~ GannaHoek ~

A Family Heritage Hunting Reserve 





Conservation Philosophy

Hunting at GannaHoek means you are participating in and experiencing an immensely successful conservation project,

which returned the land to the rich biodiversity for which the region was once renowned.

South Africa is the most popular destination in Africa for hunting safaris – by a wide margin! This country combines a fantastic, well-managed wildlife resource with the best infrastructure on the continent – best roads, restaurants, resorts, parks and the broadest array of hunting options from simple ranch hunts to Big Five dangerous game safaris. It also offers many tourist activities for non-hunting observers and is an excellent choice for family vacations, as well as for serious hunters.

1963     -     2019

What Sets Us Apart in South Africa?

Conservation Through Sustainable Utilisation

Southern Cross Hunting sustains 15 000 acres of natural habitat in South Africa. This land is entirely dedicated to over 400 species of fauna and abundant indigenous flora. Hunters in low annual numbers keep herd numbers healthy and allow us to conserve this unique biome for the future of South Africa's wildlife and the future of the people and their families who are dedicated to the work of conservation through hunting. 


Southern Cross Hunting employs 15 staff members who support 30+ adult family members and over 25 children. 


All the animals harvested on our hunting ranch provide an annual meat supply to our Local Communities, the 70+ people who are directly and indirectly involved with Southern Cross and the needs of our busy lodge.

The value of our visiting hunters is vital.

Family Heritage

since 1843

The Cawood Family have been custodians of this land since 1843. During this time the management of the land has transformed through four Cawood generations from the vision of the settlers to the vision of Mike and later Chris Cawood. The inception of conservation hunting at GannaHoek Private Reserve began in the early sixties when wildlife numbers in South Africa were at there lowest due to poaching and unmanaged overhunting.


The longevity, reputation, integrity, knowledge, expertise, personal attention, and hunting success keeps Southern Cross Safaris one of South Africas most well known and successful boutique hunting experiences. 

Unique Landscape

Located at an elevation of 998 meters above sea level, the mountain elevation stands high above the surrounding area with a small summit area, steep slopes and local relief of 300m or more. The Mountain Zebra National Park is a close neighbor and the two locations are similar in natural habitat.


The landscape known as the Karoo Heartland epitomizes the essence of South Africa. Vast open spaces; sparse veld and distant brooding mountains were millions of years ago, dinosaurs roamed the plains, leaving in their wake fossils which attract the attention of paleontologists from all over the world. This is the tranquil landscape of Frontier Country.



South African classic style dining with a twist of culture, heritage & tradition

Most meals are enjoyed in our hunter's lounge around the large rosewood table under the crystal chandelier.  Weather depending you may dine outdoors or venture out for a bush evening with local flavors.


Great care has been taken to build a menu that takes care of our guest’s wellbeing. Homegrown venison is our specialty as well as a few spicy African dishes. The menu adapts to our seasons with lighter dishes served in summer and warm rustic curries and red wine stews been served in winter.


An ‘a la carte’ breakfast menu is available in the coffee bar with daily updates to your meals throughout the day. A light café styled lunch is served at midday, while dinners are an eclectic mix of traditional Xhosa and Malay ingredients combined with old traditional Karoo recipes.


The coffee bar is refreshed and restocked daily ensuring that coffee is brewing by the time you wake up and all through the day. Enjoy our wide range of local herbal teas.

Bottled water is always available.


Coming Soon: Our 2020 Menu

The Team

Our small team is made up of a family creative cooks, experienced trackers, meticulous skinners, accommodating housekeepers, and professional hunters who all work towards one common goal:

Providing the best ranch

hunt in South Africa!

Chris, Mel and the Team look forward to having you in South Africa! 

Historical Lodge

At the center of this warm and welcoming family-run Private Game Reserve is a family home that has been transformed into a Private Manor Lodge. The homestead is a striking balance between present-day and time-honored elegance with generous spaces and endless views. Built at the foot of the Gannahoek Mountains surrounded by untouched wild South African veld, the elegant homestead is an authentic historical tribute to the timeless architecture namely Cape Dutch.


