Gras Hunting Ranch is in Namibia in the Hardp Province. The Lodge is 24° 10.712’S 17° 20.911’E The hunting areas range between flat open thornveld savannah, open grassland, rocky hills and riverine bush.
Hunting is mainly done from March to October which tends to be cool and dry. Day time temperatures are warm to hot whereas at night it can get cold. Generally speaking a warm jacket would be needed at night. However, during the day temperatures can reach 30°C. The summer rains start in January till end of March. The land was previously used for sheep farming but has historically always had naturally occurring plains game. There are no inhabitants on the land used. Gras Hunting Ranch is 50 000 acres of which 37 000 is game fenced. Game is introduced to improve the gene pool, and excess hartebeest, gemsbok and springbok are sold to other game ranches. There will be no game capture this coming year. There is no malaria.
The main lodge is a renovated German colonial-style mansion. The lounge, bar and dining room are separate from the accommodation. All the buildings are brick with tin 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 a swimming pool, a boma, satellite TV, landline telephone as well as mobile phone and free Wi-Fi coverage. They also have a luxury tented camp with all the amenities on the banks of the Fish River. A maximum of 8 hunters can be accommodated at any one time and the minimum hunt offered is 7 days.
The distance to the closest tar road is 54km. No lights can be seen and no vehicles can be heard. The nearest international airport is Windhoek, a 250 km drive. However, the closest airfield is Hoodia which is a private 1,200m dirt airstrip. The closest hospital is in the town of Mariental, 140km away.
All meals are inclusive of the price and all dinners are BBQ/Braai with starters and pudding. Typically, the animals shot to provide the meat. Breakfast is full English. All drinks except alcohol are included in the daily rate.
Six full-time trackers are employed who have been working for Janni for 10 years. They also have skinners and a full complement of the lodge staff.
All clients are met at the airport on arrival and dropped off on departure by Gras Hunting. This service is inclusive and field preparation of trophies is included in the daily rate. The current daily rate for a one-on-one hunt is ‚¬245 per day, and a one-on-two hunt is â‚¬195 per day for plains game. Numerous package deals are also on offer.
All the vehicles are well maintained.5 x Toyota Land Cruiser pick ups. Gras Hunting has been in operation for 13 years and is registered in Namibia. They are members of NAPHA, SCI& Dallas and had 300 clients last year.
Trophies are skinned, salted and stored in separate sheds made of brick, 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 a cold room. All the skinners have been trained and have 10 to 14 years experience. Trophendienste Taxidermy recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the clients own taxidermist of choice.
Client testimonials are on the website. Notes: Gras overlooks the Fish River; the game is abundant and the main lodge is a birdwatchers paradise. Literally, hundreds of rosy-faced lovebirds live in the buildings.