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About South Africa/Thwane Game Lodge

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Maids,Trackers&Skinners

Our qualified manger, as well as professional cook are your hosts at Thwane Game Lodge. This beautiful ranch of 5000 acres is situated in the malaria free northern part of South Africa, near the town of Lephelale in the Limpopo Province. We are an exclusive bow hunting ranch developed into a bow hunters dream with six permanent, scent-proof, pit blinds and one elevated stands situated at natural water points, which assures you the hunting opportunity of a lifetime to harvest your dream trophies from the 22 species available on the ranch. All of the blinds have 24 hours surveillance cameras that will allow you a pre-view of these trophies in the comfort of our lodge prior to your hunt. . A First in the bow hunting industry.  Contact us for details!


The ranch has two beautiful thatched, air-conditioned, luxury lodges to accommodate your party. Crocodile Lodge has three rooms accommodating two guests per room. Thwane camp has four chalets accommodating two guests per chalets.


All have bathrooms en-suite. Both lodge are fully equipped and are self sufficient. Your hearty game meals will be prepared and served around an acacia wood fire under fire under African skies where you can share the days hunting stories to the finest details with your new friends, whilst sipping a tall iced cooled drink.


Your laundry and housekeeping take place on a daily basis. Our tracking and skinning staff, with many years experience, will prepare and handle your trophies with utmost and professional care. All the appropriate facilites, skinning shed, salting pits, cold-room, etc. are located on the property. Transport to the blinds in an open land cruiser giving you that safari feeling.

General Information and suggestions

Clothing:
All commercially available camouflage or scent lock clothing is acceptable. Gray, light or dark brown,
olive green well blend in well, 2 pairs.
1 pair shooting gloves.
1 pair lightweight boots
1 pair casual shoes, sneakers or slippers
Cap/hat/ski hat
Bush jacket, sweater, light rainproof jacket/poncho

Lodge:
informal, very casual light warm clothes. Not too much, as laundry is done every day!
Sunglasses, sun screen, insect repellent, toiletries, your preferred scent free soaps and shampoos, small
medical kit-headache, stomach, indigestion, heart burn, cold and flu, est. Just in case. Please ensure
That you have sufficient prescription medication for your specific needs for more than 10 days or 7 days
longer than your intended stay in the country. This particular area is malaria free, but if you plan to travel
through the country, it is advisable to consult your physician or health department.
Bow and other Equipment:


A well-tuned and mechanically sound bow with at least 12 arrows and broad heads. Extra bow accessories
are always advisable. release, bow string, etc. Emergency repairs can and will be handled on the ranch
or at our local bow shop.


Range finder, binoculars, camera, extra film, extra batteries, chargers in a light carry bag.
Trophy tags for taxidermist, business card size. Taxidermist info. On one side and your details on the other.
Laminated with one/plastic ties.

Temperatures:
Days are normally sunny and warm between 10C and 18C. (50F and 65F) Nights can be cold getting down to +/-2.
C. It can be cold in the hides early mornings and evenings. Normally no rain is expected, but never say never.

A Hunting day:
Wake up around 5:00am. Coffee, rusks (biscuits) or cereal is provided. At the hides before sun up approx
6:00am. Collected for brunch at approx 10:30am if an animal has not been harvested. Back to the hide at
approx 2:30pm until after sunset approx 6:00pm returning to the lodge for snacks and drinks while discussing
the days hunt after which dinner will be served. If at any stage you would like to do something alternative,
please do not hesitate mentioning it to your PH and arrangements will be made.

Gratuities:
Please understand that gratuities are based on service and help received and only if you, the client, thinks
that the gratuity is deserved. This is therefore a guideline only.
PH in a 1 on 1 situation $30.00 - $50.00 per day
Cook $10.00 - $20.00 per day
Skinner $3.00 - $5.00 per day
Tracker $3.00 - $5.00 per day
Laundry & Cleaning $2.00 - $3.00 per day
Our skinners and trackers do have a large collection of knives, etc., received as gifts from previous hunters, so as an
alternative suggestion; any old clothing would be greatly appreciated.

