Intrepid Safaris

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

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Intrepid Safaris is based in the Limpopo province in South Africa. Phillip also has a hunting concession in the Caprivi area of Namibia. The main lodge is near the Limpopo River that borders with Botswana at 22°36.129’S 29° 0.062’E.

The hunting areas range from flat, open thorn veld savannah, open grassland, rocky hills and densely wooded riverine bush. The hunting areas in South Africa are privately owned, whereas in Namibia the area is state-owned and privately managed with a quota system.

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.For weather statistics go to www.accuweather.com/en/za/alldays/299079/weather-forecast/299079

This land was previously used for cattle farming but game has always occurred here naturally.

n the Limpopo Province, Intrepid is on 3500 hectares and a lot of neighboring concessions within an hour’s drive. They have a further 15000 hectares of privately owned hunting concessions near Kuruman, where lion hunting is done. Clients normally charter a light aircraft to get there.

In Namibia the Caprivi is well-known for its elephant, buffalo and letchwe. If hunting in Namibia, it is advisable to go on a course of anti-malaria prophylactics recommended by your doctor!

ELEPHANT BUSHBUCK DUIKER GREY
RHINO BLESBOK WARTHOG
BUFFALO BLESBOK, WHITE BUSHPIG
LION SPRINGBOK, CAPE NYALA
LEOPARD SPRINGBOK, BLACK STEENBOK
HIPPO SPRINGBOK, WHITE KLIPSPRINGER
CROCODILE REEDBOK, MOUNTAIN JACKAL
GIRAFFE WATERBUCK VERVET MONKEY
ELAND TSESSEBE BABOON
KUDU HARTEBEEST, RED PORCUPINE
ZEBRA, BURCHELL’S WILDEBEEST, BLUE CARACAL
GEMSBOK LECHWE RED CAPE WILD CAT
IMPALA ROAN SERVAL CAT
OSTRICH SABLE CIVET CAT
GENET CAT

All the different trophy species are available, ranging from the ‘Big Five’ to a steenbok. In the main hunting area they have great trophy–quality buffalo and leopard. End–of–season discount hunts are also offered. The minimum hunt is seven days, and new stock is introduced to strengthen the gene pool. All trophies taken are top quality.

The Lodge is purpose-built and 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. It is set among the granite boulders of a small hill, and staying there is a truly unique experience.
A maximum of 12 hunters can be accommodated at any one time.

The distance to the closest tar road is 10 km. No lights can be seen and no vehicles can be heard. The nearest international airport is Polokwane, two-and-a-half hours away by vehicle. However, the closest airfield is Alldays, which is a VFR, tarmac 1400 metre all-weather runway approved by the Civil Aviation Authority. There is a hospital in Alldays, a 15 minute drive away.

All meals are inclusive in the price and all dinners are BBQ/Braai with starters and pudding, and with all dietary requirements catered for. Breakfast or brunch and all drinks and alcohol (in moderation) are included in the daily rate.
Six full-time trackers are employed who have been working for Phillip for 10 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. The current daily rate for a one-on-one hunt is US$495 per day, and a one-on-two hunt is US$395 per day for plains game. Numerous package deals are offered, and other tours and non-hunting trips are available.
All their vehicles are well maintained.

2 x Toyota Land Cruiser pick-ups.

Intrepid Safaris is registered to hunt in Limpopo and North West province well as in Namibia. They are members of PHASA, Dallas, SCI and Houston. They had 40 hunting clients last year.

Name

Status

Years in Operation

Phillip du Plessis Owner Outfitter Professional hunter 16
Harry Fourie Professional Hunter 16
Jac Van der Westhuizen Professional Hunter 8
Johan Steenkamp Professional Hunter 14

If necessary, other professional hunters are hired and all have their own hunting vehicles.

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 cold room.All the skinners have at least 10 years’ experience. Safari Taxidermy is recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the client’s own taxidermist of choice.

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