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Frequently Asked Questions

We realize that Africa is so much different to what you’re used to. For this reason we’d like to share important recommendations from past experience.

At no stage feel obligated or obliged to follow any of our recommendations, they are merely there for you to utilize if you wish to.

1Weather
The Eastern Cape in South Africa boasts a moderate climate, making for comfortable hunting conditions. Average Temperatures during our early season, March - April, range from 65F to 90F.

Average Temperatures during our mid-season, winter. May - August, range from 40F to 85F, from our Northern areas night time and early morning temperatures can drop down to freezing.

Average Temperatures during our late season, September - October, range from 65F to 100F.
2South African Currency
The currency in South Africa is the South African Rand. There are 100 cents to 1 rand. There are exchange bureaus in all towns and airports and in most hotels. Be sure to exchange some currency for SA Rands, as you may want to buy African souvenirs on your safari travels.
3Electricity
The electricity in South Africa is 220 Volt. Please check that any of your electrical equipment's’ charges accept 110 – 240 Volts or else you will need to bring an inverter from 220 Volts to 110 Volts. You will also need a pin plug that fits into the South African system.
4Malaria
All of John X Safari's hunting areas in South Africa are Malaria-free. There are no mandatory inoculations required for travelers visiting Southern Africa, we do however advise that tetanus shots are up to date.
5Gratuities
Let us start off by saying that the only reason we’re even broaching this subject, is that it is the most commonly asked question. Firstly, our company has a policy that tips are definitely not mandatory and have to be earned by the staff. Over the course of the past 5 seasons, we’ve asked all our staff to keep note of their tips, after each season we have worked out an average on what tips they have earned per safari. Here is a yard stick of what can be taken as an average.

Professional Hunters: $75.00 to $250.00 USD / day. (Depending on the hunt - Plains Game or Big 5 Hunt).

Camps: $400.00 - $600.00 USD Per 7/10 day Safari covering; Managers, Cooks, Kitchen Ladies, Room Ladies, Laundry Ladies, Gardeners/Porters

Please note that most hunts will be out of two camps, be sure to split the tip between camps where applicable.

Trackers/Skinners, Skinning Shed Staff: $150.00—$300.00 USD Per 7/10 day Safari

Skinning Shed & Game Carriers/Retrievers: $50.00—$100.00 USD Per 7/10 day Safari

Day Trip Excursions Guide: $50 - $75 / Per Day

While settling your bill for your safari with credit cards, personal checks and wires are all accepted methods of payment, the tipping of trackers, camp staff and PH's must always be done in US$ / Euro cash, as staff are unable to exchange checks. Tips can however be added to the final bill of the safari if you wish and then charged accordingly. Check with your Professional Hunter what the norm is on tipping and at all times keep in mind a tip is a bonus greatly appreciated, but not expected.
6General Recommendations
If at any stage you are not sure of any aspect of the safari with John X Safaris, please feel free to contact us directly or speak to one of our representatives.

