Hunting in South Africa more than a hundred years ago was nothing short of a massacre. Game animals were hunted to near extinction. Today, South Africa has a system of checks and balances to ensure that the wildlife are abundant while providing hunters the opportunity for recreation. The idea of conservation as it relates to hunting began with Paul Kruger in 1894.
Kruger was President of South Africa and it was under his administration that the first National Park was established in this country. Kruger National Park began with 17,000 hectares in East Transvaal Province and in 1898 was merged with the Sabi Game Reserve. Over the next hundred years, 16 National Parks and over 120 Provincial Parks were established.
This has led to the establishment of over 560 private Nature Reserves and over 800 enclosed private farms. Conservation is key to the viability of these reserves and farms. Hunting is necessary to maintain the delicate balance between the number of animals and the available food supply.
South Africa Hunting Tips
1. In order for a foreigner to hunt in South Africa they must hire a local, licensed hunting outfitter and a licensed, professional hunter must lead the hunting party like Bushmen Safaris.
2. A written hunting agreement must be signed between the hunter and the hunting outfitter describing the species, sex and hunting fees.
3. South Africa may be the only country that offers hunting year round. The main hunting season is from June to August; however, if you want to hunt in less crowded areas anytime from March to November is good.
4. Bring quality hunting gear as you'll be a long way from shopping malls.
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