Thwane Safaris Africa

Website: http://thwanesafarisafrica.com/

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Thwane Safaris is in the Limpopo province of South Africa and is on the Western part of the Waterberg Mountains and has been in operation four years. They also have concessions in the Shiwa district of Zambia. The main hunting camp is 23° 50.924’S 27° 22.104’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 Zambia the hunting areas are mopane and miombo woodland.

In South Africa, all areas hunted on are all privately owned whereas the areas in Zambia 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. There are no inhabitants on the land used.

Thwane is on 3000 hectares with further neighboring hunting concessions within half an hour drive. If required, clients can also be taken to the Freestate province in the Victoria west area, 7 hours by vehicle, for game that does not occur in the Limpopo province. All the South African properties have a perimeter game fence and cater for bow and rifle hunting. South African hunting areas are in low risk malaria zones but if hunting in Zambia it is recommended to take anti malaria prophylactics.

As hunting is offered not only in South Africa, there is a large amount of different species on offer. Zambian operations offer the “big 5” and sititunga. Marius does do game capture and does introduce new game to improve the gene pool. The minimum hunt offered is 7 days. Buffalo, Rhino and Leopard are offered on their own property. All different trophy species are available, ranging from the ‘Big Five’ to a duiker, and in South Africa they have no quota. However, if hunting in Zambia there will be a limited quota.

Record Trophies taken last year.

Species Trophy Size
Eland No 2 in the Bow hunting book
Sable 42
Kudu 56

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, satellite TV, mobile phone and free Wi-Fi coverage. A maximum of 9 hunters can be accommodated at any one time. The camp perimeter fence consists of 4 strands of electric wire to keep out the Buffalo and is hardly noticeable.

The distance to the closest tar road nearly 30 km. No lights can be seen and no vehicles can be heard. The nearest international airport is O.R.Tambo in Johannesburg, three 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. Marius has a R44 helicopter and his son Rhuan is a competent pilot who could get to a doctor in Lephalale in 15 minutes.

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 Marius for 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 and field preparation of trophies is included in the daily rate. Thwane offer package deals but dangerous game is US$450 per day for one on one.

All the vehicles regularly serviced and well maintained.
4 x Toyota Landcruiser pick ups
1 x Toyota Hilux double cab
1 x Hyundi bus
The two professional hunters have their own Landcruiser & Hilux double cab.

Thwane has been in operation for 4 years but Marius has been a hunter all his life. They are registered in the Limpopo province.They are all members of PHASA, WSF, SCI and did 10 safaris last year.

Name Status Years in Operation
Marius Barnard Owner Outfitter Professional Hunter 4
Rhuan Barnard Professional Hunter 2
Marno Barnard Professional Hunter 2

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 4 years’ experience and Bullseye and Transafrican Taxidermy are recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the client’s own taxidermist of choice.

Other Notes: They have numerous testimonials on their website and having visited them one can quickly see they run a slick professional operation. All the facilities are new and the Barnard family are very hospitable.

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