About The Safari
Hunting in South Africa
A South African hunting expedition is something every person should have the opportunity to do at least once in their lifetime – and Volmer Safaris strives to make this possible.
With its excellent infrastructure and vast availability of wild game species, South Africa offers the perfect setting to fulfil the hunter’s African dream.
South Africa is not only renowned for her beauty and her pleasant climate, but is also one of the easiest, stable, safe and clean hunter-friendly countries in Africa.
Contrary to popular belief, a South African hunting safari is very affordable.
Volmer Safaris will make all arrangements for your hunt to include: permits, transfers, accommodation, meals, and sightseeing opportunities. Your entire safari will be tailormade to suit your personal needs.
Every hunting safari we do is custom tailored to meet your specific desires, with your satisfaction being our foremost priority.
It is our goal to make your African Hunting Safari the most memorable and unforgettable experience of a lifetime.
Our Specialty: Hippo Hunting
Hippos are among the most dangerous game animals that can be hunted in South Africa.
As a result of the great risk associated with hippo hunting, we find that these hunts are becoming increasingly popular, because of the challenge involved from both the hunter and the Professional Hunter.
The hippo can be extremely aggressive when disturbed, and accounts for more human deaths on the African continent than all of the other members of the Big Five.
The hippo can be found in many of the rivers and pans of South Africa. Their sun-sensitive skin keeps them in the water nearly all day, and is usually only found away from the water during their nocturnal grazing sessions.
Their encounters with humans usually occur around sunrise, while they are making their way back to water. This encounters most often result in a fatality.
Hunting hippo is a very difficult task, which is why so few Professional Hunters offer Hippo hunting on their list of species.
When hunting hippo, by all means use enough rifle! Sight your rifle in dead-on; your shot must be made with pinpoint accuracy.
The triangular indentation just above the eyes is your aim point and a shot placed here will penetrate the brain and anchor this large “water horse”. From the side, aim just below the ear.
The hippo will sink beneath the water, but float back to the surface within about one to two hours. Once the hippo is afloat, it can be retrieved from the water by the trackers.
This is where you have to exercise extreme caution, as where you find hippo, you will almost be sure to find the Nile crocodile as well.
The hippo can also be hunted on land and, make no mistake, hunting hippo in this manner can be terrifically exciting – yet very dangerous, as they can become frightfully aggressive.
You not only approach this beast with extreme caution, but you have to be ready for a charge. A well-placed shot on the shoulder will anchor one of these big animals if you have used sufficient gun; in a charge, the brain shot will be your only guarantee of stopping the beast.
Rely only on large caliber rifles with solid bullets for this job. As always, the .375 should be considered as the minimum caliber, but consider one of the 40 calibers or even larger in a double rifle if at all possible.
Speak to us if you wish to combine a hippo hunt with a crocodile hunt.
As registered outfitters, we are able to assist our hunters with various equipment needed for their safari with us, making us a “one-stop-shop” for both your safari needs and equipment if required.
This is most enjoyed by our International clients, alleviating the issues which they may face travelling with weapons.
We have rifles fully licensed and available for use in the following calibres:
- .223 Rem
- .243 Win
- 5×55 SM
- .308 Win
- .308 Win Long Gun
- 8×57 JS
- .375 H&H (minimum calibre for big game animals)
- .416 Rigby
- 470 NE Double Rifle (heym)
- 12 BR Shotguns (ammo per box 25)
Our aim at Volmer Safaris is to make the ‘African dream’ possible for every international guest – not only for experienced hunters, but also for the blue collar worker who never expected an African safari to be possible in their lifetime.
We tailor our rates not only according to your dream hunting experience and the animal of your choice, but also according to your budget – with no hidden costs.
In fact, our tailored packages endeavour to make it affordable for almost anybody to enjoy a prized hunting experience, while enjoying some of the best camps.
Are you ready to embark upon the ultimate African hunting safari?
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- An Unforgettable African Hunting Experience
- All Accommodation
- All Catering Provided
- All Land Transportation
- Services of a Professional Hunter
- Laundry Service
- Field Preparation of Trophies
- Local Beer and Wine (in moderation)
- Air Transportation
- Taxidermy Work
- Shipping of Trophies
- Dipping and Packing of Trophies
- Life Insurance
- Equipment / Luggage Insurance
- Bow hunting is welcomed in most areas.
- Wing shooting can be arranged and is a nice activity between hunts.
- Some of our camps cater for fishing, which is a pleasant add-on that we gladly offer.