Situated on 3,500 ha in Lephalale (Ellisras), Limpopo
Wilton Valley was bought by the late Hennie de Jager in 1970 and the farm Krokodilvlei, on the opposite side of the Matlabas River, in 1980, the children have, in line with their father's legacy, values and ethics, been managing the business since 2012. With 22 species of animals on the ranch, Wilton Valley can be classified as a one-stop game ranch where most of South Africa’s plains game can be hunted.
We are situated in the Limpopo Province, 300 km (190 Miles) North of Pretoria next to the Botswana border. This area is often described as the most beautiful, exciting and challenging hunting area in the country. Depending on the skills of the hunter, an average of one quality trophy per hunter can be bagged during the course of one hunting day.
The standards of accommodation, food, trophies and services at Wilton Valley are a great source of pride and the policy of management and staff is to satisfy our customers and to make them feel at home.
Our accommodation fits perfectly into the bush surroundings with 6 thatched Chalets and 4 Rondavels, sleeping up to 33 people. The main building has a trophy room, well equipped kitchen, bar, outdoor dining area seating 16 people and barbeque place/lapa. The impressive leadwood, camelthorn and ana trees creates a wonderful atmosphere, and visitors to Wilton Valley can enjoy the tranquility of nature. The Lodge is surrounded by grass lawns and it is often seen that the wild animals enter the lodge area to graze on the lawns. This is possible because the animals are not to be disturbed nearby the water place and the lodge and they gradually get accustomed to the safe haven in the vicinity of the lodge and the water place.
?Visitors often use the swimming pool during the summer time as well as during the sunny days in autumn- and springtime. Rest assured that Wilton Valley judges itself by first world standards when it comes to efficiency and care. Experience genuine South African hospitality.
Ø Lodge on the Matlabas River, nestled in between big Kameeldoring and Leadwood trees.
Ø Facilities include: Fully equipped kitchen with cutlery, crockery, cook ware, fridge, freezer, electric stove, microwave, bar, swimming pool, illuminated dam at nighttime.
Ø Lodge sleeps 27 persons: 6 Thatched chalets and 4 rondawels, each with own bathroom, hot and cold water.
Ø Comfortable braai area with all the necessary equipment.
Ø Sitting in from of the lodge or your chalet, you will have a clear view of the dam and river, where animals feed and drink some 50 meters away.
Ø Zebra meat stays on the farm, the hunter is welcome to take the skin as trophy
Ø Children 6-16 rate of R200 per person per night
Ø Hunting with vehicles, near the camp or at water places is not allowed.
Ø Hunters must at all times be accompanied by guides in the veld. Guides may be consulted, but the ultimate decision and responsibility lies with the hunter.
Ø No alcohol to be given to guides.
Ø The safe handling of weapons is of utmost importance. All weapons must be correctly sighted prior to arrival, or at the farm’s shooting range.
Ø Firearms smaller than 270 caliber are not recommended. Ammunition must be soft points.
Ø Shotguns, .22 rifles and air guns are not allowed.
Ø Animals in motion may not be shot at. Only shoot once the animal is clearly visible and standing in a position for a true shot. Head-shots are not recommended.
Ø Once the animal has been wounded – please do not continue hunting, but start following the track of the wounded animal.
Ø Ownership and risk goes to the hunter once the animal has been shot or wounded.
Ø Pythons are protected and may not be disturbed or killed.
Ø Hunting on and visiting our farms are done at own risk. The owner will not be held responsible for any accidents, injuries or any form of damage.
(Minimum booking: 3 nights) - VAT INCLUDED
Ø Catering: Per person per day R 450
Ø Cutting (quartering) of the carcass: Up to Impala (small): R 75 Medium and Large: R 130
Ø Trophy preparation: Shoulder mount: R 320
Skull/Snout: R 130
Flat skin (small): R 100
Flat skin (medium and large): R 200
Zebra: R 420
Ø Hunting and / or tracking on Sundays (or part thereof), may be done by special arrangement, at a fee of R200 per day for each tracker involved.
Ø Gratuities/Tips to trackers and personnel preparing the carcasses are optional and must be done through the owner at the time of departure.
The NextHunt team visited Wilton Valley Hunting Safaris on the Botswana border near Buffelsdrift, Limpopo.
It took us 3.5 hours to get to the farm from Pretoria, after first stopping for a quick breakfast at the Wimpy in Thabazimbi. As you reach the "end" of the country (SA-Botswana Border), it really feels like you're almost totally removed from society, as there are no shops for at least an hour's drive in any direction.
