FAQ Page

Frequently asked questions

Some of the most frequently asked questions are answered here. If your question remains unanswered, sure to contact us!

During the Safari Season (March to October), What is the Temperature Like?

In the Limpopo Valley, during the day, you can expect comfortably warm temperatures ranging from 70° to 88°. Our usual days consist of a nice forecast of sunny with no clouds and just a slight breeze. We usually have no rain during this safari period, but an occasional rare shower has occurred in the past. At night, expect a nice cool temperature range between 35° to 50°.

In the other parts of South Africa, where we hold concessions, it will be much colder. The Eastern Cape's temperatures warm up to between 60° and 75° during the day. As the sun sets, temperatures here drop down to 25°. In Zulu Land the temperatures are very much like the Limpopo Valley temperatures with a little more humidity (which is usually low).

Nights: 35° to 50°
Days: 60° and 75°
What Type of Clothing is Recommended for Trophy Hunting Safaris/ At Camp?

The typical outfit consists of two layers in the morning. The first layer is something comfortable in the mid-day heat. Shorts and a t-shirt are recommended. The second top layer is for the cooler early mornings and late evenings. Some coveralls over the shorts and a bush jacket over that are recommended. Expect to shed the top layer at around 9am. Then, plan to start putting them back on at around 5pm.

At the camp, during the day, any warm-weather apparel is recommended. We encourage you to bring a swim-suit too, to enjoy our pool. In the evenings, plan to have some apparel for cool nights. Sweat-suits, jackets, and cardigans are good examples of some warm clothes you should consider bringing. We recommend layering at night as well, so you can easily adjust your layers as you sit by a warm fire.

Still not sure what to bring? No problem! Just ask us for a full list of clothing (for men and/or women).

What is a Typical Hunting Safari Day?

We hope you are a morning person, because our adventure begins before sunrise! You will be woken up between 5 and 5:30 am. You'll be given about an hour to forty-five minutes for your morning prep. Make sure to save a few extra minutes to enjoy coffee or tea and something light to eat like cereal or toast. At 6:15 am it will be light enough to see well. When we can see well, we will head out.

The morning hunt will last until 12 noon. Once we arrive back in camp, a full lunch spread will be provided. You will be free to eat, roam, and rest in the camp until 2 pm.

At 2 pm, we'll head out again until dark, which usually occurs right about 6 pm. After returning to camp, we encourage you to join your company and us around the camp fire. It is a beautiful relaxing space to enjoy the African night life, look up to a star studded sky, and recant the day's adventures.

Dinner will be served around 7:30 pm. Dinners consist of some of the best South African cuisine - and some of the best wines - found in South Africa. After dinner, you can enjoy any of our lodging spaces or call it a night.

What Activities are Available outside of Trophy Hunting?

We enjoy accommodating non-hunters as much as we enjoy accommodating hunters. There are literally dozens of activities to experience in South Africa. Love shopping? Let's arrange some shopping trips to Petersburg, Pretoria and Johannesburg! Love animals? Let's arrange trips to a local Crocodile breeding far or a Lion breeding project! Want to see an African Market? Let's plan a excursion to a local market!

For those just looking to relax, our camp is designed for that too! Bring a book (or a Kindle!) and find one of our relaxing areas in camp to enjoy the African outdoors. And don't forget to pack a camera! We get visits from African Wildlife and have a beautiful scenery that are very picturesque. For the warm afternoons, why not take a dip in our private pool?

What is the Recommended Trip Length? Is a Trip to Kruger National Park Available?

We usually schedule trip for an average of twelve (12) days. This length has proven to be the best for trophy hunting safaris.

A trip to Kruger National Park is available. However, we recommend a trip length of fourteen (14) days if you plan on a hunting safari and a trip to Kruger National Park. The extra two days will lead to a better experience and more time to enjoy one of the best game reserves in the world.

If you feel like venturing out on a Cape Town and wine lands tour, we recommend adding three (3) to four (4) more days to your schedule. These ventures are best enjoyed un-rushed!

