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FAQ'S
10 MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We can imagine that you probably have spoken to many people about your interest in hunting in Africa. Therefore we just need to capture what needs to be said about any hunting operation, but in particular our operation, in South Africa. We hope this will help you when the day comes for your final dicision of where to hunt.

WHY CHOOSE ZEEKOEPAN SAFARIS TO HUNT WITH RATHER THAN ANY OTHER OUTFITTER?

THE 10 MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BY INTERESTED HUNTERS:

1) Where are you located?
We are located in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. We have the highest rainfall in all of South Africa under normal conditions. The higher rainfall results in a lusher vegetation. This in return guarantees the sustainability of the highest concentration of game in South Africa.

2) How big is your property?
Our immediate hunting area is 60 000 acres, but this is irrelevant. What is relevant is how many acres does one need to sustain the same number of wildlife as we have in the dryer and more arid parts of our country? We have thousands of truly free roaming wild animals on Zeekoepan under natural conditions and this includes the Big 5. We may hunt all over the country for the very few species that we do not have on Zeekoepan. We do not even want to start calculating what the total of these concession acreages would be.

3) How far is it to travel to your hunting concession?
Please do NOT start hunting within the first 200 yards from camp!!! Our camp, on the Mkuze River is in the middle of this 60 000 acre privately owned land. We are the owners of the main part of this vast area and we are the sole hunting outfitters to this whole area. We also have concessions to hunt the species we do not have. These special hunts are anything from 1 hour’s drive to 12+ hour’s drive from us, depending on the specie required.

4) Is your property “High-Fenced”?
By law in South Africa everyone that earns an income from wild game, has to fence the property at all public roads to avoid liability in case of an unfortunate accident involving a wild animal outside of your property bounderies. This is why we have fences on 3 sides. The far mountains are not completely fenced. Again, “High-Fenced” is a relative term. Some species, such as warthog and nyala, just can’t be held in by any fence, may it be high or low. Some species, such a blesbuck and black wildebeest need a cattle fence to keep them in. The question should be if the property is a larger, continiuous area without any inner fences. Unfortunately some areas in South Africa allow “high-fenced” hunting where certain species are kept in certain smaller fenced off areas on the same property and in these areas often all trophies are measured before being released into the high-fenced area. This is not how we do our hunts. Our hunts are natural. In our hunting area you will travel for days without seeing any fences. The requirement to keep ALL of the Big 5 in KwaZulu-Natal is that these animals must be free roaming in very large continious areas.

5) What are your facilities are like in camp?
South Africa is controlled by the law to house the hunters in approved hunting camps and therefore all hunting camps should comply with minimum requirements and the bar is set rather high. Our camp is far above the average hunting camp standards with really nice luxury private chalets overlooking the Mkuze river.

6) How many hunters do you take into camp at any given time?
We firmly believe in the exclusivity of only ONE group at a time. You determine the size of the group. Any number from a single hunter to filling up our 7 bedrooms and 21 beds in camp is in YOUR hands… Therefore the deposit we require is to book your EXCLUSIVE dates in camp. We hunt from April to September/beginning October. Over this 6 month period (24 to 26 weeks) we do only 12 to 13 EXCLUSIVE hunts.

7) How many gold medal trophies are taken by clients each year?
We are happy that we need not boast about how many animals in total we take down per year, but rather in the quality and enjoyment of the hunt. As explained in point 5 above, we limit the number of groups we take per year. Therefore it results in a self-imposed limit on the number of trophies we take from our own area per year. We are the only outfitters hunting on our own land. This method of management has proven to guarantee EXCLUSIVE hunts with excellent medal-quality trophies every year since 1987. Our Nyala are mostly hunted in gold class. Who would you think has the best trophies – a company who hunts 200 Kudu per year on a hunting lease (concessions) to deplete resources or our company that hunts 10 to 12 Kudu on our own well-managed and exclusive land?

