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Constantia Safaris offer clients superior hunting, photographic and leisure safaris in the Kalahari and other exclusive parts of South Africa. We are committed to provide outstanding services, ethical and safe hunting and we subscribe to the concept of conservation through sustainable utilization. Our staff members go the extra mile to ensure that clients have a wonderful time, thoroughly enjoy their African experience and at the same time become valued friends.
The Constantia team’s professionalism, attention to detail and warm hospitality will ensure a remarkable African adventure. Our safaris are conducted under cobalt blue Northern Cape skies and in the Kalahari with its rolling red dunes, home to the magnificent Oryx – often referred to as the Unicorns of the desert. We also track Africa’s other animals that
roam the blackthorn and camphor-bush studded plains – from the tiny steenbuck to the elusive kudu and of course the intimidating Cape buffalo. We are keen to share all the delights that the malaria-free Northern Cape Province offer (South Africa’s largest and most sparsely populated province). No wonder then that many of our clients return year after year for the privilege to hunt with Constantia Safaris.
Gerrit Nieuwoudt, an experienced and energetic hunter is registered with Safari Club International and the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa. He was born into a family of hunters who have for generations owned and hunted on their own land. He therefore has an intimate knowledge of the game that roam the Northern Cape plains. He was not only taught the fine art of hunting but also gained special knowledge on skinning, trophy care and meat processing. Today Gerrit owns a 5000 hectare (12 355 acre) private game reserve – home to seventeen game species – from where he runs Constantia Safaris. Gerrit also owns the popular, Die Kuil Butchery in the nearby town of Danielskuil.
Constantia Safaris was founded in 1982 and excels in organising hunts for corporate and international clients. Its all-inclusive services offer reservations, transfers, licencing, planning of safaris and conducting the hunts, field preparation and dipping and shipping of trophies as well as meat processing. Vehicles used for transport are state of the art all-wheel drive hunting trucks and comfortable combis.
Location & Climate
The Constantia Private Game Reserve is located in an area known as the green Kalahari, about 130km Northwest of Kimberly and approximately 30km from Danielskuil. Our concession areas in the true Kalahari are further northwest, close to the Botswana border. All hunting is done in semi-arid and typical savannah-type country. Compared to many other countries the southern sub-continent has a fairly mild climate but temperature extremes do occur from time to time. Being in the southern hemisphere, our winter months are June through August. Temperatures range from 25°C (41°F) during the day, dropping to an average of 5°C (41°F) at night. In summer the days are hot with warm evenings, the temperatures range between 20°C (68°F) and 45°C (113°F). The Cape Province experiences summer rainfall, so early and late season hunters can expect some rain.
Facilities and Services
There are nine luxuriously furnished rooms each with its own en-suite bathroom complete with bath, shower and flush toilet. Other facilities include the Trophy Room lounge, dinning room, well-stocked bar, swimming pool and open-air barbecue area. The camp is an oasis in an otherwise semi-arid land and a haven for scores of birds.
Accommodation at the camps in our hunting concessions are of the same high standard as in Constantia’s base camp. The architecture of some of the camps was inspired by nature itself and the abundance of wildlife around these camps contribute to that real Out of Africa feeling. Although one of these camps has thatched brick buildings and a swimming pool it offers peace and tranquillity which is most welcome after a day’s hard hunting. When the day draws to a close guests enjoy sun-downers and a sumptuous barbecue under Africa’s sparkling heavens.
A highlight on every Constantia safari is the delicious and exquisitely presented meals. Our chefs take great care in preparing even the simplest of dishes and then present them in a way that is fit for royalty. We provide a variety of sumptuous traditional Northern Cape, as well as international dishes. At the lodges meals are served in grand style while picnic-type meals are served in the veld if you opt for something different. Complementary sundowners are served at sunset. It is very relaxing to enjoy a good wine whilst watching the setting sun and listening to the awakening of nocturnal animals. Constantia Lodge offers an extensive list of excellent and uniquely South African wines. All wines are carefully selected in co-operation with one of South Africa’s leading Wine Clubs.
