Limcroma Safaris is in the Limpopo province along the border of Botswana and South Africa, on the Limpopo river. They also have neighboring concessions as hunting areas in the Matetsi area of Zimbabwe and Zambezi province of Mozambique. The main hunting camp is 24° 11.747’S 26° 54.914’E
In South Africa, the hunting areas range from flat open thorn veld savannah, open grassland, rocky hills, densely wooded bush and riverine bush. The Mozambique and Zimbabwean areas are mainly miombo and mopane woodland.
In South Africa, Limcroma and the other areas hunted on are all privately owned whereas the areas in Zimbabwe and Mozambique are state owned but tendered out to private outfitters. Limcroma has been in the Els family for 32 years.
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.
All the South African properties have a perimeter game fence and cater for bow and rifle hunting. Limcroma is 5000 hectares and have concessions of a further 80 000 available. They are in a low risk malaria zone however, if hunting in Zimbabwe or Mozambique it is advisable that one goes on a course of anti-malaria prophylactics recommended by your doctor!
As hunting is offered not only in South Africa, there is a large amount of different species on offer. On the SA properties, all the plains game, sable, roan, crocodile, hippo, black & white Rhino, Buffalo and lion are also on offer. The Zimbabwean and Mozambique operations offer the “big 5”. Hannes does do game capture and does introduce new game to improve the gene pool.
Culling of excess females is strictly controlled and end-of-season discounts are offered. The minimum hunt offered is 7 days. Buffalo sable and leopard are resident on Limcroma.
Record Trophies taken last year.
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, satellite TV, mobile phone and free Wi-Fi coverage. A maximum of 8 hunters can be accommodated at any one time.
The distance to the closest tar road nearly 33km. No lights can be seen and no vehicles can be heard. The nearest international airport is O.R.Tambo in Johannesburg, three & a half hours away by vehicle. However the closest airfield is Thabazimbi which is a VFR, tarmac 1500 meter all weather runway approved by the Civil Aviation Authority. There is also a private 1000m dirt air strip at 24° 11.747’S 26° 54.914’E The closest doctor is an hour away in Thabazimbi.
All meals are inclusive of the price and all dinners are BBQ/Braai with starters and pudding. Breakfast is full English & typically the animals shot provide the meat. All drinks and alcohol in moderation as well as lunches are included in the daily rate.
10 full-time trackers are employed who have been working for Hannes for 11 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 is at the clients expense but field preparation of trophies is included in the daily rate. The current daily rate for a one-on-one hunt is US$495 per day, and a one-on-two hunt is US$445 per day for plains game. These rates have been unchanged for the last five years.
|All the vehicles are new and well maintained.|
|4 x Toyota Landcruiser pick ups|
|3 x Toyota Hilux double cab.|
|1 x Toyota Quantum bus|
Limcroma Safaris has been in operation for 11years and is registered in the Limpopo province. They are all members of PHASA, DALLAS and SCI and had 150 hunting clients last year.
|Name||Status||Years in Operation|
|Hannes Els||Owner Outfitter Professional Hunter||11|
|Rian Jacobs||Professional Hunter||8|
|Aart VandenBrink||Professional Hunter||4|
|Kobus Erasmus||Professional Hunter||10|
|Erik Du Plessis||Professional Hunter||7|
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 6 years’ experience and Trophy Pro South Africa Taxidermy is recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the client’s own taxidermist of choice.