Trophy Safaris is in the Limpopo Province of South Africa near the Limpopo River bordering Botswana.
The hunting camp is on the edge of a natural pan at 23° 32.038’S 27° 14.615’E.
The hunting areas range from flat, open thornveld savannah, open grassland, rocky hills, mopane woodland and riverine bush.
Hunting is mainly done from March to October which tends to be cool and dry. Daytime temperatures are warm to hot, whereas at night it can get cold and a warm jacket would be needed. However, during the day temperatures can reach 30°C. The summer rains start in January till end of March.
The South African areas were previously cattle ranches. However, wild game has always occurred there naturally.
The hunting area is 3300 hectares with further sole hunting rights on 40 large properties all within a one-hour drive. All the properties have a perimeter game fence and cater for bow and rifle hunting. All areas are in a low risk malaria zone.
The hunting area is 3300 hectares with further sole hunting rights on 40 large properties all within a one-hour drive. All the properties have a perimeter game fence and cater for bow and rifle hunting. All areas are in a low risk malaria zone. They are will be hunting in the Lupilichi safari area (1.2 million hectares unfenced) in Mozambique in 2013 and will update; but note: if hunting in Mozambique anti-malaria prophylactics should be taken.
|Elephant||Nyala||Cape wild cat|
|Leopard||Reedbok mountain||Cape wild cat|
|Zebra Burchells||Wildebeest blue||Steenbok|
Record Trophies taken last year.
|Mountain reedbuck||7 ½”|
The lodge is purpose-built and has a lounge, bar and dining room 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 back-up generator. There is also a swimming pool, a boma, satellite TV, mobile phone and Internet. A maximum of 4 hunters can be accommodated at any one time and both bow and rifle hunters are catered for.
The distance to the closest tar road is nearly 17km. No lights can be seen and no vehicles can be heard. The nearest international airport is Polokwane or O R Tambo, three- a-half hours away by vehicle. However, the closest airfield is Lephalale which is a VFR, tarmac 2200-metre all-weather runway approved by the Civil Aviation Authority. There is also a private 1000m dirt air strip at 23° 30.614’S 27° 15.279’ET here is a hospital at Lephalale, 40 minutes away by vehicle.
All meals are inclusive of the price and all dinners are four-course. Light breakfast followed by a big brunch is served, and typically the animals shot provide the meat. All drinks and alcohol in moderation are included in the daily rate.
Five full-time trackers are employed who have been working for the Pelsers from between 4 and 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 plus field preparation of trophies is included in the daily rate. The current daily rate for a one-on-one hunt is US$400 per day, and a non-hunter is US$200 per day.
All their vehicles are well maintained.1 x Toyota Land Cruiser pick-up1 x Nissan Double cab1 x Toyota Fortuner
Trophy Safaris is registered in Limpopo Province, been in operation since 1994 and is a member of PHASA, SCI and DALLAS hunting. They had 24 hunters last year.
Years in Operation
|Douw Pelser||Owner Outfitter Professional Hunter||18|
|Bekker Pelser||Owner Outfitter Professional Hunter||18|
Freelance hunters are hired when necessary.
Trophies are skinned, salted and stored in separate sheds made of brick, 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. Universal Trophy Services is recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the clients own taxidermist of choice.
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