8) Can you take us to a preserve to see elephant, rhinos and lions?
Yes, we can, but no need to do this. We have ALL of the Big 5 (elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard) as well as hippo, croc and cheetah on Zeekoepan. You will see these while hunting for plains game on our privately owned wildlife area. Less than 1% South Africans can claim this to be possible and true. They may have one or two of the Big 5, but not ALL.

9) Do you do only hunting or do you cater for non-hunting activities as well?
We do both. In actual fact we do 6 months of hunting and 6 months of eco-tourism in this MALARIA FREE ”paradise”. Non-hunters who wouldn’t like to join the hunt for photography, may go on an eco-game drive or a treatment at our 5-star spa only 10 min from camp. Daytrips can also be undertaken to choice destinations, returning to camp at night.

10) This is an once-in-a-lifetime trip and I need a true African experience?
Yes, without a doubt. We are the true African experience. You could eat at McDonalds or you could eat at a good restaurant. Both will still your hunger, but the experience will not be the same. Do not be mislead by our good trophy prices either. Because we hunt our own land and need not pay concession owners and have a big turnover of clients, we do not need to catch clients with cheap marketing techniques. Our deals are honest and WITHOUT HIDDEN COSTS!

The choice is yours! Make the correct one…

We hope to hear from you soon


Hunting vs. Non Hunting Days


Arrival at and departure day at airports are NON-HUNTING days.

If the hunter arrives on the early morning flight in Richards Bay and he/she starts hunting the same day, it will be regarded as a HUNTING day.

If the hunter does not insist on hunting on a Sunday, Sunday are NON-HUNTING days.

On Sundays, we do something interesting. We do not stay in camp, unless the client wants to rest and not go anywhere. This is a NON-HUNTING day.

If the hunter insists on hunting on a Sunday morning or afternoon, or we are running out of hunting time to complete the wish list, Sundays are then HUNTING days.

A HUNTING fee will apply for every day that a hunter could be out hunting according to his booking. However, if the hunter tells us during the booking period, at least 6 weeks ahead of the hunt commencing, that certain days will be NON-HUNTING, he/she will be charged accordingly. That means he takes NO rifle along with him on those days only a camera or a fishing rod.

A PH is hired for the entire duration of the hunt of any foreign passport holder and therefore non-hunting days can only be taken AFTER completion of the hunter’s hunting wish list or before commencing with the hunt. NOT in the middle of the hunt. (Not applicable on Sundays).

PLEASE NOTE: If the hunt is interrupted by bad weather, or circumstances beyond our control, it does NOT result in that day changing into a non-hunting day, providing the PH is available to commence with the hunt as soon as the situation clears up. Such occasions are VERY rare as our raining season is usually between November and March.


1 Hunter : 1 PH or 2 Hunters : 1 PH


If choosing a hunting partner on a 2:1 hunt, please take note of the following facts:

Any 2:1 hunt, where the one hunting partner changes to “non-hunter” status after completing his hunting list, will result in the changing of the hunt to a 1:1 hunt, for the remaining hunter. It will result in the changing of DAILY FEES for both. This issue must be cleared amongst the partners themselves.


Visa Requirements


USA citizens need NO visa to visit SA. SA citizens need a visa to visit the USA.


Clothes List & Laundry


Laundry is done daily Monday - Saturday.
Place all laundry in the basket provided in your chalet, before 08h00 and you will receive it back by 19h00 the same day or brunch time the following day. (Weather permitting)

No laundry or ironing is done on a Sunday.

Normal day temperatures at Zeekoepan:
In mid-winter, during May, June and July it is about 15 – 25 C (60 – 80 F).
Spring and fall during March, April, August, September and October
could be about 25 – 35 C (80 – 95 F).

Mid-Summer, November thru February could be hot with 35 – 45 C (95 – 115 F)
and high humidity. Warm clothes, gloves, and waterproof jacket, for hunting plains game on concession. The temperature could go down to 1 – 5 C (32 – 40 F).

