Werner van Noordwyk grew up in the Bushveld of South Africa along the Limpopo River on the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe where he has been hunting since the age of five. He followed in the footsteps of his father who hunted extensively in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia from of 1958 to 1995 when he passed away on our farm near the Limpopo River at the age of 64.
Having hunted in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Botswana and South Africa for the past 30 years from Child hood till date, he offers extensive personal experience in hunting as well as tracking dangerous game throughout the African continent ensuring that your hunt will be an experience which will be remembered for a lifetime. All hunts conducted are guided personally by Werner van Noordwyk as your professional hunter (PH) or by a few handpicked top-class professional hunters that work for Van Noordwyk Safaris thereby ensuring that the high standards we set in the safari industry are maintained.
We have many hunters that return again and again not only because of the close relationship between the hunter and his PH, but because of the magic of the real Africa still to be found in Southern Africa while on Safari with us.
A paradise for the true hunter!
In addition our highly skilled cameramen will be available on request, to capture your memorable safari on video. Consult with the outfitter for offers and prices for the DVD of a Life Time.
Please feel free to click on the links below for more information on the individual countries.
The Climate is generally sunny and pleasant. Winters are cold to mild. October to March can be warm to extremely hot (up to 40°C) with very high humidity in Areas like the Selous and Eastern Parts of South Africa. Snowfall in certain mountain ranges of South Africa occurs with sub-zero temperatures that are not uncommon in allot of the areas throughout the winter months May – September.
Fully equipped medical kits and telephone or radio communication are available in case of an emergency. This is malaria areas mostly, consult your doctor or Outfitter to take the necessary precautions and ask ahead of time witch areas are a danger and witch not. Always carry your travel documents, and cash on you in person and ask the outfitter to keep it in safe custody when arriving to your final destination off the safari if you don’t have the possibility to lock it up yourself.
We also recommend you have a good Medical Air Rescue plan when coming on your safari as anything can happen any time of the day or night being in the wild. We also provide a service to arrange your medical air evacuation, if preferred (Please consult your Outfitter).
Most of the Areas in Zambia and Tanzania have Tse Tse Flies but sleeping sickness has been not been heard off for many years.
We will make provision for all accommodation and travel expenses before and after your safari on your behalf. Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed by our staff at the main port of entry in the country off your destination with all necessary documentation and permits and helped or transported to the camp/lodge by either air charter or ground transport as well as take care of you if overnighting in a hotel or guesthouse to get to and from the airport. Depending on the required species and hunting areas, you will be based in a serviced grass thatched lodge or tented African style camp.
Most off our camps will have some form of Electricity and ability to charge anything you want while on the trip. The camps in Zambia will newly be covered with V Sat systems which will provide Wifi Internet while on safari at a nominal additional charge to your safari, Tanzania will be offering the same in short future and allot of the Camps and areas in South Africa and Namibia have got normal cellular coverage for use of normal cell phones.
Linen and basic toiletries are provided. All meals, drinks and a laundry service are provided on a daily bases.
Customs clearance is operative at your port of entry. A passport valid at least 6 months beyond your departure date and depending on your country of origin is needed, a Visa. Visas is issued normally at your port off arrival into Africa but consulting and checking before coming with your authorities is recommended.
Insurance for personal effects, luggage and trip cancellation is strongly recommended.
Your Visa upon arrival will cost you about $ 70 – 100 in Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe so make sure to keep a few small denomination notes handy for this. In Zambia and Zimbabwe there is a $20 departure & arrival tax to be charged when departing and arriving with charters in the country.
Certain species require permits that will be arranged by Van Noordwyk Safaris ahead of your safari by confirmation of your Safari.
USA $ Cash is preferred and notes not older than Series 2006 should be brought with as the banks don’t except anything older than this, also notes in denominations of $ 100 and $ 50 is the norm as smaller notes loose exchange value when exchanged.
South Africa and Namibia safaris can be paid for in Euro to the exchange off the Dollar and Euro currencies rate at confirmation of safari and or whenever payments or settlements of the safari will be done.
It is customary to tip Staff and Ph’s in recognition of good service and recommended Gratuities is given on your Contract Confirmation of Your Safari, please review and discuss with Outfitter ahead of time.
We will gladly in advance also supply you with any Rifle Import Paper work for Zimbabwe to be filled in ahead of time and help advance your process through arrivals, in Zambia and Tanzania all this is done ahead of time for you and will be with our meet and greet person awaiting you on arrival at the airport.
South Africa Rifle import permits can be organised for you ahead of time as well and be waiting for you with our person on your arrival into the country or the necessary documents can be given to you in person to fill in ahead of time and help speed your arrival process.
There is a small import tax to be paid on ammunition for entering Zambia and Tanzania, which will be sorted out in helping you with this by our representative meeting you on arrival.
Any rifle, shotgun and ammunition may be imported/exported into Africa. Semi-automatic rifles and handguns may be imported/exported with special provisions (consult your Outfitter upon booking of your safari).
