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Welcome to the Big Horn Safari Company
South Africa. Africa is the
ultimate experience in adventure. The mention of an African safari sparks
thoughts and images that make the heart pound and the mind race. Breathtaking
scenery, exotic species, uncommon courtesy, exceptional food and service, and a
seemingly endless variety of geographical structure are commonplace in Africa.
The Big Horn Safari Company specializes in bringing you the best that
Africa has to offer. Each safari with us is custom-tailored to fit your
expectations, tastes and preferences. We operate in several of South
Africa's game rich provinces so we can bring you to the very best trophy areas
for the species you're after. We use only the best facilities with the
most experienced staff and only hunt on large well managed properties that are
fair chase and hold excellent trophy quality. Our professional hunters are only
the most experienced in South Africa and will work tirelessly to get you the
best trophies available. I sincerely hope you join us
for your adventure. I know you won't be disappointed.
Mike Wodjenski, Owner
outh Africa Hunting Prices
Daily Rates -
South Africa Trophy Hunting
----NO HIDDEN FEES----
Fee per each day in US$:
|1 hunter with 1 professional hunter
||2 hunters with 1 professional hunter
||1 hunter, dangerous game
||$300 per hunter
Daily rates include:
- Services of a professional hunter
- Food and beverages (including alcohol)
- Transportation to and from Johannesburg International Airport
- Daily laundry and maid service
- Services of trackers and skinners
- Preparation and care of trophies
- Transportation of trophies to a local taxidermist (who can ship raw or
- All transportation during the course of the hunt
- All licenses and permits (except CITES permits; these are issued in the
- Value Added Tax (V.A.T. 14%)
Daily rates exclude:
- Accommodations before and after the hunt
- Purchase of souvenirs
- Entrance fees to game viewing parks
- Dipping and shipping of trophies out of South Africa
- Tips and gratuities to the professional hunter and staff
- Permits issued by the receiving country (CITES)
South Africa - Trophy List
----NO HIDDEN FEES----
Trophy Fees for South African
|Game List 2004
||Trophy Fees 2004
||Fee in US$
Animals of Opportunity
|Jackal, Black Backed
* Special request species.
Inform us at the time of booking so arrangements can be made.
A.M.V.: Availability May
Vary. These species may not be available at all times. Please confirm at
time of booking.
P.A.M.V.: Prices and
Availability May Vary. The availability of these species varies, and the fee
may be higher or lower than the estimated price here. An actual quote can be
issued on inquiry.
P.O.R.: Price on Request.
Contact us for a quote.
Note: All game wounded and
not recovered must be paid in full.
South Africa - Safari
We have several lodges at our disposal. The lodge at
which you stay will be determined by the species you choose to pursue and by
the quality of game in a specific area at the time you hunt with us. By
having lodges in different locations, we can minimize the daily travel time
to and from hunting areas, and we have the freedom to provide you with
hunting areas that have the best game populations and trophy quality
available at any given time.
All our lodges have private rooms, hot and cold running
water, showers, electricity, full maid service, and daily laundry service.
All are located in areas with wonderful African scenery and serve exquisite
meals prepared by professional chefs. You certainly won't feel like you're
roughing it. Click on the thumbnail images below to view one of our typical
Many of South Africa's national parks are nearby, and arrangements can
easily be made for observers to tour them for a nominal fee.
South Africa - Trophy Hunting
"One kills in order to have hunted; one does not hunt in order to kill."
- Jose Ortega y Gasset
Hunting in South Africa takes place on private lands that are managed to
promote the proliferation of wildlife. Currently there are three times the
amount of game on private lands than in South Africa's many
national parks. We have hundreds of thousands of acres to hunt on in varied
South Africa is the home of the plains game safari but recently has also
become a premier destination for the Big 5 as well. We offer more than
forty species of game on our standard game list. Many of these species are
only found in numbers in South Africa. The black wildebeest, the springbok,
the southern impala, and the white rhino are specialties of South Africa. If
it's big kudu you're interested in, then the Northern (Limpopo)
Province of South Africa is the one of the best places in the world to go.
