Bush Africa Safaris
Schalk Van Heerden
P.O. Box 375, Lephalale 0555, South Africa
+27 14 7634549
+27 82 4520749
+27 86 6471258
Bush Africa Safaris is in the Limpopo province of South Africa and is in the Limpopo province, North of the Waterberg Mountains. They also have neighboring concessions as well as exclusive hunting rights on properties in the North West and Free State provinces of South Africa.
The main hunting camp is 23° 30.479’S 27° 59.013’E
In South Africa, the hunting areas range from flat open thorn veld savannah, open grassland, rocky hills and mountains, densely wooded and riverine bush.
All the areas hunted on are all privately owned.
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.
The South African areas were previously cattle ranches however wild game has always occurred there naturally.
are no inhabitants on the land used.
Bush Africa is situated on 3000 hectares and a further 50000 of exclusive hunting rights within a 1 hour drive. All the properties have a perimeter game fence and cater for bow and rifle hunting. The hunting areas in the other provinces are a day drive or a 2hour charter flight. All areas are in a low risk malaria zone.
Apart from elephant, all the plains game, sable, roan, crocodile, hippo, black & white Rhino, Buffalo and lion are also on offer. Schalk does do game capture and does introduce new game to improve the gene pool. Culling of excess females is strictly controlled and no end-of-season discounts are offered. The minimum hunt offered is 7 days. Record Trophies
|Bushbuck in 2002.||21|
|Kudu||A lot more than 60|
|Warthog||6 of the top 10 Bow hunting|
|Wildebeest||No 2 Bow Hunting|
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, landline telephone as well as mobile phone and free Wi-Fi coverage. A maximum of 10 hunters can be accommodated at any one time.
The distance to the closest tar road is 15km. No passing vehicle traffic can be seen or heard. The nearest international airport is O.R.Tambo in Johannesburg or Polokwane, two & a half hours away by vehicle. However the closest airfield is Ellisrus/Lephalale which is a VFR, tarmac 2200 meter all weather runway approved by the Civil Aviation Authority. There is also a private 1000m dirt air strip 2km away at 23° 32.423’S 28° 2.139’EThe closest doctor is a 30 minute drive in Lephalale.
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 soft drinks, beer and wine as well as lunches are included in the daily rate.
Four full-time trackers are employed who have been working for Schalk from between 12 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 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$390 per day, and a one-on-two hunt is US$350 per day for plains game. They also have numerous all inclusive hunting packages.
|All the vehicles are well maintained and serviced regularly.|
|5 x Toyota Landcruiser pick ups|
|1 x Toyota Hilux double cab.|
|1 x Toyota Hilux pick up|
Schalk has been in operation for 19 years and is registered in the Limpopo province.Bush Africa are members of PHASA, Dallas, SCI and Houston clubs and had 40 hunting clients.
|Name||Status||Years in Operation|
|Schalk Van Heerden||Owner Outfitter Professional Hunter||19|
|Jaco Kruger||Professional Hunter||12|
|Robert Maree||Professional Hunter||8|
|Jaco Pieterse||Professional Hunter||4|
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 12 years’ experience and Transafrican Taxidermy or Swift Dip are recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the client’s own taxidermist of choice.
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