Famous for the year round Rock Pigeon and Dove Shooting, birds flock in their thousands to the sunflower and maize fields. Species available to shoot between March & September include: Rock Pigeons, Doves, Egyptian Geese, Spur-wing Geese, Duck, Guinea Fowl, Francolin, Quail and Partridge.
If you can get a group of 7 hunters together for one of my South African trips, you will only pay for 6 hunters and the 7th hunter Free or you can use this as a discount spread over the 7 hunters.
If you wish to bring your own Gun to South Africa we will obtain all Hunting permits for you at no extra cost. If you wish to book your own flights you must allow a minimum of 4 hour transfer time between flights at JHB for hunting permits
MARCH, APRIL AND MAY DATES 2015
Game bird Season opens on the 1st May
The closer to the date of departure we book your flights, prices may increase. Current prices based on 04/01/2015
AVAILABLE DATES 1st May to end of August 2015 DATES. WE STILL HAVE VACANCIES AT THE MOMENT!!!
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“A perfect day…”
Nestled in the shadow of the Maluti Mountain range, between the Orange River in the south and the Vaal River in the north, are soft undulating hills covered with lush green grass and small lakes. This is the Eastern Free State, and where you will find Tweespruit. This beautiful little town is about a Two hour drive East of Bloemfontein and is the home of Father Claerhout, one of South Africa’s most prolific and respected artists. This is where you will find the home of Four Seasons Wingshooting Safaris, with plains game hunting and mixed bird shooting for the more adventurous hunter.
Upon arrival, you will be shown the Accommodation available from which you’ll be able to select the rooms of your choice. This will either be in the main house or from a range of rooms situated around the lodge compound. Drinks will be provided in the lodge bar and then if you’re not too tired from the travelling we can set off for your first excursion.
The local currency is in Rand; and it is worth while changing up a few hundred Sterling at the airport for any shopping excursions.
That evening, you will be treated to a fresh cooked meal in the home style dining room. After dinner, you may retire to the patio and bar and enjoy a nightcap in front of an open fire. The night sky will be very clear and the stars very sparkling. You’ll wonder why life cannot always be this way and you should feel very pleased with life and relaxed.
South Africa is famous for its all year round rock pigeon and dove shooting. The birds flock in their thousands to the sunflower and maize fields. Species available to shoot between March & August include: Rock Pigeons, Doves, Egyptian Geese, Spurwing Geese, Duck, Guinea Fowl, Francolin and Partridges.
The first day will start at approximately 06.00 hrs if you wish to go and shoot Egyptian and Spurwing Geese from pit-blinds, over decoys in furrowed winter wheat fields. Or you can start the morning flighting Ducks as they move up and down the dam systems – also starting at about 06.00 hrs. You will then return to the Lodge for a lovely home cooked breakfast around 09.30 – 10.00 am. Those who wish to take it a little easier may snooze until breakfast.
After a hearty al-fresco breakfast, you will have a choice to shoot Rock Pigeons over sunflowers from a hide using a magnet or, depending on the flight line coming to the field it’s possible to shoot flighting Rock Doves, these can be very challenging! They flight in to the fields from about 10.00 hrs until 13.00 hrs where they spend the next 2 – 3 hrs wheeling around amongst the sun flower fields, and then they fly back to the distant mountains from 13.00 hrs until 16.00 hrs. These birds fly in Partridge like coveys between a foot off the ground to 200 feet up.
A good pair of sunglasses are recommended as these Doves against a pale blue sky can tire the eyes very quickly.
As an alternative, you may shoot Orange River Francolin, Grey & Red Wing Partridge and Quail over a pair of German Short Haired Pointers. (GSP’s).
Beware of “BLACK JACKS”, this plant is a weed that was introduced in Colonial times which has a small rice like seed with tiny burrs, that attaches itself to your boots, socks and trousers. They are totally harmless, however, very annoying. Our advice is to wear appropriate non-fleecy clothing; lightweight long trousers with gators will surely help!
