The main lodge is 33° 32.722’S 26° 24.485’E The hunting areas range from flat open savannah thorn veld, open grassland, rocky hills and densely wooded acacia and riverine bush.
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.
The main hunting lodge is on 6 000 hectares with further hunting rights on 50 000 hectares on various properties within a one & a half hour drive. All the properties have a perimeter game fence and cater for bow and rifle hunting. All areas are in a low-risk malaria zone.
Other species not listed: POR. The Big Five and dangerous game are offered on package deals. The minimum hunt is five days. Culling and managed hunts are offered to remove surplus females. Hot barrel dove and pigeon available from March to June. Fishing trips are also on offer. Dale and Ashley insure that all the trophies taken are of the highest quality.
The Lodge is purpose built and the lounge, bar and dining room is 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 and have constant electricity. 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 internet coverage. There are 8 rooms a maximum of 16 guests can be accommodated at any one time.
The distance to the closest main tar road is 40km. No lights can be seen and no vehicles can be heard. International airports to use coming into South Africa are either O R Thambo in Johannesburg or Cape Town International. Clients then fly to Port Elizabeth for pick up. Camp is one & a half hours away by vehicle. However the closest airfield to camp is Grahamstown which is a VFR, tarmac 1200 meter all weather runway approved by the Civil Aviation Authority. There is a hospital in Grahamstown, a 30 minute drive away.
All meals are inclusive of the price and all dinners are three course. Light breakfast followed by a big brunch is served & typically some of the animals shot provide the meat. All drinks and alcohol are included in the daily rate.
All clients are met at the airport on arrival and dropped off on departure by one of the Outfittters. This service, plus field preparation of trophies, is included in the daily rate.
All their vehicles are well maintained.1 x Toyota Hilux double cab2 x Toyota Land Cruiser pick up
East Cape & Karoo Safaris is registered in the Eastern Cape Province, has been in operation 12 years, and is a member of PHASA.
Trophies are skinned, salted and stored in separate sheds made of brick, very secure and 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 an abattoir with cold room facilities. The skinners are experienced. Trophies can be shipped to the clients own taxidermist of choice within SA.
“It was our first trip to South Africa. We hunted for the first time and we did so with Ashley and Dale from Eastcape and Karoo Safaris. Hunting with EKS was a great experience. Ashley and Dale were the perfect hosts. We had wonderful moments in this very special holiday. It was a successful combination of hunting, beautiful scenery in the game parks and great service at the lodge. Heartfelt thanks to Ashley and Dale for the great new experiences. We hope to be back soon. With friendly greetings.”
Victor Krainz – Austria
“Amazing experience. I had very high expectations going to South Africa with my son. Ashley, Harry and staff exceeded them all. Not only was the lodge, food and service amazing but so was the hunting. I was concerned before my arrival with having enough time to hunt 5 trophy quality animals in 7 days of hunting, especially since we were after a trophy Kudu and Gemsbok. Not only did Ashley put us on trophy quality animals but amazingly put us on 10 trophies in 7 days. I couldn’t ask for anything more out of Eastcape and Karoo Safaris. From day 1 they were very responsive, set up the exact hunting package my 12 yr old son and I were looking for and hand walked me through the entire experience of getting everything set up to travel from the U.S. to SA. Thank you for everything and we will be back next year.”
Rich Lingle USA
“This was my first time hunting in Africa. It was everything and more than I expected. Ashley is an exceptionally dedicated and knowledgeable Professional Hunter. He seems to want the hunter to get the prey as much as the hunter himself. The hunting area is breathtaking (in more ways than one) Every single day offered a new landscape and a new experience. And the overall experience is something I would, and have recommended to everyone. Eastcape & Karoo Safaris as a whole, is highly recommended, we had the time of our lives and will definitely book with them again The entire staff and everyone we met were exceptionally personable and proffessional. Thank you so much for an unforgettable experience and some great hunting”
Lars Lyberg Swedenlars@firstflight.se
“Hi Dear friends of Eastcape and Karoo Safaris. First of all many thanks for our second excellent safari. This time we spent more than a week in Africa. Only for hunting. Beautiful days. Beautiful weather. Excellent company. Everything was great. We went to amazing places. Three Lodges. One was better than the other. Not better, different. All of them superb. With very kind people, very good food and huge trophies. I can say that I rest for very short moments. Hunting and more hunting. Well that is for what we come to Africa….. Very early in the morning. A short Siesta. Or none. But exiting moments. 14 trophies. And my dream. The Cape Buffalo. We should have recorded that day. Amazing. Next…. Always we should leave something for next program. From my new friends Ash and Dale what can I say. They had prepared everything for Nicolas and me. Again. Many thanks for the excellent Safari. The Trophies and moreover. For the nice time we had all together. A lot of fun at every moment. All the best for you both and your families. A pleasure we had met them. “
Nico and Luis Dapero – Argentina
“Hunting with Ashley was a real pleasure . The experience was as natural a hunt as it gets. The landscapeÂ is superb and the game plentiful”
Mark Zeff USA