Makuya Area in South Africa Opens Hunting For Lion, Leopard, Elephant


Published: July - 2008

A truly new and exciting hunt has emerged in South Africa where the Makuya tribe is allowing hunts for lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo. The Makuya area borders Kruger National Park in the northeastern corner of Limpopo Province, and the tribe is collaborating with Danish hunting entrepreneur Jan Krossteig to offer these dangerous game hunts along with plains game.

The area in question is immediately adjacent to Kruger National Park. No fence separates the hunting area from Kruger Park, only the Levuvhu River, which animals can cross easily. The area is completely uninhabited bush. No hunting has occurred here since 1996.

This area of South Africa is a much-celebrated big game hunting area. It is not far from the spot where the legendary Harry Manners shot a bull elephant with tusks weighing 187 pounds. Back then, 80-pounders were commonplace, and it is not out of the question that 80-pounders (and even larger) bulls can still be found here, along with buffalo well into the 40-inch range. Good cats are almost a given, too.

To be sure, it is probably wise to be wary of claims about outsize trophies at this point, but there is no question the area Krossteig has reopened is worthy of consideration by the hunter who has done it all in Africa. Not surprisingly, safaris here are on the premium side, with 14-day lion hunts priced at 17,500 Euros, plus a trophy fee of 17,500 Euros. With a US dollar worth only 64 cents vis a vis the Euro at this writing, a lion hunt here costs $54,600. A 14-day elephant hunt is pegged at 15,400 Euros ($24,024), plus a trophy fee of 10,000 Euros ($15,600) for a jumbo up to 50 pounds. A jumbo larger than that will cost considerably more, with a 71- to 80-pounder going for $39,000 and a 80-plus-pounder going for $46,800. You can see the entire price list by going to.

There have been claims in the past about exciting hunts along the border of Kruger, of course; and, for........(continued)

 
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