Wild Footprint Safaris

Website: www.wildfootprintsafaris.co.za/


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Based in South Africa in the North West Province, with hunting also in Namibia and Zimbabwe.
The main lodge is 25° 23.747’S 26° 51.685’E.
Depending on the area hunted, areas range from flat, open thornveld savannah, semi-desert, open grassland and rocky hills to Mopane and Miombo woodland and riverine bush.

The areas in South Africa and Namibia are privately owned but the areas in Zimbabwe are all state-owned conservancy areas.
Hunting is mainly 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 to end of March.
The South African and Namibian areas were previously stock ranches. However, wild game has always occurred there naturally, whereas in Zimbabwean the areas are wilderness.
There are no inhabitants on the land used.
The main hunting lodge is on 615 hectares with further hunting rights on 130 000 hectares on various properties within a 15-minute drive. Depending on what the client wants, hunting is also offered in the KZN Province, (a five-hour drive) or in the Northern Cape Province, (seven-hour drive). All the properties have a perimeter game fence and cater for bow and rifle hunting. Hunting in Zimbabwe is in the Makuti Safari Area, and in Namibia in private conservancies in the Khomas Hoogland and Gobabis areas – very large and unfenced. All areas are in a low-risk malaria zone. However, if hunting in Zimbabwe, anti-malaria prophylactics should be taken.

The Big Five and dangerous game are offered on package deals. The minimum hunt offered is seven days and end of season discount hunts are offered if quotas are not fulfilled.

The main Lodge is purpose built and 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 back-up generator. There is also a swimming pool, a boma, landline telephone as well as mobile phone and Wi-Fi with a dongle.A maximum of 16 hunters can be accommodated at any one time.
The distance to the closest tar road is 35km. No lights can be seen and no vehicles can be heard. The nearest international airport is OR Tambo, two hours away by a vehicle. However, the closest airfield is Pilanesberg, which is a VFR, tarmac 2700 metre all-weather runway approved by the Civil Aviation Authority. There is a hospital in Rustenburg, a 20-minute drive away.
All meals are inclusive of the price and all dinners are four courses. Light breakfast followed by a big brunch is served, and typically the animals shot to provide the meat. All drinks and alcohol are included in the daily rate.
Three full-time trackers employed who have been working for Pieter for seven years. They also have skinners and a full complement of the 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$500 per day, and two-on-one is US$450 per day. There are numerous big-game package deals on offer.
All their vehicles are well maintained.1 x Toyota Land Cruiser double cab1 x Toyota Land Cruiser pick up2 x Toyota Hilux double cabs
Wild Footprint Safaris is registered in Limpopo and North-Western Provinces and has been in operation 22 years. They are members of PHASA and SCI.

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 a cold room. All the skinners have at least three years experience. Estelle Nel Taxidermy is recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the clients own taxidermist of choice.

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