Born to Hunt Safaris

Website: www.bornhunt.co.za

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The main lodge is 34° 5.174’S 24° 31.609’E The hunting areas range from flat, open thornveld savannah, open grassland and rocky hills to densely wooded acacia and riverine bush. In Zimbabwe the terrain is similar with mopane and miombo woodland.

The areas in South Africa are privately owned but the areas in Zimbabwe are all state-owned conservancy areas. Hunting is mainly from March to October, which tends to be cool and dry. Daytime temperatures are warm to hot, whereas at night it can get cold and a warm jacket would be needed. However, during the day temperatures can reach 30°C. The summer rains start in January, ending in March. The South African areas were previously stock ranches. However, wild game has always occurred there naturally, whereas the Zimbabwean areas are state-owned.
There are no inhabitants on the land used. The main hunting lodge is on a small farm surrounded by a coastal conservancy area of 25 000 hectares of which they have hunting rights on, all within a one-hour drive. Toby also has a tented camp in the Karoo near Steytlerville a two-hour drive from the main lodge. All the properties have a perimeter game fence and cater for bow and rifle hunting. All areas are in a low-risk malaria zone. The Zimbabwean areas are very large and unfenced and if hunting there, anti-malaria prophylactics should be taken.

Born to Hunt Safaris guaranties good-quality trophies, and will make the whole hunting experience a memorable one. Bird hunting is also popular and on offer. Numerous big-game packages are on offer.

The lodge is purpose built and the lounge, bar and dining rooms 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 are fully air-conditioned. If there is a power failure they have a backup generator. There is also a swimming pool, a boma, satellite TV, landline telephone as well as mobile phone and free Wi-Fi coverage. The camp in the Karoo is tented whilst the camps in Zimbabwe will be comfortable hunting lodges. A maximum of eight hunters can be accommodated at any one time.
The distance to the closest tar road is 4 km. No lights can be seen and no vehicles can be heard. The nearest international airport is either OR Tambo or Cape Town, and clients catch a connecting flight to Port Elizabeth, a 30-minute drive away. However, the closest airfield is Paradise which is a VFR, gravel 1,000-metre runway approved by the Civil Aviation Authority. There is a hospital at Humansdorp, 15 minutes away by a vehicle.
All meals are inclusive of the price and all dinners are four courses. Light breakfast followed by a big brunch is served, and typically the animals shot to provide the meat. All drinks and alcohol are included in the daily rate.
They have skinners and a full complement of the lodge staff.
All clients are met at the airport on arrival and dropped off on departure by one of the 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$550 per day, and two-on-one is US$350 per day. In Zimbabwe, the daily rate is US$1,500 per day. There are numerous big-game package deals on offer. All their vehicles are well maintained.2 x Toyota Hilux double cab
Born to Hunt Safaris is registered in the Eastern Cape Province, has been in operation 12 years, and is a member of PHASA and SCI. They had 20 hunters last year.

Trophies are skinned, salted and stored in separate sheds made of brick, 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 been trained, and Taxidermy Africa is recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the clients own taxidermist of choice.

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