South Africa: Rasland African Ventures

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Rasland African Ventures offer rifle, handgun, bow and black powder hunting for experienced and novice hunters and also welcomes father and son/daughter and family hunts.

Rasland African Ventures operates and manages medium to large hunting concessions in the following countries in Southern Africa:

  • Namibia: – Six conservancy areas ranging in size from 800,000 to 2,000,000 acres
  • South Africa:
  1. Private property, high-fenced properties ranging in size from 9,000 to 22,000 acres.
  2. Tribal controlled hunting concessions through their sister company Kruger Hunting Safaris.
  • Zimbabwe: – Joint Venture with Threeways Safaris to manage and operate their 1,200,000 acre Beitbridge East Campfire Area bordering across the Limpopo River with the Kruger National Park.

SOUTH AFRICA:

The world’s strangest and most dramatic landscapes, nature’s richest treasure chest of gold, diamonds and platinum, a unique wealth of animal and plant life, a kaleidoscope of sun-blessed people; can there be a countryanywhere else on earth more enticing for the traveler than South Africa?

Nature’s tools of creation – the wind, sun, ice and rain – have worked a special magic here. Controlled by the cold Benguela Current on the west coast and the warm Mozambique Current on the east coast, the climate has sculptured extremes of deserts, savannahs, snow-covered mountains, grasslands, high forests and tropical mangrove swamps. Within these climatic zones earth’s most diverse plant population flourishes. In the deserts are drought-resistant plants, and in the swamplands are mangroves with their roots deep in mud and water. There are the majestic Baobab trees in the north as well as the brilliant seasonal spectacle of flowers in Namaqualand to the south.

This country, too, is the home of magnificent big game and hosts of birds as varied as the vast range of habitats and foods which nature has prepared for them. All in all, we are speaking of a country that is one of the world’s most sought after destinations to visit and experience. Look no further! Our outfitter in South Africa, Rasland African Ventures/Kruger Hunting Safaris is very well suited to assist you in unlocking this land of beauty and splendor!

About South Africa

South Africa is a medium-sized country, with a total land area of 1.22 million square kilometers (470,693 squ. miles), or roughly one-eighth the size of the US, twice the size of France and over three times the size of Germany. It measures some 1,600km (960 mi) from north to south, and roughly the same from east to west. The country has a population of 50.1m people with 11 official languages including English, Afrikaans, Sesotho, Setswana, Xhosa and Zulu.

South Africa occupies the southern tip of Africa, its long coastline stretching more than 2,500km (1,500 mi) from the desert border with Namibia on the Atlantic coast, southwards around the tip of Africa, then north to the border with subtropical Mozambique on the Indian Ocean. The low-lying coastal zone is narrow for much of that distance, soon giving way to a mountainous escarpment that separates it from the high inland plateau.

The cold Benguela current sweeps up from the Antarctic along the Atlantic coast, laden with plankton and providing rich fishing grounds. The east coast has the north-to-south Mozambique/Agulhas current to thank for its warm waters. These two currents have a major effect on the country’s climate, the ready evaporation of the eastern seas providing generous rainfall while the Benguela current retains its moisture to cause desert conditions in the west.

A subtropical location moderated by ocean on three sides of the country and the altitude of the interior plateau, makes South Africa a warm and sunny country. But it’s also dry, with an average annual rainfall of about 464mm (18 inches). While the Western Cape gets most of its rainfall in winter, the rest of the country is mostly a summer-rainfall region.

On dry land, going from west to east, South Africa shares long borders with Namibia and Botswana, touches Zimbabwe, has a longitudinal strip of border with Mozambique to the east, and lastly curves in around Swaziland before rejoining Mozambique’s southern border. In the interior, nestled in the curve of the bean-shaped Free State is the small mountainous country of Lesotho, completely surrounded by South African territory.

Although the country is classified as semi-arid, it has considerable variation in climate as well as topography. The great inland Karoo plateau, where rocky hills and mountains rise from sparsely populated scrubland, is very dry, and gets more so as it shades in the north-west towards the Kalahari Desert. Extremely hot in summer, it can be icy in winter. Further north and to the east, especially where a drop in altitude beyond the escarpment gives the Lowveld its name, temperatures rise: the Tropic of Capricorn slices through the extreme north. This is also where one finds the typical South African Bushveld of wildlife fame.

Winter in South Africa (May to July) is characterized in the higher-lying areas of the interior plateau by dry, sunny, crisp days and cold nights. So it’s a good idea to bring warm clothes.

