DEAR HUNTING FRIENDS
We hope this newsletter finds you well.
Greetings from Southern Africa that is for now still under Covid 19 lockdown, it seems that the lockdowns are coming to an end and that international travel will open again soon, in light of that we have timed this newsletter with our recent hunt updates accordingly in the hope that now is the right time for you to consider booking your next hunt in either South Africa or Zimbabwe.
Since our last newsletter that was sent out on the 6th November 2019 we have had some really great hunts that we would like to take this opportunity to update you on and tell you a little more about who we are and the areas we hunt and/or offer hunts in, for some of you/those we met at the 2020 hunting conventions this is your first JWK newsletter… Welcome, we hope to see you around a campfire in the African bush soonest.
Here are photos of the buffalos and elephants that our clients recently hunted in Zimbabwe’s Sengwe 1, Sengwe 2 and Chitsa hunting areas that all border onto the Gonarezhou National Park in the South Eastern Lowveld of Zimbabwe, these hunting areas are adjoined to the GNP and/or the Kruger National Park. These Gonarezhou hunting areas are not located inside the park, they are located on the unfenced Park boundary as is the case throughout Zimbabwe and Africa whereby safari areas are often adjoined to the NP’s, these safari areas serve as buffer areas between the park and poachers since safari operators have guests and anti-poaching staff in the field at all times, a successful collaboration, even now during Covid 19 we are operating anti-poaching patrols all the time.
This +- 12 year old 45 inch wild free roaming buffalo was our season opening buffalo for 2020, the hunt was guided by PH Simon Dzingai who is in picture with our client from Europe, Simon was born in the Gonarezhou hunting area and has been hunting there all his life with his Dad Nixon Dzingai who is a world famous elephant hunter. This is the real deal hunters this is African buffalo hunting at it’s best. Hunted on the same hunt was this nyala and hippo, our concessions are one of the very few places in Africa that you can hunt for a wild nyala, we get 3 a year on quota, this great old hippo bull was hunted on dry land in the thick stuff…
On our next hunt for 2020 also in the Gonarezhou area we welcomed two elephant hunters that I booked in Europe, they hunted this 60 pounder and 40 pounder ( heaviest one tusk weight) with PH’s Nixon and Simon Dzingai:
On another recent hunt our client hunted this great buffalo in the Sengwe 1 area of Zimbabwe, that’s the Limpopo River this bull went down in:
This is a short update on the hunts that JWK Safaris offers in Zimbabwe and a map below showing the locations of the hunting areas:
In the South Eastern Lowveld of Zimbabwe we offer hunts in the hunting areas that are open and adjoined to the Gonarezhou National Park and/or open and adjoined to Kruger National Park via the Limpopo river that is the International boundary between RSA and Zimbabwe, these hunting areas are: Mahenye, Chitsa, Naivaisha, Sengwe 1 and Sengwe 2 with possible combinations of some of these areas on your hunt. There are 4 different hunting lodges available throughout these areas that have long been known as the Gonarezhou hunting areas, these are massive hunting areas of over 300.000 hectares in extent (740.000 acres)The Gonarezhou hunting areas are famous for and remain excellent for trophy elephant bulls and trophy buffalo bulls, these areas rate amongst the top 3 areas in today’s Africa to hunt for these trophy elephant bulls. Also found here in good numbers are hippo and croc, nyala, kudu and eland. The Sengwe 1 and 2 concessions are true wild dagga boy hunting areas in Zimbabwe that are situated along on the dry Limpopo River (pools of water exist), you can expect to hunt your dagga boy from a group of bulls in the riverine jess bush where they live on the Zim side, these are amongst the best remaining wild dagga boy hunts in Southern Africa.
Please follow this link to read more about the Gonarezhou hunting areas and see camp photos: https://www.jwksafaris.com/gonarezhou
In Matetsi we offer hunts in: Matetsi ECA (Extended Conservation Area), in Matetsi Unit 1 and Matetsi Unit 5. We have been selling hunts in Matetsi for over 10 years and can with confidence tell you that Matetsi is the best free range fair chase 5 STAR hunting destination in Southern Africa, Matetsi is in a word amazing yet affordable. We can and do use the 5 star Victoria Falls Hotel for our clients that want that kind of accommodation when hunting, in Matetsi all is possible.
Matetsi is fantastic hunting for elephant, big cats, cape buffalo and plains game/antelopes. Matetsi is dry land hunting where massive body elephant bulls (Hwange/Chobe bulls) in the 35 to 45 pound tusk class are plentiful as are the massive herds of buffalo that are found in Matetsi this true wilderness safari area that is open to Hwange National Park and to Chobe NP/Botswana, the hunting areas and hunting lodges are a convenient 1 hour drive from the Victoria Falls international Airport, no charter flights and no long road transfers are required to hunt Matetsi. See below for a map detailing the Matetsi safari Areas and the Matetsi ECA.
Hwange National Park, The Victoria Falls, The Mighty Zambezi River and Lake Kariba are all big attractions as are the 5 star hotels in the Falls area.
