Hunting in Free State

Hunting in the Free State

Our Free State hunting area is bordered by 30km of Orange River frontage and supports a number of species unique to the area – the mountain zebra being the most notable.

Cape buffalo hunting is particularly rewarding in this area. Roan, Sable, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra and other plains game are well represented on the plains and undulating hills of the Free State

Getting there:

After arriving in Johannesburg or Cape Town International Airports, fly to Bloemfontein on a domestic flight. Flight duration is 1hr. Karoo Wild will meet your flight and transfer you to the lodge, a 2hr20 min drive. Alternatively, land transfers are offered on multi-area hunts from Karoo Wild Safaris Lodge in the Eastern Cape.

Best Hunting Seasons:

Prime season for hunting in the Free State is from March to October. The summer months of November to February can be hot.


The terrain in the Free State varies from vast open plains to undulating hills and lightly wooded river valleys.

Medical Requirements:

Malaria free and no special vaccinations are required.

Free State Lodge

Accommodation is offered in 11 en-suite rooms. The rooms are complete with air conditioning, heating and contain all modern conveniences

Meals are served in the lapa, overlooking the Free State plains. All dietary requirements are catered for. 

A large indoor fireplace provides comfort from the chilly Free State winter evenings.  

Full WiFi is available throughout the camp. A daily laundry service is provided.

The Free State Lodge is fully inclusive – all meals, drinks and camp services are included in our day fees and package fees. 

There are no additional extra costs throughout your hunt and stay with us.

The Free State Lodge is family friendly.

Trophy Animals Available in the Free State

Kudu – the top plains game animal to hunt on an African hunting safari.
A Cape Buffalo hunt is the most exciting of African dangerous game hunts but one to be approached with caution and careful planning.
Sable – often considered one of the most majestic of the African plains game antelope
Waterbuck - a truly majestic African plains game species
Nyala - the most colorful of African plains game antelope
The most common of African zebra species
Long range shots are normal when hunting black wildebeest (White-tailed Gnu) on the South African plains
White blesbok are a genetic mutation of the common blesbok
Blesbok are often the first animal hunted on a South African hunting safari
Blue wildebeest (Brindled Gnu) are one of the top plains game animals to hunt in Africa
Common Duiker - the largest of African Duiker species and member of the Tiny Ten
Eland - the largest of the African antelope
A gemsbok hunt is a must do hunt for most African hunters
Giraffe - the tallest mammal on Earth
Impala are the most hunted animal on an African hunting safari
Hated by sheep farmers in South Africa
Mountain Reedbuck is a challenging mountain hunt
Lech we are the most water-adapted African plains game antelope
Ostrich are the world’s largest bird
The largest rodent and largest porcupine in the world
Red hartebeest are a strange looking African antelope
Roan are the second largest plains game animal in Africa
A popular springbok color phase and a unique trophy animal
Springbok are South Africa’s national animal and an African hunting icon
A color variation of the common springbok, rounding out the Springbok Slam
White Springbok are a color variation of the Common Springbuck
Steenbok are one of the most common of the Tiny Ten group of African plains game
Tsetsebbe are the fastest of African plains game animals
Vaal rhebuck - a very challenging African hunt
The warthog - Africa’s best “hog” hunting
The rarest zebra of them all
Hartmann's mountain zebra are rare and adapted to the mountains