Hunting Safari Trips - 12 days.

Hunting Safari Trips & Kruger - 14 days.

Hunting Safari Trips & Cape Town - 15 days.

Hunting Safari Trips, Kruger, & Cape Town - 17 to 18 days.

What Areas Does Schoonbee Safaris Hunt? How is the Game on the Schoonbee Ranch?

Schoonbee Safaris owns an exclusive area of 6,000 acres. On top of its private game ranch, Schoonbee Safaris offers hunting on another 20,000 acres. We recommend checking out the rates page to see where specific game will be hunted. You can also check out the information page to learn more about the regions we hunt on.

Despite it being widely practiced on other South African ranches, Schoonbee game is never purchased at the start of our season for hunting. The game hunted during the season on our ranch is the offspring of the game bred on the ranch. We've created a ranch where our game is self-sufficient and sustainable. Our game finds its own food sources and breeds freely. Occasionally we may introduce a new animal to keep diversity in the species, but this is has never been done on a large scale. Our ranch is fenced to keep our game protected and better monitored. The game enclosed in this fence remains truly wild.

What caliber is recommended? Can I hunt with my bow? What about other hunting weapons?

In the Limpopo Valley, we find the most common caliber is the 300 win and 338 win. A 30-06 is also a good caliber. In the Eastern Cape, where the shots can be up to 300 yards, effective calibers are a 300 win, 270 win, and 7mm mag with good core lock soft nose bullets. We highly recommend top-class high-quality ammunition. African Game can be very tough. You'll want strong quality bullets to pierce skin and bone. Please be aware that if you only wound an animal in Africa, you still pay for it. Thus, for the best outcome, we cannot stress enough that your ammunition needs to be up to the challenge.

We do allow and enjoy those that prefer bow hunting. We have a great setup for the bow hunter and generally see a very high success rate. We mainly offer bow hunting out of blinds over water holes and over mineral licks. These areas often experience high game traffic. On a good day, one can expect to see between 100 and 250 animals at a single watering hole. While we do not recommend a walk-and-stalk approach for our wild game, we do offer this option. Please be aware that the walk-and-stalk method has much lower success rates, mostly due to the game being very wary of predators.

We also offer muzzle loader and handgun hunting. For these weapons, we highly encourage you to choose an appropriate caliber and strong quality ammunition.

How are Trophies Handled?

How your trophies are handled is up to you. You can make the decision to have your trophies shipped to your home country or to have ready-to-mount trophies shipped to your home country. All trophies processed by Schoonbee Safaris' are handed off to our preferred taxidermist located in Louis Trichardt. We use him to ensure great work and a lower cost (as compared to having the work done in the United States). He is very experienced and well-versed in African Animals. We will visit him during your stay, so you can make the decision on your trophies. Please be aware that it will take us approximately 7 to 9 months to have the mounted trophies delivered.

Whats the process after arriving at the Johannesburg Airport?

1. Collect your bags after passport control and collect your gun at the firearms desk.

2. Proceed to the customs desk. They will issue you a temporary import permit for your rifle.

3. After you get the permit, proceed to exit the restricted area to the arrival gate.

4. If it is arranged, a representative of Schoonbee Safaris will pick you up at the arrival gate. If you have to catch a connecting flight to another destination, read the overhead boards that will direct you to domestic departures.

At Johannesburg Airport, the Airport personnel speak English. If you need assistance or directions, you should have no trouble getting either.

What is the Main Camp like? What Accommodations are provided?

Our lodge is detailed greater on our information page, but here are the basics. All the rooms are setup to be very comfortable and user-friendly. Each room has two beds and a private one-suite bathroom. The bathrooms have a shower, running hot and cold water, and a flush toilet. Room are cleaned every morning, generally after hunters leave camp to go hunting. Laundry is done in the morning and returned to your room by the afternoon.

Meals are served in our pavilion. We serve a light breakfast, a full lunch, and a full dinner. Alcoholic beverages are available upon request. Right next to the pavilion is a fire pit with seating.

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