HOW WE OPERATE
We only hunt on foot. Mostly spot and stalk or walk and stalk, sometimes sitting in ambush and wait or crawl for those who can. No shooting from vehicles and the game here are totally wild animals so our hunts are a real fair chase experience.
We are here to assist you door to door with your African hunting safari, all the way from when you decide to book, from when you leave home and get back again, as well as caring for your trophys untill they get home. We ensure you are never left alone or wondering. We have people to meet and ASSIST you in Johannesburg and in Port Elizabeth.
Example : an American or European hunter never travelled overseas before, let alone Africa and that worries him or her. Then he reads on our website or facebook how some other American landed at Johannesburg, was met by one of our guys there, helped with clearing his firearm, taken to a nice guest house where he enjoyed the company and had a good meal and rest after the flight. The following day he is taken to the airport, arrives in PE to be met by his Richard Holmes Safaris - RHS Professional Hunter - PH and the next thing he is on our Ranch. No fuss, no bother - just as easy as flying to Dallas (and maybe safer too!). How good does this make him feel? Now he knows that with RHS he has nothing to worry about.
We take out the UNKNOWN part of booking your AFRICAN hunting Safari - we answer all your questions about your dream African hunt so you will feel comfortable about everything before you arrive here! We will help do your bookings ( flights, hotels, tours etc ) so you don't have to worry about this.
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RICHARD HOLMES SAFARIS
We are a fourth generation family business on the land, now specialising in South African Hunting Safaris with many years of hunting experience. We have been in the Hunting Safari busines for over 25 years.
We are based in the Malaria-free and Disease Free Eastern Cape Province of South Africa which is a Mecca for hunting Safaris in South Africa. We are located 200 miles / 320 km North of Port Elizabeth ( PE ) , which is our pick up and drop off point.
We own all of our Ranches, our Camp/ Base, our Lodge as well as the hunting areas, which are named Clifton and Stirling ranches, which total 8,500 acres / 3,440 hactares with over 2400 head of WILD game and 22 Species.
Most of your hunting will be done on our own property / ranches.
Only on some day/s, hunts are on suitable other privately owned ranches we call concessions.
These concession areas are all on private land like ours, but owned by another private person and on our concessions, you or your group are the only hunters there because access is allowed by invitation only and is exclusive, so you won't run into any other hunters. Rarely, if another group is hunting there, your group will be far seperate from the other because the ranches are so huge.
Our Concessions we hunt are only in the immediate area of our property, max one and a half hours drive to get there and we return to our ranch and lodge after the days hunt. We very seldom hunt further away from our base and our ranches.
The areas we hunt have a large variety of game species and game is abundant, WILD and in established breeding herds, so we never need to add game onto our ranches because our game numbers are full up and the supply of game availabe is therefore mostly constant and self replenishing. You will see lots of wildlife and game everyday.
The Eastern Cape is unique due to some rare species of game found only here.
We recommend and prefer that you bring your own rifle/s for your hunt - bring your tried and trusted shooter. Once you are Inside South Africa Only South African Airways ( SAA ) will carry your rifles, eg. flight number SAA 405. If the flight says SAA operated by Mango or SafAir these will NOT carry your rifles. Note more on this on the link on our hunting packages, under WEAPONS.