We hunt predominately in the Northern Province but have concessions and
facilities in Natal and the FreeState that give us access to areas where certain species are
Spotting and Stalking: This is the classic method of big game
hunting in Africa. Game is spotted through binoculars while walking or
driving in the hunting vehicle and then an approach on foot is attempted. Spotting
and stalking can be employed with rifle, bow, or muzzle loader.
Stand Hunting: Stand hunting is typically done from ground blinds
near waterholes at midday. When hunting carnivores, meat is sometimes used
as bait. Stand hunting can be employed with rifle, bow, or muzzleloader.
Rifles: Rifles of 7x57 Mauser or larger are recommended for a full-bag plains game hunt. A .375 H&H Mag.
or larger is required for the hunting of dangerous game (leopard not
included). Semi automatics are not allowed into South Africa, and pump
guns may cause the raising of an eyebrow by the airport police, so we don't
Calibers and Ammo: The choice of caliber is really a personal one
(other than the dangerous game minimum). The caliber and gun you choose
should be a high-performance one with which you are comfortable and
confident. A typical deer rifle (.270, 7mm Mag., 30-06, .300 Win Mag., .300
H&H Mag., etc.) accompanied by high-quality projectiles (Nosler Partition,
Swift A Frame, Barnes X, etc.), will handle all the plains game in South
Africa. The most important thing is that you hit the animal in the right
spot. African animals are remarkably tough, so be sure of your shot before
you take it. All wounded animals not recovered must be paid for in full. "Too
much gun" is not really in the African vocabulary, so if you've been looking
for an excuse to pick up a bigger gun, you won't find one much better than a
safari. Calibers up to the .375 H&H Mag. are often used on plains game
safaris, and if you bring along a few solid bullets to use on the smaller
antelopes (steenbok and duiker), you won't have problems with trophy damage
when using the bigger guns. Bullet drop can be an issue with the really big
guns on longer shots.
Optics: A compact 8x to 10x binocular is invaluable on safari. If
you have a full-size binocular and have the room in your luggage, you will
find them useful as well. Telescopic rifle sights capable of 4x or greater
magnification are recommended. A variable power scope is useful as shot
opportunities can vary from very close to 500 yards. If you own a
range finder, bring it along if for nothing other than testing your PH's
range-estimating ability (this can be quite entertaining, and he will
probably impress you).
Archery: Gear capable of taking a whitetail deer is capable of
taking most of the plains game you will encounter. Howard Hill once said
that he could take any animal in North America with a 45-pound long bow, and
this statement could also include the plains game of South Africa. If you
use a long bow or a recurve, sharp-to-the-tip broadheads are recommended.
With the added energy a relatively low poundage compound affords, there are
many broadhead choices that will do the job. The most important thing for
bow hunting in Africa is that you know your capabilities with your set-up
and are well practiced at shooting it with broadhead-tipped arrows. With bow
hunting, shot placement is everything.
Muzzleloaders: It is recommended that modern muzzleloaders with
sabot ammo should be .45 caliber or larger. Traditional muzzleloaders using
round-ball ammo should be .50 caliber or larger. With muzzleloaders as with
archery, it's most important to know your effective range and the effective
range of your particular set-up. Muzzleloaders don't carry a lot of energy
at longer ranges and may not have the necessary energy to take an animal
cleanly. It's important that you know the limit of your equipment.
Safari Company - About Us
Big Horn Safari Company - Our Mission
Horn Safari Company is family owned and operated business started on the premise
of offering personalized service and the highest quality experience available in
the hunting industry. We know of no other company that goes to the extent that
we do to ensure that all of our client's needs are met. We exist because of our
customers, and we do whatever is necessary to ensure that our clients have a
unique experience that's the best possible.
