Shi-Awela Safaris



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Shi-Awela Safaris is in the Limpopo province of South Africa and is south and in view of the Soutpansberg Mountains.

The name comes from the native word “tchiawela” meaning peaceful resting place. The Balls also have concessions all within a two and a hal. The main hunting camp is 23° 16.530’S 29° 47.625’E.

In South Africa, the hunting areas range from flat open thorn veld savannah, open grassland, rocky hills, densely wooded bush and riverine bush.

Shi-Awela Safaris is privately owned by Ken & Joanne.
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.

Shi-Awela is on 10 000 acres and the other hunting concessions total nearly 2 000 000 acres. All areas have a perimeter game fence and are in a low risk malaria zone.

All the plains game species as well as Leopard and Buffalo are available and the other “big 5” can be arranged on request. In South Africa they have no quota and end-of-season discount hunts are also offered, and the minimum hunt is seven days. Game capture takes place here and new stock is introduced to strengthen the gene pool and no culling takes place. Cheetah and Brown hyena occur here but cannot be hunted.

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 boma, landline telephone as well as mobile phone and coverage. A maximum of 6 hunters can be accommodated at any one time.

The distance to the closest tar road nearly 7km. No lights can be seen and no vehicles can be heard. The nearest international airport is Polokwane, a one hour’s drive away by vehicle. However the closest airfield is Louis Trichardt which is a VFR, tarmac 1200 meter all weather runway approved by the Civil Aviation Authority.

All meals are inclusive of the price and all dinners are BBQ/Braai or home cooking with starters and pudding. Breakfast is full English & typically the animals shot provide the meat. All non-alcoholic drinks as well as lunches are included in the daily ra

Four full-time trackers are employed who have been working for Ken for 5 years. They also have skinners and a full complement of lodge staff some who have been working for the Ball family for 18 years.

All clients are met at the airport on arrival and dropped off on departure by one of the professional hunters. This and field preparation of trophies is included in the daily rate. The current daily rate for a one-on-one hunt is US$475 per day, and a one-on-two hunt is US$425 per day for plains game. Observers are US$200 per day & these rates have been unchanged for the last five years. Both bow & rifle hunters are catered for.

All the vehicles are new and well maintained.
2 x Landrover pick ups.
1 x Toyoto Landcruiser pick up.
1 x Toyota Hilux double cab.
1 x Toyota Hilux pick up.

Shi-Awela has been in operation for 23 years and is registered in the Limpopo province. The Balls are members of PHASA, SCI, BHA & WRSA and handled 30 foreign hunters last year.

Name Status Years in Operation
Kenneth Ball Professional Hunter Owner Outfitter 23

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 Field & Stream Taxidermy is recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the client’s own taxidermist of choice.

Name Tel
Elizabeth Ford +1 843 856 4091
Carl Hice +1 907 223 2150
Andrew Godowns +1 843 812 2696
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