Professional hunter and outfitter, Jaco Oosthuizen,is a founder member of Game Trackers Africa cc, a Namibian registered company, which is currently the marketing agent for Ondjamba Safaris cc (SA), Pori Trackers of Africa (T) Ltd. and East Africa Trophy Hunters Ltd (the latter, both in Tanzania).These companies are all owned by and operated under the professional guidance of Jaco & Magdel Oosthuizen.
Ondjamba Safaris cc was first established in 1998 as the result of a life long dream finally realized by Jaco. Ondjamba is a Namibian native word for elephant, originating from the Himba’s, amongst whom he partly grew up. Jaco’s great-grandfather (SJ Oosthuizen 1828-1917) was a very skilled hunter, who hunted amongst the famous white hunters who tamed west and central Africa with great courage during the mid to late 1800’s. SJ’s enormous passion for elephant hunting (and upon who’s experience some written Dutch publications were based) encouraged Jaco to call his company after the single animal SJ had most respect for; the elephant aka Ondjamba. Jaco was raised in a family of big game hunters in partly untamed Namibia where he first learned and mastered his hunting skills. He started off studying law after high school, but his love for wildlife, hunting and his urge for adventure encouraged him to become a professional hunter.
Between 1994 – 1996 he obtained his professional hunters licenses in all major South-African provinces and gained extensive experience under the guidance of several experienced outfitters and professional hunters. In 1996/7 he also spent several months in East-Africa’s Kenya on a very adventurous culling expedition. After returning from Kenya, he continued hunting extensively in Southern Africa. In his capacity of hunting outfitter, professional hunter and operations manager he obtained very early successes in the hunting industry.
Very soon Jaco established himself a great reputation that caused the expansion of his company (1999) further into East Africa’s Tanzania – the last frontier! Jaco rapidly established excellent hunting areas in the world famous Selous Game Reserve and Moyowosi/Kigosi Game Reserve.
In due time he obtained shares in Pori Trackers of Africa (T) Ltd., after the establishment of East Africa Trophy Hunters Ltd. in 2006. These Tanzanian based companies form the basis of our operations and interests in this beautiful East African country where we believe your dreams are awaiting you . . . Jaco & Magdel Oosthuizen and their team of professional hunters will ensure that you will enjoy the most memorable time of your life, in Africa.
Collectively we offer you many years of experience throughout Africa. Our experience of the bush and unlimited knowledge of animal behavior, both dangerous game and plains game, is a guarantee for your safety and hunting satisfaction. With a vast experience of hunting, both as enthusiasts and as professionals, we will ensure that you will enjoy a most unforgettable safari, taking you right in to the heart of Africa! With concessions throughout South Africa, Tanzania, Namibia and Cameroon, Game Trackers Africa is able to offer more than 120 different species of game, which include all of the Big Five, a variety of dangerous game species and many other rare antelope species.
Our flexible approach enables us to cater to the needs of different clients as well as their capabilities. We shall always try as far as possible to meet our client’s preferences. We are committed to honesty, integrity, and the pursuance at all times of client satisfaction. This is a guaranteed commitment!
We shall assist our clients in all respects, undertake to share our knowledge of the African bush with all big game hunters, the fun of tracking old, post productive male trophy animals, stalking them and setting you up with an exciting, adrenaline rushing shot. We shall share in the enthusiasm of our clients and will do everything possible to make every safari a memorable, adrenaline pumping experience! We shall strive to create life-long friendships around heart warming campfires and to bring you all in touch with real Africa. . . . while living the African Legacy with Game Trackers Africa!
Links to Hunt Reports posted on AfricaHunting.com
- SOUTH AFRICA: Unforgettable Trip With Game Trackers Africa In The Eastern Cape: https://www.africahunting.com/threa...me-trackers-africa-in-the-eastern-cape.39710/
Meet the team
Jaco was born on June 6, 1973 in a town called Tsumeb, in the northern part of Namibia (Southwest Africa). He grew up on a cattle ranch adjacent to the Etosha National Park during a time when Namibian ranchers / farmers were heavily terrorized by political motivated criminal elements. In this environment he learned very soon to acquire a calm and relaxed approach in any intense, but also potentially exciting situation. Jaco finally finished his high school in the former western-Transvaal from where he went on to become a very successful professional hunter and businessman. he will always offer you the total experience. He understands his clients needs and pledges to do his utmost to fulfill your expectations. With more than 2000 collective days of dangerous game hunting, you are guaranteed to be in very safe hands, a peoples person who will guide you through the rough days and the easy days, but a hunter who will never lose out of sight his God-given purpose of being in the bush: to live for nature and to take care of it!
