Hunting the East Cape with Dogs
John X Safaris was one of the very first Safari Outfitters to start hunting with dogs in the Eastern Cape. Today we still maintain the same traditions.
For those hunters seeking the more elusive Blue Duiker, Lynx/Caracal or Bushpig, can be assured of good opportunities with a near hundred percent success rate when hunting our coastal area with dogs.
The Blue Duiker is a real specialized collector's trophy. Hunts are conducted by finding suitable paths in the dense undergrowth of forests while moving the animals around by Jack Russell's and Fox Terriers. Often hunters will only catch small glimpses of these tiny masters of the forest with Terriers 20 or 30 yards behind, in hot pursuit. Those hunters who enjoy the challenges of shooting a shotgun will thrive in the experience that this hunt offers.
For the cat hunters we offer Caracal hunting with hounds. It is one of the most exciting hunts to be involved in. Packs usually number anywhere from 12 to 18 hounds and consist of Blue Ticks, Fox Hounds, Beagle crosses and a host of locally bred dogs.
Packs are put out before sunrise, with hounds’ man listening for any warning signs of Caracal in the area. Monkeys and Bushbuck alerting barks are often a Caracals’ only give away. Once the lead dog has found a hot scent the hunt is on, with Caracals often covering several kilometers and hours before treeing.
Bushpig hunting with hounds in our Coastal area is seen as a religion, with hounds, hunters and Bushpigs often gaining legendary status. For any hunter who enjoys pig hunting, this hunt will be a must. Be warned that this is a very physical and mentally demanding hunt. Most hounds’ man are 3rd or 4th generation pig hunters and enjoy the challenge in the run once the pigs have exited from their nest. Keeping up with these hard men over several kilometers, in the forest through the dense undergrowth and then making a telling shot is one of the most rewarding feelings a hunter could experience and one that is highly recommended.
All hunts offered with dogs are highly specialized and must always be booked well in advance to ensure availability and maximum opportunity for success.
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"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."
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
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
"Thanks to all John X people for a great and successful first time Safari."~ Brian Nelson '13 from USA
"We can’t express ourselves enough, the gratitude towards everyone. Carl, Juan, the staff - such warm hearted people. Not only to mention our hunts were more than we dreamed it to be. Many thanks to everyone, new friends and memories to last a life time."~ Dennis & Nan Roberg '13 from
"Stix and I had a great time chasing trophy kudu throughout the Karoo and coastal range. Thanks so much for the fantastic kudu we finally got at Willow Fountain! I will be back for more spiral horn hunts!"~ Paul Latchford '14 from