Hunting season is all year round. Best time is from March to November
South Africa is a country situated on the Southern Tip of the African continent.It shares borders with Namibia and Botswana on the Northeast, and with Zimbabwe and Mozambique on the Northwest. Lesotho and Swaziland are independant states within south African territory. With a area of 1 219 090 Km², it is almost double the size of Texas. With its modern infrastructures throughout the country, South Africa has the strongest economy in Africa. The Soccer World Cup will be hosted in South Africa in 2010!
A land of contrasts
It’s a special place, inviting, magical, where everything is big – immense even.
A world in one country. Contrast is the first word which comes to mind about South Africa, for the rich diversity of its landscape, people and cultures.
Imagine breathtaking canyons, jungles, mystic deserts, metropole, deserted beaches, verdant vineyards, mountains, bush. Nature is alive, beautiful and untouched. The country is subdivided into 9 provinces, each of them with its unique fauna, flora and culture.
“Diversity” is probably the most accurate image one could give to the Eastern Cape region. It is as diverse in flora and fauna as it is in cultural and political history. Nelson Mandela has his home here, and from the coastal cities to the rural inland areas, the Eastern Cape is famous for its natural beauty and friendly people.
As well as enjoying the tranquil and malaria-free game viewing at our lodge, you can explore the golden beaches, magnificent marine life and sub-tropical forests of the Eastern Cape. No vaccination or shots required; consult your physician and www.cdc.gov for recommended shots (such as tetanus and hepatitis).
It is from here your hunting adventure will begin. We have, within very short distances, very diverse habitats that support many species that can be hunted. The terrain ranges from coastal bushveld to mountainous terrain, depending on the species to be hunted.
Grand Safari also offers tourism extensions in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. Program and quote on request.
We hunt on various hunting concessions, from open areas to fenced private game reserves. We have close to 950,000 acres of hunting ground; choice of area is made upon requested species to be hunted. This is a good introduction to hunting African game, under the supervision of very ethical professional hunters. Being a first timer or a well-experienced hunter, South Africa will bring you what you are looking for, a great hunting experience and some trophies not to be found anywhere else in Africa.
MANAGEMENT PACK (female cull only, see fees below)
|6 days/ 7 nights|
|Base 1×1||USD 2,580|
|Base 2×1||USD 2,280|
|Kudu/Wildebeest/Hartebeest : USD 400||Impala/Warthog/Springbok : USD 200|
|Common Blesbok : USD 245||Other species and quotas, please consult us|
TROPHY PACK 1
TROPHY PACK 2
TROPHY PACK 3
|6 days / 7 nights|
|KUDU, Cape||KUDU, Cape||REEDBUCK, Mountain|
|ORYX||BUSHBUCK, Cape||BLESBOK, Common|
|1×1: USD 5,400||1×1: USD 4,750||1×1: USD 3,950|
|2×1: USD 4,800||2×1: USD 4,150||2×1: USD 3,350|
### FAMILY SAFARI ###
|6 days / 7 nights|
|From a friendly, comfortable and family orientated lodge|
|1 Hunter base 1×1||Full price|
|1 Observer / Non hunter||-30%|
|Under 18 Children (up to 2 kids)||FREE|
|TOTAL for the whole Family||USD 3,462|
« A LA CARTE » SAFARI
|6 days / 7 nights|
|From a beautiful and exclusive Lodge, VIP services|
|Hunter, base 1×1||USD 2,580|
|Hunter, base 2×1||USD 2,280|
|Observer / non hunter||USD 1,260|
Best time to hunt is from March to November.
Weather and best Season:
The Eastern Cape has a subtropical climate with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 33°C (68 to 91° F) in summer (December through February) and in winter (June through August) from around – 6°C to 23°C (21 to 73°F).
Our prices include:
- Transfer from/to East London airport.
- Full board accommodation excluding bar, including table drinks (soda, beer & wine).
- Daily laundry service (we recommend you take 3 sets of hunting clothes only).
- Organized hunting with a professional hunter, 4×4 vehicles, a skinner/tracker & equipment.
- First preparation of trophies and transportation to Karl Human Taxidermist in East London.
- 14% Value Added Tax (VAT) where applicable.
Our prices do not include:
- Extra trophy fees (see our 2013 list).
- Hounds for hunting caracal and / or bushpig: US$ 280 / day.
- Flights, excursions, restaurants, supplementary nights before & after the safari, bar drinks.
- Firearm import permit, US$ 150 if issued before hand with assistance on arrival in JNB. Firearm rental (US$ 45 / day + ammunition).
- Taxidermy, we recommend a deposit in cash / Traveler Cheques of 40% to Karl Human Taxidermist at the end of your safari (as per his 2013 price-list). Karl can mount your trophies or ship to your USA taxidermist.
- Tips for your hunting guide, trackers and camp staff are not obligatory and are to be paid at your discretion.
