JWK Safaris is owned and operated by: Adriaan Wepener, Carl Knight and Jono Joseph, who are specialists Southern African big game Hunting Outfitters, Hunting Agents and South African Professional Hunters. We all live in Johannesburg South Africa and have done so all of our lives. We have hunted and fished South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe extensively all our lives.
JWK Safaris forms part of a consortium of licenced and registered hunting Outfitter companies that are market leaders in free range, fair chase hunting with a track record that spans back over 11 years of full time work in the hunting industry having collectively booked and/or guided over 400 big game hunts to date.
To see the photos from these hunts please visit the big game gallery on our website.
Here is a brief overview of each country that we offer hunts in, for more detailed information about the individual concessions we offer please follow the relevant country tabs on our website.
Zimbabwe: Can only be described as the best hunting destination in Africa of that fact there is no doubt in our minds having personally hunted every African county open to hunting including and south of Tanzania. Zimbabwe remains the #1 big game hunting destination offer we have for our clients.
Zimbabwe offers only free range/fair chase hunting with no fences at all in any of our offered concession areas. The areas we offer are concession areas that are directly adjoined, open and unfenced to National Parks that serve as feeder Parks to the hunting areas. These hunting areas are owned by either the Zimbabwean Government or the local Communities that lease the land to the local Operators whom we represent.
We are not a South African company operating in Zimbabwe, we are specialist/veteran hunting agents that books hunts for Zimbabwean Professional Hunters and Zimbabwean Operator companies that are in the same group of companies as JWK Safaris, a hunt consortium.
Our Zimbabwean concessions are fantastic for all big game hunts, these are serious hunter hunts in big game country. We book on average 60 big game hunters a year in Zimbabwe and have done so for some years now. We don’t want to upset any other Operators or PH’s however we believe that we are well qualified to inform you that there is NO BETTER hunting destination in Africa than Zimbabwe for free range fair chase big game hunting, come and see for yourself.
Namibia: It is fair to is say the most popular tourism destination in Africa currently and perhaps rightly so with so much to see and experience in a safe and tranquil environment. Namibia is Africa in one country, the sand dunes of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, the seals, the dolphins, the pelicans, the oysters and the picturesque little towns make those areas a must to visit.
The Fish River Canyon (Our personal favourite Namibian eco-tourism destination) is spectacular to say the least, Carl Knight (JWK) and our friend Zim PH Simon Dzingai did the full 85 kilometre 5 day hike through the Fish River Canyon in 2018, although you don’t need to do the hike to see and experience the beauty of the canyon that is equally as impressive from above as from below if you can do the hike we recommend you do it.
Then of course Etosha National Park is a must to visit and enjoy as is Windhoek, combine all of this and more into a perfectly safe tourism destination and there you have Namibia. Should you wish to do any eco-tourism tours through Namibia we have a German and English speaking tour guides that are Namibian based, we will put you in contact with them for before or after your hunt with us.
The cherry on top of all of this is that hunting in Namibia is very good and the Namibians are perfectly accepting of hunters. JWK Safaris is offering two hunting concessions in Namibia for plains game and leopard hunting one of them is a free range, free roaming hunting on a 12,000 hectare hunting farm in the Otjiwarongo district with no high fences at all, this hunting farm belongs to the JWK family via the uncle of Jono Joseph who is the owner.
The second concession we offer in Namibia is a high fenced family farm that is 8,000 hectares in extent offering fair chase hunting with no internal fences and no camps, the hunting area is located in the Omaruru district.
Please read more about each of these individual concessions by following the Namibian links to our website as per the above.
Both of these concessions are within a 3-hour drive from Windhoek, road transfers are done in luxury SUV vehicles. Over our collective careers in the hunting industry we have become well aware that there is a very good big game hunting industry in Namibia although we are not entering that market at this point in time. Our Zimbabwean concessions are perfect for big game in fact they remain the best we have seen from a fair chase and from a trophy quality perspective.
South Africa: We (JWK Safaris owners) grew up in South Africa and still live in Johannesburg, hunting in South Africa is not what it was when we grew up there is no maybe about that. We feel Namibia is more like South Africa was in our earlier years and how South Africa should be as a hunting destination, at least as far as plains game hunting goes.
South Africa has lost most of its international hunting clientele for many reasons that we are not going to get into here. That said there are still some good hunting opportunities in RSA. South Africa is a high fenced area hunting destination even the “free range” hunts that area adjoined to the National Parks are “soft hunts” that are not of any interest to us and will not appeal to the purist hunter.
