Its every hunters dream to hunt the BIG 5, at Cheetah Safaris we make those dreams a reality; rifle, bow or black powder hunters are all welcome.
At Cheetah Safaris main area we have 3 of the big 5, Buffalo, Leopard and Rhino. Elephant and Lion can be hunted in any of our concessions in Limpopo Province or the Kalahari.
Sable Safaris in Zambia offers 6 of the dangerous seven in our prime hunting area in the Luangwa: Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo, Hippo, Crocodile.
Join us in Zambia for a classic African Safari
South Africa is the country with the most diverse antelope species in the world, with more than 44 Antelope, the dangerous seven, varmints, small cats and birds it makes for a excellent first time hunting experience.
Cheetah Safaris have access to some of the best bird hunting areas in South Africa. We work closely with land owners to ensure that habitats and wetlands are managed and protected. North Western Province have the most huntable species of all the provinces.
A typical day would start with ducks and geese in the early morning and upland birds later in the morning, followed by doves in the afternoon,. All these species can be found in less than 20 miles of each other ensuring that you hunt most off the day and not just driving around to locations. Our best months are May and June.
Here are our species list as well as the bag limits and legal dates to hunt them
Rock Pigeons all year(20)
Red eyed doves all year(20)
Cape turrle dove all year(20)
Laughing dove all year(20)
Red-billed Francolin(3) 1 May-30 Sep
Crested francolin(5) 1May-30 Sep
Partridge Coqui (5) 1 May-30Sep
Guineafowl (10) 1 May-30 Sep
Shellys partridge (5) 1 May-30 Aug
Redwing partridge (5) 1May-30Aug
Harlequin quail(5) 1 May-30Aug
Common Quail (10) 1 May-30 Aug
Swainsons francolin(5) 1 Jun-30 Sep
Natal Francolin (3) 1 Jun-30 Sep
Partridge: Orange River (5) 1 Apr-31 Jul
Namaqua Sandgrouse (10) 1 Apr-15 Jul
Burchells Sandgrouse (5) 1 Nov- 31 Apr
Double Banded Sandgrouse (5) 1 Nov-31 Apr
White –faced Duck (4) 1 May-31 Jul
Yellow-billed Duck (4) 1 May-31 Jul
Red-billed Duck (4) 1 May-31 Jul
Knob-billed Duck (4) 1 May-31 Jul
Cape Shoveler (4) 1 May-31 Jul
Southern Pochard (3) 1 May- 31 Jul
Spurwing Geese (4) 1 May- 31 Jul
Egyptian Geese (4) 1 Jan -31 Jul
Shelduck (2) 1 Jan – 31 Jul
Note . Max . of land birds (20), Waterfowl (10), Sandgrouse (15) per day
BIRD HUNTING WITH CHEETAH SAFARIS
Please note: All species, francolin, waterfowl, doves/pigeons and guinea fowl
are wild and not pen reared or released and occur in their natural habitat.
Join CHEETAH SAFARI for the finest bird hunting in South Africa. Our bird shoots are comparable to the best anywhere in Africa today and are of the highest standard. We have access to large “exclusive” areas throughout South Africa. Most of these areas are private land at large.
Cheetah Safaris pride it self on assisting and working with landowners in environmental and bird management programs. The shooting of game birds we believe should benefit the bird wildlife and should be sustainable in the long run. Concern for and care of the long-term management of natural resources forms the basis of land and wildlife utilization.
We shoot on agricultural farms (100 000 acres), where grain fields of corn (maize), sunflower and wheat crops are cultivated. All areas are free of malaria, making it a worry free and fun filled safari.
We hunt over hand picked dams, ponds and lakes as well as large grass plains and semi Bushveld areas. There is a variety of healthy and natural occurring game bird species available, witch offer excellent shooting.
Note: Species differ from area to area.
