Jeffrey Lynn Rann began his professional hunting career in 1977 after completing a 3-year apprenticeship with Zambia Safaris. In 1981, he moved to South Africa, primarily hunting Letaba Ranch for Limpopo Safaris. Two years later Jeff joined Hunters Africa and hunted Tanzania until 1985. It was during this time that he began hunting in Botswana and in 1987 was named Botswana Professional Hunter of the year. By 1989 he was hunting predominately the Okavango Delta.
In 1994, Jeff was awarded the lease on the community area, CH 1 and 2, known as the Chobe Enclave, which is surrounded by the world famous Chobe Game Reserve.
In 1995, the Botswana Government awarded Rann Safaris a 15 year renewable lease in concessions in the Okavango Delta.
In 1998, Jeff purchased Safari South, the longest operating safari company in Africa.
In 2002, Jeff purchased the world-famous 777 Ranch in Hondo, Texas. The 777 Ranch has been recognized for over 40 years as one of the greatest producers of record book animals. 777 Ranch has more record book entries than any other outfitter in the world to date. It has also been the filming destination of choice for many Hollywood producers with movies such as: Ace Ventura Pet Detective – When Nature Calls and most recently Syriana, staring: George Clooney and Matt Damon.
Jeffrey Lynn Rann is the co-founder of Rann-Force Botswana Lion Project with John Jackson of Conservation Force, which is dedicated to Jerry L. Rann, a conservationist and humanitarian who dedicated his life through his work with USAID for the betterment of African people and the African wildlife. Botswana remains Jeff’s primary area of operation
Jeffrey Lynn Rann is a lifetime member of SCI, APHA, IPHA,,NRA
History of Rann African Adventures (Pty)Ltd and Okavango Developments (Pty) Ltd t/a Safari South and Destination South (Pty)Ltd
Rann Safaris Pty Ltd was awarded the lease on the community area, CH 1 and 2, known as the Chobe Enclave.
The Botswana Government awarded Rann Safaris a 15 year renewable lease on a multi-purpose concession in the Okavango Delta.
Saw Jeff as the major shareholder and Managing Director of Okavango Developments, which purchased Safari South – the oldest operating safari outfitter in Africa today -which included the lease rights to the largest Okavango concession area.
Jeff became shareholder of Destination South (Pty)Ltd which was awarded the lease for CT1 . When hunting was closed in the Okavango areas, this became the area of choice for our clients elephant hunting with very large elephant produced from this semi arid area which is used as a corridor between the Okavango Delta and the Makgadigadi pans.(see attached map). Hunting was closed down in 2013 and has re-opened 2020. This area promises some very successful hunting 2021.