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WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

John X MerrimanAfrican Safaris outfitted by John X Safaris was introduced to the world in 1983 where Rick and Sue van Zijl owned and operated a small Country Hotel and General Dealership, called John X House & Store at the tiny outpost of Merriman in the Great Karoo. Merriman was named after John Xavier Merriman, the last premier of the Cape Colony, which in 1910 became part of what was then the Union of South Africa.

Merriman was company headquarters until 1996, when Rick and Sue acquired their first land towards fulfilling their dream of creating a Big 5 Game Reserve. John X Safaris headquarters was then moved to the tiny hamlet of Sidbury, 45 km west of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. Six years later, Lalibela was established as a Big 5 Game Reserve and the home of John X Safaris.

In 2016, after twenty years at Lalibela, John X Safaris once again took a further step forward in our proud history with the acquisition of a new base and home in the game rich region of Bedford in the diverse Eastern Cape, creating arguably the greatest hunting destination the safari enthusiast has ever seen.

With over 33 years experience as an international outfitter, John X Safaris has retained its renowned concessions in South Africa, as well as expanded its operations to include Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Cameroon, and Zambia.

After 33 years we’re still continuing the fine tradition of African hunting….

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What People Are Saying

"Thomas brought me to South Africa. Juan MacDonald our PH and guide made me a hunter. Thanks to all of you for making my stay in SA an outstanding experience, I have received many wonderful memories from this time."

~ Ingalill Haglund '13 from

This was my 4th trip to Africa. South Africa is most often the first place people go. This was after 4 trips the place I wanted to hunt unique animals, and after doing my homework JXS was the company to go with. I have friends who had hunted with JXS and had nothing but great comments to tell me. The company & staff are some of the very best I have had the pleasure to hunt with. A+ rating, people with the eye on the ball & work ethics that can not be beat. John X Safaris, the company to go with!

~ Larry Pendleton '15 from

"Gracias por ser parte de mi primer safari en Africa y el poderlo compartir con mi mejor amigo Andres lo hizo muy especial, gracias por todo y nos veremos was pronto que tarde."

~ Gustavo Ruiz '12 from Spain

"Now that I am home I just wanted to send you a quick note of thanks. I can't begin to tell you what a great time I had. I now fully understand the magic quality and allure of Africa and why so many people make return trips. This was the trip of a lifetime. Everything down to the smallest detail was amazing. The professionalism of the entire staff was unlike anything I have ever experienced. Thanks!"

~ Tim Tyner '12 from USA

"Great Hunt. Great Time. Carl is very accommodating. The patience & diligence in selecting trophy animals speaks loudly of the quality hunt that John X & Staff are known for."

~ Paul & Sandra Dellva '13 from

"My man Rusty – he is awesome! The best!"

~ Peter Corrado '13 from