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  • Plains Game Hunting in South Africa
    basis when hunting in one of the areas in which they occur Gemsbok Gemsbok are one of the most impressive plains game trophies that can be hunted in South Africa Gemsbok are native to the dry Kalahari region of South Africa They can go without surface water for months on end as they derive moisture from the plant material they digest Impala Impala are the most common antelope found in South Africa They occur in significant numbers in all of the hunting areas to which African Sky offers safaris Impala are a very attractive mid size antelope They are included in almost all of our hunting packages and would normally form part of the bag on any safari in South Africa Klipspringer Klipspringer are one of the smallest antelope species found in South Africa They are hunted in areas with rocky terrain or mountain ranges Their yellow brown coats provide excellent camouflage in these areas and they can be very difficult to spot when standing motionless They should be spotted from below as opposed to above as klipspringer are more alert to predation from above Kudu A good set of kudu horns is arguably the most impressive plains game trophy that can be harvested in Africa Kudu occur widely throughout South Africa where they favor broken or hilly terrain with thick vegetation They are very well camouflaged and can be hard to spot when standing motionless in thick brush Lechwe Red Though the red lechwe is not endemic to South Africa they have been introduced to the Free State and Eastern Cape from populations found north of South Africa They are a medium sized antelope and only the males of the species carry horns They are ideally hunted with a 30 caliber or larger Mountain Reedbuck These medium sized antelope favor mountainous terrain where they occur in small family groups Only the male of the species carries horns Mountain reedbuck can present a very challenging hunt with a lot of climbing involved Long shots with varying elevation are often required and a fast flat shooting caliber would be recommended when embarking on a mountain reedbuck hunt Nyala Nyala are among the most gracious of the spiral horned antelope that can be hunted in South Africa Their preferred habitat is the higher rainfall eastern parts of South Africa where they favor densely wooded savanna The 270 should be the smallest caliber with which to pursue the nyala A 30 caliber rifle would however be a better choice Red Hartebeest The awkward looking red hartebeest is one of the fastest of the plains game animals found in South Africa They favor open country areas where they rely on their speed to elude predators Hartebeest have good hearing and an acute sense of smell and should always be approached slowly from downwind Their eyesight is not particularly good Roan Antelope The number of roan antelope in South Africa has increased substantially over the last decade as a large number of private breeding projects

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  • Plains Game Hunting Photo Galleries
    sportsmen some of the world s best hunting opportunities in some of the finest hunting areas in Africa Photo Gallery Plains Game Hunting Black Wildebeest Zebra Kudu Impala Blesbok Warthog Photo Gallery Plains Game Hunting 2 Waterbuck Impala Blesbok Kudu Bushbuck Warthog Blue Wildebeest Zebra Photo Gallery Plains Game Hunting 3 Black Wildebeest Blue Wildebeest Blesbok Gemsbok Impala Kudu Tsessebe Springbok Burchell s Zebra Giraffe Warthog Waterbuck Plains Game Dangerous

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  • African Hunting Videos
    Africa is blessed with a great diversity of plains game species that can be hunted on varied terrain ranging from densely wooded savanna to vast open plains Plains Game Dangerous Game General Scenery Wildlife Video 10 Day Elephant 10 Day Father Son 10 Day Plains Game 14 Day Lion Buffalo Plains Game 14 Day North South Request a Quote Call 27 12 809 1632 1 800 532 4615 0 808

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  • South African Hunting Safari Testimonials
    was our first time to Africa African Sky made us feel right at home I was very comfortable and enjoyed every minute of my hunt Hennie PH and Jacob tracker make a fantastic combination and incredible team You guys were great I will return to hunt with you Norman Taylor Scotland My five day hunting trip with African Sky can be described in one word EXCEPTIONAL Charlie Austin USA This was my fourth hunt with African Sky and it will not be the last My PH Hennie du Toit delivered once again I m going home with two of the Big Five and four plains game animals all of which are outstanding trophies Thank you to the entire African Sky team John Fisher USA This being our first hunt in South Africa we had high expectations of experiencing what Africa is all about Our expectations were met and surpassed by the knowledge and service we received from everyone we met We are grateful and humbled by being able to go on this adventure Myra Newt Porter USA We added a hunt to our 25 year anniversary trip so that all of our likes were included in the celebration I was nervous to hunt but our PH and the African Sky team made my first hunt a pleasure A zebra and a nyala will now grace our home as my first trophies My husband was ecstatic to see me shoot and kill the trophies thanks to our PH s guidance Wong Kok Ching Singapore African Sky Safaris has exceeded our expectations with every detail from the transportation guided tour to the lodging and meals Everything was top notch We cannot thank each of you enough for helping us to fulfill our dreams Obvious highlights Shooting our trophies visiting the Kruger National

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  • South African Photographic Safaris and Tours
    at the four star Stanley Safari Lodge From USD 2 210 Per Person 4 Day Sabi Sand Safari Sabi Sand boasts some of the finest lodges and safari experiences in South Africa Enjoy open 4x4 game drives in search of the Big Five and fiery sunsets whilst sipping cocktails on a deck at the luxurious Lion Sands River Lodge Four Three Star Tours From USD 3 910 Per Person 10 Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls Begin in the Mother City and take a drive up Chapman s Peak and Cape Point Time will be spent admiring wildlife in their natural habitat in the Kruger National Park before traveling to Livingstone to witness the grandeur of the Victoria Falls From USD 2 618 Per Person 10 Day Wildlife and Culture Tour Explore the Kruger National Park and discover the cultural side of South Africa when you travel to Zululand an area once ruled by the legendary King Shaka Here you will experience the traditions of the Zulu people From USD 1 280 Per Person 5 Day Cape Town Tour The five day tour includes the same activities as the four day tour with the addition of a day devoted to visiting the V A Waterfront and the Two Oceans Aquarium Five days is the ideal duration to discover the best of what Cape Town has to offer From USD 1 235 Per Person 5 Day Kruger Safari A wealth of wildlife and unforgettable game drives are the order of the day Your South African safari will be spent observing vasts herds of plains game like zebra impala and wildebeest as well as catching a glimpse of rare predators such as the elusive leopard From USD 941 Per Person 4 Day Garden Route Tour Visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve after cruising

