Rarely will you find an African luxury hunting safari set a part from the rest like this amazing property! Combine 200,000 privately owned acres with a fantastic chef, luxury lodge overlooking a productive watering hole with some of the most diverse land we have encountered in Africa and you will have summed up this African luxury hunting safari. Wide open spaces, rocky hills, red Kalahari Sands to thick brush define the landscape. An impressive number of animals with excellent trophy quality will impress the most discerning hunter.
For the family, there is a lovely pool overlooking the watering hole and a constant stream of animals to keep everyone entertained. Your personable PH’s (Professional Hunters) are accustomed to attending to every level of hunting skill. A helicopter tour of the property should be counted as one of the highlights of your stay as well as a trip to the diamond mind museum in Kimberly.
The reserve forms part of the Kalahari Desert (meaning “large thirst” in Tswana) which is a huge red sand basin that reaches from the Orange River up to Angola in the north, in the west to Namibia and in the east to Botswana. The sand masses were created by the erosion of soft stone formations making this most of the most unique and picturesque places in Africa.
Lion, leopard, cape buffalo and rhino (black and white) roam this land along with other trophy animals such as sable, roan, red hartebeest, blesbuck, kudu, springbuck, zebra, wildebeest, eland oryx, nyala and numerous other species.
This is a malaria free area. Travel is simple as you will fly into Johannesburg and then either fly commercially into Upington or we can arrange a charter flight directly from Johannesburg to the property.
The world’s most discriminating hunters frequent this amazing hunting safari land. You and/or your group will be hosted exclusively without other groups on safari at the same time.
Accommodations & Meals
Few other hunting safari lodges in Africa match this luxury lodging and exceptional staff! It is the standard by which many other safari lodges are judged. The 5-star private lodge boasts with four en-suite suites overlooking the beautiful landscape and productive watering hole. The most discriminating clientele visit this amazing safari property.
Enjoy Air conditioning, internet, TV, pool and all guest amenities.
There is a private asphalt airstrip on the property for charter flights long enough for a 737 jet.
Traditional three course meals prepared by the fantastic chef are served in the dining/lounge area that leads onto a walkway to the decked swimming pool. Special desert sundowners in the dunes are a great specialty offered by the friendly staff. The chef prepared meals are delicious and appropriate for the setting! You will not want for fantastic food and they will cater to your individual dietary requests.
Hunting Season: February through November
Your classic spot and stalk safari will be conducted in an ethical manner with mature animals as the goal of every hunt. Most amazingly, you and/or your group will enjoy this massive 212,000 acre property exclusively! No other guests or hunters will be on the property or at the lodge during your stay unless you request differently.
This immense property is one of the most diverse landscapes as well as diverse in population of game that you will find in the entire continent of Africa! A safari hunters dream hunt with plentiful game such as Gemsbuck (Oryx), Kudu, Zebra, Impala, Wildebeest, Sable, Roan, Springbuck, to name just a few species available. Also a rarity is to hunt on a land with four of the big five including Rhino, Leopard, Cape Buffalo and Lions roaming. In fact, this is one of the only properties where wild lions roam freely and are importable into the United States according to USFW.
Hunters typically depart from the lodge as it begins to break first light in the morning and in most cases will return to the lodge for lunch before heading back out in the afternoon. This is one of the largest plains game concessions in Africa making it a truly wild hunt.
Your experienced professional hunters will cater to your schedule and desires. It is not uncommon to see hundreds of game each and every day on safari.
Children on safari need not worry! These professional hunters are accustomed to patiently teaching children of all ages safety, proper shooting techniques, stalking techniques and ethical standards of hunting. There is no better place in the world to learn to hunt or hone in your hunting skills than in Africa!
Excellent rifles are available for use in case you choose to forego traveling with guns. Youth models in various calibers are available as well.
All vehicles are purchased new every three years!
Activities for observers:
- A proper photo safari vehicle and guide is always available
- Visit the local winery which is about an hours’ drive (Not a high end winery)
- Spend a day in Kimberley which is the diamond capital of the world where you will see the De Beers diamond museum and the Kimberley Big Hole. About 2 1/2 hours’ drive – a driver will escort you. http://www.thebighole.co.za/
- Day trip to Tswalu, a private game reserve close by. They do game drives and have a really top notch spa and restaurant. This has to be booked as a day visit and has to be arranged way in advance. They do not normally take day bookings but make an exception for our clientele. https://www.tswalu.com/experiences/spa
- Animal rehab center for wildlife close to Kimberley
- Day trip to Augrabies National park to see the Augrabies water falls. https://www.sanparks.org/parks/augrabies/tourism/availability.php?resort=27
- Enjoy a helicopter tour of the property
- The helicopter pilot will gladly take you on adventures in the nearby areas or a larger helicopter may be brought in for larger groups.
