Crusader Safaris Specializes In Free-Range Hunting In South Africa


Published: December - 2008

Down in South Africa, I have news on a company called Crusader Safaris that reportedly focuses on strictly free-range hunting on about 1 million acres. The operation is run by Chris Broster and Andrew Pringle. Hunting Report subscriber Glenn Smith hunted two areas with them this past July and says he never saw an enclosure. He reports taking 18 animals in 12 days and says many of them are quality trophies. "I could not believe how much game we saw," says Smith. "We saw a lot of very old animals that were great trophies. Because of light hunting pressure, these animals were not wild."

Broster and Pringle started out hunting on their family farms and proceeded to lease neighboring farms and manage the game populations on them. They now have exclusive access to three large concessions: The Baviaansriver Conservancy, which is a 350,000-acre concession in the Eastern Cape; a 150,000-acre parcel in the Storm- berg Mountains also in the Eastern Cape; and the Nkoxweni Conservancy on the Umkomaas River in Kwazulu Natal, another 100,000 acres. According to Pringle, none of them have high fences.

The Umkomaas is rolling hills and thick bush and is where Crusader Safaris offers hunting for spiral horned animals, including southern greater kudu, nyala and Cape bushbuck, as well as some of the more common species. The Stormberg Mountians feature open grasslands and have plains game and what Broster and Pringle say are monster vaal rhebok, as well as bird hunting. The Baviaansriver is diverse country, with thick bush in the canyons and open country at higher elevations. The species are varied and include Cape kudu, waterbuck and lechwe. Smith hunted this area and says the country here is rough and mountainous, meaning a physically demanding hunt. He compares it to elk hunting in Wyoming.

Crusader conducts hunts using trucks or ATVs to access the area and then proceed on foot. Their main lodge is in the Baviaansriver area, featuring a main building and two cabins with thatched roofs and stone finish. In the Umkomaas they use a tented........(continued)

 
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