Silent Valley Safaris

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

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Silent Valley Safaris is in the Limpopo province of South Africa and is near the Limpopo River which borders with Botswana. They also have a hunting area in Mozambique in the Chioco District. The main hunting camp is 24°31.061’S 26° 41.300’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 Mozambique area is mapane, miombo and mahogany woodland and open thorn scrub.

In South Africa, the areas hunted on are all privately owned whereas the area Mozambique is 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 Mozambique concession has always been a wilderness area.
There are no inhabitants on the land used in South Africa.
All the South African properties have a perimeter game fence whereas the Mozambique area is 500 000 hectares and has no fence.

David has three properties in South Africa, totaling 10 000 hectares and all within a 20 minute drive. Both bow and rifle hunting are catered for. All of these areas are low-risk malaria zones. However, if hunting in Mozambique, it is advisable that one goes on a course of anti-malaria prophylactics recommended by your doctor!

As hunting is offered not only in South Africa, there is a large amount of different species on offer. In Mozambique the “big 5” are available. David also breeds sable and buffalo at the Silent Valley property. End-of-season discounts are offered. The minimum hunt offered is 5 days. Tsessebe and Red Hartebeest are also on offer.Record Trophies taken last year.

Species Trophy Size
Water Buck 34
Kudu 60
Impala 26
Red Hartebeest 24

Lodge is purpose built 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, and constant electricity. There is an open BBQ area and mobile phone coverage. A maximum of 8 hunters can be accommodated at any one time. There is also a tented camp at the property on the Limpopo river.

The distance to the closest tar road is 9km. Passing traffic cannot be seen or heard. The nearest international airport is O R Thambo in Johannesburg, four hours away by vehicle. However the closest airfield is Atherstone which is a VFR, hard dirt 1200 meter runway approved by the Civil Aviation Authority. The closest doctor is in Dwaalboom, a 20 minute drive.

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.

7 full-time trackers, 2 skinners and lodge staff are employed and have been working for David for 4 years.
Rates and ServicesAll clients are met at the airport on arrival and dropped off on departure by David. This service and 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$400 per day, and a one-on-two hunt is US$350 and in Mozambique it is US$800 and US$650 respectively.

All the vehicles well maintained and serviced regularly.
1 x Toyota Landcruiser pick up
1 x Toyota Hilux double cab.
If other hunters are required they use their own vehicles.

Silent Valley has been in operation for 4 years and is registered in the Limpopo province.They are all members of PHASA, DALLAS and SCI and Dave had 15 hunters last year.

Name Status Years in Operation
Dave Freeburn Professional Hunter Outfitter 9
William Jardine Professional Hunter 8

Trophies are skinned, salted and stored in separate sheds made of brick and 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.Field & Stream Taxidermy is recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the client’s own taxidermist of choice.

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