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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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"John X Safaris not only produces South Africa's top trophies, Carl and his expert team are masters at creating a total safari experience that will be remembered for a lifetime. Each of our four John X safaris has been a uniquely different experience. Carl is both our trusted PH and best friend. Now that he is introduced us to the Tiny 10, we will be back for another incredible safari with John X Safaris."

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