South Africa Luxury Hunting Safari – South Central
Why do we love working with this South Africa luxury hunting safari outfitter? One word…the people! Every safari is customized to fit your interests whether that is a stand alone hunting only safari or a safari which combines those that love to hunt and those that wish to enjoy some other activities. This family owned and operated safari outfitter has several fantastic and diverse hunting properties totaling over 200,000 acres.
Bring your family or a group of friends and enjoy luxury accommodations that set these lodges a part from the all rest of South Africa’s hunting lodges. A number of distinct luxury lodges on several large privately owned hunting reserves. Each lodge boasts its’ own unique character and each property has distinctly different terrains. Your hunt will be comprised of several different properties and will be customized to your interests. The number of properties visited will be dependent on the number of days you are hunting.
Depending on the length of your safari, you will enjoy 2 – 3 completely different landscapes and luxury lodges as your professional hunter (hunting guide) drives your group between properties during your stay.
Variety of Experiences
Here you can hunt plains game and Cape Buffalo, and will most likely see their Rhinos which freely roam the property.
Mountains: The home property is the 40,000-acre Mountain property. This stunning land contains many mountains and plateaus with an excellent road system throughout. The new lodge is set in the valley with lovely views of the mountains.
You will see a diverse selection of plains game as well as Cape Buffalo. Your lodging options include their brand new, beautiful four-bedroom lodge or two luxury chateaus.
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.
Bush Camp and bio type diversity camps: The next safari camp will be one of great diversity in terrain ranging from rocky hills, dens forest to desert-like Savannah.
Coast: The last of the luxury South African hunting lodges is the Coastal property. This 10,000+ acre luxury safari property has beautiful beach vegetation and vistas. You will bask in the beauty of the luxury beach house set on a hill with incredible beach front views. Your views will only be topped by relaxing spa treatments, horseback rides along the beach, and fantastic shopping.
This hunting property has a lot of game but the dense brush hides them well until you suddenly open onto a savannah where the game enjoys the lush green grasses. Your hunt will have you watching herds of animals with stunning views of the Indian Ocean as the backdrop.
Our Planning Process
When we design your South Africa luxury hunting safari, we listen to your vision of your safari experience. We will then begin to design your safari by selecting the best lodges and destinations that match your dream. Then we coordinate your activities, flights, VIP meet and greet services, travel insurance, clothing and equipment lists, a 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 full-service African safari specialists, we have visited over 110+ safari lodges in Africa over the last 35+ years. We selected only a handful which have met our strenuous criteria. Creating combination big game hunting, bird hunting, game viewing safaris for the big 5, 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.
Accommodations & Meals
Magnificent beach front ocean views are one of the most noteworthy features of this stunning ranch, located 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 day’s hunting. Expect well-appointed accommodations complete with en-suite bathrooms, and fresh seafood and gourmet country cooking. This is the beach house you want: luxurious but feels just like home. Wi-Fi is available.
Your gourmet prepared meals will consist of classic South African dishes, vegetables, salads and soups.
This family-owned land has been in the family for 5 generations. The new luxury lodge is set at the base of the beautiful hills. Your group can select between two luxury chalets and a brand new, 4-bedroom lodge.
While it is beautiful, you always know you can put your feet up and relax. This lodge has an open floor plan with the stocked kitchen, dining room, and living room all in the same area. Evenings at the boma are a staple and always a highlight of the safari.
For larger groups, the owners house located only steps from the lodge may also house some guests.
Your meals will consist of classic South African dishes, vegetables, salads and soups.
Taste of Africa!
Dining at these lodges is an authentic culinary experience. Dining area options are different at each lodge but can include an outdoor boma with a fully stocked bar, African-inspired lapa, deck over the Seacow River or the owner’s home with a 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.
The mountain property boasts the largest man made lake in South Africa! They have caught fish as large as 13 pounds in this lake! Fly and spin fishing available from the bank. Amazing Rainbow trout fishing available.
