Tsessebe Safaris is in the Limpopo province of South Africa and is on the Eastern part of the Waterberg Mountains. They also have concessions Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The main hunting camp is 24° 13.813’S 28° 16.638’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 Zimbabwe and Mozambique areas are mapane and mahogany woodland and open thorn scrub.
In South Africa, the other areas hunted on are all privately owned whereas the areas in Zimbabwe and Mozambique 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.
Tsessebe is on 600 hectares and have neighboring concessions of 15 000 hectates.All the properties have a perimeter game fence and cater for bow and rifle hunting. Both areas are in a low risk malaria zone. The Mozambique area is in the Zambezi river delta area and the Zimbabwe area is in the Matetse safari area near Victoria Falls. If hunting in Mozambique or Zimbabwe, it is imperative 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. Apart from elephant on the SA properties, all the plains game, sable, roan, crocodile, hippo, white Rhino, Buffalo and lion are also on offer. The Zambian operations offer the ‘big 5’ and sititunga. The minimum hunt offered is 7 days.
Below Trophies taken last year.
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, landline telephone as well as mobile phone and free Wi-Fi coverage. There is also a tented luxury camp which has a bathroom en suite as well as kitchen, dining and campfire area.A maximum of 6 hunters can be accommodated at any one time.
The distance to the closest tar road nearly 9 km. No lights can be seen and no vehicles can be heard. The nearest international airport is O.R.Tambo in Johannesburg, two & a half hours away by vehicle. However the closest airfield is Vaalwater which is a private 1000m dirt air strip.
All meals are inclusive of the price and all dinners are three course with starters and pudding. Being Spanish, the food has a distinct Spanish theme and is delicious! Breakfast is full English. All drinks and alcohol in moderation as well as lunches are included in the daily rate.
Two full-time trackers are employed who have been working for Jose from between 6 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 and field preparation of trophies is included in the daily rate. They offer package deals so the brochure can be referred to or liaise directly.
|All the vehicles are well maintained.|
|1 x Toyota Landcruiser|
|1 x Landrover|
|1 x Toyota Double Cab|
|Free launce professional hunters have their own vehicles if needed.|
Tsessebe has been in operation for 6years and is registered in the Limpopo province. Jose has been hunting for 25 years.They are all members of PHASA and did 30 safaris last year.
|Name||Status||Years in Operation|
|Jose Pacheco||Professional Hunter Owner Outfitter||6|
|Maria Pacheco||Professional Hunter Owner Outfitter||6|
|Borja Pacheco||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 6 years’ experience and Bullseye Taxidermy is recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the client’s own taxidermist of choice.