Crusader Safaris has for 15 years built a reputation as being the only outfit offering real free range hunting in South Africa. These large areas, with their unique differences, indigenous game and excellent trophy quality is what our name is built on. This type of authentic hunting has always been much sought after but is more relevant now than it has ever been.
What makes our free range hunting conservancies unique?
The Umkomaas valley conservancy, the Stormberg mountains and the Baviaansriver conservancy offer 34 species of huntable game. A total of 500,000 acres of low fenced free range hunting all out of well-positioned tasteful African camps. Less travel, more variety of terrain and accommodation, better trophy quality and a real authentic African safari experience is what you get when hunting these unique one-of-a-kind areas with Crusader Safaris.
These large conservancies on the east of South Africa, one in KwaZulu Natal and the other two in the Eastern Cape consist of private ranches joined in the interests of conservation and better hunting experiences. Some of it used to be cattle ranches and are now set aside for wildlife and hunting. Crusader Safaris owns land in all three conservancies, our camps are on our property and we have long term leases and hunting rights agreements on the balance that gives us complete control and exclusive access to these unique areas.
These vast areas are large enough to be self-regulated. We can and do hunt all year round, together with the wildlife authorities set our quota in the best interest of sustainable utilization and trophy quality.
We believe that hunting & conservation go hand-in-hand
Having occupied areas for 15 years and seen the game numbers, variety and quality improve year-on-year is something we are really proud of. Contrary to some doubters in the industry, the areas we hunt are free-range, we get to hunt all year round, the trophy quality is better than fenced ranches, and you will get the required permits, and for the most part, the animals are all indigenous to these areas.
Offering free range hunting takes a great team effort
It takes a massive team effort between Crusader Safaris, various landowners, anti-poaching units and predator control teams, along with all the highly skilled PHs to manage these areas well. The aim is to keep everyone’s objectives aligned and to ensure as we always have, that as a result of hunting and selective trophy hunting, all three conservancies and camps are better off from one year to the next. It is imperative for all our hunters that we sustain above-average age class and trophy, which keeps our offering unique and hunters coming back.