About Hunting Limpopo
Our Karoi Base Camp is located in the Limpopo Province, which has long been the mecca for safari enthusiasts across the globe. Over 80% of all South African hunting safaris originate in this province.
Karoi is located just north of the town of Modimolle (may appear as “Nylstoom” on older maps) about 10 miles east of the N1 Highway heading to Zimbabwe. Modimolle is about 115 miles (two hours drive) north of Johannesburg International Airport. Modimolle is at the southern edge of the Waterberg Massif. This was the first region in northern RSA to be named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The Waterberg Massif covers 14,500 square kilometers in the Northern Limpopo Province with some mountainous peaks rising to 2000 meters. It is bordered on the east by the Drakensburg Mountains and to the north by the Soutpansberg Range (the northernmost mountains in South Africa.)
The biosphere consists of three sub-habitats: high plateau savanna, specialized shaded cliff vegetation, and riparian zone habitat. The diversity of land forms and associated vegetative types creates a perfect habitat for a wide variety of huntable game species. Principally, the terrain consists of open grassland dotted with clusters of deciduous trees, broken by mesas, buttes, and some kopje outcrops (rocky knobs). Some of these buttes stand 550 meters above the plains with exposed multicolored sandstone faces offering stunning views and backdrops. The riparian areas are prime habitat for the apex predator, the Nile Crocodile as well as hippopotamus. This terrain is easily accessible by hunting vehicle allowing the client to cover much territory in pursuit of game. Hunting techniques include spot and stalk, still hunting, as well as hunting from both elevated and ground blinds.
The cattle-owning Bantu entered Waterberg about two thousand years ago and began to impact the environment within years of arrival. They were followed by Dutch settlers in 1808. The Dutch brought further cattle grazing into an environment not suited for such intensive agriculture, and the continued over-grazing soon impacted native wildlife populations. This culminated in severe habitat loss in the mid 1900′s. Subsequently, regional landowners became aware of the benefits of restoring habitat to attract and protect native species of plains game. From this reawakening the safari industry in RSA was born and thrives today.
From our Karoi Base Camp we have access to over 200,000 acres of pristine bushveld (meaning “bushy field” in the Afrikans language) purposefully selected to produce high numbers of quality trophy animals. Access to such a large land base ensures that clients have a private, independent safari experience free from encounters with other hunters. Please refer to our species list elsewhere on our website to see the species of plains game and dangerous game available from our Karoi Base Camp.
Accommodations at Karoi include the Main Camp consisting of a large lodge and combined dining facility. The Main Lodge is creatively decorated in an attractive African motif with a large interior fireplace and two large dining tables able to seat 30 people. A comfortable seating area in front of the fireplace offers an inviting location to sit with friends or watch television. The exterior covered porch contains comfortable seating and is a relaxing place to enjoy stunning views as the sun sets in the west. The nearby boma is a communal place to enjoy a blazing fire on chilly nights as your harvested venison is perfectly prepared to your individual preference. Ten private individual bush chalets of masonry construction and typical thatched roofs are scattered about a beautifully landscaped setting. Each chalet has en suite toilet and bathing areas, polished concrete floors, hot & cold running water and heating & cooling.
For those a bit more adventurous and desirous of a true wilderness experience, while retaining all the comforts of home, our Bush Camp is more isolated by being some distance away from our Base Camp (though easily accessible.) It is situated so that clients can see, hear, and feel the openness of the real African Bush. The Bush Camp consists an open-air central dining area with adjacent boma that overlooks a ponded stream where wildlife (including cape buffalo) come to water. Lodging consists of 6 well-constructed stone chalets with traditional thatch roofs and polished concrete floors. In lieu of glass windows, the chalet window openings are shuttered with clear vinyl roll up windows and opaque canvas outer windows all of which create a definite refreshing airiness to each occupancy. Each chalet consists of en suite toilet and shower, hot & cold running water, and comfortable bed.
Besides the world class hunting, additional recreational opportunities are practically limitless. Non-hunting family members will have plenty to do. The challenge will be verbalized as, “How do I fit it all in?” rather than “How do I occupy my time?” To learn more about all there is to see and do, please refer to the remainder of our website regarding the Limpopo Province.
As to conveniences, Modimolle is only 15 miles away and contains restaurants, shopping, and a community medical center with capable staff available on 24-hour standby. The larger municipality of Pretoria a full service 24-hour private hospital. Pretoria can be reached in 90 minutes by vehicle or 25 minutes by helicopter from the Modimolle Municipal Airport.