Our camp, Citadel Game Lodge, is a comfortable three hours´ drive from Johannesburg International Airport. This luxurious camp consists of a thatched lodge, where the indoor bar and dining room are situated and en-suite chalets, single or double, amid huge indigenous Knob thorn trees. All modern amenities are provided, hot and cold running water, showers, flushing toilets and a daily laundry service. Highly trained camp staff will attend to your every need be it culinary or otherwise.
There is a lovely pool to cool down in during the warmer months. There is also an outdoors recreational area with a pool table, bar, satellite TV, videos and plenty more designed to keep guests remaining in camp from getting bored. Game drives are available when possible (Not interfering with the hunters in the bush).
Meals consist of real bush cuisine, with plentiful venison on the menu, complimented by superb South African wines. Lunch boxes are provided for the hunters while a light lunch will be available for those guests remaining in camp. Campfires and barbeques on a regular basis, amid the nocturnal sounds of the African bush, bring home the true African experience. Guests are then treated to traditional “Potjiekos”(Hot Pot), bread cakes grilled on the open fire and lots of other dishes to enchant even the most sophisticated palate.
I just returned from my second Safari with DVS. My second experience was even better than my first a feat hard to accomplish! My long time friend/PH Hein and I worked hard day/night to hunt true trophy species on my list. Results were 9 arrows, 9 animals none lost. DVS does everything feasible to make your experience one of a lifetime. From airport pick up to drop off and everything in between, DVS would be tough to beat. Will be back again!
After several years and over 28 days of searching for lion my son and I continued our adventure to the Kalahari Desert.Being used to a long hike, as a result of our previous excursions, we were guilty of not paying as close attention to business. A movement of the bushes and an undeniable growl unmistakably shouted to us “I am here and you are too close”. Fortunately, our opponent was similarly surprised having been awakened from a warming nap. His actions allowed us to calm our trepidation and harvest the majestic creature after a 10 year journey.
Emerson Bloomfield, my good friend and hunting companion, drew back his bow and prepared to shoot a Jackal,shocked to see that that his brand new PSE had come flying apart at the shot. Thankfully he brought a back up bow, a 30 year old PSE affectionately known as “Trusty Rusty”. After a slow start Emerson, William, and Trusty Rusty went on a bender, going on to take 8 one shot kills in 8 straight days. Every shot was a pass through and half died within sight of the blind. Some of Emerson’s favorites were his zebra, gemsbok, red hartebeest, and nyala.I also had a great hunt and was thrilled to be guided by the world famous Hein Lottering. Together, Emerson and I harvested 18 animals in 14 days. What a hunt! We want to thank Dries Visser Jr. and Dave Kidder for putting this hunt together for us. I also want to thank Dries Visser Sr. for helping me track down my sable. What a thrill to see this legend work a track.
South Africa, “a world in one country” for the tourist, also offers the widest variety of species for the hunter, many unavailable in any other country. The diversity of habitat and hunting conditions makes South Africa an essential experience for any hunter. As proved by inscriptions in trophy record books, the best quality trophy of a wide variety of species are hunted in South Africa.
Our main concession, Citadel, is situated in the western part of the Limpopo Province, close to Thabazimbi. This area is in the real African Bushveld, dotted with huge Knob thorn and Leadwood trees, where a hunter can be assured of a fair chase hunt.
Families are welcome to accompany hunters to enjoy Africa in comfort. Rich bird-life and wandering game reflect the tranquility of the African bush, and make this a must for photography enthusiasts. Side trips can be arranged for hunters and observers.
When hunting in South Africa, or in any other African country, there are a variety of animals to select from. Animals are divided into two categories. Some are more dangerous than others, providing a tougher challenge. These are known as dangerous game. Other animals provide less of a challenge but just as much thrill and these are known as plains game. When choosing an African safari, you need to know what kind of animal you are looking to hunt. You will also need to consider the geographical region in which you are hunting. Not all animals inhabit the same kinds of environments.
Then there is the selection of hunting outfitter as well as the infrastructure of the nation in which you are hunting. Your entire hunting experience can be affected by your choice of outfitter. So when you are making your decision, be sure to check out their credentials as well as those of their Professional Hunters (PH)
• Sea level: 3500ft
• Climate: Mild winters, dry hot summers
• Average Rainfall: 18 inches per annum
• Winter temperatures (April – August): 32degrees Fahrenheit (min), 75degrees Fahrenheit (max)
• Summer temperatures (September – March): 80degrees Fahrenheit (min), 100degrees Fahrenheit (max)
If you are not sure about when to book, here’s a run-down on our seasons
• March – May: The land is green. Temperature is never terribly hot, rarely exceeding 90 degrees F. Humidity is low and mornings and evenings are cool
• June – August: Dry winter season when the grasses are low and the animals can be seen clearly. Average daytime temperatures are 65 – 70 degrees F, and nights and mornings can be quite cool. Temperatures begin to warm in September
• September – November: A delightful time of the year – it is spring time. Days are warmer with lows of 65 degrees F and highs in the 90s. Short rains in November
Is South Africa safe?
South Africa is safe for US travellers.
How do I get there?
We have no specific recommendation when it comes to Airlines, but what we do recommend is that when your flight comes in late, that they stay over at recommended quest house for a DVS representative to come pick up in the morning. The Quest House or Oliver Tambo International is the pick-up point. Early booking is recommended as flights are crowded during the hunting season, and costs do rise the longer you wait.)
Do you offer pick up / drop off at the airport? And how far of a drive to hunting area?
Yes, you will be met by a DVS representative at the airport after you exit customs. You will then be transferred to the hunting area which is approx. 3 1/2 hours’ drive.