Hayden started his hunting career in 1994 in Zambia, having been given two hunting trucks and instructed to go to an area to build the camp, he learned about hunting in Africa, the hard way. It was the start of a huge learning experience in the industry. With no task to big for Hayden, he turned the unknown into a great success and after 3 very successful seasons in Zambia, he moved to Tanzania in 1997 where he started hunting in the Selous Game Reserve, where he would find himself hunting for the next 12 years. In the year 2000 he already guided his first clients for Jaco. In 2009 he furthered his career in Cameroon where he gained lots experience of both savanna and forest hunting. Hayden is a well accomplished Africa Professional Hunter with vast experience in various countries and hunting grounds, having guided clients to multiple excellent trophies such as Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Cape Buffalo, Lord Derby Eland, Bongo, Roan Antelope, Sitatunga amongst plenty others. His endless energy, knowledge of the African bush and it’s animals, all contributes to the continuation of an already illustrious career. He is committed and dedicated to your success and will not leave a stone untouched in order to achieve your hunting success.
JP VAN WYNGAARD
Jp was born and raised in the Klein Karoo in South Africa. This is where his love for hunting originated while hunting with his dad from an early age. He studied at the University of Potchefstroom and after he got his degree, he became a manager of a Game farm in the Northwest Province. He got his Professional Hunters license in 2008 and hunted South Africa and Tanzania were he holds Dangerous Game licenses in both countries. Jp is also a qualified Game Ranger and Dangerous Game Trails Guide with a deep love for the African bush and fauna and flora. He has a calm attitude with a lot of patience who will ensure you have a safari of a lifetime.
Lyanga was born and raised in Arusha, Tanzania, had the privilege of finishing his High School and College (B.Sc. Business Management degree) in Minnesota, USA, after having attended his primary education in Kenya and Tanzania. Under the guidance of his father, Paulo, he started hunting at the early age of nine years in world renowned areas such as Moyowosi and Longido. At this early age he was taught the values of hunting and how hunting pays for conservation. Growing up in the hunting tradition of his father, he became an enthusiastic conservationist at heart. His knowledge of nature and wildlife in Tanzania resulted in him obtaining his PH License in 2008 after which he conducted numerous hunts for all dangerous game under the guidance and close supervision of numerous experienced Professional Hunters. Lyanga is also a member of SCI and a valuable asset, who will ensure your safety and satisfaction.
Paulo was born and raised in the Singida region of Tanzania. Where he started hunting at the age of thirteen under the guidance of his father. His passion for nature encouraged him to obtain a Diploma in Wildlife Management and B.Sc. Zoology degree. He is also one of the first Professional Hunting, he also managed to be the Head of Tourist Hunting in Tanzania, for a period of four years, whilst hunting as a Professional Hunter. He has been involved in the hunting of hundreds of Cape Buffalo and numerous other dangerous game species. His experience carries to hunting Desert Gazelle’s in Niger and Burkina Faso, as well as Western and Eastern Europe. Paulo has been a member in good standing of SCI since 1979, as well as a founder member of APHA and a well respected long term member of TPHA and TAHOA (Tanzanian Hunting Operators Association).
Dalil Abdallah was born and raised in East Africa’s hunting paradise: Tanzania. He grew up in the African bush where his love for hunting originated. Having been exposed to dangerous wildlife at any early age where he grew up in western Tanzania, laid the foundations to his passion for hunting these animals. He has an admirable knowledge of animal behavior and also the hunting areas makes him a big asset to the company, also contributing in a great way to client satisfaction. Dalil also runs, with great success, the anti-poaching operations in the off-season for us in western Tanzania. Mechanically, no job is to big for him, even building bridges in short time, with his engineering background. His presence is always felt out there in the bush, guaranteeing your success.
