A True African Hunting Holiday

If your looking for a true African hunting holiday, then you have found the right spot to experience hunting places in South Africa, Zimbabwe and many other places of interest. Ultimate Hunting Safaris take on a true African hunting holiday is to create the most memorable hunting experience possible, personal attention and relationship building are key to achieving this, so let us start with the introduction…

The Background To Ultimate Hunting Safaris

about1Ultimate Hunting Safaris, is a South African based Safari Outfit that has been established since 2007 by Professional Hunter Wesley van der Veen. Since its inception, Ultimate Hunting Safaris has shown significant growth on a year-by-year basis and recently the company has entered into a partnership with well experienced professional hunter Helgard Smit, to provide you the best hunting experience available in Africa. The partnership allows Ultimate Hunting Safaris to offer you, our ultimate asset, more variety at competitive rates and at a service level that is unmistakably true to what you have come to expect of Ultimate Hunting Safaris and which is notably unmatchable

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Wesley van der Veen of Ultimate Hunting Safaris and renowned Professional Hunter Helgard Smit each have more than a decade worth of experience in professional hunting and outfitting, and having shared a great friendship over the majority of that time, they have decided to combine their resources and respective strengths, skills, knowledge to bring you the best possible African Safari experience available today. Individually they have achieved great successes in the hunting industry, but always knew they could offer the industry more.

Together they are now able to offer you bigger and better hunting areas, more species to hunt, more ways to hunt and all the while still being able to offer a personal hunting experience which is regarded key for a lifetime memory created by a successful safari.

Ultimate Hunting Safaris offers each and every client a unique African experience that is suited and customized to each individual and hunting party. Take the time to browse through the pages of our website to realize why Ultimate Hunting Safaris is regarded a highly acclaimed hunting outfit in South Africa which has developed to become a world class Safari company of excellence.

About Wesley


AboutAs a youngster I grew up in the veld, armed with an air rifle and later a .22, no guinea fowl,pheasant or pigeon was ever safe and at the age of 9yrs I shot my first blesbuck.

With my blood painted face and the taste of raw liver in my mouth, I knew this would be a passion that I would pursue for the rest of my life.

Things progressed quite quickly form there and by the time I was 15 years old, I was reloading my own shells and started working for a culling company on weekends. We culled mainly Blesbuck and Springbuck and we shot between 150 and 300 head of game on a weekend.

In 2002 I was a young man of 19 yrs old with a zest for life, but no direction. All I knew was that I loved hunting, so I phoned a bunch of the bigger outfitters in South Africa, harassing them until finally Peter Harris of Ntshonalanga Safaris decided to give me a chance. “Bring your rifle and a tooth brush” he said. “You might spend the night”. They were hunting the Qwa Qwa concession in the Eastern Free State, and after spending the day with Peter and his clients, I knew I had found my future.

The next day Peter said I should go home and fetch the rest of my hunting gear and clothes and meet-up with him on the next Safari. I plainly refused, I didn’t want to miss a thing, so I quickly drove to the nearest town bought all the necessaries and was back at camp in an hour.

Only at the end of the season did I go home. So began my 5 year hunting apprenticeship. By the age of 21 years I had shot the Big 5 and under the watchful eye of Peter, I became a pretty decent professional hunter. During my apprenticeship I also met my wife, Louise. Louise was working at one of the lodges that we utilized while she was finishing up her degree in hotel management. In 2006 Peter decided that after 25yrs in the hunting industry, he had enough and he sold Ntshonalanga Safaris.

So in 2007 we launched Ultimate Hunting Safaris. I had learned a lot over the years, all the dos and don’ts and knew exactly what type of company I wanted to run.

– I wanted my company to be small enough, so that I can give every client personal attention.
– I wanted to hunt on big concessions, a minimum of 10 000 acres.
– I wanted all my concessions to be at the sole disposal of my clients.
– I also wanted to be able to offer every single hunt able species in South Africa on the various concessions.
– I wanted to personalize every safari, to suite every clients needs, from hunting styles and techniques to culinary preferences.
– I only wanted to hunt in politically stable areas.
– My camp staff, skinners & trackers should be well trained and dedicated to their work.
– I wanted my clients to leave their African hunting holiday with a sense of fulfillment, knowledge of the history, cultures & wildlife of Africa.
– And last, but not least – I wanted to portray Africa as being a “family friendly” hunting destination.
– This is exactly what we are all about.

My wife and I, alongside a small team of professional hunters, camp staff, skinners and trackers make it our duty to deliver the best service in the industry. But above all, we strive that every client who comes to hunt with us, leaves their African hunting holiday feeling enriched with knowledge, experience, fond memories and above all that we part as friends.

About Helgard


abouthelgardHelgard Smit was born and raised on a ranch in the remote areas of Northern Zululand, where they conducted hunting safaris. As a youngster he grew up in the hospitality and safari industry and guided his first client to a fantastic bushpig at the age of 12 years old. This sparked his love of hunting and more so guiding, especially on the more difficult nocturnal critters like Hyena, Bushpig, Caracal and Leopard. Helgard attended a bording school at a nearby town where he met his future wife and on completion of his studies in 2005, Helgard went on to do his professional hunters license and started working as a free lance PH to further gain experience and knowledge of the safari industry. He is now a well experienced professional hunter, and has held his dangerous game license for several years now.

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