Planning your safari

Planning a trip there is a couple of aspects to keep in mind.
*How many days.
*The species that you wish to hunt
*Type of safari
*Travelling with a friend or partner or you family
*Time of year
We recommend that hunters travelling from Europe will come on a 7 day safari with 5 hunting days. The recommendation for hunters travelling from the USA is a 9 day safari with 7 hunting days (minimum). There will be no hunting on Sundays, it will be used to do sight seeing, reading, spending time at the pool or whatever you prefer. The species that is on your list is also important in planning your days in Africa. Once you have decided on the species you wish to hunt we will recommend the time required. If you are not travelling alone, what is the interests of the rest in the group? Game hunting and dove and pigeon hunting can be done through out the year. The game bird season is from the 1st of May up to the 31st of August.

Arrival and departure
On your arrival at the airport you will be met by Reinier or one of the Professional Hunters in the team. You will be accompanied to the fire-arm department and assisted to get your import permit. From there, travel to the hunting area. If good light permits, rifles will be set, ready for your first hunting day. On completion of the safari you will be taken back to the airport. You will be accompanied through the airport to ensure you reach all areas with the less hassle as possible.

Rifles and ammunition
Import permits is done at your point of entry on your arrival. A pre issued permit can also be arranged at prior notice. You will be informed on what to do when your booking is made.
A minimum calibre for big game is 375. Hunting plains game 308 and bigger will be perfect for the job. The ranges of shots vary from 40 yards to 250 yards so a good scope is recommended. Very important is to know your rifle and to feel comfortable with the calibre and recoil. African animals is tough so good ammunition is required (Barnes Triple shock) a harder bullet, but not solids on plains game.
Shotgun ammunition will be provided. 12-guage and 20-guage is regularly available in South Africa.

Accommodation
Accommodations offered are of a high standard to ensure your comfort. Your stay will be in thatched roof chalets. On suite bathroom with warm running water and a warm bed will be waiting for you on your everyday arrival at the lodge. Meals are something to talk about while having a drink at a camp fire.

Transportation
Four-wheel drive vehicles are used when hunting. All vehicles are well equipped and serviced to ensure a comfortable and trouble free safari. In case of a breakdown, backup vehicles is standing by.

Climate
March to May is our fall, June to August is our winter, September to November is our spring, December to February is our summer. The best hunting time is from March to the end of September, the cooler months. In the Free State, the fall and spring temperature is between -2 to 10 degrees in the mornings up to 28 degrees at midday. In winter it is -5 to 5 degrees in the mornings up to 18 degrees at midday. In summer the mornings is 5 to 15 degrees and midday can reach 35 degrees. In Limpopo and Kwa Zulu Natal the temperature is warmer than in the Free State.
Packing list
Clothing should be comfortable and strong. Laundry is done daily so it is possible to travel light. Hunting boots must be comfortable and well worn in.

- Four shirts, two long and two short sleeves
- Two pairs shorts; two pairs long pants
- Warm, windproof jacket and sweater
- Sandals
- Woollen socks
- Sun hat and warm cap
- Personal medicines
- Binoculars
- Camera
- Flashlight and batteries
- Sun protection lotion and sunglasses
- Rain jacked