Hunting General Information
At Wilgekrans Private Game Reserve, you will have the opportunity to experience Africa first hand, through a well-organized hunt planned solely for you.
- General Information
The picturesque Wilgekrans PrivateGame Reserve is situated in the North West province in Groot Marico, a bushveld paradise.
The 7500 acre scenic beauty is known for its diversity in bushveld and game, with four echo habitats. These habitats include Savanna grassland and natural forest areas in mountain gorges where natural springs, streams and rivers feed the groot Marico water system. Each of these areas offer a unique habitat, which is ideally suited to the specific plains game speciesand hold it's own special challenges for the plains game hunter.
The unique diversity ensures the variety of over twenty free roaming plains game species that we can offer, as well as leopard and brown hyena. The free roaming buffalo herds and over 350 bird species will be a highlight of your stay at Wilgekrans.
Even more unique to Wilgekrans is the established, sustainable breeding program, that infuses the various genetic pools with quality bloodlines. This ensures that top quality trophies are consistently available to our clients.
It will be our priority to ensure you have the 'ultimate bush experience'. We will tailor-make your safari to suit your needs and budget.
The hunting techniques can vary based upon the preference of the hunter. It can range from walk and stalk to hunting from a blind with bow and arrow. A client with a disability or anyone whose physical activity is limited by age or medical condition can hunt from one of our well-equipped hunting vehicles.
We recommend you book your flight as soon as your dates are confirmed.
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
A valid passport is needed and Visa requirements need to be verified from originating country. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your trip, and you are required to have at least two blank facing pages for passport stamps.
Your trip fee includes pick up and drop off from O R Tambo international airport, Johannesburg.
While we have very good medical emergency services near the Game Reserve, you may want to enroll in a service such as Global Rescue.
We give your trophies professional attention as they are marked, salted, and field prepared. We will send them to a South African Taxidermist that will provide quality service,or we will send them to a 'ship and dip' service that will prepare them for shipment to your local preferred taxidermist for processing, ensuring that all international requirements are adhered to.
FIREARMS & AMMUNITION
Bolt action, lever action or a double rifle is suitable. For Big 5, .375 caliber or bigger is required and for Plains Game, any 7mm or .30 caliber rifle will be a good all-rounder.
GUN FEES AND PERMITS
There is no fee to import hunting firearms into South Africa. However, they must be properly registered with the South African Police and we will gadly assist you with this process.
Contact your airline for specific airline requirements regarding firearms and ammunition.
No more than four firearms (rifles or shotgun) of different calibre allowed per applicant.
Only 200 rounds per firearm may be imported, no other ammunition may be imported.
Form SAPS 520 must be completed at least 25 days prior to your arrival. You will have have proof of ownership and local custom forms.
A minimum draw weight of 60 pounds and a total arrow/broad head weight of 450gr is recommended for plains game.
With Cape Buffalo, a draw weight of 80 pounds and a two blade arrow/broad head weight of 700gr is recommended.
Wifi is available at the lodge and Cellular connectivity is available in certain areas of the Game Reserve.
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Any Safari activity is potentially hazardous and it is essential that all lawful direction and advice of the Safari operator be followed. Wilgekrans Private Game Reserve accepts no responsibility for death, injury or illness sustained or suffered by any persons loss, theft, or damage to property occurring during a visit to areas or resorts under our control, whether allegedly due to the negligence of any of our servants or agents, or arising from the use of any facility supplied or made available by us.