Another option is driven Guineafowl which can be an afternoon well spent. These birds, unlike their English counterparts can be in coveys from 20 up to 300/400 and many eyes make for a very cute flock of birds – they run like an old cock bird in January! The guide aims to chase them across the open plains using 4×4’s in order to get the coveys to flight twice and break the super coveys up a bit, they will then sit tight and it is possible to walk them up with GSP’s or in a walking gun line. If the guide gets it right, you can hardly load fast enough. A different strategy is for the guide to gather the local farmers, divide in to two teams, one team will stand and one team will walk. The drives will be crops of mealies or maize, as we know it this can be quite an experience!
The day can be finished with a Duck Flight over lakes.
Please be aware, these birds are wild and sometimes the bird can be smarter than us!.
This schedule will happen every day unless you have any special requests.
It is possible for you to go to the Orange River with Four Seasons Wingshooting and have concessions to shoot Egyptian & Spurwing Geese specifically, and some Duck, however, this will have to be arranged 2 weeks prior to your departure with ourselves.
This would be a 2-3 day excursion and travel arrangements would be organised for you but at a further cost for travelling (flights if necessary) and hotel accommodation would be required, taking in to consideration the day rate that you have already paid for shooting for 1 day and full board taken out. Cost would be negotiated on site at the time.
Facilities and services included
– Transport from and back to Bloemfontein Airport.
– Transport to and from shooting areas.
– Government licence fees where required.
– Full accommodation, all meals, soft drinks and wine and beer with meals.
– Daily cleaning of living quarters, laundry and ironing.
– A professional Hunter complete with staff, i.e. guide.
Items not included
– Cost of taxidermist for plains game
– Special insurance for client. (BASC will cover you for 60 days per year for shooting abroad).
– Air or vehicle travel to other hunting provinces other than the Free State.
– Telephone calls and faxes.
– Other personal expenses.
– Charter or other flights to and from hunting areas, as well as hotel accommodation before during and
after the contracted safari period.
– Hire of shotguns, rental @ £20.00 per day.
– Ammunition @ cost price. (Approx. £8 per box of 25 or £320 per 1000 for 12 or 20 bore readily available,
Any other size calibre must be agreed 2 weeks prior to trip i.e. 16 bore, 28 bore & 410 bore etc).
Terms and conditions
May and early June are in my opinion the best months to shoot winged game, but to get these dates we need to book you in 9 months before i.e. September or before if possible.
– All prices are quoted in Sterling.
– A 50% deposit of the land fees is required to confirm booking.
– Balance must be paid at the lodge in South Africa before departure.
– In the event of cancellation more than more 4 weeks before departure, the deposit will be refunded at a handling charge of 20%. In the event of cancellation less than 4 weeks before departure, monies will only be refunded if another hunter is found to take the booking.
Insurance and Liability
The guests are not covered by ‘Four Seasons shooting’ insurance. You must ensure that you have suitable personal medical insurance and third party liability insurance for the duration of the safari. (BASC Insurance covers you for 60 days per year for shooting abroad). Whilst we maintain all reasonable care for the safety of our clients and their property while on safari, we will accept no responsibility for cost incurred due to illness, accident, or loss of any nature. You can be assured, however, of our full assistance in the case of an unfortunate event. (Make sure you have travel and illness insurance).
Climate in May/June/July.
In the early morning the temperature can be minus 10 degrees, by about 09.00 it will be quite warm, and as the day goes on you will be wearing short sleeve attire. It will get cold at night, the South African community as a rule do not have heating in their houses, so, if you feel the cold, warm night ware is suggested. (Mobile radiators can be provided if necessary). For the early morning shoots, we suggest very cold weather wear, however, worn in layers as it will soon be hot and you will need to extract clothing.
We will be flying to Johannesburg with Virgin Atlantic or South African Airways, both are very good with transporting guns, they will also arrange the internal flights to Bloemfontein.
You must make the airline aware in advance that you are transporting guns. You must allow 3-4 hours extra at Heathrow for the check in of guns, and we allow 6 hours at Johannesburg to allow for all of the import documentation before the internal flight to Bloemfontein.
The flights are usually in the evening, you will fly through the night, and this will also give you most of the next day for your sport.
Individual hold baggage allowance is 23kgs – plus an additional 20 kgs for the weight of your gun, and any ammunition in a lockable ammo box, [All Firearms and ammo are transported with hold baggage]. If you require a higher weight limit please pay for a second bag allowance when you make your booking it is a lot more cost effective.
