SHOW DATES - 2019 ... See you there!


9, 10, 11 & 12 January 2019 SCI, Booths 255/257


17, 18, 19 & 20 January 2019 DSC, Dallas Booth #562


1, 2 & 3 March 2019, Booths B32/B33

About Us

Thwane… is the native Tswana word for caracal, a very common predator in our area. Thwane Safari’s was established more than a decade ago as one of Africa’s best Bow Hunting Ranches.

Big Game Hunter, outfitter and owner Marius Barnard has one goal with his sons Rhuan Barnard (PH) and Marno Barnard (PH) in mind – to offer his clients a high quality safari.


Marius and family will be your hosts for the duration of your stay and will ensure that you receive the best hospitality at all times due to personalized service.

Marius Barnard and his sons have been keen hunters since childhood and has developed a great love for nature conservation.

The Ranch and Lodge...

This 10 000 acres of true African wildlife paradise, is home to the Barnard family and situated in the heart of the Limpopo Province (malaria free) at the end of the Waterberg mountain range, a mere 4 hour drive from the OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg. Marius has personalized his very upmarket Kwena Lodge with more than 40 trophies hunted by himself that includes Buffalo, Lion, Elephant, Hippo, Nile Crocodile and various plains game to smaller antelope like the very rear Black Leechwe, Blue Duiker and Sharpe’s Grysbok.

The Hunt...

Marius’s hunting safari’s took him all over Africa including countries like Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Tanzania and Mozambique. Under Marius’s leadership, knowledge, expertise and 25 years of experience Thwane Safari’s is an outstanding outfit. Rhuan and Marno sons of Marius and Leoni are directly involved on the Ranch as PH’s both with outstanding hunting skills. At Thwane Safari’s we value family and friends therefore the whole family will ensure that your every need is taken care of and that your visit to South Africa is a enjoyable and memorable one.

The Lodge Kwena

Kwena is the native Tswana word for crocodile. Upmarket accommodation at Kwena is ideally positioned to offer our clients a taste of Africa at its best with an existing view over the crocodile waterhole. The very luxurious rooms invite guests to abandon themselves to total relaxation, all rooms are air-conditioned with en-suite bathrooms and DSTV. Beyond the pool, stretching out toward the crocodile waterhole, waterbuck, impala and many other species can be seen. Our traditional home-style cooked meals served in the spacious dining area are always one of our clients favourites as we go the extra mile after a successful day. The outdoor rustic Boma is designed for social gatherings around the fire, contributing to various discussions, experiences and happenings of the day, words fail to capture the atmosphere around the cracking fire and night sounds of the bush.

Add on Activities

We also encourage non-hunters to join family or friends on their hunting expedition as we offer a wide variety of activities.. For the non-hunter (observer) the following activities are available, as we believe it is the whole experience that counts, for friendships are built by offering not only good hunting but also quality accommodation, service and facilities.

(Please note terms and conditions apply)

Pet Cheetah at the Lodge

Pet Cheetah at the Lodge

Kids just love to meet our pets Thumbi & Tjaka (cheetahs)

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Waterhole Sightings

Waterhole Sightings

Keep you eyes peeled looking out for all sorts of game at our local waterhole.

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Enjoy a refreshing swim and absorb some sun rays by our crystal clear pool.

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Trips to Cape Town

Trips to Cape Town

(Min 3 nights from $ 650 per person, per night all inclusive)

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Visits to Sun City

Visits to Sun City

Fun in the Sun, Lost Palace and lots more! (Min 2 nights From $ 650 per person, per night all inclusive)

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Trips to Pilansberg

Trips to Pilansberg

Big 5 Pilansberg Game Reserve. (Min 2 nights from $ 650 per person, per night all inclusive)

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Visit Victoria Falls & Chobe Lodge

Visit Victoria Falls & Chobe Lodge

The Smoke that THUNDERS and the famous Chobe. (Min 3 nights from $ 750 per person, per night all inclusive)

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Visit the Kruger National Park

Visit the Kruger National Park

Most popular Big 5 Game Reserve. (Min 3 nights from $ 600 per person, per night all inclusive)

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Safaris Completed


Non-Hunter Activities offered


Hides on Property


Satisfied Clients


Thwane Safari’s offers on the Ranch an abundance of wildlife, and is by far the most diversified hunting area in the Limpopo Province, where action packed hunting takes place of most plains game, including Buffalo and Sable. Be sure not to miss out on our Special Packages for the first time African hunter for 2016.. Our main hunting season is between March and October as the weather during these times are comfortable with little or no rain.

We are focused to find you the best trophy possible as we have taken exceptional trophies in the past. Tailor made packages can be arranged to suite every hunters dream and budget in joint ventures with concessions in Zimbabwe and Zambia. With us you can be assured that the highest quality is carried through at all times. Thwane Safari’s has now expanded in Bow Hunting with 7 spacious and comfortable drop-in hides (blinds) where trophies of your choice can be taken with ease.

