Luxury Wild Birds shooting in South Africa
Travel with the legendary Rovos Train and shoot the best Bird destinations in South Africa
The Rovos Hunting Train
This is without any doubt one of the most exclusive and ultimate bird shooting trips in the world. The train is your private shooting lodge, which travels from one shooting area to the next. Guns disembark and travel, usually a short distance, by vehicle to shoot Doves, Pigeons, Ducks, Geese, Sand Grouse or driven Guinea Fowl and Francolin.
This panoramic eight-day sojourn, designed for bird shooters and plains game hunters, commences in Pretoria and winds its way to the western reaches of South Africa. First stops are Mareetsane and Kameel with two full days of shooting. The train travels then south to Warrenton, and Kimberley. Hunters enjoy two days of shooting with a day’s break. Travelling east, the guns keep busy in the Kloofeind area, and then after a memorable 1400-kilometre safari in the bush, the train departs for journey’s end at Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria.
Each hunter will be positioned at a butt on the shooting line, up to 130 feet away from the next shooter. You may have to walk a reasonable distance to reach your spot, but your assistants will carry your gun and chair, as well as your birds after the hunt is complete. A minimum of 150 beaters advances toward your line from nearly half a mile away, chanting, beating at the bush, and waving red flags. Expect 5-6 drives a day with a total bag of up to 300 birds. The gun line will be carefully cleared of brush, and you’ll have a wide lane of fire. Dogs are not used on this hunt; instead, two assistants will be assigned to you with the job of marking down the locations of the birds you down, then retrieving and carrying them for you.
The Deluxe Suites (±10 sq. meters/±108 sq. feet) accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower. The wood-paneled rebuilt sleeper coaches, remodeled and refurbished to mint condition, offers every modern convenience and comfort.
The train features an observation car with a panoramic view and a bar, where you can relax with a drink and watch the African countryside roll by, as well as dining and lounge cars. The Edwardian design and the old-fashioned furnishings will transport you to a bygone era, while air conditioning and every other modern convenience will allow you to enjoy your trip in true comfort.