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I have been watching Youtube and doing the Google but would prefer advice on plains packages/guides that are recommended here. Thank you,


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Attend a SCI banquet and visit with vendors, watch the auctions.

I'd look towards the Eastern Cape, very little high fences but the Limpopo is the probably the most popular and some good hunts can be had. I've been to two different places in Limpopo, one pace was pretty flat and thick brush. Reminded me of South Texas brush country. 2nd place was a mixture of both and some nice open areas. Last time I was in the Eastern Cape, only saw a couple high fence areas. Most animals are free range and much longer shooting opportunities.


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Thank you, I will start looking at Eastern Cape, no high fence!


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For plains game, I think the Eastern Cape would be hard to beat. I’ve been twice and am going again in July for 11 days. I can recommend Mankazana Safaris. The owner, PHs and staff are all excellent. All hunting is fair chase and their motto is “Come prepared to walk and stalk the game” and they mean it. The hunting is 100% spot and stalk.

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Originally Posted by Georat
For plains game, I think the Eastern Cape would be hard to beat. I’ve been twice and am going again in July for 11 days. I can recommend Mankazana Safaris. The owner, PHs and staff are all excellent. All hunting is fair chase and their motto is “Come prepared to walk and stalk the game” and they mean it. The hunting is 100% spot and stalk.

Absolutely! I’ve been with them four times — 2013, 2015, 2021, and 2022. You won’t be shooting from a high seat in the back of a truck.


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For plains game, I think the Eastern Cape would be hard to beat. I’ve been twice and am going again in July for 11 days. I can recommend Mankazana Safaris. The owner, PHs and staff are all excellent. All hunting is fair chase and their motto is “Come prepared to walk and stalk the game” and they mean it. The hunting is 100% spot and stalk.

Absolutely! I’ve been with them four times — 2013, 2015, 2021, and 2022. You won’t be shooting from a high seat in the back of a truck.

I would never hunt with an outfitter than hunted like that. The thrill of the stalk is the best. I stalked my nyala with a bow and it was the best.


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RSA and Namibia offer some good hunts but the best one I went on was Cameroon. Many people overlook West Africa but there is great hunting there. In Cameroon I took Western Roan, Western Hartebeest, Nigerian Bohr Reedbuck, Oribi and Olive Baboon. I passed on lots of warthogs and a pretty good red duiker that didn't give me a good shot. The one thing I wanted and didn't get was a Harnessed Bushbuck but all we saw were females. I had a problem elephant offered to me for a $3000 trophy fee but you cannot import ivory from Cameroon into the USA so I didn't take them up on the offer. Probably should have because that is a really cheap elephant. In my opinion and experience West Africa has a more traditional safari feel than the Southern areas.
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There are a LOT of fenced operations in the Eastern Cape. Be very specific when you talk to the outfitter. Check recent references.

I would start by deciding what animals you want to hunt. Pick three or four and go from there. Not all animals are available everywhere. Not all animals are native where they are hunted.

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I've hunted RSA several times. All the areas mentioned. East Cape is the prettiest. Limpopo and North Cape are best. Depends on species you want - not everything lives all over but a lot of them do. 69Sportfury had some excellent advice in his response. OBTW - I'm in Roswell.

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Oh - don't worry about the fence. You'll probably never see it after you enter the property.

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Pancho1 is providing some good information, and he is a good person to contact as he has a greater variety of locations that he has hunted in africa compared to the few that i have been too.

On fencing,
there is real hi fencing 12 to 14 feet high.
then there is med hi fencing about 8 feet high
then there is low fencing about 3 to 4 feet high.

i have hunted in all these in south Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe. they all have fences, you probably will never see the fence after you entered the property.

a bigger question is: what is the acreage that you will be hunting on. i was on a close to 1 million acre concession that had a high fence around it, you only saw the fence when you entered the property. same for the 50K to 100K acre ranches i have hunted on.

In South Africa i have hunted 6 or 7 different locations in the the KZN area, all were low fence with the exception on one location that we were staying at.


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Always ask,

1. Will you be the only hunter/party on the property during your hunt?

2. How far is the hunting grounds from the lodge, Is it on the same property or is it a long drive down the highway? How big is the property?

3. Sometimes it pays to go to have a written price list. Some of these guys have a memory problem at the end or the hunt.

I have gotten stung on all three of these points with Two Waters Safari.

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I can highly recommend Sebra Hunting Safaris located near Kamanjab Namibia. I have hunted with them SIX times since 2012. Their daily rates and trophy fees are very reasonable and the quality of their Plainsgame is outstanding. The owner’s name is Jan du Plessis and his wife is a gourmet cook. Do a Google search of Sebra Hunting Safaris and checkout their website. Jan has Leopards, Lions and Elephants on his property in addition to dozens of species of Plainsgame.


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Thank you all, I’m in talks with Mankazana Safaris. Any first hand feedback or experience with these guys would be appreciated. They have a 2025 cancellation so it seems like a great offer.


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I’ve commented earlier. I like their operation and hunting style. The outfitter/owner is personally involved, will be in camp everyday, and usually serves as a PH. He has a master’s degree in wildlife. I’m glad to know him and consider him a good friend. Stella is an excellent cook! I’ve hunted plains game with them three times. Two years ago Frans arranged a Cape buffalo hunt for me on the Mpofu Nature Reserve — 39 square miles with no fences that provided a fair chase, free range hunt. I was successful on July 4, 2022. Because they had excess Eland, they offered me one at the bargain trophy fee of $1,000. I filled that the next day.


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