J0 C2635 Bnr 5 Bnr 2004 117 Bnr Glenn 017 Bnr Img 1018 Bnr Img 1541 Bnr Img 9123 Bnr Jxs09 Bnr Greg Hayes 147 Bnr

SPECIES LIST FOR SOUTH AFRICA

The Eastern Cape boasts with three main regions and over forty different species available to our hunters. 

Starting on the coast, hunters can expect the habitat to consist of thick coastal bush with hunting often occurring adjacent to the Indian Ocean or just inland, depending on what species you may be after. Leaving the coast and heading towards the interior the countryside turns into a savannah wonderland with thorn trees dotting the plains and rolling hills. As one starts climbing the escarpment one reaches the watershed, leaving behind a lush belt while dropping over the edge onto the plains of the Great Karoo, with its large herds of game, big mesas and steep gorges, to the breathtaking mountains of the Stormberg range. 

Our hunters can expect to enjoy more than one area on the same safari, hunting species in their natural environment, where they’re naturally of a better quality. On your safari you can choose to hunt the lush coastal forests, the savannah, the open plains of the arid Karoo, or the breathtaking mountains of the north, ensuring we achieve the very best for every tailor made safari.

Species Available on Quota for South Africa

Trophy Coastal Area Northern Area
Baboon, Chacma X X
Blesbuck, Common X X
Blesbuck, White X X
Bontebuck X X
Buffalo, Cape X X
Bushbuck, Cape X
Bushpig X
Caracal / Lynx X X
Duiker, Blue X
Duiker, Grey X X
Eland, Cape X X
Fallow Deer X X
Gemsbuck X
Giraffe X X
Grysbuck, Cape X X
Hartebeest, Cape X X
Impala X X
Impala, Black X X
Klipspringer X
East Cape Kudu X X
Lechwe, Common X X
Lion X
Nyala X X
Oribi X
Ostrich X X
Reedbuck, Common X X
Reedbuck, Mountain X X
Rhino, White X X
Sable Antelope X X
Scimitar Oryx X
Southern Roan X X
S pringbuck, Black X
Springbuck, Common X
Springbuck, Copper X
Springbuck, White X
Steenbuck X
Vaal Rhebuck X
Warthog X
Waterbuck X X
Wildebeest, Black X X
Wildebeest, Blue X X
Burchell's Zebra X X
Hartman's Zebra X

CITES – Hunting CITES listed species

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement which was signed by 21 countries in Washington, DC in 1973 and came into force in 1975. Over 144 countries are currently party to this Convention which is the largest wildlife conservation agreement in existence.

The CITES provisions assist member countries to regulate international commercial trade in live as well as parts and derivatives of fauna and flora. Member countries regulate this trade using a system of permits and certificates which are issued in accordance with the decisions and resolutions taken at the Conference of the Parties which is held, on average, every two years.

The Convention accords varying degrees of protection to wild animal and plant species depending on their biological status and the effect international trade has or could have on them. Three main categories, namely Appendix 1, 2 and 3, regulate trade to various degrees.

CITES hereby regulates international trade of certain species available to our hunters. If you are interested in any of the below listed CITES species, please feel free to contact us directly at John X Safaris. We will guide you through a simple permit application process, ensuring all the correct paperwork and permits are in place for your safari.

CITES Species subject to regulation

Baboon, Chacma Leopard
Bontebuck Lion
Caracal / Lynx Monkey, Vervet
Duiker, Blue Oribi
Lechwe, Common Rhino, White

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"Had a Great Time! Hope to return soon"

~ Tom Lincoln '14 from

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~ Benny Fredrickson '12 from USA

"We have hunted with John X Safaris and Zambeze Delta Safaris many times before and will be back.
Carl has a love for hunting and a guiding ability above most - As a result our experience hunting with him is way above the standard African experience. Accommodations are the best and trophies are very good. Thanks for a great experience! See you all next year!"

~ Mike, Sylvia, John, Matthew, Zack and Alan '13 from

Memories of crawling through thorn bushes, mud and laying on ant piles waiting for a huge horned animal to step out into the clearing. Taking numerous magnificent trophies and hanging out with the great members of John X Safaris and Gunwerks team will be memories that last. The nightly stories with the gang were awesome. Keep doing what you do... Trevor Krueger - Gunwerks

~ Trevor Kruger '15 from USA

"John X did it again! I never would have guessed my 2nd safari with John X would be able to be better
than my first. Carl did everything he could to make each hunting experience world-class. I cannot thank Carl and the staff enough. I am bringing my son on his first safari next June. Hopefully time will fly by! Until we meet again …"

~ Luther '13 from

"This was an amazing experience, far from what I expected. The staff was great and the food was excellent. Our PH Ty showed us a great time on our adventures in the bush, they were exciting and unbelievable, we cant wait for our next safari!"

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