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Springbuck / Springbok

The Springbuck is brown and white antelope-gazelle found in the South Western parts of Africa. Before the 1994 democratic elections in South Africa it was one of their national emblems. The South African rugby team still uses it as part of their emblem and are still recognised all over the world as the Springboks. The marsupialis epiphet derives its name from the pocket like skin flap that runs along the middle of its back from the tail onwards. Male animals trying to show their strength or to attract mates will go on a stiff-legged trot, while jumping in the air with and arched back and lifting the flap along its back. This ritual is known as stotting or pronking in the Afrikaans language.

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Hunting in the Mpumalanga Province

Hunting in Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga lies in eastern South Africa, north of KwaZulu-Natal and bordering Swaziland and Mozambique. It constitutes 6.5% of South Africa’s land area. In the north it borders on Limpopo, to the west Gauteng, to the south west the Free State and to the south KwaZulu-Natal. The capital is Nelspruit (recently renamed to Mbombela). Before 1994, Mpumalanga was part of Transvaal Province.

Geography

The Drakensberg Escarpment divides Mpumalanga into a westerly half consisting mainly of high-altitude grassland called the Highveld and an eastern half situated in low altitude subtropical Lowveld/Bushveld, mostly savanna habitat. The southern half of the Kruger National Park is in the latter region. The Drakensberg exceeds heights of 2000m in most places with this central region of Mpumalanga being very mountainous. These regions have alpine grasslands and small pockets of Afromontane Forest. The Lowveld is relatively flat with interspersed rocky outcrops. TheLebombo Mountains form a low range in the far east forming the border with Mozambique.

Climate

The Lowveld is subtropical, due to its proximity to the warm Indian Ocean and latitude. The Highveld is comparatively much cooler, due to its altitude of 2300m to 1700m above sea level. The Drakensberg Escarpment receives the most precipitation, with all other areas being moderately well-watered by mostly summer thunderstorms. The Highveld often experiences severe frost, whilst the Lowveld is mostly frost-free. Winter rainfall is rare, except for some drizzle on the escarpment. The differences in climate are demonstrated below by the capital, Nelspruit, which is in the Lowveld, an hour from Belfast on the Highveld.

  • Nelspruit averages: January maximum: 29 °C (min: 19 °C), July maximum: 23 °C (min: 6 °C), annual precipitation: 767 mm
  • Belfast averages: January maximum: 23 °C (min: 12 °C), June maximum: 15 °C (min: 1 °C), annual precipitation: 878 mm
Hunting and Tourism

Mpumalanga is popular with tourists. Kruger National Park, established in 1898 for the protection of Lowveld wildlife, covering 20,000 square kilometres (7,700 sq mi), is a popular destination. The other major tourist attractions include the Sudwala Caves and the Blyde River Canyon.

The towns in the region have much to offer, like the African silk farm near Graskop and the coffee farm nearby. Many activities including the big jump, mountain and quad biking, horse trails, river rafting and big game viewing are endemic to the region. This is “big five” territory. The towns in the Lowveld are Barberton, Mbombela, White River, Sabie, Graskop. Hazyview, Malelane, Pilgrim’s Rest, Lydenburg and Nkomazi.

In 2008 a Haute Cuisine route was formed, trickling from Mbombela down to Hazyview. The Lowveld Gourmet Route covers the four top fine dining restaurants the area has to offer. The restaurants include Summerfields Kitchen, Oliver’s Restaurant, Orange and Salt.[7]

The Wakkerstroom area in the Southern Mpumalanga highlands is a world renowned birding hot spot. The special birds that tourists travel to see are Rudd’s lark, Botha’s lark, wattled crane and yellow-breasted pipit, among over 300 grassland species.

The Highveld and the Lowveld of Mpumalanga allows for both a bushveld or a plains game hunting experience.  This also allows the hunter a wide variety of possible game to hunt.

Below is a list of Mpumalanga Hunting farms.  For more information please visit the website or click on the name for the SA Hunt and Game website.

 

 

Farm Name
Province
Town
Type of Hunting
Telephone Number
Cellphone Number
Fax Number
Contact Person
E-Mail Address
Website