Species: South African plains game (see trophy list below for all species available)
This hunt takes place outside of East London in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. This 10,000 acre ranch was specifically selected for the combination of beautiful property, outstanding accommodations and top quality trophy animals. The property will not be over hunted to maintain this excellent trophy quality and will be booked exclusively by small family parties and groups of friends to maintain it’s intimate nature. Non-hunting guests are not only allowed, but encouraged to come on this adventure and enjoy horseback riding, bird watching, game viewing and artifact exploration right on the ranch. There is no dangerous game on the ranch, so guests can wander freely without concern for their physical safety. If guests want to investigate nearby game parks to see the Big 5 and other animals not located on the ranch, this can be arranged at an additional cost. This is also a malaria and disease free part of South Africa, so all you need to do is make sure you have a current passport and you are ready to go. The lodging is modern and comfortable with running water, electricity, etc. as well as internet access. Guests will stay in private rooms with attached private bathrooms and enjoy spectacular cooking each day as well as daily laundry. Please see contact us for more information on activities, photos of lodging, terrain, etc.
All lodging, food and beverages while on the ranch (including alcohol in moderation), transportation from East London airport to the ranch, professional hunting guides, trackers, skinners, field preparation of animals. Horseback riding, nature walks and game viewing/photography for non-hunting guests.
Kudu, Nyala and Gemsbuck all require a minimum 7 day booking.
Commercial flights to East London airport, any accommodations or food before arrival at the Bombazi ranch, trophy fees (see below), dip and pack of trophies, taxidermy or shipping of trophies. Also not included are any fees for transportation or entry into parks/attractions off the ranch property.
Other animals may be available with advance request notice.
**Please be aware that any animal that is injured in any way is considered fatally wounded and will be charged at full price.
A 50% deposit for daily rates are required to hold dates. The remaining 50% is due 90 days before the start of your trip. All deposits are non-refundable and dates are not changeable once the deposit is booked unless we can find another hunter willing to switch dates. Trophy fees will be placed in escrow for expected trophies and settled at the conclusion of your hunt along with the VAT on daily rates.
Licenses are included as part of you daily rates – there is no additional charge.
Once you book your trip with us, we can assist you with all the details of booking flights and hotels required for the inbound and outbound trip. Depending on your arrival time into Johannesburg and your connection to East London, you may need to arrange for an overnight stay in Johannesburg. Our travel agent will assist you in booking this room as well as transportation to and from a B&B. The cost for this transportation as well as the cost of the B&B will be determined precisely when you book, but for budgeting purposes you can use $90/person as a good starting point. This includes breakfast at the B&B on the morning of your stay, but not lunch or dinner on the day of your arrival (both can be purchased directly at the B&B if you are too tired to go out).
Once we receive your deposit check, we will give you all the information you need to know regarding bringing your gun or bow in and out of South Africa. In order to expedite this process, we use a professional service that costs $100/hunter ($150/hunter if you do not use our travel agent) to bring their guns through the South African police station upon arrival. Our travel agent will assist you with all these details when planning your trip.
Depending on the game you plan to hunt, everything from a .243 Win to a .375 H&H could be used (30 lb Dukier to 2000 lb Cape Eland). That being said a flat shooting rifle in the .300 magnum class is a great all around choice when used with premium ammunition. Before coming to Africa we highly recommend that you practice at distances up to 200 yards shooting from a portable tripod or bipod as that is what your PH will be carrying for you in the field. Hunting will be spot and stalk, so don’t count on being able to use a solid rest that would be available in blind based hunting. Gun rental is available for $125 including ammunition (.30-06 with Leupold scope).
Hunting is available all year except Nov 15th – Jan 15th when the animals are having their young. Most hunting occurs from April-September, but all other dates except those called out are available.
All hunters and guests must have a current passport with 6 months remaining before expiration. Additionally, your passport must have four blank pages available for visas (this does not include the last four pages that are reserved for amendments and endorserments). If your passport doesn’t meet these criteria, has expired or you have never owned a passport, you should start the process as early as possible as it can take a very long time.
When travelling long distances such as the flight required for this trip, you may want to speak with your doctor regarding sleeping medication.
We have a variety of touring packages available that non-hunting guests can attend (at extra cost) while the hunters are in the field. If you are interested in these activities, please let us know in advance so we can make arrangements for transportation, guides, park entries, etc. We also have the ability to coordinate touring, sightseeing and photographic safaris before or after your trip. Please let us know if you have interests along these lines and we will put you in touch with people that specialize in these areas.
Meat from your trophies cannot be brought home to the United States or Canada. Some of the meat will be consumed by your party in camp and the rest will be distributed by Bombazi to various. In any case, you can be assured to none of it will go to waste.
Your trophy will be caped and salted in camp for a shoulder mount and delivered to either a taxidermist or “dip and pack” operation before coming back to the United Sates or Canada. If you desire a full body mount there will be an extra charge for caping which will be determined on a case by case basis. There are a number of options to consider regarding trophy preparation which we will discuss with you after you send a deposit, but one important thing to keep in mind is that you need to budget a fairly significant amount of money for shipping and customs importation fees. This is true whether you have your taxidermy done in South Africa or simply have the capes “dipped and packed” for return to your taxidermist. Prices vary greatly depending on the number of trophies taken and the final destination in North America, but it is wise to budget at least $1500 for this service plus the actual taxidermy.