About The Hunt
Rafiki Safaris is owned and operated by John Faul and Tom Halliwell. John is the hunting outfitter and Tom is the landowner of Damara Game Ranch, which is the home of Rafiki Safaris. Our number one priority is to give clients an unforgettable African experience with world-class trophies.
Christo Snyman is a hunting outfitter and professional hunter as well as the farm manager at Damara Game Ranch. Christo ensures that each client leaves with an abundance of happy memories and stories.
Martin van der Merwe is a professional hunter with many years of experience. He has an acute sense of animal behavior and you are guaranteed to hunt nothing but world-class trophies with him.
Anita Snyman is your hostess at Damara Game Ranch. Anita’s fine eye for detail ensures that you enjoy comfort and relaxation at all times during your visit to our beautiful lodge.
Damara Game Ranch
Damara Game Ranch is the home of Rafiki Safaris. It is the jewel of the Northern Cape and we are blessed to hunt on nearly 120 000 acres in and around the area. At our Damara concession, you will have access to 90% of all huntable species in South Africa, including dangerous game.
Our lodge is rated four stars but you’re guaranteed a five-star experience! The area is malaria-free and a mere 40-minute drive from Kimberley Airport. Tom has an absolute passion for the area and its animals, and you will experience this firsthand when you set foot on the red dirt of Damara.The camp is private and at the disposal of the hunting party, camp staff and accompanying professional hunters. Included in the daily rate are meals of the highest quality, as well as a daily laundry service. You will be treated like royalty in an ambient, beautiful environment where you can sit back, relax and enjoy your time in Africa with us.
Rafiki Safaris has hunting concessions in all nine provinces of South Africa and in Zimbabwe, affording you the opportunity to hunt every species that South Africa and Zimbabwe has to offer. We have comfortable camps in all areas equipped with ensuite facilities that are always available to you. Our camps range from tented safari style to thatched bungalows which blend in with the serene natural surroundings.
Included/Excluded in your Safari
Included in your African experience is transportation to and from Kimberley Airport as well as all road transport during the hunt, services of a qualified professional hunter, use of an equipped hunting vehicle, trackers, skinners, accommodation, catering and laundry service. Water, soft drinks, wine and local beers in moderation are also included.
The safari excludes taxidermy work, air transportation to and from various areas, and government tax where applicable on additional services.
You are invited on an unforgettable hunting safari in the company of professional hunters who have insurmountable experience in hunting Africa. A hunting safari in Southern Africa offers the hunter an unparalleled number of plains game and big game species that can be hunted in varied ecological areas. From rolling savannah grasslands to thick Mopani forest, Southern Africa is the ultimate hunting destination. Clients are met on arrival at OR Tambo International Airport or Kimberley Airport, and are returned there upon completion of the safari. Hunting ensues at the client’s pace and leisure. The duration of the safari , as well as the number of trophies taken, is at the discretion of the client. We suggest that you bring along the largest calibre rifle that you are most comfortable shooting with. For any big five and dangerous game hunting, a .375 is the minimum calibre required by South African Nature Conservation laws.
Non-hunters & Photographic Safaris
South Africa offers numerous photographic safari opportunities. From touching and riding on an elephant to playing with lion cubs. Photographic clients will be escorted by one of our guides at all times. Custom packages are suggested for photographic clients in order to perfectly tailor-make the trip of a lifetime. Non-hunters can be taken out on an exciting day of activities in the vicinity of the hunting area. After a full day of fun, they can reunite with the hunters and discuss the exciting events of the day around the campfire underneath the starry African sky.
Big Game Hunting
We do the majority of our dangerous game hunting in Zimbabwe. We’ve been in partnership with a highly reputable Zimbabwean outfitter for many years. Our areas include Matetsi Unit 5 and 1, Zambezi Valley, Lake Kariba, and West Nicholson. These are all free-range, fair chase hunting areas. These areas are unfenced, wild and renowned for quality dangerous game, sable and a variety of plains game. We use only dedicated licensed professional hunters who all have years of dangerous game experience in all the various areas.
Importation of Rifles
Rifles can be readily imported into South Africa. Please contact us to ensure that you have the correct paperwork ready upon arrival in South Africa. We always suggest that the clients apply for the temporary import permit beforehand through our registered partner. You will be met upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport with your issued temporary import permit, and escorted to the police office where you will collect your firearm. It is, however, important to take note that no semi-automatic or automatic weapons may be imported into South Africa.
A large variety of species frequent waterholes, giving bowhunters numerous opportunities and creating an archery experience that will keep you coming back for more! South African style ground blinds are strategically placed on the exclusive bow hunting areas at water holes, which are bustling with activity all day around, especially early morning and late afternoon. The natural movement of game along trials and constant water drinking routines are closely monitored and essential groundwork is done before the hunt commences to ensure success.
Trophies are field dressed and the choice is with the client to ship it out of South Africa as a raw product or to have the taxidermy work done in South Africa. We always suggest to clients to have the work done in South Africa since we can sign off on the final product. We use only the best taxidermy in the business, therefore making it easy for us to recommend them. Trophies are prepared by our team of dedicated skinners, who are equally comfortable tracking animals as they are preparing trophies for the taxidermy.
A team of dedicated professional hunters is led by John Faul, Outfitter of Rafiki Safaris. These qualified professional hunters understand what John expects of them and they understand the importance of a quality hunt as well as a quality trophy. Our golden rule is that “you will not hunt an animal that the professional hunter is not prepared to put on his own wall.”
Climate and Clothing
Temperatures while on a Southern African safari can be hot to downright cold. During the winter months, June through August, temperatures as low as 25 to 35 Fahrenheit can be expected in some parts of the country with highs of 60 to 70 Fahrenheit. April, May, September, and October are warm months. November to March is hot and wet. Temperatures during these months can, in some parts of the country, go up to as high as 110 Fahrenheit. Comfortable safari clothing is advised. Be sure to bring at least one warm jacket and a set of gloves. For the summer months, light shorts and light clothing is advised.
We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to each and every client for choosing Rafiki Safaris to make your African safari dreams come true. We look forward to the season ahead and creating memories of a lifetime for our clients. Rafiki Safaris – Where you arrive as a friend, and you leave as family!