Please follow these links to read more about the Matetsi hunting areas we offer:
JWK Safaris offers Houseboat hunting on Lake Kariba whereby you hire our houseboat with all staff including cook and bar staff on a full board/fully catered basis aboard. Your professional hunter will be on the boat with you, we are able to offer hippo, crocodile (big crocs), elephant, buffalo and big cats. We have a land based lodge that operates in conjunction with the houseboat. These houseboat hunts are an amazing adventure, you will be hunting and fishing on Lake Kariba. Prime time is our African summer…. Binga and Lake Kariba hunts are not new to us, we have been selling hunts in Binga/Kariba for years, your hunt will be a great one. Please follow this link to see more and red more: https://www.jwksafaris.com/houseboat-hunting-lake-kariba
Thanks for taking the time to review our Zimbabwean concessions on our website, now back to our recent hunts:
We recently welcomed a hunter from the USA on his second hunt with us in the last 12 months, on his last hunt he shot a great elephant bull in the 80 pound class, on this hunt that was guided by Nixon Dzingai (in buffalo photo) the client hunted two elephants and this perfect old dagga boy, now I know that you cannot currently import elephant from Zimbabwe into the USA, we hope that this changes soon. That said we have two options for elephant hunters: Since our trophies are exportable we can store your trophy whilst we wait for the import status to change or you can hunt a non-export non-trophy reduction hunt elephant bull in the below 35 pound tusk weight class. Please email Jono or I for more information. The prices on all our hunts are industry leading.
SOUTH AFRICAN HUNTS
Now onto more of our recent hunts since our last newsletter, this time guided by either myself or PH Jono Joseph. In South Africa, we have a 14.000 hectare (35.000 acres) hunting area in central South Africa, see map below showing location of the area named Philippolis.
This area produces fantastic buffalo, sable, roan and plains game plus world class fishing on the Van Der Kloof Dam/lake, our 4 star lodge caters for even the most discerning hunter, please follow the link to see lodge and area photos: https://www.jwksafaris.com/free-state-philippolis-lodge
The terrain and species diversity of our area makes provision for all hunters, here is an example: My client shot the below buffalo at a distance of 40 meters with his Heym 500 double rifle then took the springbuck grand slam with his 300 WSM those shots ranged from 350 to 450 meters. In addition we have most species of plains game including sable and roan. We are an English 1st language company, both in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
FYI: These zebra are not Burchells they are cape mountain zebra, less common and in high demand, a challenging hunt as they live in the mountains. The buck that you may not recognize is a Lechwe.
Nice to see the ladies and the young hunters (including my sons) getting involved in the hunts and learning our trade.
Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletters and consider booking one of our hunts, when considering an African hunt there are many factors to consider such as target species, as you can see and surely know there is no other continent in the world that offers the species diversity to hunters that Africa does, when you go about your African hunting you could spend a lifetime hunting Africa properly and not get done or come once, hate it and never return in the latter scenario the client most often booked the cheapest discounted or “cancellation hunt” they could find, if you are considering price only when booking hunts then you will not enjoy African hunting, quality as you know comes at a premium.
Lastly, I (all members) have been requested by the Custodians Professional Hunting association www.cphc-sa.co.za where I am a member (Jono is PHASA Exco, makes for good humour around the camp fires) to add this DSC and OPHAA appeal to our newsletters and marketing material in the hope that this offer gets taken up, we are doing so as this is fantastic offer that should be taken up by all PH’s, Outfitters and Operators reading this.
Thanks to all concerned for putting these initiatives forward.
April 2, 2020
Operators and Professional Hunting Associations of Africa
Via email to firstname.lastname@example.org;email@example.com
DSC Frontline Foundation Article for Like Minded Industry Organizations’ Magazines/Newsletters
“A Message from the DSC Frontline Foundation”
by John Patterson, President
Six years ago DSC recognized that as a hunting organization whose members rely heavily on the services of professional outfitters and guides, there needed to be a way for DSC to financially support these professionals when they suffer disabling injuries while carrying out their professional duties or help their families in the case of a fatality. DSC understood that due to the nature of their hazardous professions, and its inherent dangers, financial hardships were a grim reality if unexpected accidents, or tragedy befell these hard-working professionals. Compounding the severity of unexpected events, many have limited, or zero, access to either life or health insurance. Injuries, or in the worst case the death of the breadwinner, translates into complete loss of income, and families are now left without means to support or educate their children.
Understanding these needs, DSC created, and initially funded the DSC Frontline Foundation, whose sole mission is to provide financial support to professional hunters, outfitters, guides, and their staff who put their livelihood, and oftentimes their very lives, on the FRONTLINE of risk while serving the hunting community. Over the past six years, Frontline has provided financial assistance to professional hunters, guides, game scouts, trackers and, recently included, anti-poaching personnel, and the families of those killed in the line of duty. This assistance has covered everything from search and recovery efforts, extraction from the point of injury, defraying medical expenses, loss of income, providing for children’s education, and when necessary, funeral expenses.
Any outfitter, PH, or guide who is a member of Operators and Professional Hunting Associations of Africa (“OPHAA”) is eligible for DSC Frontline Foundation assistance (this includes an outfitter’s staff who may not be OPHAA members). The only cost to you is simply the expense of maintaining your membership in OPHAA and the requirement that you be in good standing.
We urge you to keep in mind that the DSC Frontline Foundation was created for professionals like you, and it stands ready to support you. Do not hesitate to contact us when you have a qualifying need. We also urge you to promote membership in OPHAA to your friends in the professional hunting industry. In addition to supporting OPHAA, mention the benefits Frontline provides that go along with membership. The small cost of a membership is the cheapest insurance they will ever have.
More information about the DSC Frontline Foundation, including eligibility requirements and how you can support this worthy cause, may be found at http://dscfrontlinefoundation.org/ or by contacting the DSC Frontline Foundation at the address or phone number below. DSC Frontline Foundation is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Foundation are deductible under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.
DSC Frontline Foundation
13709 Gamma Road
Dallas, Texas 75244
Thanks again for taking the time to read our newsletters and pass them onto your hunting friends, we do have quota and dates available for all big game and plains game hunts in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Clients, agents, PH’s and Operators/Outfitters welcome to contact us for a quote on your next hunt.
Hunters best wishes.
Contact Number: 0027-82-749-1747 / 0027-83-657-5064