Greater Kuduland Safaris

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

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Greater Kuduland Safaris is in the Limpopo province of South Africa and is on the Eastern part of the Waterberg Mountains. Howard also owns a second property in the Alldays area. The main hunting camp is 22° 36.645’S 30° 12.403’E and the camp at Alldays.

In South Africa, the hunting areas range from flat open thorn veld savannah, open grassland, rocky hills, densely wooded bush and riverine bush. Both areas have been owned by the Knott family since 1974.

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. There are no inhabitants on the land used.

The hunting area near Tshipise is 15000 hectares and the area near Alldays is 10000 hectares. All the properties have a perimeter game fence and cater for bow and rifle hunting. Both areas are in a low risk malaria zone.

All the different trophy species are available, ranging from the ‘Big Five’ to a Sharps Grysbok. Roan, sable and tsessebe are also on offer. End-of-season discount hunts are also offered and the minimum hunt is seven days, but no culling takes place. Game capture takes place here and new stock is introduced to strengthen the gene pool.

Record Trophies taken last year.

Species Trophy Size
Sable 45
Kudu 61
Impala 26

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, landline telephone as well as mobile phone coverage.

The distance to the closest tar road from Greater Kuduland is nearly 2km whereas the Alldays property is 20km. No lights can be seen and no vehicles can be heard. The nearest international airport is Polokwane, a two hour drive away by vehicle. However the closest airfield is Messina which is a VFR, tarmac 1800 meter all weather runway approved by the Civil Aviation Authority. There is also a private 1000m dirt air strip at Greater Kuduland which is a 800m dirt runway. Howard is a fixed wing as well as a helicopter pilot, and owns a Robinson R44 helicopter.

Animals All the different trophy species are available, ranging from the ‘Big Five’ to a Sharps Grysbok. Roan, sable and tsessebe are also on offer. End-of-season discount hunts are also offered and the minimum hunt is seven days, but no culling takes pl

Six full-time trackers are employed who have been working for Howard from between 2 to 20 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 one of the professional hunters and is US$250 per vehicle. Field preparation of trophies is US$250 per hunter. The current daily rate for a one-on-one rifle hunt is US$500 per day, and a one-on-two hunt is US$400 whereas bow hunters are US$400 and US$350. These rates have been unchanged for the last five years.

All the vehicles are new and well maintained.

3 x Landrover pick ups
1 x Toyota Landcruiser pick up
1 x Toyota Hilux pick up
1 x VW Caravel Mini bus
1 X Toyota VX Landcruiser

Greater Kuduland has been in operation for 38 years and is registered in the Limpopo province. They are members of PHASA, DALLAS and SCI and handled 35 hunters last year.

Name Status Years in Operation
Howard Knott Professional Hunter Owner Outfitter 38
Jaco Lyon Professional Hunter 15
Chris Van Staden Professional Hunter 12

Should the need be, other professional hunters can be used.

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.The three skinners have between 5 to 20 years’ experience and Field & Stream Taxidermy and the “dip & ship” company Trophy Solutions are recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the client”s own taxidermist of choice.

Name E-mail
Austin Parks Austin@metal-weld.com
Jim Gresham gresham10sbc@global.net
Paul Brunner misseskudu@earthlink.net
Nic Cox becky@houstoncox.co.uk
Roberts Epps repps@cimarronres.com
David Rowling drowling@stx.rr.rom
Dave Nosenzo dnosenzo@ntkconstruction.com
Steven Gringras margegingrag@msn.com
Mike Hill mike.hill@schuff.com
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