Customized Safaris

The Cape buffalo is one of Africa’s most impressive big game animals. A member of the Big Five, the Cape buffalo, also known as “The Black Death” can be a lethal adversary and a challenging animal to hunt. To paraphrase Robert Ruark, “they look at you like you owe them money.” Our custom buffalo hunts will put you up close and personal with some of these majestic, dangerous animals.

Our goal is your total satisfaction, so if you’d like an unforgettable Cape Buffalo hunt, or a combination of a plains game and Big 5 safari, just let us know and our family will create the experience of a lifetime for you.

Cape Buffalo

Buffalo prefer habitats with dense cover such as reeds and thickets. Herds have also been found in open woodland and grassland. While not particularly demanding with regards to habitat, they require water daily and therefore depend on perennial sources of water.

As most hunters know, the Cape buffalo is one of Africa’s most sought-after animals. We are lucky to have some great areas to hunt buffalo in South Africa such as the Timbavati National Park, bordering the fenceless Kruger National Park, allowing all animals to travel freely between the two areas. A certain number of buffalo are put on tender every year and we bid according to our client’s wishes. The quality of the hunt and trophy is outstanding and well worth the higher price tag it attracts. Getting a Buffalo in this area of 43”-44” is not uncommon.

We also hunt Botswana and Tanzania (Sean is fully licensed in Tanzania) and there is a great abundance of really big buffalo.

Lions vary in color but typically sport light yellow-brown coats. Mature male lions are unique among big cats due to the thick brown or black manes that encircle their necks. Lions consume a wide variety of prey, from wildebeest, impala, zebra, giraffe, buffalo and wild hogs to even rhinos and hippos. They will also feed on smaller animals such as hares, birds and reptiles. Lions are also known to attack elephants when food is scarce.

African Lion

At Garry Kelly Safaris, we have some great areas in which to hunt free-range lions in South Africa. The hunt is done in the traditional walk and stalk method, picking up tracks and following them. This is normally a 16-21 day safari. There are not many of these free-range permits available in South Africa. If you are interested in one of the free-range lion hunts, please let us know as soon as possible so we can apply for the necessary permits. Garry Kelly Safaris is totally opposed to any form of canned lion hunting. (the practice of raising lions and releasing them just prior to a hunt).