At Koedoeberg Game Lodge we provide exceptional quality plains game hunting in the North West Province of South Africa. Our safaris are conducted in the warm, friendly and relaxed manner which South Africans are renowned for, whilst offering you great value for money. We understand that an African safari is about more than harvesting trophies. From traditional local cuisine featuring game you harvest to sundowners by the fire, we make South Africa feel like home.
Here are some great new landscape and bird pictures by Carel van Heerden, email@example.com.
- Diderick Cuckoo – Diederik
- Lesser Masked Weaver – Kleingeel vink
- Masked Weaver – Geel Swartkeel vink
- Paradise Flycatcher – Paradys vlieevanger
- Blackbreasted Snake Eagle – Swartborsslang arend
- Blue Wildebeest drinking
- Kudu in the bush, and
- Beautiful rainbows just after the rain.
Thank you Carel.
Just returned from my safari with Koedoeberg. Had a great time hunting at a great ranch with a relaxed atmosphere. The PH’s Reinier and Ricus put us on some great animals and really went out of their way to make it a memorable trip. In addition to the normal hunting style, they took us on several night hunts for predators.
Although we were unsuccessful in putting any jackals in the salt, it wasn’t for lack of opportunity. We used a fox pro call with a steenbok in distress call and it worked great. At nearly every set up, jackals were checking out the call within minutes. If you get the opportunity to hunt at night, it gives you a totally different perspective and an opportunity to see animals that you might not get a chance at during the day.
We were able to take a couple of porcupines, saw a brown hyena, an aardwolf, a civet, and a caracal. It was a short trip, but after six days of hunting I was able to take an eland, duiker, black springbok, black wildebeest and a porcupine. My brother-in-law took a great old gemsbok bull, impala, blesbok, and a porcupine.
I would highly recommend Koedoeberg. I have hunted several other ranches in South Africa and Namibia, and this is a ranch that I will definitely return to.
Thanks guys, Brandon.[also posted on http://www.africahunting.com/south-africa-hunting-reports/9358-great-hunt-koedoeberg.html]
Koedoeberg Game Lodge
I just got settled back in after my return from Africa. If you are like me you sometimes think a deal that sounds too good to be true probably is. A 5 day hunt for impala, blesbok, and warthog for $1000 and no other cost? Well what’s the worst that can happen I go to Africa and I’m out a grand. Well I can say that I feel like I under paid.
I spend 7 great days with Willem at Koedoeberg and can’t wait to go back. I only had 5 animals on my list but 7 days and 13 animals later where did the time go. Every part of this hunt was above and beyond my expectations. The food, the lodging, the 3 ph’s Willem, Renier, and Ricus were all a pleasure to spend the week with.
During our stay we went to a few farms and Willem’s was by far the nicest. It has a great variety of terrain with enough animals to keep you excited all the time. Not only were there a lot of animals but the trophy quality was exceptional. I passed on a few great animals on the first day only to regret it 3 days later. But being a rookie to African hunting you don’t know that when you get and opportunity you should take it. We passed on a big kudu the first evening and then had a hard time finding another good one for several days. Willem never pressured us into shooting anything but would say it is a good one or you can do better.
That being said after shooting my kudu and my hunting partner shooting his it seemed like the big bulls new that they were in the clear and we started seeing several 50 plus inch kudu everyday for the last 3 days of our hunt. On the last evening of our trip one came within bow range and my warthog hunt turned into a kudu hunt. It was too much to resist the opportunity to take a great kudu with a bow.
The week left me with a lot of great memories and a strong desire to return soon. If anyone is thinking about booking with Koedoeberg I would highly recommend it. I would be happy to answer any questions about Koedoeberg. Feel free to call me 713-306-7446.
Jeremy Ruesink[also posted on http://www.africahunting.com/south-africa-hunting-reports/7169-koedoeberg-game-lodge.html]
It has taken me awhile to get around to posting a report of our great hunt with Willem at Koedoeberg Safaris and for that I apologize. First, I must say that Willem is an excellent man and a great operator. His willingness to accomodate any request and also offer alternatives for species that proved to be to illusive was very gratifying. It is evendent that Willem cares more about client satisfaction than about the profit margin.
Willem’s property offers quite a variation of terrain being nestled between two low mountains. The hunt proved to be more difficult than expected, yet still we had great success. A hardy thank you must go out to Renier and Riccus, our PH’s on the hunt, 10 days is not a short time to deal with the same 2 people and your company and expertise were second to none.
Dad shot like a pro, with some great shots on animals in the run. Me on the other hand, I could use a little more practice and plan on doing so. Also, I would like to say thank you to Willem’s wife for the many outstanding meals we had during our stay. I am busy making a plan to lose the extra pounds I gained. Can’t wait to do it all again.
Willem, you run a top notch outfit and I will definitely be back in the future.
Cheers, Trent.[also posted on http://www.africahunting.com/south-africa-hunting-reports/9037-fantastic-hunt-koedoeberg-safaris.html]
Glad to see you had a good time and got some great trophies. Love to see these great reports about Koedoeberg. My buddy and I will be hunting with Willem in late May 2013 and we can hardly wait. – Posted by Bruinmaster on http://www.africahunting.com.
