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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

Many thanks to Carl from John X Safaris for his awesome hospitality and genuine friendship! Dominic and I would also like to thank our awesome PH, Rusty and Martin for their exceptional service and keen eyes. Finally thanks to Aaron and Garrett from Gunwerks for inviting us and providing such exceptional guns. Thanks Boyz!

~ Peter Corrado '15 from

"I had an amazing time hunting my Kudu, Zebra and Ostrich with my friend, Carl."

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~ Hunter Arnette '14 from USA

"Thank you. The hunting was challenging and fantastic. The accommodation and staff were so nice and helpful. We enjoyed every minute of our hunt."

~ Hugh & Juanita Friedline '12 from USA

Min första resa till Sydafrika och det kunde inte blivit bättre. Fyra av fem planerade djur skjutna. Vi hade lite otur med vädret på sista dagen så grisen ville inte komma ut, men så är det. Greg som PH och Bless som hunter var ett magnifikt par plus deras två helt underbara hundar. Dessutom att ha med Göran som svensk jaktkompis överträffade allt. Tack John X för denna gång.

~ Leif Halvarsson '15 from

"I wanted to express my deep appreciation to you and your staff for making my first African Safari a HUGE success! Your staff, the accommodations, food and hunts were first class! My PH, Louwrens Lombard, was fantastic and I enjoyed our time together. His experience and skill allowed me to take the trophies I desired. This was my first trip to South Africa, it will not be my last and I will one day soon visit old friends at John X again."

~ Jay Pippin '14 from

"Gracias a Carl (John X) hemos dis frutado de un safari familiar en el que hemos consequido unos trofeor muy Buenos y dificeles. Nuestros hijo Jaime y Alejondro han cazado su primer triofes y en estos dias non hemos sentido como en nuestra casa. Espermos volver proximamento para volver a viver un nuero safari con Carl y todo el equipo de John X."

~ De Cecilio Family '12 from Spain