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
"My fourth hunt with John X Safaris and they just keep getting better. I just don’t know how they keep doing it….. Thanks again my friend!"~ Jeff Edland '13 from USA
"Everything was great. Top three hunts ever. I will be back!"~ Martin Osthulm '13 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
"For years I have heard many stories describing Africa. They were all wrong. The descriptions of the country, the experience and the scenery fell far short of the actual experience. I was moved emotionally and spiritually with the pure beauty of the country and fell in love with the passion of the people. Although this was our first trip, it will in no way be our last."~ Mark Motley '14 from
"Our first African Safari experience exceeded all expectations. Thanks Carl and Trish and all the John X staff for their caring and generous commitment of time and efforts to make this a trip of a lifetime! A special thanks to Greg Hayes and Bless for their knowledge, effort and friendship that made this such a wonderful experience and successful hunt. We are already planning our next trip. A truly professional organization at all levels. Thanks again!"~ Dave Stark '14 from
" ... Awesome experience! Got a once in a lifetime chance at Lynx and Bushpig, trophy animals everywhere. Wonderful accommodations, we never waited for anything. Gary did a great job and was very patient. We could not have asked for a better honeymoon. Thanks for everything. We will be back!"~ Dusty & Candace Phillips '12 from USA