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BIRD HUNTING

South Africa is a haven for wild bird shooting and provides the bird enthusiasts with a variety of terrain to hunt from. We offer our bird hunters Grey-Wing Partridge over trained English Pointer on the high ground from our northern camps within the Eastern Cape, or a selection of 15 Waterfowl species, driven Guinea Fowl, and an abundance of Pigeons and Doves over sunflower or corn fields in central South Africa and Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Grey-Wing Partridge over English pointer in the East Cape, SA

Grey-wing Partridge is considered by many as one of the finest upland game birds in the world. They habitat at an elevation of 5000 feet and higher in our Northern areas of the East Cape. These birds live in coveys of four to eighteen, with most coveys averaging ten birds. Early mornings are spent in the mountains, watching the dogs range for birds and enjoying the views, only to be disturbed by the thrill of an English Pointer on a Grey-wing point. This will leave even the most experienced of hunters grasping for his shotgun, only to see these fast flying birds disappear over the edge.

  • Hunting Season:  1 May to 31 July
  • Bag Limit:  4 birds per hunter per day

All Grey-wing hunts can be done separately or in combination with one of our standard plains/dangerous game safaris in the East Cape. We recommend a minimum of 3 days for all Grey-Wing only hunts.

Deluxe Bird Shoot, Central South Africa & Kwa-Zulu Natal, SA

Pigeons, Doves & Guinea Fowl

The Cape Turtle Dove, Laughing Dove and Rock Pigeon offer a variety of flight patterns and challenging shooting. The best time of year to hunt these species and experience good numbers is in the early season (March - May), while corn and sunflower crops are ready or are in the process of being harvested. Both Dove species prefer low fast flying flight paths. While the bigger Rock Pigeons prefer a much higher flight path. Early mornings can be very busy, while midday does slow down a bit, only to pick up again in the late afternoon providing for an incredibly busy shoot and a hot barreled day.

Guinea Fowl driven hunts are season dependent, but extremely interesting in comparison to most other bird hunts. Birds are driven by beaters, with success depending on the number of guns – the more guns the better the action.

  • Pigeons & Doves - 1 January to 31 December; unrestricted bag limit per hunter per day
  • Helmeted Guinea Fowl - 1 May to 30 September; 5 birds per hunter per day

Ducks & Geese

The most common species targeted are Yellow Billed Ducks, Red Billed Teals, South African Shelducks, Spur-winged Goose and Egyptian Goose. Most species are shot from blinds on the edge of ponds and marshes, along rivers or open grain and alfalfa fields over decoys. South Africa boasts the largest Goose in the world, the Spur-winged Goose, with ganders weighing in at an average weight of sixteen pounds.

  • Yellow Billed Duck - 1 May to 31 July; 3 birds per hunter per day.
  • Red Billed Teal – 1 May to 31 July; 3 birds per hunter per day.
  • South African Shelduck – 1 January to 31 March; 2 birds per hunter per day.
  • Spur-winged Goose – 1 March to 30 September; 5 birds per hunter per day.
  • Egyptian Goose – 1 February to 3o September; 10 birds per hunter per day.
  • Cape Shoveler – 1 May to 31 July; 2 birds per hunter per day.
  • Cape Teal – 1 May to 31 July; 2 birds per hunter per day.
  • Southern Pochard – 1 May to 31 July; 2 birds per hunter per day.
  • White Faced Duck – 1 May to 31 July; 2 birds per hunter per day.

Shotgun/s to Hire

For all bird hunts in South Africa we recommend a 12-gauge Shotgun and at your request we can arrange for shells to be supplied. Please note, 20 Gauge shotguns are not available. We do however have a selection of 12 Gauge CZ Redhead over and under, and couple of Beretta semi-automatics. Shotgun selection is on a first come first serve basis.

Shotgun hire and shell rates as per safari rate sheet.

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What People Are Saying

"We have hunted with John X Safaris and Zambeze Delta Safaris many times before and will be back.
Carl has a love for hunting and a guiding ability above most - As a result our experience hunting with him is way above the standard African experience. Accommodations are the best and trophies are very good. Thanks for a great experience! See you all next year!"

~ Mike, Sylvia, John, Matthew, Zack and Alan '13 from

"This was my first tri to Africa. Thanks to Armand this Safari became an unforgettable experience!"

~ Heiko Poth '12 from

We loved having Stix as our PH!! He entertained us with stories of African culture and life, while finding us world class animals. Not only did the hunt far exceed expectations, we also met many wonderful people. The high point was a 45" sable. Thank you John X Safaris for the adventure of a lifetime!

~ Graten Beavers '15 from

"I always wondered why the phrase “safari” was used when referring to a hunting excursion in Africa. After having spent 2 weeks with Carl and his crew in beautiful South Africa, I no longer wonder why. The words journey and expedition appear in the dictionary when referring to a safari, visiting South Africa was exactly that for me and our group. Sharing this safari with our group will be something that will never be forgotten. I’ll never forget the great friendships that were made on this trip, from Carl’s great PH’s to the four great friends that made room for me to tag along! A big thanks to Kregg, Pete, Chad, and Jen! The accommodation were first class, the hunting was an experience of a lifetime, and the memories made will last forever. Thanks Carl and Greg for all you did, I know I speak for the group when I say we can’t wait to do it again!"

~ Garrett '13 from

My First African Safari and I took a 51” Kudu followed by a 44” Sable, 22” and 20” Impalas, 37” Gemsbuck, impressive Blue and Black Wildebeest, 30+” Waterbuck, and a beautiful Nyala. Can life get any better? Yes it can, as the staff, accommodations, food, and hunting properties, are all second to none!

Thank you Greg and John X Safaris for making my safari experience a memory of a lifetime!

~ Scott '13 from

"John X Safaris you did it again! When preparing for your 2nd safari you wonder if it will ever be able to top your 1st - but it can! Every experience was new, unique and a lot of fun! The smiles were many and the memory banks are full! The accommodations were as per usual second to none. The people are the best and we now have an extended family in South Africa. Glen Harry is the hunter’s paradise and the challenge it poses is a must for the experienced
hunter. Thanks again friends for all the fun and memories. Until we meet again!"

~ Heather & Louie Lantz '14 from