Based in South Africa in the Limpopo Province, with hunting also in Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
The main hunting camp is 24° 56.654’S 27° 22.269’E.
The hunting areas range from flat open thornveld savannah, open grassland, rocky hills, Mopane and Miombo woodland and riverine bush.
The areas in South Africa are privately owned, but the areas in Zimbabwe and Tanzania are all state-owned conservancy areas.
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 30Â°C. The summer rains start in January till the end of March.
The South African areas were previously stock ranches. However, wild game has always occurred there naturally, whereas, in Zimbabwe and Tanzania, the areas are wilderness.
There are no inhabitants on the land used.
The main hunting lodge is on 2,400 hectares. The property has a perimeter game fence and caters for bow and rifle hunting. The Zimbabwean hunting area is in the Zambezi valley, and in Tanzania, it is the L1 Ngorongoro hunting area, very large and unfenced. The South African property is in a low-risk malaria zone. However, if hunting in Zimbabwe or Tanzania, anti-malaria prophylactics should be taken.
The Big Five and dangerous game are offered on package deals. There is a 70% chance of getting all â€˜the Baby Five’ cats. The minimum hunt offered is seven days and end-of-season discount hunts are offered if quotas are not filled. Excess game on the South African property is captured and translocated. Managed hunts are offered, discounts given if one party fills the camp as well as the end of season discounts are offered if quotas are not fulfilled. The minimum hunt duration is seven days.
The main lodge is purpose built and the lounge, bar and dining rooms 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 boma, landline telephone as well as mobile phone and e-mail facilities. A maximum of eight hunters can be accommodated at any one time.
The distance to the closest tar road is10km. No lights can be seen and no vehicles can be heard. The nearest international airport is OR Tambo, two-and-a-half hours away by a vehicle. However, the closest airfield is Mawala which is a VFR, dirt 1100 metre runway approved by the Civil Aviation Authority. There is a hospital at Swartklip, a 20-minute drive away.
All meals are inclusive of the price and all dinners are four courses. Light breakfast followed by a big brunch is served, and typically the animals shot to provide the meat. All drinks and alcohol are included in the daily rate.
Three full-time trackers are employed who have been working for Johan 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 one of the professional hunters. This service, plus field preparation of trophies, is included in the daily rate. The current daily rate in South Africa for a one-on-one hunt is US$400 per day, and two-on-one is US$350 per day. If hunting in Zimbabwe, it is US$800 per day and numerous big-game package deals are on offer both there and in Tanzania.
All their vehicles are well maintained.1 x Land Rover double cab3 x Toyota Land Cruiser pick up3 x Toyota Hilux double cabs1 x Toyota Hilux pick up1 x minibus.
Johan Pieterse Safaris is registered in Limpopo and has been in operation 25 years. They are a member of PHASA and SCI.
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 at least 10 years experience. Theo Pohl Taxidermy is recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the client own taxidermist of choice.