Conditions of sale:
- Animals in packages cannot be swapped for others.
- Any wounded or lost animals to be paid in full.
- A deposit is to be paid to the taxidermy, for either dip & pack or mounts.
- 50% deposit on your safari to secure your dates (to Grand Safari USA in the US)
- Balance of your safari 60 days prior departure (contact us for any other arrangements).
About GRAND SAFARI
Christophe Beau has been involved in Big Game Hunting in Southern Africa since 1994. He is a full member of PHASA (the Professional Hunter’s Association of South Africa) since 1998, and is a registered professional hunter and hunting contractor in the Eastern Cape & Kwazulu-Natal of South Africa as well as in Tanzania. He is also a registered big game pro hunter in Mozambique.
Christophe is an official measurer for the SCI and for Rowland Ward, and is a member of ACP (Association des Chasseurs Professionnels). Turquoise Horizon c.c. trading as GRAND SAFARI work with other registered hunting contractors in RSA as well as in Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
GRAND SAFARI is a trade mark of Turquoise Horizon c.c. owned by Christophe Beau. Grand Safari work in partnership with other registered outfitters in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania and Cameroon.
SOUTH AFRICA Trophy List 2013 – in USD
|Addax||On request||Leopard||On request|
|Blesbok, copper||On request||Oribi||3,355.00|
|Blesbuck, white||740.00||Oryx, gemsbok||1,370.00|
|Blesbuck, yellow||* 3,290.00||Oryx, scimitar horned||* 3,375.00|
|Buffalo, cape||On request||Reedbuck, mountain||560.00|
|Bushbuck, cape||745.00||Rhinoceros, black||On request|
|Bushpig||745.00||Rhinoceros, white||On request|
|Caracal, lynx||920.00||Rhebuck, grey (Vaal)||1,690.00|
|Cats, small||On request||Sheep, Barbary||3,040.00|
|Crocodile||On request||Springbok, black||570.00|
|Deer, fallow||660.00||Springbok, common||405.00|
|Duiker, blue||* 1,555.00||Springbok, copper||* 2,700.00|
|Duiker, common||380.00||Springbok, Kalahari||650.00|
|Duiker, red||1,700.00||Springbok, white||1,690.00|
|Elephant||On request||Suni||* 3,715.00|
|Grysbok, cape||* 2,000.00||Tahr||On request|
|Impala, southern||430.00||Wildebeest, black||1,150.00|
|Klipspringer||* 2,645.00||Wildebeest, blue||1,150.00|
|Kudu, Cape||1,285.00||Zebra, Burchell||1,490.00|
|Kudu, Southern Greater||2,440.00||Zebra, cape mountain||* 4,120.00|
|Lechwe, red||* 3,040.00||Zebra, Hartmann||* 3,310.00|
* LIMITED QUOTA: advance reservation required. Not all species are to be found in all area, make sure to specify requested species when booking your hunt. TOPS and CITES permit: USD 50 / each
General Informations on African Hunting Safaris with us
Methods of hunting
Different game requires different tactics, each day being different from the next. So, with this thought in mind, we take each day as it comes. Some clients are fitter than others and prefer to walk more, some prefer to rest up in the comforts of our well equipped air conditioned 4×4 vehicles. Usually, plains game is hunted with the aid of our 4×4 vehicles. The game is spotted and stalked on foot from that point.
All tastes are catered for, be it wing or fleet footed game, we will put you on target. Please be sure to advise us of all animals that you wish to hunt before your arrival in RSA as some animals are not available in the Eastern Cape and these can be hunted only if prior notice is given.
The same principle applies in Tanzania where, for example, gazelles are only to be found in the northern region of Masailand, as well as in Cameroon where Bongo are in the Rain Forest and Lord Derby Eland in the Savannah.
Arms and ammunition
Rifle and cartridge are a matter of personal choice. The most important issue is that you have had enough practice to be comfortable with your rifle. Your deer rifle may be a better choice than a rifle purchased for the hunt.
A suggested marksmanship standard is 8 inch groups at 200 yards when shooting from a rest, and 8 inch groups at 50 yards when snap shooting from an off-hand (unsupported) standing position.
We suggest that clients use either a 270 Winchester, 30-06, 7mm, or .300 Magnum for plains game like springbok, mountain reedbuck and greater kudu. Premium ammunition with a bullet that is heavy for its caliber is recommended; ask us for details.
A .375 H&H Magnum would also be a good choice if bigger game like cape eland would be hunted. A .300 Magnum is the suggested minimum for eland.
For big game in Tanzania .375 H&H Magnum is a good option. For Cape Buffalo, Hippo & Elephant, a bigger caliber, if you are comfortable with your gun, is a good idea.
Fit your rifle with a good quality scope with variable power, such as 1.5-6 x 42 or 3-9 x 36. Consider bringing an inexpensive 4 power scope as a backup in case your primary scope is damaged. Sufficient ammunition to re-zero your scope is advised.
