Klein Kunkura – varied, versatile, and vibrant
Hennie Meyer describes a tourist resort-cum-game farm that offers the tourist or bow hunter a really unique experience.
Klein Kunkura is a 500-hectare game farm situated near Nylstroom (Modimolle) in the greater Waterberg hunting area. The farm is in a malaria-free area, a mere 180 kilometres from OR Tambo airport. The farm was purchased 12 years ago by Tom Fraser, CEO of the Villa Crop Protection agrochemicals group, and he and his family then developed it into a nature conservancy. The Frasers’ main aim was to offer visitors a unique, revitalising outdoor experience. They incorporated, amongst other features, activities such as game drives, 3D hunting competitions, conferencing, birdwatching, hiking trails, snake-behaviour workshops, and fishing into their business model. Guests are encouraged to identify and familiarise themselves with the diversity of plant and birdlife on the Waterberg. A list of resident game species, birds and plants is available, giving visitors the opportunity to tick them off as they go along.
The Frasers realized some years ago that the geography of the area provided an ideal venue for bow hunting. Birds and game of trophy quality, in excellent condition, can be photographed or hunted at competitive prices. The farm is situated between mountains comprising different types of habitat and is thus ideal for combining nature conservation with bow hunting.
Pit blinds, ground blinds and elevated blinds were developed at strategic locations for optimal birdwatching or for video-recorded hunting experiences. The most important game species include eland, kudu, nyala, zebra, giraffe, blesbuck, impala, blue wildebeest, waterbuck, bushbuck, bushpig, and warthog. The advantage Klein Kunkura offers hunters is that hunting was introduced only recently. Animals are docile and trophy animals abundant. Kudu of 53-plus inches, impala of 23-plus inches and blue wildebeest of 28-plus inches are regularly shot on the farm.
A state-of-the-art meat-processing facility is available. The services of a renowned meat processor and professional taxidermist are also available if required.
The hunting experience is optimised by the management’s hands-on approach. The hunter is accompanied to the blind by a professional guide who ranges critical objects for him. Kunkura, as part of their hunting service, provide 3D orientation targets at hunting sites, resulting in improved hunter confidence and better shot placement. This virtually guarantees a good, clean kill. Stealth-cam technology is used to monitor the movement of game around the hides. The availability of two-way radios as well as a tracking dog provides additional peace of mind.
A smiling Tommy Fraser told us about an amazing incident that happened recently. He was sitting in a hide when a striped veld mouse stole a cigarette from a box right next to him and a fellow hunter. To Tommy’s amazement the little fellow then made himself at home on Tommy’s boot. Tommy, however, realizing the dangers of smoking, refused to lend him a lighter!
Klein Kunkura can comfortably sleep 30 to 40 people in AA-accredited four-star accommodation, where guests can relax and unwind. Self-catering and professional catering are available on request, making it an ideal wedding venue in a tranquil bushveld environment. The camp is situated on a hillside and has an excellent view over the surrounding area. At night animals such as blue wildebeest roam among the chalets – to the great delight of the children. Informative brochures on hiking trails and picnic spots, as well as plant, bird and animal life, are available at all chalets, making every visit a memorable educational journey. Swimming pools with spectacular views round off a memorable experience.
Realising the importance of tourism and accepting their responsibility to contribute to sustainable economic growth in the area, the Frasers actively promote hunting services and tourist attractions – the most important being the crocodile farm and the De Wildt Cheetah Centre.
For a memorable, empowering and revitalising outdoor experience, contact Klein Kunkura at 014 717 9838 or 082 901 6962. Or visit their website at www.kunkura.co.za.