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  • Hunting & Conservation in South Africa
    population is growing at a rate of 30 per annum according to Wildlife Ranching South Africa WRSA Fifty years ago a headcount of all the game in the country would have numbered around 500 000 To put it into perspective private enterprise owns three times more land and four fifths of all the game managed under hugely successful and effective conservation programs than all the state owned parks and reserves combined says Kitshoff A 2011 speech by former South African National Parks SANParks CEO Dr David Mabunda reveals much about the South African government s perspective on hunting and to what extent they believe it contributes to conservation and the economy Hunting is an extractive part of ecotourism and it is for this reason that it is often argued by some members of the public opposed to hunting that photographic tourism is a non consumptive activity and that it is therefore better than hunting This is a myth On the contrary photographic tourism is a consumptive activity it affects the natural footprint said Mabunda There are people who criticize hunting but have little knowledge of its contribution to conservation Hunting is a component of modern wildlife management and it is often used to maintain a healthy population of animals where reserves are too small to allow natural regulation of populations or where hunting is a key part of the financial objective of the area Mabunda believes that the contribution of hunting to South African s protected area network both formal and informal is phenomenal and that hunting is a key financial incentive that provided the initial short term capital to build photographic ecotourism Mabunda also echoes Kitshoff s statement about private land ownership and its contribution toward conservation Currently more than 15 million hectares of private land is registered and set aside for conservation and another 15 million hectares is also used for mixed wildlife and cattle farming This means registered privately owned land is three times more than the efforts of the state South Africa s present situation is the complete opposite of Botswana where large tracts of wilderness and national parks are spread over most of the country South Africa national parks and game reserves have a limited amount of space while human settlements continue to expand If trophy hunting were to be banned in South Africa as the Botswana government has decided to do in their own country private land owners would stop investing in wildlife and divert their interests to cattle crops or more financially viable endeavors Effectively banning hunting in South Africa would contribute more to the decline of certain animal species than it is currently widely believed hunting does Commercially game numbers have surpassed cattle which now amount to only 14 million Substantial tracts of land unviable for photographic safaris have been reclaimed from livestock rearing and farming use for wildlife conservation The status of South Africa s wildlife today is astonishingly comparable to 100 years ago and conservationists maintain that this unparalleled development

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  • Trophy Hunting the Buffalo in South Africa
    Found all over southern Africa in herds of various sizes the buffalo can weigh up to 1800 pounds He is primarily a grazer but an occasional browser who must drink every day They favor the thick bushveld during the day leisurely moving and grazing as they go At night they tend to herd up to protect the young from their archenemy the lion Both sexes carry horns however the horns of a bull can be quite spectacular in spread with a deep curl and a solid boss covering the forehead Cows lack the boss but can have a very wide spread in fact the world record buffalo on file in the Roland Ward record book is a cow with a spread of some 62 inches With a well placed shot a rifle of 375 caliber is adequate for the Cape buffalo However a shot from the various 40 calibers provides a much more immediate and noticeable effect With the advent of quality soft point bullets many hunters prefer to make their first shot on the buffalo with a soft point to prevent over penetration and the chance of wounding other members of the herd Follow up shots are most often made with solids to take advantage of their superior penetration Even with a well placed first shot once the Cape buffalo is wounded and its adrenalin is flowing he can be extremely hard to bring down It has been said that if your first shot on Inyati as the Zulu call him is a bad one the next 14 will only serve to further annoy him Remember when it comes to shot placement and your selection of rifles and bullets always trust the judgment of your Professional Hunter Photo Gallery Facts Name Cape Buffalo Scientific Name Syncerus caffer Weight Male

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  • Trophy Hunting the Sable Antelope in South Africa
    The horns of the sable bull are exceptional and the longest of any African antelope excepting the kudu Dependant on water they prefer open and sparse woodland area in close proximity to the grasslands Normally living in herds of up to 30 larger herds are not uncommon Like the roan sable bulls can be very territorial and the challenging interloper is in for a serious encounter if he does not retreat Combat is usually done kneeling with rapid sweeps of their sharp and powerful horns which can sometimes result in the death of one of the combatants Hunters too must give this guy a wide berth as the sable can be very aggressive and will not hesitate to charge if wounded cornered or simply feels threatened Hunting sable is best during the early morning hours and late afternoon when he grazes in or near the open grasslands A daily drinker ambush the approaches to water When hunting sable in the herd look for the bull to be somewhere on the periphery The sable bull is a proud animal and appears to remain aloof this rather cocky attitude makes him not all that difficult to approach Use this trait against him but remember his aggressive nature and stay at the ready in case of a charge Like in the case of the roan do not find yourself under gunned when hunting sable The 270 Win should be considered the absolute minimum caliber Look to the 30 calibers with heavy for caliber good quality expanding bullets Bigger in this case is better and the 338 Magnum the 9 3mm and the 375 H H are excellent choices especially if you have to stop a charge The side on presentation calls for the high heart lung shot directed straight up the foreleg about

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