Tusker Safaris

Website: http://tuskersafaris.co.za/

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Tusker Safaris is in the Limpopo province of South Africa near the Limpopo River bordering Botswana. The hunting camp is 23° 54.236’S 27° 10.891’E.

The hunting areas range from flat open thornveld savannah, open grassland, rocky hills and riverine woodland. Privately owned.

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 SouthAfrican areas were previously cattle ranches. However, wild game has always occurred there naturally. There are no inhabitants on the land used.

The hunting area with the main lodge is 2500 hectares and only bowhunting takes place there. Jan has further sole hunting rights on concessions totaling 30 000 hectares all within 30 minutes of large properties which cater for rifle hunters. All the properties have a perimeter game fence. All areas are in a low-risk malaria zone.

Jan practices game capture and introduces new game to improve the gene pool. The minimum hunt offered is 7 days. Culling and managed hunts are offered to remove surplus females.

Elephant Nyala Caracal
Hippo Bushbuck Cape wild cat
Rhino white Blesbok Serval cat
Buffalo Reedbok common Civet cat
Lion Waterbuck Genet cat
Leopard Tsessebe Steenbok
Eland Hartebeest red Duiker Grey
Kudu Springbok Jackal
Zebra Burchell’s Wildebeest blue Vervet monkey
Sable Gemsbok Baboon
Roan Warthog Porcupine
Impala Bushpig Giraffe
Ostrich

Record Trophies taken last year.

Species Trophy Size
Warthog 16½”
Impala 26″
Elephant 78 pound
Buffalo 45″
Kudu 59½”

The lodge is purpose-built and comfortable. 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 are fully air-conditioned. They have a back-up generator and solar power. There is also a boma, satellite TV, as well as mobile phone and Internet coverage with a dongle. A maximum of 8 hunters can be accommodated at any one time.

The distance to the closest tar road is 10km. No lights can be seen and no vehicles can be heard. The nearest international airport is O R Tambo, three-and-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, a 30-minute drive. There is also a private 1100m dirt air strip at Segodi which is a 15-minute drive.There is a hospital in Lephalale.

All meals are inclusive of the price and all dinners are four course. Light breakfast followed by a big brunch is served& typically the animals shot provide the meat. All drinks and alcohol are included in the daily rate.

Two full-time trackers are employed who have been working Jan 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, 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$250 per day. There are numerous big-game package deals on offer.

All their vehicles are well maintained.1 x Toyota Hilux double cabs1 x Nissan patrol1 x Toyota Prado
Tusker Safaris is registered in Limpopo Province, been in operation since 2000, and is a member of PHASA, SCI, SA Bow hunters and Rowland Ward. They had 10 hunting parties last year.

Name

Status

Years in Operation

Jan Kleyhans Owner Outfitter Professional Hunter 12
Andri Kleynhans Professional Hunter 3

Freelance hunters are hired if 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 and have done a skinning and meat-handling course. Derek Robinson taxidermy is recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the client’s own taxidermist of choice.

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