Q : Is it safe in South Africa ?

A : Absolutely. Politically South Africa has been and still is one of the most stable countries in Southern Africa. Eulalie Hunting Safaris and its employees will do all we can possibly do to ensure the personal safety of our clients. You will be in our company from the time you step outside of customs at Johannesburg's International Airport till the moment you check in at the airport again on the day of your departure.

Q : Do I need to take shots / immunizations before I come to SA ?

A :
That is up to you. South Africa do not require you take any shots/immunizations before you enter SA. Check with your local Centre of Disease Control (CDC) or with your local doctor.

Q : What about malaria ?

A : Our area (Marken, 50miles East of Lephalale) is malaria free. Taking malaria precautions are up to you, and in my opinion not necessary when hunting at Eulalie. However, if you are planning a trip to the Kruger Park or will be hunting in Zimbabwe or Mozambique you need to take malaria precautions.

Q : What are the typical shot ranges for bow/rifle ?

A : Bow hunting ranges vary between 20-30 yards, with 30-40 yards being uncommon. Average rifle hunting ranges vary between 50-100 yards, as the bush is very thick/dense which limits visibility. In areas that are more open and visibility is better shots may vary between 100-250 yards. Very important here is that you are the person making the call on the shot. Your PH will not make you take a near impossible shot. We do not expect of you to make miracle shots. My rule of thumb is : if I can make that shot, you can ! If you are not comfortable with the shot - then do not take it, your PH will put you on another one ! This goes both for rifle and bow hunting.

Q : What is the preferred method of hunting ?

A : Bow hunting is done out of permanent bow hunting blinds/hides over waterholes and salt licks. This is by far the most successful and accepted way of bow hunting in SA. For the more adventurous bow hunter you are welcome to try a spot & stalk hunt, but be warned that success rates on this kind of bow hunting is fairly low - but extremely gratifying when pulled of successfully ! Patience and persistence is of course the key to success here. Our preferred method of rifle hunting is spot & stalk. We cover a lot of area by means driving around and then after you spot something worth going after, you stalk it to where you can get a shot at it. In some areas we do ambush hunting too. In the mountains where visibility is better due to the elevation we'll either glass the bottoms from the hills or glass the hills from the bottoms, and after spotting what you are looking for and assessing trophy quality - make your move !

Q : What caliber/bullet combination should I use ?

A : First of all . bullet placement is more important than caliber/bullet combination. For plains game I recommend nothing smaller than a .270 or a 7mm. All the .30 cal variations are good calibers for plains game. Personally I like the .338 and .375 calibers even better - bigger bullets make up for human error. Although none of us would ever acknowledge it, or like to acknowledge it . we don't always put the bullet exactly where we aimed - this where a bigger caliber/ bigger bullet comes in very handy indeed !! You need to hunt with whatever caliber you feel most comfortable with, and whatever you personally shoot best. I know some guys don't like the bigger calibers because of the recoil - and that is fine. Believe me a well-placed shot on a plains game animal with a .270 or a .300 will kill just as quick as a .338 or .375. As far as bullets go. I recommend the Barnes TSX bullets - phenomenal penetration and bullet weight retention as well as good expansion - exactly what the doctor ordered ! I do like the Nosler Partition bullets too, as well as the Swift A-frames. I have retrieved literally hundreds if not thousands of bullets from animals - and these abovementioned are the best in my opinion. I try to stay clear of the "core-bonded" bullets as they all inevitably fail at times - by this I mean the core separate from the copper jacket which results low bullet weight retention causing bad penetration or fragmentation of the bullet - not what you want to happen on that trophy of a lifetime ! For dangerous game a minimum caliber of .375 is required by law in SA (and most other Southern African countries too). For thin skinned dangerous game like lion and leopard a fast expanding soft or TSX bullets will do the job. Cats are very susceptible to hydrostatic shock - so those TSX's work very well ! For thick skinned dangerous game like buffalo, hippo and elephant I recommend the heaviest solids available for your big bore rifle. Penetration is the name of the game - enough said !