Thanks guys. Herewith part 2 of my hunt at Koedoeberg. Wilgekrans game farm and lodge are situated in a steep valley/gorge with a permanent stream running trough. There are waterfalls and dams right next to the lodge. It is a very nice lodge in a scenic location.
We drove up along the gorge and I have never seen than many bushbucks and nyalas in one place before. You could probably easily bowhunt a big nyala by walk and stalk. And bushbucks and mountain reedbucks as well. Amazing.
We were to spend our two last nights in this lodge. Stig was looking for impala and warthog and I was looking for blue wildebeest and impala. Late evening we came across a very nice impala and Stig took it with one shot after a short stalk.
The next day we drove up in the highveld looking for blue wildebeest and pigs. We soon connected with a herd of wildebeest and Renier spotted a bull standing by himself to the left in the herd. It was not a big bull, but I thought he was good enough, so I took him with a single shot. Wildebeest was not my primary goal for this trip, but it is nice to add an animal to the collection.
Just a few hundred meters away from where I shot the bull, we came across a wildebeest cow with a broken leg. Stig and I took her out of her misery with a couple of bullets. Unfortunately I don’t have pics of the cow.
We also came across a dead eland cow with some pigs feeding upon it. Stig missed on the biggest of the pigs. After lunch Stig shot a extremely old sow, skinny and infested with parasites – The PH’s said it was the ugliest pig they have ever seen.
Later that evening we came across a herd of impalas, with a huge ram. I quickly took a shot at the ram from about 60 meters range. I thought it was a good shot, Stig thought it was a good shot and Renier thought it was a good shot. The ram disappeared over a little ridge and we never saw it again….After tracking blood spoor for about 400 meter, the spoor disappeared. For me it was a terrible feeling, but I realized that my shot had hit the ram too far behind. The ram probably died within a few hundred metres, but with thick bush it isn’t easy to find an animal. My only hope is that the local trackers will find it when it starts to smell. It’s my first lost animal and it’s no good feeling.
Late evening we came across a kudu like I have never seen before. A magnificent 58 to 60 inch huge bull. If my little budget could afford it I would have shot that bull instantly. I did have the crosshair on his shoulder – I think his spread between the tips must have been 50 inches. That evening we had potiekos and local produced moonshine. Plus a bottle or two of Johnny Walker.
The sixth and last day we went back to Koedoeberg for the final round. I took it easy and wanted to join Stig for a blesbuck hunt. After locating a herd of blesbuck we tried several times to stalk upon them, but they was very skittish. Finally we came within range and Stig took a big ram with a very nice shoulder shot at 200 meters range. With this was our adventure over for this time and we lined up for a group photo.
I would highly recommend Koedoeberg as a hunting destination and outfitter. The hunt is amazing, though challenging due to a lot of bush, the food is excellent and the lodges is very nice. The guys at Koedoeberg are very friendly and obviously live for hunting. Willem stretched himself as far as possible to tend to his clients and I am proud to call him, Renier and Ricus my friends.
Trond [www.jaktgal.com] [also posted on http://www.africahunting.com/south-africa-hunting-reports/8788-hunt-koedoeberg.html]
Came back from an amazing hunt with Koedoeberg Safaris last Sunday. This was my third trip to South Africa and this time I brought my friend Stig with me. We were picked up at Johannesburg airport by Willem Faul, the owner of Koedoeberg. A comfortable two hour drive later, we arrived at Koedoeberg Game Farm.
A beautiful hunting ground with plenty of animals. Flat areas, both densely bush and open plains gave room for mountains on both sides. The arrival day we did some shooting and sat in blinds for a couple of hours. A great dinner ended the day.
The first hunting day we did some driving, looking through the dense bush and the plains before we went into the mountains. We saw a lot of animals, especially kudu and several of them were pretty big. Late evening we caught up with a huge kudu bull and Stig got his first African animal – a real heavy-horned 52 inch bull.
The second day Stig and Ricus did some walking looking for gemsbuck and I did a drive looking for waterbuck. In the evening we sat in blinds with bows. I manage to graze an impala female with an arrow and we never saw her again, even after thoroughly searching. Bad shooting from me.
Later we took a trip to a neighbouring farm and looked for bushbucks. We saw several females, but no male. That night we did a night drive looking for night critters, but only saw a lot of impala and kudu.
The third day we sat in blinds again and I was lucky enough to get a really nice waterbuck in. Since it never came within bowrange I took him with the rifle. A heavy-bodied and thick-horned, 26 inch waterbuck, one of my main goals for the trip was secured and I was in heaven.
Stig took an impala female with a great shot with the bow. We were invited to dinner at Willems place and we had a delicious meal and a great time. After dinner we drove back to the lodge. On the way Stig did a great shot on a porcupine.
The fourth day started with looking for bushbuck. I manage to miss at a nice ram in the morning and my mood was not too good. After lunch my PH Renier spotted an even bigger ram and I took him with a couple of shots. My nemesis, the bushbuck was finally mine, and I was extremely happy!
Renier was exceptional at spotting animals. I didn’t see the ram before I lifted my rifle and even then I couldn’t see that it was a huge ram, but I trusted Renier on his word when he said it was a very good ram. After lunch we went for another lodge, the Wilgekrans lodge. I will come back with that part of the story later.
Trond.[also posted on http://www.africahunting.com/south-africa-hunting-reports/8788-hunt-koedoeberg.html]