This award winning outfitter’s hunting area is situated at the foothills of the Winterberg Mountains in the spectacular Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. This diverse terrain of over ninety thousand acres in the Adelaide/Bedford area offers an abundance of superb trophies, in one of the great hunting areas of South Africa. The Mankazana River meanders lazily through this wildlife paradise. Set among forest clad mountains and with over thirty species available, this hunting operation offers prospective clients an unforgettable African hunting experience.
The climate in the foothills of the Great Winterberg Mountains is temperate with no unpleasant excesses of heat, humidity, or cold. Tropical diseases such as malaria, bilharzia, and yellow fever are unknown.
Our Mankazana Safaris Outfitter
Mankazana Safaris is owned by Frans Bussiahn and his wife Justine. The two of them own a farm in the Mankazana Valley where they live with their three boys, Daniel, Thomas, and Samuel. Frans has a Masters Degree in Zoology and being a Professional Hunter is his life. Frans is an Official Measurer for SCI and as previously won “Professional Hunter of the Year” in the Eastern Cape.
At Mankazana Safaris we are blessed to have several outstanding Professional Hunters.
Is a very experienced PH and handles our fishing trips at Mankazana.
Is a bow hunting expert and a very accomplished PH. He is also a local Game Rancher.
Chris grew up in the Port Alfred area of the Eastern Cape hunting Blue Duiker and Bushbuck. He is a superb Professional Hunter who certainly lives up to our motto "Walk and Stalk the Game". Chris is also a very accomplished angler representing our National Team in rock/surf angling.
Is a PH form Grahamstown. Ed is our specialist in hunting Bushpig and Caracal and is an excellent PH.
Anthony Schenk (left), Graeme Hjul (Center), Chris Dell (right), Edward Everton (not pictured)
Our Trackers and Skinners are also very knowledgeable and are some of the best trackers to be found. One tracker, Andile Balagile, was twice voted “Best Tracker of the Year” in the Eastern Cape. The trackers are: Mongezi Willem, Nyanisille Simandolo, and Andile Balangile. These men do a superb job for our clients here at Mankazana Safaris.
Mbila Bush Camp
Stanley and Toppingvale Lodge
There are three camps. Stanley and Toppingvale Lodges are colonial era farm houses restored to their original glory. Stanley has been described as “spacious” while Toppingvale is more “homey”. Tooppingvale is well of the beaten path with a spectacular view. Each as four spacious double bedrooms, sitting room with fireplace, formal dining areas, a stone veranda with fire pit, an outside dining area, and a swimming pool. The Mbila Bush Camp is more rustic, setting on the banks of the Mankazana River with towering rock formations. All camps have en suite facilities of flush toilets and hot/cold showers. Stanley and Toppingvale also have bath tubs. Guests are treated to wholesome country cuisine, including delicious country breakfasts, freshly baked breads, and mouthwatering venison dishes.
Meals at Mankazana Safaris are a special treat. Thelma Mboyiya, our cook, is responsible for the mouthwatering breakfasts and dinners that await our clients each day. Thelma has become a household name among many past clients. Other lodge staff include Beauty Balangile, Morina Ndayimani, Nothemba Mboyiya, and Welile Mboyiya. All of these wonderful people through their steadfast efforts give each client something to look forward to everyday of their stay with Mankazana Safaris. The piles of firewood, the clean rooms, the clean laundry, and the wonderful meals are due to all of the staffs tireless efforts to bring a smile to each clients face. They are all greatly appreciated. For without them many Safari memories would be lost.
Our fabulous cook, Thelma Mboyiya
Beauty Balangile and Thelma Mboyiya, Our Dynamic Duo