Spiral Horn Safaris

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

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Spiral Horn Safaris is in the Limpopo province of South Africa and is near the international border of Botswana on the Limpopo River. The main hunting camp is 24° 20.720’S 26° 48.532’E.

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

In South Africa, all areas hunted on are all privately owned.
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.

Louis has 2000 hectares with a further 40000 on surrounding areas. He also has concessions in the Freestate & Northwest provinces. All the properties have a perimeter game fence and cater for bow and rifle hunting & areas are in a low risk malaria zone.

Dangerous animals present? On his property he has buffalo, leopard, hippo, and rhino. Cheetahs are there but cannot be hunted. Most of the different trophy species are available, including Livingstone eland, sable and tsessebe. 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 minimum hunt is 7 days.

Record Trophies taken last year.

Species Trophy Size
Buffalo 42
Kudu 56½
Impala 26
Waterbuck 31
Bushbuck 17½
Roan 29½

 

Spiral Horn is a 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, 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. A maximum of 4 hunters can be accommodated at any one time.

The distance to the closest tar road nearly 65km. 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 Thabazimbi which is a VFR, tarmac 1500 meter all weather runway approved by the Civil Aviation Authority. There is also a private 1000m dirt air strip 2 minutes from the lodge at 24° 20.294’S 26° 48.474’E

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.

Five full-time trackers are employed who have been working for Louis for 5 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 is at
the clients expense but field preparation of trophies is included in the daily rate. The current daily rate for a one-on-one hunt is US$460 per day, and a one-on-two hunt is US$360 per day for plains game.

All the vehicles are well maintained.
1 x GVM Pick up
1 x GVM Duoble cab
1 x Toyota Hilux double cab
1 x VW Combi bus

Spiral horn has been in operation for 5 years and is registered in the Limpopo province. They are all members of PHASA, DALLAS, Houston and SCI and did 25 safaris last year.

Name Status Years in Operation
Louis Van Bergan Owner Outfitter Professional Hunter 5 years but grew up on a farm.
Danie Roberts Professional Hunter 7 years but grew up on a farm.

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 5 years’ experience and Kololo Taxidermy and Trak Frieght dip and ship are recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the client’s own taxidermist of choice.

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