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HUNTING ON GREATER KUDULAND

Rifle & Bow Hunting

Greater Kuduland Safaris provides the ideal setting for an African hunting safari and has become renowned amongst both rifle and bow hunters for hosting some of the best trophy hunting in South Africa.

 

The 55 000 acres of thriving bushveld is home to over 30 different species of highly sought after plains game and big game, including the infamous Cape Buffalo. The lodge caters exclusively to small hunting groups and single hunters with families. Clients have the option to charter directly into the Reserve or be collected from Polokwane Airport. The hunting season runs from April - September and is limited to 40 hunters per season.

Region & Terrain

Greater Kuduland is located near Tshipise in the Great Limpopo Valley, a region of rich, diverse wildlife and beautiful landscapes. Hunters can expect a variety of terrain made up of large open savannahs, mountainous “koppies”, and woodland regions consisting of hardy African trees like the camel thorn and baobab tree.

Ethical Hunting

Greater Kuduland Safaris maintains a high standard of ethics and only practices fair chase hunting by means of traditional “walk and stalk” and “spot and stalk” tactics. Depending on the type of hunt, bowhunters may make use of the elevated tree blinds and sunken pit blinds.

 

The owner, Howard Knott, is a founding member of Custodians of Professional Hunting and Conservation (CPHC) and stands firmly with them against canned hunting and captive breeding. All the animals on Greater Kuduland are free-roaming and have access to over 75 square miles of uninterrupted bushveld. 

Hunting Team

Howard Knott leads most of the hunts on the Reserve and has been leading hunts on Greater Kuduland and throughout Southern Africa since the late 1970s. Having taken his first impala on the Reserve at only 10 years old, Howard has an intuitive knowledge of hunting and a true love for the land he grew up on.

 

Sam Mbuweni, head tracker, has become a legend in his field and has been hunting alongside Howard since 1988. The pair ensure an interesting and exciting hunt with the help of the rest of their team. While Howard conducts most of the hunts on the Reserve, he has a credible team of PH's to assist where necessary.

From Left: Howard Knott, Sam Mbuweni, Hunting Client

Howard and his son, Gavin, after a successful Cape Buffalo Hunting Safari

 

SPECIES LIST

Big Game & Plains Game 

Due to the challenge of an ethical hunt, an appropriate amount of time needs to be allocated to the pursuit of your animal which is why our hunting safaris are a minimum of 7 days. Animals that are more difficult to find or dangerous to hunt are only available on longer safaris. Species are subject to annual quotas and veterinary restrictions.

7 DAY HUNT       Blue Wilderbeest, Gemsbuck, Impala, Jackal, Kudu (Greater), Warthog

10 DAY HUNT     Blesbuck, Blue Wilderbeest, Cape Buffalo, Bush Pig, Duiker (Grey), Eland, Nyala, Gemsbuck, Impala, Jackal, Kudu (Greater), 

                         Ostrich, Steenbuck, Tsessebe, Warthog, Zebra (Burchell's)

14 DAY HUNT     Blesbuck, Blue Wilderbeest, Cape Buffalo, Bush Pig, Duiker (Grey), Eland, Nyala, Gemsbuck, Impala, Jackal,

                         Klipspringer, Kudu (Greater), Ostrich, Red Haartebeest, Roan, Sable, Springbuck (Limpopo),

                         Steenbuck, Tsessebe, Warthog, Waterbuck, Waterbuck, Zebra (Burchell's), Zebra (Hartmann's)

Burchell's Zebra

Cape Buffalo Bull

 

A TYPICAL DAY OF HUNTING

What to Expect

Every hunt is unique and we tailor each hunting safari to your preferences so the below serves as a guide of what to expect on a typical day on Greater Kuduland. ​

Your day will begin at dawn with coffee and a light breakfast at the Lodge before setting out into the bush to make first light. Once you are deep enough into the Reserve, you and your hunting crew will begin scouting the area and plan your mission depending on what species you are after that day. Accompanied by your PH and tracker, you will set out in pursuit of your quarry on foot once a potential trophy has been spotted. You should prepare to spend a few hours walking, especially when hunting cape buffalo. Towards the end of the morning when the temperature rises to a high 80 F, we will return to camp for lunch and a siesta before heading out for your afternoon or evening hunt. In some instances, you will be out all day so a packed lunch will be provided to enjoy under a shady tree in the bush. After a day's hunt, we will head back to the camp for a celebratory drink on the deck. Dinner is usually served around the fire, where depending on the day’s success, venison may be on the menu. The evening is rounded off with African hunting stories over a nightcap and dessert before making your way to bed with the sound of lions roaring in the distance.

Downtime

The Lodge serves as the perfect oasis to relax after a long hunting safari. Whether you want to unwind at the pool, enjoy a G&T at the viewing deck, or curl up with a book in one of the comfortable lounge areas, our friendly staff will ensure your every need is taken care of. We have a range of different activities outside of hunting safaris, please check out our activities page for more info.

 

FAMILY & GROUP SAFARIS

Non-Hunters

Greater Kuduland aims to create a complete safari adventure for hunters and non-hunters alike. The luxury accommodation will ensure all parties are kept in comfort, and there is a range of different activities to keep guests entertained. Please see our activities page for more information.

