Nkonka African Safaris

Company Name: Nkonka African Safaris
Contact Person: Conway Volek
Postal Address: P.O. Box 1125, Vaalwater 0530, South Africa.
Tel: +27 21 47483647
Mobile: +27 21 47483647
Fax: +27 21 47483647
Email: enquiries@nkonkabushlodge.co.za
Website: www.nkonka.co.za
 

Country
Nkonka Safaris operates in South Africa in the Limpopo province. However, if required, Conwey has private concessions near Bloemhof in the Free State and Kokstad in the KZN provinces.

GPS Coordinates of Hunting Camp
Nkonka Lodge 24° 4'48.62"S 28°17'4.10"E and Idube Lodge 24°16'37.95"S 28°13'46.96"E.

Terrain and Vegetation
The hunting areas range from flat, open thornveld savannah, open grassland, rocky hills to densely wooded bush.

Status of land
All the land is privately owned and has been hunted on for nine years

Rainfall and Temperature:
Hunting is mainly done from March to October, which tends to be cool and dry. Daytime temperatures will vary. Generally speaking a warm jacket would be needed at night. However, during the day temperatures can reach 26°C. The summer rains start in late October and end early February.

Previous land use
Prior to hunting the land was used for cattle ranching.

Inhabitants
There are no inhabitants on the land used.

Size and location of the hunting areas
In the Limpopo province Nkonka operates on 30 000 hectares and all the properties are within 45 minutes drive. If required to travel to the concessions, it is a 6-hour drive to the Free State or KZN areas.

Animals
Nkonka offers the ‘Big Five’ and all the southern African plains game. There is no limited quota, so refer to the Nkonka Safari website to see what is on offer. End-of-season discount hunts are also offered and the minimum hunt is seven days. They do also introduce game to improve the gene pool.

Record Trophies taken last year.

SpeciesTrophy Size
Blue wildebeest 32
Kudu 60
Warthog 15
Impala 26

 

Accommodation facilities
Lodge is a purpose-built luxury lodge. The lounge, bar and dining room are separate from the accommodation. All the buildings and chalets are brick with thatched roofs. All have en suite bathrooms, flush toilets, hot and cold water, constant electricity and are fully air-conditioned. If there is a power failure they have a back-up generator. There is also a swimming pool, a boma, satellite TV, landline telephone, as well as mobile phone and free Wi-Fi coverage. A maximum of eight hunters can be accommodated at any one time.

From the Lodge
The distance to the closest tar road is just 1km. No vehicle lights can be seen though sometimes vehicles can be heard. The nearest international airport is O R Tambo in Johannesburg, two-and-a-half hours away by vehicle. However, the closest airfield is Nylstroom/Modimole which is a VFR, tarmac 1200 metre, all-weather runway approved by the Civil Aviation Authority. There is also a private 1200m dirt air strip (which is due to be upgraded to all-weather tarmac) at Vaalwater which is half-an-hour drive from Nkonka. The closest doctor is also in Vaalwater.

Food
All meals are inclusive in the price and all dinners are BBQ/Braai with starters and pudding. Full English breakfast as well as lunch is included, and typically the animals shot provide the meat. All drinks and alcohol are included in the daily rate.

Staff
Five full-time trackers are employed who have been working for Nkonka for over nine years. They also have skinners and a full complement of lodge staff.

Rates and Services
All clients are met at the airport on arrival and dropped off on departure by Conway. This service, plus field preparation of trophies is included in the daily rate. The current daily rate for a one-on-one hunt is Euro€240 per day.

Vehicles
All their hunting vehicles are well maintained.

2 x Double Cab Toyota Hilux
1 x Toyota Hilux
1 x Toyota Hilux

 

Outfitters
Nkonka Safaris is registered in the Limpopo province and has been in operation for nine years. Last year they handled 60 clients and are members of PHASA, SCI and Dallas NWA.

Professional Hunters

NameStatusYears in Operation
ConweyVolek Professional Hunter & Outfitter 9
Becky Volek Professional Hunter & Outfitter 9

Freelance hunters are hired when required.

 

Skinning
Trophies are skinned, salted and stored in separate sheds made of brick, hence are very secure and 100% vermin proof. These facilities are well ventilated and have electric lighting. The trophies once dried are stored separately and tags are used for identification. There is also an abattoir with cold room. All the skinners have at least 10 years experience and Bulls Eye and Zingela Taxidermy are recommended. However, trophies can be shipped to the client’s own taxidermist of choice.

 

Client verification - References from last year
TBA