Songimvelo Nature Reserve
Graham Sales Safaris is proud to announce that we have been awarded the exclusive hunting rights by MTPA (Mpumalanga Tourist and Parks Agency) on South Africa’s LARGEST Provincial Nature Reserve
Songimvelo Nature Reserve as well as Nooitgedacht Dam Nature Reserve (no hunting occurred on both Reserves for a period of 6 years – (2011 till 2016)
The Reserve (Songimvelo) 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, Bushbuck, Mountain reedbuck and Elephant. There are also numbers of White Rhino on the Reserve.
The reserve where the film “The Ghost and the Darkness” was filmed!
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 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 56 000 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 Safari contract.
I understand that if I cancel my Safari within a period 180 (one hundred and eighty) days prior to the first day of my (initial) Safari, my
deposit will be forfeited to GSS. If, in the sole discretion of GSS, it possible to reschedule my Safari, the deposit will not be forfeited
and the safari will be rescheduled. GSS, in exercising its discretion, will take into account such factors as the availability of the desired
dates and species. If GSS deems it possible to reschedule my Safari I understand that there will be 20% (of deposit amount)
“rescheduling fee” payable by me to GSS in addition to the costs of my Safari. For Safaris in the Timbavati / Klaserie Private Nature
Reserves and Songimvelo Nature Reserve the aforementioned cancellation period will be 365 (three hundred and sixty-five) days.
Full payment of your Safari is due on your last day of the hunt, either by means of cash, personal check or wire transfer.We do have credit card facilities in some of our camps – please confirm with Graham Sales before your Safari if you wish to pay via credit card.(there will be a 3.9% charge on all cc transactions)Unfortunately we do not accept American Express.
Frequently Asked Questions
What services do South African hunting agencies typically offer?
South African hunting agencies typically offer a range of services, including organizing and arranging hunting trips, providing information about hunting laws and regulations, assisting with obtaining necessary permits and licenses, providing transportation and accommodations, and arranging for guides and other support staff.
What should I look for in a South African hunting agency?
When choosing a South African hunting agency, it’s important to look for a reputable and experienced provider. Look for an agency that has a strong track record of successful hunts, positive reviews from past clients, and a focus on safety and ethical hunting practices. You should also ensure that the agency is fully licensed and insured, and that they have a clear and transparent pricing structure. Finally, make sure that the agency has a thorough understanding of hunting laws and regulations in South Africa, and can assist you with obtaining any necessary permits or licenses.
What types of hunting opportunities are available in South Africa?
South Africa is home to a wide variety of wildlife, and hunting opportunities can vary depending on the region and the specific agency you work with. Some popular species for hunting in South Africa include impala, kudu, wildebeest, waterbuck, and warthog, among others. Some agencies may also offer specialized hunts for rare or exotic species.
What is a hunting concession in South Africa?
A hunting concession in South Africa is an area of land that has been designated for hunting purposes. These areas are typically privately owned and managed by hunting concessions or outfitters, who work with the local government to regulate hunting activities and maintain the wildlife populations in the area. Hunting concessions can vary in size and may include different types of terrain and wildlife species. Clients of South African hunting agencies may book hunts in these concessions as part of their hunting trips.
How much does it cost to go on a hunting trip in South Africa?
The cost of a hunting trip in South Africa can vary widely depending on a number of factors, including the species being hunted, the length of the trip, the type of accommodation, and the level of service provided by the hunting agency. As a general rule, the cost of a hunting trip in South Africa can range from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. It’s important to work with a reputable hunting agency and to have a clear understanding of the costs associated with your trip before making any commitments. Be sure to ask about any additional fees or charges that may be incurred during the trip, such as trophy fees or transportation costs.