Our South African safaris are the best we know
of. We concentrate on the quality of hunting and the experience the client has
with us, and we can adjust our program to meet your needs. Unlike many of the
discount safari companies in operation today, we are not obliged to operate on
any one specific hunting area where the game quality may or may not be good. We
have access to hundreds of thousands of acres of hunting concessions and several
lodges from which to operate. This allows us the ability to cater to your
tastes. Unlike most other South African outfitters, we can move around the
country to ensure that you get the game for which you're looking. The
professional hunters (PHs) we employ are only the most experienced and
professional that the field has to offer. Our PHs are masters of their craft who
long ago completed their apprenticeships in the bush. These men know the game,
the bush, and how to give you the best possible safari experience. Unlike other
safari companies, you won't be lost in a crowd of other hunters while working
with us. We are not a high-volume operation that hustles hunters in and out. We
limit the number of clients we take each year in order to ensure the highest
level of service. From the time of booking to the time you receive your trophies
from the taxidermist, we will be there to answer your questions and to guide you
through the entire African experience.
- Pieter Lessing, South African Outfitter and Host
distant descendant of former president Paul Kruger, hunting, a love and respect
for nature, and a rock-steady South African work ethic have been passed down
from generation to generation in my family.
very early age, it became evident that hunting would always be a part of my
life. From the first dove I shot with a BB gun, just outside the busy streets of
Vereniging in South Africa, to the countless days I spent among the Bushmen of
Botswana, I have been learning, developing, and growing as a hunter. The goal
that I had was simple, to become the best hunter in South Africa--not by
quantity of game animals taken, but by skillful approach, stalking, assessing
and watching game in its habitat. Hunting is not about killing, but about
knowing that you could have taken a specific animal without it knowing you where
there. I am living my life's dream. Let me help you make yours a reality.
Pieter Lessing, Outfitter, Professional Hunter
- The Big Horn Safari Company
Horn Safari Company was formed simply because of the love of hunting we have.
Being a lifelong hunter and outdoorsman, I dreamed of hunting in Africa since
the age of four. It took a bought with a life-threatening illness to finally
motivate me to go and live my life's dream. So I booked a safari with Pieter
Lessing. I beat the illness before I embarked on my first safari. My wife, Li,
and I fell in love with Africa while there. Li, who had never hunted and was
quite apprehensive about the trip, became a first-rate shot and an experienced
big game hunter on this first safari. She had no intention of hunting when we
planned the trip, but after spending a couple of days as an observer on safari,
she became fascinated with the sport. At Pieter's urging to give it a try and
after careful training sessions from Pieter on shooting and shot placement, she
took two record-book animals on this first attempt at big game hunting. She
became hooked and made me promise we would go back the following year. During
this first safari, Pieter and I became the closest of friends. It took very
little time with him for me to realize that this was a man with whom I could
trust my and my wife's life. We stayed in touch throughout the following year.
At the conclusion of our second safari, with our enthusiasm for the land,
animals, and people not having diminished in the least, we decided that we
wanted Africa to become a permanent part of our lives and formed the Big Horn
Safari Company as the marketing portion of Pieter's outfitting business.
Wodjenski, Owner, Big Horn Safari Company
Big Horn Safari Company
Answers to some of the typical questions you
may have about a South African safari.
Q: Don't you just shoot from the truck? All the safari pictures I've
seen show people riding around on the back of the truck.
A: This is a common misconception. The hunting vehicle is only used to
travel to and from hunting areas. Very often the client and PH will be on the
back of the truck while moving within a hunting area, but the shooting does not
take place from the truck.
Q: What happens to the meat from the game taken?
A: All the meat from the game is used. The best cuts are usually saved
for the client to eat while on safari, if he or she wishes. The rest is donated
to the native residents of the area. Honestly I've never seen and animal more
completely used than in Africa--virtually every part of the animal is used for
something, right down to the bones. There is almost no waste.
Q: Can I bring the meat from a hunt back to the U.S.?
A: No. Meat must be USDA approved in order to gain entry into the
U.S., and there is no way to get this approval in Africa at this time. I hope
this changes, as African game is some of the best I've ever tasted.
Q: Can I bring my own guns into Africa, or do I need to rent them from
A: There is a simple procedure from bringing guns into Africa. You
must have a U.S. ownership document for your guns and an airline-approved gun
case. The gun must be disabled and locked, and all ammunition must be separate
from the firearm. We will provide you with everything you need to know so that
you can travel to and from Africa with your guns without incident. I assure you
it is not difficult. We can rent firearms to you for use on your safari, but you
will be more familiar and probably better with your own.
