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The Bushveld

 

The Climate

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The Bushveld is located North in South Africa and reaches deep into Botswana.  The heart of the Bushveld is in the Limpopo province between 3-4 hours drive from the Airport in Johannesburg.  

Here you will find knee high to shoulder high grasslands filled with thorn trees and an immense variety of bushes and animals.  It is also known for its large Marula and Ironwood trees.   The climate is warm (70-90F) and dry but cools down in June-Aug (60-70 F).  Although there are a few mountains and hills you will mainly be on flats round 2000 ft above sea level.  This is a malaria free area, but consult with your doctor.


 


Bow Hunting - Permanent Blinds

 

This family owned property has been a bowhunt exclusive property since 70"ties.   If you are a longbow, crossbow or compound bow hunter you will greatly benefit from this.  We offer 17 species to choose from that is native to the bushveld.  You can also hunt baboon, monkeys, predators and birds.

 

 

The 8 permanent blinds is placed strategically on the property to offer a variety of scenery and species.  All the blinds are large enough to accommodate 2 people.  The blind has a versatile shooting space and an opening for your camera.  It is comfortable, quite and build for max scent control.


All Blinds allow for a 10-30 yard shot.  If you want to get up close and personal while hunting some of the most majestic animals Africa has to offer this is where you want to do it.  Many of our observers enjoy a day in blind just as much as the hunter.


We also offer broadhead butts at the camp to make sure you are ready before you head out to the Bush.


We offer our clients the option to walk and stalk.  This is a completely different ball game all on its own.  The bush is dense and the Animals are extremely alert.  You must have good warm in walking boots, full camos and great shooting skills.  This is recommended for returning clients who are looking for specific species.

 



 



 

The Bushveld species

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The Steenbuck

As you can see they are reddish in colour, with small horns, going straight

up. Only the male has horns and are larger than the female.  They form

part of the tiny 10.   You can distinguish them from the grey duiker by

colour, the black nose that doesn't go all the way up to the eyes. Also the

beautiful dark brown markings in their ears that resemble a leaf.

They are mature with horn 4-5"

The Grey Duiker

The Grey Duiker is one of the tiny ten.  The male is larger than the

female and has horns.  The ram and ewe  both have a bit of black hair

between the ears, this can some times be mistaken as horns.  A

good trophy can be identified when the horns are as tall as the ears,

its a great trophy when the horns are taller.  They usually drink just

after sun up or just before sun down. Mature 4-6"

Klipspringer

 

The klipspringer also forms part of the tiny 10.  The males

has horns growing straights up, while the females on the left has non.  If

you can get a closer look, it seem that they are always on their toes.

U can distinguish them from other tiny ten by their markings in

the ears as well as the black spot directly under the eyes.  True to their

name Klipspringer "Rock jumper"  they like the higher rocky places

A mature male can measure from 4"-6"

Mountain Reedbuck


They are found in the bushveld close to mountains and hills.  The are

more or less the size of a pronghorn.  The male has horns that curls

forward and is mature when its 8-9". To make sure its a Mountain

Reedbuck look for the black spot under the ear.  The females are

smaller than the mail and does not have horns.  When you see

females sit tight the male will be close.

 


Impala

The Impala is has a dark red back with a lighter belly.  The male has

horns while the female does not.  Male on the left and female right.

When you want to hunt a good trophy look for the horns turning up.

A good quality ram will measure from 23" These guys string jump, so

make sure about your shot placement with a bow.

Nyala

The Nyala is one of the most majestic animals in Africa.  The males has long

curled horns and the female has non.  The Nyala forms part of the curly horned

animals with the Kudu, Eland and bushbuck.  They have what looks like black

fluff at their knees and orange shins.  This a stunning animal to look at and to

hunt.  Truly something to come and experience


 

 

Gemsbuck

This magnificent animal has long straight horns.  Both the Male and female has horns.  The best way to spot the male is to look for the penis.  Males also have thicker bosses carry more weight in the horns.  Female often has longer horns than the males

The vitals are secured in the chest cavity.  A perfect shot is

straight up the front leg about 1/3 up the chest cavity.

The gemsbuck do not have to come to water everyday.

Usually they only come to drink just before sunset.

This is one of your most challenging animals to harvest with a bow.

There are many factors that can influence hunting a Gemsbuck.

Warthog


These truly African creatures are found only in the bushveld.  The male and

female both has tasks and warts.  The male as seen on the left has a larger

body, bigger tusks and have 4 warts. Two next to the eyes and two above the

tusks.  The females is smaller in body size, has curlier tusks and also only

has two warts next to the eyes.  This is animal is the epiphany of Africa, they

are tough as nails!  Shot placement is vital in bagging one of these.

