Cheetah Safaris is in the Limpopo province of South Africa and is on the Eastern part of the Waterberg Mountains. They also have a Zambian hunting operation, Sable Safaris, in Luangwa south. Cheetah camp is 24°5.449’S 27° 26.193’E.
In South Africa, the hunting areas range from flat open thorn veld savannah, open grassland, rocky hills, densely wooded bush and riverine bush. The Zambian area is mopane, mahogany and miambo woodland as well open thorn scrub.
In South Africa, Cheetah Safaris as well as the areas hunted on are all privately owned whereas the areas in Zambia the area is state owned but only hunted on by Sable Safaris.
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&Deg;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. Luangwa is a state national park, well known for its abundant wildlife.
There are no inhabitants on the land used.
: All the South African properties have a perimeter game fence and cater for bow and rifle hunting and is 22000 acres. The Zambian areas add up to nearly 1.5million acres and there are no fences so natural animal migration takes place. In South Africa there in no malaria in the hunting areas however, if hunting in Zambia, it is imperative that one goes on a course of anti-malaria prophylactics recommended by your doctor!
As hunting is offered not only in South Africa, there is a large amount of different species on offer. Apart from elephant on the SA properties, all the plains game, sable, roan, crocodile, hippo, black & white Rhino, Buffalo and lion are also on offer. The Zambian operations offer the “big 5” and sititunga. Pieter does do game capture and does introduce new game to improve the gene pool. Culling of excess females is strictly controlled and end-of-season discounts are offered. The minimum hunt offered is 7 days. Dangerous animals present? Fifty different trophy species are available, ranging from the ‘Big Five’ to a duiker, and in South Africa they have no quota. However, if hunting in Zambia, there will be a limited quota. Depending on the rainfall, if there is a drought, game capture will take place on the South African properties so as to save some of the game from starving to death.Record Trophies taken last year.Record Trophies taken last year.
Cheetah Safari 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. Sable Safaris camp Nyala has similar facilities but there is only satellite phone and email. A maximum of 8 hunters in South Africa and 4 in Zambia can be accommodated at any one time.
From Cheetah Safari camp, the distance to the closest tar road nearly 15km whereas the Zambian operation is 80km. No lights can be seen and no vehicles can be heard. In South Africa nearest international airport is either O.R.Tambo in Johannesburg or Polokwane, two & a half hours away by vehicle. However the closest airfield is Thabazimbi which is a VFR, tarmac 1500 meter all weather runway approved by the Civil Aviation Authority and the closest Doctor is one hour away. If going to Zambia the closest international airport is Lusaka and the closest doctor is approximately one hour away.There is also a private 1000m dirt air strip at Cheetah camp. 24° 5.344’S 27° 28.288’E
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 in moderation as well as lunches are included in the daily rate.
Six full-time trackers are employed who have been working for Pieter from between 2 to 20 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 is US$150 but field preparation of trophies is included in the daily rate. The South African current daily rate for a one-on-one hunt is US$400 per day, and a one-on-two hunt is US$350. In Zambia, package deals are offered but average from between US$1000 – US$2600 depending on the species.
|All the vehicles are well maintained.|
|5 x Toyota Landcruiser pick ups|
|1 x Toyota Hilux pick up|
|1 x Toyota Hilux Double cab|
Cheetah safaris has been in operation for 23years and is registered in the Limpopo province of South Africa and in Zambia.They are all members of PHASA, DALLAS, SCI, PHAZ and had 62 hunters last year.
|Name||Status||Years in Operation|
|Pieter Bothma||Owner Outfitter Professional Hunter||23|
|Regardt du Plessis||Professional Hunter||10|
|Leon Meyer||Professional Hunter||18|
|Hendrick Liebenberg||Professional Hunter||18|
Should the need be, other professional hunters can be used.
Skinning / post hunt facilitiesTrophies 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.The skinners have between 2 – 20 years’ experience and Dereck Robinson Taxidermy is recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the client’s own taxidermist of choice.
Other Notes: Staying at Cheetah lodge was a pleasant comfortable experience. It is on the banks of a dam so has a beautiful view. The food, company and overall experience is second to none.