We are situated in the central Orange Free State province of South Africa. It is an area with good infrastructure like airports, roads, medical facilities, cellphone network, etc,
and free of tropical diseases like malaria. In mid-winter the evenings and early mornings can be quite chilly - warm clothing is advised.
The accommodation is a comfortable lodge on the farm with seven double en suite bedrooms. There is a large living room with a fireplace and a well stocked bar where we recline in the evenings, and the catering is of the highest standard.
We shoot the following gamebird species in our part of the country: Guineafowl, francolin (two species), quail, Egyptian and Spurwing geese, three species of duck, rock pigeon and three species of doves.
Our season starts at the beginning of May and ends on the 15th of September, except for the pigeons and doves, which is open all year, with no bag limit.
The pigeon and dove shooting is high volume stuff. One could expect clients to shoot between 300 and 800 shots per day, with a kill rate of 20% to 60%, depending on the skill of the hunter. The best time of the year to shoot pigeons and doves is from the beginning of March to the middle of June. For the Egyptian and Spurwing geese one could expect a bag of between 5 and 10 birds per hunter per outing, with the official bag limit of 10 birds /gun/day.
We shoot them from pit blinds and decoy them into the guns. With ducks, once again, one could expect a bag of 5 to 10 birds/gun/day. Ducks are shot on and near smaller dams and pans, from hides, and sometimes decoyed. The best time of the year to hunt ducks and geese is from May to end of August.
The francolin and guineafowl are either walked up over German shorthaired pointers or driven, especially towards the end of the season. Although the driven shooting can be very spectacular and successful, we prefer to walk them up over the dogs. One could expect a bag of 7 to 10 birds/gun/day. The best time for guineafowl and francolin is from end of April to the end of July.
Although we specialise in wingshooting safaris, we do have a number of plains game species and combination safaris (birds and plains game) as well as plains game only hunts could be very easily arranged (a lot of plains game hunting takes place on our own game farm and
within a 50 km radius of our lodge).
All plains game hunted are mature males and all trophies will be good representatives of the species. Most of them will meet SCI minimum standards. We stick to "fair chase"
ethics, and all the hunting is done by the "walk and stalk" method. The plains game hunting is done primarily on our own farm (3500 ha), and in a radius of 50 km around the lodge. The bird shooting, however, is done over a large part of the district, with shooting concessions on over 80 000 ha.