Crane Safaris is a family-run business, offering big game hunting safaris in the Save Valley Conservancy, Zimbabwe. The Save Valley Conservancy consists of 750,000 acres of diverse wildlife habitat, with no internal fences to allow the wildlife to roam freely.
The Crane Safaris team comprises Mark Jansen, his partner Rachel and his sister Natalie - born and bred Zimbabweans who all grew up loving and respecting the Zimbabwean Bush.
Mark is a qualified professional hunter, who splits his time between Zimbabwe and New Jersey. Rachel assists in logistics and marketing, and Natalie handles bookings, hunting contracts, logistics, permits and co-ordinating DIP and packing of trophies.
The team have a passion for big game hunting and strive to meet your expectation of a truly authentic hunt. Their goal is to encourage every guest to appreciate Zimbabwe and her wildlife as they do.
The Save Valley Conservancy is one of the largest private game reserves in Africa, located in the South Eastern Lowveld of Zimbabwe and bordering the Save River on its eastern side. Their primary focus is animal and land conservation to maintain healthy wildlife populations.
The hunting season falls in the dry season, from May to October. Hunting is strictly regulated to manage animal populations of southern African game species such as black rhino and white rhino, lion, elephant, buffalo and more.
There are plenty of hunting opportunities across this varied natural landscape. Each hunt is conducted on a fair chase basis and customized according to the client. Depending on whether you want to hunt dangerous game or plains game species, the Crane team will make sure you have the best opportunity and experience.
Pre or post holidays can also be arranged to other Zimbabwe destinations such as Kariba Dam, Victoria Falls, Great Zimbabwe in Masvingo, or even as far as Mozambique's deserted beaches.
Crane Safaris offers a selection of camps to suit your desired experience, from decadent luxury to a rustic hunter’s camp.
Situated on the bank of a dry riverbed, the Hunter's Camp is surrounded by a big game area renowned for animals such as elephant, lion and buffalo. Accommodations are simply furnished and spacious, featuring a small library, an open fire pit overlooking a waterhole, two chalets, an outdoor shower, and a large communal dining and living room area.
The River Lodge is nestled high on the river bank and boasts a swimming pool, bar area, separate dining area and fire pit with a view of the surrounding bushveld. Chalets are designed for the African heat; their thatch roofs provide great ventilation. Each chalet has its own small patio perfect for the first morning coffee, sitting in the serene and calm that is the Zimbabwean bush. This camp is suitable for accompanying family and sleeps up to 10 adults sharing. This is booked on an exclusive basis.
The Luxury Lodge has modern amenities such as a gym, infinity plunge pool, library and WIFI. Situated in the granite rocks along a river bank, it allows for interesting game viewing early in the morning or late evening. The chalets are tastefully furnished and spacious, featuring an outdoor shower, fireplace and private patio area - a delightful balance of luxury and bush living. This is booked on an exclusive basis.