Q : What if I had to cancel due to unforeseen events ?

A : I will reschedule your hunt to a later date or even to the following season, after which a no-show will result in the forfeit of your deposit.

Q : What about taxidermy and shipping ?

A : After we've taken care of all the caping and field prep of your trophies, we'll deliver it to a taxidermist or a shipping agent of your choice. It is your responsibility to choose/decide which taxidermist or shipping agent to use. We recommend Highveld Taxidermists in South Africa. We have worked with Highveld Taxidermists for many years and in my opinion are the best as far as taxidermy and service goes. You are welcome though to have your consignment shipped to the US to be mounted by your own taxidermist. Who and where you are going to have your trophies mounted by is entirely up to you.

Q : How long will it take to get my trophies/ heads and hides back ?

A : Trophies which are to mounted in SA will take about 14-18 months to get back to you. 'Dip & Ship' consignments will take about 6-8 months.

Q : What clothes do I need to bring ?

A : Bring the clothes you hunt with in the US. Just about any and all the camo patterns work well in the African bush. If you don't want to hunt with camo clothes be sure to wear clothes that are darkish in color - any darkish browns and/or greens will be OK. Stay away from light colored khaki clothes. Bring well worn clothes that are not too noisy, as well as well worn shoes that you can comfortably walk a few miles in.

Q : What about snakes ?

A : We have a number of poisonous/venomous snakes but as long as you keep your eyes open and watch where you put your feet down you will be OK - same as hunting in the US.

Q : What is there to do for the non-hunters ?

A : Non-hunters are welcome to join the hunters on their hunts in their quest to harvest their trophies, or they can simply relax at the lodge, or take daytrips/excursions out to town/photographic safaris on a Big 5 game drive, or go safari on elephant back, or go visit the white lion breeding project close to us. Whatever you choose to do you will not be bored.

Q : What food can I expect ?

A : Good food ! Home cooking at its best. Nothing weird or funky. And we do serve some of the venison too which is delicious. Served with some of SA finest wines - a dining experience second to none!

Q : Where exactly are you located/ how far from the airport ?

A : We are located 20 miles northwest of Marken, a small town 40 miles east of Lephalale, in the Limpopo province, approximately 200 miles due north of Johannesburg, about a 4 hour drive.

Q : Can I bring my family and can they also hunt ?

A : Absolutely !

Q : Can I substitute or add animals on my package ?

A : Yes you can substitute animals on the packages, you can add animals or days to the package and settle the difference on completion of the hunt. If we don't have "a package" that you like - then contact us and we'll tailor make you a package that'll suit your needs.

Q : What if I don’t tag out on my package ?

A : If you happen not to tag out for some reason you will be credited for the animal you did not take. Here you pay only for the animals you harvest, or animals that are confirmed wounded and lost.

Q : How big is the area that you operate in ?

A : All together the properties that we hunt encompass about 83000 acres.

Q : Is it fenced ?

A : Yes. In South Africa to run a hunting operation like we do, by law you have to fenced. If you are thinking . well I don't want to hunt in a fence, it is not fair chase . let me assure you, hunting on tracks of land that are 5000-20000 acres in size are absolutely fair chase. Hunting in a 2 acre pen is like shooting fish in a barrel, hunting on 5000+ acres is most definitely NOT !

Q : What about tips/gratuities ?

A : Although not required tips/gratuities are greatly appreciated by all who receives it.

Q : How do I get hold of you ?

A : You can either call me on my mobile # 011 27 82 375 7244 (from US), if I don't answer it is because I don't have cellphone service where I am at that moment or I am guiding/hunting - please leave a short message with your name and contact number and I will call you back a.s.a.p. Alternatively, e-mail me at isan@eulaliehunting.com - just go to the "contact us" page on this website. Please don't hesitate to ask any question or query that you might have - if you don't ask you won't know ! Upon receipt of all e-mails I will get back to you a.s.a.p.