Hunting is more than a pastime or an autumn ritual for some; it’s a way of life. Dedicated hunters see the world with a special perspective. When they drive through farmland they don’t see wheat field and pastures, they see lost upland bird habitat. When they tour a new shopping mall, they don’t see new businesses, they see destroyed wildlife habitat. When they pass a forest, they don’t see trees, they see bedding cover, travel routes and feeding sites.

What to BRING

 The Lodge is equipped with a full medical kit as well as tablet’s for general nausea, cramps, diarrhoea, headaches(aspirin/paracetamol) and pain. Every room contains insect repellent, hairdryer, shampoo, shower gel, soap and body lotion.
The following items should be brought along:

Prescription medication


Range Finder

Camera Batteries

220v Converter



Flash Light


Good Hat

Walking Boots

Hunting Clothes

Thick Jacket

Travel Clothes

Personal Toiletries

Rifle, Bullets & Cleaning Equip.

Fire Arms & Ammunition

We suggest you bring the rifle or rifles you are most comfortable with, we also have a selection of appropriate calibers and ammunition available for hire if you feel comfortable in doing so. We recommend anything in the .30 caliber range for plains game and if hunting one of the Big 5 it is required by law that the minimum caliber should be 375. Depending on how many animals you intend to shoot we suggest abount 60 rounds of ammunition per caliber.

South African law prohibits any semi-automatic firearms and a limit of 200 rounds per caliber.

It is essential to complete a temporary firearm permit application (SAP520) NB! It is important that the form is completed in black ink and must remain unsigned until the documents is finalized in front of the police official issuing the actual permit at the airport.

What you need…

  • Valid passport
  • Return Airline ticket
  • Letter of invitation from your Hunting Outfitter
  • Completed SAP520 form not signed
  • Proof of Ownership (CBP form 4457-Certificate of Registration for personal effects take abroad) Proof of export from country of origin (CBP form 4457- Certificate of Registration for personal effects take abroad)
  • Letter of Motivation (letter written by yourself to motivate why you wish to import rifles)
  • For your convenience you we recommend the following for pre-approved firearms permits –
  • Or the following import agency –

Package and Price List



Per person, per night



Per person, per night


  • Accommodation in a Luxury Lodge.
  • Service of professional hunters, skinners, trackers & lodge staff.
  • All meals, non alcoholic beverages, beer and wine.
  • Laundry Service.
  • Field preparation of trophies.
  • Transport from and to O.R. Tambo International Airport


  • Accommodation before and after safari if needed.
  • Commercial/charter flights between hunting areas if needed.
  • Gratuities.
  • Packing, dipping, shipping and taxidermy of trophies.
  • Sightseeing and day trips away from Lodge.
  • Permit fees for certain species. 
  • Rental of Rifles and Ammo.
  • 15% VAT on daily rates only.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: All prices are quoted in US Dollar and are subject to change due to inflation and exchange rate. A deposit of 50% of daily rate is required for reservation. Deposits are non refundable if cancelled 60 days prior to safari dates unless re-booked. Balance of safari is payable before departure. All credit cards except American Express, transfers and cash are accepted.

DVD of your Hunt - Filming Rate


Per day

Editing and composing of Dvd


Up to 2 hours

Trophy Price List

AFRICAN WILDCAT*              $ 650
BABOON                                    $  250
BLACK IMPALA                        $ 1900
BLACK WILDEBEEST             $ 1650
BLESBUCK COMMON            $  490
BLESBUCK WHITE                 $  560
BLUE WILDEBEEST               $ 1200
BROWN HYENA*                     $ 1200
BUSHBUCK LIMPOPO           $ 1600
BUSHPIG                                    $ 1200
CAPE BUFFALO                       $ 12 000
CARACAL*                                 $ 400
CIVET*                                        $ 480
DUIKER COMMON                 $  800
ELAND                                        $ 3200
GEMSBUCK (ORYX)               $ 1900
GENET                                        $ 350
GIRAFFE                                    $ 3900
HONEY BADGER*                   $ 800

IMPALA                                            $  390
JACKAL CULL                                No Charge
JACKAL TROPHY                          $  250
KLIPSPRINGER                             $ 1600
KUDU UP TO 53″                           $ 2400
KUDU 53 – 56″                                $ 2800
KUDU ABOVE 60″                         $ 3400
NYALA                                              $ 2700
RED HARTEBEEST                       $ 1600
ROAN                                                $ 4900
SABLE                                               $ 3900
SPRINGBUCK BLACK                  $ 650
SPRINGBUCK COMMON            $ 490
SPRINGBUCK COPPER               $ 800
SPRINGBUCK WHITE                 $ 800
STEENBUCK                                  $  900
TSESSEBE                                       $ 2900
WATERBUCK                                 $ 2300
WARTHOG                                      $  350
ZEBRA                                              $  950


  • Elephant
  • Crocodile
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Hippo
  • Sable
  • Cape Buffalo
  • Roan
  • Springbuck Black
  • Springbuck Common
  • Springbuck Copper
  • Springbuck White
  • Tsessebe
  • Lechwe
  • Hartman Zebra
  • Klipspringer

What our clients have to say...


Our Location

Waterberg Mountain Range

(4 hour drive from OR Tambo Airport)

Limpopo Province, SA




+27 (0) 78 804 5059


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