* Francolins - Natal, Coqui, Crested, Red Billed, Red Neck, Shelley’s, Orange River and Swainson’s. (Orange River and Swainson’s are in big numbers)
* Quail - we hunt mostly Common African and Banded Quail. This little bird is of migratory nature and due to this very difficult to “pin down”, so to speak. It thus represents a chance opportunity and should be regarded as a bonus.
* Guinea fowl - we only hunt, Helmeted Guinea. These birds are the most widespread and abundant of our terrestrial birds and offer extremely challenging shoots. This white dotted bird perhaps comes closest in depicting Africa’s best-recognized bird.
Please note: Although guinea fowl falls in the legal 1 May to 31 August time frame it is important to be aware of the fact that the fields of maize/corn on which these birds are shot are harvested before end July and thus the later months are not as productive!
* Geese, Spurwing (the biggest geese in the world) and Egyptian Goose
* Duck, Yellow Billed, White-faced, Knobbilled, Black Duck, Shelduck, and Cape Shoveller.
* Teal, Red Billed, Hottentot and Cape Teal.
South African waterfowl are non migratory. Due to the fact that South Africa is not a water rich country, waterfowl moves constantly between areas where there are adequate habitat and food resources. Due to this fact we do not overshoot flocks, bag limits 5 ducks per species per day in most of these areas are strictly followed. Ponds and dams rang between half an acre and 10 acre.
* Namaqua and Dubbelbanded Sand grouse are our most hunted specie of grouse. Burchell’s sand grouse are also available in small numbers. Please bear in mind that in the Limpoppo and North West province where we hunt these birds a bag limits of only five (5) per person, per day are law. If you want to shoot large numbers a combination hunt is recommended. In Botswana, (central Kalahari Desert) we can offer dedicated, high volume (no bag limit) sandgrouse shooting during the months of September, October and November.
Doves and pigeons
* Rock Pigeon, Redeye Dove, Cape Turtle Dove and Laughing Dove are our most common doves. Rock pigeon presents the most challenging of these species. A Rock pigeon “only” shoot is possible but quantities will be fewer.
Please note; bag limits very from province to province and specie to specie.
Upland birds -The core emphasis of our shoots is variety and quality rather than quantity and our motto is sustainable utilization as we try our utmost to live in harmony with our environment. On upland birds we maintain a very strict policy of not harvesting more than an absolute maximum of 30% of the coveys. This fact is non-negotiable and we require the guns to honor and respect this rule as an ethical standard. Apart from the dove and pigeon shoots where NO BAG LIMITS are applicable all other species are subjected to bag limits.
Water fowl - are primarily hunted in the Freestate and North West Province where daily bag limits of ten (10) ducks and 5 geese / goose per gun are allowed.
Doves and pigeons - Doves can be hunted throughout the year. The best time for dove and pigeon shoots is just before and during the annual sunflower crop harvesting season. The very best part of this season depends on when agricultural farmers have started to harvest, which in turn is influenced by the weather. It normally occurs from mid February to mid June. Although we do not advocate hot barrel shooting, dove shoots can easily run from 250 to 500 plus shots a day. Even 1000 shots per shotgun, on very exceptional days are possible.
Please note: doves and pigeons are NOT subjected to this restriction.
Bird hunting with Cheetah Safaris can take on different forms such as an exclusive shoot for specie collector bird specie only, a mixed bag hunt for mainly upland birds, a combination of upland birds with waterfowl or a combination package of birds with big game hunting, fishing or even all three activities during one safari. Most of the dams and lakes are stocked with Largemouth Bass witch can be fished between morning and afternoon shoots. We customize hunts to fit your individual needs and personal requirements.
On dove/ pigeon shoots guns are positioned individually inside stands of sunflower fields and feeding areas. In cases where there are tree lines adjacent to these fields the guns are place along it underneath flight lines.
On sand grouse shoots the guns are placed around water holes, which are known to be visited by these birds.
