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JAN OELOFSE

Namibia Plains Big Game

Namibia Big Game Hunting

JAN OELOFSE

For those of you who are looking for their next Africa hunting destination, or even their first, Trek Safaris is happy to represent Jan Oelofse Hunting Safaris as our Namibia Plains Game outfitter. Since 1975 Jan Oelofse Hunting Safaris has provided big game hunters with unmatched service & accommodations along with tremendous amounts of game on their 85,000 acres of private land. From the thousands of Gemsbok roaming the plains to gigantic Eland, this is a special destination where you not only meet new people, but also make lifelong friends.

The Trip

Arriving into Windhoek Namibia, a representative from Jan Oelofse Safaris will be on hand to receive you and transfer you about three hours to the lodge where if time permits, you will sight your rifles and rest for the next day’s hunt. One of the highly trained Professional Hunters will guide you for the next ten days on your African safari. You will go out early in the mornings to stalk your target species for the day before returning to the lodge for lunch and a rest.

The afternoon will consist of Namibia big game hunting for the target species again in hopes of taking an excellent trophy. The last day, someone from Jan Oelofse will transfer you back to Johannesburg for your flight home or the start of an extended sightseeing trip if you have chosen to do so.

The Hunting

Jan Oelofse hunting area covers 85,000 acres along with another 120,000 acres of concessions all of which is open range providing an excellent environment for many plains antelope and all of the Big 5. The hunting area varies geographically and throughout seasons. Savannahs, grass plains and mountain stretches provide a diverse habitat for various species and will allow for great hunting and photography.

Since plains game is the primary species, the best time to hunt is from mid-March through mid-October as these are the cooler months in Namibia and much more pleasant. A typical hunting day begins with an early breakfast and then off at first light with your Professional Hunter. You will hunt until around noon upon which, if you are not on the stalk, you will head back to camp for lunch. Having a nice lunch and quick rest, you will go back out with your PH and hunt until dusk.

Remember, this is an African safari, and at times you will be required to walk several miles on a stalk. Of course the true trophy animals are always a bit wiser and bit more physically demanding, but this is what you came to do. For clients hunting with a bow, there are specially made bow-hunting blinds situated along a good number of waterholes. These are made from concrete to look like anthills and will keep you safe from the big game on the property. Most of the shots will be taken between 150 to 200 yards, but some shots might be over 175 yards. You need to be comfortable shooting off shooting sticks, free hand and at times to take quick shots.

The Accommodations

The lodge is located in the center of the Okonjati Game Reserve and surrounded by Namibian wilderness. A large bar area at the front of the lodge overlooks a waterhole and is thus the perfect location for all-day exciting game viewing. In the winter months, a steam bath and whirlpool are excellent ways of relaxing after long day hunting. During the summer months, the swimming pool offers a welcome opportunity to cool off – to elephants and hunters alike.

The Hunting Lodge is furnished with 6 rooms, two of which have king-size beds, four of which have twin beds. All rooms are equipped with a mini bar, a small fridge, a safe to store your rifles in, hair dryers, 110 Volt converters, a ceiling fan, air conditioners and WiFi throughout.

Breakfast is continental-style with a selection of eggs, bacon, home-baked bread, cereals, yoghurt and fruit. Breakfast is served from as early as you wish to start your hunt. Lunch consists of a picnic out in the bush or meals at the lodge. For dinner you will enjoy a wide selection of meats, as well as vegetables and some traditionally African dishes. The evening meal is served in the lapa around campfire, where the adventures of the day are shared with other hunters in the camp. The flexible kitchen staff caters for special dietary requirements.

Trophy Free Range Stag
June 16, 2014

Trophy Free Range Stag

In early March Davis Barron, and his father Rodney took a trip to Argentina for trophy “free range” stag at the Algar Safari Ranch. Davis and Rodney downed beautiful Stags measuring 284 ⅜ and  362 6/8 respectivly. Rodney’s was the second largest ever...

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