We look forward to having you in Africa ~ Team John X
  • Justin & Kim Bryngleson
    John X Safaris came highly recommended to us, so we had high expectations for this hunt. Martin and company far exceeded those in every way imaginable. It was a trip of a lifetime! Thanks again.
    Justin & Kim Bryngleson
  • Ryan & Seth Allowitz
    An amazing experience! From touchdown to the last goodbye, everything about this safari was exceptional. Wonderful lodge and staff, outstanding food and unparalleled service! We are already looking forward to our return visit.
    Ryan & Seth Allowitz
  • Bryce Nelson
    This was my first trip to Africa and I certainly hope that it won’t be my last. The hunting was outstanding with challenging hikes and stalks as we looked to achieve a high standard of game hunted. The food and fellowship in the evenings are all part of the many stories and memories I’ll take home with me as I long to return once again. Until next time!
    Bryce Nelson
  • Juan Torres
    My first bow trip to Africa ~ What a hunt! I had the experience of a life time. Tiro Chingon.
    Juan Torres
  • Arturo Villegas
    This year I returned on safari with John X Safaris once again. Covid had delayed us, but we made it back. My trip this second time was just as memorable as my first. When will I return? ...Soon.
    Arturo Villegas
  • Tim & Lori Rainwater
    The African experience is truly an amazing one and one I never thought I would embark on annually. The friendships, hunts and excursions were beyond belief. Our PH, Greg, provided us with an unforgettable time. I’m so glad to have been able to team up with John X Safaris as they are the best of the best.
    Tim & Lori Rainwater
  • Jack & Karen Zanin
    Everything was perfect. The hunt, accommodations, food and most importantly the amazing staff. The memories made here will last a lifetime! Thank you so very much.
    Jack & Karen Zanin
  • Paul & Amy Wood
    This was our first hunt with John X Safaris and it’s been fun. We’ve loved Woodlands and the staff have been amazing. The customer service here has been nothing short of outstanding catering to all our needs each and every day. The hunting has been incredible with our team of Martin and Thandi who worked together seamlessly and shared many great experiences. Our time here has been a welcomed break from the normal hustle and bustle of everyday life. We are very much looking forward to a return trip in the future.
    Paul & Amy Wood
  • Brian Matthews
    It’s not often you get two adventures in one trip. Being the first to go on safari after Covid and the 2-day odyssey getting there was something. It was only topped by the unreal adventure of hunting Woodlands Safari Estate and the entire John X Crew. Incredible people, an amazing experience. I will be coming back for more!
    Brian Matthews
  • Michael Gregory
    Spectacular doesn't cover it.  The food was consistently excellent, and the service was over the top.  Every member of your team couldn't do enough for us.  The quality of the hunting was excellent, but the service and attention to detail made it the best lodge experience we've ever had.  You have a fantastic family business and the culture you have created is enviable.  Thanks so much for welcoming my family into the John X family and I look forward to many more hunts together over the years.
    Michael Gregory
  • McLean Jones
    I travelled from Texas in search of something indescribable, in search of a sensation. I found such a sensation with John X Safaris. The rugged beauty of the land and the abundance of challenging world class game was second only to the hospitality of the staff and the amenities at Woodlands Safari Estate. I thank you dearly for the experience and camaraderie. The sensation of South Africa and John X Safaris is now part of me, and for that I am truly humbled and forever grateful.
    McLean Jones
  • Kody Haverkamp
    What an epic adventure.  First time here and definitely not my last!  Could not be more impressed by John X Safaris.  Stix put me on several great animals and was a pleasure to hunt with.  I am looking forward to our next adventure.
    Kody Haverkamp
  • Kirk Haverkamp
    There are three words that come to mind after this amazing adventure.  Integrity, Professionalism and Excellence.  All three of which hold true from the amazing first-class lodge staff, the PH's, and trackers and skinners.  This was a hunt of a lifetime made possible by my PH, Greg and Tracker, Bless.  I look forward to our next adventure, sooner rather than later. See you all again soon!
    Kirk Haverkamp
  • Kacey & Brandi Terry
    John X Safaris is an extraordinary place that offers much more than hunting.  It's a place for connecting with friends and family, amazing adventures, unique cultural experiences and friendships that will last a lifetime.  South Africa will forever have a piece of our hearts and we look forward to coming back.
    Kacey & Brandi Terry
  • The Goodale’s