 

The Bushveld is the only habitat that hosts:

  • Kudu, Blue Wildebeest, Warthog, Giraffe, Impala

While on your Bushveld safari you can also hunt the following:

  • Blesbuck
  • Eland
  • Jackal
  • Porcupine
  • Sable
  • Gemsbuck
  • Klipspringer
  • Steenbuck
  • Bushbuck
  • Grey Duiker
  • Waterbuck
  • Red Hartebeest
  • Bushpig
  • Giraffe
  • Nyala
  • Tsessebe
  • Caracal
  • Zebra
  • Ostrich

 

Speciality Hunts

 

Africa offers a wide variety of species, this makes numerous African adventures possible.  Grand slam hunt, Plaines game hunt, or Dangerous game.  You can also hunt 7 of the tiny ten in South Africa.

 

Grand slam

 

The South African Grand Slam is the challenge of hunting all 4 the springbuck variations.  The common (The South-African National antelope far right) the black springbuck (second from right), the white springbuck and the copper (far left).  We offer this hunt not only to our rifle hunters but also to our Bow hunters.  Congratulations to Tim Ewing and Neal Hutcheson for completing this challenge with your bows.

 


 

The Springbuck are native to the Highveld and can be done as a stand alone hunt or be combined with a Bushveld hunt.  While you are in the Highveld you can also look at harvesting a BlackWildebeest

 

Rifle Hunting in the Bushveld

 

The vast variety of species makes it ideal for first time hunters, returning hunters or observers alike.  It leans well to both bow and rifle hunting.  It keeps you guessing as to what animal you will see next, rifle hunting is spot and stalk.

Your shot can be anything from 20 up to 150 yards.  The dense bushes, tall grass and Thorn trees limit your visibility and really test your skills as a hunter.  With a great guide and good shot placement the hunter will prevail.  You can hunt anything from 5-10 days depending on the number of species you want.


Make sure you bring full camouflaged clothing and/or a ghielie suite with well worn in boots and thick socks.  In June-August a hunting beanie, gloves, jacket and thick socks are recommended.  For the warmer months a hat and sun block, is a must.

Minimum caliber for plains game will be .243 Win; .270; .308 calibers and any of the .300 magnum calibers are considered good all rounder. Dangerous game – a minimum of .375 H&H with well constructed bullets.  (See the firearm import procedure on the home page or simply rent a rifle from us.)

 

Rifle Hunting in the Highveld


The Highveld, being great open grass plains and high mountains, one can literally see for miles.  
Here you will see herds of up to 300 animals.  The mountains promise to give you a few 4x4 moments and a view like no other.

This is also a spot and stalk game, miles of walking is to be expected.  You need to spot the animals before they spot you.  Your guide will strategically move around the open plains to get close enough. You will stalk for miles before you will be able to take your shot.  As ethical hunters we do not  hunt from the vehicle.  Your shots will be between 50 and 300 yards. 

Make sure you bring full camouflage clothing and/or a ghielie suite, with well worn in boots and thick socks.  The higher altitude brings colder weather. From May-August bring a hunting beanie, gloves, warm underwear and a heavy jacket. 

Hunting smaller plains game a .223 or .243 is sufficient but a good all rounder is a .300 Win or shot Mag.  This allows you to hunt the bigger trophies including the Black Wildebeest and Gemsbuck.  Dangerous game – a minimum of .375 H&H with well constructed bullets.  (See the firearm import procedure on the home page or simply rent a rifle from us.)

 


Combination Hunts

We offer a bow or rifle hunt option on one hunt.

You can combine hunting plains and dangerous game on one hunt

A location combination where you hunt the Highveld and Bushveld can be arranged

A hunt can be combined with side tours and other activities


Why African Barefoot Safaris

 

We offer an unique African Experience to each client.  We take into consideration your expectations, your dreams, your special requirements.

 

We are ethical hunters and true to our core values.


We go the extra mile for special events or requests,  making it an African experience for the hunter and non hunter alike.  We offer a breath taking lodge, a proven set up for the bow hunter and with some of best PH, tracker and skinners, we are confident in our product.  You will not only get value for your money but make friends and memories for life.

 


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Other activities

When hunting in the Bushveld a number of other activities can be incorporated with your hunt.  
This makes Africa a great destination for not only the keen hunter but also for non-hunters, woman and children alike.

  • Game drives
  • Horseback rides
  • Elephant rides
  • Cradle of human kind
  • Jewelry private show
  • Silver gold diamond
  • Bootcamp/Gym/workout
  • Curio shopping
  • Pilanesberg Nature Reserve visit (Additional 2 days)
  • Kruger Park visit (Additional 4 Days needed)
  • One day in Johannesburg
  • Lesedi Cultural Village with traditional dance & Dinner



Please let us know before hand if you would be interested in any other activities.  We can supply you with a quote on request.  Bookings must be done in advance to avoid disappointment.

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