Select Safaris

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

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Select Safaris is in the Limpopo province of South Africa and is on the Eastern part of the Waterberg Mountains. They also do hunts in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Namibia. The main hunting camp is 23° 50.344’S 27° 48.573’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 Zimbabwe and Mozambican area are mapane and mahogany woodland and open thorn scrub. Of the Namibian area is riverine bush along the Chobe river and savannah thorn scrub.

In South Africa, the areas hunted on are all privately owned whereas the areas in Zimbabwe, Mozambique & Namibia 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. The hunting areas in Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique are designated safari areas.
There are no inhabitants on the land used.
Jan has 2300 hectares of his own land and nearly 50 000 in neighboring farms. All the South African properties have a perimeter game fence and cater for bow and rifle hunting. Both areas are in a low risk malaria zone. The Namibian hunting area is on the Caprivi, in Zim they hunt in the Ume, Chirisa & Chete safari areas and in Mozambique the hunt in the Zambezi delta area. All these areas are well known for the big 5.If hunting outside of South Africa is is recommended the anti-malaria prophylactics are taken as recommended by your doctor.

Many different trophy species are available, ranging from the ‘Big Five’ to Sharps Grysbok, and in South Africa they have no quota. However, if hunting in the other countries there will be a limited quota. End-of-season discount hunts are also offered and the minimum hunt is seven days, and no culling takes place.

Record Trophies taken last year.

Species Trophy Size
Kudu 60
Leopard 180lbs
Buffalo 42
Nile Crocodile 14
Steenbok

Mountain Zebra, klipspringer and good trophy bushbuck are also on offer.

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, landline telephone as well as 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 20km. 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 Ellisrus/Lephalale which is a VFR, tarmac 2200 meter all weather runway approved by the Civil Aviation Authority. There is also Doctor, 20 minutes away in Lephalale.

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 Jan for 10 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 plus field preparation of trophies is included in the daily rate. The current daily rate in South Africa for a one-on-one hunt is US$600 per day, and a one-on-two hunt is US$400; Mozambique US$1800 and Zimbabwe US$1650 per day for dangerous game. These rates have been unchanged for the last five years.

All the vehicles are new and well maintained.
1 x Toyota Landcruiser pick ups
1 x Toyota Landcruiser double cab
1 x Toyota Hilux double cab
1 x VW Combi bus

Jan has been in operation for 24 years and is registered in the Limpopo province and has been Outfitter of the year.Select Safaris is a members of PHASA, DALLAS and SCI and did 50 safaris last year.

Name Status Years in Operation
Jan Du Plessis Owner Outfitter Professional Hunter 24
Gary Pretorius Professional Hunter 10
Bart Grove Professional Hunter 5

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 Highveld and Oberholser Taxidermy are recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the client’s own taxidermist of choice.

Name Email
Lou Souza issouza@comcast.net
Regan Graham dgraham@hotmail.com
Dave Embry Daveembry23@aol.com
Ken Atkins kenatkins@pnebell.net
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