Your exclusive bow hunt only destination in South Africa
To maintain our reputation as a premier bow hunting destination, we accommodate a maximum of only 20 privileged hunters a year. This way we can ensure top quality trophy animals on a sustainable basis and offer you, the hunter, personalized service second to none. Accompanied by professional staff, the lodge and estate are exclusively yours for the duration of your stay.
Surrounded by 12000 acres of prime African sweet thornveld, open vleis and thickly wooded areas. This diversity of habitats supports an exceptional variety of local species, making this a paradise for the serious bow hunter. Species include Buffalo, Sable Antelope, Kudu and Blue Wildebeest among others. Occasionally you may even spot Leopard, Cheetah or Wild Dogs. For a complete list of species available at Melorani, see below.
You will be guided throughout your stay at Melorani by professional hunters who have intimate knowledge of the terrain and species on the reserve. Most of the hunting is done from carefully constructed blinds although walk and stalk is also encouraged. These well-constructed hides blend into the surroundings and are made with natural materials from the immediate area. Prevailing winds, sunlight and position of water and mineral licks are all taken into account during the design stage. Most blinds are permanent but others have to be built annually, depending on water levels in the natural ponds. There are pit blinds, ground blinds, elevated box blinds, pop up blinds as well as tree stands all strategically placed to give the hunter the best opportunites. We can accommodate compound, crossbows and traditional bowhunters, whether right or left handed, big or small. Most shots are within 20 yards.
In addition to Melorani, you have access to nearby concession areas for species that do not occur naturally on the reserve or during periods when pressure on populations on the estate may need to relieved. We are very particular about ensuring that no species are overshot in order to deliver consistent trophy quality over the long term. These concession areas are available to both rifle and bow hunters.
The best months for bow hunting are our dry winter months, from late May through to September. During these dry months game animals frequent waterholes and mineral licks regularly.