Group Safaris

Not much beats the feeling of sharing a great African hunting story around the fire with your friends. We offer a discount on 2:1 hunts. (Two hunters to one PH) and tailor each hunting safari to suit your requirements.

Family Safaris

Greater Kuduland is a great location to bring your son or daughter on their first African hunt. Our PH’s are well equipped to ensure our younger hunters get the best training before taking them out in the field.

Waterbuck Bull

Eland Bull

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

What you will need

Packing List


The following is only a guideline and does not cover anything you may need outside of the Reserve. Accessories - Hat
- Binoculars - with image stabilising ability
- Camera
- Sunglasses
- Plug convertor adaptors - (220v)
- Mini LED flashlight
- Notebook and pen
Clothes - Windbreaker / Anorak - Thick, warm jacket
- Fleece Jumper
- Beanie
- Scarf
- Pashmina (Ladies)
- 2 x long-sleeve shirts - (breathable material)
- 2 x long-sleeve T-shirts
- 2 x pair of convertible pants - (breathable material)
- 1 x pair lightweight jeans (for travelling)
- 3 x T-shirts
- 1 x pair of shorts
- 2 x pairs of regular socks
- 2 x pairs thick woollen socks (walking and hiking)
- Comfortable cotton underwear
- Swimsuit (if you are brave enough for 50ºF water)
- Sarong
- Warm tracksuit
- Winter & Summer PJ’s
Shoes - Hiking shoes - waterproof, breathable, and earth coloured - Flip-flops
- Running shoes / Sneakers
Please keep the following in mind when packing: Opt for a nylon exterior or a similar water-resistant material for your luggage; your bags might get dusty so you will want to wipe them down before packing to return home. If you are travelling from overseas, remember the 100 ml liquid carry-on law: any items over 100 ml need to be put in your checked-in luggage, those under 100 ml can go into your carry-on but need to be in a separate zip-lock packet. We offer a laundry service at the lodge so items can be recycled in a few hours. Choose neutral/earth-toned clothes; Khaki is the most practical colour for camouflage and is also dark enough to conceal the dust while light enough to not absorb heat from the sun. Walk your boots in before you wear them on safari. Keep shiny and colourful accessories to a minimum. If you are concerned about weight restrictions, keep in mind that there are well-stocked, accessible stores in the area. If you are planning on travelling by private charter, please check the weight restrictions Most importantly, comfort is key!




Weapons & Ammunition (Rifle Hunting)


We recommend that your bring your own weapons and ammunition, but if this is not practical they are available for hire at $25 per day (30-06, 300 Win) Plains Game Species Long range shooting is often required for plains game species from distances of up to 300 yards. We recommend a calibre in the .270 to .300 range with a good variable scope and good quality soft point ammunition that is capable of distance trajectory, such as Federal Premium or Swift A-Frame ammunition. Big Game Species A minimum calibre of .375 is required by law for big game species. Only the best quality ammunition should be used, we recommend Swift A-Frame, Barnes or Federal.




Weapons & Ammunition (Bow Hunting)


Plains Game Species Bows: Long - 60lbs minimum Recurve - 55lbs minimum Compound - 50lbs minimum Broad-heads: No mechanical heads Arrows: 600 grains We do not recommend lightweight arrows and no hunter will be allowed to hunt with arrows weighing less than 450 grains.

Big Game Species Bows: Long - 80lbs min Recurve - 80lbs min Compound - 75lbs min Arrows: 850 grains *NB: These weights have all been calculated on the 27 draw lengths, add 10lbs to your bow if you




Travelling with Firearms


Laws and Regulations for Importing Firearms

South African law stipulates that international hunters are allowed:
  • A maximum of 4 firearms (no more than 1 of the same calibre) per person.
  • A maximum of 200 rounds of ammunition per calibre.
  • Ammunition may NOT be packed with a firearm. It must be packed separately in your check luggage.

Fire Arm Import and Export Permits

There are stringent regulations regarding the import and export of firearms into South Africa and documentation can at times be rather complicated. Greater Kuduland Safaris can handle this all for you and arrange assistance through immigration and customs upon your arrival in South Africa to ensure a hassle-free ride.




Hunting Permits & Licenses


Greater Kuduland Safaris provide hunters with the necessary hunting licenses and permits at no extra cost. Certain species require additional licenses and therefore its imperative that we know your list of desired trophies well in advance of your hunt.





REVIEWS

See what our clients have to say

Scott Moorey | FL, USA

My first African safari was in 1994 with Greater Kuduland Safaris. My father took me and the experience was out of this world. The quality of trophies, abundance of game, accommodations, the exceptional treatment and service from the staff and the Knott family was immeasurable. I can say that because I have yet to speak with another hunter who has had as good of a trip with any other safaris in Africa.
My first trip was with a rifle. Since then I have used a bow.
I returned to the ranch in 1997. Took my mother in 2004, my wife in 2006, my kids in 2013, and my dad and good friends in 2017. My walls are filled with Kuduland Trophies.
6 trips to Greater Kuduland and I'm ready to go back again.
I cannot begin to explain the disappointment I see in people's eyes when they make the mistake of going with the wrong safari and then see what I've experienced with Greater Kuduland.
Don't make the same mistake. Feel free to contact me or anyone else who has been here and you will understand what a wonderful operation, quality of trophies, and experience you will have at Greater Kuduland Safaris.

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