We at JWK Safaris don’t believe that bulls should/could be eco-tourism bulls one day then hunting bulls the next nor do we see the trophy value in hunting young non-trophy elephant bulls for Cities export quota at ridiculous prices nor can we ignore the back fencing and gates you drive through to hunt these expensive “free range” areas that are literally littered with tourism lodges and eco-tourism tourists.
On this basis and the list goes on we don’t sell these hunts, if you want real free range fair chase free roaming hunts RSA is not the place to hunt. A few places that are for you would be: Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Northern Namibia/Caprivi that has free range big game hunting, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Botswana (if Botswana open hunting again) would all be better options.
There are some good hunting farms in RSA that would cost and do cost a fortune to buy for the farmers that own them and cost a lot to run and maintain. If you would like a hunt in a 4 or 5 star luxury lodge with all the amenities of a city apartment such as electricity, wifi, en-suite bathrooms, waiters, cooks, massage, gym, swimming pools, camp managers, paid entertainers, 5 course gourmet meals etc. then RSA is the place for you.
If you are advanced in years then RSA is the place for you, if you are of limited mobility then RSA is the place for you, RSA would also be ideal for family hunting holidays with young children that you are teaching to hunt.
If you book RSA in order to book the best hunt you can try and book your hunt as follows: Minimum 5000 hectares on one farm with no internal camps, no driving to different farms all day long to hunt in small camps, no ear tags, no breeding programs, no bulls selected for hunting/hunting bulls of inferior gene that farmers want you to take out of their breeding programs (an insult to expect a client to hunt on that basis, we want the big boys) and no “delivered for hunting” bulls.
If you can get that right you can have a good hunt in RSA and yes there are some good PH’s in RSA and some honest Outfitters. If you would like the option to hunt two of the best areas in RSA then follow the below links to the two RSA hunting areas JWK Safaris offers, those are Limpopo Serengeti @ 10,000 hectares and Philippolis @ 14,000 hectares. Both very nice high fence farms that are as close to free range as you will get in RSA with both offering fair chase hunting and ticking as many of the above boxes as possible, ticking them all may be a bridge to far for today’s South African hunting.
Again, in fairness to our countrymen we must say that there are other good RSA hunting areas that we don’t offer, please be sure to ask the right questions. There are no Hemmingway style safaris available in RSA. There are those that will not like what we are saying but cannot say it is un-true.
In Summary: We are 100% committed to offering our clients from all over the world bookings into the top Zimbabwean, Namibian and South African hunting concessions available based on the strength of the area for the species that the client wishes to hunt. For instance, some areas are better for Elephant than others, same goes for Sable, Lion, Buffalo and Leopard etc.
JWK Safaris is 110% committed to the principles of fair chase hunting combined with sensible sustainable utilisation of our African species diversity and population numbers in addition to always offering you our valued clients the best possible deal on your safari at all times.
We have top concessions available to hunt top quality trophies on a fair chase basis. Our hunt prices are the best that the industry has to offer in top concessions. We don’t offer marginal areas or bad hunts, our hunts are all well researched, our areas are hunted and/or guided by us in person long before we offer them to our clients, well-priced top quality hunts is what we do. You will be hunting top concessions with the best PH’s when you book with JWK Safaris. We are committed to only selling hunts that we ourselves would buy, our strict hunt selection process rules out any marginal hunts or marginal Outfitters.
We only book hunts for licensed and registered Safari Outfitters and Professional Hunters. We are all licenced Safari Outfitters and Professional Hunters ourselves as well as specialist big game Booking Agents. On this basis we know exactly what is required to make your safari a successful one. We have all personally hunted the big 5 and dangerous 7 as clients and/or guides, most of the species in these groups many times over.
We know very well what you expect from your hunt and your Professional Hunter. If you want a no nonsense booking, then contact us today. We at JWK Safaris do guide a good number of hunts per annum personally, our passion for African hunting and guiding is burning brighter than ever even after spending all our lives growing up in and hunting in Africa.
We have many Booking Agents, Outfitters, Professional Hunters as clients as well as hunters themselves. Feel free to email us your enquiry. If we cannot help you, we will point you in the right direction, no enquiry is too big or small.
Whilst you are our website please take a moment to subscribe to our newsletter and read some of the past newsletters sent out. Also take a look through our trophy gallery that speaks for itself. We have many references from hunters who have booked hunts with or hunted with us in the past in the areas you will be hunting.
This company was started by hunters with a passion for hunting and a passion for conservation combined with a sincere love for this industry, those very same hunters still run this company, that passion remains.
Hunters Best Wishes,
Adriaan, Carl and Jono