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  • Hunting in Africa with Hennie Viljoen Africa Hunting Safaris

    We offer personalized Rifle Hunting, Bow Hunting, Wing Shooting or combined Plains Game and Dangerous Game safaris in the greatest variety of terrain and habitat types, resulting in the widest range of hunting experiences and huntable species. Tailor made hunting packages to suit the whole family and friend's needs which includes, but is not limited to Guided Field walks, Elephant back rides or even Interaction with lions. Also see our Specials and Promotions page.

    If you are after Dangerous Game, Big Game, Plains Game, Spiral Horn or Tiny Ten we will endeavor to find the animal you are after and guide you all the way. We do most of our hunting safaris in South Africa, in the province of Limpopo with access to various excellent camps and concessions in excess of more than 100 000 hectares almost guarantee our clients success in finding the right animal. We also have large concessions in the Northwest, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Freestate and Northern Cape. Some of the species available include :

    Dangerous Game : Elephant, Buffalo, Hippopotamus, White Rhinoceros, Lion, Leopard.
    Big Game : Cape Eland, Livingstone Eland, Giraffe, Roan Antelope, Sable Antelope.
    Plains Game : Blesbuck, Bushpig, Warthog, Black Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Waterbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Springbok, Gemsbuck(Oryx), Nyala, Tsessebe, Impala, Kudu, Burchell's Zebra, Bushbuck, Common Reedbuck.
    Tiny Ten : Blue Duiker, Grey Duiker, Red Duiker, Oribi, Damara Dik-Dik, Suni, Grey Duiker, Mountain Reedbuck, Steenbuck, Klipspringer.
    Spiral Horns : Eland, Kudu, Nyala , Bushbuck
    Land bird Species : Guinea fowl, Francolin and Quail
    Waterfowl Species : Spurwinged geese, Egyptian geese, Yellowbilled duck and Redbilled teal
    Pigeons and Doves: Rock pigeons, Redeye doves, Cape turtle dove and Laughing doves.

    MacNab Hunt: The objective is to hunt a buck of your choice, to catch a fish and to shoot a game bird between dusk to dawn. For the hunter that succeeds in completing this challenge, they will be awarded a certificate proving that they are in an elite group that were able to complete their “MacNab”

    We would welcome an opportunity to be your host and to introduce you to the African Bushveld.

    Come and enjoy an Africa Adventure, well planned with attention to detail with no hidden costs. Our special package deals and custom hunts offer something for every hunter.

    Something about Lion-hunting:

    Facing a lion in the African savannah is an experience of a life time. From this day your life will change forever. Hunting a lion is traditional, fun, and dangerous.

    Lion hunt is a historical practice that played an important role in the Maasai culture. The practice is different from trophy hunting; it is symbolically a rite of passage rather than a hobby.The Maasai tribe sees lion hunting experience as a sign of bravery and personal achievement. In the past, when the lion population was high, the community encouraged solo lion hunting. However, over the last ten years,
    due to the decline of the lion population, mainly because of rabies and canine distemper virus, the community has adapted a new rule that encourages warriors to hunt in groups instead of solo lion hunt. Group hunting, known in Maasai as lamayio, gives the lion population a chance to grow.

    Lion hunting experience allows the Maasai warriors to show off their fighting ability on a non-human target. At the end of each age-set, usually after 10-15 years, the warriors must count all the lions hunted, then compare them with those hunted by the previous age-set.

    The success of lion hunting brings gratitude and excitement to the entire community. The achievement is perceived as individual bravery. The community will honour Olmurani lolowuaru (the hunter) with much respect throughout his lifetime. The hunter will also receive a nickname, for example, Miseyieki, from his colleagues. Miseyieki means no one will ever dare to mess with him. When the warriors attend ceremonies in other communities, they will praise their colleague through songs, so other warriors can acknowledge their member. (Source The Massaai Association)

    Social structure

    Lions are predatory carnivores who manifest two types of social organization. Some are residents, living in groups, called prides. The pride usually consists of five or six related females, their cubs of both sexes, and one or two males (known as a coalition if more than one) who mate with the adult females (although extremely large prides, consisting of up to 30 individuals, have been observed). The number of adult males in a coalition is usually two, but may increase to four and decrease again over time. Male cubs are excluded from their maternal pride when they reach maturity. The second organizational behaviour is labeled nomads, who range widely and move about sporadically, either singularly or in pairs. Pairs are more frequent among related males who have been excluded from their birth pride.

