Daggaboys Safaris

Website: http://www.daggaboysafaris.co.za/


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Daggaboys Safaris is in the Limpopo province near the border with Botswana.

A “Dagga boy” is a large old bull Buffalo that has been kicked out of the herd and spends most of the day wallowing in Mud.

“Dagga” means mud in Zulu. They have really short tempers so it’s best to pay attention when one comes across them. The mud is to get rid of parasites.

The main hunting camp is 23° 4.958’S 27° 59.944’E. In South Africa, the hunting areas range from flat open thorn veld savannah, open grassland, rocky hills, wooded Mopane and riverine bush.

In South Africa is all privately owned whereas the areas in Zimbabwe and Botswana are state owned but tendered out to private outfitters.

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.

Dagga boys has 50 000 acres with a further 120 000 acres of private neighboring hunting concessions .All the properties have a perimeter game fence and cater for bow and rifle hunting. Both areas are in a low risk malaria zone. Hunting in Zimbabwe is done in the Chizarira safari area and if hunting there it is advisable to take anti malaria prophylactics.

Most of the different trophy species are available, the ‘Big Five’ in Zimbabwe, and in South Africa they offer plains game and leopard. End-of-season discount hunts are also offered and the minimum hunt is seven days, and culling of the excess females takes place. End of season hunts are also available.

Species Trophy Size
Kudu 57½”
Impala 26½”

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, and mobile phone coverage. A maximum of 6 hunters can be accommodated at any one time.

The distance to the closest tar road nearly 1 km. No lights can be seen and no vehicles can be heard. The nearest international airport is Polokwane or O.R.Tambo in Johannesburg, 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 and a Private Tar airstrip Baltimore, 1600m all weatherThere is a Doctor at Swartwater, 20 minutes away.

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.

5 full-time trackers are employed who have been working for Gerhard for 15 years. (3 are qualified professional hunters)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 at the clients expense but field preparation of trophies is included in the daily rate. The current daily rate for both one-on-one hunt and two-on-one is US$450 per day. Dangerous game is US$550. These rates have been unchanged for the last five years.

All the vehicles are well maintained and serviced regularly
1 x Ford Double cab
1 x VW Combi bus
The professional hunter has his hunting vehicles.

Dagga boys has been in operation for 5 years and is registered in the Limpopo province.They are all members of PHASA and NRA and did 20 safaris last year.

Name Status Years in Operation
Gerhard Vos Owner Outfitter Professional Hunter 30 years
Yolande Vos Owner Outfitter Professional Hunter 30 years
Frans Gresse Professional Hunter 20 years

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 6 years’ experience and Trophex Taxidermy is recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the client’s own taxidermist of choice.
This can be on request as Gerhard respects clients privacy. TBA.

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