An import/export permit is required for Namibia, which is obtainable from the Namibian Police at customs at your port of entry. Assistance with permits is available at a nominal fee.
The following paperwork will be needed on arrival of your safari, at the airport, for the issuing of your permit:
The following is recommended:
An import and export CITES permit for Appendix I and an export CITES permit for Appendix II animals are required for each shipment. Field preparation of trophies are done in camp and transported to a shipping agent designated by the outfitter. Clients will be put in touch with the shipping agent to discuss their requirements to arrange for the payment of services.
Clients should have sufficient trophy tags (if preferred) and full shipping instructions handy and should make sure that their skinning instructions are clearly recorded in the outfitter’s hunting register.
220/240 volts AC – three pin round plugs are used. Some remote camps make use of generated or 12 volt battery power.
Hunting Areas: Our hunting blocks are situated in the north and south of South Africa in the world renowned Limpopo Valley and Eastern Cape with its cleanse of nature, yet hard and harsh dry climate in Limpopo to the cool and fresh climate of the Eastern Cape.
Our hunting blocks consist of thousands of hectares off spectacular hunting ground with no internal fences and some no High fences but merely low fence properties, which for South African terms will still give you as much of a fair chase hunt as can be found in the country.
We also arrange Photo Graphic trips throughout South Africa to give you the opportunity of experiencing all that South African has to offer on a Photo Safaris across the country.
The hunting season in South Africa is open all year round, but hunting can be restricted at certain times of the year due to rainfall seasons of South Africa.
The Hunting Ranch comprises 5000 hectares land and is home to over 20 species of game and 7 hunt able bird species. In addition, we have hunting concessions with numerous Ranches in the area, ranging from open savannah plains to mountainous terrain, stretching as far as the Erongo mountains. Thus most hunt able game species on offer in Namibia are offered by us, from the little Damara Dik–Dik to the majestic greater Kudu, as well as several bird species on 250 000 hectares off concessions. Every hunter is sure to leave with good quality trophies.
We also arrange hunting in other parts of Namibia, Bushman Land, Kaokofeld, Kalahari and Caprivi to give you the opportunity of hunting any species available in Namibia.
The hunting season in Namibia is open from 1 February to 30 November. The best time of year to come is the time that you have to spare for your hunting safari.
Our hunting blocks in the Luangwa Valley consist off Mwanya, Lower Lupande, Nyacolwe, Nyamvu, Chikwa and West Petauke hunting areas and in the west along the Kafue National Park lies Mufunta Gma as well as the Bangweulu and Kafue Flats for the swamp game and safaris, we can basically offer you all that Zambia has to offer from Large Sable and Roan, Big Lion, Very Good Buffalo and some of Africa’s best Leopard hunting combined with Hippo, Crocodile and Plains Game.
Zambia has a Minimum Age Restriction on Lion of 6 years, so there might be hunts ending with no Lion in the bag taken, in all our areas you will see and find plenty lion while on safari but we will not allow any Lion to be shot younger than the minimum age or to the discretion of the Ph in charge of the hunt.
Kafue Flats is where we hunt the exclusive Kafue Lechwe in their natural habitat.
Bangweulu Swamps meaning “where Water and Skies meet” is where we hunt Sitatunga, Black Lechwe and Tsessebe mainly but Oribi and Common Reedbuck occur there to and are good to consider. The elusive Sitatunga is said to be the Ghost of the Swamps as they can be there one moment and gone the next. Searching the misty reeds for the magical appearance of a mature male as the sun rises over the Bangweulu is truly an experience of a lifetime.
Zambia season is from 1st of May to mainly the end of November but hunting can be done till the 31st December each year.
Our concessions are located along the calm beauty of Lake Kariba’s Gashe Gashe area to the renowned Save Valley Conservancy in the southeast with some Big Leopard, Good Buffalo, Big Hippo and Crocodile combined with Plains Game.
Hunting season is from March to November but can be pushed into December although it is very hot and rainy this time of the year.
Our hunting blocks stretch from the Great Selous Game Reserve to the Beauty of the Moyowosi Game Reserve. We also offer the famous Masai Species on Safari Request in one of the best Lake Natron Areas, We can basically offer you all that Tanzania has to offer from Big Sable, Big Main Lion, Big Buffalo and some very good Leopard hunting combined with Hippo, Crocodile and Plains Game.
Tanzania has a Minimum Age Restriction of 6 years on Lion, so there might be hunts ending with no Lion in the bag taken, but therefore we have special deal to offer you when booking a Lion Safari with Us. In all our areas you will see and find plenty lion while on safari but we will not allow any Lion to be shot younger than the minimum age or to the discretion of the Ph in charge of the hunt.
Tanzania season is from 1st of July to mainly the end of November but hunting legally is conducted till December 31st of each year. Some years due to a change from National Parks hunting can be allowed till the 31st March, consult with us about hunting seasons when planning your hunt.