Dec
08

Rovos Rail Hunting Safari Cost Experiences on a Budget

An African safari is still one of the most sought after holidays of them all and also one that is traditionally the most expensive – always one of the most out of reach. Historically the jaunt Rovos Rail Hunting Safari Cost of the bougeois upper classes, who came out in their droves to hunt big game in the sweet grasslands of the Masai Mara and Serengeti (indeed the term Big 5 comes from those early hunters – lion, elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra were all taken in stock), there are those that still come to Africa with their license to kill (and those, of course, who don’t). These days you are more likely encounter yummy mummies with Stella McCartney casuals and slick city types with BlackBerries in the great plains of Kenya and Tanzania.

But it doesn’t have to be all Tarquins and Isabellas, nor do you have to stay in over the top eco lodges with 24 hour service and infinity pools. This is a guide to the best budget African safari for everyone:

Do it yourself safari

The best way to keep costs down is to do it yourself. Don’t be put off by the thought of marauding lions and laughing hyenas on the prowl. Renting a car and driving yourself to the various Rovos Rail Hunting Safari Cost National Parks is easy to do (though stopping for a picnic is generally not advisable). I would recommend South Africa for any self drive holiday, as the roads are good and the national parks are cheap, in comparison to Tanzania and Botswana. It will be more expensive to stay in lodges and camps within the national parks but if you can afford the fees to stay in the park, it is worth it.

Be adventurous

Join an adventure travel company on a group tour. This is a sure fire way to meet new people and get to grips with the country you’re visiting a little more. You might camp wild in the open bush and listen out for the sounds of lions in the night. Or eat brai the famous African barbeque after a long game drive. It’s also a great way to get closer to the local people.

Become a volunteer

If you really want to get under the skin of a country, why not Rovos Rail Hunting Safari Cost volunteer? You could teach in a local school, stay with a local family or even get closer to the animals on a wildlife project. Some Adventure Travel groups offer you the chance to help out at elephant orphanages and assist researchers at big cat sanctuaries too.

When planning a hunting trip anywhere there is many factors to take into consideration such as the proper seasons for the game that you wish to hunt, the different hunting guns and bows that you want o use and which seasons go paired with that. Accommodation at the proper lodges or if preferred camping trips at bounty full game Ranches. And lastly the permits that are needed when hunting big game if needed.

The seasons of hunting comes to when it is wet and when it is dry, this makes a big difference in hunting because of the watering hole aspect. Different styles for hunting can be used for both. Some hunters would like rather to use a bow but that would cut out the possibility of hunting thick skinned large Rovos Rail Hunting Safari Cost animals such as elephant, white and black rhino, crocodile and so forth. Although some provinces do not allow bow hunting, the northern cape is one of the ones that do. Bows are usually more used when animals are gathered around the watering hole as it is easier to shoot from close range where the bow is most effective.

There are no automatic rifles allowed for hunting in South Africa as well as no weapon using a rim fire.22 or smaller caliber ammunition. No air guns are permitted for hunting with shotguns except in the case of birds. The minimum legal caliber to hunt South African dangerous game is 375, you are also allowed in most cases of big (dangerous) game you are to use other calibers that are larger. Always remember to in all instances to always make use of premium grade ammunition.

When it comes to permits the owners of the farm obtain permits to cover hunting on their property. There are spices that are listed as threatened or protected and permits are obtainable accordingly. The rules for hunting these animals apply to the listed species under the Biodiversity Act of 2004 and they are categorized accordingly.

Endangered: Tsessebe, Black Rhinoceros, Mountain Zebra, African wild dog, Oribi

Vulnerable: Cheetah, Samango monkey, Bontebok, Roan antelope, Suni, Leopard, Blue duiker

Protected: White Rhinoceros, Black Wildebeest, Spotted Hyaena, Black-footed cat, Brown Hyaena, Serval, Elephant, Sharpe’s grysbok, Reedbuck, Cape fox.

Hunting on the southern tip of Africa has always, just in the rest of the world been very popular, maybe even a little bit more. The vast difference in climates as well as the great diversity of spices that are on offer allow for year around hunting. But more so the beautiful landscapes that the hunting is done on make it a worthwhile experience even if that trophy you seek escapes your grasp.