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8 Day "Welcome to Africa" Package South Africa Eastern Cape Hunt

Choose 4 of 5 Animals
1 x 1 Hunting


8 Day Safari - $2950

Come join us with Mankazana Safaris for an unforgettable Safari to Africa’s Beautiful Eastern Cape

Come join us with Mankazana Safaris for an unforgettable Safari to Africa’s Beautiful Eastern Cape
8 Day "Welcome to Africa" Package
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This Safari Package will Include Your Choice of 4 of the Following 5 Animals:

1 - Impala
1 - Common Blesbok
1 - Southern Duiker
1 - Common Springbok
1 - Warthog

1 x 1 Hunting
8 Day Safari - $2950

Safari to be Booked During the 2021 Hunting Season

This package is an 8 day Safari to the Malaria Free Eastern Cape of South Africa with Mankazana Safaris. Here you will have your choice of 4 of the above 5 animals to hunt during your stay. You will have 8 FULL days of hunting. There will be no extra charge for day of arrival or day of departure. This is a very affordable Safari intended to introduce hunters to the Africa that we know and love. This Safari is to be booked during the 2021 hunting season. We hunt from mid-March through mid-August.


There will be No Substitutions or Refunds with this Package

8 Day "Spiral Horn Slam" Package
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This Safari Package will Include the Following 4 Trophy Animals:

1 - Nyala
1 - Cape Eland
1 - Cape Bushbuck
1- Eastern Cape Greater Kudu

1 x 1 Hunting
8 Day Safari - $8900

Safari must be Booked for the 2021 Hunting Season.

Thank you for viewing our website at Mankazana Safaris North America, LLC. In appreciation of looking at our site we would like to offer you this “Special” Package. This Package must be booked during the 2020 or 2021 hunting season. Come and visit us in the Eastern Cape of South Africa for an unforgettable Safari.


There will be No Substitutions or Refunds with this Package


"Out of Africa" Classic
21 Day Safari
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Toppingvale lodge used as base camp. Basic Fly camp used on occasion with camping over campfire. If a safari of OLD is what you're looking for. This is it!. Come join us and Hunt the way of Roosevelt and Hemingway.

1 x 1 Hunting
21 Day Safari - $6995
Plus $3500 Trophy Fee Credit

During the months of FEBRUARY, OCTOBER, and NOVEMBER.

Maximum Two Hunts per Season

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Consider packing your bag with folloing daily essentials.

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Consider packing your bag with folloing daily essentials.

Lodges

Stanley and Toppingvale Lodge

There are three camps. The 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.” Toppingvale is well off the beaten path with a spectacular view. Each has four spacious double bedrooms, sitting room with fireplace, formal dining area, a stone veranda with fire pit, an outside dining area and a swimming pool. The Mbila Bush Camp is more rustic, sitting 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.

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Frequently Asked questions

  1. Your motto is, “Come prepared to walk and stalk the game.” Just how good a shape do I need to be in?

    The Eastern Capes is best described as mountainous. Depending on what specific animal you are hunting, you could be in areas ranging from 2000 to 7000+ feet in elevation. The vast majority of your hunting will take place between 2000 and 4000 feet. That said, it is more important that you be able to walk a few hundred yards quietly than to be able to cover longer distances. Of course, the better shape you are in, the more you will enjoy your hunt. If you are not very active we recommend you start walking several times a week several weeks before your Safari. If you can work up to doing a mile at a brisk pace without resting you'll be more than ready for your hunt. If possible work a little hill climbing into your exercise regimen. You will be hunting in a very game rich environment so the need to walk great distances is not necessary. That said, the terrain of the Eastern Cape can be rough and steep, intimidating to many hunters. Therefore, if you are in poor condition or have some disability which could prevent you from negotiating the country, PLEASE let us know in advance. If you'll let your Professional Hunter (PH) know your limitations up front a lot of the rough and steep terrain can be avoided.

  2. When is the hunting season and how long is it?

    In South Africa the wildlife belongs to the land owner, therefore they do not have hunting seasons in the sense we do here in the United States. Technically the game could be hunted all year. However, we limit our hunting to mid-March through August. Remember, you are in the southern hemisphere so the seasons are reversed. The above is the equivalent to mid-September through February here in the States.

