Hunting

Mpotshane Safaris has a great passion for hunting, which can clearly be seen through the attitude of our Professional Staff. We will go to the extreme to ensure you the trophy that you are requiring. The Professional Hunters that will be guiding you on the hunt have a vast experience and knowledge when it comes to hunting in the Eastern Cape.

We make use of adjacent properties which together consists of approximately 30 000 acres and holds more than 30 different game species will definitely add to your expected success on the hunt.

The hunting terrain will differ depending on the specie that is sought by you; you might be looking for a Blue Duiker which inhabit thick forest-like terrain or a Kudu Bull which prefers the higher mountainous areas. The areas to be hunted will be discussed in full detail with you prior to your Safari.

We believe the key to success is to be in the bush as early as possible, this is when most of the game species are on the move and your chances become so much better.

We also make use of full time trackers which are based in the Game Reserve; they are all very enthusiastic with a great passion for what they do. The tracker also plays a major role alongside the Professional Hunter to ensure success on the hunt.

We practice ethical hunting at all times and no animals will be hunted from the back of a vehicle unless we feel that there are no alternatives due to a disability that you might have.

We also feel very strongly about the fair chase of a wild animal, no artificial light will ever be used on our Safaris, we are totally opposed to that.

 

Useful Info:

Here is some useful information to take into consideration prior to your Safari. Please note that we have tried to cover most aspects of your Safari but feel free to ask us if there is anything else that you need more information on regarding your Safari to the Eastern Cape.

Health:

The Eastern Cape is Malaria and Bilharzia-free, no vaccinations are needed prior to your safari. Anti-Tick spray/creams are a MUST.

Electricity:

The voltage that is used in the Eastern Cape is 220/230 Volts 50Hz.

Currency:

The currency is South African and is measured in Rand (R) and cents (c).

Credit Cards and Traveller’s Cheques:

Most international credit cards and travellers cheques are accepted at formal businesses.

Water:

The water is of good quality and safe for consumption

V.A.T:

Value added tax is added on most goods and services, in most cases the V.A.T will be included in the price. Collect your receipts for your higher purchases so that you can claim back your V.A.T at any international airport before your departure.

Medical service:

You are advised to take medical insurance before you leave home. Most hospitals have emergencies and casualty wards.

Tipping:

10 – 15% is the norm at many establishments

Climate:

Depending where your Safari takes place, the interior of the Eastern Cape can reach temperatures of between 5’C and 15’C during the winter and reach temperatures of between 20’C and 35’C during the summer months. The coastal areas of the Eastern Cape differ somewhat to the above mentioned as the temperatures reach between 10’C to 20’C in the winter months.
The winter months (April to August) are your ideal hunting months but we do offer hunting the whole year round.

Observers / Non Hunters:

We also take great care of the observers on the Safari, besides hunting and fly fishing the Eastern Cape has allot to offer the foreign visitor. From other Game reserves to places of historical significance, it would take months to visit all these places. We can also arrange a visit to one of the nearby cultural villages. Morgan Bay, our closest seaside resort, is not a far drive to enjoy a day trip for a relaxing day at the beach. Memorable day trips can be arranged for the observer.

East London is the closest major city in the area, if desired, trips that include shopping or sight-seeing can be arranged to the city. Arrangements can be made should you require any other form of entertainment.

Duration of Safari:

We cater for hunts from 5 days to the 10 days depending on the amount of animals that is sought. The ideal duration is 7 – 10 days to ensure you a successful Safari. Your safari will be discussed with you in full detail prior to your arrival.

Weapons:

The preferred calibres to bring with you are 7×62 (150 – 180gr) – 7mm (170gr) – 30/06 (180gr) or 300 Win Mag (180gr). This is what we recommend but it does not mean that you are not allowed to use any other calibre; everybody has his own personal preference.

We do however not allow any calibre less than 6.5mm to be used on the Safari; it is not ethical as it increases the chances of wounding an animal. Because of the terrain which is hunted, your shooting distance will range from 100 to 280 meters but it does happen that we can get you closer depending on the conditions. We also recommend that you bring about fifty rounds per calibre for your Safari.

You will also get the opportunity to sight in your rifle on our range prior to the Safari; this is always recommended after a weapon has been transported for long distances. Suitable rifle ranges with solid shooting benches are available. Prior to your departure from home be sure to practice with your chosen firearm so you are at ease with their features and operation. We suggest your plains game rifle to be sighted in two to two and a half inches high at one hundred yards – this will in effect enable you to comfortably take shots out to two hundred and fifty yards without having to compensate for distance.

A scope is also highly recommended for typical Eastern Cape conditions. (I.e. 3x9x42)

Inferior quality bullets have been the cause of many wounded animals and unnecessary hours spent following up. Please bring suitable bullets for the animal that you will be hunting.

Ethics:

We are committed to provide you, our client, with a most unforgettable African experience. Our Professional Hunters are skilled, ethical sportsman who will ensure that you look back on your safari and the manner in which each trophy was taken with pride.

Vaccinations:

Vaccinations and precautions are necessary if you travel outside of most countries. Depending on the area that you are traveling to different precautions must be taken.

The areas that we hunt in South Africa are malaria and yellow fever free. These areas normally require you to be current on your M.M.R. and Tetanus. We also recommend Hepatitis series as well.

Travel Information:

Many people consider Africa a dangerous place to travel. Most of the “problem areas” are located in central and Northern Africa with almost all of Southern Africa being very stable and safe. You are met at the airport and transported to the hunting lodge which is located in the Mpotshane Game Reserve, and you will be with a Professional Hunter at all times during your safari.

PLEASE NOTE: Tracking time and follow up on ALL wounded animals will be at the discretion of the Professional Hunter.

To us, not only of the trophy but the entire experience, is paramount. Our areas are regarded as the finest hunting blocks in Southern Africa, but the emphasis is placed on the thrill of the chase. On your return home, we want the memories of the sights, sounds, people, smells and the atmosphere of Africa to haunt you until you return.

Hunting plays a major role in our conservation efforts in Africa – to this end the manner in which we hunt, the old animals we select as trophies and the ethical professional image we portray as hunters will ensure hunting always remains critical to conservation.

We will do our utmost to select old, top quality trophy specimens for you, which will be hunted in fair ethical chase. To do this you will be required at times to walk fair distances, endure heat, thirst and cold and after this entire you will be able to make a good clean shot. It is essential you practice with your firearms prior to your arrival in Africa.

Hunting Gear (Checklist):
  • 2 x Camouflage or Green Shirts and Pants (Trousers)
  • Camouflage hunting cap or Hat
  • Durable and well worn-in hunting boots
  • 2 x Thick socks
  • Binoculars (8X30 to 10X40)
  • Hunting rifle
  • Ammunition (50 Rounds)
  • Ammunition belt or pouch
  • Casual Clothing – One outfit for use prior and after your safari
  • Camera, flash and film – very important
  • Any medical prescriptions
  • Shaving and cosmetic kit
  • Sun protection lotion and sunglasses
  • Raincoat or waterproof jacket

PLEASE NOTE: Take into consideration that laundry is done on a daily basis when packing for your Safari.

 

Invitation letter from Mpotshane Safaris (This form will be supplied upon request)

 

Fire-Arms Info

It is very important that each hunter wishing to temporarily import fire arms into South Africa should pay close attention to these requirements:
Police-Form-520(a) Fire-arm Procedures

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