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South Africa in the Limpopo province and Tanzania. 24°37’32.85″S 27°54’43.80″E.

The hunting areas range from flat open thornveld savannah, open grassland, rocky hills to densely wooded bush. The land hunted on in South Africa is privately owned and the hunting areas in Tanzania are state owned.

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.

The land hunted on in South Africa used to be used for cattle ranching but has always had plains game naturally. There are no inhabitants on the land used.

In the Limpopo Province, Graham’s operation is on 6000 hectares with an adjacent hunting concession of 8500 hectares. Within a 30-minute drive he has a further 36 000 hectares and, if necessary, a charter flight or seven-hour drive to Colesburg where he has a further 40 000 hectares for Eastern Cape game. All of these areas are low-risk malaria zones. However, if hunting in Tanzania, it is imperative that one goes on a course of anti-malaria prophylactics recommended by your doctor!

They offer the ‘Big Five’ and all the southern African plains game. Other unique species to the area on offer are klipspringer, mountain reedbuck and Limpopo bushbuck. End-of-season discount hunts are also offered and the minimum hunt is seven days. They do introduce animals to strengthen the gene pool.

Record Trophies taken last year.

Species Trophy Size
Black-maned lion
Kudu 60
Eland 42
Impala 28

Type of accommodation offered:The lodge is purpose-built with the lounge, bar and dining room being separate from the tented accommodation, all of which 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 coverage. A maximum of 12 hunters can be accommodated at any one time.

The distance to the closest tar road nearly 30 km. No lights can be seen and no vehicles can be heard. Graham has gone to the trouble of concealing all power and telephone lines as well as the water tanks. While driving around his property, no game fences can be seen. The nearest international airport is OR Tambo in Johannesburg, two-and-a-half hours away by vehicle. However, the closest airfield is Belabela/Warmbaths which is a VFR, tarmac 1200 metre all-weather runway approved by the Civil Aviation Authority. There is also a private 1000m all-weather tar air strip at Mabalingwe which is 10 km away. The closest doctor is in Belabela, 40 minutes by road.

All meals are inclusive of the price and all dinners are 5-star three-course, with starters and pudding. All drinks and alcohol in moderation are included in the daily rate.

Three trackers are employed who have at least 10 years’ experience, as well as two skinners who are taxidermy trained. The lodge has a full complement of well-trained staff.

All clients are met at the airport on arrival and dropped off on departure by the Joneses. 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$500 per day and a one-on-two hunt is US$450 per day.

All of Graham’ s vehicles are well maintained.

2 x Toyota Land Cruiser
2 x Toyota Hilux Double Cab

Graham Jones Safaris is licensed in all nine South African provinces. Graham himself is licensed to hunt in Tanzania and has 25 years of hunting experience. They are members of PHASA, SCI and TPHA.

Name Status Years in Operation
Graham Jones Owner Outfitter Professional Hunter 25
Brian Kelly Professional Hunter 10
Kobus Niewoudt Professional Hunter 7
Gerry Raseala Professional Hunter 2

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.Trans African Taxidermy is recommended and dipping and shipping done by Universal Trophy Services. However, trophies can be shipped to the client’s own taxidermist of choice.

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