Once we arrived at the camp, we were greeted by Max Tau, who looks after everything in and around camp and makes sure everything is clean and tidy. Nicus van Rensburg, Wilton Valley's PH and Farm Manager arrived shortly thereafter and showed us around. They recently renovated two of the four rondawels, which looks fantastic! There are also 6 "langdawels" that makes up the PAX 30 capacity at Wilton Valley. The kitchen and lapa has also recently been beautifully renovated and is fully equipped. It even has free Wi-Fi, display fridges and a bar.
Once we got settled in, we took a game drive through the bottom part of the 3075 ha farm to experience the sights and sounds. There was no shortage of game as the veld looked amazing from the abundant rains they had had recently. It was as if all the colours in the field were in UltraHD and it was beautiful. There was a good balance between veld and trees, roads and dry riverbeds, to provide good traffic for the animals on the farm.
After lunch we saw the top part of the farm, where the tree density is a little higher. They provide good cover for walk and stalk, which is the method for hunting on Wilton Valley, unless specifically arranged due to health reasons. We visited all of the bow hides (pit and elevated), which were in a good condition and which should provide quality hunting opportunities.
One of the top Outfitters in South Africa make use of Wilton Valley for their Limpopo hunts, booking out approximately 50% of the available dates. Judging by their high standards, I can understand how they've had such a long-lasting relationship with Wilton Valley.
The accommodation rate (Hunters R650/night, Non-hunters R450/night, Children R200/night) seems a little steep initially, but actually compares well when you consider that everything (slaughtering, cold storage, tracker, hunting vehicles, fire wood, accommodation, cleaning and even VAT!) is included.
What I liked specifically:
•There were no separate smaller camps on the farm, except obviously the camps where the people sleep, it was just one big uninterrupted farm.
•The veld varied between the bottom and the top part of the farm, which allows for closer or longer ranged hunting, including bow hunting.
•The main camp was beautiful, well equipped and provides a great atmosphere.
•The two renovated rooms. It feels like you're in a 4-star lodge. The mattresses and linen were good and the bathroom was beautiful. If that's not your scene, then you can stay in any of the other rooms, which has a nostalgic romance to them as it feels as if you're back in 1985. All the rooms have ceiling fans.
•The amount of animals and the fact that they're not scared of vehicles, as no hunting is done from vehicles.
•The hospitability of the staff. Very friendly, accommodating and helpful throughout. They are genuine people that have a passion for what they do.
•The big lawn around the chalets and lapa and all the big trees (mainly Leadwood and Camelthorn). There was a constant breeze through camp coming from the pond where the two crocs live. Yup, crocodiles ??
•The remoteness of the location.
What I didn't like specifically:
•The road between Brits and Beestekraal is not in a good condition, with lots of stop & go's and potholes in some places, although the rest of the road to Thabazimbi was fine. After Sentrum, there is about 60km of dirt road before you reach the farm, although the condition of the road was fairly good. The alternative route, via Steenbokpan-Medupi road wasn't too bad, but added another half hour to our journey via Vaalwater/Modimolle.
•Game prices are slightly on the high side. Zebra price should include the carcass in our opinion.
•That we didn't stay for a whole week.
Visiting Wilton Valley Hunting Safaris has been a highlight for us and will be on our shortlist for our upcoming hunting trips. We cannot wait to revisit the farm and maybe even stay at the Hunter's camp on the Limpopo river.
Wilton Valley is now a NextHunt Verified and Recommended Farm.
March 2020Facilities include Airfield / Landing strip, Airport Charter Service, Backup power generator, Bedding included, Caping, Catering available, Ceiling fans, Concession to hunt year round, Corporate Hunts, Curio shop, Daily cleaning included, Drinkable water, EFT / Card payment facility, Electricity, En-suite bathrooms, Family friendly, Farm usually responds within 24 hours, Free WiFi, Game drives, Hunting DVD upon request, Hunting vehicle, Ice available, Internet access / WiFi, Laundry service, Licenced outfitter, Malaria-free (Non-Malaria Area), MTN reception only, NextHunt Verified, Photographic Safaris, Rifle available to hire, Rifle safes, Salt room, Self-catering, Shooting range 100m+, Slaughter facilities, Swimming pool, Taxidermy services available, VAT included, We understand Afrikaans and We understand English
4 - 40 guests can be accommodated.
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