Mananga Safaris

Website: http://www.manangasafaris.com/

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Mananga Safaris is in the Limpopo province of South Africa near the border of Zimbabwe. Mananga is the local native word meaning trophy horns.

The main hunting camp, Dover is 22° 25.090’S 30° 7.762’E.

In South Africa, the hunting areas range from flat open thorn veld savannah, baobab trees, rocky hills, mapane woodland and riverine bush.

All the areas hunted on are privately owned.

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.

Mananga owns 30 000 hectares with a further 50 000 hectares of private concessions. All the properties have a perimeter game fence and cater for bow and rifle hunting. Both areas are in a low risk malaria zone.

Many different trophy species are available, ranging from the “Big Five” to Sharps Grysbok, and there will be a limited quota. End-of-season discount hunts are also offered and the minimum hunt is seven days, and excess females are culled. No game capture takes place here and new stock is introduced to strengthen the gene pool. Sable and Roan are also on offer.

Species Trophy Size
Kudu 62½”
Buffalo 45½”
Sable 43½”
Warthog 18″

Dover 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, landline telephone as well as mobile phone and free Wi-Fi coverage. There is also a luxury up graded farmhouse camp which has a bathroom en suite as well as kitchen, dining and campfire area and a traditional luxury bush camp.A maximum of 14 hunters can be accommodated at any one time. The camp has an inconspicuous perimeter fence to keep out dangerous game and lawn eaters!

The distance to the closest tar road nearly 1 km. No lights can be seen and no vehicles can be heard. The nearest international airport is Polokwane and O.R.Tambo in Johannesburg, two & a half hours away by vehicle. However the closest airfield is Messina which is a VFR, tarmac 1800 meter all weather runway approved by the Civil Aviation Authority. There is also a doctor 15 minutes away in Musina.

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.

Eight full-time trackers are employed who have been working for Kobus for up to 9 years 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 €330 per day, and a one-on-two hunt is €290 per day for plains game. These rates have been unchanged for the last five years

All the vehicles are well maintained.
3 x Toyota Landcruiser pick ups
1 x Toyota Landcruiser game viewing vehicle
1 x Toyota quantum bus
Any other professional hunters have their own vehicles.

Mananga has been in operation for 15 years and is registered in the Limpopo province.They are all members of PHASA and SCI and did 70 safaris last year.

Name Status Years in Operation
Kobus Fourie Owner Outfitter Professional Hunter 15
Johnny Verster Owner Outfitter Professional Hunter 15

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 9 years’ experience and Thaba Makaka and Safari Taxidermy are recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the client’s own taxidermist of choice.

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