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South Africa Luxury Hunting Safari - Eastern Cape

South Africa Luxury Hunting Safari - Eastern Cape

South Africa Luxury Hunting Safari - Eastern Cape

South Africa Luxury Hunting Safari - Eastern Cape

South Africa Luxury Hunting Safari - Eastern Cape

South Africa Luxury Hunting Safari - Eastern Cape

South Africa Luxury Hunting Safari - Eastern Cape

South Africa Luxury Hunting Safari - Eastern Cape

South Africa Luxury Hunting Safari - Eastern Cape

South Africa Luxury Hunting Safari - Eastern Cape

South Africa Luxury Hunting Safari - Eastern Cape

South Africa Luxury Hunting Safari - Eastern Cape

Fun Facts

Family Rating: Lots of Fun Activities, Great Couples Trip
Lodge Rating: Rustic Luxury
Lodge Capacity: 8-12
Season: Year around
Age Appropriate: Any age and babysitters are available
Location: 1 1/2 hours from Port Elizabeth
Nearest Major Airport: Port Elizabeth
Holiday Options: Fall Break, Spring Break, Summer, Thanksgiving
Activities: Beach, Bow Hunting, Crossbow, Deep Sea Fishing, Firepit, Handgun, Helicopter Tours, Horseback riding, Photo Safari, Shopping, Swimming Pool, Wingshooting, Zip line
Species: Cape Buffalo, Eland, Gemsbuck, Kudu, Lechwe, Plainsgame, Roan, Sable, Waterbuck

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Our First-Hand Experience

Before our visit to this safari outfitter in the Eastern Cape, our impression of the area and its history in trophy hunting was that trophies would be inferior.  We were amazed at the trophy quality and any preconceved notions were immediately dismissed.

Along with the trophy quality, the lodging, meals and staff all exceeded our expectations.  In our experience over the last 30+ years visiting over 80 safari lodges, we are confident in saying this outfitter is at the top of the ladder.

Add to this that we trusted them so much that we sent our 18 year old daughter with two friends to work for them and their school the summer after they graduated from high school.  Needless to say, we are completely sold and you will be too!

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South Africa Luxury Hunting Safari – Eastern Cape

Three diverse properties totaling well over 110,000 acres, five South Africa luxury hunting safari lodges and exclusive use and fantastic hunting sums up this safari company.  Each lodge is unique in it’s own way but all are luxury lodges and your group will enjoy each lodge exclusively.  This means that you will be the only guests at the lodge whether your group is made up of one person traveling alone or a group of 12!

Move from property to property or settle in at one for the duration of your safari. The properties are each different:  Try a taste of each or settle in at one location, it is your choice!

The bush experience property is 70,000 contiguous acres with no internal fences.  One of the largest private properties in South Africa.  The land is comprised of gently rolling hills, rivers, open areas to thick bush.

The 10,000 acre coastal property is lush filled with beach vegetation and vistas.  Choose from a luxury private beach house, the home lodge, or a luxury spa resort overlooking the beach.South Africa Luxury Hunting Safari - Eastern Cape

Finally, the 40,000 acre mountain property offers the largest man made lake in South Africa and gorgeous plateaus.  In a 10 day safari, you can enjoy quite a diverse selection of terrain and an amazing selection of plains game animals plus rhino and cape buffalo!

Click on this video to see some recent footage of game from the various properties:  Best of Eastern Cape Animals

VIP hosting and video services available for this exceptional experience.

When we design your African safari you can expect the following:  We will listen as you share your vision of what your African Safari Experience should look like.  We then begin designing your safari with lodge and destination selection, activities selection, flights, meet & greet services, travel insurance, clothing & equipment list, countdown to Africa (this assist you with detail preparation 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 80+ safari lodges in Africa over the last 30 years.  We selected only a handful of those for you that have met our strenuous criteria.  Combination big game hunting, bird hunting, photo safari, Cape Town and Victoria Falls safaris are our specialty.

As with all of our African properties, private aircraft are available for transfers if you prefer.

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

Coastal Lodge:

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 accommodation, complete with en-suite bathrooms and fireplaces, under- floor heating, where fresh seafood and gourmet country cooking are part of the pleasure. Wi-Fi

Bush Camp Lodges: 

Located between the towns of Bedford and Grahamstown, both steeped in heritage, this game reserve presents a unique hunting experience. The bush reserve encompasses 30 000 hectares / 74 000 acres of valley bushveld and the variety of habitat, ranging from steep mountainous areas to deep riverine valley’s and open grass plains are home to a multitude of game species from Cape buffalo and White rhino to the majestic Cape kudu and elusive Cape bushbuck.

Lodge number 1 :  Salisbury Plain will cater to even the most discerning hunter. Large, open-plan thatched chalets with spa bath, open shower, DSTV, plunge pool on deck, under-floor heating and gas fireplace. Camp has many outdoor areas, swimming pool, gym, boma. Wi-fi.

Loge number 2 : will cater to even the most discerning hunter. Thatched, African-style luxury tents with large deck, en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower and old-fashioned ball and claw bath tub, under-floor heating and Wi-fi.

Lodge number 3 : This lodge will cater to even the most discerning hunter. This hunting lodge and the chalets have real character. Chalets have fireplace, en-suite bathroom. Wi-fi. Swimming pool, Large upstairs deck in lodge for meals on perfect days. Boma.

Mountain Lodge:  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.

 

 

Fishing

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.

Hunting

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 that trophy.  Should you have any disabilities that need to be catered to, that is absolutely a priority and a plan will be made.  This outfitter is dedicated to ethical hunting and catering to the special 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.

Free State dove hunts offered in April and May.

Trophy species found in this area:

  • Baboon
  • Bontebok
  • Buffalo, Cape above 40″
  • Buffalo, Cape below 40″
  • Buffalo, Cape up to 35″
  • Bushbuck, Cape
  • Bushpig
  • Duiker, Grey
  • Eland
  • Gemsbuck
  • Giraffe
  • Hyrax
  • Impala
  • Jackal
  • Klipspringer
  • Kudu, Cape
  • Lynx (caracal)
  • Nyala
  • Ostrich
  • Porcupine
  • Red Hartebeest
  • Red Lechwe
  • Reedbuck, Common
  • Reedbuck, Mountain
  • Rhino, White
  • Roan Antelope
  • Sable
  • Springbuck, Black
  • Springbuck, Common
  • Springbuck, White
  • Springhare
  • Steenbuck
  • Vervet Monkey
  • Warthog
  • Waterbuck
  • Wildebeest, Blue
  • Zebra
  • Zebra, Mountain

View this video to see some of the game on these properties:  Best of Eastern Cape Animals

Activities

  • Game drives
  • Dinner at the river boma
  • Beach walks
  • 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
  • Sundowners
  • 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!
    Cost: $100pp
  • 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.

Changing Generations

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!

Rates

2019 Rates:

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.

VIDEO SERVICES:

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 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!

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