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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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What People Are Saying

"Carl--Mozambique! What a magnificent place to share with you. Heat, bugs, smoke from grass burning to renew the cycle of life-sustaining new growth. Native huts and gardens with people living much as they did 200-300 years ago. But the same John X, dedication to a great hunting experience and the same quality trophies that I found with you in South Africa. It was truly an experience I will remember for the rest of my life.
Thanks!"

~ Paul A. Brisso '13 from USA

"What a spectacular adventure we had in the Eastern Cape and the Karoo with John X Safaris. Years from now, as an old man, I can’t wait to gather my grandchildren around and tell them of my wild adventures in South Africa. I’ll tell them about my legendary P.H., the incredible accommodations, the unmatched hospitality, the breathtaking views, and the most stunning animals I’ve ever seen. It was a trip for the ages!"

~ Jason Nelsen '14 from

Our John X Safaris experience was outstanding. The food was perfect and our accommodations were superb. Ed Wilson our PH went above and beyond our expectations to make sure our hunts were memorable. I would be honoured to recommend John X Safaris and our PH Ed Wilson to anyone considering a safari in South Africa. We cant wait to return!
Thanks again to everyone especially Carl, Ed and Stix.

~ Randy DeFreece '15 from USA

"Thomas brought me to South Africa. Juan MacDonald our PH and guide made me a hunter. Thanks to all of you for making my stay in SA an outstanding experience, I have received many wonderful memories from this time."

~ Ingalill Haglund '13 from

"Our 2014 reunion tour was much more than I dreamed of. The John X team members all went way above their positions to make me feel like family. From the quality of trophies harvested, the fantastic meals, and great accommodations to the camaraderie in the evenings, everything was perfect. A very special thank you to my PH, Stix, his patience and encouragement in helping me harvest extremely nice mature trophies will never be forgotten."

~ Dave Moser '14 from

"Rich tradition combined with world class staff – John X Safaris. I would like to thank John X Safaris and all the staff for a true once in a lifetime South African experience. Eight species in nine days! This was our first African Safari and John X Safaris and staff exceeded our expectations! We look forward to returning again and again."

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