At 5000 feet above sea level, the Stormberg Mountains have the best Vaal Rhebuck in all of Africa. The Vaal Rhebuck has become a speciality animal for Crusader Safaris and we have taken numerous record book animals over the years.
The animals that roam the Stormberg Mountains are herd animals that do not restrict their movement to the early morning and evening and as such can be hunted all day. A good spotting scope and long shooting rifle is recommended in this open country. Hunting in the Stormberg Mountains is best during the cooler months of March through to November.
The Stormberg Mountains Conservancy is privately owned. But, as with the Umkomaas Valley and Baviaansriver, Crusader Safaris owns a large portion of the land and has exclusive access to the rest. Because Crusader Safaris also owns the camps, there is never any pressure on the hunter to move to another camp. Hunters move at their own leisure and as the hunting dictates. Crusader Safaris sets its own quota and manages the area in the interests of maintaining the trophy quality that the area is known for.
The Stormberg Lodge
The Stormberg Lodge is ideally situated between the Umkomaas Camp and the Baviaansriver Lodge and serves as a good stopover between the two main areas. The lodge is a comfortable safari-style home built in the 1800s that provides all the amenities one could ask for after a long day's hunting.
Situated high up in the Stormberg Mountains this area occasionally gets snow in the winter. Permanent heaters and log fires ensure a comfortable stay but it is advisable to bring sufficient warm gear. Power outlets are 220v (we recommend that you bring international power plug adapters with you) and internet access and telephone facilities are available.
The Stormberg Mountains, with its wide open grasslands, supports very good numbers and quality of Black Wildebeest, Blesbuck, Red Hartebeest and Springbuck. Due to the wide open nature of the country, shots of 200 to 250 yards are not uncommon.
The Stormberg Mountains also offers some really good bird hunting during the winter months. From the end of May to the end of August, hunting for Greywing Partridge and a variety of Ducks and Geese is popular. An afternoon or morning hunt, as part of a larger big game hunt, can be organised on request. Or you may choose to dedicate a few days to chasing the different bird species.
Animals Indigenous to this Area
- Eland - Cape
- Grysbok - Cape
- Hartebeest - Red
- Rhebok - Vaal
- Springbok - Common
- Springbok - Black
- Springbok - White
- Wildebeest - Black
- Zebra - Burchells