The hot, humid KwaZulu-Natal coast, as well as the Lowveld (lower-lying areas) of Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces, offer fantastic winter weather with sunny, warmish days and virtually no wind or rain.

The Western Cape gets most of its rain in winter, with quite a few days of cloudy, rainy weather. However, these are always interspersed with wonderful days to rival the best of a British summer.

The high mountains of the Cape and the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal usually get snow in winter.

Tour Guide/PH/Outfitter:

Rassie Erasmus is the founder member and Outfitter of Rasland African Ventures. He grew up on a farm in the former Rhodesia, now known as Zimbabwe, where he lived his passion for the outdoors. He is one of only a few people with almost 30 years of membership with the South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association.  With his vast experience as a professional guide together with his knowledge of people as well as the African bush, Rassie strives to provide his clients the experience of a lifetime in Africa.

Rassie hunts in several big game concessions, many of which are wild life paradise well suited to any hunting requirements. You will have an opportunity to hunt some quality PG species and get up close and personal with some of Africa’s finest trophies, whether it is the tenacious Cape Buffalo, majestic Elephant, cunning Leopard or regal Lion!

Rassie organizes sight-seeing tours for hunters and non-hunters through some of the most beautiful parts of Southern Africa.  Whatever your interests may be, together with Rassie we will plan every aspect of your visit, from arrival to departure, on a personal basis, giving you the opportunity to see and experience the tranquility and beauty of the country.

Rassie owns a house near Hazeyview which is situated just outside of the Kruger National Park (KNP), which will be the base for day tours into the Park.

General information

KRUGER HUNTING SAFARIS:

Kruger Hunting Safaris has procured hunting in the Makuya Hunting Reserve which is a long, relatively narrow strip of land along the western boundary of the Kruger National Park.

One of the outstanding features of this reserve is the abundant and reliable water supply from the Luvhuvhu River.

With the great genetic pool in KNP, it is not uncommon to expect to harvest 40+ inch Buffalo trophies. The maximum size Elephant trophy allowed is 55 LBS with a 10% variance which means an Elephant of 60 LBS is possible!

ABOUT MAKUYA NATURE RESERVE:

Makuya, also known as Makuya Nature Reserve, shares a fenceless border with the KNP and is about an hour’s drive from the Pafuri Gate.

This rugged 16,000 hectare or 40,000 acre reserve is leased from the Makuya, Mutele, and Mphaphuli tribes by the Limpopo province. The tented camp in the reserve rests on a mountain top overlooking the river. The reserve forms part of the ambitious Limpopo Transfrontier Park still in the throes of formation that includes the Kruger, Makuya and Letaba Ranch. The perimeters between the parks are fenceless allowing game to roam freely.

The Luvhuvhu River where hippos, elephants andcrocodiles are easy to spot forms a natural divide between Makuya and Kruger. Any game happy to cross it, gains access to either. You can easily spot elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion, hyena, otter, impala, nyala, warthog and other game.

Makuya is one of the lesser known reserves in the Limpopo area. With a magic wilderness and a non-touristy feel to it as a result. Baobabs pepper the landscape, the Big 5 are readily available within the reserve and the birdlife is abundant – the Luvuvhu-Pafuri region is one of the birding hot-spots of South Africa.

Rifle hire is also available.

Accommodation:

Two tented lodges are operated, one centrally located and the other more in the south of the reserve, each with its own unique African atmosphere.

Makuya Tented Camp:

  • Is situated high up on a ridge overlooking the Luvuvhu River and Kruger National Park.
  • Individual chalets that can sleep 2 clients/chalet comfortably.
  • All chalets are en suite with fans, hot and cold water showers, basins and flush toilets. Some have air-conditioning.
  • WiFi is available in camp.
  • “Lapa” area for enjoying a fire in the evening.
  • This camp offers a true sense of complete freedom with excellent game viewing from the comfort of the covered bar area.
  • Sunsets take on a new meaning when seen from this great vantage point.
Hazeyview Private Lodge for KNP Photographic Tours:

  • Is surrounded with indigenous trees that form a natural canopy over the lodge area that lends to the African bush feel.
  • Has a selection of en-suite and air-conditioned rooms with hot and cold water showers, basins and flush toilets.
  • The entertainment area, which is under thatch, has a bar, mini pool table and satellite television.
  • WiFi is available in camp.
  • The lodge is situated 2 miles from the KNP entrance.
  • The tranquil atmosphere at this camp gives you a feeling of complete relaxation and contentment.

Both camps also boast their own resident chef who prepares exquisite traditional cuisine including a variety of venison dishes.

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