We Offer Fair Chase Hunting on the Largest Private Reserve in Central South Africa
Breathtaking scenery, deep gorges and vast open plains covered with game await the hunter around every corner and over every rise.Experienced professional hunters will at all times accompany you to ensure an unforgettable hunting experience. We specialize in plains game hunting and we strongly believe in the fair chase principle with all hunting done by walking and stalking. We travel the extensive area by 4 X4 vehicles but all hunting is done on foot. Your hunt will be unhurried and customized to your personal requirements.
Big Water Safaris located in Laohu Valley Reserve Philippolis.
Big Water Safaris forms part of a conservation effort to save the critically endangered Tiger Sub Specie, Tigress Amoyensis (South China Tiger). Laohu Valley Reserve is a preserve of 83,000 acres was set up in 2003 in Philippolis ,South Africa to help with the breeding and rewilding of zoo born tigers from China. The project started with 5 tigers and the numbers have now grown to 23. These tigers need 10-14 lbs of meat per tiger per day to survive or an equivalent of 23 springbuck or similar weight animal every 3-4 days. This gives hunters the unique opportunity to contribute directly to our conservation project where the money generated sustains the preserve and rewilding efforts of the team. This is also one of the few places in the world where hunters can have firsthand experience feeding the large predators and see what actually happens with the animals they shoot.
Big Water Safaris have the exclusive rights to hunt on Laohu Valley Reserve which was established in 2002 when a total of 17 sheep ranches were purchased for conservation purposes. The reserve spans both sides of the Gariep River with more than 38 Km (23 miles) of riverfront and consists of 33000 hectares (83000 acres). It is situated halfway between Philippolis and Colesberg, two small towns in the upper Karoo region.
For at least a century these ranches had been used primarily for raising sheep with many areas suffering from severe overgrazing. While it is hard to find a true wilderness area in modern South Africa the clock is slowly turning back on the reserve with biodiversity restored and the introduction of Apex predators like Cheetah.
South China Tiger Project.
The majority of the meat harvested is used to feed a population of endangered
South Chinese Tigers, resident in a 300ha fenced-off area on the reserve.
Central to Laohu Valley Reserve is a project to breed and rewild the endangered South China Tiger (Tigris amoyensis).
Laohu Valley Reserve have 20 of these rare felines and as 20 hungry tigers (and they are always hungry) consume a lot of fresh meat, we are constantly busy hunting to keep them suitably fed.
The vast majority of animals harvested on the reserve is fed to the tigers
Clients are accommodated in a luxurious ranch style lodge and we offer full accommodation with a daily laundry service. You will have access to WI-FI and cellphone reception in the lodge. You will feast on typical South African cuisine, which will fill the hungriest hunter.The Lodge sleeps 10 people in 4 rooms with en-suite bathrooms. A back-up generator ensures you will never be without power and it is ideal for the person who loves under-floor heating, electric under-blankets and does not want to compromise any luxury even on a hunting safari. All the comforts are at hand and the fireplace is the place to be after a hard day’s hunting with a good South African wine or beer in hand.