Wintershoek Game Reserve

The Rovos Hunting Safari journey  takes you to the secluded Wintershoek Game Reserve in the Northern Cape of South Africa. Here, you and your party will be treated to a luxury hunting and game drive through the area. At Wintershoek, the landscape is characteristic of the region, with flat, open thornveld savannah, semi-arid desert; mountains and rocky hills; and both mopane and miombo woodlands. Wintershoek covers more than 132,000 acres of unblemished land, ripe for hunting upon which several top-quality lodges sit.

A Rhino at Wintershoek Game Reserve    Top Quality Lodge Interior at Wintershoek

Wintershoek began when Wiaan van der Linde became involved with renowned South African safari group, Johnny Vivier Safaris, in 2001. Johnny Vivier grew up with hunting in his blood in rural Zimbabwe and started his safari company in 1979. Since then, Johnny Vivier Safaris have become synonymous with providing world-class hunting and game safaris for both local and international guests. This is vision for quality has seen Johnny Vivier Safaris being selected to organise the prestigious Safari Club International’s Political Action Committee’s “Big 5 Hunt of a Lifetime” an astounding four times by Safari Club International. Johnny Vivier Safaris has been nominated twice for Safari Club International’s Outstanding Professional Hunter of the Year Award.

Buffalos at WIntershoek Game Reserve    Sunset at Wintershoek Game Reserve

In 2005, Wiaan developed a new hunting region which is now one of the largest and most stocked hunting areas in the country, Wintershoek Game Reserve. By 2006, Wiaan acquired Johnny Vivier Safaris with Johnny himself still involved in the business as CEO. Since then, Wintershoek Game Reserve has become a beacon of excellence, showcasing expert experience and knowledge of South African hunting safaris, evidenced by their selection as one of the top 250 Safari Outfitters in the world as chosen by Safari Club International.

Wiaan is the ideal hunter and guide for an exemplary hunting safari, being the recipient of several awards including the Northern Cape Farmer of the Year in 2010 and the Award Wildlife Ranching South Africa’s, Wildlife Rancher of the Year Award in 2012. His invaluable contribution to the hunting and farming community has also been recognised with his award for Wildlife Ranching South Africa’s Manager’s Award. These accolades only serve to ensure you and your party will experience an impeccable luxury safari  with Wintershoek and Rovos Hunting Safari charter.

The game that you can expect to marvel at include large numbers of more than 50 species of game including the following:

  • Cape Buffalo
  • Kudu
  • Giraffe
  • Zebra
  • Warthog
  • Rhino
  • Springbok
  • Eland
  • Leopard
  • Elephant
  • Nyala
  • Duiker, blue, grey and red
  • Impala
  • Gemsbok
  • Genet, civet, serval cats
  • Caracal
  • Oribi
  • Blesbok

Once you have enjoyed a thrilling hunt, there is even a taxidermy studio, started by Wiaan, and called African San Taxidermy. There, you can get your trophy expertly stuffed and preserved to take home.  Along with professional hunters, trackers and skinners to assist and educate you, weapons such as rifle, bow, muzzle loader and handguns are provided. The hunting vehicles used are well-equipped 4×4 utility vehicles all kitted out with radio communication. Before the hunting safari, you may feel like testing out your shooting skills; a shooting range of 150 yards is available for all guests to enjoy at their leisure.

With a flawless reputation and attention to every detail, Wintershoek ensures your hunting adventure is perfect.