Songimvelo Nature Reserve – Mpumalanga province
Graham Sales Safaris is proud to announce that we have been awarded the exclusive hunting rights by MTPA (Mpumalanga Tourist and Parks Agency) for 2018, 2019 and 2020 on South Africa’s largest Provincial Nature Reserve
Songimvelo Nature Reserve as well as Mahushe Shongwe Nature Reserve (no hunting occurred on both Reserves for a period of 6 years – 2011 till 2016)
The Reserve is the largest provincial reserve in South Africa and forms part of the Songimvelo-Malolotja Transfrontier Conservation Area, a peace park located south of Barberton in the south-eastern part of the Mpumalanga Province on the South African-Swaziland border.
The incredible beauty of its range of mountains, which forms one of the oldest regions on Earth, with incredible volcanic and sedimentary rocks, examples of which are exceeded only by those found in Greenland. Rolling hills, hidden valleys, wide open plains and forest ravines support an incredible diversity of wildlife, plants and habitats. Along the valley floor winds the Komati River, after which it flows into Swaziland and to the Indian Ocean.
The grassy plains of Songimvelo Nature Reserve are home to herds Buffalo, Blesbok, Blue Wildebeest, Impala, Red Hartebeest and Zebra whilst within the wooded and hillside areas one will find Giraffe, Kudu, Mountain reedbuck and Elephant. There are also numbers of White Rhino on the Reserve.
The reserve where the film The Ghost in the Darkness was shot !
Bloubank Conservancy – Hoedspruit camp
Located inside the Bloubank Conservancy on the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains and about an hour’s drive from the Kruger National Park boundary. This area is known for exceptional Nyala hunting and is perfectly located to combine hunting with some photographic and sightseeing activities for our non-hunting clients. Our traditional tented Safari camp can host 10 guests and rooms have double beds are all on suite with hot and cold running water. After a hard days hunting clients can enjoy drinks around the warm campfire or at the fireplace in our lounge area before having a warm hearty meal prepared by Alfred or Chef. The non-hunters can enjoy the spectacular views of the Blyde River canyon as well as visit places like: God’s Window, The Potholes, Elephant Whispers (Elephant rides) Cheetah Project, Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Hot Air Ballooning, Sunset Boat Cruise, Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre or the animal rehabilitation center of which all are within reasonable driving distance from the hunting area. Here the hunting is best from June onwards.
Species available for hunting:
Baboon, Black-backed Jackal, Bushpig, Bushbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Common Duiker, Giraffe, Kudu(Southern Greater), Impala, Nyala, Steenbok, Warthog, Waterbuck and Burchell’s Zebra.
Brakrivier Conservancy – Mopane camp
The conservancy is in excess of 18 000 acres in the majestic Limpopo Province close to the little station town of Mopane. The Brakrivier Conservancy is known for Mopane bushveld, lots of huge Baobab trees and a few rocky outcrops and with the Brak river that runs right through the property, it all adds to excellent hunting and to the uniqueness of this area. Our camp offers breathtaking views of the Soutpansberg mountains and surrounding areas as it located on top of the highest point on the Conservancy. The open dining area offers a view over a watering hole that has frequent visitors. All rooms have on suite bathrooms and all amenities.
After a hard days hunting clients will enjoy cocktails around the campfire and under the bright African sky before enjoying 5 start cuisine prepared by Alfred our chef.
This specific area we recommend hunting in the drier months of the year July / August / September and October.
Species available for hunting:
Baboon, Black-backed Jackal, Bushpig, Bushbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Cape Buffalo, Common Duiker, Eland, Gemsbok, Giraffe, Kudu (Southern Greater), Impala, Nyala, Steenbok, Warthog, Waterbuck and Burchell’s Zebra.
The Greater Balepye Nature Reserve
The Greater Balepye Nature Reserve (BNR) is located near the small town of Gravelotte – and is the land of the Balepye Ba ga Maenetja Community, the rainmakers. The Reserve is based on the conservancy principle, a joint venture between Balepye community and private business owners which are designated land for the preservation of natural resources, including game species. This initiative, sustainable safari hunting, and the local community’s involvement go hand in hand in making this a project a huge success.
This reserve is a 40 000 acre wilderness conservation area of unparalleled beauty where animals such as Leopard, Buffalo, Sable, Hippo, and Crocodile still roam free amongst majestic Mopani and Leadwood trees. The Sherhombe-Rhombe Rivier form a huge part of the ecosystem of the reserve feeding two lakes and sprawling into a serene riverine habitat fringed by Lala palms and giant Jackal berry trees.
Our “stone under thatch” Safari camp is located on a rocky outcrop under huge Nyala berry and Mopane trees. The camp has 4 airconditioned double rooms with all amenities and is built between the huge boulders that are prevalent in this area. The beautiful campfire area overlooks a small waterhole which attracts numerous small game species which adds to the uniqueness of our camp.
