Taxidermy South Africa

Taxidermy is another added benefit of hunting with Ultimate Hunting Safaris is that you can track the process of your trophies on our website. Once a week we contact the relevant taxidermists, find out at what stage in the process your trophies are, and update our website. Saving you the hassles of taxidermy by not having to do this yourself!

There are two methods of handling your trophies:

Taxidermy Method 1 (Dip and Ship)

Whereby you have your trophies shipped raw from South Africa and mounted in your country of origin.

Taxidermy Method 2 (Mount and Ship)

Whereby, you have your trophies mounted in South Africa and then shipped to your country of origin.

In order to clarify the different taxidermy methods, we have set out the processes here under:

In order to clarify the different taxidermy methods, we have set out the processes here under:

Method 1 Stage 1.1   Delivery of trophies to the taxidermist In this stage all your trophies and parts thereof are checked for name tags, booked in and an inventory is taken of each client’s trophies.  Stage 1.2   Drying and TreatmentTime frame: 2 WeeksThe skins get put out to dry and are treated with insecticides.  They are thoroughly inspected during this stage
Stage 1.3   Rotting and BoilingTime frame:  3 WeeksRotting:  The skulls get submerged in water to aid in the rotting process.Boiling:  The skulls are heated in water to free the horns and release all the excess flesh & fat from the skulls.  After this, the skulls are pressure cleaned to remove any dirt, flesh or fat that might still be present.  The horns that have separated from the skulls are tagged. 
Stage 1.4   Bleaching and NeutralizingTime frame:  1 WeekThe skulls are submerged in a bleach and water formula, thereafter they are neutralized by soaking them again in clean water. 
Stage 1.5    Drying processTime frame:  5 WeeksSkulls and horns are treated with insecticides and left in the sun to dry. Stage 1.6 Quality controlTime frame:  1 WeekAll skulls, horns and skins are manually checked to ensure the utmost quality.
Stage 1.7   Finishing processTime frame:  1 WeekSkulls, horns and skins are finished off before they move over to the wrapping and crating department. Stage 1.8   Wrapping and CratingTime frame:  3 WeeksAll skulls, horns and skins are wrapped with bubble wrap and 200 micron clear plastic and a crate is specifically built for each shipment, ensuring that you don’t pay extra shipping costs.


Your trophies will be ready for shipment in about 4 months.

Method 2   Mounting and Shipping

The skulls will follow the same process as method 1 up to stage 1.7.

The skins will follow the same process as method 1 up to stage 1.2.

Thereafter they will proceed as follows:

Stage 2.1   Dirt Soak and Pickling ProcessTime frame:  4 WeeksSkins are hydrated and cured in a pickling solution before fleshing. Stage 2.2   Fleshing ProcessTime frame:  4 WeeksSkins are fleshed and shaved in preparation for tanning.
Stage 2.3   Neutralizing and TanningTime frame:  8 WeeksSkins are neutralized and then tanned in preparation for mounting. Stage 2.4    Preparation of Manikin Time frame:  4 WeeksManikin is molded, sculpted and prepared for the skin.
Stage 2.5   Mounting ProcessTime frame:  2 WeeksTrophy is being mounted. Stage 2.6   Drying periodTime frame:  8 – 12 WeeksMounted trophies get left to dry thoroughly.
Stage 2.7   FinishingTime frame:  3 WeeksFinal touches are added to the trophies and they go through one last inspection. Stage 2.8   Packing and cratingTime frame:  2 WeeksTrophies are packed and crated in a customized crate, ensuring that you don’t pay excess shipping costs.


Your mounted trophies should be ready for shipping in 12 months.


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