Umkomaas Valley

The Umkomaas Valley Conservancy is free range hunting at its best. Record book Southern Greater Kudu, Nyala and Cape Bushbuck can be hunted in their indigenous environment and unfenced.

The undulating terrain and thick bush of this area make glassing followed by stalking the most effective means of hunting. Hunting in the Umkomaas Valley is best during the cooler months of March through to November. Early in the year the animals are in rut and later in the year the visibility improves. Given enough time this area always produces great trophies.

The Umkomaas Valley Conservancy is privately owned. But, as with the Baviaansriver Conservancy and the Stormberg Mountains, 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 Umkomaas Tented Camp

In the Umkomaas Valley we hunt out of our classic tented camp situated on the banks of the Mkobeni and Umkomaas Rivers. This luxurious camp has a true African atmosphere and feel. There are 4 en-suite tented cabins with indoor and outdoor showers, heaters and electric blankets.

As with all our camps, the full-time chefs prepare the game you shot on safari over open fires in true African style, served with fine South African wines. Power outlets are 220v (we recommend that you bring international power plug adapters with you) and Internet access and telephone facilities are available. The Umkomaas Valley is 1.5 hours south of Durban’s King Shaka international airport.

The Umkomaas in the Natal Midlands is a 100 000 acre conservancy that offers very good and challenging hunting in thick bush for all the spiral horned species as well as a number of the more common plains game species.

Low hunting pressure, good genetics, food and age class all contribute to making this area famous for giant Kudu, Nyala and Bushbuck. Common Reedbuck, Impala, Eland, Waterbuck, Oribi and Blue Wildebeest offer variety to the hunting.

Sightings of Nyala, Bushbuck, Zebra, Impala and Wildebeest occur often and the area around camp is known to have some of the best bird life in Southern Africa. The sounds of Africa after dark are always enjoyable around the fire.

Animals Indigenous to this Area

  • Baboon
  • Blesbok
  • Bushbuck - Cape
  • Bushpig
  • Caracal
  • Duiker - Blue
  • Duiker - Common
  • Eland - Cape
  • Giraffe
  • Impala
  • Jackal
  • Kudu - Southern
  • Nyala
  • Reedbuck - Common
  • Reedbuck-Mountain
  • Warthog
  • Waterbuck
  • Wildebeest - Blue
  • Zebra - Burchells

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