Sought after species are Cape Buffalo, Sable and Roan antelope, Nyala and the following plains game species: Baboon, Blue Wildebeest, Bushbuck, Eland, Giraffe, Grey Duiker, Impala, Klipspringer, Southern Greater Kudu, Steenbok, Waterbuck, and Zebra.
The reserve is privately managed and owned since 1974 by a family who are passionate about wild Africa and its wildlife and who are pioneers in the South African conservation industry. The reserve is in excess of 125 000 acres of continuous wild Africa which is home to four of Africa’s Big 5 (Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard and White Rhino) and it is carefully managed to ensure that the reserve maintains its natural ecological integrity.With Mopane and Acacia shrub, huge mountains, massive Baobab trees, dry riverbeds and some open plains areas and with more than 8 000 head of African game this is without a doubt one of Southern Africa’s prime conservation areas. Our luxurious camp is designed for privacy and comprises of 5 double rooms, all with on suite bathrooms, electricity and all necessary amenities. Our guests will enjoy 5-star cuisine either in the central dining area or around the campfire at night. Our camp also offers a beautifully appointed open lounge area where one can relax after a hard days hunting(wi-fi available)
We also offer exceptional bow hunting with permanent bow blinds that are large enough to hold up to 5 people. Blinds are strategically built at watering holes with shooting distances that range between 5-25 yards.
Species available for hunting:
Baboon, Black-backed Jackal, Blue Wildebeest, Cape Buffalo, Common Duiker, Eland, Gemsbok, Giraffe, Kudu (Southern Greater), Impala, Klipspringer, Nyala, Red Hartebeest, Roan Antelope, Sable, Steenbok, Tsessebe, Warthog, Waterbuck, Zebra – Cape Mountain AND Burchell’s.
Northern Cape Province
Kalahari Oryx Reserve
This Kalahari Reserve spans a staggering 212 000 acres and this wildlife haven is home to more than 28 species including Cape Buffalo, Desert Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Black & White Rhino with exceptional Gemsbok, Kudu, Red Hartebeest, Eland, Springbok … and the list goes on!
The name of the desert “Kalahari” means “large thirst” in the Tswana language. However in contrast to this, the 212 000 acre Kalahari Reserve will insure that its private lodge are every guest’s oasis and place of relaxation. This is a true wildlife haven with The 5-star main lodge boasts with 4 on suite double rooms overlooking the spectacular landscape.The catering and attention to detail is unmatched.
Please contact us for a quotation on hunting Buffalo / Desert Lion / White Rhino.
Trophy hunting is available year-round in South Africa, although our summer months (Nov through Feb ) tend to be very hot and is also our rainy season. The best period is from March through end October. Due to the vastness of all the areas, the locating of game is done by traveling in a Land Cruiser hunting vehicle from where all hunting is done on foot. Find out more about South Africa Hunting and South Africa Hunting Prices by getting in touch with Graham Sales Safaris.
Licences & Permits Game:
Firearms & Ammunition:
Ammunition We Recommend:
Certain species require special licenses/or permits, in particular, CITES permits. CITES permits can be obtained from federal wildlife permit office. On most plains game the trophy fee includes the license fee.
Firearms require a temporary import permit. Please see below for downloads, or the Hunters’ support website to assist you in obtaining these. (www.hunterssupport.com) Bowhunters do not need an import permit to bring their bows into the country.
For most plains game up to Eland, a 7mm Mag.,30-06, .300 Win. Mag./Weatherby, .338 Win. or similar calibers work well and opt for the greatest bullet weight available per caliber. A minimum caliber of .375 is required by law for all dangerous game species.
- Trophy Bonded Bear Claw
- Swift A-Frame
- Barnes X
- (Good quality Monolithic)
- Trophy Bonded Sledgehammer
- Barnes Super Solids
Terms of Business
We confirm a safari on receipt of a deposit calculated at 50% of the total daily rate of the hunt, the balance of the calculated daily rates is due 6 months prior to the commencement of your Safari. (plains game only)
Please contact Graham Sales regarding deposit/payment when a Safari is booked in the Klaserie & Timbavati Private Nature Reserves
TROPHY FEES AND ADDITIONAL UPGRADES AND COSTS
Graham Sales Safaris does not have any control over the rising costs of hunting.
That being said, all trophy fees and additional upgrades or costs will be based on the year that the hunt takes place unless otherwise stated in your contract.
I understand that if I cancel my safari within 180 (hundred and eighty days) days of the first day of my initial safari, my deposit will be forfeited. It will be possible to reschedule at the time of cancellation, depending upon the availability of the desired dates. The deposit will not be forfeited if rescheduled, however, a 20% (of deposit) rescheduling fee applies.
Full payment of your Safari is due on your last day of the hunt, either by means of cash, personal check or wire transfer.