South African visitors Gun permit
Only applicable if you are taking your own Gun
You will need to fill in numerous forms to apply for a South African gun permit. This usually takes approximately 2 hours at Johannesburg Airport and is quite time consuming procedure. We will pre-complete the necessary forms in the UK with the information you provide, so it will be easier and less time for you when you reach Johannesburg. (Do not forget to take your British Gun Licence with you, as you will be carrying your weapons through the UK airport).
It is necessary for you to transport your guns in a hard case gun box with a good lock on it. These can be purchased from any gun shop.
You are only allowed to carry one gun of each caliber into South Africa, ie: a matched pair of 12 bore shotguns is not allowed, but a 12 bore, a 20 bore and a rifle is.
Semi Automatic guns are not allowed to be taken into South Africa, if you try to they will be confiscated and locked up at Johannesburg Airport until your return, this will delay you by about 2 hours.
A hand shake with an Airport Porter and 50 Rand will make your connecting flight and experience with the local police much smoother and free flowing.
We can only speak about safety throughout the last 14 years experience, but throughout your complete trip you will at all times be with a guide, the guide knows the people and speaks the local language. You will not be left alone, at night you will be in the safety of the lodge, You will be completely safe with the family and guide.
We found the village people very friendly, the maids and boys who pick up the game are very helpful.
For shooting this will be £170.00 per gun per day, including full board.
For non shooting days and observers, accommodation will be approximately £80.00 per day per person.
South Africa is the most beautiful place, this is the trip of a life time it really is magical, we hope you enjoy your trip as much as all ours clients have in past years.
Manni & Mariel the proprietors are very hospitable, and will make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. If you have any dietary requirements such as Halal meat, vegetarian or any allergies you only have to tell Manni or one of the staff and it will be accommodated for.
Partners are very welcome and why not end your shooting trip with a holiday in the Cape region of South Africa!
If you have any questions or require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact:
Richard Mumford: 0044-7956-816146
CLOTHING CHECK LIST FOR SOUTH AFRICA
X 2 SHORT SLEEVED SHIRTS
X 2 LONG SLEEVED SHIRTS
X 2 SHORT LEG TROUSERS – LIGHT WEIGHT AND COOL
X 1 LONG LEG TROUSERS – MOLE SKIN OR CORDUROY
X 8 PAIRS OF SOCKS – WARM
X 1 PAIR WALKING BOOTS
X 1 PAIR GATORS LIGHT WEIGHT
X 1 PAIR OF SHOOTING GLOVES
X 1 BALACLAVA
X 1 SHOOTING HAT
X 1 GOOD PAIR OF SHOOTING SUN GLASSES OR SIMILAR
X 1 LIGHT WEIGHT JACKET
X 1 HEAVY WEIGHT JACKET
X 1 SKEET VEST/WAISTCOAT – FOR WALKING UP GAME
X 1 PAIR OF WARM THERMAL UNDER WEAR
X 1 GUN & HARD CASE, LOCKABLE, PAD LOCK OR COMBINATION – MAKE SURE YOUR GUN IS RELIABLE AS REPAIRS ARE DIFFICULT IN SOUTH AFRICA/OR TAKE A SECOND GUN OF A DIFFERENT CALIBRE – OVER & UNDER AND SIDE BY SIDE ARE OK.
X 1 MEDIUM HEIGHT TRIPOD SEAT
X 1 THERMOS FLASK – SIZE MEDIUM
X 1 SUN BLOCK FACTOR FIFTY OR SIMILAR & LIP BALM
X 1 GUN SLIP – TO USE WHEN SHOOTING & SMALL CARTRIDGE BAG.
X 1 EAR PROTECTION
NB: COLOUR OF CLOTHING: DARK GREENS WILL SUFFICE; HOWEVER, LIGHT BROWNS OR STRAW COLOURS ARE BETTER AS WINTER TIME IN SA LOOKS LIKE A HEAT WAVE IN AN ENGLISH SUMMER, ALL THE VEGETATION HAS BEEN BURNT BY THE SUN.