Hunting the East Cape with Dogs
John X Safaris was one of the very first Safari Outfitters to start hunting with dogs in the Eastern Cape. Today we still maintain the same traditions.
For those hunters seeking the more elusive Blue Duiker, Lynx/Caracal or Bushpig, can be assured of good opportunities with a near hundred percent success rate when hunting our coastal area with dogs.
The Blue Duiker is a real specialized collector's trophy. Hunts are conducted by finding suitable paths in the dense undergrowth of forests while moving the animals around by Jack Russell's and Fox Terriers. Often hunters will only catch small glimpses of these tiny masters of the forest with Terriers 20 or 30 yards behind, in hot pursuit. Those hunters who enjoy the challenges of shooting a shotgun will thrive in the experience that this hunt offers.
For the cat hunters we offer Caracal hunting with hounds. It is one of the most exciting hunts to be involved in. Packs usually number anywhere from 12 to 18 hounds and consist of Blue Ticks, Fox Hounds, Beagle crosses and a host of locally bred dogs.
Packs are put out before sunrise, with hounds’ man listening for any warning signs of Caracal in the area. Monkeys and Bushbuck alerting barks are often a Caracals’ only give away. Once the lead dog has found a hot scent the hunt is on, with Caracals often covering several kilometers and hours before treeing.
Bushpig hunting with hounds in our Coastal area is seen as a religion, with hounds, hunters and Bushpigs often gaining legendary status. For any hunter who enjoys pig hunting, this hunt will be a must. Be warned that this is a very physical and mentally demanding hunt. Most hounds’ man are 3rd or 4th generation pig hunters and enjoy the challenge in the run once the pigs have exited from their nest. Keeping up with these hard men over several kilometers, in the forest through the dense undergrowth and then making a telling shot is one of the most rewarding feelings a hunter could experience and one that is highly recommended.
All hunts offered with dogs are highly specialized and must always be booked well in advance to ensure availability and maximum opportunity for success.
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What People Are Saying
"It was fantastic to return to the Dark Continent in 2014 by way of John X Safaris in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Carl, Etresia, Greg, Bless and the entire JXS staff created a fantastic adventure for me. From the Waterbuck that was so large that I named him the "Battleship Texas" to my last and favourite stalk of the hunt on a beautiful Eastern Cape Kudu, my hunting experience was "First Cabin" in every respect."~ Craig Horan '14 from
"On my third trip to S.Africa I once again hunted with my great PH Juan MacDonald. A friend once told me: "You can take my wife, but never take my PH or my toothbrush." That says a little bit what a good PH means. This year’s trophies were Zebra, Blesbuck, Mountain Reedbuck and I also got my second of the tiny ten, a beautiful Steenbuck. I really want to thank all of the wonderful staff who took care of us in the camps."~ Thomas Nyden '13 from
Had the most unbelievable Vaal Rhebuck hunting adventure, Stix and the crew worked beyond what can be expected to find, stock and harvest this quality animal. I will always have this hunt in my memory as I do not think it can be easily equaled again, except by Stix, Carl and the crew from John X Safaris. I consider everyone at John X Safaris quality individuals and my friends. Hopefully I will be able to join them in the future again!~ Mark Swanberg '15 from
This was my fourth trip to Africa and this safari was incomparable in every way. Greg and Bless are true professionals. They are passionate and perfectionist about what they do. They want you to shoot a fine animal as much as you want to. Many thanks to the entire staff.
Best to all and stay well.
"My two sons and I had the best trip ever! My boys have thanked me numerous times for the trip of a life time. They are begging for round two. I also enjoyed the trip and loved seeing the joy on my boys’ faces! The staff, food, lodges and professional hunter were second to none. We felt like royalty! Thank you John X Safaris for the outstanding memories!"~ Brian Lind '14 from
"Our family can’t say thank you enough for all the wonderful memories and adventures John X Safaris provided us. Amazing first time hunting experiences for Abby, all of Bo’s animals including his record breaking Kudu, and some exhilarating Cape Town adventures. You have exceptional staff, fantastic accommodations, and truly an amazing game reserve. We enjoyed every minute and can’t wait to begin planning another trip back!"~ The Tripp Family '14 from