Make sure your firearm is protected in a good quality LOCKED case for airline transportation. UNLOADED firearm and ammunition must be declared to an airline representative upon check-in. Well before your departure, obtain a US Customs Form 4457 that records the serial number of your firearm: you will need this form upon re-entry to the United States, and serves as a “US firearm license” for some countries (such as France and Namibia). For airline transportation, it is best to remove the bolt from your rifle (or barrel from your shotgun) and place them both inside your locked case, in such a way that both are separately visible to a TSA x-ray machine.
Factory ammunition boxes in a metal ammo case that can be stored in a checked bag other than the firearm case will comply with all known airline regulations. Airlines prohibit tracer, incendiary, and explosive ammunition. Airline regulations require that a maximum of 10 pounds (or 5 kilograms) of ammunition in factory boxes is transported in checked baggage. A total of 100 rounds of ammunition (five boxes of 20 rounds) is a typical limit.
In regards to the importation of firearms and ammunition, please contact us and we will advise you according to your destination and its regulations. We will take care of all import permits on your behalf, as this must be done well in advance.
Condition of sale
40% to 50% deposit to secure booking and the remaining balance to be paid in 45 to 90 days prior to arrival. Conditions may change from one destination to another and will be confirmed accordingly.
Note to the hunter
We suggest you bring one or two pairs of WELL BROKEN IN lightweight leather boots, plus binoculars: 10×40 for plains game and leopard, 8×30 for buffalo. Personal gear should include a hat, sunscreen (SPF 30 or better), lip balm, insect repellant (for Zimbabwe and Tanzania), cartridge pouch, canteen with shoulder strap or belt clip, rain jacket, and a fleece jacket with hood for mornings.
MALARIA: NO Malaria in the Eastern Cape of SOUTH AFRICA. Anti-malaria drugs are recommended in TANZANIA & CAMEROON: consult your physician.
Suggested Reading List
African Hunter II, Boddington and Flack (intro to safari, plus country by country hunting info)
Safari Guide, Conrad (how to plan and book a safari, and what to expect)
Death in the Long Grass, Capstick (sensational style, but a factual account of what to watch out for)
The Perfect Shot, Robertson (selection of cartridges & where to place the shot on a variety of species)
Horn of the Hunter, Ruark (classic 1950’s hunt chronicle in Tanzania)
Green Hills of Africa, Hemingway (1930’s Kenya & Tanzania, at times more mystical than narrative)
African Game Trails, Theodore Roosevelt (a US president chooses one year safari over re-election)
SCI Record Book of Trophy Animals, Africa Field Edition XI Vol. 1&2 (where to find what species & how big)
The Hunting Report, Don Causey (monthly newsletter, “consumer reports” for hunting)
- South Africa: Year round, best from 1st March to 30th November
- Tanzania: From 1st July to 31st December
- Cameroon : Savannah 15th December to 15th May – Rain Forest 1st April to 31st July
Our main hunting destinations are:
SOUTH AFRICA, TANZANIA and CAMEROON (Savannah and Rain Forest)
Christophe guide a few safaris himself during the season, mainly for dangerous game, and make sure everything run smoothly in the 3 countries where Grand Safari operates.
Observers can experience the thrill of the hunt from the comfort of our 4×4. They can share in the anticipation, the frustrations and the victories toasted at the end of each hunting day.
Observers often enjoy bringing a video camera to record the hunt.
South Africa is well known as a nature lovers’ paradise, beautiful scenery and a large variety of fauna and flora will keep you busy while the hunt is on. As South Africa is considered to be “the world in one country” there are many things to do and see. Be sure to inquire about the many excursions that are available in your choice of hunting area. Arrangements can be made to spend time in some of South Africa’s major game parks like the “Kruger National Park” or the “Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve” or in one of our many local private or national game reserves in the Eastern Cape, such as Addo Elephant Park. We hunt all year round. Fishing is also great fun from Port Alfred aboard one of the local “ski boat” rigged for deep sea fishing.
Tanzania . This is possibly the ultimate hunting experience today in Africa. From Cape Buffalo to big Tuskers, we have them all in the Selous Game Reserve. We have had a 100% success rate on Cape Buffalo since 1992. Also lots of excursions available, ranging from a photographic safari in the Ngorongoro crater to visiting the well-known Zanzibar Island.
Cameroon where we are very fortunate to be able to offer both Rain Forest and Savannah hunting. From Bongo to Lord Derby Eland (not to forget dwarf and savannah buffalo, roan, elephant, korrigum, duikers and many more species), the 3 areas we are now running have been producing great trophy quality for the last 7 years.
Cameroon is not the best tourism destination, although for the more adventurous, gorillas are spotted every week in the Rain Forest while hunting with pygmy trackers.