Hunting

Species List

The Eastern Cape boasts with two main regions and over forty different species of plains/dangerous game available to our hunters.

Starting in the south, 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 north.

With over forty different species available to our hunters, and many occurring in a variety of habitats, we have found the need to establish camps within the moister southern and drier northern regions of the East Cape. This often allows our hunters to enjoy the variety of a multi-area hunt on the same safari, while ensuring we achieve the very best in trophy quality.

While hunting South Africa you are not limited by hunting seasons, but we prefer our season runs from early March through late October. During these months the Eastern Cape boasts a moderate climate in the south and a cold climate in the north, with limited rain during these periods.

List of Available Species

Species Available on Quota for the East Cape, RSA. To read more about each animal click on the species icon. To see our current rates please click here.

Huntng 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.

The following CITES Species are subject to regulation:

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