    What an awesome life experience!  Jay had such a wonderful hunting experience with a great PH, Martin and Tracker, Thandi.  The magnificence of the animals was beyond belief. Thanks to the staff at both the southern and northern camps for making my stay as a non-hunter a memorable one.  We are fondly looking forward to a return trip in the future.
    The Goodale’s
  • George Keys
    My entire life I have dreamed of going on an African safari.  I took the plunge and booked my trip of a lifetime with John X Safaris.  The expertise by my PH, Dave, and Tracker, Shoota, in finding world class animals in the vast landscape was nothing short of unbelievable.  I have hunted my entire life but have placed this hunt at the top of my list.
    George Keys
  • Eason Maykus
    The team at John X Safaris once again provided a lifelong memory.  Personal touches in every detail during my time at camp cannot be topped.  The hunting, food, lodging and scenery make the stay perfect.  Most importantly the friends made with John X Safaris will last a lifetime.  I look forward to making this part of my future with many good times to come.  Thanks again for a 5-star experience.
    Eason Maykus
  • Dale Wilson
    My first trip to South Africa after many hunts in North America.  Honestly the most exciting and adventurous hunting experience of my life!  Hunting with Ed and meeting all the great people at John X Safaris has been a blast.  First class accommodations, food, animals and customer service.
    Dale Wilson
  • Cole & Kelsey Watts
    Our time in the Eastern Cape has been a dream.  It will be a trip to reflect on for years to come.  Dave, Shoota, and Dusty were top notch, and we consider ourselves blessed to have had the opportunity to hunt with them.  Their knowledge, skill, work ethic, and dedication to the hunt were outstanding.  It was amazing to share Kelsey's first big game kill with our new friends!
    Cole & Kelsey Watts
  • Clay & Carli Schubert
    The John X Safaris motto reads, "May you enter as guests and leave as friends". Carl, Trish, Lee, PH's and the rest of the John X Safaris crew went above and beyond to deliver on this motto.  Our time spent with them was full of laughter and smiles filled with new memories created each day.  Thank you, John X Safaris, for a truly amazing experience.
    Clay & Carli Schubert
  • Al & Renee Quast
    It's hard to put into words - this safari has exceeded our expectations beyond anything we could have dreamed.  The scenery, the animals, the opportunities, the challenges, the emotions of a successful hunt, the camaraderie with our PH, Greg, and our tracker, Bless, it was all exceptional.  Africa and John X Safaris will forever have a place in our memories and in our hearts.
    Al & Renee Quast
  • Justin & Kim Bryngleson
    John X Safaris came highly recommended to us, so we had high expectations for this hunt. Martin and company far exceeded those in every way imaginable. It was a trip of a lifetime! Thanks again.
    Justin & Kim Bryngleson
  • Ryan & Seth Allowitz
    An amazing experience! From touchdown to the last goodbye, everything about this safari was exceptional. Wonderful lodge and staff, outstanding food and unparalleled service! We are already looking forward to our return visit.
    Ryan & Seth Allowitz
  • Bryce Nelson
    This was my first trip to Africa and I certainly hope that it won’t be my last. The hunting was outstanding with challenging hikes and stalks as we looked to achieve a high standard of game hunted. The food and fellowship in the evenings are all part of the many stories and memories I’ll take home with me as I long to return once again. Until next time!
    Bryce Nelson
  • Juan Torres
    My first bow trip to Africa ~ What a hunt! I had the experience of a life time. Tiro Chingon.
    Juan Torres
  • Arturo Villegas
    This year I returned on safari with John X Safaris once again. Covid had delayed us, but we made it back. My trip this second time was just as memorable as my first. When will I return? ...Soon.
    Arturo Villegas
  • Tim & Lori Rainwater
    The African experience is truly an amazing one and one I never thought I would embark on annually. The friendships, hunts and excursions were beyond belief. Our PH, Greg, provided us with an unforgettable time. I’m so glad to have been able to team up with John X Safaris as they are the best of the best.
    Tim & Lori Rainwater
  • Jack & Karen Zanin
    Everything was perfect. The hunt, accommodations, food and most importantly the amazing staff. The memories made here will last a lifetime! Thank you so very much.
    Jack & Karen Zanin
  • Paul & Amy Wood
    This was our first hunt with John X Safaris and it’s been fun. We’ve loved Woodlands and the staff have been amazing. The customer service here has been nothing short of outstanding catering to all our needs each and every day. The hunting has been incredible with our team of Martin and Thandi who worked together seamlessly and shared many great experiences. Our time here has been a welcomed break from the normal hustle and bustle of everyday life. We are very much looking forward to a return trip in the future.
    Paul & Amy Wood
  • Brian Matthews