  3. What rifle or rifles do I need to bring?

    First, bring a rifle you are familiar with and can shoot well. In other words, do not buy a new rifle just for your safari a few days or weeks before departure time. If bringing only one rifle (our recommendation) it must be capable of taking the largest animal you plan to hunt. Unless eland is on the menu something in the 270/30-06 class with good quality bullets (Barnes, Trophy Bonded, Swift A-Frame, Nosler Partition, etc) should be considered a minimum. If eland is on the menu then one of the 300 magnums or preferably one of the 338 magnums, or larger, is recommended, again with premium bullets. If bringing two rifles, a fast 6mm. or 25 caliber, even a 22 centerfire, all with premium bullets would work as your light rifle. In such a case your large rifle would likely be a 30 caliber or larger. Now, why do we recommend one rifle? In Africa you never know what may step out. Say you are stalking a springbuck with your super accurate 22-250 and at 250 yards the kudu of a lifetime steps out. It is very unlikely your PH would allow you to try a shot at a 600-700 pound animal with such a light rifle, thus a great opportunity is lost. Scopes? You really don’t need anything bigger than a good quality 3x9 variable, with the emphasis on “good quality.” Ammo? If bringing two rifles, 40 rounds per rifle should be adequate. If bringing one rifle, 60 rounds should be enough.

  4. How long are my shots likely to be?

    This is one area where you need to be totally honest with your PH. The Eastern Cape terrain and vegetation lend themselves to rather long, 200-300 yard, cross canyon shots. However, if you are not comfortable taking shots at such ranges, be sure your PH knows. He will go to great lengths to get you as close as you need to be. That said, most of us can learn to reliably make such shots on game. When you book your hunt we will provide a copy of our “Don’t Blow That Shot” pamphlet which is loaded with information on how to prepare for your safari, from the shooting standpoint.

  5. What is a typical hunting day like?

    You'll be up before daylight and after a light breakfast of coffee, tea, juice, and rusk (something similar to a dry granola bar but homemade) you'll be off. If kudu and/or bushbuck are on the menu you will spend the first couple hours of daylight on a “stand” watching habitat where these cover loving species are likely to be seen. Likewise the last couple hours of daylight will be spent on such a stand, until you have taken your kudu/bushbuck. After the morning hunt you will return to camp for a full blown breakfast. Then it is off to more open country to hunt springbuck, impala, blesbuck, etc. These animals can be hunted productively all day long. Or you may get to take a nap! After the evening stand for kudu/bushbuck you'll return to camp, probably after dark. You'll have time to shower, put on your freshly laundered cloths and adjourn to the campfire for a pre-dinner drink and to visit with your hunting companions before dinner. Dinner is typically a three course affair, starting with an appetizer or soup, followed by an entrée consisting of a delicious venison dish and locally grown vegetables, and capped by a mouth watering dessert. It is then back to the campfire for an after dinner drink and to finish rehashing the day’s hunt. Its then to bed and the all too soon wakeup to start all over again. On average you will take two animals for each three days of hunting. Although abundant, kudu and bushbuck, which have habits similar to our elk and whitetails, can be tough to get.

  6. What type and how much clothing and gear do I need?

    One of the good things about hunting in Africa is that it does not take a lot of clothing or gear. Typically your gun case and a medium sized duffle will carry all your needs. Daily laundry is a fact of life so 2-3 changes of hunting clothes and 4 changes of underwear and socks is about all that is required. In June and July it can get rather cool in the morning, below freezing, so a good windproof jacket, gloves and possibly a stocking cap or other warm headgear is advisable. Since there is no shooting from the vehicle you will not be riding around in the back of an open pick-up. A lightweight packable rain suit is also a good idea. Even on the cold mornings it will usually warm up nicely, 50-70 degrees, by mid-day, so it is good to layer one’s clothing. If you book a hunt we will provide you with a detailed list of necessary clothing and other gear.

  7. What is the difference between your package hunts and a traditional safari?

    First let me describe a traditional safari. On such a hunt you contract for a specified number of hunting days at the current daily rate fee. You then pay current trophy fees for the animals you take. You must also pay the trophy fee on any animals wounded and lost. On a package hunt you are contracting for a specific number of hunting days and a specific package of animals. As a rule package hunts usually cost about 10%-15% less than if you did a traditional safari for the same number of days and the same animals because you are paying for the animals up front. As with the traditional safari, if you wound an animal and it is not recovered, that animal is considered taken. On a package hunt our obligation is met if we provide you with a reasonable opportunity to take a mature specimen of the package animals. Other game may be taken on a package hunt by paying the current trophy fee. In short, a package can be priced cheaper because we know we have sold a certain number of animals. Most first time African hunters are content with packages because they are put together to include the species most first time hunters want. Later on a hunter may want to use a traditional safari as his desire for less common game develops or if he wants to hunt for exceptional trophies.

