With a general elevation of approximately 3,800 feet (1150m), the high-lying province of the Free State is completely land-locked and bordered in the east by the Drakensberg and Maluti mountains.
Our camps lie between three major towns in the Free State, and flights from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg fly directly to the provincial capital, Bloemfontein. Guests arriving on flights that land in Bloemfontein before 11h00 will be transported to their camps that same day. International guests who arrive at ORT and who do not make the early flight to Bloemfontein, will be accommodated overnight in Johannesburg before being transported to ORT the following morning.
The months from October to March provide possibly the best climate for hunting in South Africa during the hot summer months. The cool, cold winters from April to September also offer excellent safari opportunities, but the early mornings and evenings are ‘fresh’ and can be frosty at times. The terrain elevates to more than 2,000m in the mountain areas, where snowfalls in June and July are not uncommon, so this time of year should only be considered by avid hunters who can manage the cold.
The predominantly grassy plains, with rich fertile soil and a pleasant climate, provide ideal conditions for large herds of game. The number of national parks, reserves and game concessions in the region are increasing with the aim of maintaining biodiversity amongst the species which include plain game such as black wildebeest and springbok, as well as kudu, red hartebeest, and buffalo in the north. The African wildcat, black wildebeest, zebra, eland, white rhinoceros and wild dog can also be found in reserves.