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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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
"I had an amazing time hunting my Kudu, Zebra and Ostrich with my friend, Carl."
Hunter (age 13)~ Hunter Arnette '14 from USA
Everything was beyond excellent. Carl worked extremely hard and was a pleasure to be around. With John X Safaris I was able to experience African hunting with luxury. Carl was able to get me every animal that I wanted. Coming to Africa I had no idea what to expect but this trip will be one that I will remember for a long time. Our tracker Zwayi worked extremely hard as well.~ Robert Smith '15 from
"Great time! Great people! Good food! Beautiful scenery! Spectacular animals!"~ Steve & Karrie Bateman '12 from USA
"When I’m not in South Africa, I’m dreaming of being there. My 3rd trip with John X was epic for many reasons. This was the first time I had the pleasure of hunting with Carl. From the jump I knew this was going to be a hunt for the ages. We glassed high and bushwhacked low. The trophies I dreamed about were there, we just needed to find them. Persistence and proven shooting equipment was our recipe for success. I was able to take the Waterbuck I had envisaged since 2005 and it was up close and personal. From there we headed north and chasing free ranging Kudu in the Karoo was a life’s dream. As I think back to this latest journey with John X Safaris, I wonder how it could get better. I’m sure by my next visit the local professionals will have another challenge we will no doubt
conquer and again test our limits knowing we have shattered the ceiling of what was once thought impossible. Let’s do it again!"
"This was my first tri to Africa. Thanks to Armand this Safari became an unforgettable experience!"~ Heiko Poth '12 from