South Africa Luxury Hunting Safari – Eastern Cape
This destination has three fantastic and diverse hunting properties which total over 200,000 acres. It boasts five unique South Africa luxury hunting safari lodges which your group will enjoy exclusively. Which means your party of 12 or less will be the only guests at the lodge. You have the option of staying at one of these luxury South African hunting lodges throughout your safari or moving from property to property.
The Karoo experience is the first of the three South Africa luxury hunting safari lodge properties. It consists of 150,000 acres with no internal fences. This is one of the largest private properties in South Africa. The terrain consists of rolling hills and rivers, as well as dense brush and open savannas. It hosts two lodges, the main and a more intimate lodge. The main lodge has 16 en-suite bedroom while the smaller lodge has 4.
Second is the Coastal property. This 10,000 acre luxury safari property has beautiful beach vegetation and vistas. You have the option of a luxury private beach house, the home lodge, or the luxury spa resort which overlooks the beach. The incredible views from your window will only be topped by relaxing spa treatments, horseback rides along the beach, and fantastic shopping.
The last of the luxury South African hunting lodges is the mountain property. This stunning property contains many mountains and plateaus. Here you will see the largest man-made lake in South Africa, and experience the history of the area in an amazing way: bushman paintings dating back to 1,500 years ago. During a 10-day safari, you will see a diverse selection of plains game as well as Rhino and Cape Buffalo.
Our Planning Process
When we design your South Africa luxury hunting safari we listen to your vision for your safari experience. We will then begin to design your safari with lodge and destination selection. Then we plan your activities, flights, meet and greet services, travel insurance, clothing and equipment lists, countdown to Africa (this assists you with detailed preparation tips leading up to trip time), detailed pricing with all included/not included items, and more.
As a full service African safari specialists, we have visited over 90+ safari lodges in Africa over the last 30 years. We selected only the handful which have met our strenuous criteria. Creating combination big game hunting, bird hunting, photo safari, Cape Town and Victoria Falls safaris is our specialty.
As with all of our African properties, private aircraft are available for transfers if you prefer. VIP hosting and video services are available for this exceptional experience.
Accommodations & Meals
Click on this link for a video of the various luxury lodges available on the three properties. Each lodge is exclusive use for your group: Best of Eastern Cape lodges
Magnificent ocean views are a one of the most noteworthy features of this stunning ranch, located on the Puti River between Port Alfred and East London. The pristine coastal environment makes a memorable setting for sunsets or horse rides along the beach; the perfect end to a great days hunting. Expect well appointed accommodations complete with en-suite bathrooms and fireplaces, underfloor heating, and fresh seafood and gourmet country cooking. Wi-Fi is available.
Karoo Camp Lodges:
Through vision, dedication and a rare understanding of the land this unique 500 square km (150,000+ acres) game ranch was established over two decades by the McAdam family.
The game population and trophy quality is without compare in South Africa.
Today this is one of the largest privately-owned single unit game ranches in South Africa.
The original family home of the two brothers that own this outfitting company. Set at the base of the beautiful hills, you will find two luxury suites and two other private en suite rooms. For larger groups, the main house may lodge some guests.
An array of Landscapes
This land is characterized by vast Serengeti-like plains interspersed with rocky outcrops and majestic mountains.
The Seacow River flows through the south of the ranch and the Vanderkloof Dam is situated in the north.
At night the sky transforms into a picturesque display of colours as the stars light up.
Due to the remoteness of the property there are no light interference or pollution from close-by cities making this one of the most unspoiled locations in the country.
Pure Luxury Lodge – Relax and enjoy the luxury of any of our two luxurious 5 star lodges.
The main lodge offers 16 en-suite bedrooms, bathrooms with underfloor heating, shower & bathtub, private patios, lounge & dining areas, lapas, swimming pool and fully equipped gym.
Desert Star is a smaller intimate lodge with 4 beautifully designed en-suite bedrooms, lounge & dining area and lapa. This lodge is strategically placed with spectacular views onto the Vanderkloof dam.
They emphasize exclusivity with a personal touch. The friendly well-trained staff has a reputation for service excellence and will ensure that your every need is catered to.
Taste of Africa!
Dining is an authentic culinary experience. Dining options include an outdoor boma with fully stocked bar, African inspired lapa, deck over the Seacow River or main lounge with cozy dining room and prominent fireplaces.
Meals include free range steak, some of the best Karoo lamb, fresh locally produced vegetables, game hunted on safari and a wide range of traditional, hearty South Africa meals. All meals are complimented by hand selected vintage Cape wines.
