About Richard Holmes Safaris
Richard Holmes Safaris is based at Clifton and Stirling ranches, size 8,500 acres ( 3440 hactares ) in the Cradock district in the Eastern Cape province, 320 km ( 200 miles ) North of Port Elizabeth, and it is from here that it conducts its hunting safaris. This is on the edge of the Karoo and Eastern Grasslands Biomes of South Africa.
These ranches belong to Richard Holmes and his wife Marion, who reside on Clifton ranch. Richard is a hunting outfitter, fourth generation in the area, while Marion, co owner of Richard Holmes Safaris has many years of experience in the Hunting Safari business and before in the travel & catering industry. Our Son, Mitchell has joined us recently after finishing high school.
Richard Holmes Safari's background and vast experience in the field of hunting along with Marion's immense input into our safaris and our very capable, experienced and long serving dedicated PH's and staff are what have made Richard Holmes Safaris a byword among hunters for the success and enjoyment of their South African hunting safaris.
We are conservation orientated with vast numbers of established herds of wild game in their natural habitat on large areas of land. This was achieved in over 40 years of reintroducing by buying in many years back, most of the game species which had all but disappeared.
At least the Southern half or more of South Africa was almost devoid of any wild game by the 1950's.
We are thus very proud and happy to have achieved this and if it was not for true, fair chase hunters who continually join us for their safaris, we could not have achieved this and in future could not afford to keep all the wild game species on our own land and on the land of our concession areas either.
Richard Holmes Safaris hunts its 2 own private ranches and numerous other private properties called concessions, all comprising natural, wild and variegated South African veld. Huntable area is over 200,000 acres.
Our 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. Very Rarely, if another group is hunting there, your group will be far seperate from the other because the ranches are so huge. Our Concessions are mostly 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 staff at Richard Holmes Safaris
Professional Hunters :
Lalase Maso has been working with Richard Holmes Safaris for very many years. Bolt, Lalase's son and John Sihelegu have been working with Richard Holmes Safaris for many years.
LALASE MASO PH
There is also a friendly and capable staff complement who between them will assist you with your hunting safari and look after your needs when at base.
Contact Richard Holmes Safaris and book your South African hunting safari.
Our South African hunting safaris are ideal for both novice and experienced hunters. The abundance of game and the fairly open terrain make for easy hunting but shooting is sometimes long range therefore difficult, but we will not force you to shoot if you are not comfortable with the range. The total hunting area is over a very large area - over 200,000 acres. We hunt by fair chase only and on foot - walk and stalk, spot and stalk and sometimes ambush methods are used.
All export permits, trophy documentation for the packing of trophies and the export freight are arranged by us with our Taxidermist, Taxidermy Africa - with a 100% success rate over very many years. The result is that all your trophies are home quickly and in one piece with no customs hassles.
Accommodation, Lodge and Meals :
RONDAVELS complex ( Rondavel means a round building usually with a thatched roof ) - our complex has 3 ensuite bedrooms ( 2 double rooms and 1 room with 1 Double and 1 single bed), 2 Bedrooms ensuite at the Lodge , 1 room with 2 single beds and 1 double bed in one very large room and 1 single room.
The rooms have the following amenities : en-suite bathrooms with good pressure hot showers, flush toilets, toilet paper, hot and cold clean running water, beds with warm blankets, bedding, towels, soap, electricity 220 Volt, electric heaters and full furnishings. Dine indoors at our comfortable LODGE, where there is a braai (BBQ) and bonfire pit and view Game grazing by while you relax here.
Enjoy home cooked meals which are balanced and delicious with different types of vegetables, starch, various salads and deserts. Many meals are of the game hunted and these meats are absolutely wonderful !