The Eastern Cape is blessed with large game populations that are constantly growing in number. The exquisite hunting terrain for the inexperienced to the professional hunter; from rugged mountains and thickly bushed valleys, to long stretches of open grassland plains, offers a challenging African hunt. Best suited to “spot and stalk” or “walk and stalk” rifle hunting, the additional opportunity to bow hunt is available. Bow hunting is mainly done in well constructed blinds, but as most of our hunting is done in the dryer months, the option to walk and stalk is available. Hotfire’s game management plan, with conservation as the main outcome, ensures that the game is in prime condition.
Our dry and cool season coincides with the main hunting season (April to October) which provides comfortable hunting conditions.
The prolific Eastern Cape wildlife environment, coupled with a responsible game management plan, ensure that great trophy specimens are hunted every year. Hunting is conducted in an efficient and ethical manner and the large variety of prime condition species makes trophy hunting with Hotfire a truly memorable experience. Using well trained trackers and skinners, your trophy will be cared for and correctly handled so as to minimise the chance for any damage to it. Your PH will offer you as much advice as you deem necessary to be certain in your animal selection. All PHs used by Hotfire are qualified and where possible a member of PHASA, our national professional hunters association.
With our management plan, there are opportunities for management (cull) hunting. These hunts are very important as they keep the biodiversity and animal populations in harmony with the land. Combined Cull and Trophy packages are available.
Nestled away from all the usual distractions of everyday life, Hotfire provides an environment which is perfect for the whole family. As a family run outfit, we encourage hunters to bring their spouses and families along. Hotfire Safaris has had the honour of giving young hunters the opportunity to experience the taking of their first animal. Other highlights are “Father and son” hunts (mother and son or father and daughter), which proves to be an experience that builds a lifelong memory for all to savour.
The Eastern Cape is home to an astonishing number of game species. One attraction for hunters to the East Cape is the access to the spiral horned antelope, namely the East Cape kudu, Cape Eland, Cape Bushbuck and Nyala. The East Cape boasts a large list of endemic and indigenous species which are difficult to find elsewhere, these include the Southern Mountain Reedbuck, Grey Rhebok, Black Wildebeest and Bontebok which are in abundance and offer great trophy quality animals each year. Other species of importance are the Springbok (common, black and white), Blue Wildebeest and Plains Zebra. Access to some of the small antelope species, Blue and Grey Duiker and Cape Grysbok is another draw card for hunting in the Eastern Cape.
The opportunity to hunt a wide assortment of bird species exists in the Eastern Cape. Hotfire Safaris is able to arrange wing shoots over dogs as well as other bird hunts, pigeons over maize fields for example. These hunts are to be booked well in advance through Hotfire Safaris. Bird species include the Egyptian Goose, various Pigeon and Dove species, guinea fowl and various types of Pheasant.
Extended hunting packages
Please enquire about extended hunting packages. These will be custom packages to meet all your safari needs.
Hunting in neighbouring states
Hotfire Hunting and Fishing Safaris, working closely with other outfits are able to offer hunting and fishing adventures to out of province/country destinations in Southern Africa. As these are custom packages, a list of species and destinations are required so as too design your preferred hunting package. Quotes for these require a few days once your itinerary has been finalised.