Hotfire Hunting and Fishing Safaris is owned and operated by the Fletcher family: Patrick and Jennifer along with Bruce and Lucille look after all your needs, ensuring that your expectations are exceeded and your safari is what you want it to be. Hotfire Safaris utilise the services of top Angling Guides and Professional Hunters, combined with the well trained and experienced trackers, skinners and various other support staff. Your trip will be professionally managed, giving you complete piece of mind.
Hotfire Hunting & Fishing Safaris was established by the Fletcher family in 2001. The origins of the farm settlement dates back to when the area was still known as the Queen Adelaide province in the early 1800s. The present Hotfire farm house was built in the 1930s.
Hotfire’s unusual name, according to verbal tradition, derives from a battle that took place during the last of the frontier wars between the British colonists and the indigenous Xhosa tribes. According to the legend, a patrol of colonist soldiers were pursued from the junction of the White Kei and the Black Kei rivers by a Xhosa impi under Chief Anta, half brother of the Great Chief Sandile. The colonist patrol retreated to a small outpost, near the present Hotfire homestead, manned by members of a Welsh Regiment. However, Anta’s Xhosa impi overran the outpost and forced the colonists to retreat and take refuge in the in the caves and amongst the rocks of the Greystone Slopes. The battle which then ensued is referred to as the battle of Hotfire, due to the amount of hot lead (bullets) that was swapped between the two groups!
The legend has neither been proven nor disproved, but evidence of an old rifle and jacket buttons of the correct period were found amongst the caves near the Hotfire beacon by a previous owner of the farm, Mr Sparks.