    It’s not often you get two adventures in one trip. Being the first to go on safari after Covid and the 2-day odyssey getting there was something. It was only topped by the unreal adventure of hunting Woodlands Safari Estate and the entire John X Crew. Incredible people, an amazing experience. I will be coming back for more!
    Brian Matthews
  • Michael Gregory
    Spectacular doesn't cover it.  The food was consistently excellent, and the service was over the top.  Every member of your team couldn't do enough for us.  The quality of the hunting was excellent, but the service and attention to detail made it the best lodge experience we've ever had.  You have a fantastic family business and the culture you have created is enviable.  Thanks so much for welcoming my family into the John X family and I look forward to many more hunts together over the years.
    Michael Gregory
  • McLean Jones
    I travelled from Texas in search of something indescribable, in search of a sensation. I found such a sensation with John X Safaris. The rugged beauty of the land and the abundance of challenging world class game was second only to the hospitality of the staff and the amenities at Woodlands Safari Estate. I thank you dearly for the experience and camaraderie. The sensation of South Africa and John X Safaris is now part of me, and for that I am truly humbled and forever grateful.
    McLean Jones
  • Kody Haverkamp
    What an epic adventure.  First time here and definitely not my last!  Could not be more impressed by John X Safaris.  Stix put me on several great animals and was a pleasure to hunt with.  I am looking forward to our next adventure.
    Kody Haverkamp
  • Kirk Haverkamp
    There are three words that come to mind after this amazing adventure.  Integrity, Professionalism and Excellence.  All three of which hold true from the amazing first-class lodge staff, the PH's, and trackers and skinners.  This was a hunt of a lifetime made possible by my PH, Greg and Tracker, Bless.  I look forward to our next adventure, sooner rather than later. See you all again soon!
    Kirk Haverkamp
  • Kacey & Brandi Terry
    John X Safaris is an extraordinary place that offers much more than hunting.  It's a place for connecting with friends and family, amazing adventures, unique cultural experiences and friendships that will last a lifetime.  South Africa will forever have a piece of our hearts and we look forward to coming back.
    Kacey & Brandi Terry
  • The Goodale’s
    What an awesome life experience!  Jay had such a wonderful hunting experience with a great PH, Martin and Tracker, Thandi.  The magnificence of the animals was beyond belief. Thanks to the staff at both the southern and northern camps for making my stay as a non-hunter a memorable one.  We are fondly looking forward to a return trip in the future.
    The Goodale’s
  • George Keys
    My entire life I have dreamed of going on an African safari.  I took the plunge and booked my trip of a lifetime with John X Safaris.  The expertise by my PH, Dave, and Tracker, Shoota, in finding world class animals in the vast landscape was nothing short of unbelievable.  I have hunted my entire life but have placed this hunt at the top of my list.
    George Keys
  • Eason Maykus
    The team at John X Safaris once again provided a lifelong memory.  Personal touches in every detail during my time at camp cannot be topped.  The hunting, food, lodging and scenery make the stay perfect.  Most importantly the friends made with John X Safaris will last a lifetime.  I look forward to making this part of my future with many good times to come.  Thanks again for a 5-star experience.
    Eason Maykus
  • Dale Wilson
    My first trip to South Africa after many hunts in North America.  Honestly the most exciting and adventurous hunting experience of my life!  Hunting with Ed and meeting all the great people at John X Safaris has been a blast.  First class accommodations, food, animals and customer service.
    Dale Wilson
  • Cole & Kelsey Watts
    Our time in the Eastern Cape has been a dream.  It will be a trip to reflect on for years to come.  Dave, Shoota, and Dusty were top notch, and we consider ourselves blessed to have had the opportunity to hunt with them.  Their knowledge, skill, work ethic, and dedication to the hunt were outstanding.  It was amazing to share Kelsey's first big game kill with our new friends!
    Cole & Kelsey Watts
  • Clay & Carli Schubert
    The John X Safaris motto reads, "May you enter as guests and leave as friends". Carl, Trish, Lee, PH's and the rest of the John X Safaris crew went above and beyond to deliver on this motto.  Our time spent with them was full of laughter and smiles filled with new memories created each day.  Thank you, John X Safaris, for a truly amazing experience.
    Clay & Carli Schubert
  • Al & Renee Quast
    It's hard to put into words - this safari has exceeded our expectations beyond anything we could have dreamed.  The scenery, the animals, the opportunities, the challenges, the emotions of a successful hunt, the camaraderie with our PH, Greg, and our tracker, Bless, it was all exceptional.  Africa and John X Safaris will forever have a place in our memories and in our hearts.
    Al & Renee Quast