South African Hunting

South Africa offers a wide variety of free range animals, breathtaking landscape and traditional walk and stalk safaris. For those who have some extra time, visit Cape Town, our Winelands, the Garden Route and one of our many world class big 5 Game Reserves. 


Southern Cross Safaris has been hosting international hunts at their families private reserve since the early sixties. The old traditions of the track, walk and stalk and the love of the adventure continues today where guests enjoy this scenic and diverse landscape by safari vehicle and on foot. Herd numbers at GannaHoek are fairly large and offer the animal variety you would expect on a South African hunt. Open wilderness, thorn thickets and riverbeds provides the experienced hunter with a true taste of an authentic and challenging Cape Buffalo hunt. Your Professional Hunter will assist you with recognizing the best quality hunting animals that have broken away from the herds or are the oldest and most suitable to hunt. These mature animals, which have past on their genetics and are past their breeding prime will offer our hunters excellent quality.

GannaHoek is dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of over 400 species of fauna and abundant indigenous flora. Hunters from all over the world visit in low numbers keeping herd numbers healthy and provide the resources needed to conserve this unique biome for future generations. 

The Cawood Family have been custodians of this land since 1843. During this time the management of the land has transformed through five Cawood generations.  The inception of conservation hunting at GannaHoek began in the early sixties when wildlife numbers in South Africa were at there lowest.  

The Location, Fauna & Flora

GannaHoek is located at an elevation of 998 meters above sea level. The mountain elevation towers high above the surrounding plains with a summit at nearly 6000 feet.  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.

The Reserve is home to Zebra, Golden, Black and Blue Wildebeest, Copper and Common Springbok, Waterbuck, Kudu, Mountain Reedbuck, Cape Buffalo, and the Majestic Sable as well as the Giraffe and Eland. GannaHoek has become a natural breeding ground for the Warthog and more frequently the Aardvark, the rare Bat Eared Fox and Hedgehog are been more sighted.  This is a bird lovers paradise with over 150 species found around the lodge. The high rocky mountain ridges are home to the Black Eagle, while the flat plains are nesting grounds for the Blue Crane (South Africa's National Bird), Secretary Bird, abundant hawk and owl and small bird species.

The diversity of flora found at GannaHoek makes it especially attractive all year round with a mix of three biomes: The Nama-Karoo, Grassland and Thicket. The warm north-facing slopes offer a wide variety of habitats ranging from the grassy rocky mountaintops, to the dense thorny slopes with steep meandering river beds and thickets rolling down into the flatter grassy savanna and acacia thorn tree plains below. 



At the center of this 15000 acre warm and welcoming family-run private reserve is the family manor house that has been transformed into a private lodge. The Cape Dutch lodge is a striking balance between present-day and time-honoured elegance within generous spaces and endless views. Built at the foot of the GannaHoek Mountains surrounded by untouched indigenous South African veld, the elegant homestead is a historical tribute to timeless architecture. In keeping with traditional Cape Dutch layout, the residence is built around a central ‘great room’ which leads onto a terraced ‘stoep’ area, the park-like garden and beautiful natural South African landscape. Below the living space of the grand house is an old stone cellar bar, fitted out with local flavours and great South African wine. The overall effect of the lodge is a testament to the extraordinary past of the Cawood Family since the early 1800's.

The lodge features 4 large king size luxury suites including a private garden luxury suite. Decor is inspired by the surrounding indigenous fauna and flora and the heritage of hunting in South Africa. Guests have exclusive use of the fully stocked cellar bar, coffee and library room, small gym, private swimming pool and grand lounge and dining room.


GannaHoek offers a South African classic style dining experience with a twist of culture, heritage and tradition. Most meals are enjoyed in our hunter's lounge around the large imbuia table under the crystal chandelier.  On beautiful clear evenings we may 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 well being. 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.



Just to reflect on our hunt on GannaHoek and Southern Cross Safari’s with my family!

Wow, what an extraordinary, unique and absolute memorable experience! The staff’s eagerness, skill and personal attention to detail complimented this special and professional hunt! As an accomplished trophy and meat hunter, this reserve, terrain and staff presented something new that I have not experienced in my 29 years of serious hunting! We bagged some stunning trophies and completed in 3 days the so-called Reedbuck Slam in the beautiful mountain setting where GannaHoek is located. A first time hunt for my daughter who managed to shoot her first Black Wildebeest, supported and guided by the owner and PH Chris Cawood himself!


We cannot thank you all for making this a special weekend not to be forgotten with endless stories to share!


Van den Berg & Family 


Visas and Documentation

Travelers from the USA and most European and British Commonwealth countries are not required to have a visa to enter South Africa. Find out the visa requirements for your country here: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries.

Special requirements apply for children under the age of eighteen who are traveling to South Africa. Minors are required to produce, in addition to their passport, an Unabridged Birth Certificate (showing the particulars of both parents) when exiting and entering South African ports of entry. When a child travels with only one parent, additional documents should include an affidavit in which the absent parent gives consent for the child to travel, a court order granting full parental responsibilities or legal guardianship of the child, or the death certificate of the absent parent.


Southern Cross is malaria free.

Most of South Africa is malaria-free, but malaria is present in a few areas, including northeastern KwaZulu-Natal Province as far south as the Tugela River, Limpopo (Northern) Province, and Mpumalanga Province. It is also present in Kruger National Park. If you will be hunting in or traveling to those areas, malaria prophylaxis is recommended.

Firearms Permits

South Africa has strict rules for hunters bringing firearms into the country. Visitors who are hunting or participating in a shooting event must acquire a Temporary Import Permit. These can be obtained on arrival at the airport at the SA Police Firearm Office situated after immigration. There are also a number of commercial services that can secure your permit in advance for a fee. To be issued a permit, you will need to show proof of ownership of your firearm(s) (for American hunters, a U.S. Customs Form 4457 is sufficient), as well as an invitation letter signed by your outfitter proving that you have booked a hunt in South Africa.

Each hunter is allowed to bring up to four firearms, but no two may be of the same caliber. Ammunition is limited to 200 rounds per firearm. It is advisable to pack your ammunition in a hard-sided, lockable case, as sometimes airlines will require you to check your ammunition separately.


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