Q: Is Africa safe for tourists?
A: Simply put, South Africa is a safe destination for safari clients.
By and large, South Africa is a safe place, but like anyplace in the world,
there are bad sections, especially in the big cities. You will never be
traveling in these areas while on a safari and will not be left unattended at
any time while away from the camp.
Q: Should I tip the staff, and if so, how much?
A: Typically the staff is tipped at the end of a safari. Tipping
is not compulsory. The amount given is typically a result of how happy you are
with the staff and their performance on your safari. The PH is typically given
10 to 15% of the daily rate (even if the outfitter is your PH). The chef, maids,
trackers, and skinners are usually tipped 10 to 15% of the daily rate to be
divided up among them. Your PH will take you around (this must be at your
request; he will not bring this up with you) to the staff at the end of the
safari so you can give the staff their tips in person and say goodbye.
Q: How much will my safari cost in total?
A: The costs that you will incur other than the cost of the safari
itself include: airfare ($800 to $1600 per person), shipping of trophies to the
U.S. (about $700 for a six animal safari), importation of the trophies at a
customs broker (about $500), and taxidermy (this depend greatly on how you have
your trophies mounted, but a six animal safari with all shoulder mounts will run
about $2500 to $3000). We can help you obtain exact quotes for these items
at the time of booking.
Q: What equipment do I need to bring?
A: We will provide you with a complete equipment list at the time of
Q: Are the insects bad? What about snakes?
A: As the safari season takes place during the South African winter,
there are very few insects, and thankfully, the snakes are hibernating.
Q: Do I have to worry about malaria?
A: The areas we hunt in are considered malaria free and mosquitoes are
almost nonexistent during the safari season. I usually take malaria tablets as a
precaution anyway and recommend that our clients do as well.
Q: What inoculations do I need to go to Africa?
A: We will provide you with a list of requirements. There are only a
couple of inoculations that you will need that are not typically given to
Americans on a regular basis anyway; your doctor will advise you on this.
Q: Do I need a visa to travel to South Africa?
A: No. To enter South Africa from the United States, you will
only need a passport.
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Join expert mountaineer and outfitter Steve Johnson, as he guides you across
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Some dates still available for fall 2004!
2004 Hunting Schedule and Prices
||Price in US$|
||April 7-27 Alaska Range
||May 1 - 31 Prince William Sound
||August 10-31 Chugach Range
||September 1- October 15
||September 1 - October 15
Additional species available on any hunt for the following trophy fees:
Black Bear, Spring or Fall $2500
Mountain Goat, added to fall brown bear hunt $4500
Brown Bear, added to fall mountain goat hunt $5500
All hunts are ten days fully guided, one hunter one guide
Assistant packers are available to make your trip easier.
When hunting the Chugach Unit 13 for Sheep, Bears and Goats, hunters fly into
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When hunting the Alaska Range for spring bear, hunters fly into Anchorage and
are picked up. No additional charters are needed.
When hunting on the coast unit 6 for spring bears, hunters will fly into
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Alaskan Moose, Caribou, and Fishing trips, guided and spike camps also
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Big Horn Sheep - Elk- Mountain Goat -
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Big Horn Safari Company is proud to offer hunting the in the heart of the
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Species and Pricelist for
|Elk/ Mt. Goat
|Grizzly / Black Bear
Other Canadian Species Available
contact us for details: Dall Sheep, Stone Sheep, California Bighorn Sheep, Mule
Deer, Wolf, Mt. Caribou, Caribou, Alaska Yukon Moose, Canadian Moose, Bobcat,
Fishing Trips Also available!
Summer Horse Back Sight Seeing and Bear Viewing Trips
Bear Viewing June 5 -20 and August 26 - September 2 $400
(Canadian per day)
Sight Seeing Trips
June 20 - September 2
|Number of Days
||Rate per person (Canadian$)
Summer trips are all inclusive. We can accommodate groups
of 4-10 people. Discounts available for children under 12.
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