Tanzania & Cameroon
Game Trackers Africa has being operating in East Africa’s Tanzania since 1999. Starting off in the world renowned Selous Game Reserve (comprising of 26000 square km), we rapidly established ourselves to be a highly reputable company which certainly provided the goods, since day one . We slowly reached out to Western and Northern Tanzania, enabling you, the client to hunt all the Tanzanian species.
From 2000 – 2003 we hunted the Moyowosi Game Reserve, one of Africa’s best known hunting areas, where we ended up boasting proudly, after 4 seasons, with a unbeatable 100% success rate on our cat hunts. With this excellent track record, harvesting some of the finest lion Africa has to offer, we now, finally we acquired 600 000, acres in the Kigosi Game Reserve, bordering the Moyowosi River to the east. We’ve been hunting this area this 2004, having gained knowledge of the area like no one else. Western Tanzania is known to be prime lion area, the best in all of Africa – we have the area, we have the experience, we have hard-working professional hunters, we have the equipment, we have the means to get you a fine manned lion, a huge tom-leopard, let alone the fact that we harvested buffalo as big as 49 1/2 inches in this area.- that speaks for itself ! Species such as Cape Buffalo, Leopard, Sable, Topi, Bohor Reedbuck, Sitatunga, Roan, Bushbuck, Defassa Waterbuck, and Eland, amongst many others are abundant in numbers, not to mention the unsurpassed trophy quality.
The area consists of typical miombo forests in the northeast, sloping down to the west towards the Moyowosi River where it turns into a swamp, which makes it ideal for Sitatunga hunting. The swamp/savannah is of course accessible during the dry hunting season, which also enables us to get hold of those big Dagga Boys that hides in the reeds. Huge elephant are also taken from time to time on the islands inside the swamp. The swamp makes up about 16% of the concession. which is still very substantial for Sitatunga hunting. The rest of the terrain is made up by acacia woodlands combined with rolling, open savannah, favored by most plains game animals grazers!
The Selous Game Reserve sprawl over 19 300 square miles with virtually no human settelements. The area is primarily moimbo forest but there is several rivers, hills and open plains. The Selous still hosts us with yet another two quality hunting blocks; one on the Kilombero River, and another south of the Rufiji river, respectively comprising of 240 000 and 290 000 acres. The Kilombero River, of which we enjoy almost 20 miles of river frontage) hosts an abundant number of wildlife, including Hippo and Crocodile.
The area varies from rolling grassy woodlands and plains, to rocky outcrops cut by the Rufiji river. The area is also well known for it’s huge elephant and dense populations of cape buffalo, the big cats of africa and plains game, promising to offer the best hunting you ever experienced.
This is Africa if you ever dreamt about it – easily accessible by charter; it still offers some of the finest hunting.
Masaailand lies north of Lake Manyara and stretches north to the Seregenti. It is mainly Acacia Brush country with great open plains, rocky outcrops and patches of thick thornbush. Game includes lion, leopard, grant’s and thompson’s gazelle, gerenuk, coke’s hartebeest, east african impala, greater and lesser kudu, fringe – eared oryx, ostrich, bohor reedbuck, steinbuck, white bearded wildebeest and zebra .
Game Trackers Africa, is one of the premium hunting operations in Namibia today, boasting with prime concessions north of the capital (Windhoek),the Caprivi, Damaraland/Koaokaveld. Game Trackers Africa will be your host in this beautiful country, an absolute must for even the seasoned african hunter.
CAPRIVI – Dangerous Game
The authentic safari-style tented camps/African style bungalows of our wilderness areas in the Caprivi and others are especially favored by our guests, complimented by luxurious lodges in our private concessions where you can hunt unspoiled country in access of 30 000 acres.
Including our exclusive concessions, the total hunting area available for our clients exceeds 900 000 acres. The hunting areas cover different habitats in the northeastern region of Namibia. In the bouquet you find open, savannah like grass plains with Acacia trees, dense Mopane bush as well as flood plains in the Caprivi, hosting more than 20 species of plains game and the Big Five, promising a true African experience.
A 4 hour drive from Windhoek international airport, Mopane camp, a gem in Namibia, located in North-Central Namibia, close to Etosha National Park will centralise you to hunt various concessions for various species. The property is family owned, for three generations, the safari operation & camp is home to a wide variety of habitat for African game and birds.