We suggest packing hunting clothes, in camouflage, green or DARK khaki, for 3 days.

SHOES: Please bring comfortable, soft shoes that do not make a noise in the bush, for hunting. Sneakers will do just fine.

Comfortable clothes and slops to relax in after a shower around the campfire. The winter nights might be cold as the camp is situated on the banks of the Mkuze River.

For the rest of your trip we recommend informal clothes - South Africa is mostly very laid back. Blue jeans or short pants and T-shirts are acceptable most of the time.

T-shirts are not appropriate for the most restaurants we will visit. One pair of normal long pants and a collared shirt will be perfect for Sunday lunch destinations or dinner at the 5-star Eco camp.

Swimwear for possible visit to the beach or using the splash pool in summer.


Gratuities


We are often asked to recommend the tips to all staff members such as trackers, skinners, camp cooks, and domestic servants. Although they do not work for tips alone, the 10 people we have in permanent service are very grateful if the clients acknowledge their hard work.

The tips are mostly left to your own discretion, but we recommended a collective tip at a minimum of $15 per day per client (hunting and non-hunting) as a guideline.

Professional Hunters gratuities at own discretion.


No Payments By Cheque or Credit Card Accepted


All deposits must be paid by bank transfer into our CFC (Forex) account. Full details will be provided on accepting the quote.

South African Banking Law has changed in 2004 and we regret that we no longer can accept any cheques - Personal or Business.

Most of our clients pay the amount due after the hunt, according to the given quote, as a BANK TRANSFER shortly before they leave home. We recommend not paying the full amount, but paying about $2000 short on the full amount and settling the balance in CASH after the hunt. However, it is the client’s own choice what he/she feels comfortable with.

The balance of all payments is done in HARD CASH. (US-$ or Euro or Pound.)

If the hunter can’t accept the conditions above and find that credit card payment is the only solution, please note that only MASTER and VISA will be accepted AFTER the hunt, but that 7% handling fees and bank commission will be added to the amount.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that ALL PAYMENTS are settled before the hunter leaves the property.


Phone Calls


Please arrange that with your own cell phone company to open your phone for INTERNATIONAL ROAMING and not just for INTERNATIONAL DIALLING.

The difference is that “roaming” is for travelling and then one can receive and make calls from South Africa. If one only has “dialling” it means that dialling from your home country to a foreign country such as South Africa is possible.

We have an iPad that we bring to camp that can be used for checking e-mails. The signal strength is not all that good in camp.

If you wish, buy an MTN DATA SIM CARD or bring a ROAMING DATA SIM CARD for your laptop. We have the devise to connect the SIM card to the laptop. The signal strength is slow in camp with only EDGE capability.

If you would need a WI-FI connection, for your laptop, we have WI-FI at our private house. You will be welcome to work on your own laptop at the house.


Inoculation, Medication & Medical Attention


In spite of what your doctor might tell you, South Africa is NOT the same as the rest of Africa. You do NOT need any inoculations for South Africa. Some diseases they inoculate people for, are unheard of in South Africa. People arrive here with sore and swollen arms for absolutely nothing.

Tetanus is always a good shot to have if you have not had one recently.

Not all mosquitoes carry malaria. Our area is officially malaria free as the Anopheles mosquito that carries malaria, does not occur in our area. A good insect repellent after dark is enough safeguard against mosquitoes. Some malaria medication causes sleeplessness, hallucinations and makes it harder to detect malaria in the blood if it happens that you contract it.

If you plan to visit the Kruger Park area or the lakes at Kosi Bay, you might need to take precaution against malaria if you do not trust the insect repellent alone. Once again, if you go north of our borders - Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia - you will need to take malaria precaution.

If you are planning to visit Zambia, even only in transit to Victoria Falls, Yellow Fever is a requirement to be allowed back into South Africa for your international flight home.

