World Class Pigeon Shooting in South Africa
Wing [ Pigeon ]shooting and bird hunting in South Africa can be enjoyed in many different provinces with a large diversity of different birds.
1,5 hours’ drive from Johannesburg International airport places you in some of the best wing shooting in the world. Shooting takes place over sunflower and sorghum and Millet fields. The best time for the shooting is mid-April to Mid June, which is before and during the harvest of the crops. The Birds fly throughout the day at varying heights.
The day would start with a leisurely breakfast. The guests would set off on a short drive to the area with the pigeons flying from 10h00am till late afternoon. Lunch and refreshments would be served in the field and allow guests some social chat and recovery time. Shooting then continues through the afternoon until about 17h00pm. The guests would then return to the lodge for a rest and then a dinner at the lodge, time to reflect on the day and thoughts of the following days shooting.
Below is an image Rock Pigeons in Flight over a sunflower field, Rock Pigeons being the most challenging of all the birds to shoot
4 Different types of Doves and Pigeons
Rock Pigeon (Speckled Pigeon), Red Eyed Turtle Dove, Cape Turtle Dove, and Laughing Doves are the main birds that are shot. During the peak season, you can expect to go through 500 -700 cartridges per person per day.
The shooting area has been compared to that of the best in Argentina and some have indicated better.
RATES – A minimum stay 4 Days at the lodge is required with a Minimum of 4 Hunters
• Day Rate Wing shooting $US 850pp
• Observers fee $US 350 / person/ day
• Ammunition $US 200/case (250 Cartridges)
A minimum stay 4 Days at the lodge is required with a Minimum of 4 Hunters
I suggest that a combined hunt of Game and Birds be done, Mornings on Game and afternoons on Birds or the other way around.
There is plenty of Game to be hunted with some really good trophies
An additional fee is charged for the guide on the Antelope $US 300
Extra night before and after shoot $US 400/pp
- Rifle rental $US 50 /day and $US 3 /round
- Trophy Preparation (Field dressing) $US 40 per animal
- Export and Taxidermy
Accommodation while wing shooting:
Grootkoppe can comfortably accommodate up to 12 visitors at a time. Visitors are housed in 2 rondawels (thatch cottages) and one farmhouse. The central entertainment area includes a well-equipped kitchen, main dining room, a formal lounge area and an informal TV room/ lounge area. Rooms are cleaned every morning and clean towels are provided on request. Laundry service is also available. Guests will stay on a beautiful private game farm which is situated on the banks of the Vaal River.
The Farm House is a renovated old Transvaal Farm House with a tin roof and a patio that stretches all the way around the house. The Farm House has 4bedrooms, two bathrooms and a small open plan kitchen and lounge area.Two of the bedrooms are interleading and en suite to one of the bathrooms(double shower, bath, basin and toilet). The outside shower attached to this bathroom is spacious and allows visitors to enjoy the pleasures of the outdoors under a steaming hot shower! The other bathroom (shower, bath, basin and toilet) serves the remaining two bedrooms.
Buffalo Thorn Cottage is a typical old rondawel styled cottage that has been beautifully renovated for both rustic style and comfort. Buffalo Thorn Cottage is situated between the Farm House and Acacia Cottage, close to the main entertainment area and the Boma. It has a thatched roof, patio in the front, two bedrooms, one bathroom and a small open plan kitchen and lounge area. The open plan kitchen and lounge leads to the two bedrooms and the bathroom(bath, double shower, basin and toilet) is en suite to the two bedrooms. The bathroom also boasts an awesome outside shower.
Acacia Cottage is a typical old rondawel styled cottage that has also been carefully renovated. Acacia Cottage has a thatched roof, patio in the front, one bedroom, one loft room, a bathroom (double shower, bath, basin and toilet) and a small open plan kitchen and lounge area. The open plan kitchen and lounge leads to the bedroom and the bathroom (bath, double shower, basin and toilet). A set of steps lead to an open plan loft room which can sleep 3 people.
• Fantastic river fishing for Carp.
• Hunting a variety of Plains Game which is also available to be hunted.
• Horse riding amongst the game
• Game Drives
• Private viewing of one of the most impressive Trophy room displays in the world
Full accommodation on Game area
Access to world-class Pigeon shooting
Hunting License for the North West Province
Transport in area
Laundry service daily
Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner (all meals and snacks)
Transport in the area
Additional cases of Ammunition can be purchased
Collection from Johannesburg Airport is arranged and a shuttle fee charged to and from the airport
Guide for the Carp Fishing if requestedwing shooting19Rifle rental $US 50 /day and $US 3 /round
Trophy Preparation (Field dressing) $US 40 per animal
Export and Taxidermy
Game is Hunted on foot on a walk and stalk basis.
Game on the Estate:
• Removable disc with Photos of Safari $US 100(Optional and on request)
• This is really special touch and the photos are truly stunning for guests to have after the safari
• Photo Book of Safari $US 200 (needs to be Compiled and Couriered)