Hunt Reports On Manyaleti And Mthimkulu Reserves In South Africa


Published: July - 2010

Cunningham reports taking a monster Cape buffalo there and seeing lots of other quality game. He writes, "The Manyaleti is one of five separate privately-owned reserves that make up the Association of Private Nature Reserves (the APNR). For years the neighboring national park maintained a high fence that separated the APNR from Kruger itself. Recently, however, the owners of the former cattle ranches making up the APNR have agreed to abide by a Code of Conduct established by the park service, and to comply with quotas established by them. As a result, the high fence marking the border of the park has been torn down, and a new high fence runs around the perimeter of the APNR. All internal fences in the APNR have been removed. In essence, the APNR has become part of the greater park, and the game from the park now moves freely into the APNR where both natural and man-made water sources are abundant.

"Five areas make up the APNR. The best known is Timbavati, a 200,000-acre area that Peter Thormahlen has hunted since 2005, guiding numerous clients to all of the Big Five. Other areas include Glaceri, with 180,000 acres, Manyaleti with 100,000 acres, Umbabat with 75,000 acres and Balule with about 50,000 acres. Thus, about 500,000 acres are now accessible to hunters, out of the total 4.5 million acres in the greater Kruger.

"In April, 2010, I was the first person to hunt with Thormahlen in the Manyaleti, which had not been hunted in a number of years. Thormahlen told me that we should expect to take a buffalo with at least a 40-inch spread, and indeed, we saw several bulls that exceeded that mark. The terrain in the APNR is largely flat, with scattered mopane and scrub and not as many thorns. The hunting was relatively easy  driving the roads looking for tracks, then following fresh tracks when found. We only had trouble on one day, when it rained. We otherwise had no trouble finding buffalo, including a massive dagga boy on the first day and good size herds of between 80........(continued)

 
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