Tick bite fever might be a problem. It does not respond to antibiotics not containing tetracycline. Ask your doctor to prescribe antibiotics containing TETRACYCLINE, like Doxycycline, to bring along. Just do not take it with antacid medication as it neutralises the tetracycline. At the first feeling of flu symptoms with a headache and accompanied by a bite mark – red with a black centre – take the antibiotics and you will feel better within 24 hours. It is not a deadly decease, but it causes pain in the joints and it feels like aggravated flu symptoms. If you could suffer it out for 21 days you will be immune to the decease for the rest of your life !!!

South Africans also have to take hepatitis shots and some of the other shots if we go north of our borders - Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia and more north – but all of that is NOT NEEDED for SOUTH AFRICA.

In Pongola, we have a very well equipped hospital and good doctors. The pharmacy in Pongola has all the medication you might need. Pongola is 37km (23 miles) from Zeekoepan. Therefore, there is NO need to bring loads of medication for “in case something happens”.


Taxidermy Procedure


Normal procedure for us would be to do the field preparation of the trophy at Zeekoepan.

Usually on the last day of the hunt, the hunter is taken to the taxidermy where the hunter discusses the mounting or export of the trophies with the taxidermy, in private.

The hunter would then discuss with the taxidermy when he wants his trophies done, because it may stay in the country for up to 2 years, before it has to be exported by law.
Please note: If the hunter decides not to export the trophy within the said 2 years, the trophy is no longer regarded as an export product and will be taxable by a
government tax of 14%.

No trophies may leave the country within the first 3 months after the hunt due to quarantine regulations. When the taxidermy is ready to start on the work, a 50% deposit is required, before they will start. The balance is due on completion before the mounted trophies leaves the taxidermy shop for export.

Then the hunter will go home and once the skins are dry, we take it with the horns across to the taxidermy. It takes about 3 weeks for the skins to dry. The taxidermy opens the skins up and checks them for hair slip or any problems which we never have.

We sign it off to him. Then we are done and he will communicate directly with the client from there onwards. We do give assistance both ways if a party does not responds on e-mails or whatever, which is rare.

The actual shipping is done by an independent shipping agent. Quotes are on crate volume and weight of the shipment and cannot be determined ahead of time. The taxidermy can recommend reliable shipping agents to all destinations and will arrange the shipping with the agent. If the client wants to use a shipping agent of his choice, it can be arranged.

Plains Game Hunting:
Oryx (Gemsbuck)

Plains Game Hunting Oryx

Bush & Plains Game Hunting: Porcupine

Bush & Plains Game Hunting Porcupine

Bush & Plains Game Hunting: Reedbuck, Common

Bush & Plains Game Hunting Reedbuck

Special Game: Crocodile

Bush & Plains Game Hunting Reedbuck

Plains Game Hunting: Springbuck

Plains Game Hunting Springbuck

Bush & Plains Game Hunting: Nyala

Bush & Plains Game Hunting Steenbuck

Bush Game Hunting:
Kudu

Bush Game Hunting Vervet Monkey  in South Africa

Bush & Plains Game Hunting: Waterbuck

Bush & Plains Game Hunting Waterbuck

Bush Game Hunting: Warthog

Bush Game Hunting Warthog Trophy

Plains Game Hunting:
Wildebeest, Black

Bush & Plains Game Hunting Wildebeest

Bush Game Hunting:
Wildebeest Blue

Bush & Plains Game Hunting Wildebeest

Bush & Plains Game Hunting:
Zebra, Burchell's

Bush & Plains Game Hunting Zebra

Special Game Hunting: Klipspringer

Special Game Hunting for Klipspringer

Special Game Hunting: Sable

Special Hunting for Sable

Zeekoepan Hunting Big Five

Big Five Hunting for Buffulo in South Africa

Zeekoepan Hunting Big Five

Big Five Hunting for Lion

Zeekoepan Hunting Big Five

Big Five Hunting for Buffulo in South Africa

Zeekoepan Hunting Big Five

Big Five Hunting for Elephant

 

 

 

 


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