  8. Can I make substitutions in a package and do I get a refund if I do not get some of the animals?

    Because of the discounted price of packages, substitutions are not allowed. As previously stated, you can take additional animals at the current trophy fee. Neither do we offer refunds if you fail to get some of the package animals. Over the past several years we have a 95% success on package hunts. Most hunters who failed to get all their package animals either missed or passed up acceptable animals in hopes of a larger one. As previously stated our obligation is met if we provide you with a reasonable opportunity to take a mature specimen of each package animal. On the positive side, over the same time period approximately 90% of the game taken with Mankazana Safaris has made the SCI record book. This includes game taken on package hunts. If you are a serious trophy hunter and wish to hold out for exceptional trophies we recommend you book a traditional safari. Having said that, we do not reserve our exceptional animals for hunters booking traditional safaris. If booking a package and the first kudu you see is an exceptional gold medal trophy, you will be allowed to take him.

  9. Am I expected to tip the staff?

    Yes, tipping is expected. Some hunters like to bring inexpensive gifts for the camp staff and perhaps give their PH a pair of binoculars or a hunting knife. However, the preferred tip is cash. After all, one can only use so many tee shirts or binoculars. No one in the safari business is getting rich, especially the camp staff and the PH’s. Even the outfitters are not making a killing. Besides, you will be treated so well that you will want to show your appreciation by tipping. As for tipping guidelines, for your PH a good starting point is $50 per day. If you think he deserves more let your pocketbook be your guide. As for the camp staff, about $15 per day for everyone is a good starting point. If you are paying for more than one person in your party, say a child or spouse, another $5 per person per day is about right. In the past we have also tipped the tracker separately, usually at the rate of $10-$15 per day. As with the PH, if you think the staff or any one staff member is more deserving, let your pocketbook be your guide. Typically all tips are given at the end of the safari and are paid to the PH or outfitter when you settle up. You tell him who gets what and he will see that everyone gets their tips.

  10. How difficult is it to secure the proper gun permits?

    In South Africa the gun permit is free and is actually not that difficult to get. However, the application form can be very intimidating. When you book a hunt we will provide detailed information on how to apply for your permit and will help you with the entire process. You will also receive basic information about flying with firearms, both internationally and domestic.

  11. Do you make travel arrangements?

    We are a small operation, so do not make actual airline travel arrangements. We will help you plan your itinerary so you will know exact travel dates and approximate times for when you do contact a travel agency. Or you can do as we do and make your own travel arrangements on line or if traveling with South African Air, through their US office. Be advised there are special considerations for travel within South Africa, which we will make you aware of.

  12. What do I do to book my safari?

    A non-refundable 50% deposit of day fees for a traditional safari or the package price for package hunts guarantees your safari and hunting dates. If booking two or more years out a 25% deposit now with another 25% due within 12 months not only locks in your safari and hunt dates, but also locks you in at current rates. The balance is payable to the outfitter in cash or American traveler checks prior to the start of your safari.

  13. Why is the deposit non-refundable?

    As soon as you book a hunt several things take place. First your hunt dates are set aside to make sure no other hunters are booked at the same time. Other planning also begins to make sure your hunt is the enjoyable experience you want it to be. If we did allow cancellations it may be difficult or impossible to book other hunters into your time slot on short notice. Your best protection is trip/travel insurance. We, personally, have received excellent service from Travel Guard.

  14. Do I need any special vaccinations or medicines to visit the Eastern Cape?

    The Eastern Cape of South Africa is free of malaria and all of the other infectious diseases typically associated with Africa. However, you should check with your physician to see what he recommends. A vaccination for hepatitis A&B and an up-to-date tetanus vaccination are normally all that are necessary.

  15. How many other hunters can I expect in camp?

    At Mankazana Safaris we strive to have the clients single group at our lodge during the period of their Safari. This allows us to give our total attention to this particular clients group. If more than one group is to be at our lodge, each group will still receive the same excellent service which all clients of Mankazana Safaris have become accustomed.

  16. If I should tire of hunting do you offer any non-hunting activities?

    Yes, should you or a non-hunting observer tire of hunting we offer a variety of non-hunting activities ranging from visits to local rock art sites, nearby game reserves, shopping excursions, and even fishing trips. If the hunter takes part in these activities there typically is no, or minimal, additional charge. However, if a non-hunting observer wishes to take part in the offered activities and the hunter DOES NOT, there will be an additional fee to cover an extra guide and vehicle.

  17. In addition to hunting I wish to visit other tourist attractions in the area. Do you arrange such pre or post hunt activities?

    Depending on your interest we can recommend other activities or facilities. Such activities will be arranged independent of your hunting safari. If you prefer a pre-hunt activity we will arrange to pick you up at the conclusion of the activity and transport you to the hunting area, assuming the activity is in the Eastern Cape. If a post-hunt activity, we will drop you off at the activity site, again assuming it is in the Eastern Cape, and you will be dependent on them to get you back to the airport in Port Elizabeth.

