Kuvhima Safaris is based in South Africa in the Limpopo Province. Kuvhima is the Shona word meaning Hunt. Most of their hunting takes place here, but they also have a secondary base in Namibia as well as concessions in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Botswana. 23°37’49.57″S 28° 5’6.91″E
The hunting areas range from semi-desert in Namibia and Botswana and flat, thornveld as well as semi-mountainous land in the Limpopo Province in South Africa. Hunting in Zimbabwe is on concessions in the Victoria Falls area, the Zambezi Rriver delta in Mo
The hunting areas in South Africa and Namibia are privately owned whereas in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique the areas are state-owned and privately managed with a quota system.
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, but during the day temperatures can reach 26°C. The summer rains start in late October and end early February.
The South African and Namibian areas used to be cattle and sheep farms respectively, though game occurred there naturally. In Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique, the hunting areas have always been safari areas that are put out to tender.
San Bushmen are nomadic residents in the Namibian hunting area. Visitors are privileged to be given a lecture on their hunting methods and very secret culture.
In the Limpopo Province, Kuvhima Lodge is on 16000 acres and, within one hour’s drive, they have a further 450 000 acres of privately owned hunting concessions.In Namibia they have over 200 000 acres of prime hunting area, a lot of it bordering Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.Hunting in Zimbabwe in done in the Victoria Falls area; in Mozambique in the Zambezi River delta, and in Namibia in the mountains west of Windhoek and in the Kalahari regions near the Mata Mata border Post. If hunting in Zimbabwe or Mozambique it is imperative to go on a course of anti-malaria prophylactics recommended by your doctor!
Dangerous animals present? Kuvhima have the ‘Big Five’ plus Hippo! They also offer the Limpopo bushbuck with is only indigenous in their area. Cheetah, bat-eared fox and wild dog are the only animals that cannot be hunted. They do not have a limited quota, so refer to the Kuvhima website to see what is on offer. End-of-season discount hunts are also offered and the minimum hunt is seven days.
Record Trophies taken last year.
Kuvhima Lodge is a 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 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. A maximum of 24 hunters can be accommodated at any one time.
The distance to the closest tar road is nearly eight kilometres. No lights can be seen and no vehicles can be heard. The nearest international airport is OR Tambo in Johannesburg, two-and-a-half hours away by vehicle. However, the closest airfield is Ellisrus/Lephalale which is a VFR, tarmac 2200m all-weather runway approved by the Civil Aviation Authority. 23°43’35.77″ S 027°41’14.54″EThere is also a private 1000m dirt air strip at23°34’58.92″S 28°13’13.18″E The nearest doctor is also here and can be reached by vehicle within 20 minutes by road.
All meals are inclusive of the price and all dinners are BBQ/Braai with starters and pudding. Breakfast is full English, and typically, the animals shot provide the meat. All drinks and alcohol (in moderation) are included in the daily rate.
Six full-time trackers are employed who have been working for Kuvhima from between 5 to 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. This service plus field preparation of trophies is included in the daily rate. The current daily rate for a one-on-one hunt is US$400 per day, and a one-on-two hunt is US$350 per day for plains game. Dangerous game is US$650 and US$500 respectively. These rates have been unchanged for the last five years.
Vehicles used are well maintained
|3 x Toyota Land cruiser pickups|
|1 x Isuzu Double cab|
|1 x Toyota Hilux Double cab|
|1 x Nissan Double cab|
Kuvhima Safaris is registered to hunt in all nine South African provinces as well as in Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. They are members of PHASA and SCI and have handled hundreds of clients over the years.
|Andre Stewart is the hunting outfitter and owner and professional hunter.|
|Hannes Van Rooyen is a professional hunter and owner.|
|Andre Swart is a professional hunter and owner.|
|Burt Victor is a professional guide and the lodge manager.|
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.All the skinners have at least 10 years’ experience and Highveld Taxidermy is recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the client’s own taxidermist of choice.