Hunting in the Free State
Hunting in the Free State South Africa is a contradiction in terms. You can hunt wide open plains for blesbok, black wildebeest, eland, zebra and numerous other smaller game species.
Just an hour from there you can be hunting up in the mountains on horseback for mountain reedbuck, vaal rhebuck, duiker and steenbok. The majestic sandstone mountains will leave you in awe at the end of every hunting day.
Hunting in the Free State South Africa
Free State topography
Hunting in the Free State is is hunting in the most central South African province (State) with high open plains bordering the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho. The Golden Gate National Park encompasses sandstone mountains in excess of 6 500 ft.
The Capital city is Bloemfontein which is well-known for two important reasons:
- Bloemfontein is the judicial capital city, home to the Supreme Court of Appeal, and
- Bloemfontein houses the Anglo Boer War Museum that depicts the Free State history as a Boer Republic.
Other important institutions include the University of the Free State and the Central University of Technology.
The Free State produces a large portion of South Africa’s grain needs making agriculture an important cornerstone to the economy of the province. The largest single contributor to the economy would be the gold rich goldfields. The gold mining industry is the single largest employer in the Free State.
Historical Free State
Not too far from Bloemfontein (the word Bloemfontein directly translates to: Flower Creek) is the international boundary with the land-locked country of Lesotho. Lesotho is also known as the Mountain Kingdom with mountains in excess of 10 000 ft.
The Free State is home to Sasol, South Africa’s petrochemical giant that produces (amongst other resources) petrol fuel from coal.
The northern Free State has a range of hills that form part of the Vredefort Dome. The Vredefort Dome (Vredefort translates to: Peace Fort) is the world’s largest visible meteor impact site. This was formed about 2 billion (who can count that far?) years ago when a meteorite 6 miles wide struck the earth. This dome is one of eight Unesco World Heritage sites in South Africa.
Information on hunting in the Free State packages
Included in your Free State hunting packages
- Trophy fee for the specified animals
- hunting days as set out
- Pick-up and drop-off at the Johannesburg international airport (known as the O.R. Tambo International Airport), or any hotel or guest house in Johannesburg or Pretoria
- Accommodation during the hunt
- Services of a Professional Hunter
- Services of a tracker / skinner
- All tag fees
- Use of our rifle is included if you do not bring your own
- Ammunition can be replaced at cost
Terms and conditions of your Free State hunting package
- $ 500 deposit required to secure your dates
- Wounded animals not retrieved are bought and paid for
- Observers are welcome to come along at $ 150 per observer per day
- Please note this is a rifle hunt only. (Limpopo hunting regulations dictate it is illegal to bow hunt large predators).
Free State hunting areas
We have access to a number of different hunting areas in the Free State South Africa. Some of the hunting areas are in the proximity of the Golden Gate National Park. Time permitting, a visit to this world renowned million acre sand stone mountainous game preserve can be undertaken. Possibly a visit to a cultural village can be undertaken of the BaSotho people.
All our hunting concessions have sufficient plains game and dangerous game populations allowing for a bigger than average opportunity at a successfully hunt.
Best time of year for hunting in the Free State
Best time of year for hunting in the Free State would be during the drier months. The drier months in the Free State are from May to October. Many hunting areas in the Free State are open plains. Longer shots of up to 300 yards in extreme cases can be encountered.
However, if the terrain is used to your advantage, 150 yard to 200 yard shots are the norm.
What animals can you hunt in the Free State
We prefer to hunt any other game on the same property we are hunting. A short distance from our main hunting concessions we have the following game available for hunting:
Plains game hunting in the Free State
Blesbok – common
|Duiker||√||Roan antelope – tag required||√|
|Gemsbok||√||Sable – tag required||
|Hippo – tag required||√||Steenbok||
|Zebra – common||√|
Dangerous game hunting in the Free State
Hunting in the Free State hunting camps and hunting areas
Hunting in the Free State techniques
Hunting in the Free State is something completely different to traditional walk-and-stalk hunting. Many areas have large open plains with intermittent tall grass patches. The tall grass can be used to stalk game but to take a clear shot from within is not possible most of the time.
Lying in ambush can and does work at times when game happen to pass by or happen to be in a particular spot at any given time.
Hunting in the Free State mountains
- Hunting in the mountains of the eastern Free State holds a different set of challenges. If a hunter is not used to high altitude, the 6 000 ft plus elevation sucks your breath out with every step taken.
- Depending on what is being hunted, a cozy, concealed spot will assist when calling antelope like mountain reedbuck and vaal rhebok (also known as: gray rhebuck).
Hunting in the Free State on horseback
- Hunting on horseback is a specialty offered in certain regions of the Free State. Game species to be hunted in this manner is limited to mountain reedbuck, black wildebeest, springbok, blesbok, vaal rhebok and jackal.
Hunting near Golden Gate National Park
Many of our plains game hunts center towards the eastern Free State for your run-of-the-mill animals like blesbok, eland, springbok, mountain reedbok, vaal rhebok, steenbok and duiker.
Special note on hunting in the Free State
See the difference in the color of the vegetation in the three pictures. All were taken in the same vicinity: two were taken in winter and the third was taken in summer.
Hunting in the Free State hunting packages