  18. How do I get my trophies home?

    Your trophies will be shipped to you via air freight, several months after you return from your safari. Some freight forwarders require you to pay the freight charge up front, requiring you to wire funds to Africa, while others will ship COD. Cost varies depending on whether you are shipping finished taxidermy mounts or capes and skulls. Taxidermy is cheaper in Africa so some hunters opt to have it done there. However, the increased freight charge for the larger crate may negate any savings on the taxidermy work. Shop wisely in this regard. Your trophies can be shipped to only a few airports, identified by our Fish and Wildlife Service as ports of entry. Google “USFWS port of entry” and then look for “designated ports” for a list. Clearing your trophies through Customs, USDA, and USFWS is rather complex, plus it may be taking place at an airport many miles from your home. We recommend you secure the services of a customs broker to handle this task. If we do not know of a brokerage firm at the port of entry nearest you, we will help you find one. Once the shipment is cleared you can pick it up or the broker will arrange truck transportation to your home/taxidermist. There is a fee for the broker and any surface transportation of your trophies.

Traditional Safaris (7 Day Minimum)

Daily Rates:*

1X1 = $400 per day   •   2X1 = $325 per day   •   Observer = $180 per day
Baboon $300
Blesbuck, Common $500
Blesbuck, White $750
Bontebuck POR
Buffalo POR
Bushbuck, Cape $850
Bushpig, baited $750
Duiker, Blue $1,900
Duiker, Grey $300
Eland, Cape $2,750
Fallow Deer $650
Gemsbuck $1,400
Giraffe $2,750
Grysbok Cape $1,900
Hartebeest, red $1,200
Impala $450
Klipspringer $2,000
Kudu, Cape $1,400
Lynx/Caracal (hunted with dogs) $950
Letchwe,Red $2,900
Nyala $2,750
Oribi $2,750
Reedbuck, Common $1,400
Reedbuck, Mountain $600
Rhebuck, Vaal $1,850
Roan Antelope POR
Sable POR
Springbok, Cape $400
Springbok, Copper $1,200
Springbok, Black $550
Springbok, White $1,000
Steenbok $350
Vervet Monkey $100
Warthog $470
Waterbuck $2,500
Wildebeest, Black $1,200
Wildebeest, Blue $1,200
Zebra, Burchells $1,450

**There will be an additional fee of $125/day to cover the dogs and dog handler.

Daily Rates Include: Services of a licensed professional hunter, hunting vehicle and support team. Pick-up and drop-off at Port Elizabeth Airport on arrival and departure days. Accommodations, meals, soft drinks, liquor, local beer, and wines in reasonable quantities. Daily laundry service. Field preparation of trophies to a local taxidermist or shipping agent. Value added tax.

Daily Rates DO NOT INCLUDE: Any air travel, pre and post safari accommodations and meals. Trophy fees for animals taken or wounded and lost. Hire of rifles and ammunition, gratuities to professional hunter and staff. The preparation, packing and documentation and export of trophies from South Africa and all items of a personal nature.

The Small Print

Safari Reservation: A non-refundable deposit of fifty percent (50%) of the daily rate for the contracted number of hunting days, or of the total package price, is required to confirm your safari reservation. If booking two or more years out a 25% deposit now with another 25% due in 12 months or less confirms your reservation and locks you in at current rates. The balance is payable in U.S. travelers checks or cash directly to the outfitter upon arrival in camp and prior to start of the safari.

Air Travel: The hunter is responsible for arranging his/her own air travel; however, we do recommend a travel agency which specializes in travel for international hunters.

Travel Documentation: A valid passport is required.

Importation of Firearms: At present the firearms permit in South Africa is free. However, the application form can be intimidating. We can assist you with the application or recommend a company in South Africa which specializes in securing your permit in advance, for a fee of course. You will also need a U.S. Customs Form 4457 to show proof of ownership in South Africa and to expedite bringing your firearms back into the U.S. At present, semi-automatic firearms are not allowed in South Africa.

Errors and Omissions Excepted: While every effort is made to present correct information, Mankazana Safaris North America, LLC is not bound by any errors and omissions in the descriptions and prices.

Responsibility: Mankazana Safaris North America, LLC act only as agents and servants on behalf of the client for all services and disclaims any and all liability for property loss or damage, and/or any and all damage resulting from death or personal injury.

Mankazana Safaris North America, LLC is not liable for loss of services which may be sustained on account of any Act of God, or any failure or delay caused by a common carrier over which Mankazana Safaris North America, LLC has no control.

The payment of the required deposit and signing of the contract shall constitute consent to all provisions and to the terms and conditions listed in our sales brochure and other supporting sales literature.