Quagga Safaris is in the Limpopo province of South Africa and is North of the Waterberg Mountains. They also have concessions Namibia, Mozambique and Botswana. The main hunting camp is 23° 30.722’S 27° 57.055’E .
In South Africa, the hunting areas range from flat open thornveld savannah, open grassland, rocky hills, densely wooded bush and riverine bush. The Botswana and Mozambican areas are mainly mopane and mahogany woodland and open thorn scrub. The Namibian area is thorn scrub, riverine bush and semi-desert.
In South Africa, the areas hunted on are all privately owned whereas the areas in Namibia, Mozambique 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 the wild game has always occurred there naturally. There are no inhabitants on the land used.
All the properties have a perimeter game fence and cater for bow and rifle hunting. Both areas are in a low-risk malaria zone. As hunting is offered not only in South Africa, there is a large number of different species on offer. Apart from an 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 big and sitatunga. Christo does do game capture and does introduce a 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. Dangerous animals present? Fifty different trophy species are available, ranging from the Big Five to a duiker, and in South Africa, they have no quota. However, if hunting elsewhere there will be a limited quota. End-of-season discount hunts are also offered and the minimum hunt is seven days, but no culling takes place. Game capture takes place here and new stock is introduced to strengthen the gene pool.
The 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 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 tented luxury camp which has a bathroom en suite as well as kitchen, dining and campfire area. A maximum of XX hunters can be accommodated at any one time. The camp perimeter fence consists of 4 strands of electric wire to keep out the elephants and is hardly noticeable.
The distance to the closest tar road nearly XXXkm. No lights can be seen and no vehicles can be heard. The nearest international airport is O.R.Tambo in Johannesburg, two & a half hours away by a vehicle. However, the closest airfield is Ellisrus/Lephalale which is a VFR, tarmac 2200 meter all weather runway approved by the Civil Aviation Authority.
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 to 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 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 is at the client’s 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. A 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 ups1 x Toyota Hilux double cab.1 x VW Combi bus two professional hunters have their own Landcruiser & Hilux double cab.
XXX has been in operation for years and is registered in the Limpopo province: Reg # They are all members of PHASA, DALLAS and SCI and did XXX safaris last year.
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 a cold room. All the skinners have at least 6 years experience and XXX Taxidermy is recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the clients own taxidermist of choice.