Hunting in North West South Africa

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Hunting in North West Province South Africa

Geographical

The North West province of South Africa derives its name from its geographical location. Consequently, hunting in the North West is literally where you will be hunting.

The North West Province is situated (you guessed it) in the North western part of South Africa.  North West province shares its borders with:

  • Botswana, an independent, well-off African country to the North
  • The Limpopo Province to the East
  • Gauteng Province to the South East
  • The Free State to the South
  • The Northern Cape to the West, and it
  • Fringes on the outskirts of the start of the Kalahari semi desert

One of the best-known attractions in the North West province is Sun City, a very upscale vacation resort with four hotels and a water park. Sun City hosts the annual Million Dollar golf tournament attracting the best golfers from around the world.

Adjacent to Sun City is the Pilanesberg National Park consisting of an extinct volcano that plays host to the Big 5 (African elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo and rhino) and a variety of other animals that occurred naturally in that region.

The North West province is known as the Platinum Province due to the wealth of its platinum mineral deposits. The platinum mines are the single largest employers to serve their province.

Mahikeng is the capital city. Mahikeng used to be known as Mafeking and thereafter as Mafikeng before receiving its current name.

Historical

During the Anglo Boer War between South Africa and the British (1899 – 1902) an important siege took place at Mahikeng where the Boers (South Africans) held the British to siege until Robert Baden-Powell led the British to a decisive victory. Baden-Powell later became the founder of the Boy Scouts movement.

The North West province has a wide variety of game animals that can be hunted due to the topography. Many animals can be sustained between the large rolling open fields, hill country and semi-desert regions.

Many of the larger trophy size South African springbok and gemsbok / oryx are produced from this region. The dry arid areas to the far West of the province receive less than 10” of rain per annum. Wells are deep and have to be maintained on a daily basis to sustain large herds of game and livestock.

Some of the larger game ranches host the Big 5. In these dry regions properties have to be larger than usual to support animals with a poor yield of vegetation. Properties in excess of 20 000 acres are not uncommon.

Hunting in North West is as safe as houses – apart from hunting dangerous game. North West is considered a malaria free region.
A few of our hunting concessions are close to the revered Pilanesberg National Park and Sun City Hotel complex. If you happen to stay at either of these institutions, we will be able to assist you with day hunting trips.

Hunting areas and hunting camps in North West Province

Bushveld hunting in North West

Most regions for hunting in the eastern North West Province can be considered as bushveld hunting.

Trophy animals available for hunting in North West province include (but are not limited to):

  • dangerous game like elephant, lion, rhino, Cape buffalo and leopard
  • plains game like impala, springbok, red lechwe, gemsbok / oryx, steenbok, duiker, kudu, red hartebeest, eland, zebra, giraffe, sable, roan and a variety of other game species.
Hunting in the Kalahari

Hunting in North West Kalahari region is mainly for hunting lions, Cape buffalo, sable, limited numbers of nyala but springbok and gemsbok by the dozen.

Mixed bushveld is in the order of the day. Numerous old Camel Thorn Trees (Acacia erioloba) occur the further West you travel. The mixed bushveld dissipates to rocky outcrops with low shrub towards the far western parts of North West. The North western parts of North West province make way to sandy, low shrub rolling dunes / flat lands with Camel thorn trees lining the horizon. These hardy trees produce large seed pods that supply sustenance to game and livestock alike.

Hunting in North West and Kalahari is as safe as houses – apart from hunting dangerous game. North West is considered a malaria free region.

Other critters available for hunting in North West Kalahari are:

  • steenbok
  • duiker
  • bat-eared fox
  • caracal
  • brown hyena – subject to export as regulated by the USF&W Services
  • African lion – subject to export as regulated by the USF&W Services
Hunting near Sun City and Pilanesberg National Park

A few of our hunting concessions are close to the revered Pilanesberg National Park and Sun City Hotel complex. If you happen to stay at either of these institutions, we will be able to assist you with day hunting trips.

Hunting packages available for hunting in North West

Hunting camps and hunting lodges in North West