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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

"Gracias a John X Safaris por hacernos disfrutar de nuestro. Primer safari en familia disfrutondo de un trato familiar. Y de unas preciosas fincas jonto a grandes profesionnces."

~ Velasco Family '12 from Spain

"Fantastic trip! Everything was great! All the John X staff were awesome. Can't wait to come back."

~ Brad & Leslie Wilson '14 from

"We had a wonderful time and staff was awesome! Our stay was amazing and made lots of special memories. We will certianly recommend this place to others! Everyone was always friendly and courteous and so willing to make our stay perfect. The food was amazing, we never went hungry. The game drives were exciting, seeing all the different animals & getting our photos!
Thank you again!"

~ Michelle Fairchild '14 from

"South Africa beautiful and awesome. It's people friendly and welcoming. John X Safaris owners and team demonstrate the very essence of SA. South Africa - it's not an adventure, but an "ADDICTION". We are already planning our next trip. The hard decision is what animals to harvest, easy decision the outfitter. Carl & Trish, Greg, Bless, and the entire staff made our trip unbelievable.
PH, Greg Hayes, put Jim on game that every hunter hopes to see and harvest. Experiencing a Kudu stalk from 800 meters away, resulting in a trophy of a life time was a certain highlight! Unbelievable Nyala taken within 34 yards - another great harvest. Watching Bless and Jock tracking game through the thick brush was indescribable. Bushbuck, Impala, Blesbuck, Springbuck and Warthog finished of one memorable hunter's experience."

~ The Chancy's '13 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 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