nyala, sitatunga and bushbuck. Bushbuck are one of my favorites; shy, majestic and aggressive (if wounded). Due to their habit of staying in the thickest of thickets, these antelope are incredibly difficult and rewarding to hunt. They look like little nyala and we hunt them in the same manner. Once again a must have, however due to their secretive nature, one can not guarantee success
Southern Duiker These little antelope are surprisingly tough. The best way to hunt them is at first light and last light, when we find ourselves sitting tight in a high vantage point glassing forest fringes. They make a wonderful full mount so solids are suggested so as not to ruin ones trophy.
Jackal The most productive method is to call these critters in with predator calls. They are predominantly nocturnal, and make for an exciting hunt
Caracal The only real way to guarantee one of these cats, is to hunt them over hounds. One has to be extremely fit in order to keep up with the pack. We do sometimes encounter them when hunting other species, especially when we are sitting tight in a high vantage point glassing savannah break lines
Porcupine These are Africa’s largest and most interesting rodent, they make an extremely interesting trophy. We hunt them over baits at night
Ostrich The largest bird in Africa & the tastiest. The old males come with beautiful feathers, but can be extremely aggressive
Hippo The trick here is wait until they are on dry land, the best time to catch them on terra firma is first light when they are making their way back from an evenings graze to the cool sanctuary of the river or lake...
Leopard Mr Spots, he is my friend, probably one of the most misunderstood animals in the African savannah, he is shy, mostly solitary, resilient and adapts to human encroachment perfectly and to top it all off he can become a real bitch when pushed too far… I absolutely love hunting these sly cunning cats…The only real way to get them in ones sights is to plan ahead, weeks of baiting in the right places, nights of camera work, studying their tracks to determine sex and size and the setting up of a silent hidden stable blind might just get us the chance of collecting one of natures greatest adverseries…PLEASE only squeeze the trigger if you are 1000% sure that it will be a good shot, a wounded leopard is not a pretty sight, he WILL try to hurt you!
Elephant The secret here is wind, wind and wind again…I like a constant wind, as soon as the wind starts swirling, I call in the towel and we move of elsewhere or return the following day to pick up their tracks and try again…A lot of patience and stamina is required, if you try to cut corners, things can turn nasty…My best advice is walk like a ghost and keep the wind in your face!
Crocodile These giant lizards with big teeth make a special trophy and the big trophy flat dogs are surprisingly difficult to outsmart… Mid mornings after a cold long evening is the time to catch them out on the sandbanks soaking up the suns energy… A brain shot is the best answer!
Lion An African lion is huge, their paws are larger than a mans head and they possess a strength that is unworldly…Their roars are a symbol of the dark continent and seem to pass through ones chest and reverberate against ones soul! The trick here is to have respect and to truly understand that we are hunting Africa's King, as with all of our quarry and in particularly the big 5, shot placement is vital, make the first shot count and all possible problems vanish!
Buffalo Some time in ones life I strongly believe that each and every individual needs to experience the thrill of hunting one of these incredible creatures on foot…There are not words worthy enough to describe the feelings and emotions one goes through when staring into the eyes of an extremely grumpy old Daga Boy…You simply have to do it to understand what im trying to say…The trick here is to establish the direction the herd is moving, get into position and allow them come to you (easier said than done), now the emphasis of the hunt is to select the trophy, make sure no other buffalo is behind, as pass throughs are common and finally, as always, MAKE THE FIRST SHOT COUNT!
Rhino As with all thick skinned dangerous game the use of a well constructed bullet in the correct caliber and correct shot placement are the foundations towards success…Their eyesight is like my grandmothers, however their sense of smell is like that of a bloodhound, their hearing is excellent and their temper is like an over worked female sous chef at the wrong time of the month!
Sable Simply put, these creatures are handsome, regal and proud! They make a challenging hunt and an impressive trophy…If wounded the bulls can become aggressive…
Blue Duiker These tiny little antelope are difficult to hunt…The most successful method is to call them in with high pitched sounds or to flush a thick patch of jesse, even then they are elusive and difficult to obtain…
Red Duiker When the morning sun catches their royal red coats ones breath is taken away by their beauty…The best way is tiptoe silently in the early mornings paying special attention to the sunlit glades, this is where we encounter these little beauties soaking up the warm morning rays…
Klipspringer These nimble little creatures inhabit our rocky escarpments and "koppies"...They can scale vertical cliffs with ease...Their hair follicles are unique to Africa, they are hollow and make the perfect material to tie dry flies...A full mount of these proud little antelope is truely beautiful!
Tssesebe Africa's fastest antelope and one of the strangest looking too…They have excellent eyesight and are herd orientated so we stick to the shadows and stay low…

 

“Hunting has opened the earth to me and let me sense the rhythms and hierarchies of nature.” –Charles Fergus

 

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