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Shikra Safaris is one of the most exciting hunting destinations you can find in Southern Africa.

About Shikra

Shikra Safaris was established in 1998 by Kotie Herholdt and is a family operated business with an experienced team of professionals. We pride ourselves in providing high quality safaris to ensure that our clients have an unforgettable experience. Personal attention and commitment during your stay is our main focus.
Kotie was born in 1960 in the Great Karoo situated in the heart of South Africa and spent most of his early years on the family sheep farms. He developed a passion for hunting as a young boy.
Kotie worked in many National Parks and Game Reserves such as the Kgalagadi Transfortier National Park; Addo Elephant National Park; Bontebok National Park and Hans Merensky Nature Reserve as a game ranger. During the latter part of his career he was the assistant Director for Law Enforcement and Problem Animal Control for the Mpumalanga Parks Board. During this time, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Management and has published over 60 scientific papers and short notes on wildlife related matters, especially on birds.
As a game ranger, he hunted dangerous game on a continuous basis and accounted for close to a hundred animals of the Big 6 (incl. Hippopotamus). Apart from hunting the Big 5 and plains game, Kotie is also an expert on the hunting of specialist animals such as the small carnivores, of which he has a large clientele all over the world.
Kotie has hunted all over southern Africa including Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. He also personally hunted in many foreign countries such as Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Finland, Germany, New Zealand, Serbia and Switzerland. Therefore, he knows the cultures of most clients that visit us, thus enabling us to provide a better service. He also speaks basic German.

The Team

Charl, our main professional hunter, was raised to have a great love and respect for nature. Charl started hunting as a young boy and accompanied Kotie since the age of six on many hunting safaris, including several elephant hunts. He has also hunted all over Southern Africa as well as in Australia, Canada, Switzerland and several other European countries. Charl’s hunting and nature experience is thus extensive, providing for an unforgettable safari experience.

Hanlie (Kotie’s wife) is also an avid hunter and spends a lot of time in the veld with Kotie. She also helps on a part time basis with the administration of the company.