For the big game hunter there is no place quite like Africa! For more than a century it has been the ultimate destination for the traveling big game hunter. For the general plainsgame hunter there is no finer destination in Africa than Kalahari Oryx. Located in Kalahari region of South Africa, Kalahari Oryx Game reserve is our flagship operation. A rare South African gem consisting of more than 250,000 acres in the Northern Cape. The size of Kalahari Oryx makes it one of the largest privately owned properties in the industry. The Kalahari Desert is part of the huge red sand basin that reaches from the Orange River up to Angola, in the west to Namibia and in the east to Zimbabwe. The sand masses were created by the erosion of soft stone formations making this most of the most unique and picturesque places in Africa.
The republic of South Africa is a country located at the southern tip of Africa, with coastlines on both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. To the north lie Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe; to the east are Mozambique and Swaziland; while Lesotho is an independent country wholly surrounded by South African territory.
Kalahari is home to one of the most diverse populations of game in all of Africa. With all of the popular plainsgame species including kudu, gemsbok, zebra, impala, blue wildebeest, black wildebeest, sable, roan and all four species of springbok as well as four of the big five, Kalahari Oryx is the safari hunters dream. Hunting is conducted by the traditional methods of spot and stalk as well as tracking behind the skilled Kalahari trackers. Due to the open nature of the Kalahari region shooting distances are typically longer than other African concessions. As with most safari operations hunters will depart from the lodge as it begins to break first light in the morning and in most cases will return to the lodge for lunch before heading back out in the afternoon. Kalahari is one of the largest plainsgame concessions in Africa making it a truly wild hunt.
While the African hunting season is open year round most of our safaris are conducted at Kalahari during the months from April thru October.
The habitat at Kalahari Oryx varies from rolling sand dunes to rocky outcroppings known locally as “kopjes”. The wind shaped the sand ridges, which are typical of the landscape in the Kalahari. The dominant vegetation of grasses, thorny shrubs, and Acacia trees can survive long drought periods of more than ten months every year.
Hunters at Kalahari Oryx can expect representative to above average trophies for all the plainsgame species with Kudu averaging over 52 inches and Gemsbok over 38 inches. We regularly take buffalo over 40 inches each season.
This is where few hunting operations in the world can compete with Kalahari Oryx. It sets the standard by which all other Africa operations are judged, just take a look at the lodge images in the photo gallery as they speak for themselves. With a very attentive staff and gourmet local cuisine Kalahari Oryx can handle even the most discriminating clientele. In addition to the world-class facilities Kalahari has one of the most attentive staffs in the industry.
Most of the hunters coming to Kalahari fly direct to Johannesburg from either Atlanta or Washington DC. From Johannesburg hunters will take the short flight to Uppington where they will be met for the 1-hour transfer to the lodge.
As with most desert regions around the world, hunters at Kalahari can expect large temperature swings during the day during our peak-hunting season. Hunters can expect lows in the 40’s and highs approaching the mid 80’s later in the season.
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