Guests have exclusive use of the Manor Lodge during their stay which includes 5 luxury on-suite kingsize bedroom, TV Lounge, coffee bar, pub, and wine cellar, fire pit, and reeded pool area.

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Hunting Diversity

The hunting history of Southern Cross Safaris began in the '60s under the guidance of great hunters like Mike Cawood and Wally Johnson. The old traditions of the track, walk and stalk and the love of the adventure continues today where guests enjoy this diverse landscape on foot and up close to a variety of game in their natural habitat. 

Herd numbers at GannaHoek are fairly large and offer the diversity you expect on a South African Ranch hunt. Your PH will assist you with recognizing the best quality hunting animals that have broken away from the herds or are the oldest and are suitable to hunt. These mature animals are fully grown and will offer our hunters excellent quality. 

2020 Packages

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Cape Buffalo


Cape Bushbuck

Limpopo Bushbuck

Common Blesbok

Blue Duiker

Red Duiker

Cape Eland

Cape Grysbok


Black Impala

Cape Kudu


Livingstone’s Eland​




Red (Cape) Hartebeest

Southern African Impala


Southern Greater Kudu

Red Lechwe

Common Reedbuck

Mountain Reedbuck

Black Wildebeest 

Blue  Wildebeest

Golden Wildebeest


Southern Roan

Southern Bush Duiker (Grey Duiker)


Cape Springbok

White Springbok




Common Waterbuck

Vaal Rhebok

Burchell’s Zebra




Caracal Cat




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  • A Deposit of 50% of the Total Daily Rate is required to confirm a Safari Reservation.

  • For all donated safaris a deposit of $1500 per hunter is required to confirm the booking. The deposit will be credited to the final bill at the termination of the hunt.

  • The Balance is payable 30 days prior to arriving at the hunting area or otherwise requested.

  • Trophy Fees are payable on completion of the Safari.

  • A Refund of the Deposit, less costs incurred, will only be considered if the client cancels 90 days before the agreed starting date and an alternative party can be booked for the safari.

  • Safari Charges become effective on the day of collection at the specified airport or place agreed upon and end on the termination date agreed upon.

  • No Refunds for late arrivals or early departures.

  • Donated safaris will be terminated when the client has decided he is no longer hunting.

  • If the safari/hunt is terminated prior to the agreed-upon date the client will be responsible for the remainder of the days that the professional hunter has been contracted for.

  • Payment is to be made either in Cash, Credit Cards, or EFT transfers.

  • Wounded and/or lost animals must be paid for in full.

  • Southern Cross Safaris reserves the right to alter its tariff without prior notice.




  • Services of experienced Professional Hunters, trackers, skinners and camp staff.

  • Full accommodation, meals, and daily laundry.

  • Preservation of Trophies in the field

  • A Hunting License, covering all game, purchased on your behalf.

  • Alcoholic Beverages (Full fare paying clients only) – wine and malt in Moderation

  • Donated hunts this is charged as an extra


  • Transportation by road, to and from Port Elizabeth or other hunting areas

  • Accommodation and travel charges before and after the contracted safari.

  • Travel expenses between initial and subsequent hunting areas.

  • Air Charters between hunting areas where required.

  • The hire of rifles and ammunition.

  • Specialty food items.

  • Railage of Trophies to Taxidermists or Exporter.

  • Field Trophy Dipping and Packing.

  • Export Trophy, Dipping, Packing and Freighting.

  • V.A.T. at 15 %, as per Government Regulations on daily rates and or any non-exportable items

  • Gratuities

IMPORTANT FORMS - Click & Download

Guest Information Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Safari Checklist

Firearms Informations

SAP 520 Firearms Certificate

Medical Evacuation Insurance and Information:



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