SA a prime spot for hunting

2018-06-06 06:00

South Africa is one of the premier hunting destinations in Africa.

It has an unrivalled diversity of species – more than 45 major plains game species and all of the Big Five may be hunted here.

Endemic species include the vaal rhebok, black wildebeest, bontebok, blesbok, Cape mountain zebra, Cape bushbuck, Eastern Cape greater kudu and Cape grysbok. A large variety of game birds, some presenting very challenging shooting, are on licence with generous bag limits.

This is the only African country that borders both the cold South Atlantic Ocean and the warm Indian Ocean. This, together with a varied topography, contributes to a variety of natural environments.

The arid Karoo and Kalahari, the unique Cape fynbos region, the coastal forests along the eastern sea­board, the snow-capped Drakensberg and Eastern Cape mountains, the central grasslands, and the magnificent bushveld and savannah areas in the eastern and northern parts of the country all offer unique and captivating experiences.

There is a misperception that all hunting in South Africa takes place on small, “high-fenced” properties.

This could not be further from the truth. Concession sizes are on the increase. Successful landowners are purchasing more property to add to their existing properties, especially in marginal agricultural areas. Landowners are forming con­servancies and are dropping fences between their properties.

Communities are buying into the concept of conservation through sustainable utilisation and are opening their land to trophy hunting.

A number of provincial nature reserves offer hunting in large, unfenced areas with free-ranging game popu­lations. In certain parts, a significant portion of hunting takes place on unfenced private land that is home to free-ranging game populations. Source: www.phasa.co.za

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