Constantia will send you a questionnaire well in advance of your hunt to enquire about your culinary preferences.
Every hunter is required to check his rifles’ sights at the start of the hunt. A 100m range with a fixed benchrest and all the necessary equipment is available to make sure that your scope is perfectly zeroed for the appropriate distances. Your professional hunter will be at hand to assist if necessary.
We are vastly experienced in handling all trophy requirements from the moment the animal is shot. Naturally, excellent slaughtering facilities exist on Constantia Private Game Reserve and at the camps in all our hunting concessions. Animals are skinned out (caped) expertly and the skins and trophies delivered to the taxidermist as soon as possible and in perfect condition to ensure superb mounts that you can be proud of.
Hunting licences – compulsory by law – will be issued by Constantia Safaris at the stipulated prices. The hunting of certain selected game species might require the issuing of special CITES permits. These will also be obtained on behalf of the client at the stipulated cost once the booking (hunt) has been confirmed by payment of a deposit.
Transfers and Charters
Gerrit Nieuwoudt or his Professional Hunter will personally meet clients at the airport or at Constantia Private Game Reserve, depending on their arrival destination. To ensure and maintain service of the highest standard Constantia Safaris will handle all transfers of clients from the nearest airport (Kimberley or Upington) to their hunting venues. For more discerning clients we will, at their cost, organise fly-in charter planes to deliver them right at our doorstep.
Should clients require it, a camera crew of Shot Productions will accompany them on their African adventure to capture all the action on video and paper – arrival, dining, socialising and the actual stalks and shots (including an interview after the taking of each trophy). Being experts in the field, be assured that they are capable of producing a product that you can show off with pride – be it a photo album, VHS or NTSC video or even DVD format.
The Hunting Safari
Constantia Safaris adhere to ethical hunting methods. We allow clients to stalk game on foot after following the herds in our all-wheel drive hunting trucks. In difficult terrain that poses a risk to the hunter’s endurance and personal safety, shooting is done from the vehicle. In addition hunters (especially bow hunters) can use hides to wait in ambush for the game.
Arms & Ammunition
The following advice should provide the necessary guidelines to assist in selecting the most appropriate arms and ammunition for your African safari. For birds and hares bring along any appropriate 12-gauge shotgun. 12-gauge are popular in South Africa and ammunition readily available. Use number 5 shot for guinea-fowl and hares, number 7 for doves and pigeons and number 1 to 5s for waterfowl, depending on the size of the species.
In the Northern Cape shooting distances vary from 50 to 300m. When hunting large dangerous game such as the Big Five, regard the .375H&H as the minimum. Kudu, blue wildebeest and gemsbuck are about the size of the American elk and the European red stag and require calibres in the .30-06, 7×64 Brenneke, 7mm Rem Mag and .300 Win Mag class. If you concentrate mainly on medium and small game such as springbuck, blesbuck and impala (live weight 40 to 75kg) calibres in the 6.5×55, .25-06 or .270 Win class will do. Even if you plan to shoot a variety of animals, big and small, our advice is to bring only two rifles, a flat shooting calibre (.270, 7mm, .300 Magnum class) for game up to the size of kudu and a .375 H&H or bigger for eland and dangerous game.
Clothing and Health
We recommend strong, cotton-based clothing that will withstand the wear and tear inflicted by thorny bushes. Stick to khaki, brown and tan colours that blend in with the South African winter veld. Also remember that shiny jewellery reflect light and often give the hunter’s position away. Hunting in Africa requires a lot of walking so please bring comfortable boots that are worn in; long trousers and long sleeve shirts; a wide brimmed hat; suitable jackets or jerseys for those cold mornings and gloves. By the way, Constantia Safaris sells an attractive range of bush clothing sporting the Constantia logo.
A laundry service is available to ensure that our clients look and feel on top of the world when engaging in a challenging hunting excursion.
Although all hunts take place in malaria and bilharzia-free areas we support any pro-active action by clients to prevent it.