Coenraad Vermaak Safaris (CVS) aspires to ``old school`` values. We embrace the hunting traditions of our forefathers where fair chase and ethical hunting, combined with a deep and sincere respect for wildlife and wild places, is simply part of who we are! We have, for almost 50 years, been known for our consistence in delivering what we promise - from every point of view. A safari with Coenraad Vermaak Safaris offers you peace of mind and assurance that your expectations and more will be met!
Coenraad Vermaak Safaris is the longest established hunting safari company in South Africa. We are pioneers in the safari industry and we have stood the test of time. Join us for a family safari, a Big 5 or plains game safari, a non-hunting photographic, bird shooting or fishing safari and experience ``that special touch`` which only decades of experience can offer.
Your average hunting trip and a safari with us are two different things altogether. Our safaris and hunting areas are a significant cut above the rest. What we offer and deliver is an authentic safari experience of the highest quality! CVS has access to the finest plains game and Big 5 concession areas including the largest privately owned conservation area
in South Africa which provides an all-encompassing, quality African Experience for hunters and non-hunters alike!
We offer superb fair-chase hunting of 49 species - from Red Duiker, Bushpig and Nyala on the east coast to spectacular Big 5 species in the north-eastern lowveld, and a splendid array of species from Springbok to Lion in the north western areas of South Africa. The game is free ranging and the hunting challenging.
Our passion is providing hunters and their families with safaris that will always exceed their expectations. We take every aspect of your safari very seriously. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, prompt communications and the fact that we have no hidden costs and unwanted surprises. We will tailor make your safari based on your requirements and preferences.
A safari is not a 7 or 14 day investment; It is a lifelong investment. With CVS your investment will yield a lifetime of incredible memories. With 49 years of excellence behind us and an impeccable international reputation you are assured of an authentic, memorable African experience. So join us for a safari of a lifetime and experience the difference! We look forward to welcoming you!
From humble beginnings we have, over the years, fashioned a legendary reputation as pioneers in the South African game and hunting industry. Coenraad Vermaak Safaris (CVS) has been operating professionally for almost 50 years making us the oldest safari company in South Africa.
A Family History
The Vermaak family settled in South Africa in 1672 and very quickly developed a passion for the great outdoors. They were hunters and keen outdoorsmen and because they ensured that these traditions were passed on to future generations, we can proudly say that almost 350 years on the Vermaak hunting legacy continues!
``You don't get to be the best by being the oldest; You get to be the oldest by being the best!``
CVS has a small but highly effective team. Carlien Esterhuizen takes care of every detail of your safari, Delvin Wichmann handles the accounts and general operations, and Eileen Winterton, Coenraad’s daughter, takes care of all of CVS’s marketing and advertising. Hans spends as much time as possible in the field however just like any other business, his office duties keep him desk bound regularly. CVS only contracts the best most experienced PH’s, all of whom have a minimum of 10 years’ experience as full time guides. Our PH’s, headed up by Clive Curtis (our Senior PH), are more than hunters – they are knowledgeable about all fauna and flora, they are passionate about what they do and spending time with them in the field is informative, fun and rewarding. Our trackers are highly skilled and dedicated gentlemen. They were the first trackers in South Africa to be recognized as full field members of PHASA – a testimony to their skills and professionalism.