With over a decade of guiding experience and more than 70,000 ha of prime hunting grounds, you will team up with some of the finest guides in Namibia. This combination of passion and experience brings to you the REAL AFRICA.
Accommodation consist out of deluxe traditional safari tent camp with all the modern conveniences you desire and a family outfitter that prides himself on service, quality game and memories that will last a lifetime.
Located close to Etosha National Park, you may enjoy one of our day trips, traveling through unspoiled Africa where the big 5 roam.We book and plan individual sightseeing & Fly-in safaris to meet your expectations.
Our experienced professional hunters and hunting guides are not only committed to your success, but will also share their knowledge of the African wildlife with you.
Our headquarters are based in Bela Bela, from where we can run with ease our operations and logistics in all our concessions throughout the country. Ondjamba Safaris cc, your host and the outfitting company is able to cater for all your needs as far as all the different game species of South Africa is concerned.
Limpopo and North West Provinces
The majority of our plains game hunting safaris takes place in these two provinces, which also previously formed part of the old Transvaal. Concessions stretch from the Limpopo river in the North, down South to Warmbaths (Bela Bela) where we mostly hunt for: Greater Kudu, Blue Wildebeest, Cape Hartebeest, Bushbuck, Eland, Zebra, Impala, Warthog, Giraffe, Rhino, and to a lesser degree: Gemsbuck, Blesbuck, Nyala, Bushpig, Steenbuck, and Duiker as well as a variety of small cats.
The Northwest Province and Freestate with its typical semi-Kalahari vegetation of rolling Savannah and big Camel thorn trees host us with our prime concessions for Gemsbuck, Black Wildebeest, Cape Hartebeest, Springbuck, Blesbuck, Zebra, Common Duiker, Mountain Reedbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Caracal, Jackal and in smaller quantities Greater Kudu, Impala, and Eland.
The hunting areas are vast with tremendous variety of species available to the serious hunter.
Here we have several very large concessions where you are accommodated in either very comfortable thatched-style bush camps or in the original ranch style homesteads, some well over 100 years old. Typical South African dishes are served with outstanding locally produced wines. This area consists of a wide variety of habitats, varying from coastal brush and valleys to the Winterberg Mountain range 7000ft up in some places. Species typical to the region are Blue Duiker, Grysbuck, Bushpig, Caracal, Oribi, Mountain Reedbuck, Vaal Rhebuck, Cape Bushbuck, and Eastern Cape Kudu, White Springbuck, Black Springbuck, Common Springbuck, White Blesbuck, Nyala, Hartebeest, Red Lechwe amongst many others.
KwaZulu Natal (Zululand)
Zululand also offers a number of hunting opportunities of a very high standard. These areas are situated on the North East coast of South Africa approximately 3 hours drive from Durban and 6 hours from Johannesburg. Traditional home to the Zulu, Zululand is steeped in history and culture. Once a savage land of warring tribes and vast wilderness areas where Zulu Kings held private hunting grounds, it is now better known for its National Parks, wildlife and unspoiled coastline. Species like Red Duiker, White Rhino, Livingstone’s Suni, and of course the well known Nyala occur in abundance. You can be accommodated in comfortable furnished East African style safari tents with in-suite bathrooms, or in reed and thatch traditional bungalows with similar features. These camps all have a central dining facility where one can relax in comfortable lounges or at the bar enjoying the beautiful view or sunset. Meals are served around a fire complimented by outstanding South African wines. Other attractions to this region are offshore fishing for Marlin or Sailfish as well as outstanding Scuba Diving on unspoiled coastal reefs.
Big Five Safaris
Most Dangerous Game Safaris are conducted in the provinces of Limpopo, North West and Natal. This will include Cape Buffalo, White Rhino, Lion, Leopard and Elephant. Prices are available on request as we look forward to tailor make your dangerous game package to your needs.
Bird Shooting Safaris are conducted from April through September, in the Freestate, Eastern Cape, North West, and Limpopo for species like Waterfowl, Dove, Pigeon, Guinea Fowl, and Francolin. These are also tailor made safaris and take place over 3 – 5 days although one can add a few days wing shooting to your safari if necessary.
Bow Hunting Safaris are undertaken throughout the year but we recommend the dry months (June-September). Hunting is done from established blinds around waterholes and also the old walk and stalk method.
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