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WELCOME

Welcome to John X Safaris. We’re a second generation Safari Outfit located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. We specialize in Plains Game and Dangerous Game Hunting with an emphasis on quality.

With over 30 years experience in the safari industry, we’d like to invite you along for an overview of our unique operation and look forward to taking you on a journey to our various concessions, accommodations and facilities.

John X Safaris welcomes all hunters, no matter what your age, physical condition or hunting capabilities.

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The Great Texan Invasion…

August 19, 2016

During the month of May, right at the heat of the rut, after the first frost had turned the summer green into a dull yellow, we welcomed a fun bunch of hunters from Texas. The group comprised of our old friends, Steve Travis and Glynn Underwood, as well as first timers, Derrick Ratliff, Luciano Batista, […]Continue Reading


Catching up with Derrick Ratliff from Horizon Firearms on his first trip to the Dark Continent..

August 04, 2016

Having met Derrick Ratliff at Dallas Safari Club’s annual Convention during January 2016 we immediately knew we were dealing with a passionate man. Walking up to his Horizon Firearms booth with our good friends, Glynn Underwood (aka “Super Hunter”) and Steve Travis, for the initial introductions, it became very apparent that the man not only […]Continue Reading


It’s that time of year again – Gunwerks will be back for a 4th consecutive season….

July 18, 2016

Now in our fourth season of partnering with Gunwerks, the leader in long-range shooting, we at John X Safaris are looking forward to an exciting 10 days of hunting starting as of tomorrow. This year will be a great combination of father and sons, as well as excited first timers to Africa. Joining Gunwerks owner, […]Continue Reading


Redemption Bushbuck

July 07, 2016

By Paul Brisso When I booked my third safari with Carl van Zyl of John X Safaris for April of 2016, I had two primary objectives in mind.  First and foremost, I wanted Carl to help me introduce my wife Teresa on her first safari to the wonders and experience that makes Africa such a […]Continue Reading


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Craig Boddington chose to endorse John X Safaris and recognize us as one of the top outfits in the world.
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Got The Shot Productions captures your African safari with professionalism and pride. The camaraderie of camp life, the sight of your very first Lion, the joys, the hardships, those long stalks and the thrill of the hunt are all memorialized in HD to take home and share with your family and friends.

What People Are Saying

"When I’m not in South Africa, I’m dreaming of being there. My 3rd trip with John X was epic for many reasons. This was the first time I had the pleasure of hunting with Carl. From the jump I knew this was going to be a hunt for the ages. We glassed high and bushwhacked low. The trophies I dreamed about were there, we just needed to find them. Persistence and proven shooting equipment was our recipe for success. I was able to take the Waterbuck I had envisaged since 2005 and it was up close and personal. From there we headed north and chasing free ranging Kudu in the Karoo was a life’s dream. As I think back to this latest journey with John X Safaris, I wonder how it could get better. I’m sure by my next visit the local professionals will have another challenge we will no doubt
conquer and again test our limits knowing we have shattered the ceiling of what was once thought impossible. Let’s do it again!"

~ Kregg Thomassen '13 from

"From the moment we stepped off the plane our experience with John X Safaris was nothing short of the most fun we’ve ever had. Everything, including the accommodations, service, hunting, culture, food, and property, was so much better than we could have ever imagined that it’s difficult for us to put our experience in to words. What Carl and his lovely wife are offering in South Africa is truly incredible. Thank you Carl and Trish for treating Paige and I to a safari we will remember forever!"

~ Phil & Paige Nelsen from

"I loved the beach and feeling like a part of the family with the Van Zyl's."
Kasey (age 10 at the time)

~ Kasey Arnette '14 from USA

"It was everything we could ever have hoped for or dream of.Our crew comprising of Greg and Bles were amazing, and took great care of us – sharing the many laughs and memories. Thank you again!"

~ Rob & Lashanda Terry '14 from

"Had a Great Time! Hope to return soon"

~ Tom Lincoln '14 from

"Unbelievable! Another trip that Carl and the entire John X Safaris team made more special than the previous. I've been over hunting with my father, alone, and now with my son. Carl has gone above and beyond to make each trip more exciting than the previous. The people, lodging, food, and staff are second to none in the world. John X Safaris truly helps you find The Spirit of Africa! It goes beyond the hunt. It's a culture, a lifestyle, a way of life. John X Safaris helps find that special spot for me, each time being different, and does nothing but guarantees a return trip from this hunter. Each time I leave, I cannot wait to return to Lalibela. This trip was no different. My hats off to Carl and the entire John X Safaris team. I am truly honoured to belong to the John X Safaris family, and to be able to call so many of you my friends. Thank you!"

~ Luther Dietrich '14 from