    Note that a lion may switch lifestyles, nomads may become residents and vice versa. Males have to go through this lifestyle and some never are able to join another pride. A female who becomes a nomad has much greater difficulty joining a new pride, as the females in a pride are related, and they reject most attempts by an unrelated female to join their family group.

    The area a pride occupies is called a pride area, whereas that by a nomad is a range. The males associated with a pride tend to stay on the fringes, patrolling their territory. Why sociality - the most pronounced in any cat species-has developed in lionesses is the subject of much debate. Increased hunting success appears an obvious reason, but this is less than sure upon examination: coordinated hunting does allow for more successful predation, but also ensures that non-hunting members reduce per capita caloric intake, however, some take a role raising cubs, who may be left alone for extended periods of time. Members of the pride regularly tend to play the same role in hunts. The health of the hunters is the primary need for the survival of the pride and they are the first to consume the prey at the site it is taken. Other benefits include possible kin selection (better to share food with a related lion than with a stranger), protection of the young, maintenance of territory, and individual insurance against injury and hunger.
    Lionesses do the majority of the hunting for their pride, being smaller, swifter and more agile than the males, and unencumbered by the heavy and conspicuous mane, which causes overheating during exertion. They act as a co-ordinated group in order to stalk and bring down the prey successfully.

    However, if nearby the hunt, males have a tendency to dominate the kill once the lionesses have succeeded. They are more likely to share with the cubs than with the lionesses, but rarely share food they have killed by themselves. Smaller prey is eaten at the location of the hunt, thereby being shared among the hunters; when the kill is larger it often is dragged to the pride area. There is more sharing of larger kills, although pride members often behave aggressively toward each other as each tries to consume as much food as possible. Both males and females defend the pride against intruders. Some individual lions consistently lead the defence against intruders, while others lag behind. Lions tend to assume specific roles in the pride. Those lagging behind may provide other valuable services to the group. An alternative hypothesis is that there is some reward associated with being a leader who fends off intruders and the rank of lionesses in the pride is reflected in these responses.

    The male or males associated with the pride must defend their relationship to the pride from outside males who attempt to take over their relationship with the pride. Females form the stable social unit in a pride and do not tolerate outside females; membership only changes with the births and deaths of lionesses, although some females do leave and become nomadic. Sub adult males on the other hand, must leave the pride when they reach maturity at around 2-3 years of age.

    How we hunt

    A canned hunt is essentially a trophy hunt in which the animal is kept in a more confined (cages) area or space.
    * We do not hunt lion kept in a cage or in confined space anything smaller than their natural range or pride area.
    * We only hunt lions on foot (Walk and Stalk).
    * We do not hunt drugged or injured lions.
    * We will only hunt matured lions.

    Hunting area and accommodation
    The hunting area is situated in the western parts of the Kalahari between Vryburg and Kuruman. If travelling by road it will take approximately 5 hours from OR Tambo International Airport. The nearest landing strip is just outside Vryburg, from there it is a 45 minute drive to the 4000 hectare ranch with a beautiful luxury lodge and 7 comfortable chalets. Each can sleep 2 people with the choice of double or 2 single beds with an on suite bathroom and private lounge. Early morning clients will wake up with a spectacular sunrise while enjoying a cup of fresh coffee and muffins before the hunt starts. Approximately 11 o’clock hunters will return to the lodge for breakfast / brunch. In the evenings clients are treated with a great and well-prepared three course dinner with table wine.

    Hunting is done on foot.
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