South Africa is often called a "World in One Country." It is the only country in Africa which can delight its visitors with everything from snow-blanketed Alpine mountain ranges, ancient deserts teeming with fascinating wildlife and incredible succulents, sub-tropical rainforests, castles and forts, and world-renowned conservation areas all linked with excellent highways and first-rate communications systems.
When it comes to land mammals,
South Africa hogs the superlatives: it's got the biggest (the African elephant), the smallest (the pygmy shrew), the tallest (the giraffe) and the fastest (the cheetah). The country is also home to Africa's last substantial populations of black and white rhinos. South Africa is also home to the ostrich (the world's largest bird), and the Kori bustard (the largest flying bird), as well as a spectacular flora, with wildflowers from lilies to red hot pokers in the grasslands, weird succulents blooming after spring rains, and one of the world's six floral kingdoms - the Cape kingdom - bringing color to the Western Cape. The country's fascinating indigeous peoples include the Zulu, Ndebele, Sotho, Xhosa and San people, while the Cape Malay and Indian populations add an exotic splash of color.

As travelers increasingly expect more interesting and intellectually-stimulating ways of spending their precious vacation time, Southern Africa is emerging as one of the most unique and engaging travel experiences anywhere on Earth.

 It includes some of the wildest and most sparsely populated areas on Earth, as well as being blessed with a disproportionate diversity of wildlife and cultural groups, and numerous natural wonders.

Southern Africa is one of our planet's most ancient regions and, throughout the 4 billion years of its history, it has been subjected to relentless geological activity, resulting in some of the world's most dramatic and spectacular landscape. The region's amazing biological diversity is the product of its unique climatic patterns, influenced by two of the world's greatest ocean currents: the cold Beguile current originating in Antarctica and running up the western Atlantic coast, and the Indian Ocean's warm Mozambique current which washes its eastern seaboard.

Culturally, Southern Africa is a potpourri of ethnic, tribal, and religious groups - South Africa alone has 11 official languages. Mankind has inhabited the region for as long as our species has been in existence, with fossils of early hominids dating back 3.3 million years. Every subsequent step in our evolution can be traced through fossils, stone-age tools, rock art, pottery, iron-age implements, and the remains of ancient civilizations. Since the arrival of Europeans, the turbulent and often tragic recent history of the region has been well documented, culminating (in 1994) in one of the great global events of the century: the ending of Apartheid.

South Africa is one of the few places on Earth that has something special to offer everyone, no matter what their interest. It truly is a "world in one region".

As travelers increasingly expect more interesting and intellectually-stimulating ways of spending their precious vacation time, Southern Africa is emerging as one of the most unique and engaging travel experiences anywhere on Earth.

 It includes some of the wildest and most sparsely populated areas on Earth, as well as being blessed with a disproportionate diversity of wildlife and cultural groups, and numerous natural wonders.

Southern Africa is one of our planet's most ancient regions and, throughout the 4 billion years of its history, it has been subjected to relentless geological activity, resulting in some of the world's most dramatic and spectacular landscape. The region's amazing biological diversity is the product of its unique climatic patterns, influenced by two of the world's greatest ocean currents: the cold Beguile current originating in Antarctica and running up the western Atlantic coast, and the Indian Ocean's warm Mozambique current which washes its eastern seaboard.

Culturally, Southern Africa is a potpourri of ethnic, tribal, and religious groups - South Africa alone has 11 official languages. Mankind has inhabited the region for as long as our species has been in existence, with fossils of early hominids dating back 3.3 million years. Every subsequent step in our evolution can be traced through fossils, stone-age tools, rock art, pottery, iron-age implements, and the remains of ancient civilizations. Since the arrival of Europeans, the turbulent and often tragic recent history of the region has been well documented, culminating (in 1994) in one of the great global events of the century: the ending of Apartheid.

South Africa is one of the few places on Earth that has something special to offer everyone, no matter what their interest. It truly is a "world in one region".

For The Non-Hunter Zemvelo-Tours

Thwane Game Lodge * P.O. Box 119* Ellisras * R.S.A.* 0555