Umdende Safaris is based in Zululand (KwaZulu-Natal) and operates throughout South Africa, ensuring ample opportunities on all game and wild bird species our beautiful country has to offer. We provide our guests with memories for a lifetime and an appreciation of the wild, with the utmost client service excellence! Umdende Safaris is driven by the passion of local Outfitter and Professional Hunter Clayton Comins and his wife Debbie, whose family have been dedicated to the game hunting and bird shooting industry for over 35 years.
Game Hunting, Big 5 and Night Critter Safaris
Umdende Safaris offers several different game hunting areas and lodges, based mainly in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa, as well as other areas in South Africa. Your location depends on which species you are hunting and your level of preferred luxury. Experienced or novice, Clayton’s Team will guide you to walk and stalk your dream animal, whether it be Dangerous game or the Tiny 10, abundant or elusive, Umdende Safaris caters to your dream species that our fantastic country offers! Making Your Wildest Dreams Come True!
Collection Bird Hunts
Umdende Safaris proudly offers Collection Bird Hunts for discerning Bird Collectors. In Zululand South Africa, we exclusively offer the smallest to the largest of the world’s waterfowl – Pygmy Goose, Hottentot Teal and the colossal Spurwing Goose. Offering 15 collectable waterfowl species, many upland species, Doves and Pigeons; mostly unique to South Africa.
Clayton and his Team are backed by years of experience in the wild bird hunting industry and therefore fully understand the care and attention to detail required to hunt and export these Collector species.
Wild Bird Hunting / Wing Shooting
Wild Bird-Hunting with Clayton Comins is rated as having the best diversity in the world. The high-volume shooting offers over 10 species of wild birds with exceptional waterfowl. Bird hunting between 1 May and 31 August is normally 4-6 days encountering 4 species of Ducks, 2 species of Geese, 2 species of Doves, Rock Pigeons, driven Guinea fowl and Francolin. A typical Bird Hunting Safari consists of 2 days shooting, 1 rest day (clients can relax at the lodge or book from a variety of tours) followed by another 2 days of shooting. With more than 35 years of experience in the bird hunting field, one will experience a bird shoot like never before!
High volume decoyed Duck shooting is done in dry blinds near water (no waders). Experience flight after flight of Yellow-billed Ducks and Red-Billed Teal coming into roosting ponds in the early afternoon. Expect 10-20 birds per gun per shoot.
Goose shooting is done in screen blinds or lay-in blinds on reaped corn fields with a large decoy spread. The Spurwing Goose is one of the biggest in the world weighing close to 20 pounds. The hard beating sound from the wings of these huge geese is deafening when 100 or more put their landing gear out to land amongst the decoys. Expect 10 birds per gun per shoot.
Hot-barreled Dove shooting is done in sunflower or sorghum fields or on a tree line or in a draw. The African Turtle Dove has been written up as being “…the most challenging Game Bird in the World…” It will test the most accomplished wing shooter and leave many humbled by their all-angled approach and sudden direction change. From March to end May we offer several affordable high-volume Dove Packages in the Free State, near Johannesburg. Expect to shoot 500 to 1500 shells per day.
Rock Pigeons are decoyed into the open corn field. It is not unusual to have 20 to 30 pigeons fluttering over your decoys as you take a left and a right on these beautiful terracotta and white-speckled birds. 200 – 500 shells per gun per shoot can be expected.
Guinea Fowl are driven over hunters with more than 20 chanting Zulu’s in a similar way to the bull horn formation tactic invented and used in battle by the infamous Shaka Zulu himself. Experience a victory dance by the Zulu beaters after your successful hunt. 10-50 birds per group in a morning.
Francolin and Partridge are hunted over experienced Pointers flushing birds on the walk.
Kwa-Zulu Natal does not impose bird limits, numbers taken are at the Outfitters discretion based on his prior scouting.
Fishing, Tours and Photographic Safaris
Combine your Hunting Safari with Fresh or Saltwater Fishing and Tours between hunting days or after your Safari. South Africa boasts the best Game viewing and Photographic opportunities in the world!