- A private Phenom jet is available at the nearby private air strip for those that would like to take a day and travel to Kruger, Sun City, Pilanesburg or anywhere else in the area.
- Lounge by the pool
- View the productive water hole situated just outside the front of the lodge
- High end boutique on property
- Golf – There is a Gary Player golf course about two hours away
Length of Stay / Itinerary
Each and every itinerary is customized for you and your group. We suggest a 7 day safari as a minimum.
Day 1: Arrive in Johannesburg where we will have you greeted as you exit the airplane and escorted through passport control, luggage collection, customs and on to your hotel. If you are traveling with guns, your escort will assist you with gun registration etc. Overnight in Johannesburg.
Day 2: Your greeter will collect you at the hotel and escort you back to the airport for your commercial flight check in or your private charter flight. On arrival, you will be greeted by your professional hunter for your road transfer to the lodge.
Day 3 – ?: Hunt and enjoy this amazing land!Departure day: Your professional hunter will transfer you back to either your commercial flight in Upington or to your private charter flight to Johannesburg and onward to home.
Travel Details & Location
Travel is simple as you will fly into Johannesburg and then either fly commercially into Upington or we can arrange a charter flight directly from Johannesburg to the property itself.
Internet & Communications
Internet is available but cell service is spotty.
This safari lodge is actively involved in providing exceptional support for community council projects such as local schools, old age homes and general infrastructure such as boreholes. As for wildlife conservation, they are on the cutting edge of wildlife research and enhancement, skills development for local workers in the community as well as an extreme investment in anti-poaching initiatives. We are proud of the services and monetary commitment this outfitter gives back to the community.
We Care About Africa
“Africa is our home and our heritage. We acknowledge the fact that it is our duty as safari operators to uplift, support and preserve not only the area in which we operate, but also to act as custodians and ambassadors on behalf of the hunting community worldwide. We believe that through well-regulated and sustainable hunting practices we can contribute to Africa’s socio-economic development and growth, and in turn create a more favorable environment for investors, traders and travelers to visit and generate revenue. Therefore, we join hands with other operators, hunting associations and pro-hunting organizations to cultivate a constructive worldwide industry that ultimately influences Africa, its people and its wildlife positively.”
Our first and foremost responsibility is towards our natural resources. We base our business on the principle of “conservation through sustainable utilization”. We ensure that all our hunts are conducted on legal, fair and ethical standards and that each safari contributes to the area’s overall sustainable management programme. Our Tsholotsho South concession in Zimbabwe works closely with the CAMPFIRE (Communal Areas Management Program for Indigenous Resources) program that encourages rural communities on communal lands to conserve local wildlife populations.
Furthermore, we conserve our wildlife through:
- working cooperatively on all levels with National Parks boards, conservation bodies, wildlife researchers and environmental departments on conservation issues;
- training, managing and supplying anti-poaching units with the latest equipment to protect our endangered and other indigenous species;
- providing aircrafts and/or helicopters to assist with anti-poaching aerial surveys;
- developing and executing fire management programs;
- game counting and setting of sustainable hunting quotas in cooperation with governing bodies; and
- implementing additional hunting protocols above and beyond the legal scope in order to ensure the long term sustainability and longevity of the areas concerned
$650 per night 1×1 professionally guided plus trophy fees.
Trip Insurance & Cancellation Info
Trip insurance is highly recommended to protect your investment on this trip. We will assist you with trip insurance upon booking. See links at the bottom of this page for the two providers we suggest for our clients.
Family Expeditions, LLC confirmation and refund policy:
If your trip is more than 90 days out from date of departure, a 50% non-refundable deposit confirms your reservation and must be received within 10 days of booking to confirm your dates. All trips must be paid in full at least 90 days prior to the departure date. If your trip date is within 90 days, FULL payment for the trip is required. All payments to Family Expeditions are non-refundable. Should you need to reschedule or cancel your trip, we will do everything in our power to assist you in finding a suitable substitute or transferring your dates per the lodge/providers/government requirements. Trip insurance protects your investment!