Mabula Pro Safaris

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

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Mabulapro Safaris is in the Limpopo province of South Africa and is on the Eastern part of the Waterberg Mountains. They also have concessions in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the North Western provinces of South Africa as well as in Botswana and Zambia. 24° 42.042’S 28° 2.295’E

In South Africa, the hunting areas range from flat open thorn veld savannah, open grassland, rocky hills and densely wooded bush.
The Botswana area is mapane and mahogany woodland and open thorn scrub. Of the two Zambian concessions, one is on the Bengwe

In South Africa, Mabulapro and the other areas hunted on are all privately owned whereas the areas in Zambia and Botswana are state owned but tendered out to private outfitters.

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.

Christos’ ranch is 5500 hectares and has a further 125 000 hectares within a 4 hour drive where he has the sole hunting rights in the three neighboring provinces. If hunting in Zimbabwe or Botswana it is advisable to go 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. Apart from elephant on the SA properties, all the plains game, sable, roan, crocodile, hippo, black & white Rhino, Buffalo and lion are also on offer.

The Botswana and Zambian operations offer the “big 5” and sititunga. Christo does do game capture and does introduce new game to improve the gene pool. Culling of excess females is strictly controlled and no end-of-season discounts are offered. The minimum hunt offered is 7 days.

Record Trophies taken last year.

Species Trophy Size
Kudu 3 all over 60
Civet Cat 1New SCI number 1

Mabulapro 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, landline telephone as well as mobile phone and free Wi-Fi coverage. Not having visited the Botswana or Zambian areas I do not have my own photos but I am extremely confident they will be run as professionally as Mabulapro. A maximum of 5 hunters can be accommodated at any one time.

The distance to the closest tar road to Mabulapro is 15km. No lights or perimeter game fences can be seen or vehicles heard. The nearest international airport is O.R.Tambo in Johannesburg, two & a half hours away by vehicle. However the closest airfield is Mabalingwe which is a VFR, tarmac 1000 meter all weather runway approved by the Civil Aviation Authority. There is also a private 1000m dirt air strip on the property but not on google earth yet. The nearest doctor is in Bela-Bela 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 & typically the animals shot provide the meat. All drinks and alcohol in moderation as well as lunches are included in the daily rate.

Four full-time trackers are employed who have been working for Christo from between 7 to 21 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$450 per day, and a one-on-two hunt is US$375 per day for plains game. Dangerous game is US$550. These rates have been unchanged for the last five years.

All the vehicles are new and well maintained.
3 x Toyota Landcruiser pick ups
1 x Toyota Hilux double cab.
1 x VW Combi bus
The two professional hunters have their own Landcruiser & Hilux double cab.

Mabulapro has been in operation for 16 years and is registered in the Limpopo province: Reg # 05000078 They are all members of PHASA, DALLAS and SCI and did 58 safaris last year.

Name Status Years in Operation
Christo Gomes Professional Hunter Owner Outfitter 16
Ruan Marks Professional Hunter 10
Juri Van Staden Professional Hunter 20

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 Life Form Taxidermy is recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the client’s own taxidermist of choice.
No client contact details given but looking at the trophies and reading the testimonials plus what I saw, they run a very slick operation

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