South Africa Bird Hunting
South Africa is known for some of the most diverse and exciting bird hunting in the world. Seven feathers Goose, Francolin, Ducks, Rock Pigeons, Dove, Snipe, Guinea Fowl all on one trip. Delicious meals and lovely lodges fill the itinerary. Shooters and non-shooters are welcome. The non-shooters will enjoy daily activities in the areas surrounding the shoots. In the middle of the itinerary take a day or two to enjoy some game viewing in the areas.
Call us for more details on South Africa bird hunting as each trip is highly customized.
When we design your African safari you can expect the following: We will listen as you share your vision of what your African Safari Experience should look like. We then begin designing your safari with lodge and destination selection, activities selection, flights, meet & greet services, travel insurance, clothing & equipment list, countdown to Africa (this assist you with detail preparation leading up to trip time), detailed pricing with all included/not included items, and more.
As a full service African Safari specialists, we have visited over 80+ safari lodges in Africa over the last 30 years. We selected only a handful of those for you that have met our strenuous criteria. Combination big game hunting, bird hunting, photo safari, Cape Town and Victoria Falls safaris are our specialty.
As with all of our African properties, private aircraft are available for transfers if you prefer.
The wingshooting season starts in the beginning of May and ends middle September. Harvest seasons will vary from year to year affecting the prime times.
All itineraries are customized and will be adjusted depending on the harvest as needed before trip time!
Driven Guinea fowl – Prime April to July- On the earlier dates we often beat Guinea fowl out of standing corn. This normally gives us unsurpassed shooting with the birds coming out in small groups and offering extended shooting. It is quite thrilling standing at your position listening in anticipation as 20 Zulu beaters drive the birds towards you.
Francolin and Spur fowl over Pointers – April to July – For those who enjoy a brisk walk in the morning, the Francolin and Spur fowl offer great sport. We use 2 English Pointers, which work the surrounds of harvested corn, peanuts and soya fields. Baynesfield has predominantly Red Necked Spur fowl and Natal Francolin. Zulu Wings has more Swainsons Spur fowl and Shelly’s Francolin.
Bags are not big, you can expect 10 – 12 birds between 2 guns over 2 dogs.
Flighting Doves – Prime April to June – Normally shot coming in to feed around harvested corn fields. Bloemfontein offers hot barrel shooting for mainly Cape Turtle Doves as well as Laughing Doves. Baynesfield has the huge Red Eyed Dove (referred to locally as a Pigeon) as it is larger than our Rock Pigeon.
Dundee offers predominantly Cape Turtle Dove as well as Laughing Dove.
Rock Pigeons – Prime April to June. Rock Pigeons are rated by most as one of the most sporting birds on the planet. Shot in Bloemfontein on flight lines and over decoys in Dundee and Baynesfield, their ability to change direction in mid-flight makes them a worthy quarry. Our Pigeons’ decoy well over pigeon magnets.
Duck – Prime June – August – are baited and shot over decoys. They are counted and watched the night prior to shooting and seldom let us down. The main Duck shot are Yellow Billed Duck, which talk and fly very much like a Mallard. Red Billed Teal being our fastest Duck, will test your reflexes; and normally last to come in are the White Faced Whistling Ducks.
Geese – Prime June – August – are shot over decoys, a couple normally also come in with the Ducks in the evenings. We shoot our Geese out of dry land pit blinds or standing blinds, either first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening.
The two species are Egyptian Geese and Spurwing Goose; the largest goose in the world, with ganders often exceeding the 20lb mark.
Snipe – are shot in August in the wetlands. They are only found in our areas on wet years which is normally every second year. Probably our most challenging bird when they get up at your feet and zig zag away at an alarming rate.
Add On Driven Guinea Fowl Near Stella (Charter in near Sun City) – Two full days of shooting and three nights. A driven dove shoot can be added into the mix for variety. First drive is a cloud of birds overhead with 150 beaters! Second drive the birds push nicely in the Savannah and come in waves of 10’s and 20’s overhead. You will enjoy 8-10 drives per day! Guinea Fowl fly medium high about 30 yards high always. While the hunt is not difficult, the number of birds makes it difficult. The line will shoot about 300 birds depending on the number in the line. A line of 6 will probably shoot 200 for the line. THESE ARE ALL WILD BIRDS! Not pen raised birds.
Sample Itinerary: All itineraries are customized and adjusted before trip time according to the harvest.
- Day 1: Arrive Bloomfontein for pigeons
- Day 2: Full day of pigeon shooting
- Day 3: Full day of pigeon shooting
- Day 4: Transfer to Durban and Baynesfield lodge. Afternoon goose shoot
- Day 5: Decoyed goose shoot, then on to decoyed pigeons, and possibly finish off with red-eyed doves
- Day 6: Morning Francolin shoot. Depart after brunch to the game reserve
- Day 7: Day at leisure at the game reserve
- Day 8: Transfer to Dundee. Afternoon duck shoot
- Day 9: Driven guinea fowl, followed by decoyed pigeons, evening duck shoot
- Day 10 Morning Francolin shoot. Afternoon dove shoot.
- Day 11 Departure to Durban / JHB, or to further activities
The Oude Kraal Lodge – is a historical lodge found around 20 miles out of Bloemfontein on a farm. It is very luxurious and you will find their food exceptional. The norm is a 5 course meal in the evenings of traditional South African fair served with the best of South African wines from the fairest Cape.
Baynesfield Lodge – is situated a mere 1 hour’s drive from Durban Airport. Baynesfield Estate is 25 000 acres in extent and we hold sole shooting rights to this area, as well as many surrounding areas. The lodge is built on the banks of a lake and has a very special atmosphere. Home style cooking is served.
Umzolozolo Lodge – is situated in the heart of the Nambiti Big Five Game Reserve. The lodge is of high class and meals exceptional. The game viewing starts right on your doorstep and you have an excellent chance of viewing at least 4 of the Big Five right up close with all the local plains game as well. This is a good chance to catch your breath after a few hectic days of hard shooting.
Ingudlane Lodge – is a 4-star lodge, situated on a 1900 hectare reserve in Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal just 2 km outside Dundee. They have modern secluded self-catering chalets and on-suite rooms. Fabulous game viewing opportunities, or just relax in comfort of the main lodge.
We will tailor any trip for the non-shooting companions. After 23 years in the business, They have learned that if you want to see the hunters again, you better take great care of their Observers. Typically these trips include the following:
Bushmen paintings (3000 years old)
Drakensberg Boys Choir & Drakensberg Mountains
Your personal interest’s
We can customize any itinerary to include Cape Town, Kruger Park, Victoria Falls, Photo Reserves in Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia and more.
2017 – Rates begin at $750 per day for shooters and are dependent on the number of shooters in the group.
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While we do everything in our power to protect our clients from travel problems, we cannot prevent illness, natural disasters, wars, deaths, lodge closings and more; we live in uncertain times! The only way to protect yourself and your investment is through travel insurance. Travel insurance can provide medical coverage, cancellation due to natural disaster, illness, death in the family, lodge closings and other unknowns; in this day and time, anything is possible. Lodges count on you to protect your investment as they cannot refund your payments due to the nature of the product they offer.
Finally, travel insurance is time-sensitive and must be purchased within a certain number of days of your deposit to cover preexisting conditions, lodge closings and other various issues. It is still available later but the benefits may be more limited.
Both companies offer evacuation insurance in addition to their travel insurance but Ripcord has more thorough coverage in this area.
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