Fully equipped gym
The main camp offers a fully equipped modern gym. Gym apparatus include treadmills, exercise bikes, free weights, benches and a variety of other training machines.
Relive your day’s adventure and be entertained by the stories and tales of our professional hunters at the campfire every evening. Enjoy the luxury of a bulter, full bar service and an array of tasty snacks before dinner.
The mountain property boasts the largest man made lake in South Africa! Amazing Rainbow trout fishing available. They have caught fish as large as 13 pounds in this lake! Fly and spin fishing available from the bank.
Deep sea fishing can also be arranged from the beach property.
Your tailor made South Africa luxury hunting safari is built to cater to your hunting desires and needs. All hunting is spot and stalk in an ethical traditional African hunting style. What does this mean? When the trophy that you wish to hunt is spotted from a mountainside, vehicle or on a hike, a plan is made between you and your PH (Professional Hunter) to stalk the trophy. Should you have any disabilities that need to be catered to, it is absolutely a priority and a plan will be made. This outfitter is dedicated to ethical hunting and catering to the specific needs and desires of every client. No safari is just alike!
As you noticed in the introduction, they operate 5 lodges and each is exclusive to the group in camp. The properties are large and do not have interior fences. The herd is a natural herd and there is no farming on the properties.
Excellent trophy animals are found on each property. 40+ indigenous trophy species plus cape buffalo and rhino are available on the properties.
Trophy species found in this area:
- Cape Buffalo
- Bushbuck, Cape
- Duiker, Grey
- Kudu, Cape
- Lynx (caracal)
- Red Hartebeest
- Red Lechwe
- Reedbuck, Common
- Reedbuck, Mountain
- Rhino, White
- Roan Antelope
- Springbuck, Black
- Springbuck, Common
- Springbuck, White
- Vervet Monkey
- Wildebeest, Blue
- Zebra, Mountain
View this video to see some of the game on these properties: Best of Eastern Cape Animals
Activity pricing subject to change
- Game drives
- Dinner at the river boma
- Beach walks
- Hiking with a guide
- Spa Treatments – Massages, pedicures & manicures (for own account)
- Shopping in Port Alfred
- Horse riding on the beach (price on request)
- Rock, surf & deep sea fishing (price on request – ask about options)
- Visit South Seas Mohair & Craft Shop
- Bush meals
- Gym facilities available
- Wine tasting (price on request)
- Shopping trips to Grahamstown
- Elephant Back Safaris – Feed, interact & ride an elephant!
Cost: $50pp – $150pp depending on option
- Historical tour of Grahamstown & surrounding areas
Cost: $30 (min 3 pax)
- Addo Elephant National Park – One of the best places in the world to see elephant! See the Big Five!
- Game drives
- View ancient bushman rock art
- Visit the school that Ezulu supports (www.ithemba4hope.org)
- Visit Thobelani Crafts (crafts made by locals; including pit-fired clay items)
- Fishing in largest privately-owned trophy trout lake
- Swimming pools
Custom tours are available.
Video your trip:
Videographer services are available for this trip for an additional fee. Please let us know if you are interested in this service.
Length of Stay / Itinerary
Each itinerary is customized for your interests
Travel Details & Location
There are several options for travel all beginning with your arrival in Johannesburg.
Option 1: We have charter planes that can take you directly to the properties with private landing strips on the properties.
Option 2: Fly from Johannesburg to either Port Elizabeth or Bloemfontein where you will be greeted by your lodge host and transfer by road to the hunting property which will be a 2 – 3 hour scenic drive.
Internet & Communications
Wifi and cell services are available.
Amazing opportunities abound to visit and aid the local private school that this outfitter and his family started a few years ago for underprivileged and privileged children in the area. This is fantastic opportunity to give back and make a difference while on safari. Be prepared, you may think you are going to help them and you may just find that you are the one that is changed forever!
Trophy Hunting One on One: $550 per night per hunter
Trophy Hunting Two on One: $500 per night per hunter
Observers: $275 per night per observer
Helicopter Transfers available between camps (P.O.R.)
VIP HOSTING SERVICES:
Each year the owners of Family Expeditions, Corinna and Kevin Slaughter, offer their expertise as hosts for clients that wish to be accompanied on their international adventure. As you depart for your adventure, you will be able to relax as they will tend to all the details along the way! As you can imagine, they only host a few select trips each year as their schedule allows. If you wish to inquire about this great opportunity, please ask upon booking your outdoor vacation. Additional fees will be incurred for this VIP service.
We have a few select experienced videographers available for trips to Africa. They are located in the region for easy access to the properties. Please inquire about the benefits and expenses of enjoying a professional video of your experience.
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 will confirm 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!