Bakstaan Safaris



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Bakstaan Safaris operates in the Limpopo province of South Africa. Bakstaan means “Stand ready” in Afrikaans. The lodge is at 22° 42.944’S 29° 55.396’E

The hunting area is at the foothills of the Soutpansberg Mountains and consists of flat open thorn veld savannah, open grassland, rocky hills and densely wooded bush.

All the land is privately owned and has been hunted on for 12 years. Last year not much hunting took place as the land in going to be under new ownership.

Hunting is mainly done from March to October which tends to be cool and dry. Day time temperatures will vary. Generally speaking a warm jacket would be needed at night however during the day temperatures can reach 26°C. The summer rains start in late October & end early February.

This land prior to this was a cattle ranch however game animals have naturally inhabited this area. There are no inhabitants on the land used. Bakstaan is on 2000 hectares and Paul has a further 15000 hectares of neighboring hunting concessions. All hunting areas have a perimeter game fence.

Bakstaan offers only plains game at the moment. Cheetah, Cape Wild Dog, Brown Hyena and Leopard are natural residents but cannot be hunted. Sharps Grysbok can be hunted in this area. Game capture does take place for Gemsbok and Water buck however none is taking place this year.

Species Trophy Size
Kudu (Bow Hunted) Book No 4 63 and 5/8th
Eland (Bow Hunted) 41 and ½
Kudu 61
Water Buck 31 @ ½

Lodge is purpose built luxury lodge. The lounge, bar and dining room are separate from the accommodation. All the buildings and chalets are brick with thatched roofs. All have en suite bathrooms, flush toilets, hot and cold water, constant electricity and fully air-conditioned. If there is a power failure they have a backup generator. There is also a swimming pool, a boma, satellite TV, as well as mobile phone and free Wi-Fi coverage. A maximum of 16 hunters can be accommodated at any one time.

The distance to the closest tar road is 3km and no lights can be seen and no vehicles can be heard. The nearest international airport is Polokwane a one & a half hours drive by vehicle. However the closest airfield is Messina which is a VFR, tarmac 1800 meter all weather runway approved by the Civil Aviation Authority. There is also a private 800m dirt air strip 2km from the camp.

All meals are inclusive of the price and all dinners are BBQ/Braai with starters and pudding. Breakfast is full English & typically the animals shot provide the meat. All drinks and alcohol are included in the daily rate. Packed lunches are provided if ne
Eight full-time trackers are employed who have been working for Paul for between 4 & 25 years. They also have skinners and a full complement of lodge staff.

All clients are met at the airport on arrival and dropped off on departure by Paul or one of his professional hunters. This service, plus field preparation of trophies is included in the daily rate. The current daily rate for a one-on-one hunt is US$450 & a two-on-one US$380 per day. End-of-season discount hunts are also offered and the minimum hunt is seven days. Last year Bakstaan handled 15 international as well as 150 local corporate clients.

All hunting vehicles are well maintained
2 x Toyota Landcruiser pick ups
2 x Toyota Hilux pick ups
2 x Landrover pick ups

Bakstaan Safaris is registered in the Limpopo province and has been in operation for twenty five years and Paul is a member of PHASA and WRSA.

Name Status Years in Operation
Paul Coetzee Professional Hunter and Outfitter 25
Frik Dejager Professional Hunter 15
Gerrit Kleinhause Professional Hunter 10
Kobus Vorster Professional Hunter 10

All are registered PHASA members and some have their own vehicles, skinners and trackers. Freelance hunters are hired when required.

Trophies are skinned, salted and stored in separate sheds made of brick, hence are very secure and 100% vermin proof. These facilities are well ventilated and have electric lighting. The trophies once dried are stored separately and tags are used for identification. There is also an abattoir with cold room. All the skinners have at least 10 years’ experience and Custos Taxidermy is recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the client’s own taxidermist of choice.

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