South Africa is the home of vast species of both birds and animals and therefore offers a superb variety of excellent shooting of both game birds and animal trophies. The large majority of Maltese hunters are avid bird hunters and South Africa offers the right opportunity for the bird hunter to combine a worthwhile hunting safari with a full itinerary to hunt a wide specie of birds and waterfowl under traditional and well known sportive practices.
The main species commonly shot are :-
(a) Doves & Pigeons
Doves are mainly shot in the vicinity of good farmland and bush trees, normally following a flight line. Peanut fields on the other hand offer the classical ground to shoot the much sportive Pigeon. There are no bag limits for both birds and on a good shoot these can be shot in very good quantities.
(b) Francoline, Partridge & Quail
There are different species of Francoline, such as the orange Francoline, in general the Francoline resembles the well known European Partridge , both is size and flight. All three birds are hunted by well trained Pointer dogs which again offer excellent sport.
(c) Guinea Fowl
The Guinea Fowl is only found in Africa and offers excellent sport when flushed by dogs or driven out to the guns. It is mostly hunted in areas with sparse bush trees and can be found in covies of ten to twenty birds. This is a fast running bird and flies when it’s cover is threatened . The hunters have to apply good team skills to succeed their efforts.
(d) Egyptian & Spurring Goose
The Egyptian know is the most common shot Goose and is mainly caught close to main water holes , rivers or water reservoirs. The Spurwing Goose is only found in Africa and is one of the largest species of Geese with distinguished characteristics and offers a very rare spectacle to the avid hunter.
South Africa offers a wide range of these game birds, but the most commonly found are the Yellow Bill and the Red Bill Teal. Ducks are mainly hunted in hides over water holes, rivers or in the vicinity of dams or wet areas. In a typical shoot it is common that more than four to six different species of Ducks or Waterfowl are caught.
The vastness of the African plains and the blue horizons also play their magical part and a game Safari in South Africa’s Wilderness is no less than a hunter’s dream come true.
For the rifle hunter South Africa also offers close to 30 different species of antelopes. Hunts are organized in wild game reserves which also offers exceptional scenically beautiful areas typical of the African landscape.
Travelling to South Africa from Malta has never been so easy as both Emirates and Turkish Airlines offer daily services with just one stop through Dubai or Istanbul with arrivals to Johannesburg or Cape Town.
All Safaris are manged by a professional Guide who is able to offer his experience to render your stay and hunt a true and memorable experience. Accommodation, food and all hospitality aspects are also well looked after and your guide will ensure that all arrangements are well served.
For more information please feel free to contact Mr Mario Cilia (MALTA) – Email : firstname.lastname@example.org or Mobile No: (00356) 99445606 who can help you with all your questions.