General Info on Bird Shooting
Bird boys, will collect birds and pass shot shells. If Red and Greywing are what you are after, you need to be fit. These birds inhabit mountainous areas and make for very challenging shoots. These shoots are not for the feint hearted, you have been warned. If you are unsure about your physical and /or medical condition a Greywing or redwing shoot is better left alone.
Please note: If you are from the USA it is compulsory to register your firearms with US Customs before leaving the country. Arrange to complete a #4457 form well in advance of your journey. It is also recommended that you enter any other expensive personal belongings such as telescopes, cameras, binoculars, range finders, video camcorders etc. on the same form as proof of ownership for when you return.
Please note: NO semi-automatics allowed. Side by side, over and under or single barrel .
Please note: Have adequate proof of ownership of your firearms! Firearms to be used in hunting activities are categorized as “personal effects and recreational equipment” and thus a duty-free allowance. It is advisable to have proof of ownership. Your US form #4475 will also come in handy. Cheetah Safaris will help you to fill out a temporary import permit SAP 311 well in advance. A PHASA representative will meet you on your arrival at the JHB airport
Ammunition & Choke
The following English shot sizes are recommended:
Geese, No.1 – 3, 36gr. and full choke, both barrels.
Guinea Fowl, No.4-5, 32gr. full and modified choke.
Ducks, No.4 – 5, 32gr. full and modified choke.
Francolin and Sand Grouse, No.5 – 32gr cylinder and modified choke.
Doves/Pigeons, No.7/ 7.5 – 8, 28 gr.
Modified and full choke.
Quail, No.7 – 28 gr. cylinder and modified choke.
Please note: Ammunition is available. We recommend only “lead” shots on all species.
Our bird hunting takes place during our winter months and can sometime run below F32 (0 degree Celsius) at night and F50 – F70 (Degree Celsius 15 – 25) during the day
Early mornings are very cold, during the days it warms up considerably and the moment the sunsets it cools down rapidly.
A woolen sock cap or balaclava and gloves are suggested for early mornings. Well-worn and comfortable boots with thermal underwear, a warm shirt and thick jacket should be sufficient for any shoots.
|1.||Min 5 days, Upland birds and doves.||$2000/Person||A and B|
|2.||Min 7 days, Upland birds, doves and waterfowl.||$2450/Person||A, B and C|
|3.||Min 7 days, Two area hunt, Upland birds and doves.||$2800/Person||A and B|
|4.||Min 10 days, Two area hunt, Upland birds, doves and waterfowl.||$4000/Person||A, B and C|
|5.||Min 8 days, 3 days bird and 5 days plains game.* Includes, four animals.||$5000/Person||A,B and game|
|6.||Min 10 days, two area hunt, Upland birds, doves waterfowl, plains game and four animals included||$5925/Person||A,B,C and game|
A = Francolins, Quail and Guinea Fowl.
B = Dove’s
C = Ducks and Geese
Included in package
* Service of guide and bird boys.
* Accommodation during the hunt with Cheetah Safaris.
* All meals and drinks in moderation.
* Daily laundry.
* Government license fees for birds and animals.
* Transportation to and from hunting areas.
* Trophy fees for listed animals on packages
Excluded on packages
* Observer rates $ 200 per day
* All extra animals hunted.
* All extra trips before or after your hunt.
* Rifle and shotgun hire $ 50 per day.
* Shotgun shells $ 10 per box (25 rounds)
* Gratuities for staff.
Terms of business
* 50% of the total package is payable to confirm a booking. The balance is payable on the commencement of the safari.
* Only bank transfers, traveler’s cheques or cash are accepted as payment.
* No refunds on cancellations.
* Prices are subject to change without notice.
* Clients and observers arrival day will be considered a non hunting day at $ 200 per day.
* Extra hunting days will be charged at $350 per day and observers at $ 200 per day.
Cheetah Safaris we can organize the hunt of every species big or small, with various concessions through out South Africa and the rest of Africa your only limitation is your imagination. Check out our species list and our other website at .