Warthog Safaris

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

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Warthog Safaris is based in South Africa in the Limpopo province. Most of their hunting takes place here and they also hunt in all nine of South Africa’s provinces. Their second base is at Excelsior in the Free State province. 23°57’2.26″S 27°29’22.24″E .

The hunting areas range from flat open thornveld savannah, open grassland, rocky hills to densely wooded bush. The hunting areas in South Africa are privately owned and there is no quota.

Hunting is mainly done from March to October which tends to be cool and dry. Daytime 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 and end early February.

The Bambergers have owned the land for 10 years and it was previously used for cattle farming. There are no inhabitants on the land used. In the Limpopo Province, Warthog Safari Lodge is on 7000 acres and a seven- hour drive. They have a further 2500 acres in the Free State province. Both of these areas are malaria free.

Dangerous animals present? They offer the ‘Big Five’, and cheetah and wild dog are the only animals that cannot be hunted. Because they don’t have a limited quota, refer to the Warthog Safari website to see what is on offer. End-of-season discount hunts are also offered and the minimum hunt is seven days. No culling or game capture takes place. However, game is introduced to increase the gene pool.

Record Trophies taken last year.

Species Trophy Size
Black-maned lion
Kudu 60
Eland 42
Impala 28

Warthog Safari Lodge is a 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 are 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, landline telephone as well as mobile phone, and free Wi-Fi coverage. A maximum of 12 hunters can be accommodated at any one time.

The distance to the closest tar road nearly is 30km. No lights can be seen and no vehicles can be heard. The nearest international airport is ORTambo in Johannesburg, two-and-a-half hours away by vehicle. However, the closest airfield is Ellisrus/Lephalale which is a VFR, tarmac 2200 metre, all-weather runway approved by the Civil Aviation Authority. 23°43’35.77″ S 027°41’14.54″EThere is also a private 1000m dirt air strip at 23°57’58.32″S 27°25’43.60″E 6 km away. The nearest doctor is also here and can be reached by vehicle within 30 minutes by road.

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 are included in the daily rate.
Eight fulltime trackers are employed who have been working for Tienie for more than five 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 Bambergers. This service, plus field preparation of trophies, is all included in the daily rate. The current daily rate for a one-on-one hunt is US$450 per day, and a one-on-two hunt is US$350 per day.

Vehicles used are well maintained:
1 x Toyota Fortuner
1 x Toyota 14-seater bus
5 x Toyota Hilux Double cab

Warthog Safaris is registered in Limpopo and the Free State and licensed to hunt in all nine South African provinces. They are members of SCI and PHASA.

Name Status Years in Operation
Tienie Bamberger Outfitter & owner and professional hunter 12 Years
Ananja Bamberger Outfitter & owner and professional hunter 3 Years
Werner Koekemoor Professional hunter 12 Years
Ben Bamberger Professional hunter 12 Years

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 10 years’ experience and Highveld Taxidermy is recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the client’s own taxidermist of choice.

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