Hunting in South Africa

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).

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 towards September.

September – November A delightful time of the year – September is spring time. Days are warmer with lows of 65 degrees F and highs in the 90s. Rain can be expected from October.

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 choosing Airlines. We recommend that when your flight comes in late, that you stay over at a recommended guest house so that a DVS representative can pick you up in the morning. The Guest 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.