Dumukwa Safaris, (meaning Waterbuck in the native language) is based in South Africa in the Limpopo Province. Most of their hunting takes place here, but they also hunt in all nine of South Africa’s provinces as well as in concessions in Mozambique,
The hunting areas range from flat, open thornveld savannah, open grassland, rocky hills, densely wooded riverine bush to semi-desert.
The hunting areas in South Africa and Namibia are privately owned and there is no quota. Botswana and Mozambique the areas are state owned and privately managed with a quota system.
Hunting is mainly done from March to October which tends to be cool and dry. Daytime 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 and end early February.
Bertus grew up on the Limpopo property and it was previously used for cattle farming since 1982. Wild animals occur naturally and, as the area is on the border of South Africa and Botswana, there is a lot of natural migration. A small amount of crops is irrigated on the property. There are no inhabitants on the land used.
In the Limpopo Province, Dumukwa Safari Lodge is on 6000 acres and, within an hour’s drive, they have a further 300 000 acres of concession. Both of these areas are low risk malaria zones. However, if hunting in Mozambique, it is imperative to take a course of anti-malaria prophylactics recommended by your doctor!
Dangerous animals present? They offer the ‘Big Fiv’ and hippo. Cheetah, brown hyena and wild dog are the only animals that cannot be hunted. Other unique species to the area on offer are Sharpe’s grysbok, nyala and Limpopo bushbuck. They do not have a limited quota, so refer to the Dumukwa Safari website to see what is on offer. End-of-season discount hunts are also offered and the minimum hunt is seven days. They do not have game capture operations, but sometimes excess females are culled at the end of the season.
Record Trophies taken last year.
Dumukwa Safari Lodge is a purpose-built luxury lodge on the banks of the Limpopo River. Guests have a beautiful view from the lounge deck where hippo and crocodile can be seen. 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 are fully air-conditioned. If there is a power failure they have a back-up 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 14 hunters can be accommodated at any one time. The camp has an inconspicuous fence to keep the wild animals out.
The distance to the closest tar road is nearly 22 km. No lights can be seen and no vehicles can be heard. The nearest international airport is Polokwane two-and-a-half hours away, or OR Tambo in Johannesburg, five hours away by vehicle. However, the closest airfield is Alldays which is a VFR, tarmac 1500 metre all-weather runway approved by the Civil Aviation Authority. 22°40’44.23″S 29° 3’32.18″EThere is also a private 1000m dirt air strip at 22°28’19.85″S 28°54’18.94″E 8 km away. The nearest doctor is also here and can be reached by vehicle within 30 minutes by road.
All meals are inclusive in the price and all dinners are BBQ/Braai with starters and pudding. Full English breakfast as well as lunch is included, and typically, the animals shot provide the meat. All drinks and alcohol are included in the daily rate.
Five full-time trackers are employed who have been working for Bertus for 15 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 Bertus. This service plus field preparation of trophies is all included in the daily rate. The current daily rate for a one-on-one hunt is US$400 per day and a one-on-two hunt is US$325 per day. These rates have remained unchanged for the last five years. Numerous package deals are on offer on the Dumukwa web site and they had 50 hunting clients last year.
Vehicles used are well maintained and are serviced regularly.
|1 x Toyota Land cruiser Double cab.|
|1 x Toyota Land cruiser|
|3 x Toyota Hilux Double cab|
Dumukwa Safaris is registered in Limpopo and the Free State and licensed to hunt in all nine South African provinces. They are members of PHASA, SCI and RMEF.
|Name||Status||Years in Operation|
|Bertus Gerhardt||Outfitter, owner and professional hunter||15 Years|
|Mr P Van Niekerk||Professional Hunter||5 Years|
|Mr P Pretorius||Professional Hunter||15 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 at no extra cost. There is also an abattoir with cold room.All the skinners have at least 10 years’ experience and Safari Taxidermy is recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the client’s own taxidermist of choice.
|Adam Sheldon||+1 510 715 0313|
|Jim Benton||+1 616 262 6190|
|Mark Heuer||+1 510 881 1283|
|Randy Yates||+1 801 836 4668|