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White Rhino Dart Hunts, Zululand 1.

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PUBLIC SHOOTS/HUNTS
South Africa

We offer an alternative and less expensive way of adding a white rhino to your trophy collection

We have several venues available in South Africa, which allow the hunter to track and dart a selected white rhino for scientific research or veterinary purposes. Your Professional Hunter and tracker would accompany you with a vet and assistants in a back-up vehicle or helicopter.

With all the thrills and challenges of a dangerous game hunt, you will stalk the rhino to a range of 20-30 metres and shoot it with a dart gun. Once the animal is down and asleep you may take photographs as with any successful trophy hunt, assist the vet and take rhino measurements.

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You may then choose to have a fibreglass replica trophy made of your rhino using the photographs and recorded dimensions.

In KwaZulu Natal, we offer two excellent standards of accommodation – a bush camp with thatched chalets and a luxury tented camp. Both have superior cuisine, swimming pools and other safari activities available which are ideal for a non-hunting observer.

Costs 1×1:
We recommend you allow a minimum of 5 days/6 nights to hunt the rhino.

Accommodation Male Rhino Dart Hunt US$ Female Rhino Dart Hunt US$
1 hunter – 6 nights in bush camp 10650 7650
1 hunter – 6 nights in tented camp 11500 8500
1 hunter sharing – 6 nights bush camp 10250 7250
1 hunter sharing – 6 nights tent camp 11000 8000

Non-hunting Observer Rates:

  • Bush camp: US$110/night sharing or US$170/night single.
  • Tented camp: US$230/night sharing or US$320/night single.

Prices are inclusive of:
accommodation for 5 days & 6 nights; all meals and soft/alcoholic drinks; camp staff services; hunting services of PH & tracker(s), hunting vehicle & driver; back-up helicopter & pilot costs; veterinary personnel; rhino insurance cover; road transfer costs from Richard’s Bay Airport to camp return.

Prices are exclusive of:
International and domestic air fares; road transfer from JIA to camp return (if required); personal & medical insurance; visa costs; tips; any hotel accommodation prior to/after hunt; taxidermy costs & trophy shipping; other safari activity costs

Please note:

  • All rhinos darted will reach at least SCI minimum horn length.
  • Bull and cow elephant darting hunts are available at the same costs.
  • Plains game hunting is available – please enquire.
  • Other activities available include game walks/drives, horseback safaris, fishing, boat cruises & canoeing.
  • Camp exclusivity is not guaranteed.
  • Approximate cost of a replica shoulder mount of the rhino is US$2300 (excluding shipping) with a RSA taxidermist – please enquire.

LOCATION: The concession is in Kwa-Zulu Natal (formally Zululand) South Africa.

THE CONCESSION: Approximately 75,000 acres in its entirety. This huge biosphere reserve has a perimeter fence, one internal game fence and a road running through it. It is privately owned. Kudu lands Safaris have been taking hunting clients there for about 12 years.

TERRAIN: Gently rolling hills dropping down to the edges of a large lake on the eastern side and climbing to the Lebombo Mountains in the west. The vegetation is mostly thick bushveldt with some areas of open grassland.

WEATHER: The best time of year to hunt here will be April to September, which is the winter here. It will be cool in the mornings and evenings and pleasantly warm during the day.

ACCOMMODATION: Extremely comfortable twin-bedded rondavels/bungalows with en suite flush toilets and shower facilities. There is hot and cold running water at all times. There is a swimming pool in each camp. All camps have full electrical power, either mains or solar. Daily maid service is included in your safari price but there is a small charge for laundry.

MEALS: Full board that usually takes the form of a light snack with coffee/tea first thing in the morning, a big cooked brunch mid to late morning after hunting and dinner in the evening. All soft drinks are included in your price.

ALCOHOL: This is NOT included in the cost of your safari. Should you require alcoholic beverages, they will be brought in for you ready for the start of your stay. You will be asked for a budget and which types/brands and amount of alcohol you require.

CAMP EXCLUSIVITY: You and your party have the option to stay in a very pleasant photographic safari camp, which may have other guests staying. Or you could have your own private hunting camp exclusive to your party.

HUNTING VEHICLE: You will be provided with a modern, reliable, open top, 4×4-hunting vehicle which is included in your price.

TYPE OF HUNTING: The hunting is always conducted to the principles of fair chase. Usually we spot game from the vehicle and then stalk on foot. There is no shooting from the vehicle. Blinds may be used if bow hunting or still-hunting certain species. Your Professional Hunter and tracker will accompany you at all times when out hunting.

NON-HUNTING ACTIVITIES: There are many different activities available in the area for small additional costs. Within the concession there is elephant and rhino tracking expeditions and tiger fishing in the lake. Short drives away are the National Parks of Hluhluwe, Italia and Mkuze and a Zulu cultural centre. The Indian Ocean with deep-sea fishing, diving and beach facilities is a little further away but worth considering for a visit after your hunt perhaps.

Additional Trophy Fees:

SPECIES US$
Impala 225
Warthog 225
Kudu 900
Grey Duiker 225
Steenbuck 225
Red Duiker 575
Mountain Reedbuck 400
Waterbuck 1350
Blue Wildebeest 600
Zebra 900
Nyala 1500
Bushbuck 675
Bushpig 225
Common Reedbuck 650
Ostrich 500
Giraffe 1350

The Rhino Dart Hunt:

There are 12 white rhinos to be darted here next year to have microchips placed in their horns and for a veterinary check-up at the same time. None of these animals have been darted for 2 years – the front horn measurement of one of them then, was 28 ½ inches. This same male rhino will be the first to be dart hunted in 2004. Many of the female rhinos here have longer front horns than the males.

As this is a conservation project, the landowner has reserved the right to invite any photographic safari guests to see the rhino AFTER you have taken all your own photographs and the veterinary procedures have been completed. They may watch the rhino being woken up but in no way will interfere in your hunt.

The hunt will be for duration of 4 days & 5 nights. Should you get your rhino early in the hunt, you may wish to do some plains game hunting at the above listed trophy prices.

Hunt Rates:

Staying at the photographic safari camp:

  • US$ 9700 for 1 hunter to dart 1 male rhino.
  • US$ 9000 for 1 hunter to dart 1 large female rhino.
  • US$ 13700 for 1 hunter to dart 2 female rhinos.

Staying at private hunting camp:

  • US$10300 for 1 hunter to dart 1 male rhino.
  • US$9600 for 1 hunter to dart 1 large female rhino.
  • US$14300 for 1 hunter to dart 2 female rhinos.

Price is inclusive of:
Rhino darting fee; accommodation, meals & soft drinks 4 days/5 nights; camp staff services; hunting services of PH & trackers; hunting vehicle & driver; all veterinary services, darts & drugs x2 shots; rhino insurance; licences; any plains game trophy field preparation & delivery to local taxidermist; For the 2 rhino option: extra vet & darting costs; 2nd rhino insurance; 2nd rhino licence.

Price is exclusive of:
International/domestic/charter flight costs; hotel expenses prior to/after hunt; visas; insurance; alcoholic beverages; tips.

Rhino replica taxidermy work & trophy shipping; trophy fees on any animal taken or wounded on plains game hunt; taxidermy work & shipping of plains game trophies; rifle/ammunition rental.

Please note: These prices are based on using a maximum of 2 dart shots per rhino. Additional darts required will be charged at US$150 per dart.

We can offer members a 5% discount of the hunt on certain items.