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 “spot and stalk” mean? When the trophy 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. The goal is to be within 150-200 yds of the animal but sometimes a 300 yard shot is possible.
Should you have any disabilities that need to be catered to, it is absolutely a priority, and plans 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 offer several unique lodges on several different properties. Each is exclusive to the group in camp. The properties are large and do not have interior fences. The game range freely on each property.
Excellent trophy animals are on each property. 40+ indigenous trophy species plus cape buffalo and rhino are available on the properties.
Trophy species found in these areas:
- Barbary Sheep
- Bat Eared Fox
- Blesbuck, Silver
- Blesbuck, White,
- Blesbuck, Yellow
- Bushbuck, Cape
- Cape Buffalo
- Duiker, Grey
- Duiker, Blue
- Fallow Deer
- Fallow Deer, White
- Gemsbuck, Golden
- Impala, Black
- Kudu, Cape
- Kudu, Greater
- Lynx (caracal)
- Red Hartebeest
- Red Lechwe
- Reedbuck, Mountain
- Rhino, White
- Roan Antelope
- Spotted Genet
- Springbuck, Black
- Springbuck, Common
- Springbuck, Copper
- Springbuck, White
- Vaal Rhebuck
- Vervet Monkey
- Wildcat, African
- Wildebeest, Black
- Wildebeest, Blue
- Wildebeest, Golden
- Zebra, Burchells
- Zebra, Mountain
Mountain Camp Activities:
- View ancient rock art – swim in the lake
- Visit the school supported and founded outfitter – ithemba4hope.org usually en route
- Visit the town of Tarkastaad and the local, quaint coffee shop: The Story
- Photo safari game drives on the property
- Join in with everyday life like rugby games and other sports as available
- Visit Thobelani Crafts store (local crafts made by local people – including pit fired clay items)
- Hiking with guide
- Fishing in the largest privately-owned trophy rainbow trout lake
- Bird Hunting for Francolin, guinea, dove, and duck. 12 and 20 ga shotguns are available. May through August. Can have dogs brought in for an additional expense of about $150 per day. The South Africa field trials are held on this property.
Coastal Camp Activities:
- River cruises and sundowners with the possibility of seeing some animals. Cost: P.O.R. – ask about various options
- Beach walks
- Game drives
- Canoeing on the river
- Hiking with a guide – various levels depending on your fitness level
- Horse riding on the beach. Cost: P.O.R. (10 years and older)
- Rock and Surf Fishing. Cost: P.O.R. – ask about options (Guide available with advance notice)
- Deep-sea fishing. From half-day to full-day trips – Deep sea* fish species: Cob, Geelbek, Red Roman, Soldier, Mussel Cracker. This must be booked before your safari.
- Shopping in Port Alfred
- Visit South Seas Mohair and Craft Shop
- Spa (massages, pedicures) – cost for own account
- Enjoy a seafood dinner at a local restaurant on the beach
- Plunge pool
- Golf at two nearby golf courses
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 or near the properties.
Option 2: Fly from Johannesburg to either Port Elizabeth, East London or Bloemfontein where you will be greeted by your lodge host and transfer by road to the hunting property which will be about a 2 hour scenic drive.
Internet & Communications
Wifi and cell services are available.
Should you be interested, there are amazing opportunities to give back to the surrounding community. Visit and aid the local private school for underprivileged and privileged children in the area which was started by this outfitter and his family several years ago. This school includes both sponsored and privileged children who are taught by local members of the community. This is a fantastic opportunity to give back and and experience the amazing community while on safari. Whether you visit for a few hours or participate in their schooling for a few days, be prepared: you may think you are going to help them but you may just find that you are the one that is changed forever!
Trophy Hunting One on One: $590 per night per hunter
Trophy Hunting Two on One: $500 per night per hunter
Observers: $290 per night per observer
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!